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.
And when Hezekiah saw that Sennacherib was come, and that he was purposed to fight
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.
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?
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.
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,
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:
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
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,
Thus saith Sennacherib king of Assyria, Whereon do ye trust, that ye abide in the
siege in Jerusalem?
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
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
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
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?
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?
And his servants spake yet more against the LORD God, and against his servant
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
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.
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.
And for this cause Hezekiah the king, and the prophet Isaiah the son of Amoz,
prayed and cried to heaven.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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;
Storehouses also for the increase of corn, and wine, and oil; and stalls for all
manner of beasts, and cotes for flocks.
Moreover he provided him cities, and possessions of flocks and herds in abundance:
for God had given him substance very much.
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
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.
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.
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.