2 Chronicles 32
1 After these deeds of faithfulness, Sennacherib king of Assyria came and entered Judah;
he encamped against the fortified cities, thinking to break through for himself.
2 And when Hezekiah saw that Sennacherib had come, and that his purpose was to make
war against Jerusalem,
3 he took counsel with his rulers and mighty men to stop the water from the springs which
were outside the city; and they helped him.
4 So, many people gathered together who stopped all the springs and the brook that ran
through the land, saying, Why should the kings of Assyria come and find much water?
5 And he strengthened himself, built up all the wall that was broken, raised it up to the
towers, and built another wall outside; he also restored the Millo in the City of David, and
made weapons and shields in abundance.
6 And he assigned commanders of war over the people, gathered them together to him in
the open place of the city gate, and spoke to their heart, saying,
7 Be strong and courageous; do not be afraid nor dismayed before the king of Assyria, nor
before all the multitude that is with him; for there are more with us than 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 bolstered by the words of Hezekiah king of Judah.
9 After this, Sennacherib king of Assyria sent his servants to Jerusalem (but he and all
the forces with him laid siege against Lachish), to Hezekiah king of Judah, and to all Judah
who were in Jerusalem, saying,
10 Thus says Sennacherib king of Assyria: In what are you trusting, that you remain under
siege in Jerusalem?
11 Is not Hezekiah enticing you to give yourselves over to die by famine and by thirst,
saying, Jehovah our God will deliver us from the hand of the king of Assyria?
12 Has not the same Hezekiah taken away His high places and His altars, and commanded
Judah and Jerusalem, saying, You shall bow down before one altar and burn incense on it?
13 Do you not know what I and my fathers have done to all the peoples of other lands?
Were the gods of the nations of those lands in any way able to deliver their lands out of my
14 Who among all the gods of those nations that my fathers utterly destroyed was able to
deliver his people out of my hand, that your God should be able to deliver you out of my
15 Now therefore, do not let Hezekiah deceive you nor entice you like this, and do not believe him; for no god of any nation or kingdom was able to deliver his people out of my hand or the hand of my fathers. How much less will your God deliver you out of my hand.
16 Furthermore, his servants spoke against Jehovah God and against His servant
17 He had also written letters to reproach Jehovah the God of Israel, and to speak against
Him, saying, As the gods of the nations of other lands have not delivered their people from
my hand, so the God of Hezekiah will not deliver His people from my hand.
18 Then they called out with a loud voice in the Jewish language to the people of Jerusalem who were on the wall, to frighten them and terrify them, that they might capture the city.
19 And they spoke against the God of Jerusalem, as against the gods of the peoples of the
lands; the work of men's hands.
20 Now because of this King Hezekiah and the prophet Isaiah, the son of Amoz, prayed
and cried out to the heavens.
21 And Jehovah sent an angel who cut down every mighty man of valor, rulers, and
commanders in the camp of the king of Assyria. So he returned shamefaced to his own
land. And when he went into the house of his god, he fell by the sword of some of the
offspring of his own body.
22 Thus Jehovah saved Hezekiah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem from the hand of
Sennacherib the king of Assyria, and from the hand of all others, and guided them on
23 And many brought gifts unto Jehovah at Jerusalem, and choice things to Hezekiah king
of Judah, so that he was exalted in the eyes of all the nations thereafter.
24 In those days Hezekiah was sick unto death, and he prayed to Jehovah; and He spoke
to him and gave him a sign.
25 But Hezekiah did not return according to the favor shown him, for his heart had
become haughty; therefore wrath was over him and over Judah and Jerusalem.
26 Then Hezekiah humbled himself for the haughtiness of his heart, he and the inhabitants
of Jerusalem, so that the wrath of Jehovah did not come upon them in the days of
27 Hezekiah had very great riches and honor. And he made himself treasuries for silver,
for gold, for precious stones, for spices, for shields, and for all kinds of desirable objects;
28 storehouses for the harvest of grain, wine, and oil; and stalls for all kinds of livestock,
and folds for flocks.
29 Moreover he provided cities for himself, and possessions of flocks and herds in
abundance; for God had given him very much property.
30 This same Hezekiah also stopped the water outlet of upper Gihon, and brought the
water by tunnel to the west side of the City of David. And Hezekiah prospered in all his
31 However, regarding the ambassadors of the rulers of Babylon, who were sent to him to
inquire about the wonder that had happened in the land, God left him alone, to test him, to
know all his heart.
32 Now the rest of the acts of Hezekiah, and his goodness, behold they are written in the
vision of Isaiah the prophet, the son of Amoz, and in the book of the kings of Judah and
33 So Hezekiah rested with his fathers, and they buried him in the upper tombs of the
sons of David; and all Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem honored him at his death.
And Manasseh his son reigned in his place.