32:5 Also he strengthened himself, and built up all the wall that was broken, and raised [it] up to the towers, and another wall without, and repaired a Millo [in] the b city of David, and made c darts and shields in abundance.
(a) He made a double wall.
(b) Read (2 Samuel
(c) Some read, swords or daggers.
With him [is] an d arm of flesh; but
with us [is] the e LORD our God to help
us, and to fight our battles. And the people rested themselves upon the words of
Hezekiah king of Judah.
(d) That is, the power of man.
(e) This declares that Hezekiah always put his
trust in God, and yet made himself strong and used lawful means, lest he
should seem to tempt God.
32:9 After this did Sennacherib king of Assyria
send his servants to Jerusalem, (but he [himself laid siege] f
against Lachish, and all his power with him,) unto Hezekiah king of Judah, and
unto all Judah that [were] at Jerusalem, saying,
(f) While he besieged Lachish.
Hath not the same Hezekiah taken away his high places and his g
altars, and commanded Judah and Jerusalem, saying, Ye shall worship before one
altar, and burn incense upon it?
(g) Thus the wicked put no difference between
true religion and false, God and idols: for Hezekiah only destroyed idolatry
and replaced it with true religion. Thus the papists slander the servants of
God: for when they destroy idolatry, they say that they abolish religion.
32:14 Who [was
there] among all the h gods of those
nations that my fathers utterly destroyed, that could deliver his people out of
mine hand, that your God should be able to deliver you out of mine hand?
(h) This is his blasphemy that he will compare
the living God to vile idols.
32:15 Now therefore let not Hezekiah deceive
you, nor persuade you on this manner, neither yet believe him: for no god of any
nation or kingdom was able to deliver his people out of i
mine hand, and out of the hand of my fathers: how much less shall your God
deliver you out of mine hand?
(i) When man has prosperity, he swells in pride,
and thinks himself able to resist and overcome even God himself.
32:16 And his servants spake yet [more]
against the LORD God, and against his k
(k) In this we see that when the wicked speak
evil of the servants of God, they care not to blaspheme God himself for if
they feared God, they would love his servants.
32:18 Then they l
cried with a loud voice in the Jews' speech unto the people of Jerusalem that
[were] on the wall, to affright them, and to trouble them; that they might take
(l) Their words are written, (2 Kings
32:19 And they spake against the God of Jerusalem,
as against the gods of the people of the earth, [which were] the m
work of the hands of man.
(m) Which were invented, made and authorized by
32:20 And for this [cause] Hezekiah the king,
and the prophet Isaiah the son of Amoz, n
prayed and cried to heaven.
(n) This shows what the best refuge in all
troubles and dangers is.
32:21 And the LORD sent an angel, which cut
off all the mighty men of valour, and the leaders and o
captains in the camp of the king of Assyria. So he returned with shame of face
to his own land. And when he was come into the house of his god, they that came
forth of his p own bowels slew him there
with the sword.
(o) To the number of 185,000 as in (2 Kings
(p) Meaning, Adrammelech and Sharezer his sons.
32:23 And many brought
gifts unto the LORD to Jerusalem, and presents to Hezekiah king of Judah: so
that he was q magnified in the sight of
all nations from thenceforth.
(q) Thus after trouble God sends comfort to all
them who patiently wait on him, and constantly put their trust in his mercies.
32:24 In those days Hezekiah was sick to the
death, and prayed unto the LORD: and he spake unto him, and he gave him r
(r) To confirm his faith in God's promise, who
declared to him by his prophet that his life would be prolonged fifteen years.
32:25 But Hezekiah rendered not again
according to the benefit [done] unto him; for his heart s
was lifted up: therefore there was wrath upon him, and upon Judah and Jerusalem.
(s) He was lifted up with the pride of his
victory and treasures, and shows them for an ostentation to the ambassadors of
This same Hezekiah also stopped the upper watercourse of t
Gihon, and brought it straight down to the west side of the city of David. And
Hezekiah prospered in all his works.
(t) Which also was called Shiloh, of which
mention is made in (Isaiah
32:31 Howbeit in [the business of] the ambassadors
of the princes of Babylon, who sent unto him to enquire of the wonder that was
[done] in the land, God left him, to u
try him, that he might know all [that was] in his heart.
(u) Here we see the reason why the faithful are
tempted, which is to determine whether they have faith or not, and that they
may feel the presence of God who does not allow them to be overcome by
temptations, but in their weakness administers strength.