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CHRONICLES II / ΠΑΡΑΛΕΙΠΟΜΕΝΩΝ Β

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1 And after these things and this faithful dealing, came Sennacherim king of the Assyrians, and he came to Juda, and encamped against the fortified cities, and intended to take them for himself. 2 And Ezekias saw that Sennacherim was come, and [that] his face [was set] to fight against Jerusalem. 3 And he took counsel with his elders and his mighty [men] to stop the wells of water which were without the city: and they helped him. 4 And he collected many people, and stopped the wells of water, and the river that flowed through the city, saying, Lest the king of Assyria come, and find much water, and strengthen [himself]. 5 And Ezekias strengthened [himself], and built all the wall that had been pulled down, and the towers, and another wall in front without, and fortified the strong place of the city of David, and prepared arms in abundance. 6 And he appointed captains of war over the people, and they were gathered to [meet] him to the open place of the gate of the valley, and he encouraged them, saying, 7 Be strong and courageous, and fear not, neither be dismayed before the King of Assyria, and before all the nation that [is] with him: for [there are] more with us than with him. 8 With him [are] arms of flesh; but with us [is] the Lord our God to save [us], and to fight our battle. And the people were encouraged at the words of Ezekias king of Juda. 9 And afterward Sennacherim king of the Assyrians sent his servants to Jerusalem; and [he wet] himself against Lachis, and all his army with him, and sent to Ezekias king of Juda, and to all Juda that [was] in Jerusalem, saying, 10 Thus says Sennacherim king of the Assyrians, On what do ye trust, that ye will remain in the siege in Jerusalem? 11 Does not Ezekias deceive you, to deliver you to death and famine and thirst, saying, The Lord our God will deliver us out of the hand of the king of Assyria? 