He took counsel with his princes, and his mighty men
With his nobles, and the officers of his army, what steps should be taken to resist, retard, and distress the enemy, and among the rest what follows was proposed:
to stop the waters of the fountains which were without the city;
that so the Assyrian army would find it difficult to supply themselves with water, which was an article of great importance:
and they did help him;
to stop the fountains, not only with their advice how to do it, but with their men, their servants, who assisted those that Hezekiah employed in this work.