Hezekiah's Siege

The king of Assyria lays siege to Jerusalem, but Yahvah sends an angel to slay the Assyrian soldiers and deliver the city. The numbers point at a more detailed account of the same events in Second Kings.

2 Chronicles 32:1-23

1After these things and the faithful acts which Hezekiah did, Sennacherib, king of Assyria, came and invaded Judah and camped against the fortified cities, and said to their inhabitants, Give me a pledge and come to me. 2Hezekiah saw that Sennacherib, king of Assyria, and his armies had come to fight against Jerusalem. 3He took counsel with his princes and his mighty men to conceal the waters of the fountains which were outside the city and they did help him. 4A great multitude of the people of Israel were gathered together there, who concealed all the fountains and the great brooks that ran through the middle of the land saying, Lest the king of Assyria come and find great quantities of water. 5They also strengthened themselves and built up one wall opposite the other, and polluted the canal which David had constructed. Hezekiah made weapons, shields, and spears in abundance. 2 Chronicles 32:1-56He set captains of war over the people, each over 10, and gathered them together to him in the market place of the city, and spoke to all of them saying, 7Be strong and courageous; do not be afraid nor dismayed in the presence of the king of Assyria, nor in the presence of all the armies that have come with him; for there is more with us than with him; 8with him, is an arm of flesh; with us, is the Master our god, to help us and to fight our battles. The people were encouraged with the words of Hezekiah, king of Judah. 2 Chronicles 32:6-89After this Sennacherib king of Assyria sent the field commander together with his servants, and they came to Jerusalem, but he himself was besieging Lachish, and all his commanders with him, to all the people of Judah that were in Jerusalem saying: 2 Chronicles 32:910Sennacherib king of Assyria says, On whom are you trusting, that you remain in Jerusalem during the siege? 11Hezekiah is deceiving you, that he may give you over to die by famine and by thirst, to say, The Master our god will deliver us out of the hands of the king of Assyria. 12Has not the same Hezekiah removed his high places and altars, and commanded Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem saying, You will bow before 1 altar and burn incense on it? 2 Chronicles 32:10-1213Perhaps you know what I and my fathers have done to all the people of other lands? The gods of peoples of those lands were not able to deliver their lands out of my hand. 14Who is there among all the gods of those peoples that my fathers utterly destroyed, that was able to deliver his people out of my hand, that the Master should be able to deliver you out of my hand? 15Now do not let Hezekiah deceive you nor make you to trust in this, and do not believe him; for your god will not be able to deliver you out of my hand; for all peoples and kingdoms have not been able to deliver their cities out of my hand, and out of the hands of my fathers; your god also will not be able to deliver you out of my hand. 2 Chronicles 32:13-1516His servants spoke these things before the Master, god of Israel, and in the presence of his servant Hezekiah. 17He wrote letters to reproach the Master, god of Israel, and to speak to the people of Israel saying, As the gods of the peoples of these lands were unable to deliver their cities out of my hand so the god of Hezekiah will not be able to deliver his city out of my hand. 18They cried with a loud voice in the language of Judah to the people who were seated on the wall of Jerusalem, to frighten them and to trouble them, that they might capture the wall of the city. 19They spoke in the name of the gods of the people of the land and also in the name of the god of Jerusalem, imploring him to reward them, according to the work of their hands. 2 Chronicles 32:16-1920Hezekiah and Isaiah son of Amos the prophet prayed because of this and cried to the skies. 21The Master sent a king and he struck all the mighty men of valor and the kings and the princes who were in the camp of the king of Assyria, so the king of Assyria returned in disgrace to his own land. When he came into the house of his gods his sons who came forth of his own loins killed him there with the sword. 2 Chronicles 32:20-2122The Master saved Hezekiah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem from the hands of Sennacherib king of Assyria, and from the hand of all of those who invaded their borders. 23Many of the children of Israel brought gifts to the Master to Jerusalem, and gave presents to Hezekiah king of Judah so that he was exalted before all peoples. 2 Chronicles 32:22-23 (2 Chronicles 32:1-23 BRB)


10+1 = 11 = 2 Kings

2 Kings

The math here in Second Chronicles points at Second Kings, a book with a longer, more detailed, account of these events. That's remarkable. The account in Second Kings has different numbers, thus linking it to yet other scripture.