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2 Ebyomumirembe 32 Endagaano Enkadde nʼEndagaano Empya (LCB)

Sennakeribu Atiisatiisa Okulumba Yerusaalemi

32 Oluvannyuma lw’ebyo byonna Keezeekiya bye yakola n’obwesigwa, Sennakeribu kabaka w’e Bwasuli n’alumba Yuda, n’asiisira ebweru w’ebibuga ebiriko bbugwe, n’alowooza mu mutima gwe okubyetwalira. Awo Keezeekiya bwe yalaba nga Sennakeribu azze, era ng’amaliridde okulwana ne Yerusaalemi, n’ateesa n’abakungu be n’abasajja be abalwanyi abazira, ku ky’okuziba enzizi ezaali ebweru w’ekibuga, era ne bakikola. Ekibiina kinene eky’abantu ne kikuŋŋaana, ne baziba enzizi zonna n’akagga akayita mu nsi, nga bagamba nti, “Lwaki bakabaka b’e Bwasuli bajja ne basanga amazzi amangi bwe gatyo?” N’afuba nnyo n’addaabiriza ebitundu byonna ebya bbugwe ebyali bimenyese, n’azimba n’eminaala ku bbugwe, n’anyweza n’ebigulumu ebyanywezanga ekibuga kya Dawudi. N’akozesa n’ebyokulwanyisa bingi n’engabo nnyingi.

N’alonda abaduumizi b’eggye okukulembera abantu, ne babakuŋŋaanyiza gy’ali mu kifo ekigazi awali wankaaki w’ekibuga; n’abagumya ng’agamba nti, “Mube n’amaanyi, mugume omwoyo. Temutya so temwelariikirira olwa kabaka w’e Bwasuli n’eggye lye eddene, kubanga waliwo eggye eririsinga eriri awamu naffe. Sennakeribu akozesa omukono ogw’omubiri, naye ffe tulina Mukama Katonda waffe atulwanirira mu ntalo zaffe.” Abantu ne baguma omwoyo olw’ebigambo Keezeekiya kabaka wa Yuda bye yayogera.

Awo Sennakeribu kabaka w’e Bwasuli n’eggye lye lyonna bwe baali bakyali e Lakisi kye baali bazingizza, n’atuma abakungu be e Yerusaalemi eri Keezeekiya kabaka wa Yuda, n’eri abantu bonna aba Yuda abaaliyo, ng’agamba nti,

10 “Bw’ati bw’ayogera Sennakeribu kabaka w’e Bwasuli nti, ‘Mwesiga ki okusigala mu Yerusaalemi nga kizingiziddwa? 11 Mulowooza nga Keezeekiya bw’ayogera nti, “Mukama Katonda waffe alitulokola mu mukono gwa kabaka w’e Bwasuli,” abatalimba, n’okwagala okubassa enjala n’ennyonta? 12 Keezeekiya si ye yaggyawo ebifo ebigulumivu n’ebyoto, n’alagira Yuda ne Yerusaalemi ng’agamba nti, “Munaasinzizanga mu maaso g’ekyoto kimu, era okwo kwe munaayoterezanga obubaane”?

13 “ ‘Temumanyi, nze ne bajjajjange bye twakola amawanga gonna ag’omu nsi endala? Bakatonda abamawanga ago, baayinza okubawonya mu mukono gwange? 14 Ani ku bakatonda abamawanga ago bajjajjange ge baazikiriza, eyayinza okubalokola mu mukono gwange? Katonda wammwe anaabawonya atya mu mukono gwange? 15 Kale nno, Keezeekiya aleme kubalimbalimba newaakubadde okubasendasenda mu nsonga eyo. Temumukkiriza, kubanga tewali katonda ow’eggwanga lyonna oba bwakabaka, eyayinza okulokola abantu be mu mukono gwange newaakubadde eyayinza okubalokola mu mukono gwa bajjajjange. Kale Katonda wammwe alibawonya atya mu mukono gwange?’ ”

16 Abakungu ba Sennakeribu ne boogera bingi nnyo n’okusingawo ku Mukama Katonda ne ku muddu we Keezeekiya. 17 Kabaka oyo n’awandiika n’amabaluwa agavuma Mukama Katonda wa Isirayiri, ng’agamba nti, “Nga bakatonda abamawanga ag’ensi bwe bataabawonya mu mukono gwange, bw’atyo ne Katonda wa Keezeekiya bw’ataliwonya bantu be mu mukono gwange.” 18 Ne bakoowoola abantu ba Yerusaalemi abaali ku bbugwe mu lw’Ebbulaniya, nga babatiisatiisa baggweemu amaanyi, balyoke bawambe ekibuga. 19 Ne boogera ku Katonda wa Yerusaalemi nga bwe baayogeranga ku bakatonda abamawanga amalala ag’omu nsi endala, abakolebwa abantu.

