The king of Assyria sent his chief adviser 1 from Lachish to King Hezekiah in Jerusalem, 2 along with a large army. The chief adviser 3 stood at the conduit of the upper pool which is located on the road to the field where they wash and dry cloth. 4
I took them to the Lord’s temple. I took them into the room where the disciples of the prophet Hanan son of Igdaliah stayed. 1 That room was next to the one where the temple officers stayed and above the room where Maaseiah son of Shallum, one of the doorkeepers 2 of the temple, stayed.
If the place he 1 chooses to locate his name is too far for you, you may slaughter any of your herd and flock he 2 has given you just as I have stipulated; you may eat them in your villages 3 just as you wish.
In the presence of the Lord your God you must eat from the tithe of your grain, your new wine, 1 your olive oil, and the firstborn of your herds and flocks in the place he chooses to locate his name, so that you may learn to revere the Lord your God always.
You shall rejoice before him 1 – you, your son, your daughter, your male and female slaves, the Levites in your villages, 2 the resident foreigners, the orphans, and the widows among you – in the place where the Lord chooses to locate his name.
It then went up the Valley of Ben Hinnom to the slope of the Jebusites on the south (that is, Jerusalem), 1 going up to the top of the hill opposite the Valley of Ben Hinnom to the west, which is at the end of the Valley of the Rephaites to the north.
Far be it from us to rebel against the Lord by turning back today from following after the Lord by building an altar for burnt offerings, sacrifices, and tokens of peace 1 aside from the altar of the Lord our God located in front of his dwelling place!” 2
The bones of Joseph, which the Israelites had brought up from Egypt, were buried at Shechem in the part of the field that Jacob bought from the sons of Hamor, the father of Shechem, for one hundred pieces of money. 1 So it became the inheritance of the tribe of Joseph. 2
Afterward you will go to Gibeah of God, where there are Philistine officials. 1 When you enter the town, you will meet a company of prophets coming down from the high place. They will have harps, tambourines, flutes, and lyres, and they will be prophesying.
The king of Assyria sent his commanding general, the chief eunuch, and the chief adviser 1 from Lachish to King Hezekiah in Jerusalem, 2 along with a large army. They went up and arrived at Jerusalem. They went 3 and stood at the conduit of the upper pool which is located on the road to the field where they wash and dry cloth. 4
He brought all the priests from the cities of Judah and ruined 1 the high places where the priests had offered sacrifices, from Geba to Beer Sheba. 2 He tore down the high place of the goat idols 3 situated at the entrance of the gate of Joshua, the city official, on the left side of the city gate.
The Annals of the Prophets include his prayer, give an account of how the Lord responded to it, record all his sins and unfaithful acts, and identify the sites where he built high places and erected Asherah poles and idols before he humbled himself. 1
But if you repent 1 and obey 2 my commandments and do them, then even if your dispersed people are in the most remote location, 3 I will gather them from there and bring them to the place I have chosen for my name to reside.’
‘I know 1 where you live – where Satan’s throne is. Yet 2 you continue to cling 3 to my name and you have not denied your 4 faith in me, 5 even in the days of Antipas, my faithful witness, 6 who was killed in your city 7 where Satan lives.