A large force of men assembled, and they blocked all the springs1 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 wall2 and building towers on it. He built another wall outside that one and reinforced the supporting terracesb3 of the City of David. He also made large numbers of weapons4 and shields.
He appointed military officers over the people and assembled them before him in the square at the city gate and encouraged them with these words:
"Be strong and courageous.5 Do not be afraid or discouraged6 because of the king of Assyria and the vast army with him, for there is a greater power with us than with him.78
With him is only the arm of flesh,8 but with us9 is the LORD our God to help us and to fight our battles."10 And the people gained confidence from what Hezekiah the king of Judah said.
Later, when Sennacherib king of Assyria and all his forces were laying siege to Lachish,11 he sent his officers to Jerusalem with this message for Hezekiah king of Judah and for all the people of Judah who were there:
"This is what Sennacherib king of Assyria says: On what are you basing your confidence,12 that you remain in Jerusalem under siege?
When Hezekiah says, 'The LORD our God will save us from the hand of the king of Assyria,' he is misleading13 you, to let you die of hunger and thirst.
Did not Hezekiah himself remove this god's high places and altars, saying to Judah and Jerusalem, 'You must worship before one altar14 and burn sacrifices on it'?
"Do you not know what I and my fathers have done to all the peoples of the other lands? Were the gods of those nations ever able to deliver their land from my hand?1514
Who of all the gods of these nations that my fathers destroyed has been able to save his people from me? How then can your god deliver you from my hand?