The Secret Prayer Nook

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From House and Garden Magazine: They call this the ‘book room’. It appears to have an office on top but they did not show a clear picture of the area where the ladder leads to (on their instagram), so I assume it is a desk/office area. I love libraries.

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This is what I love most about this book room…the secret room behind the book case. It could be one’s own secret prayer closet/nook to get close to Yah.  Remember Yahoshua told us to go to our secret place and pray. Yahoshua went to his secret place to pray when he went to the garden of Gethsemane (Hebrew Gatsmanim) at the bottom of Mount Olive. See Mattithyah 6:6 and Mattithyah 26:36.

Some scriptures about getting close to Yah: Psalm 73:28, Psalm 145:18 James 4:8.

 

2 Malakim Chapters 20 and 21

Chapter 21: Manasseh Reigns in Yahudah Fifty-five Years and He Does Evil in the Sight of Yah Then He Repents

1 Manasseh was twelve years old when he became king and he reigned fifty-five years in Yahrushalom. His mother’s name was Hephzibah. 2 And he did evil in the sight of Yah, according to the abominations of the nations whom Yah had cast out before the children of Ysrayl. 3 For he rebuilt the high places which Hezekiyah his father had destroyed. He raised up altars for Baal and made a wooden image (for Asherah, a Canaanite goddess) as Ahab king of Ysrayl had done and he worshiped all the host of heaven (the gods of the Assyrians or the fallen angels) and served them. 4 He also built altars in the house of Yah of which Yah had said, “In Yahrushalim I will put My name”. 5 And he built altars for all the host of heaven in the two courts of the house of Yah. 6 And he made his son pass through the fire, practiced soothsaying, used witchcraft and consulted spiritists and mediums. He did much evil in the sight of Yah to provoke Him to anger. 7 He even set a carved image of Asherah that he had made, in the house of which Yah had said to David and to Solomon his son, “In this house and in Yahrushalim, which I have chosen out of all the tribes of Ysrayl, I will put My name forever. And I will not make the feet of Ysrayl wander anymore from the land which I gave their fathers, only if they are careful to do according to all the law that My servant Moses commanded them”. 9 But they paid no attention and Manasseh seduced them to do more evil than the nations whom Yah had destroyed before the children of Ysrayl.

Yah Sends Prophets to King Manasseh and Manasseh Persecutes Them: Yah Brings Such Calamity on Yahrushalom and Yahudah That Makes the Ears Itch

10 And Yah spoke by His servants the prophets saying: 11 “Because Manasseh king of Yahudah has done these abominations (he has acted more wickedly than all the Ammorites who were before him and has also made Yahudah sin with his idols). 12 Therefore, Thus says Yah Almighty of Ysrayl: ‘Behold, I am bringing such calamity upon Yahrushalom and Yahudah, that whoever hears of it, both his ears will tingle. 13 And I will stretch over Yahshalim the measuring line of Samaria and the plummet of the house of Ahab. I will wipe Yahrushalom as one wipes a dish, wiping it and turning it upside down. 14 So I will forsake the remnant of My inheritance and deliver them into the hand of their enemies and they shall become victims of plunder to all their enemies–15 Because they have done evil in My sight and have provoked Me to anger since the day their fathers came out of Egypt, even to this day’.”16 Moreover, Manasseh shed very much innocent blood, till he had filled Yahrushalom from one end to another, besides his sin by which he made Yahudah sin, in doing evil in the sight of Yah.

Manasseh Rests With His Fathers

17 Now the rest of the acts of Manasseh, all that he did and the sin that he committed, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Yahudah? 18 So Manasseh rested with his fathers and was buried in the garden of his own house, in the garden of Uzzayah. Then his son Amon reigned in his place.

*Manasseh repented to Yah in 2 Chronicles chapter 33.

Amon’s Reigns Two Years and Does Evil in the Sight of Yah

19 Amon was twenty-two years old when he became king and he reigned two years in Yahrushalom. His mother’s name was Meshullemeth the daughter of Haruz of Yotbah. 20 And he did evil in the sight of Yah, as his father Manasseh had done. 21 So he walked in all the ways that his father had walked and he served the idols that his father had served and worshiped them. 22 He forsook Yah Almighty of his fathers and did not walk in the way of Yah.

Amon is Murdered

23 Then the servants of Amon conspired against him and killed the king in his own house. 24 But the people of the land executed all those who had conspired against King Amon. Then the people of the land made his son Yoshiyah king in his place. 25 Now the rest of the acts of Amon which he did, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Yahudah? 26 And he was buried in his tomb in the garden of Uzzayah. Then Yoshiyah his son reigned in his place.

Chapter 22: Yoshiyah Reigns in Yahudah Thirty-One Years and Did Righteous in the Sight of Yah Not Turning Right Nor Left

1 Yoshiyah was eight years old when he became king and he reigned thirty-one years in Yahrushalom. His mother’s name was Yedidyah the daughter of Adaiyah of Bozkath. 2 And he did what was right in the sight of Yah and walked in all the ways of his father David. He did not turn aside to the right hand or to the left.

