Then Isaiah son of Amoz1 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 Daughter2 of Zion3 despises and mocks you. The Daughter of Jerusalem tosses her head4 as you flee.
Who is it you have insulted and blasphemed?5 Against whom have you raised your voice6 and lifted your eyes in pride?7 Against the Holy One8 of Israel!
By your messengers you have heaped insults on the Lord. And you have said, 'With my many chariots9 I have ascended the heights of the mountains, the utmost heights10 of Lebanon.11 I have cut down its tallest cedars, the choicest of its pines.12 I have reached its remotest heights, the finest of its forests.
I have dug wells in foreign landsa and drunk the water there. With the soles of my feet I have dried up13 all the streams of Egypt.14'
"Have you not heard? Long ago I ordained15 it. In days of old I planned16 it; now I have brought it to pass, that you have turned fortified cities into piles of stone.1727
Their people, drained of power, are dismayed and put to shame. They are like plants in the field, like tender green shoots, like grass18 sprouting on the roof,19 scorchedb before it grows up.
"But I know where you stay and when you come and go20 and how you rage21 against me.
Because you rage against me and because your insolence22 has reached my ears, I will put my hook23 in your nose24 and my bit in your mouth, and I will make you return by the way you came.2530
"This will be the sign26 for you, O Hezekiah: "This year27 you will eat what grows by itself, and the second year what springs from that. But in the third year28 sow and reap, plant vineyards29 and eat their fruit.3031
Once more a remnant of the house of Judah will take root31 below and bear fruit32 above.
For out of Jerusalem will come a remnant,33 and out of Mount Zion a band of survivors.34 The zeal35 of the LORD Almighty will accomplish this.
"Therefore this is what the LORD says concerning the king of Assyria: "He will not enter this city36 or shoot an arrow here. He will not come before it with shield or build a siege ramp37 against it.
By the way that he came he will return;38 he will not enter this city," declares the LORD.
"I will defend39 this city and save it, for my sake40 and for the sake of David41 my servant!"
Then the angel42 of the LORD went out and put to death43 a hundred and eighty-five thousand men in the Assyrian44 camp. When the people got up the next morning--there were all the dead bodies!
So Sennacherib45 king of Assyria broke camp and withdrew. He returned to Nineveh46 and stayed there.
One day, while he was worshiping in the temple47 of his god Nisroch, his sons Adrammelech and Sharezer cut him down with the sword, and they escaped to the land of Ararat.48 And Esarhaddon49 his son succeeded him as king.50