Hezekiah Seeks Isaiah’s Counsel
1When King Hezekiah heard their report, #2Kg 19:1-34 he tore his clothes, put on sackcloth, #Gn 37:342Sm 3:311Kg 21:27Is 3:24 and went to the Lord’s temple. 2Then he sent Eliakim, who was in charge of the palace, Shebna the court secretary, and the leading priests, who were wearing sackcloth, to the prophet Isaiah son of Amoz. 3They said to him, “This is what Hezekiah says: ‘Today is a day of distress, rebuke, and disgrace, #Is 22:5|NoBook| 26:16|NoBook| 33:2Nah 1:7Hab 3:16 for children have come to the point of birth, and there is no strength to deliver them. #Is 26:17-18|NoBook| 66:9Hs 13:13 4Perhaps Yahweh your God will hear all the words of the Rabshakeh, whom his master the king of Assyria sent to mock the living God, #Dt 5:261Sm 17:26Jr 10:10 and will rebuke him for the words that Yahweh your God has heard. Therefore offer a prayer for the surviving remnant.’ ” #Is 1:9|NoBook| 46:3
5So the servants of King Hezekiah went to Isaiah, 6who said to them, “Tell your master this, ‘The Lord says: Don’t be afraid #Is 7:4|NoBook| 35:4 because of the words you have heard, which the king of Assyria’s attendants have blasphemed Me with. #Ps 44:7Is 52:5Rm 2:24 7I am about to put a spirit #Nm 5:14Is 19:14Hs 4:12Zch 13:22Tm 1:7 in him and he will hear a rumor and return to his own land, where I will cause him to fall by the sword.’ ” #Is 37:36-38
Sennacherib’s Letter
8When the Rabshakeh heard that the king of Assyria had left Lachish, #Jos 10:31-32 he returned and found him fighting against Libnah. #Nm 33:20Jos 10:29 9The king had heard this about Tirhakah king of Cush: #Is 18:1|NoBook| 20:5 “He has set out to fight against you.” So when he heard this, he sent messengers to Hezekiah, saying, 10“Say this to Hezekiah king of Judah: ‘Don’t let your God, whom you trust, deceive you #Is 36:14-15 by promising that Jerusalem won’t be handed over to the king of Assyria. 11Look, you have heard what the kings of Assyria have done to all the countries: they completely destroyed them. Will you be rescued? 12Did the gods of the nations #Is 36:18 that my predecessors destroyed rescue them — Gozan, #2Kg 17:6|NoBook| 18:11 Haran, #Gn 11:3112:1-4Ac 7:2 Rezeph, and the Edenites in Telassar? 13Where is the king of Hamath, the king of Arpad, the king of the city of Sepharvaim, Hena, or Ivvah? ’ ”
Hezekiah’s Prayer
14Hezekiah took the letter from the messengers, read it, then went up to the Lord’s temple and spread it out before the Lord. #Dt 22:171Kg 8:22Ezk 2:10 15Then Hezekiah prayed #2Ch 32:20 to the Lord:
16Lord of Hosts, God of Israel, who is enthroned above the cherubim, #Ex 25:22Nm 7:891Sm 4:42Sm 6:2Ps 80:1|NoBook| 99:1 You are God #Dt 10:172Sm 7:28Ps 86:10|NoBook| 90:2136:2-3 — You alone #1Kg 8:39Neh 9:6Ps 4:8|NoBook| 83:18|NoBook| 86:10Rv 15:4 — of all the kingdoms of the earth. #2Ch 36:20Ps 68:32Rv 11:15 You made the heavens and the earth. #Ex 20:11Neh 9:6Ps 146:6Ac 4:24 17Listen closely, Lord, and hear; #2Ch 6:40Ps 17:6Dn 9:18 open Your eyes, Lord, and see. #Is 42:5|NoBook| 45:12Jr 10:12 Hear all the words that Sennacherib has sent to mock the living God. #Is 37:4 18Lord, it is true that the kings of Assyria have devastated all these countries and their lands. 19They have thrown their gods into the fire, for they were not gods #Dt 32:172Ch 13:9Jr 2:11|NoBook| 5:7|NoBook| 16:20Hs 8:6Ac 19:26Gl 4:8 but made by human hands #Is 2:8|NoBook| 17:8|NoBook| 31:7|NoBook| 41:2444:9-20|NoBook| 46:6 — wood and stone. #Dt 4:28|NoBook| 28:36|NoBook| 29:17Ezk 20:32 So they have destroyed them. 20Now, Lord our God, save us from his power so that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that You are the Lord #Jos 4:241Kg 8:60|NoBook| 20:13Is 45:3 — You alone. #Is 37:16
God’s Answer through Hezekiah
21Then Isaiah son of Amoz sent a message to Hezekiah: “The Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘Because you prayed to Me about Sennacherib king of Assyria, 22this is the word the Lord has spoken against him:
Virgin Daughter Zion #Is 1:83:16-17|NoBook| 4:4|NoBook| 52:2|NoBook| 62:11Lm 2:13
despises you and scorns you:
Daughter Jerusalem shakes her head #Ps 22:7|NoBook| 109:25Jb 16:4Jr 18:16Lm 2:15
behind your back. # Lit behind you
23Who is it you have mocked #Ps 74:10Is 37:4Gl 6:7 and blasphemed?
