2 Chronicles 32

1 After these things and these acts of faithfulness, King Sennachʹerib of Assyrʹia came and invaded Judah. He besieged the fortified cities, intent on breaking through and capturing them.

2 When Hezekiʹah saw that Sennachʹerib had come and intended to wage war against Jerusalem,

3 he decided, after consulting with his princes and his warriors, to stop up the waters of the springs outside the city, and they gave him their support.

4 Many people were gathered together, and they stopped up all the springs and the stream that flowed through the land, saying: “Why should the kings of Assyrʹia come and find plenty of water?”

5 Furthermore, with determination he rebuilt the entire broken-down wall and raised towers on it, and outside he made another wall. He also repaired the Mound of the City of David, and he made a large number of weapons and shields.

6 He then appointed military chiefs over the people and assembled them at the public square of the city gate and encouraged them, saying:

7 “Be courageous and strong. Do not be afraid or be terrified because of the king of Assyrʹia and all the multitude with him, for there are more with us than there are with him.

8 With him is an arm of flesh, but with us is Jehovah our God to help us and to fight our battles.” And the people were strengthened by the words of King Hezekiʹah of Judah.

9 After this, while King Sennachʹerib of Assyrʹia was at Laʹchish with all his imperial might, he sent his servants to Jerusalem, to King Hezekiʹah of Judah and to all the Judeʹans in Jerusalem, saying:

10 “This is what King Sennachʹerib of Assyrʹia says, ‘In what are you trusting that you remain in Jerusalem while it is besieged?

11 Is not Hezekiʹah misleading you and handing you over to die by famine and thirst, saying: “Jehovah our God will rescue us from the hand of the king of Assyrʹia”?

12 Is this not the same Hezekiʹah who removed your God’s high places and His altars and then said to Judah and Jerusalem: “You should bow down before one altar and on it you should make your sacrifices smoke”?

13 Do you not know what I and my forefathers did to all the peoples of the lands? Were the gods of the nations of the lands able to rescue their land from my hand?

14 Who among all the gods of these nations that my forefathers devoted to destruction was able to rescue his people from my hand, so that your God should be able to rescue you from my hand?

15 Now do not let Hezekiʹah deceive you or mislead you like this! Do not put faith in him, for no god of any nation or kingdom was able to rescue his people from my hand and from the hand of my forefathers. How much less, then, will your own God rescue you from my hand!’”

16 His servants said even more against Jehovah the true God and against Hezekiʹah his servant.

17 He also wrote letters to insult Jehovah the God of Israel and to speak against him, saying: “Like the gods of the nations of the lands who could not rescue their people from my hand, so the God of Hezekiʹah will not rescue his people from my hand.”

18 They kept calling loudly in the language of the Jews to the people of Jerusalem who were on the wall, to make them afraid and to terrify them, in order to capture the city.

19 They spoke against the God of Jerusalem the same way as against the gods of the peoples of the earth, which are the work of man’s hands.

20 But King Hezekiʹah and the prophet Isaiah the son of Aʹmoz kept praying about this and crying out to the heavens for help.

21 Then Jehovah sent an angel and wiped out every mighty warrior, leader, and chief in the camp of the king of Assyrʹia, so that he went back to his own land in disgrace. He later entered the house of his god, and there some of his own sons struck him down with the sword.

22 So Jehovah saved Hezekiʹah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem from the hand of King Sennachʹerib of Assyrʹia and from the hand of all others and gave them rest on every side.

23 And many brought gifts to Jehovah at Jerusalem and choice things to King Hezekiʹah of Judah, and he was greatly respected by all the nations after that.

24 In those days Hezekiʹah became sick and was at the point of death, and he prayed to Jehovah, who answered him and gave him a sign.

25 But Hezekiʹah did not respond appreciatively to the good done to him, for his heart became haughty, bringing indignation against him and against Judah and Jerusalem.

26 However, Hezekiʹah humbled himself for the haughtiness of his heart, he and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and Jehovah’s indignation did not come upon them in the days of Hezekiʹah.

27 And Hezekiʹah came to have vast riches and glory; and he made storehouses for himself for silver, gold, precious stones, balsam oil, shields, and for all the desirable articles.

28 He also made storage places for the produce of grain and new wine and oil, as well as stalls for all the different kinds of livestock and stalls for the flocks.

29 He also acquired cities for himself, and an abundance of livestock, flocks, and herds, for God gave him very many possessions.

30 It was Hezekiʹah who stopped up the upper source of the waters of Giʹhon and directed them straight down to the west to the City of David, and Hezekiʹah was successful in every work of his.

31 However, when the spokesmen of the princes of Babylon were sent to ask him about the sign that had occurred in the land, the true God left him alone to put him to the test, to get to know all that was in his heart.

32 As for the rest of the history of Hezekiʹah and his acts of loyal love, they are written in the vision of Isaiah the prophet, the son of Aʹmoz, in the Book of the Kings of Judah and of Israel.

33 Then Hezekiʹah was laid to rest with his forefathers, and they buried him in the ascent to the burial places of the sons of David; and all Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem honored him at his death. And his son Manasʹseh became king in his place.

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