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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.