Hezekiah (Hez´uh-ki´uh; Heb., “God strengthens”)

The son of Ahaz and king of Judah (727–698 BCE). While opposing Sennacherib of Assyria, Hezekiah secured Jerusalem’s water supply in the event of siege by the drilling of the Siloam tunnel (2Kgs 20:20; 2Chr 32:3-4). Still, in 701, Jerusalem came under siege, and Hezekiah submitted to the Assyrian demands (2Kgs 18:13-16). The salvation of Jerusalem itself, however, was celebrated as divine intervention (2Kgs 19:35). Though Hezekiah is highly praised in the book of Kings (2Kgs 18:3-6) for his destruction of high places, a later generation criticized him for his Babylonian entanglements. In the NT, Hezekiah is listed in the genealogy of Jesus (Matt 1:9-10).

2Kgs 20:20

Death of Hezekiah
20The rest of the deeds of Hezekiah, all his power, how he made the pool and the conduit and brought water into the city, are they not written ... View more

2Chr 32:3-4

3he planned with his officers and his warriors to stop the flow of the springs that were outside the city; and they helped him.4A great many people were gathere ... View more

2Kgs 18:13-16

Sennacherib Invades Judah
13In the fourteenth year of King Hezekiah, King Sennacherib of Assyria came up against all the fortified cities of Judah and captured ... View more

2Kgs 19:35

Sennacherib's Defeat and Death
35That very night the angel of the Lord set out and struck down one hundred eighty-five thousand in the camp of the Assyrians; wh ... View more

2Kgs 18:3-6

3He did what was right in the sight of the Lord just as his ancestor David had done.4He removed the high places, broke down the pillars, and cut down the sacred ... View more

Matt 1:9-10

9and Uzziah the father of Jotham, and Jotham the father of Ahaz, and Ahaz the father of Hezekiah,10and Hezekiah the father of Manasseh, and Manasseh the father ... View more

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