My brown sugar daylilies are blooming.
My neighbor’s Jasmine is blooming. It smells like perfume.
Chapter 25: Nebuchadnezzar’s Chaldean Army Surrounds Yahrushalom: Famine in the Land
1 Now it came to pass in the ninth year of his reign, in the tenth month, on the tenth day of the month, that Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon and all his army came against Yahrushalom and encamped against it and they built a siege wall against it all around. 2 So the city was besieged until the eleventh year of King Zedekiyah. 3 By the ninth day of the fourth month the famine had become so severe in the city that there was no food for the people of the land.
Some of the Men of Yahudah Escape Through the City Walls During the Night: King Zedekiyah Tries to Escape but is Captured: Zedekiyah’s Sons are Killed Before His Eyes: Zedekiyah’s Eyes are Put Out and He is Taken to Babylon
4 Then the city wall was broken through and all the men of war fled at night by way of the gate between two walls which was by the king’s garden, even though the Chaldeans were still encamped all around against the city. And the king went by way of the plain (or Arabah, that is, the Yardan Valley). 5 But the army of the Chaldeans pursued the king and they overtook him in the plains of Yericho. All his army was scattered from him. 6 So they took the king and brought him up to the king of Babylon at Riblah and they pronounced judgment on him. 7 Then they killed the sons of Zedekiyah before his eyes, put out the eyes of Zedekiyah, bound him with bronze fetters and took him to Babylon.
*Yeremiyah 34:3, Yeremiyah 38:23 and Yahzeqyl 12:13.
Yahrushalom is Captured and Many Houses Burned Including Yah’s House
8 And in the fifth month, on the seventh day of the month (which was the nineteenth year of King Nebuzaradan king of Babylon), Nebuchadnezzar the captain of the guard, a servant of the king of Babylon, came to Yahrushalom. 9 He burned the house of Yah and the king’s house, all the houses of Yahrushalom, that is, all the houses of the great, he burned with fire. 10 And all the army of the Chaldeans who were with the captain of the guard broke down the walls of Yahrushalom all around.
The Rest of the Citizens of Yahudah are Taken Captive Except the Very Poor: The Very Poor are to Tend the Land of Yahudah: The Chaldeans Break the Bronze Pillars of Yah’s House: Nebuzaradan Takes the Bronze Gold and Silver Things of the Temple:
11 Then Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard carried away captive the rest of the people who remained in the city and the defectors who had deserted to the king of Babylon, with the rest of the multitude. 12 But the captain of the guard left some of the poor of the land as vinedressers and farmers. 13 The bronze pillars that were in the house of Yah and the carts and the bronze Sea that were in the house of Yah, the Chaldeans broke in pieces and carried their bronze to Babylon. 14 They also took away the pots, shovels, the trimmers, the spoons and all the bronze utensils with which the priests ministered. 15 The firepans and the basins, the things of solid gold and solid silver, the captain of the guard took away. 16 The two pillars, one Sea and the carts which Solomon had made for the house of Yah, the bronze of all these articles was beyond measure. 17 The height of one pillar was eighteen cubits and the capital on it was of bronze. The height of the capital was three cubits and the network and pomegranates all around the capital were all of bronze. The second pillar was the same, with a network.
Many Officials of Yahudah Put to Death
18 And the captain of the guard took Seraiyah the chief priest, Zephaniyah the second priest and the three doorkeepers. 19 He also took out of the city an officer who had charge of the men of war, five men of the king’s close associates who were found in the city, the chief recruiting officer of the army, who mustered the people of the land and sixty men of the people of the land who were found in the city. 20 So Nebuzaradan, captain of the guard took these and brought them to the king of Babylon at Riblah. 21 Then the king of Babylon struck them and put them to death at Riblah in the land of Hamath. Thus Yahudah was carried away from its own land.
Gedaliyah Made Governor of Yahudah
22 Then he made Gedaliyah the son of Ahikam, the son of Shaphan, governor over the people who remained in the land of Yahudah, whom Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon had left. 23 Now when all the captains of the armies, they and their men, heard that the king of Babylon had made Gedaliyah governor, they came to Gedaliyah at Mizpah—Ishmayl the son of Nethaniyah, Yohanan the son of Careah, Seraiyah the son of Tanhumeth the Netophahite and Yaazaniyah (spelled Yahzaniyah in Yeremiyah 40:8) the son of a Maachathite, they and their men. 24 And Gedaliyah took an oath before them and their men and said to them, “Do not be afraid of the servants of the Chaldeans. Dwell in the land and serve the king of Babylon and it shall be well with you”.
