New International Version

2 Kings 18:1-37

Hezekiah King of Judah

1In the third year of Hoshea son of Elah king of Israel, Hezekiah son of Ahaz king of Judah began to reign. 2He was twenty-five years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem twenty-nine years. His mother’s name was Abijah18:2 Hebrew Abi, a variant of Abijah daughter of Zechariah. 3He did what was right in the eyes of the Lord, just as his father David had done. 4He removed the high places, smashed the sacred stones and cut down the Asherah poles. He broke into pieces the bronze snake Moses had made, for up to that time the Israelites had been burning incense to it. (It was called Nehushtan.18:4 Nehushtan sounds like the Hebrew for both bronze and snake.)

5Hezekiah trusted in the Lord, the God of Israel. There was no one like him among all the kings of Judah, either before him or after him. 6He held fast to the Lord and did not stop following him; he kept the commands the Lord had given Moses. 7And the Lord was with him; he was successful in whatever he undertook. He rebelled against the king of Assyria and did not serve him. 8From watchtower to fortified city, he defeated the Philistines, as far as Gaza and its territory.

9In King Hezekiah’s fourth year, which was the seventh year of Hoshea son of Elah king of Israel, Shalmaneser king of Assyria marched against Samaria and laid siege to it. 10At the end of three years the Assyrians took it. So Samaria was captured in Hezekiah’s sixth year, which was the ninth year of Hoshea king of Israel. 11The king of Assyria deported Israel to Assyria and settled them in Halah, in Gozan on the Habor River and in towns of the Medes. 12This happened because they had not obeyed the Lord their God, but had violated his covenant—all that Moses the servant of the Lord commanded. They neither listened to the commands nor carried them out.

13In the fourteenth year of King Hezekiah’s reign, Sennacherib king of Assyria attacked all the fortified cities of Judah and captured them. 14So Hezekiah king of Judah sent this message to the king of Assyria at Lachish: “I have done wrong. Withdraw from me, and I will pay whatever you demand of me.” The king of Assyria exacted from Hezekiah king of Judah three hundred talents18:14 That is, about 11 tons or about 10 metric tons of silver and thirty talents18:14 That is, about 1 ton or about 1 metric ton of gold. 15So Hezekiah gave him all the silver that was found in the temple of the Lord and in the treasuries of the royal palace.

16At this time Hezekiah king of Judah stripped off the gold with which he had covered the doors and doorposts of the temple of the Lord, and gave it to the king of Assyria.

Sennacherib Threatens Jerusalem

17The king of Assyria sent his supreme commander, his chief officer and his field commander with a large army, from Lachish to King Hezekiah at Jerusalem. They came up to Jerusalem and stopped at the aqueduct of the Upper Pool, on the road to the Washerman’s Field. 18They called for the king; and Eliakim son of Hilkiah the palace administrator, Shebna the secretary, and Joah son of Asaph the recorder went out to them.

19The field commander said to them, “Tell Hezekiah:

“ ‘This is what the great king, the king of Assyria, says: On what are you basing this confidence of yours? 20You say you have the counsel and the might for war—but you speak only empty words. On whom are you depending, that you rebel against me? 21Look, I know you are depending on Egypt, that splintered reed of a staff, which pierces the hand of anyone who leans on it! Such is Pharaoh king of Egypt to all who depend on him. 22But if you say to me, “We are depending on the Lord our God”—isn’t he the one whose high places and altars Hezekiah removed, saying to Judah and Jerusalem, “You must worship before this altar in Jerusalem”?

23“ ‘Come now, make a bargain with my master, the king of Assyria: I will give you two thousand horses—if you can put riders on them! 24How can you repulse one officer of the least of my master’s officials, even though you are depending on Egypt for chariots and horsemen18:24 Or charioteers? 25Furthermore, have I come to attack and destroy this place without word from the Lord? The Lord himself told me to march against this country and destroy it.’ ”

26Then Eliakim son of Hilkiah, and Shebna and Joah said to the field commander, “Please speak to your servants in Aramaic, since we understand it. Don’t speak to us in Hebrew in the hearing of the people on the wall.”

27But the commander replied, “Was it only to your master and you that my master sent me to say these things, and not to the people sitting on the wall—who, like you, will have to eat their own excrement and drink their own urine?”

28Then the commander stood and called out in Hebrew, “Hear the word of the great king, the king of Assyria! 29This is what the king says: Do not let Hezekiah deceive you. He cannot deliver you from my hand. 30Do not let Hezekiah persuade you to trust in the Lord when he says, ‘The Lord will surely deliver us; this city will not be given into the hand of the king of Assyria.’

31“Do not listen to Hezekiah. This is what the king of Assyria says: Make peace with me and come out to me. Then each of you will eat fruit from your own vine and fig tree and drink water from your own cistern, 32until I come and take you to a land like your own—a land of grain and new wine, a land of bread and vineyards, a land of olive trees and honey. Choose life and not death!

“Do not listen to Hezekiah, for he is misleading you when he says, ‘The Lord will deliver us.’ 33Has the god of any nation ever delivered his land from the hand of the king of Assyria? 34Where are the gods of Hamath and Arpad? Where are the gods of Sepharvaim, Hena and Ivvah? Have they rescued Samaria from my hand? 35Who of all the gods of these countries has been able to save his land from me? How then can the Lord deliver Jerusalem from my hand?”

