Isaiah 37


Hezekiah Inquires of The LORD

And it came to pass in [3hearing 1king 2Hezekiah], that he split his garments, and put on sackcloth, and ascended unto the house of the  lord. And he sent Eliakim the manager, and Shebna the scribe (with the elders of the priests putting on sackcloths) to Isaiah son of Amoz the prophet. And they said to him, Thus says Hezekiah, A day of affliction, and scorning, and rebuke, and anger is today's day. For [4come 1the 2pangs 3of giving birth], [4strength 1but 2she does not 3have] to give birth. If by any means [3may listen to 1the  lord 2your God] the words of Rabshakeh, whom [4sent 2the king 3of the Assyrians 1his master] to berate [2God 1the living], and to berate by the words which [3heard 1the  lord 2your God], therefore you shall make beseechment to the  lord your God concerning these being left. And [5came 1the 2servants 3of king 4Hezekiah] to Isaiah. And [2said 3to them 1Isaiah], Thus you shall say to your master, Thus says the  lord, You should not be fearful of the words which you heard, which [5berated 6me 1the 2ambassadors 3of the king 4of the Assyrians]. Behold, I shall put upon him a spirit, and hearing a message he shall return unto his place, and he shall fall by the sword in his land. And Rabshakeh returned, and overtook the king of the Assyrians while assaulting Libna, for he heard that he departed from Lachish. And there came forth Tirhakah king of the Ethiopians to assault him; and hearing he returned and sent messengers to Hezekiah, saying, 10 Thus you shall say to Hezekiah king of Judea, Let not [2deceive 3you 1your God]! upon whom you rely upon him, saying, In no way shall Jerusalem be delivered up into the hand of the king of the Assyrians. 11 Behold, have you not heard what [3did 1the kings 2of the Assyrians], [3the whole 4earth 1how 2they destroyed]? and shall you be rescued? 12 Have [5rescued 6them 1the 2gods 3of the 4nations] whom [2destroyed 1my fathers], both Gozan, and Haran, and Rezeph, which are in the place of Telassar? 13 Where are the kings of Hamath? and where is Arphad? and where is the city Sepharvaim, Henah and Ivah?

The Prayer of Hezekiah

14 And Hezekiah took the scroll from the messengers, and read it. And he ascended into the house of the  lord, and opened it before the  lord. 15 And Hezekiah prayed to the  lord, saying, 16 O  lord of Hosts, God of Israel, the one sitting upon the cherubim. You are God alone of every kingdom of the world. You made the heaven and the earth. 17 Lean, O  lord, your ear! Hearken, O  lord! Open, O  lord, your eyes! Look in, O  lord, and know and hear all the words of Sennacherib! which he sent to berate [2God 1the living]. 18 [2in 3truth 1For], O  lord, [3made desolate 1the kings 2of the Assyrians] the [2inhabitable world 1entire], and their region. 19 And they raised their idols unto the fire, [3not 1for 4gods 2they were], but works of the hands of men, wood and stones -- and they destroyed them. 20 But now, O  lord our God, deliver us from out of his hand! that [5should know 1every 2kingdom 3of the 4earth] that you are God alone. 21 And [4was sent 1Isaiah 2son 3of Amoz] to Hezekiah. And he said to him, Thus says the  lord God of Israel, I heard what you prayed to me concerning Sennacherib king of the Assyrians. 22 This is the word which [2spoke 3concerning 4him 1God]; [4treated you as worthless 5and 6sneered at 7you 1The virgin 2daughter 3of Zion]; [5against 6you 4her head 3shook 1the daughter 2of Jerusalem]. 23 Whom did you berate and provoke? or, to whom did you raise up high your voice and lift [2unto 3the height 1your eyes] against the holy one of Israel? 24 For through messengers you berated the  lord. For you said, With the multitude of chariots I shall ascend unto the height of mountains, and into the ends of Lebanon; and I felled the height of its cedar, and the beauty of the cypress; and I entered unto the height of the portion of the forest; 25 and I made a dam, and made desolate the waters and every gathering of water. 26 Have you not heard these things [4earlier 1which 2I 3did]? From [2days 1ancient] I ordered it. But now I displayed to make [4desolate 1nations 2in 3fortified places], and the ones living in [2cities 1fortified]. 27 I weakened the hands, and they were dried up; and they became as [2grass 1dry] upon the roofs, and as wild grass. 28 But now [3your rest 4and 5your exit 6and 7your entrance 1I 2know], 29  and your rage which you were enraged. And your bitterness ascended to me. And I will put a rein into your nose, and a bit into your lips, and I will return you in the way in which you came by it. 30 And this [3to you 1is the 2sign], Eat this year what you have sown; and the [2year 1second] the vestige left; and the third year, sow, and reap, and plant vineyards, and eat of their fruit! 31 And they shall be the ones being left behind in Judea. They shall germinate a root below, and they shall produce grain upward. 32 For from out of Jerusalem shall come forth the ones surviving, and the ones being preserved from out of mount Zion. The zeal of the  lord of Hosts shall do these things.

The Angel Slays the Assyrians

33 Therefore thus says the  lord concerning the king of the Assyrians, In no way shall he enter into this city, nor throw [2against 3it 1an arrow], nor shall he put [2against 3it 1a shield], nor shall he encircle [2against 3it 1a siege mound]. 34 But in the way in which he came by it, he shall return; and [3into 4this city 1in no way 2shall he enter]. Thus says the  lord. 35 I will shield over this city to deliver it, because of myself and because of David my servant. 36 And [3came forth 1an angel 2of the  lord], and he did away with the camp of the Assyrians -- a hundred eighty-five thousand. And rising up in the morning he found all the [2bodies 1dead]. 37 And he went forth returning. And [4returned 1Sennacherib 2king 3of the Assyrians], and lived in Nineveh. 38 And while he did obeisance in the house of Nisroch his god, Adrammelech and Sharezer his sons struck him with swords; and they came through safe into Armenia. And [3took reign 1Esar-haddon 2his son] instead of him.
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