2 Chronicles 32

Sennacherib Invades Judah

1After these
Lit things and this faithfulness
acts of faithfulness b  Sennacherib king of Assyria came and invaded Judah and besieged the fortified cities, and
Lit said
thought to break into them for himself.
2Now when Hezekiah saw that Sennacherib had come and that
Lit his face for war against
he intended to make war on Jerusalem,
3he decided with his officers and his warriors to cut off the supply of water from the springs which were outside the city, and they helped him. 4So many people assembled e  and stopped up all the springs and f  the stream which flowed
Lit in the midst of the land
through the region, saying, “Why should the kings of Assyria come and find abundant water?”
5And he took courage and h  rebuilt all the wall that had been broken down and
Lit raised on the towers
erected towers on it, and built j  another outside wall and strengthened the k  Millo in the city of David, and made weapons and shields in great number.
6He appointed military officers over the people and gathered them to him in the square at the city gate, and l  spoke
Lit upon their hearts
encouragingly to them, saying,
7 n  Be strong and courageous, do not fear or be dismayed because of the king of Assyria nor because of all the horde that is with him; o  for the one with us is greater than the one with him. 8“With him is only p  an arm of flesh, but q  with us is the  Lord our God to help us and to fight our battles.” And the people relied on the words of Hezekiah king of Judah.

Sennacherib Undermines Hezekiah

9After this r  Sennacherib king of Assyria sent his servants to Jerusalem while he was
Lit against
besieging Lachish with all his forces with him, against Hezekiah king of Judah and against all Judah who were at Jerusalem, saying,
10Thus says Sennacherib king of Assyria, ‘On what are you trusting that you are remaining in Jerusalem under siege? 11Is not Hezekiah misleading you to give yourselves over to die by hunger and by thirst, saying, “The  Lord our God will deliver us from the
Lit palm
hand of the king of Assyria”?
12u  Has not the same Hezekiah taken away His high places and His altars, and said to Judah and
Lit Jerusalem, saying,
Jerusalem, “You shall worship before one altar, and on it you shall
Lit offer up in smoke
burn incense”?
13Do you not know what I and my fathers have done to all the peoples of the lands? x  Were the gods of the nations of the lands able at all to deliver their land from my hand? 14y  Who was there among all the gods of those nations which my fathers utterly destroyed who could deliver his people out of my hand, that your God should be able to deliver you from my hand? 15Now therefore, do not let Hezekiah deceive you or mislead you like this, and do not believe him, for z  no god of any nation or kingdom was able to deliver his people from my hand or from the hand of my fathers. How much less will your God deliver you from my hand?’”

16His servants spoke further against the  Lord God and against His servant Hezekiah. 17He also wrote letters to insult the  Lord God of Israel, and to speak against Him, saying aa  As the gods of the nations of the lands
Lit who have
have not delivered their people from my hand, so the God of Hezekiah will not deliver His people from my hand.”
18 ac  They called this out with a loud voice in the language of Judah to the people of Jerusalem who were on the wall, to frighten and terrify them, so that they might take the city. 19They spoke
Lit to
of the God of Jerusalem as of ae  the gods of the peoples of the earth, the work of men’s hands.

Hezekiah’s Prayer Is Answered

20But King Hezekiah and Isaiah the prophet, the son of Amoz, prayed about this and cried out to heaven. 21And the  Lord sent an angel who destroyed every mighty warrior, commander and officer in the camp of the king of Assyria. So he returned
Lit in shame of face
in shame to his own land. And when he had entered the temple of his god, some of his own children killed him there with the sword.
22So the  Lord ag  saved Hezekiah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem from the hand of Sennacherib the king of Assyria and from the hand of all others, and
Another reading is gave them rest
guided them on every side.
23And ai  many were bringing gifts to the  Lord at Jerusalem and choice presents to Hezekiah king of Judah, so that aj  he was exalted in the sight of all nations thereafter.

24 ak  In those days Hezekiah became
Lit sick to the point of death
mortally ill; and he prayed to the  Lord, and
Lit He
the  Lord spoke to him and gave him a sign.
25But Hezekiah gave no return for the benefit
Lit to him
he received ao  because his heart was
Lit high
proud; aq  therefore wrath came on him and on Judah and Jerusalem.
26However, ar  Hezekiah
Lit humbled himself in
humbled the pride of his heart, both he and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, so that the wrath of the  Lord did not come on them in the days of Hezekiah.

27Now Hezekiah had immense riches and honor; and he made for himself treasuries for silver, gold, precious stones, spices, shields and all kinds of valuable articles, 28storehouses also for the produce of grain, wine and oil, pens for all kinds of cattle and
So ancient versions; Heb flocks for the sheepfolds
sheepfolds for the flocks.
29He made cities for himself and acquired flocks and herds in abundance, for au  God had given him very great
Lit possessions, property
30It was Hezekiah who aw  stopped the upper outlet of the waters of ax  Gihon and directed them to the west side of the city of David. And Hezekiah prospered in all that he did. 31Even in the matter of ay  the envoys of the rulers of Babylon, who sent to him to inquire of az  the wonder that had happened in the land, God left him alone only ba  to test him, that He might know all that was in his heart.

32Now the rest of the acts of Hezekiah and his deeds of devotion, behold, they are written in the vision of Isaiah the prophet, the son of Amoz, in the Book of the Kings of Judah and Israel. 33So Hezekiah slept with his fathers, and they buried him in the
Or ascent to
upper section of the tombs of the sons of David; and all Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem bc  honored him at his death. And his son Manasseh became king in his place.
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