The Holy Bible: King James Version. 2000.
The Book of the Prophet Isaiah
Judah Delivered from Sennacherib
2 Kgs. 19.1-37 · 2 Chr. 32.20-23
And it came to pass, when king Hezeki'ah heard it, that he rent his clothes, and covered himself with sackcloth, and went into the house of the L ORD.
And he sent Eli'akim, 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 Hezeki'ah, This day is a day of trouble, and of rebuke, and of blasphemy: for the children are come to the birth, and there is not strength to bring forth.
It may be the L ORD thy God will hear the words of Rabsha'keh, whom the king of Assyria his master hath sent to reproach the living God, and will reprove the words which the L ORD thy God hath heard: wherefore lift up thy prayer for the remnant that is left.
¶ So the servants of king Hezeki'ah came to Isaiah.
And Isaiah said unto them, Thus shall ye say unto your master, Thus saith the L ORD, Be not afraid of the words that thou hast heard, wherewith the servants of the king of Assyria have blasphemed me.
Behold, I will send a blast upon him, and he shall hear a rumor, and return to his own land; and I will cause him to fall by the sword in his own land.
¶ So Rabsha'keh 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 Tirha'kah king of Ethiopia, He is come forth to make war with thee. And when he heard it, he sent messengers to Hezeki'ah, saying,
Thus shall ye speak to Hezeki'ah king of Judah, saying, Let not thy God, in whom thou trustest, deceive 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, as Gozan, and Haran, and Rezeph, and the children of Eden which were in Telas'sar?
Where is the king of Hamath, and the king of Arphad, and the king of the city of Sepharva'im, Hena, and Ivah?
¶ And Hezeki'ah received the letter from the hand of the messengers, and read it: and Hezeki'ah went up unto the house of the L ORD, and spread it before the L ORD.
And Hezeki'ah prayed unto the L ORD, saying,
O L ORD of hosts, God of Israel, that dwellest between the cherubim, thou Ex. 25.22 art the God, even thou alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth: thou hast made heaven and earth.
Incline thine ear, O L ORD, and hear; open thine eyes, O L ORD, and see: and hear all the words of Sennach'erib, which hath sent to reproach the living God.
Of a truth, L ORD, the kings of Assyria have laid waste all the nations, and their countries,
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 L ORD our God, save us from his hand, that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that thou art the L ORD, even thou only.
¶ Then Isaiah the son of Amoz sent unto Hezeki'ah, saying, Thus saith the L ORD God of Israel, Whereas thou hast prayed to me against Sennach'erib king of Assyria:
this is the word which the L ORD hath spoken concerning him; The virgin, the daughter of Zion, hath despised thee, and laughed thee to scorn; the daughter of Jerusalem hath shaken her head at thee.
Whom hast thou reproached and blasphemed? and against whom hast thou exalted thy voice, and lifted up thine eyes on high? even against the Holy One of Israel.
By thy servants hast thou reproached the Lord, and hast said, By the multitude of my chariots am I come up to the height of the mountains, to the sides of Lebanon; and I will cut down the tall cedars thereof, and the choice fir trees thereof: and I will enter into the height of his border, and the forest of his Carmel.
I have digged, and drunk water; and with the sole of my feet have I dried up all the rivers of the besieged places.
¶ Hast thou not heard long ago, how I have done it; and of ancient times, that I have formed it? now have I brought it to pass, that thou shouldest be to lay waste defensed cities 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 corn blasted before it be grown up.
But I know thy abode, and thy going out, and thy coming in, and thy rage against me.
Because thy rage against me, and thy tumult, 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 a sign unto thee, Ye shall eat this year such as groweth of itself; and 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 they that escape out of mount Zion: the zeal of the L ORD of hosts shall do this.
¶ Therefore thus saith the L ORD concerning the king of Assyria, He shall not come into this city, nor shoot an arrow there, nor come before it with shields, nor cast a bank against it.
By the way that he came, by the same shall he return, and shall not come into this city, saith the L ORD.
For I will defend this city to save it for mine own sake, and for my servant David's sake.
¶ Then the angel of the L ORD went forth, and smote in the camp of the Assyrians a hundred and fourscore and five thousand: and when they arose early in the morning, behold, they were all dead corpses.
So Sennach'erib king of Assyria departed, and went and returned, and dwelt at Nin'eveh.
And it came to pass, as he was worshipping in the house of Nisroch his god, that Adram'melech and Share'zer his sons smote him with the sword; and they escaped into the land of Armenia: and Esarhad'don his son reigned in his stead.