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KINGS IV / ΒΑΣΙΛΕΙΩΝ Δ

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1 And it came to pass in the third year of Osee son of Ela king of Israel [that] Ezekias son of Achaz king of Juda began to reign. 2 Five and twenty years old was he when he began to reign, and he reigned twenty and nine years in Jerusalem: and his mother’s name [was] Abu, daughter of Zacharias. 3 And he did that which was right in the sight of the Lord, according to all that his father David did. 4 He removed the high places, and broke in pieces the pillars, and utterly destroyed the groves, and the brazen serpent which Moses made: because until those days the children of Israel burnt incense to it: and he called it Neesthan. 5 He trusted in the Lord God of Israel; and after him there was not any like him among the kings of Juda, nor among those that were before him. 6 And he clave to the Lord, he departed not from following him; and he kept his commandments, as many as he commanded Moses. 7 And the Lord was with him; and he was wise in all that he undertook: and he revolted from the king of the Assyrians, and served him not. 8 He smote the Philistines [even] to Gaza, and to the border of it, from the tower of the watchmen even to the strong city. 9 And it came to pass in the fourth year of King Ezekias (this is the seventh year of Osee son of Ela king of Israel,) [that] Salamanassar king of the Assyrians came up against Samaria, and besieged it. 10 And he took it at the end of three years, in the sixth year of Ezekias, (this [is] the ninth year of Osee king of Israel, when Samaria was taken.) 11 And the king of the Assyrians carried away the Samaritans to Assyria, and put them in Alae and in Abor, [by] the river Gozan, and [in] the mountains of the Medes; 12 because they hearkened not to the voice of the Lord their God, and transgressed his covenant, [even] in all things that Moses the servant of the Lord commanded, and hearkened not [to them], nor did [them]. 13 And in the fourteenth year of king Ezekias came up Sennacherim king of the Assyrians against the strong cities of Juda, and took them. 14 And Ezekias king of Juda sent messengers to the king of the Assyrians to Lachis, saying, I have offended; depart from me: whatsoever thou shalt lay upon me, I will bear. And the king of Assyria laid upon Ezekias king of Juda [a tribute of] three hundred talents of silver, and thirty talents of gold. 15 And Ezekias gave all the silver that was found in the house of the Lord, and in the treasures of the king’s house. 