S E C O N D K I N G S
When the prophet had condemned Ephraim for lies
and deceit he comforted himself with this, that Judah yet "ruled
with God, and was faithful with the Most Holy," Hos. xi. 12. It was a very melancholy view
which the last chapter gave us of the desolations of Israel; but
this chapter shows us the affairs of Judah in a good posture at the
same time, that it may appear God has not quite cast off the seed
of Abraham, Rom. xi. 1.
Hezekiah is here upon the throne, I. Reforming his kingdom,
ver. 1-6. II. Prospering
in all his undertakings (ver. 7,
8), and this at the same time when the ten tribes were
led captive, ver. 9-12.
III. Yet invaded by Sennacherib, the king of Assyria, ver. 13. 1. His country put under
14-16. 2. Jerusalem besieged, ver. 17. 3. God blasphemed, himself reviled,
and his people solicited to revolt, in a virulent speech made by
Rabshakeh, ver. 18-37.
But how well it ended, and how much to the honour and comfort of
our great reformer, we shall find in the next chapter.