1 After these loyal actions, Sennacherib king of Assyria advanced and invaded Judah, and laid siege to the fortified towns, intending to demolish them.
2Kgs 18:13-37 2Chr 20:1-2 2Kgs 15:19 2Kgs 17:6 2Kgs 18:11 Hos 11:5 Isa 7:17-18
2 Hezekiah, realising that Sennacherib's advance was the preliminary to an attack on Jerusalem,
2Kgs 12:17 Luke 9:51 Luke 9:53
3 consulted his officers and warriors about sealing off the waters of the springs outside the city, and they supported him.
2Chr 30:2 2Kgs 18:20 2Kgs 20:20 Isa 22:8-11 Isa 40:13 Rom 11:34 Prov 15:22
4 So a large number of people were called out to block all the springs and cut off the watercourse flowing through the country. 'Why', they said, 'should the kings of Assyria find plenty of water when they arrive?'
2Chr 32:30 1Kgs 3:9 1Kgs 3:16-17 1Kgs 19:21 2Chr 30:14 2Chr 32:1 2Kgs 18:9
5 Acting with determination, he also repaired all the damaged parts of the wall, built towers on it, constructed a second wall on the outer side, strengthened the Millo of the City of David and made quantities of missiles and shields.
2Chr 25:23 1Kgs 9:24 2Kgs 25:4 2Sam 5:9 Isa 22:9-10 1Kgs 11:27 2Chr 12:1
6 He then appointed generals to command the people, summoned them to him in the square by the city gate and spoke as follows to encourage them,
2Chr 30:22 Isa 40:2 1Chr 27:3-34 2Chr 17:14-19 Ezra 10:9 Gen 34:3 Neh 8:1-3
7 'Be strong and brave; do not be afraid or tremble when you face the king of Assyria and the whole horde he brings with him, for there are more on our side than on his.
2Kgs 6:16 1John 4:4 2Chr 20:15 Eph 6:10 Rom 8:31 1Chr 22:13 1Chr 28:10
8 He has only human strength, but we have Yahweh our God to help us and fight our battles.' The people took heart at the words of Hezekiah king of Judah.
2Chr 20:17 Jer 17:5 2Chr 20:15 2Tim 4:17 2Chr 13:12 Ps 46:11 1John 4:4
9 Next, Sennacherib king of Assyria, who was then besieging Lachish with all his forces, sent his representatives to Jerusalem, to Hezekiah king of Judah, and all Judah at Jerusalem, with the following message,
2Kgs 18:17 Josh 10:31 Isa 36:2 Isa 37:8 Josh 12:11 Josh 15:39 Mic 1:13
10 'Sennacherib king of Assyria says this, "What gives you the confidence to remain in the fortress of Jerusalem?
2Kgs 18:19 Isa 36:4
11 Isn't Hezekiah deluding you, only to condemn you to die of famine and thirst, when he says: Yahweh our God will save us from the King of Assyria's clutches?
2Chr 32:15 2Kgs 18:27 2Kgs 18:30 2Kgs 19:10 Isa 36:12 Isa 36:18 Matt 27:43
12 Isn't Hezekiah the very man who has suppressed his high places and altars, and given the order to Judah and to Jerusalem: You must worship before one altar and on that alone offer incense?
2Chr 31:1 1Kgs 7:48 2Chr 4:1 2Kgs 18:4 2Kgs 18:22 Deut 12:13-14 Deut 12:26-27
13 Don't you know what I and my ancestors have done to all the peoples of the other countries? Have the national gods of those countries had the slightest success in saving their countries from my clutches?
2Kgs 18:33-35 1Cor 8:4 2Chr 32:19 2Kgs 15:29 2Kgs 17:5-6 2Kgs 19:11-13 2Kgs 19:17-19
14 Of all the gods of those nations whom my ancestors devoted to destruction, which one has been able to save his people from my clutches, for your god to be able to save you from my clutches?
Exod 14:3 Exod 15:9-11 Isa 10:11-12 Isa 42:8
15 Do not let Hezekiah mislead you. Do not let him delude you like this. Do not believe him, for no god of any nation or kingdom has been able to save his people from me or from my ancestors' clutches. No more will your god be able to save you from my clutches."'
Dan 3:15 Exod 5:2 Isa 36:18 1Kgs 22:22 2Chr 32:11 2Kgs 18:29 2Kgs 19:10
16 And his representatives said a great deal more, maligning Yahweh God, and his servant Hezekiah.
Job 15:25-26 John 15:21 Ps 73:9
17 He also wrote a letter to insult Yahweh, God of Israel, maligning him as follows, 'Just as the national gods of the other countries could not save their peoples from my clutches, so Hezekiah's god cannot save his people from my clutches.'
