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?' "