Yoshiyah Asks the High Priest Hilikiyah to Collect the Money So Yah’s House Can Be Repaired

3 Now it came to pass, in the eighteenth year of King Yoshiyah, that the king sent Shaphan the scribe, the son of Azaliyah, the son of Meshullam, to the house of Yah saying: 4 Go up to Hilikiyah the high priest, that he may count the money which has been brought into the house of Yah, which the doorkeepers have gathered from the people. 5 And let them deliver it into the hand of those doing the work, who are the overseers in the house of Yah. Let them give it to those who are in the house of Yah doing the work, to repair the damages of the house–6 To carpenters and builders and masons and to buy timber and hewn stone to repair the house. 7 However, there need be no accounting made with them of the money delivered into their hand because they deal faithfully.

Hilikiyah the High Priest Finds the Book of the Law and Gives it to the Scribe Shaphan to Read: Shaphan Shows the Law Book to King Yoshiyah: Yoshiyah Tears His Clothes and Asks Hilikiyah to Go and Inquire of Yah

8 Then Hilikiyah the high priest said to Shaphan the scribe, “I have found the Book of the Law in the house of Yah”. And Hilikiyah gave the book to Shaphan and he read it. 9 So Shaphan the scribe went to the king, bringing the king word saying, “Your servants have gathered the money that was found in the house and have delivered it into the hand of those who do the work, who oversee the house of Yah”. 10 Then Shaphan the scribe showed the king saying, “Hilikiyah the priest has given me a book”. And Shaphan read it before the king. 11 Now it happened, when the king heard the words of the Book of the Law, that he tore his clothes. 12 Then the king commanded Hilikiyah the priest, Ahikam the son of Shaphan, Achbor (Abdon the son of Micah in 2 Chronicles 34:20) the son of Michaiyah, Shaphan the scribe and Asaiyah a servant of the king saying–13 “Go, inquire of Yah for me, for the people and for all Yahudah, concerning the words of this book that has been found. For great is the wrath of Yah that is aroused against us, because our fathers have not obeyed the words of this book, to do according to all that is written concerning us”.

Hilikiyah and the Servants of Yoshiyah Inquire of Yah Through Huldah Prophetess of Yah: Yah saw Yoshiyah Cry and Tear His Clothes: Yah Promises No Calamity Upon Yahudah During the Reign of Yoshiyah

14 So Hilikiyah the priest, Ahikam, Achbor, Shaphan and Asaiyah went to Huldah the prophetess, the wife of Shallum the son of Tikvah, the son of Harhas, keeper of the wardrobe. She dwelt in Yahrushalom in the Second Quarter. And they spoke with her. 15 Then she said to them, “Thus says Yah Almighty of Ysrayl, ‘Tell the man who sent you to Me: 16 Thus says Yah: ‘Behold, I will bring calamity on this place and on its inhabitants, all the words of the book which the king of Yahudah has read–17 Because they have forsaken Me and burned incense to the gods, that they might provoke Me to anger with all the works of their hands. Therefore, My wrath shall be aroused against this place and shall not be quenched’.” 18 “But as for the king of Yahudah, who sent you to inquire of Yah, in this manner you shall speak to him, ‘Thus says Yah of Ysrayl: “Concerning the words which you have heard–19 Because your heart was tender and you humbled yourself before Yah when you heard what I spoke against this place and against its inhabitants, that they would become a desolation and a curse and you tore your clothes and wept for Me, I also have heard you,” says Yah. 20 Surely, therefore, I will gather you to your fathers and you shall be gathered to your grave in peace and your eyes shall not see the calamity which I will bring on this place’.” So they brought back word to the king.

Peculiar Births Part 2

I was watching a tv show yesterday called The Doctors. Back in February of this year  in Los Angeles, there was a Hebrew baby named Silas, born in full caul or enclosed in its amniotic sac, also called a veil by some people. Interestingly, The Doctors seems to be the only media that showed the woman who gave birth, her face. So I saw that she is ‘black’.

Have you ever heard of a baby born with a double amniotic sac? My aunt once told me that, that was even more rare. That person would probably have double the wisdom something like Ylishua who asked Yah for a double portion of Yliyah’s spirit. Ylishua also healed.

http://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/parenting/baby-silas-philips-born-still-inside-amnoitic-sac-at-26-weeks/story-fnet08xa-1227238577304

2 Malakim Chapters 19 and 20

Chapter 19: Hezekiyah Mourns and Sends His Servants to Ask Isaiah the Prophet to Pray For Yahudah

1 And so it was, when King Hezekiyah heard it, that he tore his clothes, covered himself with sackcloth and went into the house of Yah. 2 Then he sent Yliakim, who was over the household, Shebna the scribe and the zahkin of the priests, covered with sackcloth to Isaiah the prophet, the son of Amoz. 3 And they said to him, “Thus says Hezekiyah: ‘This day is a day of trouble and rebuke and blasphemy, for the children have come to birth but there is not strength to bring them forth. 4 It may be that Yah your Almighty will hear all the words of the Rabshakeh, whom his master the king of Assyria has sent to reproach the living Yah and will rebuke the words which Yah your Almighty has heard. Therefore, lift up your prayer for the remnant that is left”.

Isaiah Assures Hezekiyah that Yah Will Deliver

5 So the servants of King Hezekiyah came to Isaiah. 6 And Isaiah said to them, “Thus you shall say to your master, ‘Thus says Yah: Do not be afraid of the words which you have heard, with which the servants of the king of Assyria have blasphemed Me. 7 Surely I will send a spirit upon him and he shall hear a rumor and return to his own land and I will cause him to fall by the sword in his own land’.”

