11And when KingHezekiahheard it, he 2tore his clothes, 3covered himself with sackcloth and entered the house of the LORD.
Then he sentEliakimwho was over the household with Shebna the scribe and the elders of the priests, 4covered with sackcloth, to 5Isaiah the prophet the son of Amoz.
They said to him, "ThussaysHezekiah, 'Thisday is a day of distress, rebuke, and rejection; for children have come to birth and there is nostrength to deliver.
'6Perhaps the LORD your God will hearall the words of Rabshakeh, whom his master the king of Assyria has sent7to reproach the livingGod, and will rebuke the wordswhich the LORD your God has heard. Therefore, offer a prayer for 8the remnant that is left.' "
So the servants of KingHezekiahcame to Isaiah.
6Isaiahsaid to them, "Thus you shall say to your master, 'Thussays the LORD, "Do not be afraidbecause of the words that you have heard, with which the 9servants of the king of Assyria10have blasphemed Me.
7"Behold, I will put a spirit in him so that 11he will hear a rumor and return to his own land. And 12I will make him fall by the sword in his own land.""'
Then Rabshakehreturned and found the king of Assyriafightingagainst13Libnah, for he had heard that athe king had left14Lachish.
When he heard them sayconcerningTirhakahking of bCush, "Behold, he has come out to fightagainst you," he sentmessengersagain to Hezekiahsaying,
10"Thus you shall say to Hezekiahking of cJudah, 'Do not 15let your God in whom you trustdeceive you saying, "16Jerusalem will not be given into the hand of the king of Assyria."
11'Behold, you have heardwhat the kings of Assyria have done to all the lands, destroying them completely. So will you be dspared?
'17Did the gods of ethose nationswhich my fathersdestroyeddeliver them, even 18Gozan and 19Haran and Rezeph and 20the sons of Edenwho were in Telassar?
'21Where is the king of Hamath, the king of Arpad, the king of the city of Sepharvaim, and of Hena and Ivvah?' "
Then 22Hezekiahtook the fletter from the hand of the messengers and read it, and he went up to the house of the LORD and gspread it out before the LORD.
15Hezekiahprayedbefore the LORD and said, "O LORD, the God of Israel, 23who are henthroned above the cherubim, 24You are the God, You alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth. You have madeheaven and earth.
"25Incline Your ear, O LORD, and hear; 26open Your eyes, O LORD, and see; and listen to the words of Sennacherib, which he has sent27to reproach the livingGod.
17"Truly, O LORD, the kings of Assyria have devastated the nations and their lands18
and have cast their gods into the fire, 28for they were not gods but the work of men'shands, wood and stone. So they have destroyed them.
19"Now, O LORD our God, I pray, deliver us from his hand29that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that You alone, O 30LORD, are God."
Then Isaiah the son of Amozsent to Hezekiahsaying, "Thussays the LORD, the God of Israel, 'Because you have prayed to Me aboutSennacheribking of Assyria, 31I have heard you.'
21"This is the word that the LORD has spokenagainst him: 'She has despised you and mocked you, 32The virgindaughter of Zion; She 33has shaken her headbehind you, The daughter of Jerusalem!
22'Whom have you 34reproached and 35blasphemed? And againstwhom have you raised your voice, And ihaughtilylifted up your eyes? Against the 36HolyOne of Israel!
'37Through your messengers you have reproached the Lord, And you have said, "With my manychariots I came up to the heights of the mountains, To the remotestparts of Lebanon; And I jcutdown its tallcedars and its choicecypresses. And I kentered its farthestlodgingplace, its 38thickestforest.
"I dug wells and drankforeignwaters, And with the sole of my feet I l39dried up All the rivers of mEgypt."
'40Have you not heard? Longago I did it; From ancienttimes I planned it. 41Now I have brought it to pass, That you should turnfortifiedcities into ruinousheaps.
'Therefore their inhabitants were short of strength, They were dismayed and put to shame; They were 42as the vegetation of the field and as the greenherb, As grass on the housetops is scorchedbefore it is grown up.
'But 43I know your sittingdown, And your going out and your coming in, And your ragingagainst Me.
28'Because of your ragingagainst Me, And because your narrogance has come up to My ears, Therefore I 44will put My hook in your nose, And My bridle in your lips, And 45I will turn you back by the waywhich you came.
'Then this shall be 46the sign for you: oyou will eat this yearwhatgrows of itself, in the secondyearwhatsprings from the same, and in the thirdyearsow, reap, plantvineyards, and eat their fruit.
'47The survivingremnant of the house of Judah will again take rootdownward and bearfruitupward.
'For out of Jerusalem will goforth a remnant, and 48out of MountZionpsurvivors. 49The zeal of qthe LORD will performthis.
32'Thereforethussays the LORDconcerning the king of Assyria, "50He will not come to thiscity or shoot an arrowthere; and he will not comebefore it with a shieldorthrow up a siegerampagainst it.
"51By the way that he came, by the same he will return, and he shall not come to thiscity,"' declares the LORD.
'52For I will defendthiscity to save it for My own sake and 53for My servantDavid'ssake.' "
3554Then it happened that night that the angel of the LORDwent out and struck185,000 in the camp of the Assyrians; and when rmen roseearly in the morning, behold, all of them were sdead .
So 55Sennacheribking of Assyriadeparted and returned home, and lived at 56Nineveh.
It came about as he was worshiping in the house of Nisroch his god, that t57Adrammelech and Sharezerkilled him with the sword; and they escaped into 58the land of Ararat. And 59Esarhaddon his sonbecameking in his place.