12 Is not this Ezekias who has taken down his altars and his high places and has spoken to Juda and the dwellers in Jerusalem, saying, Ye shall worship before this altar and burn incense upon it? 13 Know ye not what I and my fathers have done to all the nations of the countries? Could the gods of the nations of all the earth at all rescue their people out of my hand? 14 Who is there among all the gods of those nations whom my fathers utterly destroyed, [worthy of trust]? Could they deliver their people out of my hand, that your God should deliver you out of my hand? 15 Now then, let not Ezekias deceive you, and let him not make you thus confident, and believe him not: for no god of any kingdom or nation is at all able to deliver his people out of my hand, or the hand of my fathers: therefore your God shall not deliver you out of my hand. 16 And his servants continued to speak against the Lord God, and against his servant Ezekias. 17 And he wrote a letter to reproach the Lord God of Israel, and spoke concerning him, saying, As the gods of the nations of the earth have not delivered their people out of my hand, so the God of Ezekias shall by no means deliver his people out of my hand. 18 And he cried with a loud voice in the Jews’ language to the people of Jerusalem on the wall, [calling them] to assist them, and pull down [the walls], that they might take the city. 19 And he spoke against the God of Jerusalem, even as against the gods of the nations of the earth, the works of the hands of men. 20 And king Ezekias and Esaias the prophet the son of Amos prayed concerning these things, and they cried to heaven. 21 And the Lord sent an angel, and he destroyed every mighty man and warrior, and leader and captain in the camp of the king of Assyria: and he returned with shame of face to his own land and came into the house of his god: and [some] of them that came out of his bowels slew him with the sword. 22 So the Lord delivered Ezekias and the dwellers in Jerusalem out of the hand of Sennacherim King of Assyria, and out of the hand of all [his enemies], and gave them rest round about. 23 And many brought gifts to the Lord to Jerusalem, and presents to Ezekias king of Juda; and he was exalted in the eyes of all the nations after these things. 24 In those days Ezekias was sick even to death, and prayed to the Lord: and he hearkened to him, and gave him a sign. 25 But Ezekias did not recompense the Lord according to the return which he made him, but his heart was lifted up: and wrath came upon him, and upon Juda and Jerusalem. 