The King of Assyria Believes Yah Will Not Deliver Yahudah Because the Fallen Angels Did Not Deliver The Nations and He Brags About His Conquests

8 Then the Rabshakeh returned and found the king of Assyria warring against Libnah, for he heard that he had departed from Lachish. 9 And the king heard concerning Tirhakah king of Ethiopia, “Look, he has come out to make war with you.” So he again sent messengers to Hezekiyah saying–10 “Thus you shall speak to Hezekiyah king of Yahudah saying: Do not let your Almighty in whom you trust deceive you saying ‘Yahrushalom shall not be given into the hand of the king of Assyria”. 11 “Look! You have heard what the kings of Assyria have done to all lands by utterly destroying them and shall you be delivered? 12 Have the gods of the nations delivered those whom my fathers have destroyed, Gozan and Haran and Rezeph and the people of Eden who were in Telassar? 13 Where is the king of Hamath, the king of Arpad and the king of the city of Sepharvaim, Hena and Ivah?”

Hezekiyah Receives the Letter with the Threat and Blasphemy and Takes the Letter to Yah and He Prays to Yah

14 And Hezekiyah received the letter from the hand of the messengers and read it and Hezekiyah went up to the house of Yah and spread it before Yah. 15 Then Hezekiyah prayed before Yah and said, “O Yah of Ysrayl, the One who dwells between the Cherubim, You are Almighty, You alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth. You have made heaven and earth. 16 Incline Your ear, O Yah and hear. Open Your eyes, O Yah and see and hear the words of Sennacherib which he has sent to reproach the living Yah. 17 Truly, Yah, the kings of Assyria have laid waste the nations and their lands–18 And have cast their gods into the fire, for they were not gods but the work of men’s hands, wood and stone. Therefore, they destroyed them. 19 Now therefore, O Yah our Power, I pray, save us from his hand, that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that You are the Almighty Power, You alone”.

Yah Answers Hezekiyah Through Isaiah the Prophet

20 Then Isaiah the son of Amoz sent to Hezekiyah saying, “Thus says Yah Almighty of Ysrayl: ‘Because you have prayed to Me against Sennacherib king of Assyria, I have heard’. 21 This is the word which Yah has spoken concerning him: ‘The virgin, the daughter of Zion has despised you, laughed you to scorn. The daughter of Yahrushalom has shaken her head behind your back!

22 Whom have you reproached and blasphemed? Against whom have you raised your voice and lifted up your eyes on high? Against the Qodesh One of Ysrayl. 23 By your messengers you have reproached Yah and said: ‘By the multitude of my chariots, I have come up to the height of the mountains, to the limits of Lebanon. I will cut down its tall cedars and its choice cypress trees. I will enter the extremity of its borders, to its fruitful forest. 24 I have dug and drunk strange water and with the soles of my feet, I have dried up all the brooks of defense”.

25 Did you not hear long ago how I made it, from ancient times that I formed it? Now I have brought it to pass, that you should be for crushing fortified cities into heaps of ruins. 26 Therefore, their inhabitants had little power. They were dismayed and confounded. They were as the grass of the field and the green herb, as the grass of the housetops and grain blighted before it is grown.

27 But I know your dwelling place, your going out and your coming in and your rage against Me. 28 Because your rage against Me and your tumult have come up to My ears. Therefore, I will put My hook in your nose and My bridle in your lips and I will turn you back by the way which you came.

29 This shall be a sign to you: You shall eat this year such as grows of itself and in the second year what springs from the same. Also, in the third year sow and reap, plant vineyards and eat the fruit of the. 30 And the remnant who have escaped  of the house of Yahudah shall again take root downward and bear fruit upward. 31 For out of Yahrushalom shall go a remnant and those who escape from Mount Zion. The zeal of Yah of Hosts will do this.

*Compare to Isaiah 37:32.

32 Therefore, thus says Yah concerning the king of Assyria: He shall not come into this city. Nor shoot an arrow there. Nor come before it with shield. Nor build a siege mound against it. 33 By the way that he came, by the same shall he return and he shall not come into this city, says Yah. 34 For I will defend this city, to save it, for My own sake and for My servant David’s sake’.”

Sennacherib’s Death: Yah Sends an Angel to Put a Surprise Overnight Whipping on the Assyrians: The Death of Sennacherib by the hands of His Sons

35 And it came to pass on a certain night that the angel (Malak) of Yah went out and killed in the camp of the Assyrians one hundred and eighty-five thousand and when people arose early in the morning there were the corpses–all dead. 36 So Sennacherib king of Assyria departed and went away, returned home and remained at Nineveh. 37 Now it came to pass, as he was worshiping in the temple of Nisroch his god, that his sons Adrammelech and Sharezer struck him down with the sword and they escaped into the land of Ararat. Then Esarhaddon his son reigned in his place.

