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Hezekiah in Wikipedia
Hezekiah is the common transliteration of a name more properly
transliterated as "Ḥizkiyyahu." (Hebrew: חִזְקִיָּ֫הוּ, יְחִזְקִיָּ֫הוּ,
Modern H̱izkiyyahu, Yeẖizkiyyahu Tiberian Ḥizqiyyā́hû,
Yəḥizqiyyā́hû; Greek: Ἐζεκίας, Ezekias, in the Septuagint;
Latin: Ezechias) was the son of Ahaz and the 14th king of
Judah. Edwin Thiele has concluded that his reign was
between c. 715 and 686 BC. He is also one of the kings
mentioned in the genealogy of Jesus in the Gospel of Matthew.
Hezekiah witnessed the forced resettlement of the northern
Kingdom of Israel by Sargon's Assyrians in c 720 BC and was
king of Judah during the invasion and siege of Jerusalem by
Sennacherib in 701 BC. The siege was lifted by a miraculous
plague that afflicted Sennacherib's army. Even so, the
Assyrians conquered much of Judah, and Hezekiah's people came
to yearn for an ideal king who would restore the golden age of
Notably, Isaiah and Micah prophesied during his reign.
Hezekiah enacted sweeping religious reforms, during which he
removed non-Yahwistic elements from the Jerusalem temple...