Who have you raised your voice against
and lifted your eyes in pride? #Is 2:11|NoBook| 5:15
Against the Holy One of Israel! #Gn 12:3Ex 23:22
24You have mocked the Lord through # Lit by the hand of your servants.
You have said, “With my many chariots #Ex 14:26-28|NoBook| 15:4Dt 20:1Jos 11:4-92Ch 16:8Ps 68:17
I have gone up to the heights of the mountains,
to the far recesses of Lebanon.
I cut down its tallest cedars,
its choice cypress trees.
I came to its distant heights,
its densest forest.
25I dug wells # DSS add in foreign lands and drank water.
I dried up all the streams of Egypt
with the soles of my feet.” #Dt 11:101Kg 20:10
26Have you not heard? #Is 40:21
I designed it long ago;
I planned it in days gone by. #Is 5:1910:5-614:24-26|NoBook| 22:11|NoBook| 46:11Jr 18:11Ac 2:234:27-281Pt 2:8
I have now brought it to pass,
and you have crushed fortified cities #Is 34:13
into piles of rubble.
27Their inhabitants have become powerless,
dismayed, and ashamed.
They are plants of the field,
tender grass,
grass on the rooftops,
blasted by the east wind. # DSS; MT reads rooftops, field before standing grain
28But I know # DSS read know your rising up and your sitting down,
your going out and your coming in, #Ps 139:1
and your raging against Me.
29Because your raging against Me
and your arrogance have reached My ears, #Is 10:12
I will put My hook in your nose #Ezk 19:9|NoBook| 29:4|NoBook| 38:4
and My bit in your mouth; #Is 30:28
I will make you go back
the way you came.
30“ ‘This will be the sign for you: #Ex 3:121Sm 2:341Kg 13:3Is 7:14|NoBook| 38:7Jr 44:29Lk 2:12 This year you will eat what grows on its own, and in the second year what grows from that. But in the third year sow and reap, plant vineyards and eat their fruit. 31The surviving remnant of the house of Judah will again take root #Is 27:6 downward and bear fruit upward. 32For a remnant #Ezr 9:14Is 10:20-22 will go out from Jerusalem and survivors, from Mount Zion. The zeal of the Lord of Hosts will accomplish this.’ #2Kg 19:31Is 9:7|NoBook| 59:17Jl 2:18Zch 1:14
33“Therefore, this is what the Lord says about the king of Assyria:
He will not enter this city
or shoot an arrow there
or come before it with a shield
or build up an assault ramp against it.
34He will go back
the way he came,
and he will not enter this city.
This is the Lord’s declaration.
35I will defend this city and rescue it
because of Me #Is 43:25|NoBook| 48:9
and because of My servant David.” #1Kg 11:132Kg 20:6Ezk 34:23
Defeat and Death of Sennacherib
36Then #2Kg 19:35-372Ch 32:21 the angel of the Lord #Gn 16:7-11Ex 3:2Nm 22:22-35Jdg 6:11-122Sm 24:16Ps 34:7 went out and struck down 185,000 in the camp of the Assyrians. When the people got up the next morning — there were all the dead bodies! 37So Sennacherib king of Assyria broke camp and left. He returned home and lived in Nineveh. #Gn 10:11Jnh 1:2|NoBook| 3:3|NoBook| 4:11Zph 2:13
38One day, while he was worshiping in the temple of his god Nisroch, his sons Adrammelech and Sharezer struck him down with the sword and escaped to the land of Ararat. #Gn 8:4Jr 51:27 Then his son Esar-haddon #Ezr 4:2 became king in his place.
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