|2 Kings 19 |
1 Now when King Hezekiah heard this, he tore his clothes and covered himself with sackcloth and went into the temple of the LORD.
2 And he sent Eliakim, who was over the household, Shebna the scribe, and the elders of the priests, all wearing sackcloth, to Isaiah, the prophet, the son of Amoz.
3 And they said to him, "Thus says Hezekiah: This day is a day of trouble, of rebuke and blasphemy for the children have come to the birth, and there is no strength to bring them forth.
4 It may be that LORD your God will hear all the words of the Rabshakeh, whom the king of Assyria his master has sent to reproach and mock the living God, and that He will rebuke the words that the LORD your God has heard. Therefore lift up your prayer for the remnant that are left."
5 So the servants of King Hezekiah came to Isaiah.
6 And Isaiah said to them, "Thus you shall say to your master, 'Thus says the LORD: Do not be afraid of the words that you have heard, with which the servants of the king of Assyria have blasphemed me.
7 Behold, I will send a spirit upon the king so that he shall hear a rumor and return to his own land; and I will cause him to fall by the sword in his own land.'"
8 Then the Rabshakeh returned and found the king of Assyria warring against Libnah for he had heard that the king had departed from Lachish.
9 Now when Sennacherib, king of Assyria heard it said of Tirhakah, king of Ethiopia, "Behold, he has come out to fight against you," he sent messengers to Hezekiah again, saying,
10 "Thus shall you speak to Hezekiah king of Judah, saying: 'Do not let your God in whom you trust deceive you, saying, Jerusalem shall not be delivered into the hand of the king of Assyria.'
11 Behold, you have heard what the kings of Assyria have done to all lands, destroying them utterly. So shall you be delivered?
12 Have the gods of the nations delivered those whom my forefathers have destroyed: Gozan, Haran, Rezeph, and the children of Eden who were in Thelasar?
13 Where are the kings of Hamath, of Arpad, of the city of Sepharvaim, of Hena, and of Ivah?"
14 Now Hezekiah received the letter from the hand of the messengers and read it; and he went up into the temple of the LORD and spread it before the LORD.
15 Hezekiah prayed to the LORD and said, "O LORD God of Israel, who dwells between the cherubim, you alone are the God of all the kingdoms of the earth. You have made heaven and earth.
16 LORD, bow down your ear and hear; LORD, open your eyes and see; hear the words of Sennacherib, which he has sent to reproach and mock the living God.
17 Truly, LORD, the kings of Assyria have destroyed the nations and their lands,
18 And have thrown the gods of those people into the fire for they were not gods, but the work of men's hands, wood and stone. Therefore they have been able to destroy them.
19 Now therefore, O LORD our God, I beseech you, save us out of his hand, so that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that you alone are the LORD God, only you."
20 Then Isaiah, the son of Amoz, sent a message to Hezekiah, saying, "Thus says the LORD God of Israel: I have heard what you have prayed to me against Sennacherib king of Assyria.
21 This is the word that the LORD has spoken concerning him: 'The virgin the daughter of Zion has despised you and laughed you to scorn; the daughter of Jerusalem has shaken her head behind your back!
22 Whom have you reproached and blasphemed? And against whom have you exalted your voice and lifted up your eyes on high? Against the Holy One of Israel!
23 By your messengers you have reproached and mocked the LORD, and have said, "With my many chariots I have come up to the height of the mountains, to the limits of Lebanon. I have cut down its tall cedar and choice cypress trees. I have entered into its remotest lodgings, to its densest forest.
24 I have dug wells and drunk foreign waters, and with the sole of my feet I have dried up all the streams of Egypt."
25 Have you not heard how I, the LORD, have ordained it? That from ancient times I planned what I have now brought to pass? So that you should be my instrument to crush fortified cities turning them into ruinous heaps.
26 That is why their inhabitants had little power, they were dismayed and confounded; they were like the plants of the field, the green herb, the grass on the housetops and the grain that is scorched before it has grown up.
27 But I know your dwelling place, your going out and your coming in, and your rage against me.
28 Because your raging against me and your arrogance have come up to my ears, I will put my hook in your nose and my bridle in your lips, and I will turn you back by the way you came.'
29 And, Hezekiah, this shall be a sign to you: You shall eat this year what grows by itself, and in the second year what springs up from that. But in the third year sow and reap, plant vineyards and eat their fruit.
30 And the remnant of the house of Judah who have escaped shall once again take root downward and bear fruit upward.
31 For out of Jerusalem shall go forth a remnant, and those who escape out of mount Zion. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will do this.
32 Therefore thus says the LORD concerning the king of Assyria: He shall not come into this city or shoot an arrow there or come before it with shield or build a siege ramp against it.
33 By the way that he came, by that same way he shall return; he shall not come into this city, says the LORD.
34 For I will defend this city to save it, for my own sake and for my servant David's sake."
35 And it came to pass because that night the angel of the LORD went out and slew a hundred and eighty five thousand men in the camp of the Assyrians; and when men arose early in the morning, behold, there were all these dead bodies.
36 So Sennacherib, king of Assyria, departed, returned, and dwelt at Nineveh.
37 And it came to pass, as he was worshipping 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 Armenia. And Esarhaddon his son reigned in his place.
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