Chapter 20: Yah tells Hezekiyah That He is About To Die: Hezekiyah Cries: Yah hears His Plea and Extends His Life: Isaiah Heals Hezekiyah with Figs

1 In those days, Hezekiyah was sick and near death. And Isaiah the prophet, the son of Amoz went to him and said to him, “Thus says Yah: Set your house in order, for you shall die and not live”. 2 Then he turned his face toward the wall and prayed to Yah saying–3 Remember now, O Yah, I pray, how I have walked before You in truth and with a loyal heart and have done what was good in Your sight”. And Hezekiyah wept bitterly. 4 And it happened, before Isaiah had gone out into the middle court, that the word of Yah came to him saying–5 Return and tell Hezekiyah the leader of My people, ‘Thus says Yah, the Power of David your father, ‘I have heard your prayer, I have seen your tears. Surely I will heal you. On the third day, you shall go up to the house of Yah. 6 And I will add to your days fifteen years. I will deliver you and this city from the hand of the king of Assyria and I will defend this city for My own sake and for the sake of My servant David’.” 7 Then Isaiah said, “Take a lump of figs”. So they took and laid it on the boil and he recovered.

*Compare to 2 Chronicles 16:11-14, where King Asayah did not seek Yah to cure his illness.

The Sign of the Backward Shadow

8 And Hezekiyah said to Isaiah, “What is the sign that Yah will heal me and that I shall go up to the house of Yah the third day”? 9 Then Isaiah said, “This is the sign to you from Yah, that Yah will do the thing which He has spoken: Shall the shadow go forward ten degrees or go backward ten degrees”? 10 And Hezekiyah answered, “It is an easy thing for the shadow to go down ten degrees, no let the shadow go backward ten degrees”. 11 So Isaiah the prophet cried out to Yah and He brought the shadow ten degrees backward, by which it had gone down on the sundial of Ahaz.

Hezekiyah Shows the King of Babylon All the Wealth in His House: Hezekiyah Did Not Stay Guarded

12 At that time Berodach-Baladan (spelled Merodach-Baladan in Isaiah 39:1) the son of Baladan, king of Babylon, sent letters and a present to Hezekiyah, for he heard that Hezekiyah had been sick. 13 And Hezekiyah was attentive to them and showed them all the house of his treasuries–the silver and gold, the spices and precious ointment and all his armory, all that was found among his treasures. There was nothing in his house or in all his dominion that Hezekiyah did not show them.

*According to 2 Chronicles 32:31, Yah was testing Hezekiyah. Yah had withdrawn from Hezekiyah when he was telling all that was in his house.

The Word of Yah Comes to Isaiah Saying The Children of Ysrayl Will Be Captive in Babylon and Will Take All the Possessions With Them

14 Then Isaiah the prophet went to King Hezekiyah and said to him, “What did these men say and from where did they come to you”? So Hezekiyah said, “They came from a far country, from Babylon”. 15 And he said, “What have they seen in your house?” So Hezekiyah answered, “They have seen all that is in my house. There is nothing among my treasures that I have not shown them”.16 Then Isaiah said to Hezekiyah, “Hear the word of Yah: 17 ‘Behold, the days are coming when all that is in your house and what your fathers have accumulated until this day, shall be carried to Babylon. Nothing shall be left,’ says Yah. 18 And they shall take away some of your sons who will descend from you, whom you will beget and they shall be eunuchs in the palace of the king of Babylon’.” 19 So Hezekiyah said to Isaiah, “The word of Yah which you have spoken is good (or true)”! For he said, “Will there not be peace and truth at least in my days”?

The Death of Hezekiyah

20 Now the rest of the acts of Hezekiyah, all his might and how he made a pool and a tunnel and brought water into the city, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Yahudah? 21 So Hezekiyah rested with his fathers. Then Manasseh his son reigned in his place.

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2 Malakim Chapters 17 and 18

Chapter 17: Hoshea Reigns in Ysrayl: Hoshea was Evil in the Sight of Yah But Not as Yeroboam and Ahab

In the twelfth year of Ahaz king of Yahudah, Hoshea the son of Ylath became king of Ysrayl in Samaria and he reigned nine years. 2 And he did evil in the sight of Yah but not as the kings of Ysrayl who were before him. 3 Shalmaneser king of Assyria came up against him and Hoshea became his vassal and paid him tribute money. 4 And the king of Assyria uncovered a conspiracy by Hoshea, for he had sent messengers to So, the king of Egypt and brought no tribute to the king of Assyria, as he had done year by year. Therefore, the king of Assyria shut him up and bound him in prison.

Samaria is Besieged Three Years by the King of Assyria

5 Now the king of Assyria went throughout all the land and went up to Samaria and besieged it for three years. 6 In the ninth year of Hoshea, the king of Assyria took Samaria and carried Ysrayl away to Assyria and placed them in Halah and by the Habor, the River of Gozan and in the cities of the Medes.

Yah Testifies Against Ysrayl and Yahudah:  The Israylites Serve the Fallen Angels Moloch and Baal: Ten Tribes of the North Are Taken Captive into Assyria (Around 722-720 BCE)