16 At that time Ezekias cut off [the gold from] the doors of the temple, and [from] the pillars which Ezekias king of Juda [had] overlaid with gold, and gave it to the king of the Assyrians. 17 And the king of the Assyrians sent Tharthan and Raphis and Rapsakes from Lachis to king Ezekias with a strong force against Jerusalem. And they went up and came to Jerusalem, and stood by the aqueduct of the upper pool, which is by the way of the fuller’s field. 18 And they cried to Ezekias: and there came to him Heliakim the son of Chelcias the steward, and Somnas the scribe, and Joas the son of Saphat the recorder. 19 And Rapsakes said to them, Say now to Ezekias, Thus says the king, the great king of the Assyrians, What [is] this confidence wherein thou trustest? 20 Thou hast said, (but [they are] mere words,) [I have] counsel and strength for war. Now then in whom dost thou trust, that thou hast revolted from me? 21 See now, art thou trusting for thyself on this broken staff of reed, [even] upon Egypt? whosoever shall stay himself upon it, it shall even go into his hand, and pierce it: so [is] Pharao king of Egypt to all that trust on him. 22 And whereas thou hast said to me, We trust on the Lord God: [is] not this he, whose high places and altars Ezekias has removed, and has said to Juda and Jerusalem, Ye shall worship before this altar in Jerusalem? 23 And now, I pray you, make and agreement with my lord the king of the Assyrians, and I will give thee two thousand horses, if thou shalt be able on thy part to set riders upon them. 24 How then wilt thou turn away the face of one petty governor, from among the least of my lord’s servants? whereas thou trustest for thyself on Egypt for chariots and horsemen. 25 And now have we come up without the Lord against this place to destroy it? The Lord said to me, Go up against this land, and destroy it. 26 And Heliakim the son of Chelkias, and Somnas, and Joas, said to Rapsakes, Speak now to thy servants in the Syrian language, for we understand it; and speak not with us in the Jewish language: and why dost thou speak in the ears of the people that are on the wall? 27 And Rapsakes said to them, Has my master sent me to thy master, and to thee, to speak these words? [has he] not [sent me] to the men who sit on the wall, that they may eat their own dung, and drink their own water together with you. 28 And Rapsakes stood, and cried with a loud voice in