20 Awo Kabaka Keezeekiya ne nnabbi Isaaya mutabani wa Amozi ne basaba nga bakaabira eri eggulu ku nsonga eyo. 21 Mukama n’atuma malayika, n’atemaatema abasajja abalwanyi abazira ab’amaanyi bonna n’abaduumizi, n’abakungu mu nkambi ya kabaka w’e Bwasuli. Sennakeribu n’addayo mu nsi ye ng’ensonyi zimukutte. Bwe yayingira mu yeekaalu ya katonda we, abamu ku batabani be ne bamutta n’ekitala.

22 Awo Mukama n’alokola Keezeekiya n’abantu ba Yerusaalemi mu mukono gwa Sennakeribu kabaka w’e Bwasuli ne mu mukono gw’abalabe baabwe bonna abalala. N’abaakuumanga enjuuyi zonna. 23 Bangi ne baleetera Mukama ebirabo e Yerusaalemi, ne Keezeekiya kabaka wa Yuda n’afuna ebirabo eby’omuwendo omungi. N’okuva ku lunaku olwo n’aweebwa ekitiibwa kinene mu mawanga gonna.

Amalala ga Keezeekiya, Obuwanguzi bwe, n’Okufa kwe

24 Mu biro ebyo, Keezeekiya n’alwala nnyo kumpi n’okufa. N’asaba Mukama amuwonye, n’amuddamu n’akabonero. 25 Naye Keezeekiya n’ateebaza ebyekisa ekya mukolerwa, olw’amalala agaali mu ye. Obusungu bwa Mukama kyebwava bubuubuukira ku ye ne ku Yuda ne ku Yerusaalemi. 26 Oluvannyuma, Keezeekiya ne yeenenya amalala agaali mu ye, ku lulwe ne ku lw’abantu ab’omu Yerusaalemi, ekiruyi kya Mukama ne butababuubuukirako mu mirembe gya Keezeekiya.

27 Keezeekiya yalina eby’obugagga bingi nnyo n’ekitiibwa, ne yeezimbira n’amawanika ag’okukuumirangamu effeeza, ne zaabu, n’amayinja ag’omuwendo omungi, n’ebyakaloosa, n’engabo, n’ebintu eby’engeri zonna eby’omuwendo. 28 N’azimba n’amaterekero ag’eŋŋaano, ne wayini, n’amafuta; n’azimba n’ebiraalo eby’ebika by’ente byonna, n’ebifo eby’ebisibo by’endiga. 29 Ne yeezimbira ebibuga, ne yeefunira n’ebisibo n’amagana mangi, kubanga Katonda yali amuwadde eby’obugagga bingi nnyo nnyini.

30 Keezeekiya, ye yaziba oluzzi olwa waggulu olwa Gikoni, amazzi n’agaserengesa ku luuyi olw’ebugwanjuba olw’ekibuga kya Dawudi. N’alaba omukisa mu buli kye yakolanga. 31 Naye mu bigambo eby’ababaka abaatumibwa abakungu b’e Babulooni okumubuuza ku byamagero ebyakolebwa mu nsi ye, Katonda n’amugeza alyoke ategeere byonna ebyali mu mutima gwe.

32 Ebyafaayo ebirala ebyabaawo mu mirembe gya Keezeekiya, n’ebikolwa bye ebirungi eby’obunyiikivu, byawandiikibwa mu kwolesebwa kwa Isaaya nnabbi mutabani wa Amozi, mu kitabo kya bassekabaka ba Yuda ne Isirayiri. 33 Keezeekiya ne yeebakira wamu ne bajjajjaabe, n’aziikibwa mu masiro g’abazzukulu ba Dawudi, era Yuda yonna, n’abatuuze bonna aba Yerusaalemi ne bamukungubagira ne bamuwa ekitiibwa ne mu kufa kwe. Manase mutabani we n’amusikira.

Endagaano Enkadde nʼEndagaano Empya (LCB)

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2 Chronicles 32 New International Version (NIV)

Sennacherib Threatens Jerusalem

32 After all that Hezekiah had so faithfully done, Sennacherib king of Assyria came and invaded Judah. He laid siege to the fortified cities, thinking to conquer them for himself. When Hezekiah saw that Sennacherib had come and that he intended to wage war against Jerusalem, he consulted with his officials and military staff about blocking off the water from the springs outside the city, and they helped him. They gathered a large group of people who blocked all the springs and the stream that flowed through the land. “Why should the kings[a] of Assyria come and find plenty of water?” they said. Then he worked hard repairing all the broken sections of the wall and building towers on it. He built another wall outside that one and reinforced the terraces[b] of the City of David. He also made large numbers of weapons and shields.

