Isaiah 37

Hezekiah Seeks Isaiah’s Help

1And a  when King Hezekiah heard it, he tore his clothes, covered himself with sackcloth and entered the house of the  Lord. 2Then he sent b  Eliakim who was over the household with c  Shebna the scribe and the elders of the priests, covered with sackcloth, to d  Isaiah the prophet, the son of Amoz. 3They said to him, “Thus says Hezekiah, ‘This day is a e  day of distress, rebuke and rejection; for f  children have come to birth, and there is no strength to
Lit give birth
4Perhaps the  Lord your God will hear the words of Rabshakeh, whom his master the king of Assyria has sent to h  reproach the living God, and will rebuke the words which the  Lord your God has heard. Therefore, offer a prayer for i  the remnant that is left.’”

5So the servants of King Hezekiah came to Isaiah. 6Isaiah said to them, “Thus you shall say to your master, ‘Thus says the  Lord j  Do not be afraid because of the words that you have heard, with which the servants of the king of Assyria have blasphemed Me. 7Behold, I will put a spirit in him so that he will k  hear a rumor and l  return to his own land. And I will make him fall by the sword in his own land.”’”

8Then 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.
9When he p  heard them say concerning Tirhakah king of
Or Ethiopia
r  Cush, “He has come out to fight against you,” and when he heard it he sent messengers to Hezekiah, saying,
10Thus you shall say to Hezekiah king of
Lit Judah, saying
Judah, ‘ t  Do not let your God in whom you trust deceive you, saying, “Jerusalem will not be given into the hand of the king of Assyria.”
11u  Behold, you have heard what the kings of Assyria have done to all the lands, destroying them completely. So will you be
Lit delivered
12Did the gods of
Lit the
those nations which my fathers have destroyed deliver them, even x  Gozan and y  Haran and Rezeph and the sons of Eden who were in Telassar?
13Where is the king of Hamath, the king of Arpad, the king of the city of Sepharvaim, and of Hena and Ivvah?’”

Hezekiah’s Prayer in the Temple

14Then Hezekiah took the
Lit letters
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.
15Hezekiah prayed to the  Lord saying, 16“O  Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, ab  who is enthroned above the cherubim, You are the ac  God, You alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth. ad  You have made heaven and earth. 17 ae  Incline Your ear, O  Lord, and hear; open Your eyes, O  Lord, and see; and af  listen to all the words of Sennacherib, who sent them to ag  reproach the living God. 18Truly, O  Lord, the ah  kings of Assyria have devastated all the countries and their lands, 19and have cast their gods into the fire, for they were not gods but the ai  work of men’s hands, wood and stone. So they have aj  destroyed them. 20Now, O  Lord our God, ak  deliver us from his hand that al  all the kingdoms of the earth may know that You alone,  Lord,
So DSS and 2 Kin 19:19; M.T. omits God
are God.”

God Answers through Isaiah

21Then an  Isaiah the son of Amoz sent word to Hezekiah, saying, “Thus says the  Lord, the God of Israel, ‘Because you have prayed to Me about Sennacherib king of Assyria, 22this is the word that the  Lord has spoken against him: She has despised you and mocked you,
The ao  virgin ap  daughter of Zion;
She has aq  shaken her head behind you,
The daughter of Jerusalem!
23Whom have you ar  reproached and blasphemed?
And against whom have you raised your voice
Lit on high
haughtily at  lifted up your eyes?
Against the au  Holy One of Israel!
24Through your servants 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 av  Lebanon;
And I cut down its tall aw  cedars and its choice cypresses.
And I will go to its
Lit farthest height
highest peak, its thickest ay  forest.
25I dug wells and drank waters,
And az  with the sole of my feet I dried up
All the rivers of
Or the besieged place
26 bb  Have you not heard?
Long ago I did it,
From ancient times I bc  planned it.
Now bd  I have brought it to pass,
That be  you should turn fortified cities into bf  ruinous heaps.
27Therefore their inhabitants were short of strength,
They were dismayed and put to shame;
They were as the bg  vegetation of the field and as the green herb,
As bh  grass on the housetops
So DSS and 2 Kin 19:26; M.T. as a plowed field
is scorched before it is grown up.
28“But I bj  know your sitting down
And your going out and your coming in
And your raging against Me.
29Because of your raging against Me
And because your
Lit complacency
bl  arrogance has come up to My ears,
Therefore I will put My bm  hook in your nose
And My bn  bridle in your lips,
And I will turn you back bo  by the way which you came.

30Then this shall be the sign for you:
Lit eating
you will eat this year what bq  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.
31“The br  surviving bs  remnant of the house of Judah will again bt  take root downward and bear fruit upward. 32For out of Jerusalem will go forth a bu  remnant and out of Mount Zion
Lit those who escape
survivors. The bw  zeal of the  Lord of hosts will perform this.”’

33Therefore, thus says the  Lord concerning the king of Assyria, ‘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 bx  siege ramp against it. 34by  By the way that he came, by the same he will return, and he will not come to this city,’ declares the  Lord. 35‘For I will bz  defend this city to save it ca  for My own sake and for My servant David’s sake.’”

Assyrians Destroyed

36Then the cb  angel of the  Lord went out and struck 185,000 in the camp of the Assyrians; and when
Lit they
men arose early in the morning, behold, all of these were
Lit dead bodies
37So Sennacherib king of Assyria departed and
Lit went and returned
returned home and lived at cf  Nineveh.
38It came about as he was worshiping in the house of Nisroch his god, that Adrammelech and Sharezer his sons killed him with the sword; and they escaped into the land of cg  Ararat. And ch  Esarhaddon his son became king in his place.
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