the Jewish language, and spoke, and said, Hear the words of the great king of the Assyrians: 29 thus says the king, Let not Ezekias encourage you with words: for he shall not be able to deliver you out of his hand. 30 And let not Ezekias cause you to trust on the Lord, saying, The Lord will certainly deliver us; this city shall not be delivered into the hand of the king of the Assyrians: hearken not to Ezekias: 31 for thus says the king of the Assyrians, Gain my favour, and come forth to me, and every man shall drink [of the wine] of his own vine, and every ma shall eat of his own fig-tree, and shall drink water out of his own cistern; 32 until I come and remove you to a land like your own land, a land of corn and wine, and bread and vineyards, a land of olive oil, and honey, and ye shall live and not die: and do not ye hearken to Ezekias, for he deceives you, saying, The Lord shall deliver you. 33 Have the Gods of the nations at all delivered each their own land out of the hand of the king of the Assyrians? 34 Where is the god of Haemath, and of Arphad? where is the god of Seppharvaim, Ana, and Aba? for have they delivered Samaria out of my hand? 35 Who [is there] among all the gods of the countries, who have delivered their countries out of my hand, that the Lord should deliver Jerusalem out of my hand? 36 But [the men] were silent, and answered him not a word: for [there was] a commandment of the king, saying, Ye shall not answer him. 37 And Heliakim the son of Chelcias, the steward, and Somnas the scribe, and Joas the son of Saphat the recorder came in to Ezekias, having rent their garments; and they reported to him the words of Rapsakes. ΚΑΙ ἐγένετο ἐν ἔτει τρίτῳ τῷ ῾Ωσηὲ υἱῷ ᾿Ηλὰ βασιλεῖ ᾿Ισραὴλ ἐβασίλευσεν ᾿Εζεκίας υἱὸς ῎Αχαζ βασιλέως ᾿Ιούδα. 2 υἱὸς εἴκοσι καὶ πέντε ἐτῶν ἐν τῷ βασιλεύειν αὐτὸν καὶ εἴκοσι καὶ ἐννέα ἔτη ἐβασίλευσεν ἐν ῾Ιερουσαλήμ, καὶ ὄνομα τῇ μητρὶ αὐτοῦ ῎Αβου θυγάτηρ Ζαχαρίου. 3 καὶ ἐποίησε τὸ εὐθὲς ἐν ὀφθαλμοῖς Κυρίου κατὰ πάντα, ὅσα ἐποίησε Δαυὶδ ὁ πατὴρ αὐτοῦ. 4 αὐτὸς ἐξῇρε τὰ ὑψηλὰ καὶ συνέτριψε τὰς στήλας καὶ ἐξωλόθρευσε τὰ ἄλση καὶ τὸν ὄφιν τὸν χαλκοῦν, ὃν ἐποίησε Μωυσῆς, ὅτι ἕως τῶν ἡμερῶν ἐκείνων ἦσαν οἱ υἱοὶ ᾿Ισραὴλ θυμιῶντες αὐτῷ, καὶ ἐκάλεσεν αὐτὸν Νεεσθάν. 5 ἐν Κυρίῳ Θεῷ ᾿Ισραὴλ ἤλπισε, καὶ μετ᾿ αὐτὸν οὐκ ἐγενήθη ὅμοιος αὐτῷ ἐν βασιλεῦσιν ᾿Ιούδα καὶ ἐν τοῖς γενομένοις ἔμπροσθεν αὐτοῦ· 6 καὶ ἐκολλήθη τῷ Κυρίῳ, οὐκ ἀπέστη ὄπισθεν αὐτοῦ καὶ ἐφύλαξε τὰς ἐντολὰς αὐτοῦ, ὅσας ἐνετείλατο Μωυσῇ· 7 καὶ ἦν Κύριος μετ᾿ αὐτοῦ, καὶ ἐν πᾶσιν, οἷς ἐποίει, συνῆκε. καὶ ἠθέτησεν ἐν τῷ βασιλεῖ ᾿Ασσυρίων καὶ οὐκ ἐδούλευσεν αὐτῷ. 8 αὐτὸς ἐπάταξε τοὺς ἀλλοφύλους ἕως Γάζης καὶ ἕως ὁρίου αὐτῆς ἀπὸ πύργου φυλασσόντων καὶ ἕως πόλεως ὀχυρᾶς. 