7 For so it was that the children of Ysrayl had sinned against Yah their Almighty, who had brought them up out of the land of Egypt, from under the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt and they had feared (reverenced) the gods–8 And had walked in the statues of the nations whom Yah had cast out from before the children of Ysrayl and of the kings of Ysrayl, which they had made. 9 Also the children of Ysrayl secretly did against Yah their Almighty things that were not right and they built for themselves high places in all their cities, from watchtower to fortified city. 10 They set up for themselves sacred pillars and wooden images (Hebrew Asherim, Canaanite deities) on every high hill and under every green tree. 11 There they burned incense on all the high places, like the nations whom Yah had carried away before them and they did wicked things to provoke Yah to anger. 12 For they served idols, of which Yah had said to them, “You shall not do this thing”. 13 Yet Yah testified against Ysrayl and against Yahudah, by all of His prophets, every seer saying, “Turn from your evil ways and keep My commandments and My statues, according to all the law which I commanded your fathers and which I sent to you by My servants the prophets”. 14 Nevertheless, they would not hear but stiffened their necks, like the necks of their fathers, who did not believe in Yah their Father. 15 And they rejected His statues and His covenant that He had made with their fathers and His testimonies which He had testified against them. They followed idols, became idolaters and went after the nations who were all around them, concerning whom Yah had charged them that they should not do like them. 16 So they left all the commandments of Yah their Almighty, made for themselves a molded image and two calves, made a wooden image and worshiped all the host of heaven and served Baal. 17 And they caused their sons and daughters to pass through the fire, practiced witchcraft and soothsaying and sold themselves to do evil in the sight of Yah, to provoke Him to anger. 18 Therefore, Yah was very angry with Ysrayl and removed them from His sight. There was none left but the tribe of Yahudah alone.

Yahudah Walked in the Statues of Ysrayl and Not Yah but Yah Did Not Put Them into Captivity

19 Also Yahudah did not keep the commandments of Yah their Father but walked in the statues of Ysrayl which they made 20 And Yah rejected all the descendants of Ysrayl, afflicted them and delivered them into the hand of plunderers, until He had cast them from His sight. 21 For He tore Ysrayl from the house of David and they made Yeroboam the son of Nebat king. Then Yeroboam drove Ysrayl from following Yah and made them commit a great sin. 22 For the children of Ysrayl walked in all the sins of Yeroboam which he did. They did not depart from them—23 Until Yah removed Ysrayl out of His sight, as He had said by all His servants the prophets. So Ysrayl was carried away from their own land to Assyria, as it is to this day.

Assyria Resettles Samaria: The Assyrians Do Not Fear Yah: Yah Sends Lions to Eat Some of the Assyrians: A Priest of Yah Teaches Some of the Assyrians How to Fear Yah

24 Then the king of Assyria brought people from Babylon, Cuthah, Av, Hamath and from Sepharvaim and placed them in the cities of Samaria instead of the children of Ysrayl and they took possession of Samaria and dwelt in its cities. 25 And it was so, at the beginning of their dwelling there, that they did not fear Yah. Therefore, Yah sent lions among them, which killed some of them. 26 So they spoke to the king of Assyria saying, “The nations whom you have removed and placed in the cities of Samaria do not know the rituals of Yah of the land. Therefore, He has sent lions among them and indeed, they are killing them because they do not know the rituals of Yah of the land”. 28 Then one of the priests whom they had carried away from Samaria came and dwelt in Bethyl and taught them how they should fear Yah.

The Nations Continue Making Images of the Gods to Worship: Yah Tells the Nations Do Not Fear (Reverence) the Gods but They Remained Luke Warm After Finding Out About Yah

29 However, every nation continued to make gods of its own and put them in the shrines on the high places which the Samaritans had made, every nation in the cities where they dwelt. 30 The men of Babylon made Succoth Benoth, the men of Cuth made Nergal, the men of Hamath made Ashima—31 And the Avites made Nibhaz and Tartak and the Sepharvites burned their children in fire to Adrammelech and Anammelech, the gods of Sepharvaim. 32 So they feared Yah and from every class they appointed themselves priests of the high places, who sacrificed for them in the shrines of the high places. 33 They feared Yah, yet they served their own gods, according to the rituals of the nations from among whom they were carried away. 34 To this day, they continue practicing the former rituals. They do not fear Yah nor do they follow their statues or their ordinances or the law and commandment which Yah had commanded the children of Yahqob, whom He named Ysrayl—35 With whom Yah had made a covenant and charged them saying, “You shall not fear the gods nor bow down to them nor serve them nor sacrifice to them–36 But Yah, who brought you up from the land of Egypt with great power and an outstretched arm, Him you shall fear, Him you shall worship and to Him you shall offer sacrifice. 37 And the statues, the ordinances, the law and the commandment which He wrote for you, you shall be careful to observe forever. You shall not fear (reverence) the gods. 38 And the covenant that I have made with you, you shall not forget nor shall you fear the gods. 39 But Yah your Almighty you shall fear and He will deliver you from the hand of all your enemies”. 40 However, they did not obey but they followed their former rituals. 41 So these nations feared Yah yet served their carved images. Also their children and their children’s children have continued doing as their fathers did, even to this day.

Read Revelation 3:16 about being luke warm.

Chapter 18: Hezekiyah Reigns in Yahudah: Hezekiyah is Righteous in the Sight of Yah

1 Now it came to pass in the third year of Hoshea the son of Ylah, king of Ysrayl, that Hezekiyah the son of Ahaz, king of Yahudah began to reign. 2 He was twenty-five years old when he became king and he reigned twenty-nine years in Yahrushalom. His mother’s name was Abiyah (see 2 Chronicles 29:1) the daughter of Zechariyah. 3 And he did what was right in the sight of Yah, according to all that his father David had done.

