2 Kings 18:1-37
Now it came to pass in the third year of Hoshea son of Elah king of Israel, that Hezekiah the son of Ahaz king of Judah began to reign.…
Remember that flesh dies and spirit lives: in the long run, it is the spiritual that is mighty. Think of that insignificant-looking little black-eyed Jew clanking his chains in Rome, and writing to "the saints that are in Ephesus." Think of calmly facing the Arian rabble. Think of consolidating a spiritual empire when the old Roman civilisation was shattered and failing in ruins. Think of writing the City of God in 410 when the world was thrilled with dismay because Rome had been stormed by Alaric the Goth. "This is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith." To be spiritual is to be already victorious.
Parallel VersesKJV: Now it came to pass in the third year of Hoshea son of Elah king of Israel, that Hezekiah the son of Ahaz king of Judah began to reign.