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KINGS IV / ΒΑΣΙΛΕΙΩΝ Δ

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1 And it came to pass when king Ezekias heard it, that he rent his clothes, and put on sackcloth, an went into the house of the Lord. 2 And he sent Heliakim the steward, and Somnas the scribe, and the elders of the priests, clothed with sackcloth, to Esaias the prophet the son of Amos. 3 And they said to him, Thus says Ezekias, This day [is] a day of tribulation, and rebuke, and provocation: for the children are come to the travail-[pangs], but the mother has no strength. 4 Peradventure the Lord thy God will hear all the words of Rapsakes, whom the king of Assyria his master has sent to reproach the living God and to revile him with the words which the Lord thy God has heard: and thou shalt offer [thy] prayer for the remnant that is found. 5 So the servants of king Ezekias came to Esaias. 6 And Esaias said to them, Thus shall ye say to your master, Thus saith the Lord, Be not afraid of the words which thou hast heard, wherewith the servants of the king of the Assyrians have blasphemed. 7 Behold, I send a blast upon him, and he shall hear a report, and shall return to his own land; and I will overthrow him with the sword in his own land. 8 So Rapsakes returned, and found the king of Assyria warring against Lobna: for he heard that he [had] departed from Lachis. 9 And he heard concerning Tharaca king of the Ethiopians, saying, Behold, he is come forth to fight with thee: and he returned, and sent messengers to Ezekias, saying, 10 Let not thy God on whom thou trustest encourage thee, saying, Jerusalem shall not be delivered into the hands of the king of the Assyrians. 11 Behold, thou hast heard all that the kings of the Assyrians have done in all the lands, to waste them utterly: and shalt thou be delivered? 12 Have the gods of the nations at all delivered them, whom my fathers destroyed; both Gozan, and Charran, and Raphis, and the sons of Edem who were in Thaesthen? 13 Where is the king of Haemath, and the king of Arphad? and where is the king of the city of Seppharvaim, of Ana, and Aba? 14 And Ezekias took the letter from the hand of the messengers, and read it: and he went up to the house of the Lord, an Ezekias spread it before the Lord, 15 and said, O Lord God of Israel that dwellest over the cherubs, thou art the only god in all the kingdoms of the earth; thou hast made heaven and earth. 16 Incline thine ear, O Lord, and hear: open, Lord, thine eyes, and see: and hear the words of Sennacherim, which he has sent to reproach the living God. 17 For truly, Lord, the kings of Assyria have wasted the nations, 18 and have cast their gods into the fire: because they are no gods, but the works of men’s hands, wood and stone; and they have destroyed them. 19 And now, O Lord our God, deliver us out of his hand, and all the kingdoms of the earth shall know that thou alone [art] the Lord God. 20 And Esaias the son of Amos sent to Ezekias, saying, Thus saith te Lord God of hosts, the God of Israel, I have heard thy prayer to me concerning Sennacherim king of the Assyrians. 21 This [is] the word which the Lord has spoken against him; The virgin daughter of Sion has made light of thee, and mocked thee; the daughter of Jerusalem has shaken her head at thee. 22 Whom hast thou reproached, and whom hast thou reviled? and against whom hast thou lifted up thy voice, and raised thine eyes on high? [Is it] against the Holy One of Israel? 23 by thy messengers thou has reproached the Lord, and hast said, I will go up with the multitude of my chariots, to the height of the mountains, to the sides of Libanus, and I have cut down the height of his cedar, [and] his choice cypresses; and I have come into the midst of the forest and of Carmel. 24 I have refreshed [myself], and have drunk strange waters, and I have dried up with the sole of my foot all the rivers of fortified places. 25 I have brought about [the matter], I have brought it to a conclusion; and it is come to the destruction of the bands of warlike prisoners, [even of] strong cities. 26 And they that dwelt in them were weak in hand, they quaked and were confounded, they became [as] grass of the field, or [as] the green herb, the grass [growing on] houses, and that which is trodden down by him that stands [upon it]. 27 But I know thy down-sitting, and thy going forth, and thy rage against me. 28 Because thou was angry against me, and thy fierceness is come up into my ears, therefore will I put my hooks in thy nostrils, and my bridle in thy lips, and I will turn thee back by the way by which thou camest. 29 And this shall be a sign to thee; eat this year the things that grow of themselves, and in the second year the things which spring up: and in the third year [let there be] sowing, and reaping, and planting of vineyards, and eat ye the fruit of them. 30 And he shall increase him that has escaped of the house of Juda: and the remnant [shall strike] root beneath, and it shall produce fruit above. 31 For from Jerusalem shall go forth a remnant, and he that escapes from the mountain of Sion: the zeal of the Lord of host shall do this. 32 [Is it] not so? Thus saith the Lord concerning the king of the Assyrians, He shall not enter into this city, and he shall not shoot an arrow there, neither shall a shield come against it, neither shall he heap a mound against it. 33 By the way by which he comes, by it shall he return, and he shall not enter into this city, saith the Lord. 34 And I will defend this city as with a shield, for my own sake, and for my servant David’s sake. 35 And it came to pass at night that the angel of the Lord went forth, an smote in the camp of the Assyrians a hundred and eighty-five thousand: and they rose early in the morning, and, behold, [these were] all dead corpses. 