Isaiah 37:14-38

Hezekiah’s Prayer for Deliverance

14Hezekiah received 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 to the  Lord: 16“O  Lord of hosts, God of Israel a  enthroned above the cherubim, you are the God, you alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth; b  you have made heaven and earth. 17 c  Incline your ear, O  Lord, and hear; open your eyes, O  Lord, and see; and hear d  all the words of Sennacherib, which he has sent to mock the living God. 18Truly, O  Lord e  the kings of Assyria have laid waste all the nations and their lands, 19and have cast their gods into the fire. For they were no gods, but the work of men’s hands, wood and stone. Therefore they were destroyed. 20So now, O  Lord our God, save us from his hand, that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that you alone are the  Lord.”

Sennacherib’s Fall

21Then Isaiah the son of Amoz sent to Hezekiah, saying, “Thus says the  Lord, the God of Israel: Because you have prayed to me concerning Sennacherib king of Assyria, 22this is the word that the  Lord has spoken concerning him:

“‘She despises you, she scorns you—
f  the virgin daughter of Zion;
she wags her head behind you—
the daughter of Jerusalem.
23 “‘Whom have you mocked and reviled?
Against whom have you raised your voice
and lifted your eyes to the heights?
Against g  the Holy One of Israel!
24By your servants you have mocked the Lord,
and you have said h  With my many chariots
I have gone up the heights of the mountains,
to the far recesses of Lebanon,
i  to cut down its tallest cedars,
its choicest cypresses,
to come to its remotest height,
its most fruitful forest.
25I dug wells
and drank waters,
to dry up with the sole of my foot
all j  the streams k  of Egypt.
26 l  “‘Have you not heard
that I determined it long ago?
I planned from days of old
what now I bring to pass,
that you should make fortified cities
crash into heaps of ruins,
27while their inhabitants, shorn of strength,
are dismayed and confounded,
and have become like plants of the field
and like tender grass,
like grass on the housetops,
blighted
Some Hebrew manuscripts and 2 Kings 19:26; most Hebrew manuscripts  like a field
before it is grown.
28 “‘I know your sitting down
and your going out and coming in,
and your raging against me.
29 n  Because you have raged against me
and your complacency has come to my ears,
I will put my hook in your nose
and my bit in your mouth,
and o  I will turn you back on the way
by which you came.’

30“And this shall be the sign for you: this year you shall eat what grows of itself, and in the second year what springs from that. Then in the third year sow and reap, and plant vineyards, and eat their fruit. 31And the surviving remnant of the house of Judah p  shall again take root downward and bear fruit upward. 32 q  For out of Jerusalem shall go a remnant, and out of Mount Zion a band of survivors. r  The zeal of the  Lord of hosts will do this.

33Therefore 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 s  cast up a siege mound against it. 34By the way that he came, by the same he shall return, and he shall not come into this city, declares the  Lord. 35 t  For I will defend this city to save it, for my own sake and for u  the sake of my servant David.”

36 v  And 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. 37Then Sennacherib king of Assyria departed and returned home and lived at w  Nineveh. 38And as he was worshiping in the house of Nisroch his god, Adrammelech and Sharezer, his sons, struck him down with the sword. And after they escaped into the land of x  Ararat, y  Esarhaddon his son reigned in his place.

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