2 Kings 19:14-37

Hezekiah’s Prayer

14Hezekiah received a  the 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, b  enthroned above the cherubim, c  you are the God, you alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth; you have made heaven and earth. 16 d  Incline your ear, O  Lord, and hear; e  open your eyes, O  Lord, and see; and hear the words of Sennacherib, which he has sent f  to 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, g  but 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, h  that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that i  you, 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 j  I have heard. 21This is the word that the  Lord has spoken concerning him:

“She despises you, she scorns you—
k  the virgin daughter of Zion;
she l  wags her head behind you—
the daughter of Jerusalem.
22 “Whom have you m  mocked and n  reviled?
Against whom have you raised your voice
and lifted your eyes to the heights?
Against o  the Holy One of Israel!
23 p  By your messengers you have mocked the Lord,
and you have said q  ‘With my many chariots
I have gone up the heights of the mountains,
to the far recesses of r  Lebanon;
I felled its tallest cedars,
its choicest cypresses;
I entered its farthest lodging place,
its most s  fruitful forest.
24I dug wells
and drank foreign waters,
and I dried up with the sole of my foot
all the streams t  of Egypt.’
25 “Have you not heard
that u  I determined it long ago?
I planned from days of old
what v  now 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 w  like 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
x  and 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 y  put my hook in your nose
and my bit in your mouth,
and z  I will turn you back on the way
by which you came.

29“And this shall be aa  the 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 ab  And 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 ac  a band of survivors. ad  The 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 ae  cast up a siege mound against it. 33 af  By the way that he came, by the same he shall return, and he shall not come into this city, declares the  Lord. 34 ag  For I will defend this city to save it, for my own sake ah  and for the sake of my servant David.”

35And that night ai  the 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 aj  Nineveh. 37And as he was worshiping in the house of Nisroch his god, ak  Adrammelech 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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