Gedaliyah Killed by Israylites and Chaldeans: The People of Yahudah Flee to Egypt Because They are Afraid of the Chaldeans
25 But then it happened in the seventh month that Ishmayl the son of Nethaniyah, the son of Ylishama, of the royal family, came with ten men and struck and killed Gedaliyah, the Israylites, as well as the Chaldeans who were with him at Mizpah 26 And all the people, small and great and the captains of the armies arose and went to Egypt, for they were afraid of the Chaldeans.
Yahoiachin Released from Prison
27 Now it came to pass in the thirty-seventh year of the captivity of Yahoiachin king of Yahudah, in the twelfth month, on the twenty-seventh day of the month, that Evil-Merodach (literally the man of Marduk) king of Babylon, in the year that he began to reign, released Yahoiachin king of Yahudah from prison. 28 He spoke kindly to him and gave him a more prominent seat than those of the kings who were with him in Babylon. 29 So Yahoiachin changed his prison garments and he ate bread regularly before the king all the days of his life. 30 And as for his provisions, there was a regular ration given him by the king, a portion for each day, all the days of his life.
*Sounds like Yahoiachin may have repented to Yah while in prison and Yah had mercy upon him, doesn’t it?
Chapter 23: Yoshiyah Reads the Book of Yah’s Laws
1 Now the king sent them to gather all the zahkin of Yahudah and Yahrushalom to him. 2 The king went up to the house of Yah with all the men of Yahudah and with him all the inhabitants of Yahrushalom—the priests and the prophets and all the people, both small and great. And he read in the hearing all the words of the Book of the Covenant which had been found in the house of Yah.
Yoshiyah Promises to Follow the Teachings of Yah’s Laws: Yoshiyah Removes the Gods and Priests From Yahrushalom and All Around
3 Then the king stood by a pillar and made a covenant before Yah, to follow Yah and to keep his commandments and His testimonies and His statues with all his heart and all his soul, to perform the words of this covenant that were written in this book. And all the people took a stand for the covenant. 4 And the king commanded Hilikiyah the high priest, the priests of the second order and the doorkeepers, to bring out of the temple of Yah all the articles that were made for Baal, for Asherah (a Canaanite goddess) and all the hosts of heaven (the gods of the Assyrians) and burned them outside Yahrushalom in the fields of Kidron and carried their ashes to Bethyl. 5 Then he removed the idolatrous priests whom the kings of Yahudah had ordained to burn incense on the high places in the cities of Yahudah and in the places all around Yahrushalom and those who burned incense to Baal, to the sun, to the moon, to the constellations (or stars) and to all the host of heaven (or fallen angels). 6 And he brought out the wooden image (or Asherah the Canaanite goddess) from the house of Yah, to the Brook Kidron and ground it to ashes and three its ashes on the graves of the common people.
Yoshiyah Destroys the Sex Temples and Temples at the Gates of Yahrushalom
7 Then he tore down the ritual booths of the perverted persons (Hebrew qedeshim, that is, those practicing sodomy and prostitution in religious rituals with the fallen ones) that were in the house of Yah , where the women wove hangings for the wooden image (Asterah). 8 And he brought all the priests from the cities of Yahudah and defiled the high places where the priests had burned incense, from Geba to Beersheba. Also he broke down the high places at the gates which were at the entrance of the Gate of Yahoshua the governor of the city, which were to the left of the city gate. 9 Nevertheless, the priests of the high places did not come up to the altar of Yah in Yahrushalom but they ate unleavened bread among their brothers.
