31 When all this was over, the Israelites 1 who were in the cities of Judah went out and smashed the sacred pillars, cut down the Asherah poles, and demolished 2 all the high places and altars throughout Judah, Benjamin, Ephraim, and Manasseh. 3 Then all the Israelites returned to their own homes in their cities. 4
2 Hezekiah appointed the divisions of the priests and Levites to do their assigned tasks 5 – to offer burnt sacrifices and present offerings and to serve, give thanks, and offer praise in the gates of the Lord’s sanctuary. 6
3 The king contributed 7 some of what he owned for burnt sacrifices, including the morning and evening burnt sacrifices and the burnt sacrifices made on Sabbaths, new moon festivals, and at other appointed times prescribed 8 in the law of the Lord. 4 He ordered 9 the people living in Jerusalem 10 to contribute the portion prescribed for the priests and Levites so they might be obedient 11 to the law of the Lord. 5 When the edict was issued, 12 the Israelites freely contributed 13 the initial portion of their grain, wine, olive oil, honey, and all the produce of their fields. They brought a tenth of everything, which added up to a huge amount. 6 The Israelites and people of Judah 14 who lived in the cities of Judah also contributed a tenth of their cattle and sheep, as well as a tenth of the holy items consecrated to the Lord their God. They brought them and placed them in many heaps. 15 7 In the third month they began piling their contributions in heaps 16 and finished in the seventh month. 8 When Hezekiah and the officials came and saw the heaps, they praised the Lord and pronounced blessings on his people Israel. 17
9 When Hezekiah asked the priests and Levites about the heaps, 10 Azariah, the head priest from the family of Zadok, said to him, “Since the contributions began arriving in the Lord’s temple, we have had plenty to eat and have a large quantity left over. For the Lord has blessed his people, and this large amount remains.” 11 Hezekiah ordered that storerooms be prepared in the Lord’s temple. When this was done, 18 12 they brought in the contributions, tithes, 19 and consecrated items that had been offered. 20 Konaniah, a Levite, was in charge of all this, assisted by his brother Shimei. 13 Jehiel, Azaziah, Nahath, Asahel, Jerimoth, Jozabad, Eliel, Ismakiah, Mahath, and Benaiah worked under the supervision of Konaniah and his brother Shimei, as directed by King Hezekiah and Azariah, the supervisor of God’s temple.
14 Kore son of Imnah, a Levite and the guard on the east side, was in charge of the voluntary offerings made to God and disbursed the contributions made to the Lord and the consecrated items. 15 In the cities of the priests, Eden, Miniamin, Jeshua, Shemaiah, Amariah, and Shecaniah faithfully assisted him in making disbursements to their fellow priests 21 according to their divisions, regardless of age. 22 16 They made disbursements to all the males three years old and up who were listed in the genealogical records – to all who would enter the Lord’s temple to serve on a daily basis and fulfill their duties as assigned to their divisions. 23 17 They made disbursements to the priests listed in the genealogical records by their families, and to the Levites twenty years old and up, according to their duties as assigned to their divisions, 18 and to all the infants, wives, sons, and daughters of the entire assembly listed in the genealogical records, for they faithfully consecrated themselves. 19 As for the descendants of Aaron, the priests who lived in the outskirts of all their cities, 24 men were assigned 25 to disburse portions to every male among the priests and to every Levite listed in the genealogical records.
20 This is what Hezekiah did throughout Judah. He did what the Lord his God considered good and right and faithful. 21 He wholeheartedly and successfully reinstituted service in God’s temple and obedience to the law, in order to follow his God. 26
32 After these faithful deeds were accomplished, King Sennacherib of Assyria invaded Judah. He besieged the fortified cities, intending to seize them. 1 2 When Hezekiah saw that Sennacherib had invaded and intended to attack Jerusalem, 2 3 he consulted with his advisers and military officers about stopping up the springs 3 outside the city, and they supported him. 4 A large number of people gathered together and stopped up all the springs and the stream that flowed through the district. 4 They reasoned, 5 “Why should the kings of Assyria come and find plenty of water?” 5 Hezekiah 6 energetically rebuilt 7 every broken wall. He erected towers and an outer wall, 8 and fortified the terrace of the City of David. 9 He made many weapons and shields.
