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Isaiah 37:1-13 (New American Standard)

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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. 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. 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 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 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. 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.""' 8 Then Rabshakeh returned and found the king of Assyria fighting against 12Libnah, for he had heard that bthe king had left 13Lachish. 9 When he 14heard them say concerning Tirhakah king of c15Cush, "He has come out to fight against you," and when he heard it he sent messengers to Hezekiah, saying, 10 "Thus you shall say to Hezekiah king of dJudah, '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." 11 '17Behold, you have heard what the kings of Assyria have done to all the lands, destroying them completely. So will you be espared? 12 'Did the gods of fthose nations which my fathers have destroyed deliver them, even 18Gozan and 19Haran and Rezeph and the sons of Eden who 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?' "
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