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had been performed, sent letters and a present to bim, and to enquire of the wonder which had been done in the land.*

The great searcher of hearts discovering what was probably wholly unknown to all human observers, and perhaps even to this good. prince himself, left him to himself to try him, in order that he might know all that was in his heart.t Hezekiah, therefore, hearkened unto the Babylonish ambassadors, and shewed them all the house of his precious things, the silver and the gold, and the spices, and the precious ointment, and all the house of his armour, and all that was found in his treasures; there was nothing in his house, nor in all his dominion, that Hezekiah shewed them not, Then came Isaiah, the prophet, unto king Hezekiah, and said unto him, What said these men? and from whence came they unto thee? And Hezekiah said, They are come from a far country, even from Babylon. And he said, What have they seen in thine house? And Hezekiah answered, All the things that are in mine house bave they seen; there is nothing among my treasures that I have

stopped the sun in its progress. He had here a fair opportunity of shewing them and their king the vanity of their idolatry in worshipping the sun, evidently under the direction of a superior being. He ought also to have given God all the glory in this matter, and have rested on him and him alone, for safety, who had just then given him such a striking proof of his power and favour. Worldly wisdom is arrant folly; and when set in opposition to the will of God, will be sure to disappoint us. Even the noblest instance of wisdom and love God ever showed, in the salvation of sinners by Jesus Christ, if not accepted, with humility and simplicity, in God's own way by faith, will not have its blessed effect. Wordly wisdom ensnared Hezekiah ; and carnal wisdom, ever attended with loftiness of heart, is daily destroying its thousands.” BOGATZKY. July «. Morning • 2 Chron. xxxii. 31. 2 Kings, xx. 12. Isaiah, xxxix. 1.

+ 2 Chron. xxxij. 31.

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He showed them. Aud Isaiah said unto Hezekiah, Hear the wany of Jehovah; Behold the days come, that all that is in thine house, and that which thy fathers have laid up in store unto this day, shall be carried into Babylon; nothing shall be left saith Jehovah. * And of thy sons that shall issue from thee, which thou shalt beget, shall they take away, and they shall be ennuchs in the palace of the king of Babylon. Then which thou hast spoken. And he said, Is it not good, if

said Hezekiah unto Isaiah, Good is the word of Jehovah

and truth be in my days?t Hezekiah, however, having humbled himself for the pride of his heart, both he and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the wrath of Jehovah came not

them in the days of Hezekiah.. It came to pass in the fourteenth year of the reign of Hezekiah, that Sennacherib, king of Assyria, came and entered into Judah, and encamped against the fenced cities, and thought to win them for himself. And when Heze. kiah saw that Sennacherib was come, and that he was purposed to fight against Jerusalem, ho took counsel with his princes, and his mighty men, to stop the waters of the fountains which were without the city; and they did help him. So there was gathered much people together, who stopped all the fountains, and the brook that ran through the midst of the land, saying; Why should the kings of Assyria come, and find much water? Also he strengthened himself, and built up all the wall that was broken, and raised it up to the towers, and another wall without, and repaired Millo, in the city of David; and made darts and shields in abundance.

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This was an exact prophecy of the Babylonish captivity, and which was as exactly fufilled near a hundred years after, in the reign of Zedekiah. 2 Kings, xxv. 2 Chron. xxxvi. Dan. i. 2. + 2 Kings, xx. 13–19. Isaiah, xxxix. 248.

12 Chron. xxxii, 20.
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And he set captains of war over the people, and gathered them together to him in the street of the gate of the city, and spake comfortably to them, saying; Be strong and courageous, be not afraid nor dismayed for the king of Assyria, nor for all the multitude that is with bim; for there be more with us than with him. With him is an arm of flesh; but with us is Jehovah, our God, to help us, and to fight our battles. And the people rested themselves upon the words of Hezekiah, King of Judab.*

Notwithstanding this preparation, and the confidence he had created in his subjects, Hezekiah sent to the king of Assyria at Lachish, which that monarch was besieging with all his power, saying; I have offended, return from me; that which thou puttest on me will I bear. And the king of Assyria appointed unto Hezekiah, king of Judah, three hundred talents of silver, and thirty talents of gold. And Hezekiah gave him all the silver that was found in the house of Jeho. vah, and in the treasures of the king's house. At that time did Hezekiah cut off the gold from the doors of the temple of Jehovah, and from the pillars which he had overlaid, and gave it to the king of Assyria.t

All such purchased deliverances are usually futile; and, as our British ancestors found it with reference to the Danes, the enemy soon returned, for Sennacherib the next year sent his officers, Tartan, and Rabsaris, and Rabshakeh from Lachish, with a great host to Jerusalem: and when they were come up, they stood by the conduit of the upper pool, which is in the highway of the fuller's field; and having called to the king, Hezekiah sent out to them Eliakim, Shebna, and Joah, whom the officers of Sennacherib thus insultingly addressed; “Thus saith the great king, the king of Assyria, What confidence is this wherein thou trustest? Thou

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2 Chron. xxxii. 1-9.

+ 2 Kings, xviii. 14–16.

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