36 And Sennacherim king of the Assyrians departed, and went and returned, and dwelt in Nineve. 37 And it came to pass, while he was worshipping in the house of Meserach his god, that Adramelech and Sarasar his sons smote him with the sword: and they escaped into the land of Ararath; and Asordan his son reigned in his stead. ΚΑΙ ἐγένετο ὡς ἤκουσεν ὁ βασιλεὺς ᾿Εζεκίας, καὶ διέρρηξε τὰ ἱμάτια αὐτοῦ, καὶ περιεβάλετο σάκκον καὶ εἰσῆλθεν εἰς οἶκον Κυρίου. 2 καὶ ἀπέστειλεν ῾Ελιακὶμ τὸν οἰκονόμον καὶ Σωμνὰν τὸν γραμματέα καὶ τοὺς πρεσβυτέρους τῶν ἱερέων περιβεβλημένους σάκκους πρὸς ῾Ησαΐαν τὸν προφήτην, υἱὸν ᾿Αμώς, 3 καὶ εἶπον πρὸς αὐτόν· τάδε λέγει ᾿Εζεκίας· ἡμέρα θλίψεως καὶ ἐλεγμοῦ καὶ παροργισμοῦ ἡ ἡμέρα αὕτη· ὅτι ἦλθον υἱοὶ ἕως ὠδίνων, καὶ ἰσχὺς οὐκ ἔστι τῇ τικτούσῃ· 4 εἴ πως εἰσακούσεται Κύριος ὁ Θεός σου πάντας τοὺς λόγους Ῥαψάκου, ὃν ἀπέστειλεν αὐτὸν βασιλεὺς ᾿Ασσυρίων ὁ κύριος αὐτοῦ ὀνειδίζειν Θεὸν ζῶντα καὶ βασφημεῖν ἐν λόγοις, οἷς ἤκουσε Κύριος ὁ Θεός σου, καὶ λήψῃ προσευχὴν περὶ τοῦ λείμματος τοῦ εὑρισκομένου. 5 καὶ ἦλθον οἱ παῖδες τοῦ βασιλέως ᾿Εζεκίου πρὸς ῾Ησαΐαν, 6 καὶ εἶπεν αὐτοῖς ῾Ησαΐας· τάδε ἐρεῖτε πρὸς τὸν κύριον ὑμῶν· τάδε λέγει Κύριος· μὴ φοβηθῇς ἀπὸ τῶν λόγων, ὧν ἤκουσας, ὧν ἐβλασφήμησαν τὰ παιδάρια βασιλέως ᾿Ασσυρίων· 7 ἰδοὺ ἐγὼ δίδωμι ἐν αὐτῷ πνεῦμα, καὶ ἀκούσεται ἀγγελίαν καὶ ἀποστραφήσεται εἰς τὴν γῆν αὐτοῦ, καὶ καταβαλῶ αὐτὸν ἐν ῥομφαίᾳ ἐν τῇ γῇ αὐτοῦ. 8 Καὶ ἐπέστρεψε Ῥαψάκης, καὶ εὗρε τὸν βασιλέα ᾿Ασσυρίων πολεμοῦντα ἐπὶ Λοβνά, ὅτι ἤκουσεν ὅτι ἀπῇρεν ἐκ Λαχίς. 9 καὶ ἤκουσε περὶ Θαρακὰ βασιλέως Αἰθιόπων λέγων· ἰδοὺ ἐξῆλθε πολεμεῖν μετὰ σοῦ. καὶ ἐπέστρεψε καὶ ἀπέστειλεν ἀγγέλους πρὸς ᾿Εζεκίαν λέγων· 10 μὴ ἐπαιρέτω σε ὁ Θεός σου, ἐφ᾿ ᾧ σὺ πέποιθας ἐπ᾿ αὐτῷ λέγων· οὐ μὴ παραδοθῇ ῾Ιερουσαλὴμ εἰς χεῖρας βασιλέως ᾿Ασσυρίων. 11 ἰδοὺ σὺ ἤκουσας πάντα ὅσα ἐποίησαν βασιλεῖς ᾿Ασσυρίων πάσαις ταῖς γαίαις τοῦ ἀναθεματίσαι αὐτάς, καὶ σὺ ρυσθήσῃ; 12 μὴ ἐξαιρούμενοι ἐξείλαντο αὐτοὺς οἱ θεοὶ τῶν ἐθνῶν, οὓς διέφθειραν οἱ πατέρες μου, τήν τε Γωζὰν καὶ τὴν Χαρρὰν καὶ τὴν Ῥαφὶς καὶ υἱοὺς ᾿Εδὲμ τοὺς ἐν Θαεσθέν; 13 ποῦ ἐστιν ὁ βασιλεὺς Αἰμὰθ καὶ ὁ βασιλεὺς ᾿Αρφάδ; καὶ ποῦ ἐστι βασιλεὺς τῆς πόλεως Σεπφαρουαΐν ᾿Ανὰ καὶ ᾿Αβά; 14 καὶ ἔλαβεν ᾿Εζεκίας τὰ βιβλία ἐκ χειρὸς τῶν ἀγγέλων καὶ ἀνέγνω αὐτά· καὶ ἀνέβη εἰς οἶκον Κυρίου καὶ ἀνέπτυξεν αὐτὰ ᾿Εζεκίας ἐναντίον Κυρίου 15 καὶ εἶπε· Κύριε ὁ Θεὸς ᾿Ισραὴλ ὁ καθήμενος ἐπὶ τῶν Χερουβίμ, σὺ εἶ ὁ Θεὸς μόνος ἐν πάσαις ταῖς βασιλείαις τῆς γῆς, σὺ ἐποίησας τὸν οὐρανὸν καὶ τὴν γῆν. 16 κλῖνον, Κύριε, τὸ οὖς σου καὶ ἄκουσον· ἄνοιξον, Κύριε, τοὺς ὀφθαλμούς σου καὶ ἰδὲ καὶ ἄκουσον τοὺς λόγους Σενναχηρίμ, οὓς ἀπέστειλεν ὀνειδίζειν Θεὸν ζῶντα. 17 ὅτι ἀληθείᾳ, Κύριε, ἠρήμωσαν βασιλεῖς ᾿Ασσυρίων τὰ ἔθνη 18 καὶ ἔδωκαν τοὺς θεοὺς αὐτῶν εἰς τὸ πῦρ, ὅτι οὐ θεοί εἰσιν, ἀλλ᾿ ἢ ἔργα χειρῶν ἀνθρώπων, ξύλα καὶ λίθοι, καὶ ἀπώλεσαν αὐτούς. 