6 He appointed military officers over the army 10 and assembled them in the square at the city gate. He encouraged them, 11 saying, 7 “Be strong and brave! Don’t be afraid and don’t panic 12 because of the king of Assyria and this huge army that is with him! We have with us one who is stronger than those who are with him. 13 8 He has with him mere human strength, 14 but the Lord our God is with us to help us and fight our battles!” The army 15 was encouraged by the words of King Hezekiah of Judah.
9 Afterward King Sennacherib of Assyria, while attacking Lachish with all his military might, sent his messengers 16 to Jerusalem. The message was for King Hezekiah of Judah and all the people of 17 Judah who were in Jerusalem. It read: 10 “This is what King Sennacherib of Assyria says: ‘Why are you so confident that you remain in Jerusalem while it is under siege? 18 11 Hezekiah says, “The Lord our God will rescue us from the power 19 of the king of Assyria.” But he is misleading you and you will die of hunger and thirst! 20 12 Hezekiah is the one who eliminated 21 the Lord’s 22 high places and altars and then told Judah and Jerusalem, “At one altar you must worship and offer sacrifices.” 13 Are you not aware of what I and my predecessors 23 have done to all the nations of the surrounding lands? Have the gods of the surrounding lands actually been able to rescue their lands from my power? 24 14 Who among all the gods of these nations whom my predecessors annihilated was able to rescue his people from my power? 25 15 Now don’t let Hezekiah deceive you or mislead you like this. Don’t believe him, for no god of any nation or kingdom has been able to rescue his people from my power or the power of my predecessors. So how 26 can your gods rescue 27 you from my power?’”
16 Sennacherib’s 28 servants further insulted 29 the Lord God and his servant Hezekiah. 17 He wrote letters mocking the Lord God of Israel and insulting him with these words: 30 “The gods of the surrounding nations could not rescue their people from my power. Neither can Hezekiah’s god rescue his people from my power.” 31 18 They called out loudly in the Judahite dialect to the people of Jerusalem who were on the wall, trying to scare and terrify them so they could seize the city. 19 They talked about the God of Jerusalem as if he were one of the man-made gods of the nations of the earth.
20 King Hezekiah and the prophet Isaiah son of Amoz prayed about this and cried out to heaven. 21 The Lord sent a messenger 32 and he wiped out all the soldiers, princes, and officers in the army of the king of Assyria. So Sennacherib 33 returned home humiliated. 34 When he entered the temple of his god, some of his own sons 35 struck him down with the sword. 22 The Lord delivered Hezekiah and the residents of Jerusalem from the power of King Sennacherib of Assyria and from all the other nations. 36 He made them secure on every side. 37 23 Many were bringing presents 38 to the Lord in Jerusalem and precious gifts to King Hezekiah of Judah. From that time on he was respected by 39 all the nations.
24 In those days Hezekiah was stricken with a terminal illness. 40 He prayed to the Lord, who answered him and gave him a sign confirming that he would be healed. 41 25 But Hezekiah was ungrateful; he had a proud attitude, provoking God to be angry at him, as well as Judah and Jerusalem. 42 26 But then Hezekiah and the residents of Jerusalem humbled themselves and abandoned their pride, and the Lord was not angry with them for the rest of Hezekiah’s reign. 43
27 Hezekiah was very wealthy and greatly respected. He made storehouses for his silver, gold, precious stones, spices, and all his other valuable possessions. 44 28 He made storerooms for the harvest of grain, wine, and olive oil, and stalls for all his various kinds of livestock and his flocks. 45 29 He built royal cities 46 and owned a large number of sheep and cattle, for God gave him a huge amount of possessions.
30 Hezekiah dammed up the source of the waters of the Upper Gihon and directed them down to the west side of the City of David. 47 Hezekiah succeeded in all that he did. 31 So when the envoys arrived from the Babylonian officials to visit him and inquire about the sign that occurred in the land, 48 God left him alone to test him, in order to know his true motives. 49
32 The rest of the events of Hezekiah’s reign, including his faithful deeds, are recorded in the vision of the prophet Isaiah son of Amoz, included in the Scroll of the Kings of Judah and Israel. 50 33 Hezekiah passed away 51 and was buried on the ascent of the tombs of the descendants of David. All the people of Judah and the residents of Jerusalem buried him with great honor. 52 His son Manasseh replaced him as king.