He appointed military officers over the people and assembled them before him in the square at the city gate and encouraged them with these words: “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or discouraged because of the king of Assyria and the vast army with him, for there is a greater power with us than with him. With him is only the arm of flesh, but with us is the Lord our God to help us and to fight our battles.” And the people gained confidence from what Hezekiah the king of Judah said.

Later, when Sennacherib king of Assyria and all his forces were laying siege to Lachish, he sent his officers to Jerusalem with this message for Hezekiah king of Judah and for all the people of Judah who were there:

10 “This is what Sennacherib king of Assyria says: On what are you basing your confidence, that you remain in Jerusalem under siege? 11 When Hezekiah says, ‘The Lord our God will save us from the hand of the king of Assyria,’ he is misleading you, to let you die of hunger and thirst. 12 Did not Hezekiah himself remove this god’s high places and altars, saying to Judah and Jerusalem, ‘You must worship before one altar and burn sacrifices on it’?

13 “Do you not know what I and my predecessors have done to all the peoples of the other lands? Were the gods of those nations ever able to deliver their land from my hand? 14 Who of all the gods of these nations that my predecessors destroyed has been able to save his people from me? How then can your god deliver you from my hand? 15 Now do not let Hezekiah deceive you and mislead you like this. Do not believe him, for no god of any nation or kingdom has been able to deliver his people from my hand or the hand of my predecessors. How much less will your god deliver you from my hand!”

16 Sennacherib’s officers spoke further against the Lord God and against his servant Hezekiah. 17 The king also wrote letters ridiculing the Lord, the God of Israel, and saying this against him: “Just as the gods of the peoples of the other lands did not rescue their people from my hand, so the god of Hezekiah will not rescue his people from my hand.” 18 Then they called out in Hebrew to the people of Jerusalem who were on the wall, to terrify them and make them afraid in order to capture the city. 19 They spoke about the God of Jerusalem as they did about the gods of the other peoples of the world—the work of human hands.

20 King Hezekiah and the prophet Isaiah son of Amoz cried out in prayer to heaven about this. 21 And the Lord sent an angel, who annihilated all the fighting men and the commanders and officers in the camp of the Assyrian king. So he withdrew to his own land in disgrace. And when he went into the temple of his god, some of his sons, his own flesh and blood, cut him down with the sword.

22 So the Lord saved Hezekiah and the people of Jerusalem from the hand of Sennacherib king of Assyria and from the hand of all others. He took care of them[c] on every side. 23 Many brought offerings to Jerusalem for the Lord and valuable gifts for Hezekiah king of Judah. From then on he was highly regarded by all the nations.

Hezekiah’s Pride, Success and Death

24 In those days Hezekiah became ill and was at the point of death. He prayed to the Lord, who answered him and gave him a miraculous sign. 25 But Hezekiah’s heart was proud and he did not respond to the kindness shown him; therefore the Lord’s wrath was on him and on Judah and Jerusalem. 26 Then Hezekiah repented of the pride of his heart, as did the people of Jerusalem; therefore the Lord’s wrath did not come on them during the days of Hezekiah.

27 Hezekiah had very great wealth and honor, and he made treasuries for his silver and gold and for his precious stones, spices, shields and all kinds of valuables. 28 He also made buildings to store the harvest of grain, new wine and olive oil; and he made stalls for various kinds of cattle, and pens for the flocks. 29 He built villages and acquired great numbers of flocks and herds, for God had given him very great riches.

30 It was Hezekiah who blocked the upper outlet of the Gihon spring and channeled the water down to the west side of the City of David. He succeeded in everything he undertook. 31 But when envoys were sent by the rulers of Babylon to ask him about the miraculous sign that had occurred in the land, God left him to test him and to know everything that was in his heart.

32 The other events of Hezekiah’s reign and his acts of devotion are written in the vision of the prophet Isaiah son of Amoz in the book of the kings of Judah and Israel. 33 Hezekiah rested with his ancestors and was buried on the hill where the tombs of David’s descendants are. All Judah and the people of Jerusalem honored him when he died. And Manasseh his son succeeded him as king.

Footnotes:

  1. 2 Chronicles 32:4 Hebrew; Septuagint and Syriac king
  2. 2 Chronicles 32:5 Or the Millo
  3. 2 Chronicles 32:22 Hebrew; Septuagint and Vulgate He gave them rest
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