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2 Kings 18:9-15

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18:9 In the fourth year of King Hezekiah’s reign (it was the seventh year of the reign of Israel’s King Hoshea, son of Elah), King Shalmaneser of Assyria marched 1  up against Samaria 2  and besieged it. 18:10 After three years he captured it (in the sixth year of Hezekiah’s reign); in the ninth year of King Hoshea’s reign over Israel Samaria was captured. 18:11 The king of Assyria deported the people of Israel 3  to Assyria. He settled them in Halah, along the Habor (the river of Gozan), and in the cities of the Medes. 18:12 This happened because they did not obey 4  the Lord their God and broke his agreement with them. 5  They did not pay attention to and obey all that Moses, the Lord’s servant, had commanded. 6 

Sennacherib Invades Judah

18:13 In the fourteenth year of King Hezekiah’s reign, King Sennacherib of Assyria marched up against all the fortified cities of Judah and captured them. 18:14 King Hezekiah of Judah sent this message to the king of Assyria, who was at Lachish, “I have violated our treaty. 7  If you leave, I will do whatever you demand.” 8  So the king of Assyria demanded that King Hezekiah of Judah pay three hundred talents 9  of silver and thirty talents of gold. 18:15 Hezekiah gave him all the silver in 10  the Lord’s temple and in the treasuries of the royal palace.

1 tn Heb “went” (also in v. 13).

2 map For location see Map2 B1; Map4 D3; Map5 E2; Map6 A4; Map7 C1.

3 tn The Hebrew text has simply “Israel” as the object of the verb.

4 tn Heb “listen to the voice of.”

5 tn Heb “his covenant.”

6 tn Heb “all that Moses, the Lord’s servant, had commanded, and they did not listen and they did not act.”

7 tn Or “I have done wrong.”

8 tn Heb “Return from upon me; what you place upon me, I will carry.”

9 tn The Hebrew term כִּכָּר (kikkar, “circle”) refers generally to something that is round. When used of metals it can refer to a disk-shaped weight made of the metal or to a standard unit of weight, generally regarded as a talent. Since the accepted weight for a talent of metal is about 75 pounds, this would have amounted to about 22,500 pounds of silver and 2,250 pounds of gold.

10 tn Heb “that was found.”



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