Proverbs 25:1

These are also proverbs of Solomon; which the men of Hezekiah king of Judah copied out. KJV

Hezekiah king of Judah was a godly king reigning in very difficult times. His father, King Ahaz, was an idolater who, when invaded by the Northern Kingdom of Israel and Syria, hired the Assyrians to put down the invasion which they did. From that point on Judah had to pay tribute to the Assyrians.

The Assyrians continued their conquest and conquered the Northern Kingdom of Israel. Then Assyria started to invade Judah in the early part of Hezekiah’s reign. The Assyrians took 46 cities in Judah leaving Jerusalem surrounded. It was also during this time that Hezekiah became sick and was told by the prophet Isaiah to get his house in order because he was about to die.

Despite all that was going on Hezekiah sought to seek and trust the Lord. He restored the temple and brought religious reform to his nation. When surrounded by the Assyrians and faced with his illness he sought God and God healed him and saved the nation. He remained faithful even though there was always the threat of invasion by Assyria for, although the king of Assyria was later assassinated, He outlived Hezekiah by five years.

 God blessed Hezekiah’s faithfulness. Psalm 34:19