26 And Ezekias humbled himself after the exaltation of his heart, he and the dwellers in Jerusalem; and the wrath of the Lord did not come upon them in the days of Ezekias. 27 And Ezekias had wealth and very great glory: and he made for himself treasuries of gold, and silver, and precious stones, also for spices, and stores for arms, and for precious vessels; 28 and cities for the produce of corn, and wine, and oil; and stalls and mangers for every [kind of] cattle, and folds for flocks; 29 and cities which he built for himself, and store of sheep and oxen in abundance, for the Lord gave him a very great store. 30 The same Ezekias stopped up the course of the water of Geon above, and brought the water down straight south of the city of David. And Ezekias prospered in all his works. 31 Notwithstanding, in regard to the ambassadors of the princes of Babylon, who were sent to him to enquire of him [concerning] the prodigy which came upon the land, the Lord left him, to try him, to know what was in his heart. 32 And the rest of the acts of Ezekias, and his kindness, behold, they are written in the prophecy of Esaias the son of Amos the prophet, and in the book of the kings of Juda and Israel. 33 And Ezekias slept with his fathers, and they buried him in a high place among the sepulchres of the sons of David: and all Juda and the dwellers in Jerusalem gave him glory and honour at his death. And Manasses his son reigned in his stead. ΚΑΙ μετὰ τοὺς λόγους τούτους καὶ τὴν ἀλήθειαν ταύτην ἦλθε Σενναχηρὶμ βασιλεὺς ᾿Ασσυρίων καὶ ἦλθεν ἐπὶ ᾿Ιούδαν καὶ παρενέβαλεν ἐπὶ τὰς πόλεις τὰς τειχήρεις καὶ εἶπε προκαταλαβέσθαι αὐτάς. 2 καὶ εἶδεν ᾿Εζεκίας ὅτι ἥκει Σενναχηρὶμ καὶ τὸ πρόσωπον αὐτοῦ τοῦ πολεμῆσαι ἐπὶ ῾Ιερουσαλήμ, 3 καὶ ἐβουλεύσατο μετὰ τῶν πρεσβυτέρων αὐτοῦ καὶ τῶν δυνατῶν ἐμφράξαι τὰ ὕδατα τῶν πηγῶν, ἃ ἦν ἔξω τῆς πόλεως, καὶ συνεπίσχυσαν αὐτῷ. 4 καὶ συνήγαγε λαὸν πολὺν καὶ ἐνέφραξε τὰ ὕδατα τῶν πηγῶν καὶ τὸν ποταμὸν τὸν διορίζοντα διὰ τῆς πόλεως λέγων· μὴ ἔλθῃ βασιλεὺς ᾿Ασσοὺρ καὶ εὕρῃ ὕδωρ πολὺ καὶ κατισχύσῃ. 5 καὶ κατίσχυσεν ᾿Εζεκίας καὶ ᾠκοδόμησε πᾶν τὸ τεῖχος τὸ κατεσκαμμένον καὶ πύργους καὶ ἔξω προτείχισμα ἄλλο καὶ κατίσχυσε τὸ ἀνάλημμα τῆς πόλεως Δαυὶδ καὶ κατεσκεύασεν ὅπλα πολλά. 