And it cometh to pass, at king Hezekiah's hearing, that he
rendeth his garments, and covereth himself with sackcloth, and entereth the
house of Jehovah,
and sendeth Eliakim, who is over the house, and
Shebna the scribe, and the elders of the priests, covering themselves with
sackcloth, unto Isaiah the prophet, son of Amoz,
and they say unto him, 'Thus said Hezekiah -- A day of
distress, and rebuke, and despising is this day; for come have sons unto
the birth, and power there is not to bring forth.
'It may be Jehovah thy God doth hear all the words of the
chief of the butlers with which the king of Asshur his lord hath sent him to
reproach the living God, and hath decided concerning the words that Jehovah thy
God hath heard, and thou hast lifted up prayer for the remnant that is found.'
And the servants of king Hezekiah come in unto Isaiah,
and Isaiah saith to them, 'Thus do ye say unto your lord:
Thus said Jehovah, Be not afraid because of the words that thou hast heard,
with which the servants of the king of Asshur have reviled Me.
Lo, I am giving in him a spirit, and he hath heard a report,
and hath turned back to his land, and I have caused him to fall by the sword in
And the chief of the butlers turneth back and findeth the
king of Asshur fighting against Libnah, for he hath heard that he hath journeyed
And he heareth concerning Tirhakah king of Cush, saying,
'Lo, he hath come out to fight with thee;' and he turneth and sendeth
messengers unto Hezekiah, saying,
'Thus do ye speak unto Hezekiah king of Judah, saying, Let
not thy God lift thee up in whom thou art trusting, saying, Jerusalem is not
given into the hand of the king of Asshur.
Lo, thou hast heard that which the kings of Asshur have done
to all the lands -- to devote them; and thou art delivered!
did the gods of the nations deliver them whom my fathers
destroyed -- Gozan, and Haran, and Rezeph, and the sons of Eden, who are
Where is the king of Hamath, and the king of Arpad,
and the king of the city of Sepharvaim, Hena, and Ivvah?'
And Hezekiah taketh the letters out of the hand of the
messengers, and readeth them, and goeth up to the house of Jehovah, and
Hezekiah spreadeth it before Jehovah.
And Hezekiah prayeth before Jehovah, and saith, 'O Jehovah,
God of Israel, inhabiting the cherubs, Thou art God Himself -- Thyself
alone -- to all the kingdoms of the earth: Thou hast made the heavens and the
Incline, O Jehovah, Thine ear, and hear; open, O Jehovah,
Thine eyes, and see; and hear Thou the words of Sennacherib with which he hath
sent him to reproach the living God.
'Truly, O Jehovah, kings of Asshur have laid waste the
nations, and their land,
and have put their gods into fire, for they are no
gods, but work of the hands of man, wood and stone, and destroy them.
And now, O Jehovah our God, save us, we pray Thee, out of
his hand, and know do all kingdoms of the earth that Thou art Jehovah
God -- Thyself alone.'
And Isaiah son of Amoz sendeth unto Hezekiah, saying, 'Thus
said Jehovah, God of Israel, That which thou hast prayed unto Me concerning Sennacherib
king of Asshur I have heard:
this is the word that Jehovah spake concerning him:
'Trampled on thee -- laughed at thee, Hath the virgin daughter of Zion Behind
thee shaken the head -- Hath the daughter of Jerusalem?
Whom hast thou reproached and reviled? And against whom
lifted up a voice? Yea, thou dost lift up on high thine eyes -- Against the
Holy One of Israel!
By the hand of thy messengers Thou hast reproached the Lord,
and sayest: In the multitude of my chariots I have come up to a high place of
mountains -- The sides of Lebanon, And I cut down the height of its cedars, The
choice of its firs, And I enter the lodging of its extremity, The forest of its
I have digged, and drunk strange waters, And I dry up with
the sole of my steps All floods of a bulwark.
Hast thou not heard from afar, it I made, From days of old
that I formed it? Now I have brought it in, And it becometh a desolation,
Ruinous heaps are fenced cities,
And their inhabitants are feeble-handed, They were
broken down, and are dried up, They have been the herb of the field, And the
greenness of the tender grass, Grass of the roofs, And blasted corn -- before
it hath risen up!
And thy sitting down, and thy going out, And thy coming in,
I have known, And thine anger towards Me;
Because of thine anger towards Me, And thy noise -- it came
up into Mine ears, I have put My hook in thy nose, And My bridle in thy lips,
And have caused thee to turn back, In the way in which thou camest.
And this to thee is the sign, Food of the year is
the spontaneous growth, And in the second year the self-produced, And in the
third year sow ye, and reap, And plant vineyards, and eat their fruits.
And it hath continued -- The escaped of the house of Judah
That hath been left -- to take root beneath, And hath made fruit upward.
For from Jerusalem goeth out a remnant, And an escape from
mount Zion; The zeal of Jehovah of Hosts doth this.
Therefore, thus said Jehovah, Concerning the king of Asshur:
He doth not come in unto this city, Nor doth he shoot there an arrow, Nor doth
he come before it with shield. Nor doth he pour out against it a mount.
In the way that he cometh in -- In it he turneth back, And
unto this city he doth not come in, The affirmation of Jehovah --
And I have covered over this city, To save it, for Mine own
sake, And for the sake of David My servant.'
And it cometh to pass, in that night, that a messenger of
Jehovah goeth out, and smiteth in the camp of Asshur a hundred eighty and five
thousand, and they rise early in the morning, and lo, all of them are
And Sennacherib king of Asshur journeyeth, and goeth, and
turneth back, and dwelleth in Nineveh;
and it cometh to pass, he is bowing himself in the house of
Nisroch his god, and Adramelech and Sharezar his sons have smitten him
with the sword, and they have escaped to the land of Ararat, and Esar-Haddon
his son reigneth in his stead.