King James Version2 Chronicles32

2 Chronicles

1 Af­ter these things, and the es­tab­lish­ment there­of, Sen­nacherib king of As­syr­ia came, and en­tered into Ju­dah, and en­camped against the fenced cities, and thought to win them for him­self. 2 And when Hezeki­ah saw that Sen­nacherib was come, and that he was pur­posed to fight against Jerusalem, 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 did help him. 4 So there was gath­ered much peo­ple to­geth­er, 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? 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. 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 spake com­fort­ably to them, say­ing, 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 be more with us than with him: 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. 9 Af­ter this did Sen­nacherib king of As­syr­ia send his ser­vants to Jerusalem, (but he him­self laid siege against Lachish, and all his pow­er with him, ) unto Hezeki­ah king of Ju­dah, and unto all Ju­dah that were at Jerusalem, say­ing, 10 Thus saith Sen­nacherib king of As­syr­ia, Where­on do ye trust, that ye abide in the siege in Jerusalem? 11 Doth not Hezeki­ah per­suade you to give over your­selves to die by famine and by thirst, say­ing, The LORD our God shall de­liv­er us out of the hand of the king of As­syr­ia? 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? 13 Know ye not what I and my fa­thers have done unto all the peo­ple of other lands? were the gods of the na­tions of those lands any ways able to de­liv­er their lands out of mine hand? 14 Who was there among 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 let 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: how much less shall your God de­liv­er you out of mine hand? 16 And his ser­vants spake yet more against the LORD God, and against his ser­vant Hezeki­ah. 17 He wrote 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 cried 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 against 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 for this cause Hezeki­ah the king, and the prophet Isa­iah the son of Amoz, prayed and cried to heav­en. 21 And the 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 shame 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 slew him there with the sword. 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 other, and guid­ed them on ev­ery side. 23 And many brought gifts unto the LORD to Jerusalem, and pre­sents to Hezeki­ah king of Ju­dah: so that he was mag­ni­fied in the sight of all na­tions from thence­forth. 24 In those days Hezeki­ah was sick to the death, and prayed unto the LORD: and he spake unto him, and he gave him a sign. 25 But Hezeki­ah ren­dered not again ac­cord­ing to the ben­e­fit done unto him; for his heart was lift­ed up: there­fore there was wrath upon him, and upon Ju­dah and Jerusalem. 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. 27 And Hezeki­ah had ex­ceed­ing 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 pleas­ant 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 God had giv­en him sub­stance very much. 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. 31 How­beit in the busi­ness of the am­bas­sadors of the princes of Baby­lon, who sent unto him to en­quire 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 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. 33 And Hezeki­ah slept with his fa­thers, and they buried him in the chiefest 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.