2 Kings 19

Isaiah Encourages Hezekiah

a And when King Hezekiah heard it, he b tore his clothes c covered himself with sackcloth and entered the house of the  Lord. Then he sent Eliakim who was over the household with Shebna the scribe and the elders of the priests d covered with sackcloth, to e Isaiah the prophet the son of Amoz. They said to him, “Thus says Hezekiah, ‘This day is a day of distress, rebuke, and rejection; for children have come to birth and there is no strength to deliver. f Perhaps the  Lord your God will hear all the words of Rabshakeh, whom his master the king of Assyria has sent g to reproach the living God, and will rebuke the words which the  Lord your God has heard. Therefore, offer a prayer for h the remnant that is left.’” So the servants of King Hezekiah came to Isaiah. Isaiah said to them, “Thus you shall say to your master, ‘Thus says the  Lord, “Do not be afraid because of the words that you have heard, with which the i servants of the king of Assyria j have blasphemed Me. Behold, I will put a spirit in him so that k he will hear a rumor and return to his own land. And l I will make him fall by the sword in his own land.”’”

Sennacherib Defies God

Then Rabshakeh returned and found the king of Assyria fighting against m Libnah, for he had heard that
Lit he
the king had left o Lachish.
When he heard them say concerning Tirhakah king of
Or Ethiopia
Cush, “Behold, he has come out to fight against you,” he sent messengers again to Hezekiah saying,
10 Thus you shall say to Hezekiah king of
Lit Judah, saying,
Judah, ‘Do not r let your God in whom you trust deceive you saying, s Jerusalem will not be given into the hand of the king of Assyria.”
11 Behold, you have heard what the kings of Assyria have done to all the lands, destroying them completely. So will you be
Lit delivered
spared?
12 u Did the gods of
Lit the
those nations which my fathers destroyed deliver them, even w Gozan and x Haran and Rezeph and y the sons of Eden who were in Telassar?
13 z Where is the king of Hamath, the king of Arpad, the king of the city of Sepharvaim, and of Hena and Ivvah?’”

Hezekiah’s Prayer

14 Then aa Hezekiah took the
Lit letters...read them
letter from the hand of the messengers and read it, and he went up to the house of the  Lord and
Lit Hezekiah spread
spread it out before the  Lord.
15 Hezekiah prayed before the  Lord and said, “O  Lord, the God of Israel ad who are
Lit seated
enthroned above the cherubim af You are the God, You alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth. You have made heaven and earth.
16  ag Incline Your ear, O  Lord, and hear; ah open Your eyes, O  Lord, and see; and listen to the words of Sennacherib, which he has sent ai to reproach the living God. 17 Truly, O  Lord, the kings of Assyria have devastated the nations and their lands 18 and have cast their gods into the fire aj for they were not gods but the work of men’s hands, wood and stone. So they have destroyed them. 19 Now, O  Lord our God, I pray, deliver us from his hand ak that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that You alone, O al  Lord, are God.”

God’s Answer through Isaiah

20 Then Isaiah the son of Amoz sent to Hezekiah saying, “Thus says the  Lord, the God of Israel, ‘Because you have prayed to Me about Sennacherib king of Assyria am I have heard you.’ 21 This is the word that the  Lord has spoken against him: She has despised you and mocked you,
an The virgin daughter of Zion;
She ao has shaken her head behind you,
The daughter of Jerusalem!
22 Whom have you ap reproached and aq blasphemed?
And against whom have you raised your voice,
And
Lit on high
haughtily lifted up your eyes?
Against the as Holy One of Israel!
23 at Through your messengers you have reproached the Lord,
And you have said, “With my many chariots
I came up to the heights of the mountains,
To the remotest parts of Lebanon;
And I
So with some ancient versions; M.T. will cut...will enter
cut down its tall cedars and its choice cypresses.
And I
So with some ancient versions; M.T. will cut...will enter
entered its farthest lodging place, its aw thickest forest.
24 I dug wells and drank foreign waters,
And with the sole of my feet I
So with some ancient versions; M.T. will dry up
,
ay dried up
All the rivers of
Lit the besieged place
Egypt.”

25 ba Have you not heard?
Long ago I did it;
From ancient times I planned it.
bb Now I have brought it to pass,
That you should turn fortified cities into ruinous heaps.
26 Therefore their inhabitants were short of strength,
They were dismayed and put to shame;
They were bc as the vegetation of the field and as the green herb,
As grass on the housetops is scorched before it is grown up.
27 ‘But bd I know your sitting down,
And your going out and your coming in,
And your raging against Me.
28 Because of your raging against Me,
And because your
Lit complacency
arrogance has come up to My ears,
Therefore I bf will put My hook in your nose,
And My bridle in your lips,
And bg I will turn you back by the way which you came.

29 Then this shall be bh the sign for you:
Lit eating
you will eat this year what grows of itself, in the second year what springs from the same, and in the third year sow, reap, plant vineyards, and eat their fruit.
30 bj The surviving remnant of the house of Judah will again take root downward and bear fruit upward. 31 For out of Jerusalem will go forth a remnant, and bk out of Mount Zion
Lit those who escape
survivors. bm The zeal of
Some ancient mss read the  Lord of hosts
the  Lord will perform this.

32 Therefore thus says the  Lord concerning the king of Assyria, bo He will not come to this city or shoot an arrow there; and he will not come before it with a shield or throw up a siege ramp against it. 33  bp By the way that he came, by the same he will return, and he shall not come to this city,”’ declares the  Lord. 34 bq For I will defend this city to save it for My own sake and br for My servant David’s sake.’”

35  bs Then it happened that night that the angel of the  Lord went out and struck 185,000 in the camp of the Assyrians; and when
Lit they
men rose early in the morning, behold, all of them were
Lit dead bodies
dead.
36 So bv Sennacherib king of Assyria departed and returned home, and lived at bw Nineveh. 37 It came about as he was worshiping in the house of Nisroch his god, that
Some ancient mss read Adrammelech and Sharezer his sons smote him
,
by Adrammelech and Sharezer killed him with the sword; and they escaped into bz the land of Ararat. And ca Esarhaddon his son became king in his place.
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