Yoshiyah Destroys the Fire Walk of Molech: Yoshiyah Destroys the Horses Chariots and Altars Made by Kings Ahaz and Manasseh Because they were Dedicated to the Fallen Angels (Gods)
10 And he defiled Topheth, which is in the Valley of the Son(s) of Hinnom, that no man might make his son or his daughter pass through the fire to Molech. 11 Then he removed the horses that the kings of Yahudah had dedicated to the sun, at the entrance to the house of Yah, by the chamber of Nathan-Melech, the officer who was in the court and he burned the chariots of the sun with fire. 12 The altars that were on the roof, the upper chamber of Ahaz, which the kings of Yahudah had made and the altars which Manasseh had made in the two courts of the house of Yah, the king broke down and pulverized there and threw their dust into the Brook Kidron.
Yoshiyah Destroys the High Places that King Solomon Made
13 Then the king defiled the high places that were east of Yahrushalom, which were on the south of the Mount of Corruption, which Solomon king of Ysrayl had built for Ashtoreth the abomination of the Sidonians, for Chemosh the abomination of the Moabites and for Milcom (Molech) the abomination of the people of Ammon. 14 And he broke in pieces the sacred pillars and cut down the wooden images and filled their places with the bones of men.
Yoshiyah Burns the High Place that King Yeroboam Made
15 Moreover, the altar that was at Bethyl and the high place which Yeroboam the son of Nebat, who made Ysrayl sin, had made, both that altar and the high place he broke down and he burned the high place and crushed it to powder and burned the wooden image.
Yoshiyah Turns Wicked Men’s Bones into Ashes and Destroys Yeroboam’s Bethyl Altar as Prophesied by a Man of Yah: Yoshiyah Leaves Intact the Two Prophet’s Bones
16 As Yoshiyah turned, he saw the tombs that were there on the mountain. And he sent and took the bones out of the tombs and burned them on the altar and defiled it according to the word of Yah which the man of Yah proclaimed, who proclaimed these words. (See 1 Kings 13:2-5, a man of Yah told Yeroboam that this will happen). 17 Then he said, “What gravestone is this that I see”? So the men of the city told him, “It is the tomb of the man of Yah who came from Yahudah and proclaimed these things which you have done against the altar of Bethyl”. 18 And he said, “Let him alone. Let no one move his bones”. So they let his bones alone, with the bones of the prophet who came from Samaria. (See 1 Kings 13:11, 31).
Yoshiyah Destroys the Priests Altars Wicked Men’s Bones and High Places in Samaria Also
19 Now Yoshiyah also took away all the shrines of the high places that were in the cities of Samaria, which the kings of Ysrayl had made to provoke Yah to anger and he did to them according to all the deeds he had done in Bethyl. 20 He executed all the priests of the high places who were there, on the altars and burned men’s bones on them and he returned to Yahrushalom.
Yoshiyah and the People Keep Passover in Yahrushalom as Commanded by Yah
21 Then the king commanded all the people saying, “Keep the Passover to Yah your Almighty, as it is written in this Book of the Covenant”. 22 Such a Passover surely had never been held since the days of the judges who judged Ysrayl nor in all the days of the kings of Ysrayl and the kings of Yahudah. 23 But in the eighteenth year of king Yoshiyah this Passover was held before Yah in Yahrushalom.
Yoshiyah Put Away Household Idols Mediums and Spiritists: Yoshiyah Loved Yah with All His Heart Soul and Might
24 Moreover, Yoshiyah put away those who consulted mediums and spiritists, the household gods and idols, all the abominations that were seen in the land of Yahudah and in Yahrushalom, that he might perform the words of the law which were written in the book that Hilikiyah the priest found in the house of Yah. 25 Now before him there was no king like him, who turned to Yah with all his heart, with all his soul and with all his might, according to all the Law of Moshe nor after him did any arise like him.
*Yoshiyah was a battle-ax for Yah!
Impending Judgement on Yahudah Because Manasseh Killed the Prophets: Yah is Still Angry at the People of Yahudah
26 Nevertheless, Yah did not turn from the fierceness of His great wrath, with which His anger was aroused against Yahudah because of all the provocations with which Manasseh had provoked Him. 27 And Yah said, “I will also remove Yahudah from My sight, as I have removed Ysrayl and will cast off this city Yahrushalom which I have chosen and the house of which I said, ‘My name shall be there’.” (See 1 Kings 8:29).
*Remember Yah promised Yoshiyah that Yahudah would not go into captivity during his reign.
