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Sennacherib Invades Judah

1 After these Iacts of faithfulness aSennacherib king of Assyria came and invaded Judah and besieged the fortified cities, and IIthought to break into them for himself. 2 Now when Hezekiah saw that Sennacherib had come and that Ihe 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 aand stopped up all the springs and bthe stream which flowed Ithrough the region, saying, “Why should the kings of Assyria come and find abundant water?” 5 And he took courage and arebuilt all the wall that had been broken down and Ierected towers on it, and [built] banother outside wall and strengthened the cMillo [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 aspoke Iencouragingly to them, saying, 7aBe 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; bfor the one with us is greater than the one with him. 8 With him is [only] aan arm of flesh, but bwith 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.

[1] ILit things and this faithfulness IILit said a2K 18:13-19, 37; Is 36:1-37:38
[2] ILit his face for war against
[4] ILit in the midst of the land a2K 20:20 b2Ch 32:30
[5] ILit raised on the towers a2Ch 25:23 b2K 25:4 c1K 9:24
[6] ILit upon their hearts a2Ch 30:22
[7] a1Ch 22:13 b2K 6:16
[8] aJr 17:5 b2Ch 20:17

Sennacherib Undermines Hezekiah

9 ¶ After this aSennacherib king of Assyria sent his servants to Jerusalem while he [was] Ibesieging 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 Ihand of the king of Assyria”? 12 aHas 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 IIburn incense”? 13 Do you not know what I and my fathers have done to all the peoples of the lands? aWere the gods of the nations of the lands able at all to deliver their land from my hand? 14 aWho [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 ano 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?’”

[9] ILit against a2K 18:17
[11] ILit palm
[12] ILit Jerusalem, saying, IILit offer up in smoke a2Ch 31:1
[13] a2K 18:33-35
[14] aIs 10:9-11
[15] aEx 5:2; Is 36:18-20; Dn 3:15

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, “aAs the gods of the nations of the lands Ihave not delivered their people from my hand, so the God of Hezekiah will not deliver His people from my hand.” 18 aThey 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 Iof the God of Jerusalem as of athe gods of the peoples of the earth, the work of men’s hands.

[17] ILit who have a2Ch 32:14
[18] a2K 18:28
[19] ILit to aPs 115:4-8

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 Iin 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 asaved Hezekiah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem from the hand of Sennacherib the king of Assyria and from the hand of all [others], and Iguided them on every side. 23 And amany were bringing gifts to the LORD at Jerusalem and choice presents to Hezekiah king of Judah, so that bhe was exalted in the sight of all nations thereafter.

[21] ILit in shame of face
[22] IAnother reading is gave them rest aIs 31:5
[23] a2S 8:10 b2Ch 1:1

24aIn those days Hezekiah became Imortally ill; and he prayed to the LORD, and IIthe LORD spoke to him and gave him a sign. 25 But Hezekiah gave no return for the benefit Ihe received, abecause his heart was IIproud; btherefore wrath came on him and on Judah and Jerusalem. 26 However, aHezekiah Ihumbled 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.

[24] ILit sick to the point of death IILit He a2K 20:1-11; Is 38:1-8
[25] ILit to him IILit high a2Ch 26:16; 32:31 b2Ch 24:18
[26] ILit humbled himself in aJr 26:18, 19

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 Isheepfolds for the flocks. 29 He made cities for himself and acquired flocks and herds in abundance, for aGod had given him very great Iwealth. 30 It was Hezekiah who astopped the upper outlet of the waters of bGihon 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] athe envoys of the rulers of Babylon, who sent to him to inquire of bthe wonder that had happened in the land, God left him [alone only] cto test him, that He might know all that was in his heart.

[28] ISo ancient versions; Heb flocks for the sheepfolds
[29] ILit possessions, property a1Ch 29:12
[30] a2K 20:20 b1K 1:33
[31] a2K 20:12; Is 39:1 b2Ch 32:24; Is 38:7, 8 cDt 8:16

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 Iupper section of the tombs of the sons of David; and all Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem ahonored him at his death. And his son Manasseh became king in his place.

[33] IOr ascent to aPs 112:6; Pv 10:7


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Sennacherib invading Judah, Hezekiah fortifieth himself, and encourageth his people.

1 ¶ After these things, and the establishment thereof, Sennacherib king of Assyria came, and entered into Judah, and encamped against the fenced cities, and thought to win them for himself. 2 And when Hezekiah saw that Sennacherib was come, and that he was purposed to fight against Jerusalem, 3 He took counsel with his princes and his mighty men to stop the waters of the fountains which [were] without the city: and they did help him. 4 So there was gathered much people together, who stopped all the fountains, and the brook that ran through the midst of the land, saying, Why should the kings of Assyria come, and find much water? 5 Also he strengthened himself, and built up all the wall that was broken, and raised [it] up to the towers, and another wall without, and repaired Millo [in] the city of David, and made darts and shields in abundance. 6 And he set captains of war over the people, and gathered them together to him in the street of the gate of the city, and spake comfortably to them, saying, 7 Be strong and courageous, be not afraid nor dismayed for the king of Assyria, nor for all the multitude that [is] with him: for [there be] more with us than with him: 8 With him [is] an arm of flesh; but with us [is] the LORD our God to help us, and to fight our battles. And the people rested themselves upon the words of Hezekiah king of Judah.

[1] 2K 15:19; 17:6; 18:11, 13, 19; 2Ch 20:1; Is 7:17; 8:6; 10:5, 7; 36:1; 37:24; Ho 11:5; Mi 2:13.
[2] 2K 12:17; Lk 9:51, 53.
[3] 2K 18:20; 20:20; 2Ch 30:2; Pv 15:22; 20:18; 24:6; Is 22:8; 40:13; Ro 11:34.
[4] 1K 3:9, 16; 19:21; 2K 18:9, 13; 19:17; 2Ch 30:14; 32:1, 30; Is 10:8.
[5] Jg 9:6; 2S 5:9; 1K 9:24; 11:27; 2K 12:20; 25:4; 2Ch 12:1; 14:5; 17:1; 23:1; 25:23; 26:8, 14; Is 22:9; Jr 39:4.
[6] Gn 34:3; 1Ch 27:3, 4; 2Ch 17:14; 30:22; Ezr 10:9; Ne 8:1, 16; Is 40:2.
[7] Dt 31:6, 23; Jsh 1:6; 2K 6:16; 18:30; 19:6; 1Ch 28:10, 20; 2Ch 20:15; Is 35:4; Dn 10:19; Zc 8:9, 23; Ro 8:31; Ep 6:10; 2Ti 2:1; 1Jn 4:4.
[8] Dt 20:1, 4; Jsh 10:42; 2Ch 13:12; 14:11; 20:15, 20; 32:15; Jb 40:9; Ps 46:7, 11; Pv 12:25; Is 8:10; 36:18; 41:10; Jr 17:5; Ac 18:10; 2Ti 4:17, 22; 1Jn 4:4.

Against the blasphemies of Sennacherib, by message and letters, Hezekiah and Isaiah pray.

9 ¶ After this did Sennacherib king of Assyria send his servants to Jerusalem, (but he [himself laid siege] against Lachish, and all his power with him,) unto Hezekiah king of Judah, and unto all Judah that [were] at Jerusalem, saying, 10 Thus saith Sennacherib king of Assyria, Whereon do ye trust, that ye abide in the siege in Jerusalem? 11 Doth not Hezekiah persuade you to give over yourselves to die by famine and by thirst, saying, The LORD our God shall deliver us out of the hand of the king of Assyria? 12 Hath not the same Hezekiah taken away his high places and his altars, and commanded Judah and Jerusalem, saying, Ye shall worship before one altar, and burn incense upon it? 13 Know ye not what I and my fathers have done unto all the people of [other] lands? were the gods of the nations of those lands any ways able to deliver their lands out of mine hand? 14 Who [was there] among all the gods of those nations that my fathers utterly destroyed, that could deliver his people out of mine hand, that your God should be able to deliver you out of mine hand? 15 Now therefore let not Hezekiah deceive you, nor persuade you on this manner, neither yet believe him: for no god of any nation or kingdom was able to deliver his people out of mine hand, and out of the hand of my fathers: how much less shall your God deliver you out of mine hand? 16 And his servants spake yet [more] against the LORD God, and against his servant Hezekiah. 17 He wrote also letters to rail on the LORD God of Israel, and to speak against him, saying, As the gods of the nations of [other] lands have not delivered their people out of mine hand, so shall not the God of Hezekiah deliver his people out of mine hand. 18 Then they cried with a loud voice in the Jews' speech unto the people of Jerusalem that [were] on the wall, to affright them, and to trouble them; that they might take the city. 19 And they spake against the God of Jerusalem, as against the gods of the people of the earth, [which were] the work of the hands of man. 20 And for this [cause] Hezekiah the king, and the prophet Isaiah the son of Amoz, prayed and cried to heaven.

[9] Jsh 10:31; 12:11; 15:39; 2K 18:17; Is 36:2; 37:8; Mi 1:13.
[10] 2K 18:19; Is 36:4.
[11] 2K 18:27, 30; 19:10; 2Ch 32:15; Ps 3:2; 11:1; 22:8; 42:10; 71:11; Is 36:12, 18; Mt 27:43.
[12] Ex 27:1; 30:1; 40:26; Dt 12:13, 26; 1K 7:48; 2K 18:4, 22; 2Ch 4:1; 31:1; Is 36:7.
[13] 2K 15:29; 17:5; 18:33; 19:11, 17, 18; 2Ch 32:19; Ps 115:3; Is 10:9, 14; 37:12, 18; 44:8; Jr 10:11, 16; Dn 4:30, 37; 5:19; Ac 19:26; 1Co 8:4.
[14] Ex 14:3; 15:9; Is 10:11; 42:8.
[15] Ex 5:2; 1K 22:22; 2K 18:29; 19:10; 2Ch 32:11; Is 36:18; Dn 3:15; Jn 19:10; Ac 19:26; Ga 1:10.
[16] Jb 15:25; Ps 73:9; Jn 15:21.
[17] 2K 19:9, 12, 14, 22, 28; Ne 6:5; Is 10:15; 37:14, 23, 28; Rv 13:6.
[18] 1S 17:10, 26; 2K 18:26; Ne 6:9; Is 36:13.
[19] Dt 4:28; 27:15; 1S 17:36; 2K 19:18; 2Ch 6:6; 32:13; Jb 15:25; Ps 10:13; 73:8; 76:1; 78:68; 87:1; 132:13; 135:15; 139:19; Is 2:8; 14:32; 37:19; 44:16; Jr 1:16; 10:3, 9; 32:30; Ho 8:5; He 12:22.
[20] 2K 19:2, 14; 2Ch 14:11; 20:6; Ps 50:15; 91:14; Is 37:1, 2, 14.

An angel destroyeth the host of the Assyrians, to the glory of Hezekiah.

21 ¶ And the LORD sent an angel, which cut off all the mighty men of valour, and the leaders and captains in the camp of the king of Assyria. So he returned with shame of face to his own land. And when he was come into the house of his god, they that came forth of his own bowels slew him there with the sword. 22 Thus the LORD saved Hezekiah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem from the hand of Sennacherib the king of Assyria, and from the hand of all [other], and guided them on every side. 23 And many brought gifts unto the LORD to Jerusalem, and presents to Hezekiah king of Judah: so that he was magnified in the sight of all nations from thenceforth.

[21] 2S 24:16; 2K 19:20, 35, 36; Jb 9:4; Ps 18:50; 76:5, 7, 12; 132:18; Pv 11:2; 16:18; Is 10:8, 16, 33; 17:12; 29:5; 30:30; 33:10; 36:9; 37:21, 36, 37; 42:8; Dn 3:28; 6:22; Mt 13:49; Ac 12:23; Rv 6:15; 19:17.
[22] Ps 18:48; 37:39; 48:14; 71:20; 73:24; 144:10; Is 10:24; 31:4; 33:22; 58:11; Ho 1:7; Jn 16:13; 2Th 3:5.
[23] 2S 8:10; 1K 4:21; 10:10, 25; 1Ch 29:25; 2Ch 1:1; 9:9, 24; 17:5, 11; Ezr 7:15, 27; Ps 68:29; 72:10; Is 60:7; Mt 2:11.

Hezekiah praying in his sickness, God giveth him a sign of recovery.

24 ¶ In those days Hezekiah was sick to the death, and prayed unto the LORD: and he spake unto him, and he gave him a sign.

[24] 2K 20:1, 4; Is 38:1, 4, 21.

He waxing proud is humbled by God.

25 But Hezekiah rendered not again according to the benefit [done] unto him; for his heart was lifted up: therefore there was wrath upon him, and upon Judah and Jerusalem. 26 Notwithstanding Hezekiah humbled himself for the pride of his heart, [both] he and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, so that the wrath of the LORD came not upon them in the days of Hezekiah.

[25] Dt 8:12, 17; 32:6; 2S 24:1, 10; 2K 14:10; 20:13; 1Ch 21:1, 12; 2Ch 24:18; 25:19; 26:16; 32:31; Ps 116:12; Ezk 28:2, 5, 17; Dn 5:20, 23; Ho 14:2; Hab 2:4; Lk 17:17; 2Co 12:7; 1Ti 3:6; 1P 5:5.
[26] Lv 26:40; 1K 21:19, 29; 2K 20:16, 19; 2Ch 33:12, 19, 23; 34:27; Is 39:6; Jr 26:18; Jm 4:10.

His wealth and works.

27 ¶ And Hezekiah had exceeding much riches and honour: and he made himself treasuries for silver, and for gold, and for precious stones, and for spices, and for shields, and for all manner of pleasant jewels; 28 Storehouses also for the increase of corn, and wine, and oil; and stalls for all manner of beasts, and cotes for flocks. 29 Moreover he provided him cities, and possessions of flocks and herds in abundance: for God had given him substance very much. 30 This same Hezekiah also stopped the upper watercourse of Gihon, and brought it straight down to the west side of the city of David. And Hezekiah prospered in all his works.

[27] 1Ch 27:25; 2Ch 1:12; 9:27; 17:5; Pv 10:22.
[28] 2S 7:8; 1K 4:26; 2Ch 26:10.
[29] Gn 13:2; Dt 8:18; 1S 2:7; 1Ch 27:29; 29:12; 2Ch 25:9; 26:10; Jb 1:3, 9; 42:12; Pv 10:22; 1Ti 6:17.
[30] Jsh 1:7; 1K 1:33, 38, 45; 2Ch 32:4; Ps 1:1; Is 22:9.

His error in the embassage of Babylon.

31 ¶ Howbeit in [the business of] the ambassadors of the princes of Babylon, who sent unto him to enquire of the wonder that was [done] in the land, God left him, to try him, that he might know all [that was] in his heart.

[31] Gn 22:1; Dt 8:2, 16; 13:3; Jg 16:20; 2K 20:8, 12; Jb 1:11; 2:3; Ps 27:9; 51:11; 119:116; 139:1, 23; Pv 17:3; Is 38:8; 39:1, 2; Zc 13:9; Mal 3:2; Jn 15:5; Jm 1:13; 1P 1:7.

He dying, Manasseh succeedeth him.

32 ¶ Now the rest of the acts of Hezekiah, and his goodness, behold, they [are] written in the vision of Isaiah the prophet, the son of Amoz, [and] in the book of the kings of Judah and Israel. 33 And Hezekiah slept with his fathers, and they buried him in the chiefest of the sepulchres of the sons of David: and all Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem did him honour at his death. And Manasseh his son reigned in his stead.

[32] 2K 18:1; 2Ch 31:20; Is 36:1.
[33] Gn 50:10; Nu 20:29; Dt 34:8; 1S 2:30; 25:1; 1K 1:21; 2:10; 11:43; 2Ch 16:14; 33:1; Pv 10:7.


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