18 Now it came about in the third year of Hoshea, the son of Elah king of Israel, that Hezekiah the son of Ahaz king of Judah became king.2 He was twenty-five years old when he became king, and he reigned twenty-nine years in Jerusalem; and his mother’s name was Abi the daughter of Zechariah.3 He did right in the sight of the Lord, according to all that his father David had done.4 He removed the high places and broke down the sacred pillars and cut down the [a]Asherah. He also broke in pieces the bronze serpent that Moses had made, for until those days the sons of Israel burned incense to it; and it was called [b]Nehushtan.5 He trusted in the Lord, the God of Israel; so that after him there was none like him among all the kings of Judah, nor among those who were before him.6 For he clung to the Lord; he did not depart from following Him, but kept His commandments, which the Lord had commanded Moses.
7 And the Lord was with him; wherever he went he prospered. And he rebelled against the king of Assyria and did not serve him.8 He [c]defeated the Philistines as far as Gaza and its territory, from watchtower to fortified city.
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