2 Chronicles 32
Sennacherib invading Judah, Hezekiah fortifieth himself, and encourageth his people.
2 Chronicles 32:1 After these things done in faithfulness, came Sennacherib king of Assyria,and entered into Judah, and encamped against the fortified cities, and thought to break into them for himself. 2 Chronicles 32:2 And, when Hezekiah saw that Sennacherib had come,and that, his face, wasto war, against Jerusalem, 2 Chronicles 32:3 he took counsel with his captains and his heroes, to stop the waters of the fountains, which were outside the city,and they helped him. 2 Chronicles 32:4 And there were gathered together much people, so they stopped all the fountains, and the torrent that flowed through the midst of the land, saying,Wherefore should the kings of Assyria come, and find many waters? 2 Chronicles 32:5 And he took courage, and built all the wall that was broken down and carried up thereon towers, and, on the outside, another wall, and strengthened Millo, the city of David,-and made weapons in abundance, and bucklers, 2 Chronicles 32:6 and set captains of war over the people,and gathered them together unto him in the broadway of the gate of the city, and spake unto their heart, saying, 2 Chronicles 32:7 Be strong and bold, do not fear neither be dismayed, because of the king of Assyria, nor because of all the multitude that is with him,for, with us, is One greater than with him: 2 Chronicles 32:8 with him, is an arm of flesh, but, with us, is Yahweh our God, to help us, and to fight our battles. And the people leaned upon the words of Hezekiah king of Judah.
Against the blasphemies of Sennacherib, by message and letters, Hezekiah and Isaiah pray.
2 Chronicles 32:9 After this, Sennacherib king of Assyria sent his servants towards Jerusalem, himself, being near Lachish, and all his imperial might with him,unto Hezekiah king of Judah, and unto all Judah that was in Jerusalem, saying: 2 Chronicles 32:10 Thus, saith Sennacherib, king of Assyria,-Upon what, are, ye, trusting, that ye are awaiting the siege in Jerusalem? 2 Chronicles 32:11 Is not, Hezekiah, persuading you, so as to deliver you up to die with hunger and with thirst, saying,Yahweh our God, will deliver us out of the hand of the king of Assyria? 2 Chronicles 32:12 Is it not, the same Hezekiah, who hath removed his high places, and his altars,and hath given word to Judah and Jerusalem, saying, Before one altar, shall ye bow yourselves down, and, thereupon, shall ye burn incense? 2 Chronicles 32:13 Will ye not take note, what I have done, I and my fathers, to all the peoples of the countries? Have the gods of the nations of the countries been, at all able, to deliver their country, out of my hand? 2 Chronicles 32:14 Who, among all the gods of these nations whom my fathers devoted to destruction, hath ever been able to deliver his people out of my hand,that your god should be able to deliver you out of my hand? 2 Chronicles 32:15 Now, therefore, do not let Hezekiah beguile you nor persuade you thus, neither do ye believe him. For no, god, of any nation or kingdom hath ever been able to deliver his people out of my hand, or out of the hand of my fathers,-how much less shall, your gods, deliver you, out of my hand? 2 Chronicles 32:16 And, yet more, spake his servants, against Yahweh, God,and against Hezekiah his servant. 2 Chronicles 32:17 Letters, also wrote he, to scoff at Yahweh God of Israel, and to speak against him, saying, Like the gods of the nations of the countries, who delivered not their people out of my hand, so, shall the god of Hezekiah not deliver his people out of my hand. 2 Chronicles 32:18 Then cried they out, with a loud voice, in the Jews' language, unto the people of Jerusalem who were upon the wall, to affright them, and to terrify them,to the end they might capture the city. 2 Chronicles 32:19 And they spake against the God of Jerusalem,as against the gods of the peoples of the earth, the work of the hands of men. 2 Chronicles 32:20 And Hezekiah the king and Isaiah son of Amoz, the prophet, prayed concerning this,-and made outcry unto the heavens,
An angel destroyeth the host of the Assyrians, to the glory of Hezekiah.
2 Chronicles 32:21 So Yahweh sent a messenger, who cut off every hero of valour, and chief ruler and captain, in the camp of the king of Assyria,and he returned with shame of face to his own land, and, when he entered the house of his god, then, the issue of his own bodythere, caused him to fall by the sword. 2 Chronicles 32:22 Thus did Yahweh save Hezekiah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem out of the hand of Sennacherib king of Assyria, and out of the hand of every one,and gave them rest on every side. 2 Chronicles 32:23 And, many, were bringing in a present unto Yahweh, to Jerusalem, and precious things, unto Hezekiah king of Judah,so that he was exalted in the eyes of all the nations, from thenceforth.
Hezekiah praying in his sickness, God giveth him a sign of recovery.
2 Chronicles 32:24 In those days, was Hezekiah sick unto death,and, when he prayed unto Yahweh, he was entreated of him and, a wonderful token, he gave him.
He waxing proud is humbled by God.
2 Chronicles 32:25 But, not according to the benefit done unto him, did Hezekiah make return, for uplifted was his heart,and so there came upon him, wrath, and upon Judah and Jerusalem. 2 Chronicles 32:26 Then Hezekiah humbled himself, for the uplifting of his heart, he and the inhabitants of Jerusalem,so that the wrath of Yahweh came not upon them, in the days of Hezekiah.
His wealth and works.
2 Chronicles 32:27 And it came to pass that, Hezekiah, had riches and honour in great abundance,and, treasuries, made he for himselffor silver and for gold and for costly stones, and for spices and for precious things, and for all utensils to be coveted; 2 Chronicles 32:28 storehouses also, for the increase of corn, and new wine and oil,and cribs for every kind of beast, and cribs for the flocks; 2 Chronicles 32:29 and, cities, made he for himself, and possessions of flocks and herds, in abundance,for God had given him exceeding great wealth. 2 Chronicles 32:30 And, the same Hezekiah, stopped up the upper spring of the waters of Gihon, and brought them straight down the west side of the city of David,and Hezekiah prospered in all his work.
His error in the embassage of Babylon.
2 Chronicles 32:31 Yet verily, with regard to the ambassadors of the rulers of Babylon, who sent unto him to enquire concerning the wonderful token which came to pass in the land, God left him,to prove him, to take note of all that was in his heart.
He dying, Manasseh succeedeth him.
2 Chronicles 32:32 But, the rest of the story of Hezekiah, and his lovingkindnesses, there they are, written in the visions of Isaiah son of Amoz, the prophet, in the book of the Kings of Judah and Israel. 2 Chronicles 32:33 And Hezekiah slept with his fathers, and they buried him in the ascent of the sepulchres of the sons of David, and all Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem did him, honour, in his death,and Manasseh his son reigned in his stead.