After these things and this truth, come hath Sennacherib
king of Asshur, yea, he cometh in to Judah, and encampeth against the cities of
the bulwarks, and saith to rend them unto himself.
And Hezekiah seeth that Sennacherib hath come, and his face is
to the battle against Jerusalem,
and he taketh counsel with his heads and his mighty ones, to
stop the waters of the fountains that are at the outside of the city --
and they help him,
and much people are gathered, and they stop all the
fountains and the brook that is rushing into the midst of the land, saying,
'Why do the kings of Asshur come, and have found much water?'
And he strengtheneth himself, and buildeth the whole of the
wall that is broken, and causeth it to ascend unto the towers, and at
the outside of the wall another, and strengtheneth Millo, in the city of
David, and maketh darts in abundance, and shields.
And he putteth heads of war over the people, and gathereth
them unto him, unto the broad place of a gate of the city, and speaketh unto
their heart, saying,
'Be strong and courageous, be not afraid, nor be cast down
from the face of the king of Asshur, and from the face of all the multitude
that is with him, for with us are more than with him.
With him is an arm of flesh, and with us is
Jehovah our God, to help us, and to fight our battles;' and the people are
supported by the words of Hezekiah king of Judah.
After this hath Sennacherib king of Asshur sent his servants
to Jerusalem -- and he is by Lachish, and all his power with him --
against Hezekiah king of Judah, and against all Judah, who are in
'Thus said Sennacherib king of Asshur, On what are ye
trusting and abiding in the bulwark, in Jerusalem?
'Is not Hezekiah persuading you, to give you up to die by
famine, and by thirst, saying, Jehovah our God doth deliver us from the hand of
the king of Asshur?
Hath not Hezekiah himself turned aside His high places, and
His altars, and speaketh to Judah and to Jerusalem, saying, Before one altar ye
bow yourselves, and on it ye make perfume?
'Do ye not know what I have done -- I and my fathers -- to
all peoples of the lands? Were the gods of the nations of the lands at all able
to deliver their land out of my hand?
Who among all the gods of these nations whom my fathers have
devoted to destruction is he who hath been able to deliver his people
out of my hand, that your God is able to deliver you out of my hand?
'And, now, let not Hezekiah lift you up, nor persuade you
thus, nor give credence to him, for no god of any nation and kingdom is able to
deliver his people from my hand, and from the hand of my fathers: also, surely
your God doth not deliver you from my hand!'
And again have his servants spoken against Jehovah God, and
against Hezekiah His servant,
and letters he hath written to give reproach to Jehovah, God
of Israel, and to speak against Him, saying, 'As the gods of the nations of the
lands that have not delivered their people from my hand, so the God of Hezekiah
doth not deliver His people from my hand.'
And they call with a great voice in Jewish, against
the people of Jerusalem who are on the wall, to frighten them, and to
trouble them, that they may capture the city,
and they speak against the God of Jerusalem as against the
gods of the peoples of the land -- work of the hands of man.
And Hezekiah the king prayeth, and Isaiah son of Amoz the
prophet, concerning this, and they cry to the heavens,
and Jehovah sendeth a messenger, and cutteth off every
mighty one of valour -- both leader and head -- in the camp of the king of
Asshur, and he turneth back with shame of face to his land, and entereth the
house of his god, and those coming out of his bowels have caused him to fall
there by the sword.
And Jehovah saveth Hezekiah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem
from the hand of Sennacherib king of Asshur, and from the hand of all, and He
leadeth them round about;
and many are bringing in an offering to Jehovah, to
Jerusalem, and precious things to Hezekiah king of Judah, and he is lifted up
before the eyes of all the nations after this.
In those days hath Hezekiah been sick even unto death, and
he prayeth unto Jehovah, and He speaketh to him, and a wonder hath appointed
and Hezekiah hath not returned according to the deed done
unto him, for his heart hath been lofty, and there is wrath upon him, and upon
Judah and Jerusalem;
and Hezekiah is humbled for the loftiness of his heart, he
and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and the wrath of Jehovah hath not come upon
them in the days of Hezekiah.
And Hezekiah hath riches and honour very much, and treasures
he hath made to himself of silver, and of gold, and of precious stone, and of
spices, and of shields, and of all kinds of desirable vessels,
and storehouses for the increase of corn, and new wine, and
oil, and stalls for all kinds of cattle, and herds for stalls;
and cities he hath made for himself, and possessions of
flocks and herds in abundance, for God hath given to him very much substance.
And Hezekiah himself hath stopped the upper source of the
waters of Gihon, and directeth them beneath to the west of the city of David,
and Hezekiah prospereth in all his work;
and so with the ambassadors of the heads of Babylon, those
sending unto him to inquire of the wonder that hath been in the land, God hath
left him to try him, to know all in his heart,
And the rest of the matters of Hezekiah, and his kind acts,
lo, they are written in the vision of Isaiah son of Amoz the prophet, on the
book of the kings of Judah and Israel.
And Hezekiah lieth with his fathers, and they bury him in
the uppermost of the graves of the sons of David, and all Judah and the
inhabitants of Jerusalem have done honour to him at his death, and reign doth
Manasseh his son in his stead.