Hezekiyah Cuts Down the Images of the Gods: Hezekiyah Has Great Faith in Yah: Hezekiyah Refuses to Serve the King of Assyria

4 He removed the high places and broke the sacred pillars, cut down the wooden image (Hebrew Asherah, a Canaanite goddess) and broke in pieces the bronze serpent that Moshe had made. For until those days, the children of Ysrayl burned incense to it and called it Nehustan (literally bronze thing). 5 He trusted in Yah Almighty of Ysrayl so that after him was none like him among all the kings of Yahudah nor who were before Him. 6 For he held fast to Yah. He did not depart from following Him but kept His commandments which Yah had commanded Moshe. 7 Yah was with him. He prospered wherever he went. And he rebelled against the king of Assyria and did not serve him. 8 He subdued the Philistines, as far as Gaza and its territory, from watchtower to fortified city.

Ysrayl Went into Captivity During King Hoshea’s Reign and During King Hezekiyah of Yahudah’s Reign: Yah Punishes Ysrayl For Not Keeping the Commandments

9 Now it came to pass in the fourth year of King Hezekiyah, which was the seventh year of Hoshea the son of Ylah, king of Ysrayl, that Shalmaneser the king of Assyria came up against Samaria and besieged it. 10 and at the end of three years, they took it. In the sixth year of Hezekiyah, that is, ninth year of Hoshea king of Ysrayl, Samaria was taken. 11 Then the king of Assyria carried Ysrayl away captive to Assyria and put them in Halah and by the Habor, the River of Gozan and in the cities of the Medes—12 Because they did not obey the voice of Yah their Power but transgressed His covenant and all that Moshe the servant of Yah had commanded and they would neither hear nor do them.

Sennacherib King of Assyria Captures All the Fortified Cites of Yahudah: Hezekiyah Pays Sennacherib in Silver and Gold

13 And in the fourteenth year of King Hezekiyah, Sennacherib king of Assyria came up against all the fortified cities of Yahudah and took them. 14 Then Hezekiyah king of Yahudah sent to the king of Assyria at Lachish saying, “I have done wrong. Turn away from me, whatever you impose on me I will pay”. And the king of Assyria assessed Hezekiyah king of Yahudah three hundred talents of silver and thirty talents of gold. 15 At that time Hezekiyah stripped the gold from the doors of the temple of Yah and from the pillars which Hezekiyah king of Yahudah had overlaid and gave it to the king of Assyria.

King Sennacherib Boosts Against Yah: The king of Assyria Wants Hezekiyah to Serve Him Like a God

17 Then the king of Assyria sent the Tartan (a title, probably commander-in-chief), the Rabsaris (a title, probably chief officer) and the Rabshkeh (a title, probably chief of staff or governor) from Lachish, with a great army against Yahrushalom. When they had come up, they went and stood by the aqueduct from the pool, which was on the highway to the Fuller’s Field. 18 And when they had called to the king, Yliakim the son of Hilikiyah, who was over the household, Shebna the scribe and Yoah the son of Asaph, the recorder came out to them. 19 Then the Rabshakeh said to them, “Say now to Hezekiyah, ‘Thus says the great king, the king of Assyria: What confidence is this in which you trust’? 20 You speak of having plans and power for war but they are mere words. And in whom do you trust, that you rebel against me? 21 Now look! You are trusting in the staff of this broken reed, Egypt, on which if a man leans, it will go into his hand and pierce it. So it Pharaoh king of Egypt to all who trust in him. 22 But if you say to me, ‘Trust in Yah our Almighty, is it not He whose high places and whose altars Hezekiyah has taken away and said to Yahudah and Yahrushalom, ‘You shall worship before this altar in Yahrushalom’?” 23 “Now therefore, I urge you, give a pledge to my master the king of Assyria and I will give you two thousand horses, if you are able on your part to put riders on them! 24 How then will you repel one captain of the least of my master’s servants and put your trust in Egypt for chariots and horsemen? 25 Have I now come up without Yah against this place to destroy it? Yah said to me, ‘Go up against this land and destroy it’.”

The Messenger of the King of Assyria is Asked to Speak Aramaic So the People of Yahudah Will Not Understand But He Speaks Loudly in Hebrew So That They Will Hear: The Messenger Encourages the People to Rebel Against Yah and Hezekiyah

26 Then Yliakim the son of Hilikiyah, Shebna and Yoah said to the Ravshakeh, “Please speak to your servants in Aramaic for we understand it and do not speak to us in Hebrew (literally Yahudean) in the hearing of the people who are on the wall”. 27 But the Rabshakeh said to them, “Has my master sent me to your master and to you to speak these words and not to the men who sit on the wall, who will eat and drink their own waste with you’? 28 Then the Rabshakeh stood and called out with a loud voice in Hebrew and spoke saying, “Hear the word of the great king, the king of Assyria! 29 Thus says the king: ‘Do not let Hezekiyah deceive you, for he shall not be able to deliver us. This city shall not be given into the hand of the king of Assyria’.” 30 Nor let Hezekiyah make you trust in Yah saying, “Yah will surely deliver us, this city shall not be given into the hand of the king of Assyria’.” 31 Do not listen to Hezekiyah, for thus says the king of Assyria: ‘Make peace with me by a present and come out to me and every one of you eat from his own vine and every one from his own fig tree and every one of you drink the waters of his own cistern– 32 Until I come and take you away to a land like your own land, a land of grain and new wine, a land of bread and vineyards, a land of olive groves and honey, that you may live and not die. but do not listen to Hezekiyah, lest he persuade you saying, “Yah will deliver us”. 33 ‘Has any of the gods of the nations at all delivered its land from the hand of the king of Assyria? 34 Where are the gods of Hamath and Arpad? Where are the gods of Sepharvaim and Hena and Ivah? Indeed, have they delivered Samaria from my hand? 35 Who among all the gods of the lands have delivered their countries from my hand, that Yah should deliver Yahushalom from my hand’?”

