After these things, and the establishment thereof
What are recorded in the preceding chapters, when matters were well settled, especially with respect to religion and temple service, and when Hezekiah was well established in the throne of his kingdom, had fought with and defeated the Philistines, and cast off the Assyrian yoke, and was in very prosperous circumstances; for it was in the fourteenth year of his reign that what follows was done:
Sennacherib king of Assyria came and entered into Judah, and encamped
against the fenced cities, and thought to win them for himself;
or to break them, or into them; or through them F25 to break down the walls to take them, and join them to himself, as the Targum, and he did take them, see ( 2 Kings 18:13 ) .
F25 (Meqbl) "ad perrumpendum eas", Montanus; "diffindere illas", Piscator; "abscindere", Schmidt.