Yehudah Kil describes in detail the intentions of the king in going to battle with the Egyptians in 2 Kings (Jerusalem: Mossad Harav Kook, 1989), pp. 802–804 [Hebrew]. See Kil, 2 Chronicles (Jerusalem: Mossad Harav Kook, 1986), pp. 924–925 [Hebrew]. In fact, contacts with Babylonians already had begun during the reign of Hezekiah. (See 2 Kings 20:12–19; Isaiah 39:1–8.)