1As soon as King Hezekiah heard it, he tore his clothes and covered himself with sackcloth and went into the house of the LORD.
And he sent Eliakim, who was over the household, and Shebna the secretary, and the senior priests, covered with sackcloth, to the prophet 2Isaiah the son of Amoz.
They said to him, "Thus says Hezekiah, 'This day is a 3day of distress, of rebuke, and of disgrace; 4children have come to the point of birth, and there is no strength to bring them forth.
5It may be that the LORD your God will hear the words of the Rabshakeh, whom his master the king of Assyria has sent to mock the living God, and will rebuke the words that the LORD your God has heard; therefore lift up your prayer for 6the remnant that is left.'"
When the servants of King Hezekiah came to Isaiah,
Isaiah said to them, "Say to your master, 'Thus says the LORD: Do not be afraid because of the words that you have heard, with which the young men of the king of Assyria have reviled me.
Behold, 7I will put a spirit in him, so that 8he shall hear a rumor and return to his own land, and 9I will make him fall by the sword in his own land.'"
The Rabshakeh returned, and found the king of Assyria fighting against 10Libnah, for he had heard that the king had left 11Lachish.
Now the king heard concerning Tirhakah king of 12Cush,"He has set out to fight against you." And when he heard it, he sent messengers to Hezekiah, saying,
"Thus shall you speak to Hezekiah king of Judah: 13'Do not let your God in whom you trust deceive you by promising that Jerusalem will not be given into the hand of the king of Assyria.
Behold, you have heard what the kings of Assyria have done to all lands, devoting them to destruction. And shall you be delivered?
14Have the gods of the nations delivered them, the nations that my fathers destroyed, 15Gozan, 16Haran, Rezeph, and the people of Eden who were in Telassar?
17Where is the king of Hamath, the king of Arpad, the king of the city of Sepharvaim, the king of Hena, or the king of Ivvah?'"