2 Chronicles 32:19
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English Standard Version
And they spoke of the God of Jerusalem as they spoke of the gods of the peoples of the earth, which are the work of men’s hands.

King James Bible
And they spake against the God of Jerusalem, as against the gods of the people of the earth, which were the work of the hands of man.

American Standard Version
And they spake of the God of Jerusalem, as of the gods of the peoples of the earth, which are the work of men's hands.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And he spoke against the God of Jerusalem, as against the gods of the people of the earth, the works of the hands of men.

English Revised Version
And they spake of the God of Jerusalem, as of the gods of the peoples of the earth, which are the work of men's hands.

Webster's Bible Translation
And they spoke against the God of Jerusalem, as against the gods of the people of the earth, the work of the hands of man.

2 Chronicles 32:19 Parallel
Commentary
Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

The description of Sennacherib's all-conquering power: cf. 2 Kings 18:35; Isaiah 36:20, and Isaiah 37:11-13. "Who is there among all the gods of these peoples, whom my fathers utterly destroyed, who could have delivered his people out of my hand, that your God should save you?" The idea is, that since the gods of the other peoples, which were mightier than your God, have not been able to save their peoples, how should your God be in a position to rescue you from my power? This idea is again repeated in 2 Chronicles 32:15, as a foundation for the exhortation not to let themselves be deceived and misled by Hezekiah, and not to believe his words, and that in an assertative form: "for not one god of any nation or kingdom was able to deliver his people, ... much less then (כּי אף) your gods: they will not save you;" and this is done in order to emphasize strongly the blasphemy of the Assyrian generals against the Almighty God of Israel. To communicate more of these blasphemous speeches would in the chronicler's view be useless, and he therefore only remarks, in 2 Chronicles 32:16, "And yet more spake his (Sennacherib's) servants against God Jahve, and against His servant Hezekiah;" and then, in 2 Chronicles 32:17, that Sennacherib also wrote a letter of similar purport, and (2 Chronicles 32:18) that his servants called with a loud voice in the Jews' speech to the people of Jerusalem upon the wall, to throw them into fear and terrify them, that they might take the city. What they called to the people is not stated, but by the infinit. וּלבהלם ליראם it is hinted, and thence we may gather that it was to the same effect as the blasphemous speeches above quoted (יראם, inf. Pi., as in Nehemiah 6:19). - On comparing 2 Kings 18 and 19, it is clear that Sennacherib only sent the letter to Hezekiah after his general Rabshakeh had informed him of the fruitlessness of his efforts to induce the people of Jerusalem to submit by speeches, and the news of the advance of the Cushite king Tirhakah had arrived; while the calling aloud in the Jews' language to the people standing on the wall, on the part of his generals, took place in the first negotiation with the ambassadors of Hezekiah. The author of the Chronicle has arranged his narrative rhetorically, so as to make the various events form a climax: first, the speeches of the servants of Sennacherib; then the king's letter to Hezekiah to induce him and his counsellors to submit; and finally, the attempt to terrify the people in language intelligible to them. The conclusion is the statement, 2 Chronicles 32:19 : "They spake of the God of Jerusalem as of the gods of the peoples of the earth, the work of the hands of man;" cf. 2 Kings 19:18.

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Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

spake

2 Chronicles 32:13-17 Know you not what I and my fathers have done to all the people of other lands...

1 Samuel 17:36 Your servant slew both the lion and the bear: and this uncircumcised Philistine shall be as one of them...

Job 15:25,26 For he stretches out his hand against God, and strengthens himself against the Almighty...

Psalm 10:13,14 Why does the wicked scorn God? he has said in his heart, You will not require it...

Psalm 73:8-11 They are corrupt, and speak wickedly concerning oppression: they speak loftily...

Psalm 139:19,20 Surely you will slay the wicked, O God: depart from me therefore, you bloody men...

the God

2 Chronicles 6:6 But I have chosen Jerusalem, that my name might be there; and have chosen David to be over my people Israel.

Psalm 76:1,2 In Judah is God known: his name is great in Israel...

Psalm 78:68 But chose the tribe of Judah, the mount Zion which he loved.

Psalm 87:1-3 His foundation is in the holy mountains...

Psalm 132:13,14 For the LORD has chosen Zion; he has desired it for his habitation...

Isaiah 14:32 What shall one then answer the messengers of the nation? That the LORD has founded Zion, and the poor of his people shall trust in it.

Hebrews 12:22 But you are come to mount Sion, and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels,

the work

Deuteronomy 4:28 And there you shall serve gods, the work of men's hands, wood and stone, which neither see, nor hear, nor eat, nor smell.

Deuteronomy 27:15 Cursed be the man that makes any graven or molten image, an abomination to the LORD, the work of the hands of the craftsman...

2 Kings 19:18 And have cast their gods into the fire: for they were no gods, but the work of men's hands, wood and stone...

Psalm 135:15-18 The idols of the heathen are silver and gold, the work of men's hands...

Isaiah 2:8 Their land also is full of idols; they worship the work of their own hands, that which their own fingers have made:

Isaiah 37:19 And have cast their gods into the fire: for they were no gods, but the work of men's hands, wood and stone...

Isaiah 44:16-20 He burns part thereof in the fire; with part thereof he eats flesh; he roasts roast, and is satisfied: yes, he warms himself, and said...

Jeremiah 1:16 And I will utter my judgments against them touching all their wickedness, who have forsaken me, and have burned incense to other gods...

Jeremiah 10:3,9 For the customs of the people are vain: for one cuts a tree out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman, with the ax...

Jeremiah 32:30 For the children of Israel and the children of Judah have only done evil before me from their youth...

Hosea 8:5,6 Your calf, O Samaria, has cast you off; my anger is kindled against them: how long will it be ere they attain to innocence...

Cross References
2 Chronicles 32:20
Then Hezekiah the king and Isaiah the prophet, the son of Amoz, prayed because of this and cried to heaven.

Psalm 115:4
Their idols are silver and gold, the work of human hands.

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