Isaiah 37:1-28 NIV

Jerusalem's Deliverance Foretold

37:1-13pp -- 2Ki 19:1-13

1 When King Hezekiah heard this, he tore his clothes1 and put on sackcloth2 and went into the temple3 of the LORD.

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2 He sent Eliakim4 the palace administrator, Shebna5 the secretary, and the leading priests, all wearing sackcloth, to the prophet Isaiah son of Amoz.6

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3 They told him, "This is what Hezekiah says: This day is a day of distress7 and rebuke and disgrace, as when children come to the point of birth8 and there is no strength to deliver them.

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4 It may be that the LORD your God will hear the words of the field commander, whom his master, the king of Assyria, has sent to ridicule9 the living God,10 and that he will rebuke him for the words the LORD your God has heard.11 Therefore pray12 for the remnant13 that still survives."

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5 When King Hezekiah's officials came to Isaiah,
6 Isaiah said to them, "Tell your master, 'This is what the LORD says: Do not be afraid14 of what you have heard--those words with which the underlings of the king of Assyria have blasphemed15 me.

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7 Listen! I am going to put a spirit16 in him so that when he hears a certain report,17 he will return to his own country, and there I will have him cut down18 with the sword.' "

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      8 When the field commander heard that the king of Assyria had left Lachish,19 he withdrew and found the king fighting against Libnah.20

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      9 Now Sennacherib21 received a report22 that Tirhakah, the Cushitea23 king [of Egypt], was marching out to fight against him. When he heard it, he sent messengers to Hezekiah with this word:

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        • a 37:9 - That is, from the upper Nile region
          10 "Say to Hezekiah king of Judah: Do not let the god you depend on deceive24 you when he says, 'Jerusalem will not be handed over to the king of Assyria.'25

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          11 Surely you have heard what the kings of Assyria have done to all the countries, destroying them completely. And will you be delivered?26

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          12 Did the gods of the nations that were destroyed by my forefathers27 deliver them--the gods of Gozan, Haran,28 Rezeph and the people of Eden29 who were in Tel Assar?

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          13 Where is the king of Hamath, the king of Arpad,30 the king of the city of Sepharvaim,31 or of Hena or Ivvah?"32

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          Hezekiah's Prayer

          37:14-20pp -- 2Ki 19:14-19

          14 Hezekiah received the letter33 from the messengers and read it. Then he went up to the temple34 of the LORD and spread it out before the LORD.

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          15 And Hezekiah prayed35 to the LORD:

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          16 "O LORD Almighty, God of Israel, enthroned36 between the cherubim,37 you alone are God38 over all the kingdoms39 of the earth. You have made heaven and earth.40

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          17 Give ear, O LORD, and hear;41 open your eyes, O LORD, and see;42 listen to all the words Sennacherib43 has sent to insult44 the living God.45

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          18 "It is true, O LORD, that the Assyrian kings have laid waste all these peoples and their lands.46

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          19 They have thrown their gods into the fire47 and destroyed them,48 for they were not gods49 but only wood and stone, fashioned by human hands.50

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          20 Now, O LORD our God, deliver51 us from his hand, so that all kingdoms on earth52 may know that you alone, O LORD, are God.b53"

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            • b 37:20 - Dead Sea Scrolls (see also 2 Kings 19:19); Masoretic Text "alone are the LORD"

              Sennacherib's Fall

              37:21-38pp -- 2Ki 19:20-37; 2Ch 32:20-21

              21 Then Isaiah son of Amoz54 sent a message to Hezekiah: "This is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: Because you have prayed to me concerning Sennacherib king of Assyria,

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                  22 this is the word the LORD has spoken against him: "The Virgin Daughter55 of Zion56 despises and mocks you. The Daughter of Jerusalem tosses her head57 as you flee.

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                  23 Who is it you have insulted and blasphemed?58 Against whom have you raised your voice59 and lifted your eyes in pride?60 Against the Holy One61 of Israel!

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                  24 By your messengers you have heaped insults on the Lord. And you have said, 'With my many chariots62 I have ascended the heights of the mountains, the utmost heights63 of Lebanon.64 I have cut down its tallest cedars, the choicest of its pines.65 I have reached its remotest heights, the finest of its forests.

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                  25 I have dug wells in foreign landsc and drunk the water there. With the soles of my feet I have dried up66 all the streams of Egypt.67'

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                    • c 37:25 - Dead Sea Scrolls (see also 2 Kings 19:24); Masoretic Text does not have "in foreign lands."
                      26 "Have you not heard? Long ago I ordained68 it. In days of old I planned69 it; now I have brought it to pass, that you have turned fortified cities into piles of stone.70

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                      27 Their people, drained of power, are dismayed and put to shame. They are like plants in the field, like tender green shoots, like grass71 sprouting on the roof,72 scorchedd before it grows up.

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                        • d 37:27 - Some manuscripts of the Masoretic Text, Dead Sea Scrolls and some Septuagint manuscripts (see also 2 Kings 19:26); most manuscripts of the Masoretic Text "roof / and terraced fields"
                          28 "But I know where you stay and when you come and go73 and how you rage74 against me.

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