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question to Hezekiah. It may be of use how. ever to call his attention again to the sube ject. I therefore beg of him to observe those facts, and pariicularly the following instances.
. suffer so severely from the second as from the former invasion of the king of Assyria, when he invaded Lebanon and Naphtali and Galilee beyond Jordan. So we find it mentioned in 2d. Kings XV. 29. “ in the days of Peeka king of Israel, Tiglath-Pileser king of Assyria took ljon and Abel-Beth-Maachah and Janoah and Kedesh and Hazor and Gilead and Galilee and all the land of Naphtali and carried Israel captive to Assyria”; but in the reign of Hezekiah so far from reducing Israel to captivity, the king of Assyria was compelled to return to his country with great loss, leaving Israel safe in their places : (2d Kings XIX, 35 and 36.) Verses 2. and 3. declare the joy which Israel were to feel at their delivery from the hands of their cruel invaders; and (v. 4.) at throwing off the yoke and rod of the oppres. sor. We find accordingly in 2d Kings XVIII.7. that Hezekiah rebelled agaist the king of Assyria and served him not. Verse 5. foretels the destruction of the army of the invaliers. So we find Kings XIX. 34 and 35. that the angel of the Lord slew a great part of the army of the
Assyrian invaders. Verses 6 and 7. speak of the illustrious sou who was then to reign with justice, and judgement. So we find in 2Kings XVIII. 3—7. that Hezekiah during his reign did what was right in the sight of God, so that after or before him there was nove like him among the kings of Judah; and that the Lord was with him wheresover he went. Verses 9. and 10. speak of the displeasure of the Lord at the pride and stoutness of heart of Ephraim and the inhabitants of Samaria, the enemies of He. zekiah and his father. So we find in 2d Kings XVIII. 10 and 11. that the people of Samaria were defeated and made prisoners by the Assyrians in the sixth year of Hezekiah. Verse 11, of the Lord's setting up the adversaries of Rezin the king of Syria against him. So we find in Isaiah VII. that Rezin the king of Syria, who with Ephraim besieged Jerusalem at the time the city had borne the child mentioned in chapter VII. 14, was defeated by his adversa. ries. V. 12 to 20. describe the anger of God as occasioned by the wickedness of Israel. 21. of Ephraim and Manasseh having joined together to invade Judah. Ch. X. verse 1. to 6. denounce punishment to the wicked people of Judah by the hands of the Assyrians. So we find in 2d Kings XVIII. 13. that in the fourteenth year of king Hezekiah, the great king of
Assyria came against Judah and took all her fenced cities. Verses 8. to 14. of the boasting of the king of Assyria as to his power and conquests of many kingdoms, and his destruction of the gods of different nations, and of his contempt for the living God of the Jews in Jerusalem. So we find in 2. Kings XVIII. 33_35. aud XIX. verses 11 to 14. that the king of Assyria boasted of his great power and of having subdued the gods of the nations; and that he despised Jehovah the true living God, even blaspheming him in a message to Hezekiah. Verses 12. to 26 promising to punish the king of Assyria and to bring ruin upon him for his high boastings, and for his contempt against the Lord. So we find in 2d. Kings XIX. 21. to 34. that the Lord encouraged the virgin the daughter of Zion and the daughter of Jerusalem to 'despise the king of Assyria, whom he had determined to punish for his disrespect; and promised safety to the inhabitants of Jerusalem on the prayer offered by Hezekiah. So also we find in 2 Kings XIX. 35. and Chronicles XXXII. 21. that the Lord sent his angei into the camp of the king of Assyria and slew bis mighty men, leaders and captains. Verse 27. promises the king of Judah's liberation from the yoke of the king of Assyria. So we find 2d. Kings XVIII. 7. that
Hezekiah rebelled against the king of Assyria and served him not afterwards. It was not Hezekiah alone that in the beginnin, of his reign acknowledged dependence upon the king of Assyria, but his father Abaz also confessed the superiority of the king of Assyria, and sued to him for protection against the kings of Syria and of Israel when Hezekiah was only a child : (2 Kings XVI. 7 and 8.)
The public may now judge whether or not the above circumstances and the contents of chapters VII. and VIII. noticed in the preced. ing paragraphs, determine the application of verses 6, aud 7. of ch. Xl. of Isaiah to Heze. kiah ; who “did that which was right in the sight of the Lord,”—“ removed high places”“ broke ihe images and cut down the groves— 6 trusted in the Lord God of Israel” _" clave to the Lord and departed not from following him"-"with whom the Lord was”— who“ prospered whether so ever he went"--and prior and subsequent to whose reign“ was none like him among all the kings of Judah.” (2d. Kings XVIII 3-7. And they may also decide whether the delivery of Israel from the attack of the Assyrians and the punishment inflicted upon the king of Assyria in the prescribed manner took place in the reign of Hezekiah or that of Jesus
Christ. If my readers compare minutely ch : 7, 8, 9, 10, and 39, of Isaiah with 2d Kings ch. 15, 16, 18, 19, and 20, they will, I trust, have a still clearer view of the subject.
In common with the son mentioned in Isaiah IX. 6. who was called Hezekiah “ God my strength,” “Immanuel “ Gud with us” wonder. ful, counseller, mighty God, the father of the everlasting age, the prince of peace,” human beings and even inanimate objects were de. signated by the same terms or similar epithets as noticed pages 138, 139, 140, 171, and 172. of my Second Appeal without being held
up as the most high Jehovah.
Moreover the difference between “ to be" si and to be called” is worth observing as I noticed in the note at page 171. of the Second Appeal, to which I beg to refer my readers. As to the phrases no end" and " for ever"
“ everlasting” found in verses 6 and 7. ch. IX. of Isaiah, these when applied to creatures are always to be taken in a limited sense, the former signifying plenteousness, the latter long duration, as I observed in note page 133. of the Second Appeal. Vide Gen. XLIX. 26. Heb. lll. 6.
St. Matthew in an accommodated sense applies verses 1st and 2nd of ch. IX. of Isaiah