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"
Then Isaiah son of Amoz22 sent a message to Hezekiah: "This is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: Because you have prayed to me concerning Sennacherib king of Assyria,
this is the word the LORD has spoken against him: "The Virgin Daughter23 of Zion24 despises and mocks you. The Daughter of Jerusalem tosses her head25 as you flee.
Who is it you have insulted and blasphemed?26 Against whom have you raised your voice27 and lifted your eyes in pride?28 Against the Holy One29 of Israel!
By your messengers you have heaped insults on the Lord. And you have said, 'With my many chariots30 I have ascended the heights of the mountains, the utmost heights31 of Lebanon.32 I have cut down its tallest cedars, the choicest of its pines.33 I have reached its remotest heights, the finest of its forests.