Yoshiyah is Killed by Pharaoh Necho in Battle at Megiddo
28 Now the rest of the acts of Yoshiyah and all that he did, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Yahudah? 29 In his days Pharaoh Necho king of Egypt went to the aid of the king of Assyria, to the River Euphrates and King Yoshiyah went against him. And Pharaoh Necho killed him at Megiddo when he confronted him. 30 Then his servants moved his body in a chariot from Megiddo, brought him to Yahrushalom and buried him in his own tomb. And the people of the land took Yahoahaz the son of Yoshiyah, anointed him and made him king in his father’s place.
King Yahoahaz Reigns in Yahudah Three Months and He is Evil in the Sight of Yah: Pharoah Necho Puts Yahoahaz in Prison Where He Dies
31 Yahoahaz was twenty-three years old when he became king and he reigned three months in Yahrushalom. His mother’s name was Hamutal the daughter of Yeremiyah of Libnah. 32 And he did evil in the sight of Yah, according to all that his fathers had done. 33 Now Pharoah Necho put him in prison at Riblah in the land of Hamath, that he might not reign in Yahrushalom and he imposed on the land a tribute (tax) of one hundred talents of silver and a talent of gold. 34 Then Pharaoh Necho made Yliakim the son of Yoshiyah king in place of his father Yoshiyah and changed his name to Yahoiakim. And Pharoah took Yahoahaz and went to Egypt and he (Yahoahaz) died there.
Yahoiakim Another Son of Yoshiyah Reigns in Yahudah and He is Evil in the Sight of Yah
35 So Yahoiakim gave the silver and gold to Pharaoh but he taxed the land to give money according to the command of Pharaoh. He exacted the silver and gold from the people of the land, from every one according to his assessment, to give it to Pharaoh Necho. 36 Yahoiakim was twenty-five years old when he became king and he reigned eleven years in Yahrushalom. His mother’s name was Zebudah the daughter of Pedaiyah of Rumah. 37 And he did evil in the sight of Yah, according to all that his fathers had done.
*Yahoiakim burned the words of Yah. Read Yeremiyah 36:1-32. He broke the commandment in Deuteronomy 17:18-19.
Chapter 24: Yah Sends the Nations Against Yahoiakim and Yahudah: Yah Remembers the Innocent Blood Manasseh Shed
1 In his days, Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came up and Yahoiakim became his vassal for three years. Then he turned and rebelled against him. 2 And Yah sent against him raiding bands of Chaldeans, bands of Syrians, bands of Moabites and bands of the people of Ammon. He sent them against Yahudah to destroy it, according to the word of Yah which He had spoken by His servants the prophets. 3 Surely at the commandment of Yah this came upon Yahudah, to remove them from His sight because of the sins of Manasseh, according to all that he had done–4 And also because of the innocent blood that he had shed. For he had filled Yahrushalom with innocent blood, which Yah would not pardon.
Yahoiakim Rests With His Fathers: Babylon Takes Over Egypt
5 Now the rest of the acts of Yahoiakim and all that he did, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Yahudah? 6 So Yahoiakim rested with his fathers. Then Yahoiachin his son reigned in his place. 7 And the king of Egypt did not come out of his land anymore, for the king of Babylon had taken all that belonged to the king of Egypt from the Brook of Egypt to the River Euphrates.
Yahoiachin (or Yahconiyah) Reigns in Yahudah Three Months and He Did Evil in the Sight of Yah
8 Yahoiachin was eighteen years old when he became king and he reigned in Yahrushalom three months. His mother’s name was Nehushta the daughter of Ylnathan of Yahrushalom. 9 And he did evil in the sight of Yah, according to all tha his father had done.
*Yahoiachin is called Yahconiyah in the book of Hadassah or Esther 2:6 and Yeremiyah 28:4.
Yahoiachin and Yahudah are Taken into Babylon Captivity
10 At that time the servants of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came up against Yahrushalom and the city was besieged. 11 And Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came against the city, as his servants were besieging it. 12 Then Yahoiachin king of Yahudah, his mother, his servants, his princes, and his officers went out to the king of Babylon and the king of Babylon, in the eighth year of his reign, took him prisoner.
