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Sennacherib’s Invasion

1After these things and this faithfulness, Sennacherib king of Assyria came and entered into Judah and encamped against the fortified cities, and thought to break into them and capture them for himself.
  2When Hezekiah saw that Sennacherib had come and that he intended to fight against Jerusalem,
  3he took counsel with his officials and his mighty men to stop the water of the springs that were outside of the city; and they helped him.
  4So many people gathered together, and they stopped all the springs and the brook that flowed through the midst of the land, saying, “Why should the kings of Assyria come and find abundant water?”
  5He took courage and built up all the wall that was broken down and raised it up to the towers, and the other wall outside, and strengthened Millo in the city of David and made weapons and shields in abundance.
  6He set captains of war over the people and gathered them together to him in the open space at the gate of the city, and spoke encouragingly to them, saying,
  7“Be strong and courageous, do not be afraid nor dismayed because of the king of Assyria, nor because of all the multitude who is with him, for with us is One greater than with him.
  8With him is an arm of flesh, but with us is Yahweh our God to help us and to fight our battles.” The people relied upon on the words of Hezekiah king of Judah.

Sennacherib’s Servant’s Speech

9After this, Sennacherib king of Assyria sent his servants to Jerusalem (now he was at Lachish, and all his forces with him) to Hezekiah king of Judah, and to all Judah who were in Jerusalem, saying,
  10“This is what Sennacherib king of Assyria says, ‘On what are you trusting that you are living during the siege in Jerusalem?’
  11Isn’t Hezekiah misleading you, such that he will give you over to die by famine and by thirst, saying, “Yahweh our God will rescue us out of the hand of the king of Assyria?”
  12Hasn’t this same Hezekiah taken away his shrines and his altars and commanded Judah and Jerusalem, saying, “You must worship before one altar, and only on it you are to burn incense?”

13“‘Do you not know what I and my fathers have done to all the peoples of the lands? Were the gods of the nations of the lands in any way able to rescue their land out of my hand?
  14Who was there among all the gods of those nations that my fathers devoted to destruction that could rescue his people out of my hand, that your god should be able to rescue you out of my hand?
  15So now do not let Hezekiah deceive you or mislead you in this way, and do not believe him, for no god of any nation or kingdom has been able to rescue his people out of my hand and out of the hand of my fathers. How much less will your god rescue you out of my hand?’”

16And his servants said still more against Yahweh God and against his servant Hezekiah.
  17He also wrote letters to insult Yahweh the God of Israel and to speak against him, saying, “Just as the gods of the nations of the lands have not rescued their people out of my hand, so the god of Hezekiah will not rescue his people out of my hand.”

18And they cried out with a loud voice in the language of the Judeans to the people of Jerusalem who were on the wall, to frighten them and to trouble them, so that they might capture the city.
  19And they spoke about the God of Jerusalem as they did about the gods of the other peoples of the earth, which are the work of human hands.

Deliverance from Sennacherib

20Hezekiah the king and Isaiah the prophet, the son of Amoz, prayed because of this, and cried out to heaven.
  21Yahweh sent an angel, who cut off all the mighty men of valor and the leaders and captains in the camp of the king of Assyria. So he returned with shame of face to his own land. When he had come into the house of his god, those who came out from his own bowels killed him there with the sword.

22Thus Yahweh saved Hezekiah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem from the hand of Sennacherib the king of Assyria and from the hand of all others, and guided them on every side.
  23And many brought gifts to Jerusalem to Yahweh, and precious things to Hezekiah king of Judah, such that he was exalted in the eyes of all nations from that time onward.

Hezekiah’s Illness and Pride

24In those days Hezekiah was sick to the point of death, and he prayed to Yahweh, and he spoke to him and gave him a sign.
  25But Hezekiah did not respond according to the benefit done to him, for his heart was proud, so there was wrath on him and on Judah and Jerusalem.
  26But then Hezekiah humbled himself for being proud of heart, both he and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, so that the wrath of Yahweh did not come on them in the days of Hezekiah.

Hezekiah’s Wealth and Works

27Hezekiah had exceeding much riches and honor, and he provided him treasuries for silver, and for gold, and for precious stones, and for spices, and for shields, and for all kinds of valuable articles;
  28storehouses also for the increase of grain and new wine and oil, and stalls for all kinds of animals, and flocks in folds.
  29Moreover he provided for himself cities and possessions of flocks and herds in abundance, for God had given him very much substance.

30This same Hezekiah also stopped the upper spring of the waters of Gihon and brought them straight down on the west side of the city of David. Hezekiah prospered in all his works.
  31However concerning the ambassadors of the officials of Babylon who sent to him to inquire of the wonder that was done in the land, God left him, to test him, that he might know all that was in his heart.

Hezekiah’s Death

32Now the rest of the acts of Hezekiah and his good deeds, 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.
  33Hezekiah slept with his fathers, and they buried him in the ascent of the tombs of the sons of David; and all Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem did him honor at his death. Manasseh his son reigned in his place.

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