Hezekiah insured that the temple services moved forward by sending out an edict to the people. They were not slow to respond: “As soon as the order went out, the Israelites generously gave the firstfruits of their grain, new wine, oil and honey and all that the fields produced. They brought a great amount, a tithe of everything” (31:5). He ensured that the priests and Levites were provided for and that they carried out their duties according to the Law.
Sennacherib king of Assyria invaded Judah and laid siege to its cities. Hezekiah relied on God and was rewarded with the defeat of the Assyrian forces. The battle is briefly recounted: “the Lord sent an angel, who annihilated all the fighting men and the commanders and officers in the camp of the Assyrian king” (32:21). Hezekiah and the people became proud but he repented so the Lord did not punish them. His foolishness with the Babylonians is only hinted at and we are told to consult the prophet Isaiah for more information.
His son Manasseh became king after him and engaged in all the wickedness of the nations including idols, altars, and sacrificing his children in the fire. He even defiled the temple by setting up altars and an image in it. “Manasseh led Judah and the people of Jerusalem astray, so that they did more evil than the nations the Lord had destroyed before the Israelites” (33:9). God allowed Manasseh to be dragged off to Babylon but when he repented he was returned to Jerusalem. He was able to undo some of the damage he had caused but not all, He restored the temple, but “the people, continued to sacrifice at the high places, but only to the Lord their God” (33:17). Manasseh was succeeded by Amon who did evil and did not repent. He was assassinated and his son Josiah came to power.