k[See ver. 18 above]
l[See ver. 18 above]
ab[See ch. 18:37 above]
ad[See ver. 1 above]
bd[See ver. 15 above]

2 Kings 18:13-37

Sennacherib Attacks Judah

13 aIn the fourteenth year of King Hezekiah, Sennacherib king of Assyria came up against all the fortified cities of Judah and took them. 14And Hezekiah king of Judah sent to the king of Assyria at Lachish, saying, “I have done wrong; withdraw from me. Whatever you impose on me I will bear.” bAnd the king of Assyria required of Hezekiah king of Judah three hundred talents
A  talent was about 75 pounds or 34 kilograms
of silver and thirty talents of gold.
15And Hezekiah dgave him all the silver that was found in the house of the Lord and in the treasuries of the king’s house. 16At that time Hezekiah stripped the gold from the doors of the temple of the Lord and from the doorposts that Hezekiah king of Judah had overlaid and gave it to the king of Assyria. 17And the king of Assyria sent the eTartan, the Rab-saris, and the Rabshakeh with a great army from Lachish to King Hezekiah at Jerusalem. And they went up and came to Jerusalem. When they arrived, they came and stood by fthe conduit of the upper pool, which is on the highway to the Washer’s Field. 18And when they called for the king, there came out to them gEliakim the son of Hilkiah, who was over the household, and hShebnah the secretary, and Joah the son of Asaph, the recorder.

19And the Rabshakeh said to them, “Say to Hezekiah, ‘Thus says the great king, the king of Assyria: On what do you rest this trust of yours? 20Do you think that mere words are strategy and power for war? In whom do you now trust, that you have rebelled against me? 21Behold, you are trusting now in Egypt, that broken reed of ia staff, which will pierce the hand of any man who leans on it. Such is Pharaoh king of Egypt to all who trust in him. 22But if you say to me, “We trust in the Lord our God,” is it not he jwhose high places and altars Hezekiah has removed, saying to Judah and to Jerusalem, “You shall worship before this altar in Jerusalem”? 23Come now, make a wager with my master the king of Assyria: I will give you two thousand horses, if you are able on your part to set riders on them. 24How then can you repulse a single captain among the least of my master’s servants, when you trust in Egypt for chariots and for horsemen? 25Moreover, is it without the Lord that I have come up against this place to destroy it? The Lord said to me, "Go up against this land, and destroy it."’”

26Then kEliakim the son of Hilkiah, and lShebnah, and Joah, said to the Rabshakeh, “Please speak to your servants in mAramaic, for we understand it. Do not speak to us in the language of Judah within the hearing of the people who are on the wall.” 27But the Rabshakeh said to them, “Has my master sent me to speak these words to your master and to you, and not to the men sitting on the wall, who are doomed with you to eat their own dung and to drink their own urine?”

28Then the Rabshakeh stood and called out in a loud voice in the language of Judah: “Hear the word of the great king, the king of Assyria! 29Thus says the king: ‘Do not let Hezekiah deceive you, for he will not be able to deliver you out of my
Hebrew his
30Do not let Hezekiah make you trust in the Lord by saying, The Lord will surely deliver us, and this city will not be given into the hand of the king of Assyria.’ 31Do not listen to Hezekiah, for thus says the king of Assyria: ‘Make your peace with me
Hebrew  Make a blessing with me
and come out to me. Then peach one of you will eat of his own vine, and each one of his own fig tree, and each one of you will drink the water of his own cistern,
32until I come and take you away to a land like your own land, qa land of grain and wine, a land of bread and vineyards, a land of olive trees and rhoney, that you may live, and not die. And do not listen to Hezekiah when he misleads you by saying, “The Lord will deliver us.” 33 sHas any of the gods of the nations ever delivered his land out of the hand of the king of Assyria? 34 tWhere are the gods of uHamath and vArpad? Where are the gods of Sepharvaim, Hena, and wIvvah? Have they delivered Samaria out of my hand? 35Who among all the gods of the lands have delivered their lands out of my hand, xthat the Lord should deliver Jerusalem out of my hand?’”

36But the people were silent and answered him not a word, for the king’s command was, “Do not answer him.” 37Then yEliakim the son of Hilkiah, who was over the household, and Shebna the secretary, and Joah the son of Asaph, the recorder, came to Hezekiah zwith their clothes torn and told him the words of the Rabshakeh.

2 Kings 19

Isaiah Reassures Hezekiah

1 aaAs soon as King Hezekiah heard it, abhe tore his clothes and accovered himself with sackcloth and went into the house of the Lord. 2And he sent Eliakim, who was over the household, and Shebna the secretary, and the senior priests, adcovered with sackcloth, to the prophet Isaiah the son of Amoz. 3They said to him, “Thus says Hezekiah, This day is a day of distress, of rebuke, and of disgrace; children have come to the point of birth, and there is no strength to bring them forth. 4 aeIt may be that the Lord your God heard all the words of the Rabshakeh, whom his master the king of Assyria has sent afto mock the living God, and will rebuke the words that the Lord your God has heard; therefore lift up your prayer for agthe remnant that is left.” 5When the servants of King Hezekiah came to Isaiah, 6Isaiah said to them, “Say to your master, ‘Thus says the Lord: Do not be afraid because of the words that you have heard, with which ahthe servants of the king of Assyria have aireviled me. 7Behold, I will put a spirit in him, so that ajhe shall hear a rumor and return to his own land, and I will make him akfall by the sword in his own land.’”

