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People's Dictionary of the Bible

Hezekiah

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Hezekiah. (hĕz'e-kî'ah), whom God strengthens. A good king of Judah, who succeeded his Hither Ahaz about 726 b.c., and died about 698 b.c. For his history see 2 Kings 18:1-37; 2 Kings 19:1-37; 2 Kings 20:1-21; 2 Chronicles 29:1-36; 2 Chronicles 30:1-27; 2 Chronicles 31:1-21; 2 Chronicles 32:1-33. Compare Isaiah 36:1-22; Isaiah 37:1-38; Isaiah 38:1-22. He tried to restore the worship of Jehovah, removing "high places," and destroying the brazen serpent; consult 2 Chronicles 28:22-25; for the final deportation of the Ten Tribes see 2 Kings 17:1-41; 2 Kings 18:9-12; and for his revolt against the Assyrians compare 2 Kings 18:1-37; 2 Chronicles 32:1-33. Hezekiah's payment of tribute is noted in 2 Kings 18:13-16. Assyrian annals of Sennacherib discovered at Nineveh agree with this account. A second invasion seems to have followed when Sennacherib, Isaiah 30:1-7, returned, Isaiah 33:1. Then came Sennacherib's letters from Lachish and Libnah, the destruction of a great part of his army, and the retreat of the rest to Assyria, in answer to Hezekiah's prayer. Compare Isaiah 31:8-9; Isaiah 37:33-37. Hezekiah's sickness, humiliation, and prolongation of life 15 years in peace, and the prediction that Babylon, then feeble and friendly, would one day carry his descendants into captivity are noticed in Old Testament history, Isaiah 39:1-8; Micah 4:10. Hezekiah collated the Proverbs of Solomon. Proverbs 25:1. The prophecies of Hosea and Micah were delivered partly in his reign; compare Jeremiah 26:17-19; and Nahum was perhaps his contemporary.

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Rice, Edwin Wilbur, DD. Entry for 'Hezekiah'. People's Dictionary of the Bible. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/rpd/h/hezekiah.html. 1893.

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