2 Chronicles 32

2 Chronicles 32

1Sennacherib invading Judah, Hezekiah fortifieth Jerusalem, and encourageth the people. 9Sennacherib's blasphemous message and letters. 20Hezekiah and Isaiah cry to heaven for aid; an angel destroyeth the Assyrian army, and their king returning home is slain by his own sons. 24Hezekiah praying in his sickness is miraculously recovered; but growing proud, he afterward humbleth himself. 27His riches and works. 31His error in relation to the Babylonish ambassadors. 32He dieth; Manasseh succeedeth him.

1 After these 1things, and the establishment thereof, 2Sennacherib king of Assyria came, and entered into Judah, and encamped against the fenced cities, and thought ato win them for himself.

2 And when Hezekiah saw that Sennacherib was come, and that ahe was purposed to fight against Jerusalem,

3 He took counsel with his princes and his mighty men to 1stop 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 aran 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 1that was broken, and raised it up to the towers, and 2another wall without, and repaired 3Millo in the city of David, and made adarts 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 aspake comfortably to them, saying,

7 Be 1strong 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 1arm of flesh; but with us is the Lord our God to help us, and to fight our battles. And the people arested themselves upon the words of Hezekiah king of Judah.

9 ¶ After 1this did Sennacherib king of Assyria send his servants to Jerusalem, (but he himself laid siege against Lachish, and all his apower with him,) unto Hezekiah king of Judah, and unto all Judah that were at Jerusalem, saying,

10 Thus saith Sennacherib king of Assyria, 1Whereon do ye trust, that ye abide ain the siege in Jerusalem?

11 Doth not Hezekiah persuade you to give over yourselves to die by famine and by thirst, saying, 1The Lord our God shall deliver us out of the hand of the king of Assyria?

12 Hath not the same Hezekiah 1taken 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? 1were the gods of the nations of those lands any ways able to deliver their lands out of mine hand?

14 Who was there 1among 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 1let 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: 2how much less shall your God deliver you out of mine hand?

16 And his servants spake 1yet more against the Lord God, and against his servant Hezekiah.

17 He 1wrote 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 1cried 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 1against 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 1for this cause Hezekiah the king, and the prophet Isaiah the son of Amoz, prayed and cried to heaven.

21 ¶ And 1the 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 2shame 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 aslew him there with the sword.

22 Thus the Lord 1saved Hezekiah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem from the hand of Sennacherib the king of Assyria, and from the hand of all other, and 2guided them on every side.

23 And many 1brought gifts unto the Lord to Jerusalem, and apresents to Hezekiah king of Judah: so that he was magnified in the sight of all nations from thenceforth.

24 ¶ In 1those days Hezekiah was sick to the death, and prayed unto the Lord: and he spake unto him, and he agave him a sign.

25 But Hezekiah 1rendered not again according to the benefit done unto him; for 2his heart was lifted up: therefore there was 3wrath upon him, and upon Judah and Jerusalem.

26 Notwithstanding Hezekiah 1humbled himself for athe 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.

27 ¶ And Hezekiah had 1exceeding 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 apleasant 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 1God had given him substance very much.

30 This same Hezekiah also 1stopped 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.

31 ¶ Howbeit in the business of the aambassadors of the princes of Babylon, who 1sent unto him to enquire of the 2wonder that was done in the land, God left him, 3to try him, that he might know all that was in his heart.

32 ¶ Now 1the rest of the acts of Hezekiah, and his agoodness, behold, they are written in 2the vision of Isaiah the prophet, the son of Amoz, and in the 3book of the kings of Judah and Israel.

33 And Hezekiah slept with his fathers, and they buried him in the achiefest 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.

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