2 Chronicles

2 Chronicles 32 ©

1 Sennacherib invading Judah, Hezekiah fortifieth Jerusalem, and encourageth the people. 9 Sennacherib's blasphemous message and letters. 20 Hezekiah and Isaiah cry to heaven for aid; an angel destroyeth the Assyrian army, and their king returning home is slain by his own sons. 24 Hezekiah praying in his sickness is miraculously recovered; but growing proud, he afterward humbleth himself. 27 His riches and works. 31 His error in relation to the Babylonish ambassadors. 32 He dieth; Manasseh succeedeth him.


AFTER these athings, and the establishment thereof, bSennacherib king of Assyria came, and entered into Judah, and encamped against the fenced cities, and thought 1to win them for himself.


And when Hezekiah saw that Sennacherib was come, and that 2he was purposed to fight against Jerusalem,


He took counsel with his princes and his mighty men to cstop the waters of the fountains which were *without the city: and they did help him.


So there was gathered much people together, who stopped all the fountains, and the brook that 3ran through the midst of the land, saying, Why should the kings of Assyria come, and find much water?


Also he strengthened himself, and built up all the wall dthat was broken, and raised it up to the towers, and eanother wall *without, and repaired fMillo in the city of David, and made 4darts and shields in abundance.


And he set captains of war over the people, and gathered them together to him in the street of the gate of the city, and 5spake comfortably to them, saying,


Be gstrong and courageous, be not afraid nor dismayed for the king of Assyria, nor for all the multitude that is with him: for there be more with us than with him:


With him is an harm of flesh; but with us is the LORD our God to help us, and to fight our battles. And the people 6rested themselves upon the words of Hezekiah king of Judah.


¶After ithis did Sennacherib king of Assyria send his servants to Jerusalem, (but he himself laid siege against Lachish, and all his 7power with him,) unto Hezekiah king of Judah, and unto all Judah that were at Jerusalem, saying,


Thus saith Sennacherib king of Assyria, jWhereon do ye trust, that ye abide 8in the siege in Jerusalem?


Doth not Hezekiah persuade you to give over yourselves to die by famine and by thirst, saying, kThe LORD our God shall deliver us out of the hand of the king of Assyria?


Hath not the same Hezekiah ltaken away his high places and his altars, and commanded Judah and Jerusalem, saying, Ye shall worship before one altar, and burn incense upon it?


Know ye not what I and my fathers have done unto all the people of other lands? mwere the gods of the nations of those lands any ways able to deliver their lands out of mine hand?


Who was there namong all the gods of those nations that my fathers utterly destroyed, that could deliver his people out of mine hand, that your God should be able to deliver you out of mine hand?


Now therefore olet not Hezekiah deceive you, nor persuade you on this manner, neither yet believe him: for no god of any nation or kingdom was able to deliver his people out of mine hand, and out of the hand of my fathers: phow much less shall your God deliver you out of mine hand?


And his servants spake qyet more against the LORD God, and against his servant Hezekiah.


He rwrote also letters to *rail on the LORD God of Israel, and to speak against him, saying, As the gods of the nations of other lands have not delivered their people out of mine hand, so shall not the God of Hezekiah deliver his people out of mine hand.


Then they scried with a loud voice in the Jews' speech unto the people of Jerusalem that were on the wall, to affright them, and to trouble them; that they might take the city.


And they spake tagainst the God of Jerusalem, as against the gods of the people of the earth, which were the work of the hands of man.


And ufor this cause Hezekiah the king, and the prophet Isaiah the son of Amoz, prayed and cried to heaven.


¶And vthe LORD sent an angel, which cut off all the mighty men of valour, and the leaders and captains in the camp of the king of Assyria. So he returned with wshame of face to his own land. And when he was come into the house of his god, they that came forth of his own bowels 9slew him there with the sword.


Thus the LORD xsaved Hezekiah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem from the hand of Sennacherib the king of Assyria, and from the hand of all other, and yguided them on every side.


And many zbrought gifts unto the LORD to Jerusalem, and 10presents to Hezekiah king of Judah: so that he was magnified in the sight of all nations from thenceforth.


¶In athose days Hezekiah was sick to the death, and prayed unto the LORD: and he spake unto him, and he 11gave him a sign.


But Hezekiah brendered not again according to the benefit done unto him; for chis heart was lifted up: therefore there was dwrath upon him, and upon Judah and Jerusalem.


Notwithstanding Hezekiah ehumbled himself for 12the pride of his heart, both he and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, so that the wrath of the LORD came not upon them in the days of Hezekiah.


¶And Hezekiah had fexceeding much riches and honour: and he made himself treasuries for silver, and for gold, and for precious stones, and for spices, and for shields, and for all *manner of 13pleasant jewels;


Storehouses also for the increase of corn, and wine, and oil; and stalls for all *manner of beasts, and *cotes for flocks.


Moreover he provided him cities, and possessions of flocks and herds in abundance: for gGod had given him substance very much.


This same Hezekiah also hstopped the upper watercourse of Gihon, and brought it straight down to the west side of the city of David. And Hezekiah prospered in all his works.


¶Howbeit in the business of the 14ambassadors of the princes of Babylon, who isent unto him to enquire of the jwonder that was done in the land, God left him, kto try him, that he might know all that was in his heart.

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¶Now lthe rest of the acts of Hezekiah, and his 15goodness, behold, they are written in mthe vision of Isaiah the prophet, the son of Amoz, and in the nbook of the kings of Judah and Israel.


And Hezekiah slept with his fathers, and they buried him in the 16chiefest of the sepulchres of the sons of David: and all Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem did him honour at his death. And Manasseh his son reigned in his *stead.