After all that Hezekiah had so faithfully done, Sennacherib1 king of Assyria came and invaded Judah. He laid siege to the fortified cities, thinking to conquer them for himself.
When Hezekiah saw that Sennacherib had come and that he intended to make war on Jerusalem,23
he consulted with his officials and military staff about blocking off the water from the springs outside the city, and they helped him.
A large force of men assembled, and they blocked all the springs3 and the stream that flowed through the land. "Why should the kingsa of Assyria come and find plenty of water?" they said.
Then he worked hard repairing all the broken sections of the wall4 and building towers on it. He built another wall outside that one and reinforced the supporting terracesb5 of the City of David. He also made large numbers of weapons6 and shields.