1It happened, when king Hezekiah heard it, that he tore his
clothes, and covered himself with sackcloth, and went into the house of
2He sent Eliakim, who was over the household, and Shebna the
scribe, and the elders of the priests, covered with sackcloth, to Isaiah the
prophet the son of Amoz.
3They said to him, Thus says Hezekiah, This day
is a day of trouble, and of rebuke, and of rejection; for the children are
come to the birth, and there is not strength to bring forth.
4It may be
Yahweh your God will hear all the words of Rabshakeh, whom the king of
Assyria his master has sent to defy the living God, and will rebuke the words
which Yahweh your God has heard. Therefore lift up your prayer for the
remnant that is left.
5So the servants of king Hezekiah came to Isaiah.
6Isaiah said to them, Thus shall you tell your master, Thus says
Yahweh, Don’t be afraid 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, and he shall hear news, and shall return to his own land; and
I will cause him to fall by the sword in his own land.
returned, and found the king of Assyria warring against Libnah; for he had
heard that he was departed from Lachish.
9When he heard say of Tirhakah
king of Ethiopia, Behold, he is come out to fight against you, he sent
messengers again to Hezekiah, saying,
10Thus shall you speak to
Hezekiah king of Judah, saying, Don’t let your God in whom you trust deceive
you, saying, Jerusalem shall not be given into the hand of the king of
11Behold, you have heard what the kings of Assyria have done to
all lands, by destroying them utterly: and shall you be delivered?
the gods of the nations delivered them, which my fathers have destroyed,
Gozan, and Haran, and Rezeph, and the children of Eden that were in Telassar?
13Where is the king of Hamath, and the king of Arpad, and the king of the
city of Sepharvaim, of Hena, and Ivvah?
14Hezekiah received the letter
from the hand of the messengers, and read it; and Hezekiah went up to the
house of Yahweh, and spread it before Yahweh.
15Hezekiah prayed before
Yahweh, and said, Yahweh, the God of Israel, who sit above the
cherubim, you are the God, even you alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth;
you have made heaven and earth.
16Incline your ear, Yahweh, and
hear; open your eyes, Yahweh, and see; and hear the words of
Sennacherib, with which he has sent him to defy the living God.
truth, Yahweh, the kings of Assyria have laid waste the nations and
18and have cast their gods into the fire; for they were no
gods, but the work of men’s hands, wood and stone; therefore they have
19Now therefore, Yahweh our God, save you us, I beg
you, out of his hand, that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that you
Yahweh are God alone.
20Then Isaiah the son of Amoz sent to
Hezekiah, saying, Thus says Yahweh, the God of Israel, Whereas you have
prayed to me against Sennacherib king of Assyria, I have heard you.
21This is the word that Yahweh has spoken concerning him: The virgin
daughter of Zion has despised you and ridiculed you; the daughter of
Jerusalem has shaken her head at you.
22Whom have you defied and
blasphemed? and against whom have you exalted your voice and lifted up your
eyes on high? even against the Holy One of Israel.
messengers you have defied the Lord, and have said, With the multitude of my
chariots am I come up to the height of the mountains, to the innermost parts
of Lebanon; and I will cut down the tall cedars of it, and the choice fir
trees of it; and I will enter into his farthest lodging place, the forest of
his fruitful field.
24I have dug and drunk strange waters, and with the
sole of my feet will I dry up all the rivers of Egypt.
heard how I have done it long ago, and formed it of ancient times? now have I
brought it to pass, that it should be yours to lay waste fortified cities
into ruinous heaps.
26Therefore their inhabitants were of small power,
they were dismayed and confounded; they were as the grass of the field, and
as the green herb, as the grass on the housetops, and as grain blasted before
it is grown up.
27But I know your sitting down, and your going out, and
your coming in, and your raging against me.
28Because of your raging
against me, and because your arrogance is come up into my ears, therefore
will I put my hook in your nose, and my bridle in your lips, and I will turn
you back by the way by which you came.
29This shall be the sign to you:
You shall eat this year that which grows of itself, and in the second
year that which springs of the same; and in the third year sow you, and
reap, and plant vineyards, and eat the fruit of it.
30The remnant that
has escaped of the house of Judah shall again take root downward, and bear
31For out of Jerusalem shall go forth a remnant, and out of
Mount Zion those who shall escape: the zeal of Yahweh shall perform this.
32Therefore thus says Yahweh concerning the king of Assyria, He shall not
come to this city, nor shoot an arrow there, neither shall he come before it
with shield, nor cast up a mound against it.
33By the way that he came,
by the same shall he return, and he shall not come to this city, says Yahweh.
34For I will defend this city to save it, for my own sake, and for my
servant David’s sake.
35It happened that night, that the angel of Yahweh
went forth, and struck in the camp of the Assyrians one hundred eighty-five
thousand: and when men arose early in the morning, behold, these were all
36So Sennacherib king of Assyria departed, and went and
returned, and lived at Nineveh.
37It happened, as he was worshipping in
the house of Nisroch his god, that Adrammelech and Sharezer struck him with
the sword: and they escaped into the land of Ararat. Esar Haddon his son
reigned in his place.