And it came to pass, when king Hezekiah heard2 [it], that he rent4 his clothes, and covered101 himself with sackcloth, and went4 into the house of the LORD.
And he sent4 Eliakim, who [was] over the household, and Shebna the scribe,6 and the elders of the priests covered102 with sackcloth, unto Isaiah the prophet the son of Amoz.
And they said4 unto him, Thus saith1 Hezekiah, This day [is] a day of trouble, and of rebuke, and of blasphemy: for the children are come1 to the birth, and [there is] not strength to bring forth.2
It may be the LORD thy God will hear4 the words of Rabshakeh, whom the king of Assyria his master hath sent1 to reproach15 the living God, and will reprove52 the words which the LORD thy God hath heard:1 wherefore lift up1 [thy] prayer for the remnant that is left.12
So the servants of king Hezekiah came4 to Isaiah.
And Isaiah said4 unto them, Thus shall ye say4 unto your master, Thus saith1 the LORD, Be not afraid4 of the words that thou hast heard,1 wherewith the servants of the king of Assyria have blasphemed14 me.
Behold, I will send6 a blast upon him, and he shall hear1 a rumour, and return1 to his own land; and I will cause him to fall52 by the sword in his own land.
So Rabshakeh returned,4 and found4 the king of Assyria warring12 against Libnah: for he had heard1 that he was departed1 from Lachish.
And he heard4 say2 concerning Tirhakah king of Ethiopia, He is come forth1 to make war9 with thee. And when he heard4 [it], he sent4 messengers to Hezekiah, saying,2
Thus shall ye speak4 to Hezekiah king of Judah, saying,2 Let not thy God, in whom thou trustest,6 deceive55 thee, saying,2 Jerusalem shall not be given11 into the hand of the king of Assyria.
Behold, thou hast heard1 what the kings of Assyria have done1 to all lands by destroying them utterly;53 and shalt thou be delivered?11
Have the gods of the nations delivered52 them which my fathers have destroyed,52 [as] Gozan, and Haran, and Rezeph, and the children of Eden which [were] in Telassar?
Where [is] the king of Hamath, and the king of Arphad, and the king of the city of Sepharvaim, Hena, and Ivah?
And Hezekiah received4 the letter from the hand of the messengers, and read4 it: and Hezekiah went up4 unto the house of the LORD, and spread4 it before the LORD.
And Hezekiah prayed101 unto the LORD, saying,2
O LORD of hosts, God of Israel, that dwellest6 [between] the cherubims, thou [art] the God, [even] thou alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth: thou hast made1 heaven and earth.
Incline54 thine ear, O LORD, and hear;3 open3 thine eyes, O LORD, and see:3 and hear3 all the words of Sennacherib, which hath sent1 to reproach15 the living God.
Of a truth, LORD, the kings of Assyria have laid waste52 all the nations, and their countries,
And have cast2 their gods into the fire: for they [were] no gods, but the work of men's hands, wood and stone: therefore they have destroyed17 them.
Now therefore, O LORD our God, save54 us from his hand, that all the kingdoms of the earth may know4 that thou [art] the LORD, [even] thou only.
Then Isaiah the son of Amoz sent4 unto Hezekiah, saying,2 Thus saith1 the LORD God of Israel, Whereas thou hast prayed98 to me against Sennacherib king of Assyria:
This [is] the word which the LORD hath spoken14 concerning him; The virgin, the daughter of Zion, hath despised1 thee, [and] laughed thee to scorn;1 the daughter of Jerusalem hath shaken52 her head at thee.
Whom hast thou reproached14 and blasphemed?14 and against whom hast thou exalted52 [thy] voice, and lifted up4 thine eyes on high? [even] against the Holy One of Israel.
By thy servants hast thou reproached14 the Lord, and hast said,4 By the multitude of my chariots am I come up1 to the height of the mountains, to the sides of Lebanon; and I will cut down4 the tall cedars thereof, [and] the choice fir trees thereof: and I will enter4 into the height of his border, [and] the forest of his Carmel. 3759
I have digged,1 and drunk1 water; and with the sole of my feet have I dried up55 all the rivers of the besieged places. 4692
Hast thou not heard1 long ago, [how] I have done1 it; [and] of ancient times, that I have formed1 it? now have I brought it to pass,52 that thou shouldest be to lay waste53 defenced7 cities [into] ruinous12 heaps.
Therefore their inhabitants6 [were] of small power, they were dismayed1 and confounded:1 they were [as] the grass of the field, and [as] the green herb, [as] the grass on the housetops, and [as corn] blasted before it be grown up.
But I know1 thy abode,2 and thy going out,2 and thy coming in,2 and thy rage99 against me.
Because thy rage99 against me, and thy tumult, is come up1 into mine ears, therefore will I put1 my hook in thy nose, and my bridle in thy lips, and I will turn thee back52 by the way by which thou camest.1
And this [shall be] a sign unto thee, Ye shall eat2 [this] year such as groweth of itself; and the second year that which springeth of the same: and in the third year sow3 ye, and reap,3 and plant3 vineyards, and eat3 the fruit thereof.
And the remnant12 that is escaped of the house of Judah shall again1 take root downward, and bear1 fruit upward:
For out of Jerusalem shall go forth4 a remnant, and they that escape out of mount Zion: the zeal of the LORD of hosts shall do4 this.
Therefore thus saith1 the LORD concerning the king of Assyria, He shall not come4 into this city, nor shoot55 an arrow there, nor come before17 it with shields, nor cast4 a bank against it.
By the way that he came,1 by the same shall he return,4 and shall not come4 into this city, saith7 the LORD.
For I will defend1 this city to save53 it for mine own sake, and for my servant David's sake.
Then the angel of the LORD went forth,4 and smote55 in the camp of the Assyrians a hundred and fourscore and five thousand: and when they arose early55 in the morning, behold, they [were] all dead5 corpses.
So Sennacherib king of Assyria departed,4 and went4 and returned,4 and dwelt4 at Nineveh.
And it came to pass, as he was worshipping102 in the house of Nisroch his god, that Adrammelech and Sharezer his sons smote52 him with the sword; and they escaped8 into the land of Armenia: and Esarhaddon his son reigned4 in his stead.