Second Kings 19


19:1 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.
19:2 And he sent Eliakim, who [was] over the household, and
 Shebna the scribe, and the elders of the priests, covered with
 sackcloth, to Isaiah the prophet the son of Amoz.
19:3 And they said to him, Thus saith Hezekiah, This day [is] a
 day of trouble, and of rebuke, and blasphemy: for the children
 have come to the birth, and [there is] not strength to bring
 forth.
19:4 It may be the LORD thy God will hear all the words of
 Rab-shakeh, whom the king of Assyria his master hath sent to
 reproach the living God; and will reprove the words which the
 LORD thy God hath heard: wherefore lift up [thy] prayer for the
 remnant that are left.
19:5 So the servants of king Hezekiah came to Isaiah.
19:6 And Isaiah said to them, Thus shall ye say to your master,
 Thus saith the LORD, Be not afraid of the words which thou hast
 heard, with which the servants of the king of Assyria have
 blasphemed me.
19:7 Behold, I will send a blast upon him, and he shall hear a
 rumor, and shall return to his own land; and I will cause him
 to fall by the sword in his own land.
19:8 So Rab-shakeh returned, and found the king of Assyria
 warring against Libnah: for he had heard that he had departed
 from Lachish.
19:9 And when he heard it said of Tirhakah king of Cush, Behold,
 he hath come out to fight against thee: he sent messengers
 again to Hezekiah, saying,
19:10 Thus shall ye speak to Hezekiah king of Judah, saying, Let
 not thy God in whom thou trustest deceive thee, saying,
 Jerusalem shall not be delivered into the hand of the king of
 Assyria.
19:11 Behold, thou hast heard what the kings of Assyria have
 done to all lands, by destroying them utterly: and shalt thou
 be delivered?
19:12 Have the gods of the nations delivered them which my
 fathers have destroyed; [as] Gozan and Haran, and Rezeph, and
 the children of Eden who [were] in Thelasar?
19:13 Where [is] the king of Hamath, and the king of Arpad, and
 the king of the city of Sepharvaim, of Hena, and Ivah?
19:14 And Hezekiah received the letter from the hand of the
 messengers, and read it: and Hezekiah went up into the house of
 the LORD, and spread it before the LORD.
19:15 And Hezekiah prayed before the LORD, and said, O LORD God
 of Israel, who dwellest [between] the cherubim, thou art the
 God, [even] thou alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth; thou
 hast made heaven and earth.
19:16 LORD, bow down thy ear, and hear: open, LORD, thy eyes,
 and see: and hear the words of Sennacherib, who hath sent him
 to reproach the living God.
19:17 Of a truth, LORD, the kings of Assyria have destroyed the
 nations and their lands,
19:18 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.
19:19 Now therefore, O LORD our God, I beseech thee, save thou
 us from his hand, that all the kingdoms of the earth may know
 that thou [art] the LORD God, [even] thou only.
19:20 Then Isaiah the son of Amoz sent to Hezekiah, saying, Thus
 saith the LORD God of Israel, [That] which thou hast prayed to
 me against Sennacherib king of Assyria I have heard.
19:21 This [is] the word that the LORD 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.
19:22 Whom hast thou reproached and blasphemed? and against whom
 hast thou exalted [thy] voice, and lifted up thy eyes on high:
 [even] against the Holy [One] of Israel.
19:23 By thy messengers thou hast reproached the LORD, and hast
 said, With the multitude of my chariots I am come up to the
 hight of the mountains, to the sides of Lebanon, and will cut
 down its tall cedar trees, [and] its choice fir trees: and I
 will enter into the lodgings of his borders, [and into] the
 forest of his Carmel.
19:24 I have digged and drank strange waters, and with the sole
 of my feet have I dried up all the rivers of besieged places.
19:25 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 shouldst be to lay waste fortified cities
 [in] ruinous heaps.
19:26 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 house-tops, and
 [as corn] blasted before it is grown up.
19:27 But I know thy abode, and thy going out, and thy coming
 in, and thy rage against me.
19:28 Because thy rage against me and thy tumult is come up into
 my ears, therefore I will 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.
19:29 And this [shall be] a sign to thee, Ye shall eat this year
 such things as grow of themselves, 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 fruits of it.
19:30 And the remnant that hath escaped of the house of Judah
 shall yet again take root downward, and bear fruit upward.
19:31 For out of Jerusalem shall go forth a remnant, and they
 that escape from mount Zion: the zeal of the LORD [of hosts]
 shall do this.
19:32 Therefore thus saith the LORD concerning the king of
 Assyria, He shall not come into this city, nor shoot an arrow
 there, nor come before it with shield, nor cast a bank against
 it.
19:33 By the way that he came, by the same shall he return, and
 shall not come into this city, saith the LORD.
19:34 For I will defend this city, to save it, for my own sake,
 and for my servant David's sake.
19:35 And it came to pass that night, that the angel of the LORD
 went out, and smote in the camp of the Assyrians a hundred and
 eighty five thousand: and when they arose early in the morning,
 behold, they [were] all dead corpses.
19:36 So Sennacherib king of Assyria departed, and went and
 returned, and dwelt at Nineveh.
19:37 And it came to pass, as he was worshiping in the house of
 Nisroch his god, that Adrammelech and Sharezer his sons smote
 him with the sword: and they escaped into the land of Armenia.
 And Esar-haddon his son reigned in his stead.
 
 

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