“For he clave to the LORD, and departed not from following him, but kept his commandments, which the LORD commanded Moses.”
King James Version (KJV)
18:4 Serpent - The most of them, or such as the people most frequented: for all were not taken away, chap.#23:13|,14, tho' his own father had set them up. We must never dishonour God, in honour to our earthly parents. Brazen serpent - Which had been hitherto kept as a memorial of God's mercy; but being now commonly abused to superstition, was destroyed. To it - Not doubtless as to a god, but only as to an instrument of God's mercy, by and through which, their adoration was directed to God, and given to that only for God's sake. Nehushtan - He said, this serpent, howsoever formerly honoured, and used by God as a sign of his grace, yet now it is nothing but a piece of brass which can do you neither good nor hurt.
18:5 Trusted - Without calling in foreign succours to establish or help him; which his father Ahaz did; and before him Asa. Before him - Of the kings of Judah only; for David and Solomon were kings of all Israel. The like is said of Josiah, chap.#23:25|. Each of them, excelled the other in several respects. Hezekiah in this, that he fell upon this work in the beginning of his reign, which Josiah did not, and with no less resolution, undertaking to do that which none of his predecessors durst do, even to remove the high places, wherein Josiah did only follow his example.
18:7 Rebelled - He shook off that yoke of subjection, to which his father had wickedly submitted, and reassumed that full and independent sovereignty which God had settled in the house of David. And Hezekiah's case differs much from that of Zedekiah, who is blamed for rebellion against the king of Babylon, both because he had engaged himself by a solemn oath and covenant, which we do not read of Ahaz; and because he broke the covenant which he himself had made; and because God had actually given the dominion of his own land and people to the king of Babylon, and commanded both Zedekiah and his people to submit to him. And whereas Hezekiah is here said to rebel; that word implies, only a defection from that subjection which had been performed to another; which sometimes may be justly done, and therefore that word doth not necessarily prove this to be a sin. And that it was not a sin in him, seems certain, because God owned and assisted him therein; and did not at all reprove him for it, in that message which he sent to him by Isaiah, nor afterwards, though he did particularly reprove him, for his vain - glory, and ostentation, #2Chron 32:25|,26.
For he claue to the Lord, and departed not from following him, but kept his commandements, which the Lord commanded Moses.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan
For he clung to the LORD; he did not depart from following Him, but kept His commandments, which the LORD had commanded Moses.
- New American Standard Version (1995)
For he clave to Jehovah; he departed not from following him, but kept his commandments, which Jehovah commanded Moses.
- American Standard Version (1901)
For his heart was fixed on the Lord, not turning from his ways, and he did his orders which the Lord gave to Moses.
- Basic English Bible
And he clave to Jehovah, and did not turn aside from following him, but kept his commandments, which Jehovah commanded Moses.
- Darby Bible
For he cleaved to the LORD, and departed not from following him, but kept his commandments, which the LORD commanded Moses.
- Webster's Bible
For he joined with Yahweh; he didn't depart from following him, but kept his commandments, which Yahweh commanded Moses.
- World English Bible
and he cleaveth to Jehovah, he hath not turned aside from after Him, and keepeth His commands that Jehovah commanded Moses.
- Youngs Literal Bible
For he cleaved to the LORD, he departed not from following Him, but kept His commandments, which the LORD commanded Moses.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible