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°, 7 “aBe 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°.
 ILit things and this faithfulness IILit said a2K 18:13-19, 37; Is 36:1-37:38
 ILit his face for war against
 ILit in the midst of the land a2K 20:20 b2Ch 32:30
 ILit raised on the towers a2Ch 25:23 b2K 25:4 c1K 9:24
 ILit upon their hearts a2Ch 30:22
 a1Ch 22:13 b2K 6:16
 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°?’”
 ILit against a2K 18:17
 ILit palm
 ILit Jerusalem, saying, IILit offer up in smoke a2Ch 31:1
 a2K 18:33-35
 aIs 10:9-11
 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°.
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°°°.
24 ¶ aIn 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°.
 ILit sick to the point of death IILit He a2K 20:1-11; Is 38:1-8
 ILit to him IILit high a2Ch 26:16; 32:31 b2Ch 24:18
 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°.
 ISo ancient versions; Heb flocks for the sheepfolds
 ILit possessions, property a1Ch 29:12
 a2K 20:20 b1K 1:33
 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°.
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Sennacherib invading Judah, Hezekiah fortifieth himself, and encourageth his people.
1 ¶ Afterº these² things,º and the establishmentº thereof, Sennacheribº kingº of Assyriaº came,ºª and enteredºª into Judah,º and encampedºª against² the fencedºª cities,º and thoughtºª to winºª them for² himself. 2 And when Hezekiahº sawºª that² Sennacheribº was come,ºª and that he was purposedº to fightº against² Jerusalem,º 3 He took counselºª with² his princesº and his mighty menº to stopºª² the watersº of the fountainsº which² [were] withoutº² the city:º and they did helpºª him. 4 So there was gatheredºª muchº peopleº together,¹ª who stoppedºª² all² the fountains,º and the brookº that ranºª through the midstº of the land,º saying,ºª Why² should the kingsº of Assyriaº come,ºª and findºª muchº water?º 5 Also he strengthened¹ª himself,² and built upºª² all² the wallº that was broken,ºª and raised [it] upºª to² the towers,º and anotherº wallº without,º and repairedºª² Milloº [in] the cityº of David,º and madeºª dartsº and shieldsº in abundance.º 6 And he setºª captainsº of warº over² the people,º and gathered them togetherºª to² him in² the streetº of the gateº of the city,º and spakeºª comfortablyº² to them, saying,ºª 7 Be strongºª and courageous,ºª be not afraidºª² nor² dismayedºª forº² the kingº of Assyria,º nor for²² all² the multitudeº that² [is] with² him: for² [there be] moreº with² us than with²² him: 8 With² him [is] an armº of flesh;º but with² us [is] the LORDº our Godº to helpºª us, and to fightºª our battles.º And the peopleº rested¹ª themselves² upon² the wordsº of Hezekiahº kingº of Judah.º
 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.
 2K 12:17; Lk 9:51, 53.
 2K 18:20; 20:20; 2Ch 30:2; Pv 15:22; 20:18; 24:6; Is 22:8; 40:13; Ro 11:34.
 1K 3:9, 16; 19:21; 2K 18:9, 13; 19:17; 2Ch 30:14; 32:1, 30; Is 10:8.
 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.
 Gn 34:3; 1Ch 27:3, 4; 2Ch 17:14; 30:22; Ezr 10:9; Ne 8:1, 16; Is 40:2.
 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.
 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 ¶ Afterº this² did Sennacheribº kingº of Assyriaº sendºª his servantsº to Jerusalem,º (but he² [himself laid siege] against² Lachish,º and all² his powerº with² him,) unto² Hezekiahº kingº of Judah,º and unto² all² Judahº that² [were] at Jerusalem,º saying,ºª 10 Thus² saithºª Sennacheribº kingº of Assyria,º Whereon²² do ye² trust,ºª that ye abideºª in the siegeº in Jerusalem?º 11 Doth not² Hezekiahº persuadeºª you to give¹ª over² yourselves to dieºª by famineº and by thirst,º saying,ºª The LORDº our Godº shall deliverºª us out of the handº² of the kingº of Assyria?º 12 Hath not² the same² Hezekiahº taken awayºª² his high placesº and his altars,º and commandedºª Judahº and Jerusalem,º saying,ºª Ye shall worshipºª beforeº oneº altar,º and burn incenseºª upon² it? 13 Knowºª ye not² what² I² and my fathersº have doneºª unto all² the peopleº of [other] lands?º were the godsº of the nationsº of those landsº any ways¹ª ableºª to deliverºª² their landsº out of mine hand?º² 14 Who² [was there] among all² the godsº of those² nationsº that² my fathersº utterly destroyed,ºª that² couldºª deliverºª² his peopleº out of mine hand,º² that² your Godº should be ableºª to deliverºª you out of mine hand?º² 15 Now² therefore let not¹² Hezekiahº deceiveºª you, nor² persuadeºª you on this manner,² neither² yet believeºª him: for² no²² godº of any² nationº or kingdomº was ableºª to deliverºª his peopleº out of mine hand,º² and out of the handº² of my fathers:º how much less²² shall your Godº deliverºª you out of mine hand?º² 16 And his servantsº spakeºª yet² [more] against² the LORDº God,º and against² his servantº Hezekiah.º 17 He wroteºª also lettersº to railºª on the LORDº Godº of Israel,º and to speakºª against² him, saying,ºª As the godsº of the nationsº of [other] landsº have not² deliveredºª their peopleº out of mine hand,º² so² shall not² the Godº of Hezekiahº deliverºª his peopleº out of mine hand.º² 18 Then they criedºª with a loudº voiceº in the Jews' speechº unto² the peopleº of Jerusalemº that² [were] on² the wall,º to affrightºª them, and to troubleºª them; that² they might takeºª² the city.º 19 And they spakeºª against¹² the Godº of Jerusalem,º as against² the godsº of the peopleº of the earth,º [which were] the workº of the handsº of man.º 20 And for² this² [cause] Hezekiahº the king,º and the prophetº Isaiahº the sonº of Amoz,º prayedºª and criedºª to heaven.º
 Jsh 10:31; 12:11; 15:39; 2K 18:17; Is 36:2; 37:8; Mi 1:13.
 2K 18:19; Is 36:4.
 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.
 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.
 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.
 Ex 14:3; 15:9; Is 10:11; 42:8.
 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.
 Jb 15:25; Ps 73:9; Jn 15:21.
 2K 19:9, 12, 14, 22, 28; Ne 6:5; Is 10:15; 37:14, 23, 28; Rv 13:6.
 1S 17:10, 26; 2K 18:26; Ne 6:9; Is 36:13.
 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.
 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 LORDº sentºª an angel,º which cut offºª all² the mighty menº of valour,º and the leadersº and captainsº in the campº of the kingº of Assyria.º So he returnedºª with shameº of faceº to his own land.º And when he was come¹ª into² the houseº of his god,º they that came forthº² of his own bowelsº slewºª him there² with the sword.º 22 Thus the LORDº savedºª² Hezekiahº and the inhabitantsºª of Jerusalemº from the handº² of Sennacheribº the kingº of Assyria,º and from the handº² of all² [other], and guidedºª them on every side.º² 23 And manyº broughtºª giftsº unto the LORDº to Jerusalem,º and presentsº to Hezekiahº kingº of Judah:º so that he was magnifiedºª in the sightº of all² nationsº from thenceforth.º²²
 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.
 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.
 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.
He waxing proud is humbled by God.
25 But Hezekiahº rendered not againºª² according to the benefitº [done] unto² him; for² his heartº was lifted up:ºª therefore there was² wrathº upon² him, and upon² Judahº and Jerusalem.º 26 Notwithstanding Hezekiahº humbled¹ª himself² for the prideº of his heart,º [both] he² and the inhabitantsºª of Jerusalem,º so that the wrathº of the LORDº cameºª not² upon² them in the daysº of Hezekiah.º
 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.
 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 Hezekiahº had² exceedingº muchºª richesº and honour:º and he madeºª himself treasuriesº for silver,º and for gold,º and for preciousº stones,º and for spices,º and for shields,º and for all manner² of pleasantº jewels;º 28 Storehousesº also for the increaseº of corn,º and wine,º and oil;º and stallsº for all manner² of beasts,º and cotesº for flocks.º 29 Moreover he providedºª him cities,º and possessionsº of flocksº and herdsº in abundance:º for² Godº had givenºª him substanceº veryº much.º 30 This same² Hezekiahº also stoppedºª² the upperº watercourseºº of Gihon,º and brought it straightºª downº to the west sideº of the cityº of David.º And Hezekiahº prosperedºª in all² his works.º
 1Ch 27:25; 2Ch 1:12; 9:27; 17:5; Pv 10:22.
 2S 7:8; 1K 4:26; 2Ch 26:10.
 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.
 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 ¶ Howbeitº in [the business of] the ambassadorsºª of the princesº of Babylon,º who sentºª unto² him to enquire¹ª of² the wonderº that² was² [done] in the land,º Godº leftºª him, to tryºª him, that he might knowºª all² [that was] in his heart.º
 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 restº of the actsº of Hezekiah,º and his goodness,º behold,² they [are] writtenºª in the visionº of Isaiahº the prophet,º the sonº of Amoz,º [and] in² the bookº of the kingsº of Judahº and Israel.º 33 And Hezekiahº sleptºª with² his fathers,º and they buriedºª him in the chiefestº of the sepulchresº of the sonsº of David:º and all² Judahº and the inhabitantsºª of Jerusalemº did² him¹ª honourº at his death.º And Manassehº his sonº reignedºª in his stead.²
 2K 18:1; 2Ch 31:20; Is 36:1.
 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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