2 Chronicles 32:31

31 When the ambassadors of Babylon's rulers were sent[a] to him to inquire about the miraculous sign that happened in the land, God left him to test him and discover what was in his heart.[b]

2 Chronicles 32:31 Meaning and Commentary

2 Chronicles 32:31

Howbeit, [in the business of] the ambassadors of the princes
of Babylon, who sent unto him to inquire the wonder that was [done]
in the land
Not to see the two tables of stone which were in the ark, with the other two that were broken because of the sin of the calf, as the Targum; nor to ask about the destruction of the Assyrian army, and the manner of it, as Grotius; but to be informed of the miracle of the sun's going back ten degrees, when Hezekiah was recovered from his sickness; the Chaldeans being a people much given to astrology, and curious in their observations of that kind:

God left him to try him;
by showing him all his treasures:

that he might know all that was in his heart;
not that God might know, who knows all things, unless spoken of him after the manner of men; but rather that Hezekiah might know the pride lurking in his heart, and other sins which escaped his notice, ( Jeremiah 17:9 ) or that it might be known by others; that the children of men might know it, as Kimchi; and take warning by it, and observe the frailty and infirmity of the best of men.

2 Chronicles 32:31 In-Context

29 He made cities for himself, and he acquired herds of sheep and cattle in abundance, for God gave him abundant possessions.
30 This same Hezekiah blocked the outlet of the water of the Upper Gihon and channeled it smoothly downward and westward to the city of David. Hezekiah succeeded in everything he did.
31 When the ambassadors of Babylon's rulers were sent to him to inquire about the miraculous sign that happened in the land, God left him to test him and discover what was in his heart.
32 As for the rest of the events of Hezekiah's [reign] and his deeds of faithful love, note that they are written about in the Visions of the Prophet Isaiah son of Amoz, and in the Book of the Kings of Judah and Israel.
33 Hezekiah rested with his fathers and was buried on the ascent to the tombs of David's descendants. All Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem paid him honor at his death. His son Manasseh became king in his place.

Footnotes 2

  • [a]. LXX, Tg, Vg; MT reads of Babylon sent
  • [b]. Dt 8:2; 13:3