Hezekiah

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Hezekiah
(Hizqiyah ben ’Ahaz)
King of Judah
(Melekh Yehudah)
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King Hezekiah on a 17th century painting by unknown artist in the choir of Sankta Maria kyrka in Åhus, Sweden.]]
Reign coregency with Ahaz 729,
sole reign
716 – 697 BCE
coregency with Manasseh 697 - 687
Born c.739 BCE
Birthplace probably Jerusalem
Died c.687 BCE
Place of death probably Jerusalem
Predecessor King Ahaz
Manasseh (only male child)
Successor Manasseh
Children Manasseh
Royal House House of David
Father King Ahaz
Mother Abijah, also called Abi

Hezekiah (meaning God will strengthen) or יְחִזְקִיָּ֫הוּ Ḥizqiyyāhu (Hebrew), also translated as Ḥizkiyyahu (and sometimes as Ezekias (Greek), Khizkiyahu, Yəḥizqiyyāhu, Y'khizkiyahu), was a king of Judah that appears in the book of 2 Chronicles, chapters 18 to 32, and the book of 2 Kings chapters 18 to 20. He was one of the few kings who is compared favorably with David, and is unique for his trust in the Lord: "There was no one like him among all the kings of Judah, either before him or after him. He held fast to the LORD and did not cease (stop) to follow him" (NIV).[1]

Hezekiah was the son of Judah's King Ahaz, and is best known for turning his people away from the sins of his father Ahaz, restoring worship in the temple, and having his life made 15 years longer.[2] The Book of 2 Chronicles tells more about Hezekiah than any other king after Solomon, and suggests that he is a "second Solomon" in his celebration of the Passover, his wealth, his honor, and his land.

Toward the end of his reign, he became very sick and close to death. He prayed to the Lord, who healed him miraculously. The king of Babylon heard about it and sent men with a letter and gift to Hezekiah. Because Hezekiah was proud of his riches, he showed all of his treasures to the visitors. The prophet Isaiah predicted that it all would later be taken by the Babylonians. His prediction came true.[3][4][5]

Preceded by
Ahaz
The Kings of Judah
Coregent: 729-716 BCE
Sole reign: 716 – 687 BCE
Succeeded by
Manasseh

References[change | change source]

  1. 2 Kings 18:5,6
  2. 2 Kings 20
  3. 2 Chronicles 32:27-31
  4. 2 Kings 25
  5. The Amazing Bible Factbook. New York: American Bible Society. 2008. pp. 176, 179. ISBN 1603207783 .

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