19 καὶ νῦν, Κύριε ὁ Θεὸς ἡμῶν, σῶσον ἡμᾶς ἐκ χειρὸς αὐτοῦ καὶ γνώσονται πᾶσαι αἱ βασιλεῖαι τῆς γῆς, ὅτι σὺ Κύριος ὁ Θεὸς μόνος. 20 Καὶ ἀπέστειλεν ῾Ησαΐας υἱὸς ᾿Αμὼς πρὸς ᾿Εζεκίαν λέγων· τάδε λέγει Κύριος ὁ Θεὸς τῶν δυνάμεων Θεὸς ᾿Ισραήλ· ἃ προσηύξω πρός με περὶ Σενναχηρὶμ βασιλέως ᾿Ασσυρίων, ἤκουσα. 21 οὖτος ὁ λόγος, ὃν ἐλάλησε Κύριος ἐπ᾿ αὐτόν· ἐξουδένωσέ σε καὶ ἐμυκτήρισέ σε παρθένος θυγάτηρ Σιών, ἐπὶ σοὶ κεφαλὴν αὐτῆς ἐκίνησε θυγάτηρ ῾Ιερουσαλήμ. 22 τίνα ὠνείδισας καὶ τίνα ἐβλασφήμησας; καὶ ἐπὶ τίνα ὕψωσας φωνήν; καὶ ᾖρας εἰς ὕψος τοὺς ὀφθαλμούς σου εἰς τὸν ἅγιον τοῦ ᾿Ισραήλ. 23 ἐν χειρὶ ἀγγέλων σου ὠνείδισας Κύριον καὶ εἶπας· ἐν τῷ πλήθει τῶν ἁρμάτων μου ἐγὼ ἀναβήσομαι εἰς ὕψος ὀρέων, μηροὺς τοῦ Λιβάνου, καὶ ἔκοψα τὸ μέγεθος τῆς κέδρου αὐτοῦ, τὰ ἐκλεκτὰ κυπαρίσσων αὐτοῦ, καὶ ἦλθον εἰς μέσον δρυμοῦ καὶ Καρμήλου. 24 ἐγὼ ἔψυξα καὶ ἔπιον ὕδατα ἀλλότρια καὶ ἐξηρήμωσα τῷ ἴχνει τοῦ ποδός μου πάντας ποταμοὺς περιοχῆς. 25 ἔπλασα αὐτήν, συνήγαγον αὐτήν, καὶ ἐγενήθη εἰς ἐπάρσεις ἀποικεσιῶν μαχίμων, πόλεις ὀχυράς. 26 καὶ οἱ ἐνοικοῦντες ἐν αὐταῖς ἠσθένησαν τῇ χειρί, ἔπτηξαν καὶ κατῃσχύνθησαν, ἐγένοντο χόρτος ἀγροῦ ἢ χλωρὰ βοτάνη, χλόη δωμάτων καὶ πάτημα ἀπέναντι ἑστηκότος. 27 καὶ τὴν καθέδραν σου καὶ τὴν ἔξοδόν σου ἔγνων καὶ τὸν θυμόν σου ἐπ᾿ ἐμέ, 28 διὰ τὸ ὀργισθῆναί σε ἐπ᾿ ἐμὲ καὶ τὸ στρῆνός σου ἀνέβη ἐν τοῖς ὠσί μου καὶ θήσω τὰ ἄγκιστρά μου ἐν τοῖς μυκτῆρσί σου καὶ χαλινὸν ἐν τοῖς χείλεσί σου καὶ ἀποστρέψω σε ἐν τῇ ὁδῷ, ᾗ ἦλθες ἐν αὐτῇ. 29 καὶ τοῦτόν σοι τὸ σημεῖον· φάγε τοῦτον τὸν ἐνιαυτὸν αὐτόματα καὶ τῷ ἔτει τῷ δευτέρῳ τὰ ἀνατέλλοντα· καὶ ἔτει τῷ τρίτῳ σπορὰ καὶ ἄμητος καὶ φυτεία ἀμπελώνων, καὶ φάγεσθε τὸν καρπὸν αὐτῶν. 30 καὶ προσθήσει τὸν διασεσωσμένον οἴκου ᾿Ιούδα τὸ ὑπολειφθὲν ρίζαν κάτω καὶ ποιήσει καρπὸν ἄνω. 31 ὅτι ἐξ ῾Ιερουσαλὴμ ἐξελεύσεται κατάλειμμα καὶ ἀνασῳζόμενος ἐξ ὄρους Σιών· ὁ ζῆλος Κυρίου τῶν δυνάμεων ποιήσει τοῦτο. 32 οὐχ οὕτως; τάδε λέγει Κύριος πρὸς βασιλέα ᾿Ασσυρίων· οὐκ εἰσελεύσεται εἰς τὴν πόλιν ταύτην καὶ οὐ τοξεύσει ἐκεῖ βέλος, καὶ οὐ προφθάσει αὐτὴν θυρεός, καὶ οὐ μὴ ἐκχέῃ πρὸς αὐτὴν πρόσχωμα· 33 τῇ ὁδῷ, ᾗ ἦλθεν, ἐν αὐτῇ ἀποστραφήσεται καὶ εἰς τὴν πόλιν ταύτην οὐκ εἰσελεύσεται, λέγει Κύριος, 34 καὶ ὑπερασπιῶ ὑπὲρ τῆς πόλεως ταύτης δι᾿ ἐμὲ καὶ διὰ Δαυὶδ τὸν δοῦλόν μου. 35 Καὶ ἐγένετο ἕως νυκτὸς καὶ ἐξῆλθεν ἄγγελος Κυρίου καὶ ἐπάταξεν ἐν τῇ παρεμβολῇ ᾿Ασσυρίων ἑκατὸν ὀγδοηκονταπέντε χιλιάδας· καὶ ὤρθρισαν τὸ πρωΐ, καὶ ἰδοὺ πάντες σώματα νεκρά. 36 καὶ ἀπῇρε καὶ ἐπορεύθη καὶ ἀπέστρεψε Σενναχηρὶμ βασιλεὺς ᾿Ασσυρίων καὶ ᾤκησεν ἐν Νινευῆ. 37 καὶ ἐγένετο αὐτοῦ προσκυνοῦντος ἐν οἴκῳ Νεσερὰχ θεοῦ αὐτοῦ καὶ ᾿Αδραμέλεχ καὶ Σαρασάρ, οἱ υἱοὶ αὐτοῦ ἐπάταξαν αὐτὸν ἐν μαχαίρᾳ, καὶ αὐτοὶ ἐσώθησαν εἰς γῆν ᾿Αραράθ· καὶ ἐβασίλευσεν ᾿Ασορδὰν ὁ υἱὸς αὐτοῦ ἀντ᾿ αὐτοῦ.

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