Hezekiah

Hezekiah

 
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  • In all that he did in the service of the Temple of God and in his efforts to follow the law and the commands, Hezekiah sought his God wholeheartedly. As a result, he was very successful. - 2 Chronicles 31:21


  • After Hezekiah had faithfully carried out this work, King Sennacherib of Assyria invaded Judah. He laid siege to the fortified cities, giving orders for his army to break through their walls. - 2 Chronicles 32:1


  • When Hezekiah realized that Sennacherib also intended to attack Jerusalem, - 2 Chronicles 32:2


  • Then Hezekiah further strengthened his defenses by repairing the wall wherever it was broken down and by adding to the fortifications and constructing a second wall outside the first. He also reinforced the Millo* in the City of David and manufactured large numbers of weapons and shields.1 - 2 Chronicles 32:5


  • He appointed military officers over the people and asked them to assemble before him in the square at the city gate. Then Hezekiah encouraged them with this address: - 2 Chronicles 32:6


  • Then King Sennacherib of Assyria, while still besieging the town of Lachish, sent officials to Jerusalem with this message for Hezekiah and all the people in the city: - 2 Chronicles 32:9


  • Hezekiah has said, `The LORD our God will rescue us from the king of Assyria.' Surely Hezekiah is misleading you, sentencing you to death by famine and thirst! - 2 Chronicles 32:11


  • Surely you must realize that Hezekiah is the very person who destroyed all the LORD's shrines and altars. He commanded Judah and Jerusalem to worship at only the one altar at the Temple and to make sacrifices on it alone. - 2 Chronicles 32:12


  • Don't let Hezekiah fool you! Don't let him deceive you like this! I say it again--no god of any nation has ever yet been able to rescue his people from me or my ancestors. How much less will your God rescue you from my power!" - 2 Chronicles 32:15


  • And Sennacherib's officials further mocked the LORD God and his servant Hezekiah, heaping insult upon insult. - 2 Chronicles 32:16


  • The king also sent letters scorning the LORD, the God of Israel. He wrote, "Just as the gods of all the other nations failed to rescue their people from my power, so the God of Hezekiah will also fail." - 2 Chronicles 32:17


  • Then King Hezekiah and the prophet Isaiah son of Amoz cried out in prayer to God in heaven. - 2 Chronicles 32:20


  • That is how the LORD rescued Hezekiah and the people of Jerusalem from King Sennacherib of Assyria and from all the others who threatened them. So there was peace at last throughout the land. - 2 Chronicles 32:22


  • From then on King Hezekiah became highly respected among the surrounding nations, and many gifts for the LORD arrived at Jerusalem, with valuable presents for King Hezekiah, too. - 2 Chronicles 32:23


  • About that time, Hezekiah became deathly ill. He prayed to the LORD, who healed him and gave him a miraculous sign. - 2 Chronicles 32:24


  • But Hezekiah did not respond appropriately to the kindness shown him, and he became proud. So the LORD's anger came against him and against Judah and Jerusalem. - 2 Chronicles 32:25


  • Then Hezekiah repented of his pride, and the people of Jerusalem humbled themselves. So the LORD's anger did not come against them during Hezekiah's lifetime. - 2 Chronicles 32:26
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    New Living Translation Bible used with permission Tyndale House Publishers.

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