Hezekiah received the letter1 from the messengers and read it. Then he went up to the temple2 of the LORD and spread it out before the LORD.
And Hezekiah prayed3 to the LORD:
"O LORD Almighty, God of Israel, enthroned4 between the cherubim,5 you alone are God6 over all the kingdoms7 of the earth. You have made heaven and earth.817
Give ear, O LORD, and hear;9 open your eyes, O LORD, and see;10 listen to all the words Sennacherib11 has sent to insult12 the living God.1318
"It is true, O LORD, that the Assyrian kings have laid waste all these peoples and their lands.1419
They have thrown their gods into the fire15 and destroyed them,16 for they were not gods17 but only wood and stone, fashioned by human hands.1820
Now, O LORD our God, deliver19 us from his hand, so that all kingdoms on earth20 may know that you alone, O LORD, are God.a21"