9 Καὶ ἐγένετο ἐν τῷ ἔτει τῷ τετάρτῳ βασιλεῖ ᾿Εζεκίᾳ (αὐτὸς ἐνιαυτὸς ὁ ἕβδομος τῷ ῾Ωσηὲ υἱῷ ᾿Ηλὰ βασιλεῖ ᾿Ισραὴλ) ἀνέβη Σαλαμανασὰρ βασιλεὺς ᾿Ασσυρίων ἐπὶ Σαμάρειαν καὶ ἐπολιόρκει ἐπ᾿ αὐτήν· 10 καὶ κατελάβετο αὐτὴν ἀπὸ τέλους τριῶν ἐτῶν ἐν ἔτει ἕκτῳ τῷ ᾿Εζεκίᾳ (αὐτὸς ἐνιαυτὸς ἔνατος τῷ ῾Ωσηὲ βασιλεῖ ᾿Ισραήλ), καὶ συνελήφθη Σαμάρεια. 11 καὶ ἀπῴκισε βασιλεὺς ᾿Ασσυρίων τὴν Σαμάρειαν εἰς ᾿Ασσυρίους καὶ ἔθηκεν αὐτοὺς ἐν ᾿Αλαὲ καὶ ἐν ᾿Αβὼρ ποταμῷ Γωζὰν καὶ ὄρη Μήδων, 12 ἀνθ᾿ ὧν ὅτι οὐκ ἤκουσαν τῆς φωνῆς Κυρίου Θεοῦ αὐτῶν καὶ παρέβησαν τὴν διαθήκην αὐτοῦ, πάντα ὅσα ἐνετείλατο Μωυσῆς ὁ δοῦλος Κυρίου, καὶ οὐκ ἤκουσαν καὶ οὐκ ἐποίησαν. 13 Καὶ τῷ τεσσαρεσκαιδεκάτῳ ἔτει τοῦ βασιλέως ᾿Εζεκίου ἀνέβη Σενναχηρὶμ βασιλεὺς ᾿Ασσυρίων ἐπὶ τὰς πόλεις ᾿Ιούδα τὰς ὀχυρὰς καὶ συνέλαβεν αὐτάς. 14 καὶ ἀπέστειλεν ᾿Εζεκίας βασιλεὺς ᾿Ιούδα ἀγγέλους πρὸς βασιλέα ᾿Ασσυρίων εἰς Λαχὶς λέγων· ἡμάρτηκα, ἀποστράφηθι ἀπ᾿ ἐμοῦ· ὃ ἐὰν ἐπιθῇς ἐπ᾿ ἐμέ, βαστάσω. καὶ ἐπέθηκεν ὁ βασιλεὺς ᾿Ασσυρίων ἐπὶ ᾿Εζεκίαν βασιλέα ᾿Ιούδα τριακόσια τάλαντα ἀργυρίου καὶ τριάκοντα τάλαντα χρυσίου. 15 καὶ ἔδωκεν ᾿Εζεκίας πᾶν τὸ ἀργύριον τὸ εὑρεθὲν ἐν οἴκῳ Κυρίου καὶ ἐν θησαυροῖς οἴκου τοῦ βασιλέως. 16 ἐν τῷ καιρῷ ἐκείνῳ συνέκοψεν ᾿Εζεκίας τὰς θύρας ναοῦ καὶ τὰ ἐστηριγμένα, ἃ ἐχρύσωσεν ᾿Εζεκίας ὁ βασιλεὺς ᾿Ιούδα, καὶ ἔδωκεν αὐτὰ βασιλεῖ ᾿Ασσυρίων. 17 καὶ ἀπέστειλε βασιλεὺς ᾿Ασσυρίων τὸν Θαρθὰν καὶ τὸν Ῥαφὶς καὶ τὸν Ῥαψάκην ἐκ Λαχὶς πρὸς τὸν βασιλέα ᾿Εζεκίαν ἐν δυνάμει βαρείᾳ ἐπὶ ῾Ιερουσαλήμ, καὶ ἔστησαν ἐν τῷ ὑδραγωγῷ τῆς κολυμβήθρας τῆς ἄνω, ἥ ἐστιν ἐν τῇ ὁδῷ τοῦ ἀγροῦ τοῦ γναφέως. 18 καὶ ἐβόησαν πρὸς ᾿Εζεκίαν, καὶ ἦλθον πρὸς αὐτὸν ῾Ελιακὶμ υἱὸς Χελκίου ὁ οἰκονόμος καὶ Σωμνὰς ὁ γραμματεὺς καὶ ᾿Ιωὰς ὁ υἱὸς Σαφὰτ ὁ ἀναμιμνῄσκων. 19 καὶ εἶπε πρὸς αὐτοὺς Ῥαψάκης· εἴπατε δὴ πρὸς ᾿Εζεκίαν· τάδε λέγει ὁ βασιλεὺς ὁ μέγας ὁ βασιλεὺς ᾿Ασσυρίων· τί ἡ πεποίθησις αὕτη, ἣν πέποιθας; 20 εἶπας· πλὴν λόγοι χειλέων, βουλὴ καὶ δύναμις εἰς πόλεμον. νῦν οὖν τίνι πεποιθὼς ἠθέτησας ἐν ἐμοί; 21 νῦν ἰδοὺ πέποιθας σαυτῷ ἐπὶ τὴν ῥάβδον τὴν καλαμίνην τὴν τεθλασμένην ταύτην, ἐπ᾿ Αἴγυπτον; ὃς ἂν στηριχθῇ ἀνὴρ ἐπ᾿ αὐτήν, καὶ εἰσελεύσεται εἰς τὴν χεῖρα αὐτοῦ καὶ τρήσει αὐτήν· οὕτως Φαραὼ βασιλεὺς Αἰγύπτου πᾶσι τοῖς πεποιθόσιν ἐπ᾿ αὐτόν. 