6 καὶ ἔθετο ἄρχοντας τοῦ πολέμου ἐπὶ τὸν λαόν, καὶ συνήχθησαν πρὸς αὐτὸν ἐπὶ τὴν πλατεῖαν τῆς πύλης τῆς φάραγγος, καὶ ἐλάλησεν ἐπὶ καρδίαν αὐτῶν λέγων· 7 ἰσχύσατε καὶ ἀνδρίζεσθε καὶ μὴ φοβηθῆτε, μηδὲ πτοηθῆτε ἀπὸ προσώπου βασιλέως ᾿Ασσοὺρ καὶ ἀπὸ προσώπου παντὸς τοῦ ἔθνους τοῦ μετ’ αὐτοῦ, ὅτι μεθ’ ἡμῶν πλείονες ἢ μετ’ αὐτοῦ· 8 μετ’ αὐτοῦ βραχίονες σάρκινοι, μεθ’ ἡμῶν δὲ Κύριος ὁ Θεὸς ἡμῶν τοῦ σῴζειν καὶ τοῦ πολεμεῖν τὸν πόλεμον ἡμῶν. καὶ κατεθάρσησεν ὁ λαὸς ἐπὶ τοῖς λόγοις ᾿Εζεκίου βασιλέως ᾿Ιούδα. 9 καὶ μετὰ ταῦτα ἀπέστειλε Σενναχηρὶμ βασιλεὺς ᾿Ασσυρίων τοὺς παῖδας ἑαυτοῦ ἐπὶ ῾Ιερουσαλήμ, καὶ αὐτὸς ἐπὶ Λαχὶς καὶ πᾶσα ἡ στρατιὰ μετ’ αὐτοῦ, καὶ ἀπέστειλε πρὸς ᾿Εζεκίαν βασιλέα ᾿Ιούδα καὶ πρὸς πάντα ᾿Ιούδα τὸν ἐν ῾Ιερουσαλὴμ λέγων· 10 οὕτως λέγει Σενναχηρὶμ βασιλεὺς ᾿Ασσυρίων· ἐπὶ τί ὑμεῖς πεποίθατε καὶ καθήσεσθε ἐν τῇ περιοχῇ ἐν ῾Ιερουσαλήμ; 11 οὐχὶ ᾿Εζεκίας ἀπατᾷ ὑμᾶς τοῦ παραδοῦναι ὑμᾶς εἰς θάνατον καὶ εἰς λιμὸν καὶ εἰς δίψαν λέγων· Κύριος ὁ Θεὸς ἡμῶν σώσει ἡμᾶς ἐκ χειρὸς βασιλέως ᾿Ασσούρ; 12 οὐχ οὗτός ἐστιν ᾿Εζεκίας, ὃς περιεῖλε τὰ θυσιαστήρια αὐτοῦ καὶ τὰ ὑψηλὰ αὐτοῦ καὶ εἶπε τῷ ᾿Ιούδᾳ καὶ τοῖς κατοικοῦσιν ἐν ῾Ιερουσαλὴμ λέγων· κατέναντι τοῦ θυσιαστηρίου τούτου προσκυνήσετε καὶ ἐπ’ αὐτῷ θυμιάσατε; 13 οὐ γνώσεσθε ὅ,τι ἐποίησα ἐγὼ καὶ οἱ πατέρες μου πᾶσι τοῖς λαοῖς τῶν χωρῶν; μὴ δυνάμενοι ἠδύναντο θεοὶ τῶν ἐθνῶν πάσης τῆς γῆς σῶσαι τὸν λαὸν αὐτῶν ἐκ χειρός μου; 14 τίς ἐν πᾶσι τοῖς θεοῖς τῶν ἐθνῶν τούτων, οὓς ἐξωλόθρευσαν οἱ πατέρες μου; μὴ ἐδύναντο σῶσαι τὸν λαὸν αὐτῶν ἐκ χειρός μου, ὅτι δυνήσεται ὁ Θεὸς ὑμῶν σῶσαι ὑμᾶς ἐκ χειρός μου; 15 νῦν οὖν μὴ ἀπατάτω ὑμᾶς ᾿Εζεκίας καὶ μὴ πεποιθέναι ὑμᾶς ποιείτω κατὰ ταῦτα, καὶ μὴ πιστεύετε αὐτῷ· ὅτι οὐ μὴ δύνηται ὁ Θεὸς παντὸς ἔθνους καὶ βασιλείας τοῦ σῶσαι τὸν λαὸν αὐτοῦ ἐκ χειρός μου καὶ ἐκ χειρὸς πατέρων μου, ὅτι ὁ Θεὸς ὑμῶν οὐ μὴ σώσει ὑμᾶς ἐκ χειρός μου. 16 καὶ ἔτι ἐλάλησαν οἱ παῖδες αὐτοῦ ἐπὶ τὸν Κύριον Θεὸν καὶ ἐπὶ ᾿Εζεκίαν παῖδα αὐτοῦ. 17 καὶ βιβλίον ἔγραψεν ὀνειδίζειν τὸν Κύριον Θεὸν ᾿Ισραὴλ καὶ εἶπε περὶ αὐτοῦ λέγων· ὡς οἱ θεοὶ τῶν ἐθνῶν τῆς γῆς οὐκ ἐξείλαντο λαοὺς αὐτῶν ἐκ χειρος μου, οὕτως οὐ μὴ ἐξέληται ὁ Θεὸς ᾿Εζεκίου λαὸν αὐτοῦ ἐκ χειρός μου, 18 καὶ ἐβόησε φωνῇ μεγάλῃ ᾿Ιουδαϊστὶ ἐπὶ τὸν λαὸν ῾Ιερουσαλὴμ τὸν ἐπὶ τοῦ τείχους, τοῦ φοβῆσαι αὐτοὺς καὶ κατασπάσαι, ὅπως προκαταλάβωνται τὴν πόλιν. 19 καὶ ἐλάλησεν ἐπὶ Θεὸν ῾Ιερουσαλήμ, ὡς καὶ ἐπὶ θεοὺς λαῶν τῆς γῆς, ἔργα χειρῶν ἀνθρώπων. 20 καὶ προσηύξατο ᾿Εζεκίας ὁ βασιλεὺς καὶ ῾Ησαΐας υἱὸς ᾿Αμὼς ὁ προφήτης περὶ τούτων καὶ ἐβόησαν εἰς τὸν οὐρανόν. 