37 When King Hezekiah heard this, he tore his clothesl and put on sackclothm and went into the templen of the Lord. 2 He sent Eliakimo the palace administrator, Shebnap the secretary, and the leading priests, all wearing sackcloth, to the prophet Isaiah son of Amoz.q 3 They told him, “This is what Hezekiah says: This day is a day of distressr and rebuke and disgrace, as when children come to the moment of births and there is no strength to deliver them. 4 It may be that the Lord your God will hear the words of the field commander, whom his master, the king of Assyria, has sent to ridiculet the living God,u and that he will rebuke him for the words the Lord your God has heard.v Therefore prayw for the remnantx that still survives.”
5 When King Hezekiah’s officials came to Isaiah, 6 Isaiah said to them, “Tell your master, ‘This is what the Lord says: Do not be afraidy of what you have heard—those words with which the underlings of the king of Assyria have blasphemedz me. 7 Listen! When he hears a certain report,a I will make him wantb to return to his own country, and there I will have him cut downc with the sword.’ ”
9 Now Sennacheribf received a reportg that Tirhakah, the king of Cush,a h was marching out to fight against him. When he heard it, he sent messengers to Hezekiah with this word: 10 “Say to Hezekiah king of Judah: Do not let the god you depend on deceivei you when he says, ‘Jerusalem will not be given into the hands of the king of Assyria.’j 11 Surely you have heard what the kings of Assyria have done to all the countries, destroying them completely. And will you be delivered?k 12 Did the gods of the nations that were destroyed by my predecessorsl deliver them—the gods of Gozan, Harran,m Rezeph and the people of Edenn who were in Tel Assar? 13 Where is the king of Hamath or the king of Arpad?o Where are the kings of Lair, Sepharvaim,p Hena and Ivvah?”q
14 Hezekiah received the letterr from the messengers and read it. Then he went up to the temples of the Lord and spread it out before the Lord. 15 And Hezekiah prayedt to the Lord: 16 “Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, enthronedu between the cherubim,v you alone are Godw over all the kingdomsx of the earth. You have made heaven and earth.y 17 Give ear, Lord, and hear;z open your eyes, Lord, and see;a listen to all the words Sennacheribb has sent to ridiculec the living God.d
18 “It is true, Lord, that the Assyrian kings have laid waste all these peoples and their lands.e 19 They have thrown their gods into the firef and destroyed them,g for they were not godsh but only wood and stone, fashioned by human hands.i 20 Now, Lord our God, deliverj us from his hand, so that all the kingdoms of the earthk may know that you, Lord, are the only God.b l”
21 Then Isaiah son of Amozm sent a message to Hezekiah: “This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: Because you have prayed to me concerning Sennacherib king of Assyria, 22 this is the word the Lord has spoken against him:
despises and mocks you.
tosses her headp as you flee.
23 Who is it you have ridiculed and blasphemed?q
Against whom have you raised your voicer
and lifted your eyes in pride?s
Against the Holy Onet of Israel!
you have ridiculed the Lord.
And you have said,
‘With my many chariotsu
I have ascended the heights of the mountains,
I have cut down its tallest cedars,
the choicest of its junipers.x
I have reached its remotest heights,
the finest of its forests.
25 I have dug wells in foreign landsc
and drunk the water there.
With the soles of my feet
Long ago I ordaineda it.
In days of old I plannedb it;
now I have brought it to pass,
that you have turned fortified cities
into piles of stone.c
are dismayed and put to shame.
They are like plants in the field,
like tender green shoots,
scorchedd before it grows up.
and when you come and gof
and how you rageg against me.
and because your insolenceh has reached my ears,
and my bit in your mouth,
and I will make you return
by the way you came.k
30 “This will be the signl for you, Hezekiah:
“This yearm you will eat what grows by itself,
and the second year what springs from that.
But in the third yearn sow and reap,
32 For out of Jerusalem will come a remnant,s
and out of Mount Zion a band of survivors.t
The zealu of the Lord Almighty
will accomplish this.
“He will not enter this cityv
or shoot an arrow here.
He will not come before it with shield
or build a siege rampw against it.
34 By the way that he came he will return;x
he will not enter this city,”
declares the Lord.
35 “I will defendy this city and save it,
36 Then the angelb of the Lord went out and put to deathc a hundred and eighty-five thousand in the Assyriand camp. When the people got up the next morning—there were all the dead bodies! 37 So Sennacheribe king of Assyria broke camp and withdrew. He returned to Ninevehf and stayed there.
38 One day, while he was worshiping in the templeg of his god Nisrok, his sons Adrammelek and Sharezer killed him with the sword, and they escaped to the land of Ararat.h And Esarhaddoni his son succeeded him as king.j
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