2 Kings 19:15-16

15 Hezekiah prayed before the LORD and said, "O LORD, the God of Israel, 1who are enthroned above the cherubim, 2You are the God, You alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth. You have made heaven and earth.
16 "3Incline Your ear, O LORD, and hear; 4open Your eyes, O LORD, and see; and listen to the words of Sennacherib, which he has sent 5to reproach the living God.

2 Kings 19:15-16 Meaning and Commentary

INTRODUCTION TO 2 KINGS 19

This chapter relates that King Hezekiah, on a report made to him of Rabshakeh's speech, sent a message to the prophet Isaiah to pray for him, who returned him a comfortable and encouraging answer, 2Ki 19:1-7 and that upon Rabshakeh's return to the king of Assyria, he sent to Hezekiah a terrifying letter, 2Ki 19:8-13, which Hezekiah spread before the Lord, and prayed unto him to save him and his people out of the hands of the king of Assyria, 2Ki 19:14-19, to which he had a gracious answer sent him by the prophet Isaiah, promising him deliverance from the Assyrian army, 2Ki 19:20-34, which accordingly was destroyed by an angel in one night, and Sennacherib fleeing to Nineveh, was slain by his two sons, 2Ki 19:35-37.

2 Kings 19:15-16 In-Context

13 'Where is the king of Hamath, the king of Arpad, the king of the city of Sepharvaim, and of Hena and Ivvah?' "
14 Then Hezekiah took the letter from the hand of the messengers and read it, and he went up to the house of the LORD and spread it out before the LORD .
15 Hezekiah prayed before the LORD and said, "O LORD , the God of Israel, who are enthroned above the cherubim, You are the God, You alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth. You have made heaven and earth.
16 "Incline Your ear, O LORD , and hear; open Your eyes, O LORD , and see; and listen to the words of Sennacherib, which he has sent to reproach the living God.
17 "Truly, O LORD , the kings of Assyria have devastated the nations and their lands
18 and have cast their gods into the fire, for they were not gods but the work of men's hands, wood and stone. So they have destroyed them.

Cross References 5

  • 1. Exodus 25:22; Isaiah 37:14
  • 2. 2 Kings 5:15
  • 3. Psalms 31:2; Isaiah 37:17
  • 4. 1 Kings 8:29; 2 Chronicles 6:40
  • 5. 2 Kings 19:4

Footnotes 1

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