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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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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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 moment of birth8 and there is no strength to deliver them.
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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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When King Hezekiah's officials came to Isaiah,
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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Listen! When he hears a certain report,16 I will make him want17 to return to his own country, and there I will have him cut down18 with the sword.' "
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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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Now Sennacherib21 received a report22 that Tirhakah, the king of Cush,23 was marching out to fight against him. When he heard it, he sent messengers to Hezekiah with this word:
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"Say to Hezekiah king of Judah: Do not let the god you depend on deceive24 you when he says, 'Jerusalem will not be given into the hands of the king of Assyria.'25
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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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Did the gods of the nations that were destroyed by my ancestors27 deliver them--the gods of Gozan, Harran,28 Rezeph and the people of Eden29 who were in Tel Assar?
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Where is the king of Hamath or the king of Arpad?30 Where are the kings of Lair, Sepharvaim,31 Hena and Ivvah?"32
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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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And Hezekiah prayed35 to the LORD:
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"LORD Almighty, the 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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Give ear, LORD, and hear;41 open your eyes, LORD, and see;42 listen to all the words Sennacherib43 has sent to ridicule44 the living God.45
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"It is true, LORD, that the Assyrian kings have laid waste all these peoples and their lands.46
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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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Now, LORD our God, deliver51 us from his hand, so that all the kingdoms of the earth52 may know that you, LORD, are the only God.53"
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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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this is the word the LORD has spoken against him: "Virgin Daughter55 Zion56 despises and mocks you. Daughter Jerusalem tosses her head57 as you flee.
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Who is it you have ridiculed 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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By your messengers you have ridiculed 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 junipers.65 I have reached its remotest heights, 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 up66 all the streams of Egypt.67'
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"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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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 scorched before it grows up.
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"But I know where you are and when you come and go73 and how you rage74 against me.
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Because you rage against me and because your insolence75 has reached my ears, I will put my hook76 in your nose77 and my bit in your mouth, and I will make you return by the way you came.78
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"This will be the sign79 for you, Hezekiah: "This year80 you will eat what grows by itself, and the second year what springs from that. But in the third year81 sow and reap, plant vineyards82 and eat their fruit.83
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Once more a remnant of the house of Judah will take root84 below and bear fruit85 above.
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For out of Jerusalem will come a remnant,86 and out of Mount Zion a band of survivors.87 The zeal88 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 city89 or shoot an arrow here. He will not come before it with shield or build a siege ramp90 against it.
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By the way that he came he will return;91 he will not enter this city," declares the LORD.
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"I will defend92 this city and save it, for my sake93 and for the sake of David94 my servant!"
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Then the angel95 of the LORD went out and put to death96 a hundred and eighty-five thousand in the Assyrian97 camp. When the people got up the next morning--there were all the dead bodies!
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So Sennacherib98 king of Assyria broke camp and withdrew. He returned to Nineveh99 and stayed there.
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One day, while he was worshiping in the temple100 of his god Nisrok, his sons Adrammelek and Sharezer killed him with the sword, and they escaped to the land of Ararat.101 And Esarhaddon102 his son succeeded him as king.103
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