36But the people remained silent and said nothing in reply, because the king had commanded, “Do not answer him.”

37Then Eliakim son of Hilkiah the palace administrator, Shebna the secretary, and Joah son of Asaph the recorder went to Hezekiah, with their clothes torn, and told him what the field commander had said.

Chinese Contemporary Bible (Simplified)

列王纪下 18:1-37

希西迦做犹大王

1以拉的儿子以色列何细亚执政第三年,犹大亚哈斯的儿子希西迦登基。 2他二十五岁登基,在耶路撒冷执政二十九年。他母亲叫亚比雅18:2 “亚比雅”此处的希伯来文为亚比,是亚比雅的变体。,是撒迦利雅的女儿。 3希西迦效法他祖先大卫,做耶和华视为正的事。 4他拆除丘坛,砸碎神柱,砍倒亚舍拉神像,打碎摩西造的铜蛇,因为当时以色列人仍向铜蛇烧香,称之为尼忽士旦18:4 尼忽士旦”可能是“蛇”和“铜”的组合词。5希西迦信靠以色列的上帝耶和华,在他前后的犹大诸王没有一个可与他相比。 6他对耶和华忠心不渝,遵守耶和华颁给摩西的诫命。 7耶和华与他同在,他凡事顺利。他反抗亚述王的统治,不再臣服于他。 8他击败非利士人,从他们的瞭望塔和坚城,一直打到迦萨及其四境。

9希西迦执政第四年,即以拉的儿子以色列何细亚执政第七年,亚述撒缦以色起兵攻打撒玛利亚城,将城包围。 10三年之后,就是希西迦执政第六年,以色列何细亚执政第九年,撒玛利亚失陷。 11亚述王把以色列人掳到亚述,将他们安置在哈腊歌散哈博河一带以及玛代人的城邑里。 12这都是因为以色列人没有听从他们的上帝耶和华,违背了祂的约,不遵行祂仆人摩西所吩咐的一切。

亚述人攻打耶路撒冷

13希西迦王执政第十四年,亚述西拿基立起兵攻取了犹大所有的坚城。 14希西迦王差遣使者去拉吉亚述王说:“我知罪了,求你退兵!我愿意满足你的任何要求。”亚述王向希西迦索要十吨银子和一吨金子。 15希西迦将耶和华殿里和王宫库房里的所有银子都给了他, 16又刮下他包在耶和华殿门和门柱上的金子,一并送去。 17亚述王派他的元帅、都统和将军从拉吉率领大军到耶路撒冷希西迦。到了耶路撒冷后,他们驻扎在上池的水沟旁、通往漂布场的路上。 18他们要求见王。希勒迦的儿子宫廷总管以利亚敬、书记舍伯那亚萨的儿子史官约亚出来见他们。 19亚述的将军说:“你们去告诉希西迦,伟大的亚述王说,‘你凭什么这样自信呢? 20你所谓的战略和军力不过是空话。你究竟倚靠谁,竟敢背叛我? 21看啊,你所倚靠的埃及只不过是一根破裂的芦苇,谁倚靠它,谁的手就会被刺伤。倚靠埃及王法老的下场都是这样。’ 22也许你会说,‘我们倚靠我们的上帝耶和华。’希西迦不是拆除了祂的庙宇和祭坛,又吩咐犹大耶路撒冷的人要在耶路撒冷的祭坛前敬拜祂吗? 23来,跟我主人亚述王打个赌,你若能找到两千骑士,我就给你两千匹马! 24你们即使依靠埃及的战车和骑兵,又怎能打败我主人的一个最小的将领呢? 25更何况我来攻打、毁灭这地方不正是耶和华的意思吗?耶和华吩咐我攻打、毁灭这地方。”

26以利亚敬舍伯那约亚亚述的将军说:“求你用亚兰语跟仆人们说话,我们都听得懂。求你不要用希伯来语跟我们说话,免得城墙上的人听见。” 27亚述的将军却说:“难道我主人派我来只对你们和你们的王说这些话吗?不也是对城墙上的人说吗?他们和你们一样都要吃自己的粪,喝自己的尿。” 28于是,他站着用希伯来语大喊:“你们要听伟大的亚述王的话。 29王说,‘你们不要被希西迦欺骗,他不能从我手中救你们。 30不要听希西迦的话去倚靠耶和华,说什么耶和华必拯救你们,这城必不会落在亚述王手中。’ 31不要听希西迦的话。亚述王说,‘你们要跟我讲和,出来归顺我,你们就可以吃自己葡萄树和无花果树的果子,喝自己井里的水。 32以后我会来领你们到一个地方,那里和这里一样有五谷和新酒、饼和葡萄园。你们就可以存活,不至于死。希西迦说耶和华会拯救你们,不要听信他的话。 33有哪个国家的神明曾经从亚述王手中救他的国家吗? 34哈马亚珥拔的神明在哪里呢?西法瓦音希拿以瓦的神明又在哪里呢?他们从我手中救出撒玛利亚了吗? 35这些国家的神明哪个从我手中救了自己的国家呢?难道耶和华能从我手中救耶路撒冷吗?’” 36民众默不作声,因为希西迦曾吩咐他们不要答话。 37总管以利亚敬、书记舍伯那和史官约亚都撕裂衣服,去向希西迦禀告亚述的将军说的话。