When King Hezekiah heard this, he tore1 his clothes and put on sackcloth and went into the temple of the LORD.
References for 2 Kings 19:1
He sent Eliakim2 the palace administrator, Shebna the secretary and the leading priests,3 all wearing sackcloth,4 to the prophet Isaiah5 son of Amoz.
References for 2 Kings 19:2
They told him, "This is what Hezekiah says: This day is a day of distress and rebuke and disgrace, as when children come to the moment6 of birth and there is no strength to deliver them.
References for 2 Kings 19:3
It may be that the LORD your God will hear all the words of the field commander, whom his master, the king of Assyria, has sent to ridicule7 the living God, and that he will rebuke8 him for the words the LORD your God has heard. Therefore pray for the remnant9 that still survives."
References for 2 Kings 19:4
When King Hezekiah's officials came to Isaiah,
Isaiah said to them, "Tell your master, 'This is what the LORD says: Do not be afraid10 of what you have heard--those words with which the underlings of the king of Assyria have blasphemed11 me.
References for 2 Kings 19:6
Listen! When he hears a certain report,12 I will make him want to return to his own country, and there I will have him cut down with the sword.13' "
References for 2 Kings 19:7
When the field commander heard that the king of Assyria had left Lachish,14 he withdrew and found the king fighting against Libnah.15
References for 2 Kings 19:8
Now Sennacherib received a report that Tirhakah, the king of Cush, was marching out to fight against him. So he again sent messengers to Hezekiah with this word:
References for 2 Kings 19:9
"Say to Hezekiah king of Judah: Do not let the god you depend16 on deceive17 you when he says, 'Jerusalem will not be given into the hands of the king of Assyria.'
References for 2 Kings 19:10
Surely you have heard what the kings of Assyria have done to all the countries, destroying them completely. And will you be delivered?
Did the gods of the nations that were destroyed by my ancestors deliver18 them--the gods of Gozan,19 Harran,20 Rezeph and the people of Eden who were in Tel Assar?
References for 2 Kings 19:12
Where is the king of Hamath or the king of Arpad? Where are the kings of Lair, Sepharvaim, Hena and Ivvah?"21
References for 2 Kings 19:13
Hezekiah received the letter22 from the messengers and read it. Then he went up to the temple of the LORD and spread it out before the LORD.
References for 2 Kings 19:14
And Hezekiah prayed to the LORD: "LORD, the God of Israel, enthroned between the cherubim,23 you alone24 are God over all the kingdoms of the earth. You have made heaven and earth.
References for 2 Kings 19:15
Give ear,25 LORD, and hear;26 open your eyes,27 LORD, and see; listen to the words Sennacherib has sent to ridicule the living God.
References for 2 Kings 19:16
"It is true, LORD, that the Assyrian kings have laid waste these nations and their lands.
They have thrown their gods into the fire and destroyed them, for they were not gods28 but only wood and stone, fashioned by human hands.29
References for 2 Kings 19:18
Now, LORD our God, deliver30 us from his hand, so that all the kingdoms31 of the earth may know32 that you alone, LORD, are God."
References for 2 Kings 19:19
Then Isaiah son of Amoz sent a message to Hezekiah: "This is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: I have heard33 your prayer concerning Sennacherib king of Assyria.
References for 2 Kings 19:20
This is the word that the LORD has spoken against34 him: " 'Virgin Daughter35 Zion despises36 you and mocks37 you. Daughter Jerusalem tosses her head38 as you flee.
References for 2 Kings 19:21
Who is it you have ridiculed and blasphemed?39 Against whom have you raised your voice and lifted your eyes in pride? Against the Holy One40 of Israel!
References for 2 Kings 19:22
By your messengers you have ridiculed the Lord. And you have said,41 "With my many chariots42 I have ascended the heights of the mountains, the utmost heights of Lebanon. I have cut down43 its tallest cedars, the choicest of its junipers. I have reached its remotest parts, the finest of its forests.
References for 2 Kings 19:23
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?44 Long ago I ordained it. In days of old I planned45 it; now I have brought it to pass, that you have turned fortified cities into piles of stone.46
References for 2 Kings 19:25
Their people, drained of power,47 are dismayed48 and put to shame. They are like plants in the field, like tender green shoots,49 like grass sprouting on the roof, scorched50 before it grows up.
References for 2 Kings 19:26
" 'But I know51 where you are and when you come and go and how you rage against me.
References for 2 Kings 19:27
Because you rage against me and because your insolence has reached my ears, I will put my hook52 in your nose and my bit53 in your mouth, and I will make you return54 by the way you came.'
References for 2 Kings 19:28
"This will be the sign55 for you, Hezekiah: "This year you will eat what grows by itself,56 and the second year what springs from that. But in the third year sow and reap, plant vineyards57 and eat their fruit.
References for 2 Kings 19:29
Once more a remnant58 of the house of Judah will take root59 below and bear fruit above.
References for 2 Kings 19:30
For out of Jerusalem will come a remnant,60 and out of Mount Zion a band of survivors.61 "The zeal62 of the LORD Almighty will accomplish this.
References for 2 Kings 19:31
"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;63 he will not enter this city, declares the LORD.
References for 2 Kings 19:33
I will defend64 this city and save it, for my sake and for the sake of David65 my servant.' "
References for 2 Kings 19:34
That night the angel of the LORD 66 went out and put to death a hundred and eighty-five thousand in the Assyrian camp. When the people got up the next morning--there were all the dead bodies!67
References for 2 Kings 19:35
So Sennacherib king of Assyria broke camp and withdrew.68 He returned to Nineveh69 and stayed there.
References for 2 Kings 19:36
One day, while he was worshiping in the temple of his god Nisrok, his sons Adrammelek70 and Sharezer killed him with the sword,71 and they escaped to the land of Ararat.72 And Esarhaddon73 his son succeeded him as king.
References for 2 Kings 19:37