Second Chronicles 32


32:1 After [these] things, and their establishment, Sennacherib
 king of Assyria came, and entered into Judah, and encamped
 against the fortified cities, and thought to win them for
 himself.
32:2 And when Hezekiah saw that Sennacherib had come, and that
 he purposed to fight against Jerusalem,
32:3 He took counsel with his princes and his mighty men to stop
 the waters of the fountains which [were] without the city: and
 they helped him.
32:4 So there were assembled many people, 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?
32:5 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.
32:6 And he set captains of war over the people, and assembled
 them to him in the street of the gate of the city, and
 encouraged them, saying,
32:7 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 are] more with us than with him:
32:8 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.
32:9 After this Sennacherib king of Assyria sent his servants to
 Jerusalem, (but he [himself laid siege] against Lachish, and
 all his power with him,) to Hezekiah king of Judah, and to all
 Judah that [were] at Jerusalem, saying,
32:10 Thus saith Sennacherib king of Assyria, On what do ye
 trust, that ye abide in the siege in Jerusalem?
32:11 Doth not Hezekiah persuade you to give over yourselves to
 die by famine and by thirst, saying, The LORD our God will
 deliver us out of the hand of the king of Assyria?
32:12 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?
32:13 Know ye not what I and my fathers have done to all the
 people of [other] lands? were the gods of the nations of those
 lands any ways able to deliver their lands out of my hand?
32:14 Who [was there] among all the gods of those nations that
 my fathers utterly destroyed, that could deliver his people out
 of my hand, that your God should be able to deliver you out of
 my hand?
32:15 Now therefore let not Hezekiah deceive you, nor persuade
 you in this manner, neither yet believe him: for no god of any
 nation or kingdom hath been able to deliver his people out of
 my hand, and out of the hand of my fathers: how much less shall
 your God deliver you out of my hand?
32:16 And his servants spoke yet [more] against the LORD God,
 and against his servant Hezekiah.
32:17 He wrote also letters to rail at 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 my hand,
 so shall not the God of Hezekiah deliver his people out of my
 hand.
32:18 Then they cried with a loud voice in the Jews' speech to
 the people of Jerusalem that [were] on the wall, to affright
 them, and to fill them with consternation; that they might take
 the city.
32:19 And they spoke against the God of Jerusalem, as against
 the gods of the people of the earth, the work of the hands of
 man.
32:20 And for this [cause] Hezekiah the king, and the prophet
 Isaiah the son of Amoz, prayed and cried to heaven.
32:21 And the LORD 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.
 And when he had come into the house of his god, they that came
 forth from his own bowels slew him there with the sword.
32:22 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 [others], and guided them on every side.
32:23 And many brought gifts to the LORD to Jerusalem, and
 presents to Hezekiah king of Judah: so that from thenceforth he
 was magnified in the sight of all nations.
32:24 In those days Hezekiah was sick and near to death, and
 [he] prayed to the LORD: and he spoke to him, and he gave him a
 sign.
32:25 But Hezekiah rendered not again according to the benefit
 [done] to him; for his heart was lifted up: therefore there was
 wrath upon him, and upon Judah and Jerusalem.
32:26 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.
32:27 And Hezekiah had very great riches and honor: 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:
32:28 Store-houses also for the increase of corn, and wine, and
 oil; and stalls for all manner of beasts, and cotes for flocks.
32:29 Moreover, he provided for himself cities, and possessions
 of flocks and herds in abundance: for God had given him
 substance in great abundance.
32:30 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.
32:31 But, in [the business of] the embassadors of the princes
 of Babylon, who sent to him to inquire 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.
32:32 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.
32:33 And Hezekiah slept with his fathers, and they buried him
 in the chief of the sepulchers of the sons of David: and all
 Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem did him honor at his
 death: and Manasseh his son reigned in his stead.
 
 

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