- And it came to pass, when king Hezekiah heard it, that he rent 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 scribe, and the elders of the priests, covered with sackcloth, unto Isaiah the prophet the son of Amoz.
- And they said unto him: "Thus saith Hezekiah: This day is a day of trouble, and of rebuke, and of contumely;
for the children are come to the birth, and there is not strength to bring forth.
- It may be the LORD thy God will hear the words of Rab-shakeh, whom the king of Assyria his master hath sent to taunt the living God, and will rebuke the words which the LORD thy God hath heard;
wherefore make prayer for the remnant that is left."
- So the servants of king Hezekiah came to Isaiah.
- And Isaiah said unto them: "Thus shall ye say to your master: Thus saith the LORD: Be not afraid of the words that thou hast heard, wherewith the servants of the king of Assyria have blasphemed Me.
- Behold, I will put a spirit in him, and he shall hear a rumour, and shall return unto his own land;
and I will cause him to fall by the sword in his own land."
- So Rab-shakeh returned, and found the king of Assyria warring against Libnah;
for he had heard that he was departed from Lachish.
- And he heard say concerning Tirhakah king of Ethiopia: "He is come out to fight against thee." And when he heard it, he sent messengers to Hezekiah, saying:
- "Thus shall ye speak to Hezekiah king of Judah, saying: Let not thy God in whom thou trustest beguile thee, saying: Jerusalem shall not be given into the hand of the king of Assyria.
- Behold, thou hast heard what the kings of Assyria have done to all lands, by destroying them utterly;
and shalt thou be delivered?
- Have the gods of the nations delivered them, which my fathers have destroyed, Gozan, and Haran, and Rezeph, and the children of Eden that were in Telassar?
- Where is the king of Hamath, and the king of Arpad, and the king of the city of Sepharvaim, of Hena, and Ivvah?"
- And Hezekiah received the letter from the hand of the messengers, and read it;
and Hezekiah went up unto the house of the LORD, and spread it before the LORD.
- And Hezekiah prayed unto the LORD, saying:
- "O LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, that sittest upon the cherubim, Thou art the God, even Thou alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth;
Thou hast made heaven and earth.
- Incline Thine ear, O LORD, and hear;
open Thine eyes, O LORD, and see;
and hear all the words of Sennacherib, who hath sent to taunt the living God.
- Of a truth, LORD, the kings of Assyria have laid waste all the countries, and their land,
- and have cast their gods into the fire;
for they were no gods, but the work of men"s hands, wood and stone;
therefore they have destroyed them.
- Now therefore, O LORD our God, save us from his hand, that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that Thou art the LORD, even Thou only."
- Then Isaiah the son of Amoz sent unto Hezekiah, saying: "Thus saith the LORD, the God of Israel: Whereas thou hast prayed to Me against Sennacherib king of Assyria,
- this is the word which the LORD hath spoken concerning him: The virgin daughter of Zion hath despised thee and laughed thee to scorn;
the daughter of Jerusalem hath shaken her head at thee.
- Whom hast thou taunted and blasphemed?
And against whom hast thou exalted thy voice?
Yea, thou hast lifted up thine eyes on high, even against the Holy One of Israel!
- By thy servants hast thou taunted the Lord, and hast said: With the multitude of my chariots am I come up to the height of the mountains, to the innermost parts of Lebanon;
and I have cut down the tall cedars thereof, and the choice cypress-trees thereof;
and I have entered into his farthest height, the forest of his fruitful field.
- I have digged and drunk water, and with the sole of my feet have I dried up all the rivers of Egypt.
- Hast thou not heard?
Long ago I made it, in ancient times I fashioned it;
now have I brought it to pass, yea, it is done;
that fortified cities should be laid waste into ruinous heaps.
- Therefore their inhabitants were of small power, they were dismayed and confounded;
they were as the grass of the field, and as the green herb, as the grass on the housetops, and as a field of corn before it is grown up.
- But I know thy sitting down, and thy going out, and thy coming in, and thy raging against Me.
- Because of thy raging against Me, and for that thine uproar is come up into Mine ears, therefore will I put My hook in thy nose, and My bridle in thy lips, and I will turn thee back by the way by which thou camest.
- And this shall be the sign unto thee: ye shall eat this year that which groweth of itself, and in the second year that which springeth of the same;
and in the third year sow ye, and reap, and plant vineyards, and eat the fruit thereof.
- And the remnant that is escaped of the house of Judah shall again take root downward, and bear fruit upward.
- For out of Jerusalem shall go forth a remnant, and out of mount Zion they that shall escape;
the zeal of the LORD of hosts shall perform this.
- Therefore thus saith the LORD concerning the king of Assyria: He shall not come unto this city, nor shoot an arrow there, neither shall he come before it with shield, nor cast a mound against it.
- By the way that he came, by the same shall he return, and he shall not come unto this city, saith the LORD.
- For I will defend this city to save it, for Mine own sake, and for My servant David"s sake."
- And the angel of the LORD went forth, and smote in the camp of the Assyrians a hundred and fourscore and five thousand;
and when men arose early in the morning, behold, they were all dead corpses.
- So Sennacherib king of Assyria departed, and went, and returned, and dwelt at Nineveh.
- And it came to pass, as he was worshipping in the house of Nisroch his god, that Adrammelech and Sarezer his sons smote him with the sword;
and they escaped into the land of Ararat.
And Esarhaddon his son reigned in his stead.