The Captivity of Yahrushalom as Yah Commanded
13 And he carried out from there all the treasures of the house of Yah and the treasures of the king’s house and he cut in pieces all the articles of gold which Solomon king of Ysrayl had made in the temple of Yah, as Yah had said. (Read 2 Kings 20:17, Ezra 1:7, Isaiah 39:6, Yeremiyah 17:3, Yeremiyah 27:16, Yeremiyah 28:3, Yahezqyl 7:21 and Daniyah 5:2). 14 Also, he carried into captivity all Yahrushalom: all the captains and all the mighty men of valor, ten thousand captives and all the craftsmen and smiths. None remained except the poorest people of the land. 15 And he carried Yahoiachin captive to Babylon. The king’s mother, the king’s wives, his officers and the mighty of the land he carried into captivity from Yahrushalom to Babylon. 16 All the valiant men, seven thousand and craftsmen and smiths, one thousand, all who were strong and fit for war, these the king of Babylon brought captive to Babylon.
Zedekiyah (or Mattaniyah) Reigns in Yahudah Eleven Years and He is Evil in the Sight of Yah: Zedekiyah Rebels Against Nebuchadnezzar
17 Then the king of Babylon made Mattaniyah, Yahoiachin’s uncle, king in his place and changed his name to Zedekiyah. 18 Zedekiyah was twenty-one years old when he became king and he reigned eleven years in Yahrushalom. His mother’s name was Hamutal the daughter of Yeremiyah of Libnah. 19 He also did evil in the sight of Yah, according to all that Yahoiakim had done. 20 For because of the anger of Yah this happened in Yahrushalom and Yahudah, that He finally cast them out from His presence. Then Zedekiyah rebelled against the king of Babylon.
We read that Yahoshua will be wearing a (white) garment and robe when He returns and that also the malakim will be wearing white. We read that there will be a new covenant or marriage between Yah and the Israylites with Yahoshua standing as the bridegroom and the children of Ysrayl will be in proper garments that are clean and bright (white linen). In white linen part 1 we read that the Levites will be wearing (white) linen as they serve Yah because linen keeps the body cool by wicking away moisture/sweat.
I recently read that Yah wears white. In Daniyah 7:9, it says that Yah’s garment is white as snow. Also, Isaiah said that Yah wears a robe and the train of the robe fills the heavenly temple (Isaiah 6:1).
*Update: 9/27/2015: One thing I should have explained in part 1 is when Yah married the Israylites. It’s a beautiful story that I heard the Israylites tell when I first found out the truth. They began with saying that the whole bible is a love story between Yah and the Israylites, from Genesis to Revelation. They explained that the engagement period started with Yah and Abraham. Yah makes a covenant or promise or engagement with Abraham in Genesis 15. An engagement is an arrangement, commitment, contract or formal contract to be married. Yah formally married Ysrayl in Exodus 24:8 when Moshe sprinkled blood on the people. The blood represented the marriage night when a woman bled. The Israylies also explained that the children of Ysrayl are not divorced from Yah but we are separated or put away. No fallen angel has ever claimed the children of Ysrayl as wife (Read the law of Deuteronomy 24:1-4). Yah is our only husband. Yah says the children of Ysrayl have been unfaithful to Him by spiritually whoring with the fallen ones, see Hoshea 2:2, 16-17 Hoshea3:1, Isaiah 54:5, Yahezqyl 16:31-34. If I’m not mistaken, Yah finally put us away when we were kicked out of the land.
As you read in white linen parts 1 and 2 (Yeremiyah 31), there will be a new covenant or marriage between Yah and the Ysraylites in the future. This time instead of Moshe standing in as the bridegroom, Yahoshua will be our bridegroom. At the wedding we all will be wearing white linen. Yah wears white, Yahoshua will be wearing white. The angels will be wearing white. And the children of Ysrayl will be be wearing white linen.
See Revelation 19:7-10 and Yeremiyah 3:14 The marriage supper of the Lamb. Also Revelation 21:2.
Update 10-17-2015: The Song of Solomon (or Song of the Songs) is a wedding (love) poem about Yah and Ysrayl with Yahoshua as the Bridegroom.
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.
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, means oil press because Gatsmanim is an olive tree garden) 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.
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.
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.
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.