1Aftertheseaacts of faithfulness1Sennacheribking of Assyriacame and invadedJudah and besieged the fortifiedcities, and bthought to break into them for himself.
Now when Hezekiahsaw that Sennacherib had come and that che intended to make war on Jerusalem,
he decided with his officers and his warriors to cutoff the supply of water from the springswhich were outside the city, and they helped him.
So manypeopleassembled2and stopped up all the springs and 3the stream which floweddthrough the region, saying, "Why should the kings of Assyriacome and findabundantwater?"
And he tookcourage and 4rebuiltall the wall that had been brokendown and eerectedtowers on it, and built 5anotheroutsidewall and strengthened the 6Millo in the city of David, and madeweapons and shields in greatnumber.
He appointedmilitaryofficersover the people and gathered them to him in the square at the citygate, and 7spokefencouragingly to them, saying,
"8Be strong and courageous, do not fear or be dismayedbecause of the king of Assyria nor because of all the horde that is with him; 9for the one with us is greaterthan the one with him.
"With him is only 10an arm of flesh, but 11with us is the LORD our God to help us and to fight our battles." And the peoplerelied on the words of Hezekiahking of Judah.
9Afterthis12Sennacheribking of Assyriasent his servants to Jerusalem while he was gbesiegingLachish with all his forces with him, againstHezekiahking of Judah and againstallJudahwho were at Jerusalem, saying,
10"ThussaysSennacheribking of Assyria, 'On what are you trusting that you are remaining in Jerusalem under siege?
'Is not Hezekiahmisleading you to give yourselves over to die by hunger and by thirst, saying, "The LORD our God will deliver us from the hhand of the king of Assyria "?
'13Has not the sameHezekiahtakenaway His highplaces and His altars, and said to Judah and iJerusalem, "You shall worshipbeforeonealtar, and on it you shall jburnincense "?
'Do you not knowwhat I and my fathers have done to all the peoples of the lands? 14Were the gods of the nations of the landsable at all to deliver their land from my hand?
'15Who was there among all the gods of thosenationswhich my fathersutterlydestroyedwhocoulddeliver his people out of my hand, that your God should be able to deliver you from my hand?
15'Now therefore, do not let Hezekiahdeceive you or mislead you like this, and do not believe him, for 16nogod of anynation or kingdom was able to deliver his people from my hand or from the hand of my fathers. Howmuchless will your Goddeliver you from my hand?' "
His servantsspokefurtheragainst the LORDGod and against His servantHezekiah.
He also wroteletters to insult the LORDGod of Israel, and to speakagainst Him, saying, "17As the gods of the nations of the landskhave not delivered their people from my hand, so the God of Hezekiah will not deliver His people from my hand."
1818They called this out with a loudvoice in the language of Judah to the people of Jerusalemwho were on the wall, to frighten and terrify them, so that they might take the city.
They spokelof the God of Jerusalem as of 19the gods of the peoples of the earth, the work of men'shands.
But KingHezekiah and Isaiah the prophet, the son of Amoz, prayedaboutthis and cried out to heaven.
And the LORDsent an angel who destroyedeverymightywarrior, commander and officer in the camp of the king of Assyria. So he returnedmin shame to his own land. And when he had entered the temple of his god, some of his ownchildrenkilled him there with the sword.
So the LORD20savedHezekiah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem from the hand of Sennacherib the king of Assyria and from the hand of all others, and nguided them on everyside.
And 21many were bringinggifts to the LORD at Jerusalem and choicepresents to Hezekiahking of Judah, so that 22he was exalted in the sight of allnationsthereafter .
2423In thosedaysHezekiahbecameomortallyill; and he prayed to the LORD, and pthe LORD spoke to him and gave him a sign.
But Hezekiahgavenoreturn for the benefitqhe received, 24because his heart was rproud; 25therefore wrathcame on him and on Judah and Jerusalem.
However, 26Hezekiahshumbled the pride of his heart, both he and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, so that the wrath of the LORD did not come on them in the days of Hezekiah.
Now Hezekiahhadimmenseriches and honor; and he made for himself treasuries for silver, gold, preciousstones, spices, shields and all kinds of valuablearticles,
28storehouses also for the produce of grain, wine and oil, pens for allkinds of cattle and tsheepfolds for the flocks.
He madecities for himself and acquiredflocks and herds in abundance, for 27God had given him verygreatuwealth.
It was Hezekiah who 28stopped the upperoutlet of the waters of 29Gihon and directed them to the westside of the city of David. And Hezekiahprospered in all that he did.
31Even in the matter of 30the envoys of the rulers of Babylon, who sent to him to inquire of 31the wonder that had happened in the land, Godleft him alone only 32to test him, that He might knowall that was in his heart.
Now the rest of the acts of Hezekiah and his deeds of devotion, behold, they are written in the vision of Isaiah the prophet, the son of Amoz, in the Book of the Kings of Judah and Israel.
So Hezekiahslept with his fathers, and they buried him in the vuppersection of the tombs of the sons of David; and allJudah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem33honored him at his death. And his sonManassehbecameking in his place.