2 Kings 19



1 And it was, when King Hezekiah heard it, that he rent his garments, and covered himself with sackcloth, and came·​·into the house of Jehovah.

2 And he sent Eliakim, who was over the house, and Shebna the scribe, and the elders of the priests, covered with sackcloth, unto Isaiah the prophet, the son of Amoz.

3 And they said to him, Thus says Hezekiah, A day of adversity, and of reproving and of disdain is this day; for the sons have come even·​·to the breaking forth*, and there is no power to give·​·birth.

4 Perhaps Jehovah thy God will hear all the words of Rabshakeh, whom his lord the king of Assyria has sent to reproach the living God, and will reprove the words which Jehovah thy God has heard; and thou shalt lift·​·up a prayer for those·​·left who are found.

5 And the servants of King Hezekiah came to Isaiah.

6 And Isaiah said to them, Thus shall you say to your lord, Thus says Jehovah, Fear not on·​·account·​·of the words which thou hast heard, with which the lads of the king of Assyria have blasphemed Me.

7 Behold, I am putting a spirit into him, and he shall hear a report and return to his own land; and I will cause him to fall by the sword in his own land.

8 And Rabshakeh returned, and found the king of Assyria fighting against Libnah; for he had heard that he had journeyed from Lachish.

9 And he heard concerning Tirhakah king of Ethiopia, saying, Behold, he is come·​·out to fight with thee. And he turned·​·back and sent messengers to Hezekiah, saying,

10 Thus shall you say to Hezekiah king of Judah, saying, Let not thy God, in whom thou trustest, beguile thee, saying, Jerusalem shall not be given into the hand of the king of Assyria.

11 Behold, thou hast heard what the kings of Assyria have done to all lands, by dooming them; and shalt thou be rescued?

12 Have the gods of the nations rescued those whom my fathers destroyed, Gozan, and Haran, and Rezeph, and the sons of Eden who were in Telassar?

13 Where is the king of Ḥamath, and the king of Arpadh, and the king of the city of Sepharvaim, of Hena and Iwwah?

14 And Hezekiah took the letters from the hand of the messengers and read them; and he went·​·up·​·to the house of Jehovah; and Hezekiah spread it before Jehovah.

15 And Hezekiah prayed before Jehovah, and said, O Jehovah, the God of Israel, Who sittest on the cherubim, Thou art God, Thou alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth; Thou hast made the heavens and the earth.

16 Incline, O Jehovah, Thine ear, and hear; open, O Jehovah, Thine eyes, and see; and hear the words of Sennacherib, with which he has sent him to reproach the living God.

17 Truly, Jehovah, the kings of Assyria have wasted the nations and their land.

18 And they have given their gods into the fire; for they were not gods, but the work of the hands of man, wood and stone; and they made them perish.

19 And now, O Jehovah our God, save us, I pray, out·​·of his hand, that all the kingdoms of the earth may·​·know that Thou alone art Jehovah God.

20 And Isaiah the son of Amoz sent to Hezekiah, saying, Thus says Jehovah the God of Israel, Whereas thou hast prayed to Me against Sennacherib king of Assyria, I have heard.

21 This is the word that Jehovah has spoken concerning him; The virgin daughter of Zion has despised thee, has derided thee; the daughter of Jerusalem has shaken the head after thee.

22 Whom hast thou reproached and blasphemed? And against whom hast thou exalted thy voice, and lifted·​·up thine eyes on·​·high? against the Holy·​·One of Israel.

23 By the hand of thy messengers hast thou reproached the Lord, and hast said, By the multitude of my chariots will I ascend the heights of the mountains the flanks of Lebanon; and I will cut·​·off the height of its cedars, and its choicest fir·​·trees; and I will come·​·into the lodging·​·place on his edge, the forest of his cultivated·​·field*.

24 I have dug a spring and I have drunk strange waters, and with the sole of my footsteps I have dried·​·up all the rivers of Egypt.

25 Hast thou not heard, from far·​·off, that I have done it and, from the ancient days, that I have formed it? Now I have brought it to pass, and it shall be for laying·​·waste fortified cities into ruinous heaps.

26 And their dwellers, short of hand*, were·​·dismayed and ashamed; they became as the herb of the field, and the vegetable of the tender·​·herb, the grass of the roofs, and the field scorched before the standing·​·grain.

27 But thy dwelling, and thy going·​·out and thy coming·​·in, I know, and thy trembling toward Me.

28 Because of thy contention toward Me, and thine ease has come·​·up into My ears, therefore will I set My hook in thy nose, and My bit in thy lips, and I will cause thee to return by the way by which thou camest.

29 And this shall be the sign to thee: you shall eat this year, that which grows of itself, and in the second year that which grows·​·further; and in the third year sow ye and harvest, and plant vineyards and eat the fruit thereof.

30 And those delivered who are left of the house of Judah, shall again take root downward, and make fruit upward.

31 For from Jerusalem shall go·​·forth those who·​·are·​·left, and they shall escape from Mount Zion; the zeal of Jehovah of Armies shall do this.

32 Therefore thus says Jehovah concerning the king of Assyria, He shall not come to this city, nor shoot an arrow there, nor shall he go·​·before her with a shield, nor spill·​·out an embankment against her;

33 by the way that he came, by it shall he return, and unto this city shall he not come, says Jehovah.

34 For I will defend this city to save it, for My own sake, and for the sake of David My servant.

35 And it was, in that night, that the angel of Jehovah went·​·forth and smote in the camp of Assyria, a hundred eighty and five thousand; and they got·​·up·​·early in the morning, and, behold, all of them dead corpses.

36 And Sennacherib king of Assyria journeyed, and went and returned, and dwelt in Nineveh.

37 And it was, that he was bowing·​·down in the house of Nisroch his god, and Adrammelech and Sharezer smote him with the sword; and they escaped to the land of Ararat. And Esar-ḥaddon his son reigned in· his ·stead.


Thanks to the Kempton Project for the permission to use this New Church translation of the Word.