2Kgs 19:12 Isa 37:14 Isa 37:28-29 2Kgs 19:9 2Kgs 19:14 2Kgs 19:22 2Kgs 19:28
18 They then shouted loudly in the Judaean language to the people of Jerusalem on the ramparts to frighten and confuse them, in the hope of capturing the city,
1Sam 17:10 1Sam 17:26 2Kgs 18:26-28 Isa 36:13 Neh 6:9
19 maligning the God of Jerusalem as though he were one of the man-made gods of other peoples in the world.
2Kgs 19:18 Isa 2:8 1Sam 17:36 2Chr 6:6 2Chr 32:13-17 Deut 4:28 Deut 27:15
20 Then King Hezekiah and the prophet Isaiah son of Amoz prayed and cried out to Heaven about this,
2Chr 14:11 2Chr 20:6-12 2Kgs 19:2-4 2Kgs 19:14-19 Isa 37:1-4 Isa 37:14-20 Ps 50:15
21 and Yahweh sent an angel who destroyed every warrior, commander and officer in the king of Assyria's camp. So he had to retire shamefacedly to his own country and when he went into the temple of his god, some of his own sons there struck him down with the sword.
2Kgs 19:20 2Kgs 19:35-37 2Sam 24:16 Acts 12:23 Dan 3:28 Dan 6:22 Isa 10:8
22 So Yahweh saved Hezekiah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem from the clutches of Sennacherib king of Assyria and of everyone else, and gave them peace on every side.
2Thess 3:5 Hos 1:7 Isa 10:24-25 Isa 31:4-5 Isa 33:22 Isa 58:11 John 16:13
23 Many people then brought gifts to Yahweh in Jerusalem and valuable presents to Hezekiah king of Judah; from then on, all the other nations held him in high esteem.
2Chr 17:5 2Chr 1:1 2Chr 9:24 1Chr 29:25 1Kgs 4:21 1Kgs 10:10 1Kgs 10:25
24 About then Hezekiah fell ill and was at the point of death. He prayed to Yahweh, who heard him and granted him a sign.
2Kgs 20:1-11 Isa 38:1-8 Isa 38:21-22
25 But Hezekiah made no return for the benefit which he had received; he became proud and brought retribution on himself and on Judah and Jerusalem.
2Chr 24:18 2Chr 26:16 2Chr 32:31 2Kgs 14:10 1Chr 21:1 1Chr 21:12-17 1Pet 5:5-6
26 Then, however, Hezekiah did humble himself in his pride, and so did the inhabitants of Jerusalem; as a result of which, Yahweh's retribution did not overtake them during Hezekiah's lifetime.
Jer 26:18-19 2Chr 33:12 2Chr 34:27-28 Jas 4:10 1Kgs 21:19 1Kgs 21:29 2Chr 33:19
27 Hezekiah enjoyed immense riches and honour. He built himself treasuries for gold, silver, precious stones, spices, jewels and every kind of desirable object,
1Chr 27:25-31 2Chr 1:12 2Chr 9:27 2Chr 17:5 Prov 10:22
28 as well as storehouses for his returns of grain, new wine and olive oil, and stalls for all kinds of cattle and pens for the flocks.
1Kgs 4:26 2Chr 26:10 2Sam 7:8
29 He also provided himself with donkeys in addition to his immense wealth of flocks and herds, since God had made him immensely wealthy.
1Chr 29:12 1Chr 27:29-31 1Sam 2:7 1Tim 6:17-18 2Chr 25:9 2Chr 26:10 Deut 8:18
30 It was Hezekiah who stopped the upper outlet of the waters of Gihon and directed them straight down on the west side of the City of David. Hezekiah succeeded in all that he undertook,
1Kgs 1:33 1Kgs 1:38 1Kgs 1:45 2Chr 32:4 2Kgs 20:20 Isa 22:9-11 Josh 1:7-8
31 although when the envoys were sent to him by the rulers of Babylon to enquire about the extraordinary thing which had taken place in the country, God left him alone to test him and discover what lay in his heart.
Deut 8:2 2Chr 32:24 Gen 22:1 Deut 8:16 Jas 1:13 Job 1:11-12 John 15:5
32 The rest of the history of Hezekiah, and his deeds of faithful love, are recorded in the Vision of the prophet Isaiah son of Amoz, in the Book of the Kings of Judah and Israel.
2Kgs 18:1-20 Isa 36:1-22 2Chr 31:20-21
33 Then Hezekiah fell asleep with his ancestors and was buried in the upper section of the tombs of the sons of David. All Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem paid him honours at his death. His son Manasseh succeeded him.
Prov 10:7 1Kgs 1:21 1Kgs 2:10 1Kgs 11:43 1Sam 2:30 1Sam 25:1 2Chr 16:14