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, which was over the household, and Shebna the scribe, and the
elders of the priests, covered with sackcloth, to Isaiah the prophet the son of
And they said unto him, Thus saith Hezekiah, This day is a day of trouble, and of
rebuke, and blasphemy; 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 all the words of Rabshakeh, 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
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 which thou hast heard, with which the servants of the king
of Assyria have blasphemed me.
Behold, I will send a blast upon him, and he shall hear a rumour, and shall return
to his own land; and I will cause him to fall by the sword in his own land.
So Rabshakeh returned, and found the king of Assyria warring against Libnah: for he
had heard that he was departed from Lachish.
And when he heard say of Tirhakah king of Ethiopia, Behold, he is come out to fight
against thee: he sent messengers again unto Hezekiah, saying,
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.
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 Thelasar?
Where is the king of Hamath, and the king of Arpad, and the king of the city of
Sepharvaim, of Hena, and Ivah?
And Hezekiah received the letter of the hand of the messengers, and read it: and
Hezekiah went up into the house of the LORD, and spread it before the LORD.
And Hezekiah prayed before the LORD, and said, O LORD God of Israel, which dwellest
between the cherubims, thou art the God, even thou alone, of all the kingdoms of the
earth; thou hast made heaven and earth.
LORD, bow down thine ear, and hear: open, LORD, thine eyes, and see: and hear the
words of Sennacherib, which hath sent him to reproach the living God.
Of a truth, LORD, the kings of Assyria have destroyed the nations and their
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, I beseech thee, save thou us out of his hand, that
all the kingdoms of the earth may know that thou art the LORD God, even thou only.
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
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.
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 messengers thou hast reproached the LORD, and hast said, With the multitude
of my chariots I am come up to the height of the mountains, to the sides of Lebanon,
and will cut down the tall cedar trees thereof, and the choice fir trees thereof: and I
will enter into the lodgings of his borders, and into the forest of his Carmel.
I have digged and drunk strange waters, and with the sole of my feet have I dried
up all the rivers of 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 fenced
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 house
tops, 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
Because thy rage against me and thy tumult is come up into mine 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.
And this shall be a sign unto 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 thereof.
And the remnant that is escaped of the house of Judah shall yet 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 LORD of hosts shall do this.
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.
By the way that he came, by the same shall he return, and shall not come into this
city, saith the LORD.
For I will defend this city, to save it, for mine own sake, and for my servant
And it came to pass that night, that the angel of the LORD went out, and smote in
the camp of the Assyrians an hundred fourscore and five thousand: and when they arose
early in the morning, behold, they were all dead corpses.
So Sennacherib king of Assyria departed, and went and returned, and dwelt at
And it came to pass, as he was worshipping 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 Esarhaddon his son reigned in his stead.