Chronicles of the Kings e-book three- God has rewarded Hezekiah's faithfulness with nice wealth and tool, however the king has even more to beat. Will his religion maintain him opposed to the last word enemy?

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Sure, Your Majesty. ” A hush fell over the council room as Eliakim entered and took the seat at the king’s right-hand part. Hezekiah determined Shebna’s absence wanted no extra declaration. “Once back we are facing a severe decision,” Hezekiah all started. “I’ve heard not anything from basic Jonadab at Mizpeh for 5 nights now. because the Assyrians have moved south to Ramah, I’m compelled to imagine the worst—that Mizpeh is misplaced and Jonadab is useless. ” He paused, swallowing an unforeseen knot of grief, then he cleared his throat. “Meanwhile, Sennacherib has besieged Lachish and is utilizing it as his base camp. I’ve been receiving determined messages from my brother Gedaliah asserting he's less than a big enemy attack and struggling with for his lifestyles. He’s uncertain how for much longer he can face up to the sort of fierce pounding. If Sennacherib keeps to tighten this noose, with forces advancing on us from the north and the south, Jerusalem will quickly be strangled within the heart. Neither our army forces nor these of our allies appear in a position to preventing the enemy, and the Egyptian military is nowhere in sight. So after a lot wrestling, I’ve made up our minds that I’m left with just one option—I will undergo Emperor Sennacherib and pay no matter what tribute he calls for. It’s the one solution to keep what’s left of our state. ” A murmur swept throughout the room, then speedy died away. Eliakim grew to become to him, frowning. “Your Majesty, pay the tribute when you've got to, yet you want to now not conform to give up town. The Temple is right here. There will be no enemy career of Jerusalem. ” “I agree. I’ll settle for an identical phrases we had in the course of my father’s reign. we are going to be a self-governing vassal nation paying annual tribute to the empire. I’ll ship a delegation to Lachish the next day to barter the phrases in their withdrawal. I’ll permit every person recognize what their overdue into the evening Eliakim labored with King Hezekiah to draft a letter to Emperor Sennacherib. it all started, i've got performed incorrect. Withdraw from me, and that i pays no matter what you call for of me. additionally they determined to come back the Assyrian vassal, King Padi of Ekron, whom Hezekiah had captured and stored in chains in Jerusalem. As they labored, Eliakim sensed the king’s deep discouragement and depression. It used to be after dead night while Eliakim again domestic. His condo used to be darkish, his relations and all of the servants asleep. He must wait till morning to percentage the inside track of his promoting. He crept as much as his room with out lighting fixtures a lamp, slipped off his gowns, and thoroughly crawled into mattress beside Jerusha, attempting to not wake up her. yet she stirred, then rolled over sleepily and snuggled beside him. “Oooh, you’re so chilly, Eliakim. ” “It’s cold open air. ” “And your ft! They suppose as though you’ve been wading in a mountain movement! ” “The palace regularly feels chilly this time of yr, regardless of the entire braziers burning. I’m sorry I woke you. ” “No, your child is the single who’s conserving me unsleeping. He doesn’t appear to understand it’s evening. believe this. ” Jerusha took his hand and pressed it opposed to her belly. Eliakim smiled as he felt the full of life stream in her womb.

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