2 Kings 19


Hezekiah Distressed Over Syria's Threats

1And it came to pass as [3heard 1king 2Hezekiah], that he tore his garments, and put on sackcloth, and entered into the house of the  lord. 2And he sent Eliakim the manager, and Shebna the scribe, and the elders of the priests, having put on sackcloths, to Isaiah son of Amoz the prophet. 3And they said to him, Thus says Hezekiah, A day of affliction, and of rebuke, and provocation to anger is this day; for [3came 1the 2sons] unto birth pangs, and there is no strength to give birth. 4If by any means [3shall hearken to 1the  lord 2your God] all the words of Rabshakeh, whom [4sent 5him 1the king 2of the Assyrians 3his master] to berate the living God, and to reprove by words which [3heard 1the  lord 2your God], that you shall take up a prayer for the remnant being found. 5And [5came 1the 2servants 3of king 4Hezekiah] to Isaiah. 6And [2said 3to them 1Isaiah], Thus you shall say to your master, Thus says the  lord, You should not fear from the words which you heard, which [6blasphemed 7against 8me 1the 2servants 3of the 4 king 5of the Assyrians]. 7Behold, I give a spirit to him, and he shall hear a message, and shall return unto his land, and I will cast him down by the broadsword in his land. 8And Rabshakeh returned, and found the king of the Assyrians waging war against Libnah; for he heard that he departed from Lachish. 9And he heard concerning Tirhakah king of the Ethiopians, saying, Behold, he comes forth to wage war against you. And he returned, and sent messengers to Hezekiah, saying, 10Thus shall you say to Hezekiah king of Judah, Let not [3you 2deceive 1your God] in whom you rely upon him, saying, In no way should Jerusalem be delivered up into the hands of the king of the Assyrians. 11Behold, you heard all as much as [3did 1the king 2of the Assyrians] in all the lands, as they utterly destroyed them; and how shall you be rescued? 12Have [5rescued 1the 2gods 3of the 4nations] which [2utterly destroyed 1my fathers] -- both Gozan, and Haran, and Rezeph, and the sons of Eden, the ones in Thelasar? 13Where is the king of Hamath, and the king of Arpad, and the king of the city of Sepharvaim -- Hena and Ivah?

Hezekiah Reads the Scrolls

14And Hezekiah took the scrolls from out of the hand of the messengers and read them. And he ascended into the house of the  lord, and [2unrolled 3them 1Hezekiah] before the  lord. 15And Hezekiah prayed to the  lord, saying, O Lord God of Israel, the one sitting upon the cherubim, you are God alone among all the kingdoms of the earth. You made the heaven and the earth. 16Lean, O  lord, your ear, and hear! Open, O  lord, your eyes, and behold! And hear the words of Sennacherib! which he sent to berate the living God. 17For truth, O  lord, [3made desolate 1the kings 2of the Assyrians] the nations, and all their land, 18and put their gods into the fire, for [2not 3gods 1they are], but only the works of the hands of men -- wood and stone. And they destroyed them. 19And now, O  lord our God, deliver us from out of his hand! And they shall know in all the kingdoms of the earth that you are the  lord God alone. 20And [4sent 1Isaiah 2son 3of Amoz] to Hezekiah, saying, Thus says the  lord God of Israel, I heard what you pray for to me concerning Sennacherib king of the Assyrians. 21This is the word which the  lord spoke against him, [4treats you with contempt 5and 6sneers at 7you 1The virgin 2daughter 3of Zion]. Over you [4her head 3shakes 1the daughter 2of Jerusalem]. 22Whom have you berated and blasphemed? And against whom have you raised up your voice, and lifted [2into 3the height 1your eyes]? even against the holy one of Israel. 23By the hand of your messengers you have berated the  lord, and said, By the multitude of my chariots I ascended into the height of the mountains, the sides of Lebanon, and I felled the greatness of his cedar, [2chosen 3cypresses 1his], and I came in the midst of the grove of Carmel. 24I cooled myself and drank [2waters 1alien]; and I made quite desolate with the sole of my feet all the rivers of the citadel. 25Heard you not that far off I made her? From [2days 1ancient] I formed her, and now I brought her. And she became for haughtiness [4resettlements 3of combative 2cities 1of fortified]. 26And the ones dwelling in them weakened in the hand. They were alarmed and were disgraced. They became as grass of the field, and as the green pasturage; as tender shoots growing on roofs, and trampled before standing. 27And of your sitting-down, and of your exiting, and of your entering, and of your rage against me I knew. 28On account of your being provoked to anger against me, that your indulgence ascended to my ears, and I shall put my hook in your nostrils, and bits in your lips, and I will return you in the way which you came by it. 29And this is to you the sign. You shall eat this year the things grown by themselves, and in in the [2year 1second] the things rising up, and [3year 1the 2third] you shall sow, and you shall reap, and you shall plant vineyards, and you shall eat their fruit. 30And he shall add to the one being preserved of the house of Judah, the one being left behind as a root below. And he shall produce fruit upward. 31For from out of Jerusalem shall come forth a vestige, and the one rescuing from out of mount Zion. The zeal of the  lord of the forces shall do this. 32Therefore thus says the  lord to the king of the Assyrians, He shall not enter into this city, and he shall not shoot an arrow there, and he shall not anticipate it with a shield, nor shall he pour out dirt against it for a seige mound. 33By the way in which he came by it, he shall return; and into this city he shall not enter, says the  lord. 34And I shall shield over this city to deliver her because of myself, and because of David my servant.

The Angel of The LORD Strikes the Assyrians

35And it came to pass at night, that there came forth an angel of the  lord, and he struck among the camp of the Assyrians a hundred eighty-five thousand. And they rose early in the morning, and behold, all [2bodies 1dead]. 36And [4departed 7and 8returned 5and 6went 1Sennacherib 2king 3of the Assyrians], and he lived in Nineveh. 37And it came to pass when he did obeisance in the house of Nisroch his god, Adrammelech and Sharezer his sons struck him with a sword; and they escaped into the land of Ararat. And [3reigned 1Esar-haddon 2his son] instead of him.
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