22 καὶ ὅτι εἶπας πρός με· ἐπὶ Κύριον Θεὸν πεποίθαμεν· οὐχὶ αὐτὸς οὗτος, οὗ ἀπέστησεν ᾿Εζεκίας τὰ ὑψηλὰ αὐτοῦ καὶ τὰ θυσιαστήρια αὐτοῦ καὶ εἶπε τῷ ᾿Ιούδᾳ καὶ τῇ ῾Ιερουσαλήμ· ἐνώπιον τοῦ θυσιαστηρίου τούτου προσκυνήσετε ἐν ῾Ιερουσαλήμ; 23 καὶ νῦν μίχθητε δὴ τῷ κυρίῳ μου βασιλεῖ ᾿Ασσυρίων, καὶ δώσω σοι δισχιλίους ἵππους, εἰ δυνήσῃ δοῦναι σεαυτῷ ἐπιβάτας ἐπ᾿ αὐτούς. 24 καὶ πῶς ἀποστρέψεις τὸ πρόσωπον τοπάρχου ἑνὸς τῶν δούλων τοῦ κυρίου μου τῶν ἐλαχίστων; καὶ ἤλπισας σαυτῷ ἐπ᾿ Αἴγυπτον εἰς ἅρματα καὶ ἱππεῖς. 25 καὶ νῦν μὴ ἄνευ Κυρίου ἀνέβημεν ἐπὶ τὸν τόπον τοῦτον τοῦ διαφθεῖραι αὐτόν; Κύριος εἶπε πρός με· ἀνάβηθι ἐπὶ τὴν γῆν ταύτην καὶ διάφθειρον αὐτήν. 26 καὶ εἶπεν ῾Ελιακὶμ υἱὸς Χελκίου καὶ Σωμνὰς καὶ ᾿Ιωὰς πρὸς Ῥαψάκην· λάλησον δὴ πρὸς τοὺς παῖδάς σου Συριστί, ὅτι ἀκούομεν ἡμεῖς, καὶ οὐ λαλήσεις μεθ᾿ ἡμῶν ᾿Ιουδαϊστί, καὶ ἱνατί λαλεῖς ἐν τοῖς ὠσὶ τοῦ λαοῦ τοῦ ἐπὶ τοῦ τείχους; 27 καὶ εἶπε πρὸς αὐτοὺς Ῥαψάκης· μὴ ἐπὶ τὸν κύριόν σου καὶ πρὸς σὲ ἀπέστειλέ με ὁ κύριός μου λαλῆσαι τοὺς λόγους τούτους; οὐχὶ ἐπὶ τοὺς ἄνδρας τοὺς καθημένους ἐπὶ τοῦ τείχους τοῦ φαγεῖν τὴν κόπρον αὐτῶν καὶ πιεῖν τὸ οὖρον αὐτῶν μεθ᾿ ὑμῶν ἅμα; 28 καὶ ἔστη Ῥαψάκης καὶ ἐβόησε φωνῇ μεγάλῃ ᾿Ιουδαϊστὶ καὶ ἐλάλησε καὶ εἶπεν· ἀκούσατε τοὺς λόγους τοῦ μεγάλου βασιλέως ᾿Ασσυρίων· 29 τάδε λέγει ὁ βασιλεύς· μὴ ἐπαιρέτω ὑμᾶς ᾿Εζεκίας λόγοις, ὅτι οὐ μὴ δύνηται ὑμᾶς ἐξελέσθαι ἐκ χειρός μου. 30 καὶ μὴ ἐλπιζέτω ὑμᾶς ᾿Εζεκίας πρὸς Κύριον λέγων· ἐξαιρούμενος ἐξελεῖται Κύριος, οὐ μὴ παραδοθῇ ἡ πόλις αὕτη ἐν χειρὶ βασιλέως ᾿Ασσυρίων. 31 μὴ ἀκούετε ᾿Εζεκίου· ὅτι τάδε λέγει ὁ βασιλεὺς ᾿Ασσυρίων· ποιήσατε μετ᾿ ἐμοῦ εὐλογίαν καὶ ἐξέλθατε πρός με, καὶ πίεται ἀνὴρ τὴν ἄμπελον αὐτοῦ καὶ ἀνὴρ τὴν συκῆν αὐτοῦ φάγεται καὶ πίεται ὕδωρ τοῦ λάκκου αὐτοῦ, 32 ἕως ἔλθω καὶ λάβω ὑμᾶς εἰς γῆν ὡς γῆ ὑμῶν, γῆ σίτου καὶ οἴνου καὶ ἄρτου καὶ ἀμπελώνων, γῆ ἐλαίας ἐλαίου καὶ μέλιτος, καὶ ζήσετε καὶ οὐ μὴ ἀποθάνητε. καὶ μὴ ἀκούετε ᾿Εζεκίου, ὅτι ἀπατᾷ ὑμᾶς λέγων· Κύριος ρήσεται ὑμᾶς. 33 μὴ ρυόμενοι ἐρρύσαντο οἱ θεοὶ τῶν ἐθνῶν ἕκαστος τὴν ἑαυτοῦ χώραν ἐκ χειρὸς βασιλέως ᾿Ασσυρίων; 34 ποῦ ἐστιν ὁ θεὸς Αἰμὰθ καὶ ᾿Αρφάδ; ποῦ ἐστιν ὁ θεὸς Σεπφαουραΐμ, ᾿Ανὰ καὶ ᾿Αβά, ὅτι ἐξείλαντο Σαμάρειαν ἐκ χειρός μου; 35 τίς ἐν πᾶσι τοῖς θεοῖς τῶν γαιῶν, οἳ ἐξείλαντο τὰς γᾶς αὐτῶν ἐκ χειρός μου, ὅτι ἐξελεῖται Κύριος τὴν ῾Ιερουσαλὴμ ἐκ χειρός μου; 36 καὶ ἐκώφευσαν καὶ οὐκ ἀπεκρίθησαν αὐτῷ λόγον, ὅτι ἐντολὴ τοῦ βασιλέως λέγων· οὐκ ἀποκριθήσεσθε αὐτῷ. 37 καὶ εἰσῆλθεν ῾Ελιακὶμ υἱὸς Χελκίου ὁ οἰκονόμος καὶ Σωμνὰς ὁ γραμματεὺς καὶ ᾿Ιωὰς υἱὸς Σαφὰτ ὁ ἀναμιμνήσκων πρὸς ᾿Εζεκίαν, διερρηχότες τὰ ἱμάτια καὶ ἀνήγγειλαν αὐτῷ τοὺς λόγους Ῥαψάκου.

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