And 1when KingHezekiahheard it, he tore his clothes, covered himself with sackcloth and entered the house of the LORD.
Then he sent2Eliakimwho was over the household with 3Shebna the scribe and the elders of the priests, covered with sackcloth, to 4Isaiah the prophet, the son of Amoz.
They said to him, "ThussaysHezekiah, 'Thisday is a 5day of distress, rebuke and rejection ; for 6children have come to birth, and there is nostrength to adeliver.
4'Perhaps the LORD your God will hear the words of Rabshakeh, whom his master the king of Assyria has sent to 7reproach 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, "9Do not be afraidbecause of the words that you have heard, with which the servants of the king of Assyria have blasphemed Me.
7"Behold, I will put a spirit in him so that he will 10hear a rumor and 11return to his own land. And I will make him fall by the sword in his own land.""'
Then Rabshakehreturned and found the king of Assyriafightingagainst12Libnah, for he had heard that bthe king had left13Lachish.
When he 14heard them sayconcerningTirhakahking of c15Cush, "He has come out to fightagainst you," and when he heard it he sentmessengers to Hezekiah, saying,
10"Thus you shall say to Hezekiahking of dJudah, '16Do not let your God in whom you trustdeceive you, saying, "Jerusalem will not be given into the hand of the king of Assyria."
'17Behold, you have heardwhat the kings of Assyria have done to all the lands, destroying them completely. So will you be espared ?
'Did the gods of fthose nationswhich my fathers have destroyeddeliver them, even 18Gozan and 19Haran and Rezeph and the sons of Edenwho were in Telassar ?
13'Where is the king of Hamath, the king of Arpad, the king of the city of Sepharvaim, and of Hena and Ivvah ?' "
Then Hezekiahtook the gletter from the hand of the messengers and read it, and he went up to the house of the LORD and hspread it out before the LORD.
15Hezekiahprayed to the LORDsaying,
"O LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, 20who is enthroned above the cherubim, You are the 21God, You alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth. 22You have madeheaven and earth.
"23Incline Your ear, O LORD, and hear ; open Your eyes, O LORD, and see ; and 24listen to all the words of Sennacherib, who sent them to 25reproach the livingGod.
18"Truly, O LORD, the 26kings of Assyria have devastatedall the countries and their lands,
and have cast their gods into the fire, for they were not gods but the 27work of men'shands, wood and stone. So they have 28destroyed them.
20"Now, O LORD our God, 29deliver us from his hand that 30all the kingdoms of the earth may know that You alone, LORD, iare God."
Then 31Isaiah the son of Amozsent word to Hezekiah, saying, "Thussays the LORD, the God of Israel, 'Because you have prayed to Me aboutSennacheribking of Assyria,
22this is the word that the LORD has spokenagainst him: "She has despised you and mocked you, The 32virgin33daughter of Zion ; She has 34shaken her headbehind you, The daughter of Jerusalem !
23"Whom have you 35reproached and blasphemed ? And againstwhom have you raised your voice And jhaughtily36lifted up your eyes ? Against the 37HolyOne of Israel !
24"Through your servants 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 38Lebanon ; And I cutdown its tall39cedars and its choicecypresses. And I will go to its khighestpeak, its thickest40forest.
'I dug wells and drankwaters, And 41with the sole of my feet I dried up All the rivers of lEgypt.'
"42Have you not heard ? Longago I did it, From ancienttimes I 43planned it. Now44I have brought it to pass, That 45you should turnfortifiedcities into 46ruinousheaps.
"Therefore their inhabitants were short of strength, They were dismayed and put to shame ; They were as the 47vegetation of the field and as the greenherb, As 48grass on the housetopsmis scorchedbefore it is grown up.
"But I 49know your sittingdown And your going out and your coming in And your ragingagainst Me.
29"Because of your ragingagainst Me And because your n50arrogance has come up to My ears, Therefore I will put My 51hook in your nose And My 52bridle in your lips, And I will turn you back53by the waywhich you came.
"Then this shall be the sign for you: oyou will eat this yearwhat54grows of itself, in the secondyearwhatsprings from the same, and in the thirdyearsow, reap, plantvineyards and eat their fruit.
"The 55surviving56remnant of the house of Judah will again57take rootdownward and bearfruitupward.
"For out of Jerusalem will goforth a 58remnant and out of MountZionpsurvivors. The 59zeal of the LORD of hosts will performthis."'
33"Therefore, thussays the LORDconcerning the king of Assyria, 'He will not come to thiscity or shoot an arrowthere ; and he will not comebefore it with a shield, orthrow up a 60siegerampagainst it.
'61By the way that he came, by the same he will return, and he will not come to thiscity,' declares the LORD.
'For I will 62defendthiscity to save it 63for My own sake and for My servantDavid'ssake.' "
Then the 64angel of the LORDwent out and struck185,000 in the camp of the Assyrians ; and when qmen aroseearly in the morning, behold, all of these were rdead .
So Sennacheribking of Assyriadeparted and sreturned home and lived at 65Nineveh.
It came about as he was worshiping in the house of Nisroch his god, that Adrammelech and Sharezer his sonskilled him with the sword ; and they escaped into the land of 66Ararat. And 67Esarhaddon his sonbecameking in his place.