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 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.