Hezekiah Seeks Isaiah’s Help1 And a when King Hezekiah heard it, he tore his clothes, covered himself with sackcloth and entered the house of the Lord. 2 Then 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. 3 They 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 birthdeliver. 4 ‘Perhaps 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.’” 5 So the servants of King Hezekiah came to Isaiah. 6 Isaiah 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. 7 “Behold, 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.”’” 8 Then Rabshakeh returned and found the king of Assyria fighting against m Libnah, for he had heard that ▼
▼ Lit hethe king had left o Lachish. 9 When 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, 10 “Thus you shall say to Hezekiah king of ▼
▼ Lit Judah, sayingJudah, ‘ 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.” 11 ‘ u Behold, you have heard what the kings of Assyria have done to all the lands, destroying them completely. So will you be ▼
▼ Lit deliveredspared? 12 ‘Did the gods of ▼
▼ Lit thethose 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? 13 ‘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 in the Temple14 Then Hezekiah took the ▼
▼ Lit lettersletter from the hand of the messengers and read it, and he went up to the house of the Lord and ▼
▼ Lit Hezekiah spreadspread it out before the Lord. 15 Hezekiah 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. 18 “Truly, O Lord, the ah kings of Assyria have devastated all the countries and their lands, 19 and 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. 20 “Now, 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 Godare God.”
God Answers through Isaiah21 Then 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, 22 this 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!
23 “Whom have you ar reproached and blasphemed?
And against whom have you raised your voice
▼ Lit on highhaughtily at lifted up your eyes?
Against the au Holy One of Israel!
24 “Through 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 heighthighest peak, its thickest ay forest.
25 ‘I dug wells and drank waters,
And az with the sole of my feet I dried up
All the rivers of ▼
▼ Or the besieged placeEgypt.’
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.
27 “Therefore 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 fieldis 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.
29 “Because 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.
30 “Then this shall be the sign for you: ▼
▼ Lit eatingyou 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. 32 “For out of Jerusalem will go forth a bu remnant and out of Mount Zion ▼
▼ Lit those who escapesurvivors. The bw zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.”’ 33 “Therefore, 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. 34 ‘ by 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 Destroyed36 Then the cb angel of the Lord went out and struck 185,000 in the camp of the Assyrians; and when ▼
▼ Lit theymen arose early in the morning, behold, all of these were ▼
▼ Lit dead bodiesdead. 37 So Sennacherib king of Assyria departed and ▼
▼ Lit went and returnedreturned home and lived at cf Nineveh. 38 It 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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