The People of Yahudah Do Not Answer the Messenger As They Were Commanded by Hezekiyah: The Servants of Hezekiyah Tear Their Clothes Mourning

36 But the people held their peace and answered him not a word, for the king’s commandment was, “Do not answer him”. 37 Then Yliakim the son of Hilikiyah, who was over the household, Shebna the scribe and Yoah the son of Asaph, the recorder, came to Hezekiyah with their clothes torn and told him the words of the Rabshakeh.

 

 

 

2 Malakim Chapters 15 and 16

Chapter 15: Azariyah Reigns in Yahudah and Does Right in the Sight of Yah But He Did Not Tear Down the High Places: Yah Strikes Azariyah with Leprosy

1 In the twenty-seventh year of Yeroboam king of Ysrayl, Azariyah the son of Amaziyah, king of Yahudah, became king. 2 He was sixteen years old when he became king and he reigned fifty-two years in Yahrushalom. His mother’s name was Yahcholiyah of Yahrushalom. 3 And he did what was right in the sight of Yah, according to all that his father Amaziyah had done–4 Except that the high places were not removed. The people still sacrificed and burned incense on the high places. 5 Then Yah struck the king, so that he was a leper until the day of his death. So he dwelt in an isolated house. And Yahtham the king’s son was over the royal house, judging the people of the land. 6 Now the rest of the acts of Azariyah and all that he did, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Yahudah? 7 So Azariyah rested with his fathers and they buried him with his fathers in the City of David. Then Yahtham his son reigned in his place.

Zechariyah Reigns in Ysrayl and He is Evil in the Sight of Yah: His Son Shallum Murders Him and Becomes King

8 In the thirty-eighth year of Azariyah king of Yahudah, Zechariyah the son of Yeroboam reighned over Ysrayl in Samaria six months. 9 And he did evil in the sight of Yah, as his fathers had done. He did not depart from the sins of Yeroboam the son of Nebat, who had made Ysrayl sin. 10 Then Shallum the son of Yahbesh conspired against him and struck and killed him in front of the people and he reigned in his place. 11 Now the rest of the acts of Zechariyah, indeed they are written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Ysrayl. 12 This was the word of Yah which He spoke to Yahu saying, “Your sons shall sit on the throne of Ysrayl to the fourth generation (2 Kings 10:30). And so it was.

Shallum Reigns in Ysrayl One Month

13 Shallum the son of Yahbesh became king in the thirty-ninth year of Uzziyah (or Azariyah 14:21, 15:1) king of Yahudah and he reigned a full month in Samaria. 14 For Menahem the son of Gadi went up from Tirzah, came to Samaria and struck Shallum the son of Yahbesh in Samaria and killed him and he reigned in his place. 15 Now the rest of the acts of Shallum and the conspiracy which he led, indeed they are written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Ysrayl. 16 Then from Tizrah, Menahem attacked Tipshah, all who were there and its territory. Because they did not surrender, therefore he attacked it. All the women there who were with child he ripped open.

*See Exodus 20:12, You shall Honor your mother and father so that your days upon the earth shall be many.

Menahem Reigns in Ysrayl  Ten Years and He is Evil in the Sight of Yah

17 In the thirty-ninth year of Azariyah king of Yahudah, Menahem the son of Gadi became king over Ysrayl and reigned ten years in Samaria. 18 And he did evil in the sight of Yah. He did not depart all his days from the sins of Yeroboam the son of Nebat, who had made Ysrayl sin. 19 Pul (that is Tiglath-Pileser III), king of Assyria came against the land and Menahem gave Pul a thousand talents of silver, that his hand might be with him to strengthen the kingdom under his control. 20 And Menahem exacted the money from Ysrayl, from all the very wealthy, from each man fifty shekels of silver, to give to the king of Assyria. So the king of Assyria turned back and did not stay there in the land. 21 Now the rest of the acts of Menahem and all that he did, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Ysrayl? 22 So Menahemarested with his fathers. Then Pekahiyah his son reigned in his place.

Pekahiyah Reigns in Ysrayl Two Years and He is Evil in the Sight of Yah: Pekah the Son of an Officer Murders Pekahiyah

23 In the fiftieth year of Azariyah king of Yahudah, Pekahiyah the son of Menahem became king over Ysrayl in Samaria and reigned two years. 24 And he did evil in the sight of Yah. He did not depart from the sins of Yeroboam the son of Nebat, who had made Ysrayl sin. 25 Then Pekah the son of Remaliyah, an officer of his, conspired against him and killed him in Samaria, in the citadel of the king’s house, along with Argob and Arieh and with him were fifty men of Gilead. He killed him and reigned in his place.