Sennacherib Defies the Lord

8The Rabshakeh returned, and found the king of Assyria fighting against alLibnah, for he heard that the king had left amLachish. 9 anNow the king heard concerning Tirhakah king of Cush, “Behold, he has set out to fight against you.” So he sent messengers again to Hezekiah, saying, 10“Thus shall you speak to Hezekiah king of Judah: ‘Do not let your God aoin whom you trust deceive you by promising that apJerusalem will not be given into the hand of the king of Assyria. 11Behold, you have heard what the kings of Assyria have done to all lands, devoting them to destruction. And shall you be delivered? 12 aqHave the gods of the nations delivered them, the nations that my fathers destroyed, arGozan, asHaran, Rezeph, and the people of atEden who were in Telassar? 13 auWhere is the king of Hamath, the king of Arpad, the king of the city of Sepharvaim, the king of Hena, or the king of Ivvah?’”

Hezekiah’s Prayer

14Hezekiah received avthe letter from the hand of the messengers and read it; and Hezekiah went up to the house of the Lord and spread it before the Lord. 15And Hezekiah prayed before the Lord and said: “O Lord, the God of Israel, awenthroned above the cherubim, axyou are the God, you alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth; you have made heaven and earth. 16 ayIncline your ear, O Lord, and hear; azopen your eyes, O Lord, and see; and hear the words of Sennacherib, which he has sent bato mock the living God. 17Truly, O Lord, the kings of Assyria have laid waste the nations and their lands 18and have cast their gods into the fire, for they were not gods, bbbut the work of men’s hands, wood and stone. Therefore they were destroyed. 19So now, O Lord our God, save us, please, from his hand, bcthat all the kingdoms of the earth may know that bdyou, O Lord, are God alone.”

Isaiah Prophesies Sennacherib’s Fall

20Then Isaiah the son of Amoz sent to Hezekiah, saying, “Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel: Your prayer to me about Sennacherib king of Assyria beI have heard. 21This is the word that the Lord has spoken concerning him:

“She despises you, she scorns you—
bfthe virgin daughter of Zion;
she bgwags her head behind you—
the daughter of Jerusalem.
22“Whom have you bhmocked and bireviled?
Against whom have you raised your voice
and lifted your eyes to the heights?
Against bjthe Holy One of Israel!
23 bkBy your messengers you have mocked the Lord,
and you have said, blWith my many chariots
I have gone up the heights of the mountains,
to the far recesses of bmLebanon;
I felled its tallest cedars,
its choicest cypresses;
I entered its farthest lodging place,
its most bnfruitful forest.
24I dug wells
and drank foreign waters,
and I dried up with the sole of my foot
all the streams boof Egypt.’
25“Have you not heard
that bpI determined it long ago?
I planned from days of old
what bqnow I bring to pass,
that you should turn fortified cities
into heaps of ruins,
26while their inhabitants, shorn of strength,
are dismayed and confounded,
and have become brlike plants of the field
and like tender grass,
like grass on the housetops,
blighted before it is grown.
27“But I know your sitting down
bsand your going out and coming in,
and your raging against me.
28Because you have raged against me
and your complacency has come into my ears,
I will btput my hook in your nose
and my bit in your mouth,
and buI will turn you back on the way
by which you came.

29“And this shall be bvthe sign for you: this year eat what grows of itself, and in the second year what springs of the same. Then in the third year sow and reap and plant vineyards, and eat their fruit. 30 bwAnd the surviving remnant of the house of Judah shall again take root downward and bear fruit upward. 31For out of Jerusalem shall go a remnant, and out of Mount Zion bxa band of survivors. byThe zeal of the Lord will do this.

32“Therefore thus says the Lord concerning the king of Assyria: He shall not come into this city or shoot an arrow there, or come before it with a shield or bzcast up a siege mound against it. 33 caBy the way that he came, by the same he shall return, and he shall not come into this city, declares the Lord. 34 cbFor I will defend this city to save it, for my own sake ccand for the sake of my servant David.”

35And that night cdthe angel of the Lord went out and struck down 185,000 in the camp of the Assyrians. And when people arose early in the morning, behold, these were all dead bodies. 36Then Sennacherib king of Assyria departed and went home and lived at ceNineveh. 37And as he was worshiping in the house of Nisroch his god, cfAdrammelech and Sharezer, his sons, struck him down with the sword and escaped into the land of Ararat. And Esarhaddon his son reigned in his place.

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