2 Chronicles 32 (New American Standard)

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Sennacherib Invades Judah

1 After these aacts of faithfulness 1Sennacherib king of Assyria came and invaded Judah and besieged the fortified cities, and bthought to break into them for himself. 2 Now when Hezekiah saw that Sennacherib had come and that che intended to make war on Jerusalem, 3 he decided with his officers and his warriors to cut off the supply of water from the springs which were outside the city, and they helped him. 4 So many people assembled 2and stopped up all the springs and 3the stream which flowed dthrough the region, saying, "Why should the kings of Assyria come and find abundant water ?" 5 And he took courage and 4rebuilt all the wall that had been broken down and eerected towers on it, and built 5another outside wall and strengthened the 6Millo in the city of David, and made weapons and shields in great number. 6 He appointed military officers over the people and gathered them to him in the square at the city gate, and 7spoke fencouragingly to them, saying, 7 "8Be strong and courageous, do not fear or be dismayed because of the king of Assyria nor because of all the horde that is with him; 9for the one with us is greater than the one with him. 8 "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 people relied on the words of Hezekiah king of Judah.

Sennacherib Undermines Hezekiah

9 After this 12Sennacherib king of Assyria sent his servants to Jerusalem while he was gbesieging Lachish with all his forces with him, against Hezekiah king of Judah and against all Judah who were at Jerusalem, saying, 10 "Thus says Sennacherib king of Assyria, 'On what are you trusting that you are remaining in Jerusalem under siege ? 11 'Is not Hezekiah misleading 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 "? 12 '13Has not the same Hezekiah taken away His high places and His altars, and said to Judah and iJerusalem, "You shall worship before one altar, and on it you shall jburn incense "? 13 'Do you not know what I and my fathers have done to all the peoples of the lands ? 14Were the gods of the nations of the lands able at all to deliver their land from my hand ? 14 '15Who was there among all the gods of those nations which my fathers utterly destroyed who could deliver his people out of my hand, that your God should be able to deliver you from my hand ? 15 'Now therefore, do not let Hezekiah deceive you or mislead you like this, and do not believe him, for 16no god of any nation or kingdom was able to deliver his people from my hand or from the hand of my fathers. How much less will your God deliver you from my hand ?' " 16 His servants spoke further against the LORD God and against His servant Hezekiah. 17 He also wrote letters to insult the LORD God of Israel, and to speak against Him, saying, "17As the gods of the nations of the lands khave not delivered their people from my hand, so the God of Hezekiah will not deliver His people from my hand." 18 18They called this out with a loud voice in the language of Judah to the people of Jerusalem who were on the wall, to frighten and terrify them, so that they might take the city. 19 They spoke lof the God of Jerusalem as of 19the gods of the peoples of the earth, the work of men's hands.

Hezekiah's Prayer Is Answered

20 But King Hezekiah and Isaiah the prophet, the son of Amoz, prayed about this and cried out to heaven. 21 And the LORD sent an angel who destroyed every mighty warrior, commander and officer in the camp of the king of Assyria. So he returned min shame to his own land. And when he had entered the temple of his god, some of his own children killed him there with the sword. 22 So the LORD 20saved Hezekiah 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 every side. 23 And 21many were bringing gifts to the LORD at Jerusalem and choice presents to Hezekiah king of Judah, so that 22he was exalted in the sight of all nations thereafter . 24 23In those days Hezekiah became omortally ill ; and he prayed to the LORD, and pthe LORD spoke to him and gave him a sign. 25 But Hezekiah gave no return for the benefit qhe received, 24because his heart was rproud ; 25therefore wrath came on him and on Judah and Jerusalem. 26 However, 26Hezekiah shumbled 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. 27 Now Hezekiah had immense riches and honor ; and he made for himself treasuries for silver, gold, precious stones, spices, shields and all kinds of valuable articles, 28 storehouses also for the produce of grain, wine and oil, pens for all kinds of cattle and tsheepfolds for the flocks. 29 He made cities for himself and acquired flocks and herds in abundance, for 27God had given him very great uwealth. 30 It was Hezekiah who 28stopped the upper outlet of the waters of 29Gihon and directed them to the west side of the city of David. And Hezekiah prospered in all that he did. 31 Even 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, God left him alone only 32to test him, that He might know all that was in his heart. 32 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. 33 So Hezekiah slept with his fathers, and they buried him in the vupper section of the tombs of the sons of David ; and all Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem 33honored him at his death. And his son Manasseh became king in his place.
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