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, 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
And they said unto him, Thus saith Hezekiah, 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 LORD thy God will hear 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 is
So the servants of king Hezekiah came to Isaiah.
And Isaiah said unto them, Thus shall ye say unto your master, Thus saith the LORD,
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 rumour, and 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 he heard say concerning Tirhakah king of Ethiopia, He is come forth to make war
with thee. And when he heard it, he sent messengers to 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 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 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 received the letter from the hand of the messengers, and read it: and
Hezekiah went up unto the house of the LORD, and spread it before the LORD.
And Hezekiah prayed unto the LORD, saying,
O LORD of hosts, God of Israel, that dwellest between the cherubims, thou art the
God, even thou alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth: thou hast made heaven and
Incline thine ear, O LORD, and hear; open thine eyes, O LORD, and see: and hear all
the words of Sennacherib, which hath sent to reproach the living God.
Of a truth, LORD, the kings of Assyria have laid waste all 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, save us from his hand, that all the kingdoms of the
earth may know that thou art the LORD, even thou only.
Then Isaiah the son of Amoz sent unto Hezekiah, saying, Thus saith the LORD God of
Israel, Whereas thou hast prayed to me against Sennacherib king of Assyria:
This is the word which 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 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 defenced
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
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 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 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 LORD.
For I will defend this city to save it for mine own sake, and for my servant
Then the angel of the LORD 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 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.