21 καὶ ἀπέστειλε Κύριος ἄγγελον, καὶ ἐξέτριψε πάντα δυνατὸν πολεμιστὴν καὶ ἄρχοντα καὶ στρατηγὸν ἐν τῇπαρεμβολῇ βασιλέως ᾿Ασσούρ, καὶ ἀπέστρεψε μετὰ αἰσχύνης προσώπου εἰς τὴν γῆν ἑαυτοῦ. καὶ ἦλθεν εἰς οἶκον Θεοῦ αὐτοῦ, καὶ τῶν ἐξελθόντων ἐκ κοιλίας αὐτοῦ κατέβαλον αὐτὸν ἐν ῥομφαίᾳ. 22 καὶ ἔσωσε Κύριος τὸν ᾿Εζεκίαν καὶ τοὺς κατοικοῦντας ἐν ῾Ιερουσαλὴμ ἐκ χειρὸς Σενναχηρὶμ βασιλέως ᾿Ασσοὺρ καὶ ἐκ χειρὸς πάντων καὶ κατέπαυσεν αὐτοὺς κυκλόθεν. 23 καὶ πολλοὶ ἔφερον δῶρα τῷ Κυρίῳ εἰς ῾Ιερουσαλὴμ καὶ δόματα τῷ ᾿Εζεκίᾳ βασιλεῖ ᾿Ιούδα, καὶ ὑπερήρθη κατ’ ὀφθαλμοὺς πάντων τῶν ἐθνῶν μετὰ ταῦτα. 24 ᾿Εν ταῖς ἡμέραις ἐκείναις ἠρρώστησεν ᾿Εζεκίας ἕως θανάτου· καὶ προσηύξατο πρὸς Κύριον, καὶ ἐπήκουσεν αὐτῷ, καὶ σημεῖον ἔδωκεν αὐτῷ. 25 καὶ οὐ κατὰ τὸ ἀνταπόδομα, ὃ ἔδωκεν αὐτῷ ἀνταπέδωκεν ᾿Εζεκίας, ἀλλὰ ὑψώθη ἡ καρδία αὐτοῦ, καὶ ἐγένετο ἐπ’ αὐτὸν ὀργὴ καὶ ἐπὶ ᾿Ιούδαν καὶ ῾Ιερουσαλήμ. 26 καὶ ἐταπεινώθη ᾿Εζεκίας ἀπὸ τοῦ ὕψους τῆς καρδίας αὐτοῦ αὐτὸς καὶ οἱ κατοικοῦντες ῾Ιερουσαλήμ, καὶ οὐκ ἐπῆλθεν ἐπ’ αὐτοὺς ὀργὴ Κυρίου ἐν ταῖς ἡμέραις ᾿Εζεκίου. 27 καὶ ἐγένετο τῷ ᾿Εζεκίᾳ πλοῦτος καὶ δόξα πολλὴ σφόδρα, καὶ θησαυροὺς ἐποίησεν αὐτῷ ἀργυρίου καὶ χρυσίου καὶ τοῦ λίθου τοῦ τιμίου καὶ εἰς τὰ ἀρώματα καὶ ὁπλοθήκας καὶ εἰς σκεύη ἐπιθυμητὰ 28 καὶ πόλεις εἰς τὰ γεννήματα τοῦ σίτου καὶ οἴνου καὶ ἐλαίου καὶ κώμας καὶ φάτνας παντὸς κτήνους καὶ μάνδρας εἰς τὰ ποίμνια 29 καὶ πόλεις, ἃς ᾠκοδόμησεν αὐτῷ, καὶ ἀποσκευὴν προβάτων καὶ βοῶν εἰς πλῆθος, ὅτι ἔδωκεν αὐτῷ Κύριος ἀποσκευὴν πολλὴν σφόδρα. 30 αὐτὸς ᾿Εζεκίας ἐνέφραξε τὴν ἔξοδον τοῦ ὕδατος Γιὼν τὸ ἄνω καὶ κατηύθυνεν αὐτὰ κάτω πρὸς λίβα τῆς πόλεως Δαυίδ· καὶ εὐωδώθη ᾿Εζεκίας ἐν πᾶσι τοῖς ἔργοις αὐτοῦ. 31 καὶ οὕτως τοῖς πρεσβευταῖς τῶν ἀρχόντων ἀπὸ Βαβυλῶνος τοῖς ἀποσταλεῖσι πρὸς αὐτὸν πυθέσθαι παρ’ αὐτοῦ τό τέρας, ὃ ἐγένετο ἐπὶ τῆς γῆς, ἐγκατέλιπεν αὐτὸν Κύριος τοῦ πειράσαι αὐτόν, εἰδέναι τὰ ἐν τῇ καρδίᾳ αὐτοῦ. 32 καὶ τὰ λοιπὰ τῶν λόγων ᾿Εζεκίου καὶ τὸ ἔλεος αὐτοῦ ἰδοὺ γέγραπται ἐν τῇ προφητείᾳ ῾Ησαΐου υἱοῦ ᾿Αμὼς τοῦ προφήτου καὶ ἐπὶ βιβλίου βασιλέων ᾿Ιούδα καὶ ᾿Ισραήλ. 33 καὶ ἐκοιμήθη ᾿Εζεκίας μετὰ τῶν πατέρων αὐτοῦ, καὶ ἔθαψαν αὐτὸν ἐν ἀναβάσει τάφων υἱῶν Δαυίδ, καὶ δόξαν καὶ τιμὴν ἔδωκαν αὐτῷ ἐν τῷ θανάτῳ αὐτοῦ πᾶς ᾿Ιούδα καὶ οἱ κατοικοῦντες ἐν ῾Ιερουσαλήμ· καὶ ἐβασίλευσε Μανασσῆς υἱὸς αὐτοῦ ἀντ’ αὐτοῦ.

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