Hezekiah Seeks Isaiah's Help

1 And 1when King Hezekiah heard it, he tore his clothes, covered himself with sackcloth and entered the house of the LORD.
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2 Then he sent 2Eliakim who 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.
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3 They said to him, "Thus says Hezekiah, 'This day is a 5day of distress, rebuke and rejection; for 6children have come to birth, and there is no strength to deliver.
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4 'Perhaps the LORD your God will hear the words of Rabshakeh, whom his master the king of Assyria has sent to 7reproach the living God, and will rebuke the words which the LORD your God has heard. Therefore, offer a prayer for 8the remnant that is left.' "
5 So the servants of King Hezekiah came to Isaiah.
6 Isaiah said to them, "Thus you shall say to your master, 'Thus says the LORD, "9Do not be afraid because * of the words that you have heard, with which the servants of the king of Assyria have blasphemed Me.
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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.""'
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8 Then Rabshakeh returned and found the king of Assyria fighting against 12Libnah, for he had heard that the king had left 13Lachish.
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9 When he 14heard them say concerning Tirhakah king of 15Cush, "He has come out to fight against you," and when he heard it he sent messengers to Hezekiah, saying,
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10 "Thus you shall say to Hezekiah king of Judah, '16Do not let your God in whom you trust deceive you, saying, "Jerusalem will not be given into the hand of the king of Assyria."
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    • d 37:10 - Lit "Judah, saying"
      11 '17Behold, you have heard what the kings of Assyria have done to all the lands, destroying them completely. So will you be spared?
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      12 'Did the gods of those nations which my fathers have destroyed deliver them, even 18Gozan and 19Haran and Rezeph and the sons of Eden who were in Telassar?
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      13 'Where is the king of Hamath, the king of Arpad, the king of the city of Sepharvaim, and of Hena and Ivvah?' "

      Hezekiah's Prayer in the Temple

      14 Then Hezekiah took the letter from the hand of the messengers and read it, and he went up to the house of the LORD and spread it out before the LORD.
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        • g 37:14 - Lit "letters"
        • h 37:14 - Lit "Hezekiah spread"
          15 Hezekiah prayed to the LORD saying,
          16 "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 made heaven and earth.
          17 "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 living God.
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          18 "Truly, O LORD, the 26kings of Assyria have devastated all the countries and their lands,
          19 and have cast their gods into the fire, for they were not gods but the 27work of men's hands, wood and stone. So they have 28destroyed them.
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          20 "Now, O LORD our God, 29deliver us from his hand that 30all the kingdoms of the earth may know that You alone, LORD, are God."
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          God Answers through Isaiah

          21 Then 31Isaiah the son of Amoz sent word to Hezekiah, saying, "Thus says the LORD, the God of Israel, 'Because you have prayed to Me about Sennacherib king of Assyria,
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          22 this is the word that the LORD has spoken against him: "She has despised you and mocked you, The 32virgin 33daughter of Zion; She has 34shaken her head behind you, The daughter of Jerusalem!
          23 "Whom have you 35reproached and blasphemed? And against whom have you raised your voice And haughtily 36lifted up your eyes? Against the 37Holy One of Israel!
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          24 "Through your servants you have reproached the Lord, And you have said, 'With my many chariots I came up to the heights of the mountains, To the remotest parts of 38Lebanon; And I cut down its tall 39cedars and its choice cypresses. And I will go to its highest peak, its thickest 40forest.
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            • k 37:24 - Lit "farthest height"
              25 'I dug wells and drank waters, And 41with the sole of my feet I dried up All the rivers of Egypt.'
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                • l 37:25 - Or "the besieged place"
                  26 "42Have you not heard? Long ago I did it, From ancient times I 43planned it. Now 44I have brought it to pass, That 45you should turn fortified cities into 46ruinous heaps.
                  27 "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 green herb, As 48grass on the housetops is scorched before it is grown up.
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                    • m 37:27 - So DSS and 2 Kin 19:26; M.T. as "a plowed field"
                      28 "But I 49know your sitting down And your going out and your coming in And your raging against Me.
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                      29 "Because of your raging against Me And because your 50arrogance 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 back 53by the way which you came.
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                      30 "Then this shall be the sign for you: you will eat this year what 54grows of itself, in the second year what springs from the same, and in the third year sow, reap, plant vineyards and eat their fruit.
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                      31 "The 55surviving 56remnant of the house of Judah will again 57take root downward and bear fruit upward.
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                      32 "For out of Jerusalem will go forth a 58remnant and out of Mount Zion survivors. The 59zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this."'
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                      33 "Therefore, thus says the LORD concerning the king of Assyria, 'He will not come to this city or shoot an arrow there; and he will not come before it with a shield, or throw up a 60siege ramp against it.
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                      34 '61By the way that he came, by the same he will return, and he will not come to this city,' declares the LORD.
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                      35 'For I will 62defend this city to save it 63for My own sake and for My servant David's sake.' "
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                      Assyrians Destroyed

                      36 Then the 64angel of the LORD went out and struck 185,000 * * * in the camp of the Assyrians; and when men arose early in the morning, behold, all of these were dead *.
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                        • q 37:36 - Lit "they"
                        • r 37:36 - Lit "dead bodies"
                          37 So Sennacherib king of Assyria departed and returned home and lived at 65Nineveh.
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                          38 It came about as he was worshiping in the house of Nisroch his god, that Adrammelech and Sharezer his sons killed him with the sword; and they escaped into the land of 66Ararat. And 67Esarhaddon his son became king in his place.
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