Then Isaiah son of Amoz sent a message to Hezekiah: "This is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: I have heard1 your prayer concerning Sennacherib king of Assyria.
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This is the word that the LORD has spoken against2 him: " 'The Virgin Daughter3 of Zion despises4 you and mocks5 you. The Daughter of Jerusalem tosses her head6 as you flee.
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Who is it you have insulted and blasphemed?7 Against whom have you raised your voice and lifted your eyes in pride? Against the Holy One8 of Israel!
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By your messengers you have heaped insults on the Lord. And you have said,9 "With my many chariots10 I have ascended the heights of the mountains, the utmost heights of Lebanon. I have cut down11 its tallest cedars, the choicest of its pines. I have reached its remotest parts, the finest of its forests.
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I have dug wells in foreign lands and drunk the water there. With the soles of my feet I have dried up all the streams of Egypt."
" 'Have you not heard?12 Long ago I ordained it. In days of old I planned13 it; now I have brought it to pass, that you have turned fortified cities into piles of stone.14
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Their people, drained of power,15 are dismayed16 and put to shame. They are like plants in the field, like tender green shoots,17 like grass sprouting on the roof, scorched18 before it grows up.
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" 'But I know19 where you stay and when you come and go and how you rage against me.
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Because you rage against me and your insolence has reached my ears, I will put my hook20 in your nose and my bit21 in your mouth, and I will make you return22 by the way you came.'
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"This will be the sign23 for you, O Hezekiah: "This year you will eat what grows by itself,24 and the second year what springs from that. But in the third year sow and reap, plant vineyards25 and eat their fruit.
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Once more a remnant26 of the house of Judah will take root27 below and bear fruit above.
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For out of Jerusalem will come a remnant,28 and out of Mount Zion a band of survivors.29 The zeal30 of the LORD Almighty will accomplish this.
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"Therefore this is what the LORD says concerning the king of Assyria: "He will not enter this city or shoot an arrow here. He will not come before it with shield or build a siege ramp against it.
By the way that he came he will return;31 he will not enter this city, declares the LORD.
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I will defend32 this city and save it, for my sake and for the sake of David33 my servant."
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That night the angel of the LORD 34 went out and put to death a hundred and eighty-five thousand men in the Assyrian camp. When the people got up the next morning--there were all the dead bodies!35
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So Sennacherib king of Assyria broke camp and withdrew.36 He returned to Nineveh37 and stayed there.
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