|2 Chronicles 32 |
1 After these things and their completion, Sennacherib, king of Assyria came, and entered into Judah to encamp against the walled cities with intent to conquer them for himself.
2 When Hezekiah saw that Sennacherib had come, and that he intended to fight against Jerusalem,
3 He took counsel with his princes and his mighty men to stop the waters of the fountains which were outside the city; and they helped him.
4 So many people gathered together and stopped all the fountains and the brook that ran through the midst of the land, saying, "Why should the kings of Assyria come, and find abundant water?"
5 He also strengthened himself and built up all the wall that was broken, raising towers on it, building another wall outside, repairing Millo in the city of David, and making arrows and shields in abundance.
6 He set captains of war over the people, and gathered them together to him in the street of the gate of the city, and spoke comfortably to them, saying,
7 "Be strong and courageous, do not be afraid of nor dismayed by the king of Assyria and all the multitude that is with him for we are greater than with him.
8 With him is an arm of flesh; but with us is the LORD our God to help us, and to fight our battles. The people comforted themselves upon the words of king Hezekiah of Judah."
9 After this Sennacherib, king of Assyria, sent his servants to Jerusalem, (but he himself laid siege against Lachish, and all his power with him), to king Hezekiah of Judah and to all Judah who were in Jerusalem, saying,
10 "Thus said Sennacherib king of Assyria, On what do you trust, that you abide in the siege in Jerusalem?
11 Does not Hezekiah persuade you to give over yourselves to die by famine and by thirst, saying, 'The LORD our God shall deliver us out of 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 worship before one altar, and burn incense upon it?'
13 Do you not know what I and my fathers have done to all the people of other lands? Were the gods of the nations of those lands in anyways able to deliver their lands out of my hand?
14 Who was there among all the gods of those nations that my fathers utterly destroyed, that could deliver his people out of my hand, that your God should be able to deliver you out of my hand?
15 Now therefore do not let 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 my hand, and out of the hand of my fathers. How much less shall your God deliver you out of my hand?"
16 And his servants spoke still more against the LORD God, and against his servant Hezekiah.
17 He wrote 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 my hand, so shall the God of Hezekiah not deliver his people out of my hand."
18 Then they cried with a loud voice in the Jews' language to the people of Jerusalem who were on the wall, to frighten them and to trouble them, so to aid their conquest of the e the city.
19 They spoke against the God of Jerusalem, as though He was like the gods of the people of the earth, which were the work of the hands of man.
20 For this cause king Hezekiah and the prophet Isaiah, the son of Amoz, prayed and cried to heaven.
21 So the LORD sent an angel, who destroyed all the fighting men [the angel of the LORD went out and slew a hundred and eighty five thousand men] with their leaders and captains in the camp of the king of Assyria. So the king of Asyrria returned in disgrace to his own land. When went into the house of his god, his own offspring slew him there with the sword.
22 Thus the LORD 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 every side.
23 And many brought gifts to the LORD to Jerusalem, and presents to king Hezekiah of Judah. So from then on he was magnified in the sight of all nations.
24 In those days Hezekiah was sick to the point of death, and prayed to the LORD. The LORD spoke to him and gave him a sign.
25 But Hezekiah did nothing in return to God for the benefit done to him for his heart was lifted up. Therefore there was wrath upon him, and upon Judah and Jerusalem.
26 Despite this Hezekiah humbled himself for the pride of his heart, both he and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, so that the wrath of the LORD did not come not upon them in the days of Hezekiah.
27 Hezekiah had great riches and much honor; and he made himself treasuries for silver, for gold, and for precious stones, for spices, for shields, and for all manner of pleasant jewels;
28 As well as storehouses also for the increase of corn, wine, and oil; and stalls for all manner of beasts, and pens for flocks.
29 In addition he provided him cities, and possessions of flocks and herds in abundance for God had given him possessions in great quantity.
30 This same Hezekiah also stopped 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.
31 However, in the business of the ambassadors of the princes of Babylon, who sent to him to inquire of the wonder that was done in the land, God left him, to try him, that he might know all that was in 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 Israel.
33 Hezekiah slept with his fathers, and they buried him in the best of the tombs of the sons of David: and all Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem honored him at his death. Manasseh his son reigned in his place.
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