Pekah Reigns in Ysrayl Twenty Years: He was Evil in the sight of Yah: Many Cities of Naphtali are Captured: Hosea and His Men Murder Pekah

27 In the fifty-second year of Azariyah king of Yahudah, Pekah the son of Remaliyah became king over Ysrayl in Samaria and reigned twenty years. 28 And he did evil in the sight of Yah. He did not depart from the sins of Yeroboam the son of Nebat, who had made Ysrayl sin. 29 In the days of Pekah king of Ysrayl, Tiglath-Pileser king of Assyria came and took Iyon, Abyl Beth Maachah, Yanoah, Kedesh, Hazor, Gilead and Galilee, all the land of Naphtali and he carried them captive to Assyria. 30 Then Hosea the son of Ylah led a conspiracy against Pekah the son of Remaliyah and struck and killed him. So he  reigned in his place in the twentieth year of Yahtham the son of Uzziyah. 31 Now the rest of the acts of Pekah and all that he did, indeed they are written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Ysrayl.

Yahtham Reigns in Yahudah and Does Right in the Sight of Yah However He Does Not Tear Down the High Places: Yahtham Builds an Upper Gate For the House of Yah: Yah Sends Assyria and Ysrayl Against Yahudah

32 In the second year of Pekah the son of Remaliyah, the king of Ysrayl, Yahtham the son of Uzziyah, king of Yahudah, began to reign. 33 He was twenty-five years old when he became king and he reigned sixteen years in Yahrushalom. His mother’s name was Yahrusha (spelled Yahrushah in 2 Chronicles 27:1) the daughter of Zadok. 34 And he did what was right in the sight of Yah. He did according to all that his father Uzziyah had done. 35 However, the high places were not removed. The people still sacrificed and burned incense on the high places. He built the Upper Gate of the house of Yah. 36 Now the rest of the acts of Yahtham and all that he did, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Yahudah? 37 In those days Yah began to send Rezin the king of Syria and Pekah the son of Remaliyah against Yahudah. 38 So Yahtham rest with his fathers and was buried with his fathers in the City of David his father. Then Ahaz his son reigned in his place.

Chapter 16: Ahaz (or Ahaziyah) Reigns in Yahudah Twenty Years and He is Evil in the Sight of Yah

1 In the seventeenth year of Pekah the son of Remaliyah, Ahaz the son of Yatham, king of Yahudah began to reign. 2 Ahaz was twenty years old when he became king and he reigned sixteen years in Yahrushalom and he did not do what was right in the sight of Yah his Almighty, as his father David had done. 3 But he walked in the way of the kings of Ysrayl. Indeed, he made his son pass through fire, according to the abominations of the nations whom Yah had cast out from before the children of Ysrayl. 4 And he sacrificed and burned incense on the high places, on the hills and under every green tree.

*He worshiped Molech, Leviticus 18:21.

Ysrayl and Syria Come Against Ahaz of Yahudah But Do Not Prevail

5 Then Rezin king of Syria and Pekah the son of Remaliyah, king of Ysrayl came up to Yahrushalom to make war and they besieged Ahaz but could not overcome him. 6 At that time Rezin king of Syria captured Ylath for Syria and drove the men of Yahudah from Ylath. Then the Edomites (some translations read Syrians) went to Ylath and dwell there to this day.

Ahaz Asks the King of Assyria For Help and Pays with Silver and Gold: The King of Assyria Has Rezin Killed

7 So Ahaz sent messengers to Tiglath-Pileser king of Assyria saying, “I am your servant and your son. Come up and save me from the hand of the king of Syria and from the hand of the king of Ysrayl, who rise up against me”. 8 And Ahaz took the silver and gold that was found in the house of Yah and in the treasuries of the king’s house and sent it as a present to the king of Assyria. 9 So the king of Assyria heeded him, for the king of Assyria went up against Damascus and took it, carried its people captive to Kir and killed Rezin.

Ahaz Has Uriyah the Priest Build an Altar  in Yahrushalom Like the Altar in Assyria: Ahaz Serves the God of Assyria

10 Now King Ahaz went to Damascus to meet Tiglath-Pileser king of Assyria and saw an altar that was at Damascus and King Ahaz set to Uriyah the priest the design of the altar and its pattern, according to all its workmanship. 11 Then Uriyah the priest built an altar according to all that King Ahaz had sent from Damascus. So Uriyah the priest made it before King Ahaz back from Damascus. 12 And when the king came back from Damascus, the king saw the altar and the king approached the altar and made offerings on it. 13 So he burned his burnt offering and his grain offering and he poured his drink offering and sprinkled the blood of his peace offering on the altar. 14 He also brought the bronze altar which was before Yah, from the front of the temple, from between the new altar and the house of Yah and put it on the north side of the new altar. 15 Then King Ahaz commanded Uriyah the priest saying, “On the great new altar burn the morning burnt offering, the evening grain offering, the king’s burnt sacrifice and his grain offering, with the burnt offering of all the people of the land, their grain offering and their drink offerings and sprinkle on it all the blood of the burnt offering and all the blood of the sacrifice. And the bronze altar shall be for me to inquire by. 16 Thus did Uriyah the priest, according to all that King Ahaz commanded.

Ahaz Removes Hallmarks of Yah’s Temple

17 And King Ahaz cut off the panels of the carts and removed the lavers from them. And he took down the Sea from the bronze oxen that were under it and put it on a pavement of stones. 18 Also he removed the Shabbat pavilion which they had built in the temple and he removed the king’s outer entrance from the house of Yah, on account of the king of Assyria. 19 Now the rest of the acts of Ahaz which he did, are they not written int he book of the chronicles of the kings of Yahudah? 20 So Ahaz rested with his fathers and was buried with his fathers in the City of David. Then Hezekiyah his son reigned in his place.