And when King Hezekiah heard it, he tore his clothes, covered himself with sackcloth and entered the house of the LORD.
Then he sent Eliakim who was over the household with Shebna the scribe and the elders of the priests, covered with sackcloth, to Isaiah the prophet the son of Amoz.
They said to him, "Thus says Hezekiah, 'This day is a day of distress, rebuke, and rejection ; for children have come to birth and there is no strength to deliver.
'Perhaps the LORD your God will hear all the words of Rabshakeh, whom his master the king of Assyria has sent to reproach the living God, and will rebuke the words which the LORD your God has heard. Therefore, offer a prayer for the remnant that is left.' "
So the servants of King Hezekiah came to Isaiah.
Isaiah said to them, "Thus you shall say to your master, 'Thus says the LORD, "Do not be afraid because of the words that you have heard, with which the servants of the king of Assyria have blasphemed Me.
"Behold, I will put a spirit in him so that he will hear a rumor and return to his own land. And I will make him fall by the sword in his own land.""'
Then Isaiah the son of Amoz sent to Hezekiah saying, "Thus says the LORD, the God of Israel, 'Because you have prayed to Me about Sennacherib king of Assyria, I have heard you.'
"This is the word that the LORD has spoken against him: 'She has despised you and mocked you, The virgin daughter of Zion ; She has shaken her head behind you, The daughter of Jerusalem !
'Whom have you reproached and blasphemed ? And against whom have you raised your voice, And haughtily lifted up your eyes ? Against the Holy One of Israel !
'Through your messengers 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 Lebanon ; And I cut down its tall cedars and its choice cypresses. And I entered its farthest lodging place, its thickest forest.
"I dug wells and drank foreign waters, And with the sole of my feet I dried up All the rivers of Egypt."
'Have you not heard ? Long ago I did it; From ancient times I planned it. Now I have brought it to pass, That you should turn fortified cities into ruinous heaps.
'Therefore their inhabitants were short of strength, They were dismayed and put to shame ; They were as the vegetation of the field and as the green herb, As grass on the housetops is scorched before it is grown up.
'But I know your sitting down, And your going out and your coming in, And your raging against Me.
'Because of your raging against Me, And because your arrogance has come up to My ears, Therefore I will put My hook in your nose, And My bridle in your lips, And I will turn you back by the way which you came.
'Then this shall be the sign for you: you will eat this year what 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.
'The surviving remnant of the house of Judah will again take root downward and bear fruit upward.
'For out of Jerusalem will go forth a remnant, and out of Mount Zion survivors. The zeal of the LORD will perform this.
'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 siege ramp against it.
"By the way that he came, by the same he will return, and he shall not come to this city,"' declares the LORD.
'For I will defend this city to save it for My own sake and for My servant David's sake.' "