2 Kings 19
1 And so it was, when King Hezekiah heard it, that he tore his clothes, covered himself
with sackcloth, and went into the house of Jehovah.
2 And he sent Eliakim, who was over the household, Shebna the scribe, and the elders of
the priests, covered with sackcloth, to Isaiah the prophet, the son of Amoz.
3 And they said to him, Thus says Hezekiah: This day is a day of trouble, and rebuke,
and contempt; for the children have come to birth, but there is no strength to bring forth.
4 It may be that Jehovah your God will hear all the words of Rabshakeh, whom his
master the king of Assyria has sent to reproach the living God, and will rebuke the words
which Jehovah your God has heard. Therefore lift up your prayer for the remnant that is
5 So the servants of King Hezekiah came to Isaiah.
6 And Isaiah said to them, Thus you shall say to your master, Thus says Jehovah: Do not
be afraid of the words which you have heard, with which the servants of the king of
Assyria have blasphemed Me.
7 Behold, I will send a spirit 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.
8 And Rabshakeh returned and found the king of Assyria warring against Libnah, for he
heard that he had departed from Lachish.
9 And the king heard concerning Tirhakah king of Ethiopia, Behold, he has come out to
wage war with you. So he again sent messengers to Hezekiah, saying,
10 Thus you shall speak to Hezekiah king of Judah, saying: Do not let your God in whom
you trust deceive you, saying, Jerusalem shall not be given into the hand of the king of
11 Behold, you have heard what the kings of Assyria have done to all lands by utterly
destroying them; and shall you be delivered?
12 Have the gods of the nations delivered those whom my fathers have destroyed, Gozan
and Haran and Rezeph, and the children of Eden who were in Telassar?
13 Where is the king of Hamath, the king of Arpad, and the king of the city of
Sepharvaim, Hena, and Ivah?
14 And Hezekiah received the letter from the hand of the messengers, and read it; and
Hezekiah went up to the house of Jehovah, and spread it before Jehovah.
15 And Hezekiah prayed before Jehovah, and said: O Jehovah the God of Israel, the One
who dwells between the cherubim, You are God, You alone, of all the kingdoms of the
earth. You have made the heavens and earth.
16 Extend Your ear, O Jehovah, and hear; open Your eyes, O Jehovah, and see; and hear
the words of Sennacherib, which he has sent to reproach the living God.
17 Truly, Jehovah, the kings of Assyria have laid waste the nations and their lands,
18 and have cast their gods into the fire; for they were not gods, but the work of men's
hands; wood and stone. Therefore they destroyed them.
19 Now therefore, O Jehovah our God, I pray, save us out of his hand, that all the
kingdoms of the earth may know that You are Jehovah God, You alone.
20 Then Isaiah the son of Amoz sent to Hezekiah, saying, Thus says Jehovah the God
of Israel: I have heard that which you have prayed to Me against Sennacherib king of
21 This is the word which Jehovah has spoken concerning him: The virgin daughter of
Zion has despised you and laughed you to scorn; the daughter of Jerusalem Has shaken her
head behind you!
22 Whom have you reproached and blasphemed? Against whom have you raised your
voice, and lifted up your eyes on high? Against the Holy One of Israel!
23 By your messengers you have reproached the Lord, and said: By the multitude of my
chariots I have come up to the height of the mountains, next to Lebanon; I will cut down
its tall cedars and its choice cypress trees; I will enter the ends of its lodging places, into its
forest at Carmel.
24 I have dug and drunk strange waters, and with the soles of my feet I have dried up all
the rivers of Egypt.
25 Have you not heard? From long ago I have made it, and from ancient times I have
formed it. Now I have brought it to pass, that you should crush fortified cities into heaps of
26 Therefore their inhabitants were short handed; they were shattered and put to shame;
they were as the grass of the field and the green herb, as the grass on the housetops and
grain blighted before it is grown.
27 But I know your abode, your going out and your coming in, and your rage against Me.
28 Because your rage against Me and your arrogance have come up into My ears,
therefore I will put my hook in your nose and My bridle in your lips, and I will turn you
back by the way which you have come.
29 This shall be a sign to you: You shall eat this year such as grows of itself, and in the
second year what springs from the same; also in the third year sow and reap, plant
vineyards and eat the fruit of them.
30 And the remnant who have escaped of the house of Judah shall again take root
downward, and bear fruit upward.
31 For out of Jerusalem shall go a remnant, and those who escape from Mount Zion. The
zeal of Jehovah of Hosts shall do this.
32 Therefore thus says Jehovah concerning the king of Assyria: He shall not come into
this city, nor shoot an arrow there, nor come before it with shield, nor build a siege mound
33 By the way that he came, by the same shall he return; and he shall not come into this
city, says Jehovah.
34 For I have defended this city, to save it for My own sake and for My servant David's
35 And it came to pass that night that the Angel of Jehovah went out, and struck in the
camp of the Assyrians one hundred and eighty-five thousand; and when they arose early in
the morning, behold, all of them were dead corpses.
36 So Sennacherib king of Assyria departed and went and returned, and dwelt at Nineveh.
37 Now it came to pass, as he was bowing down in the house of Nisroch his god, that his
sons Adrammelech and Sharezer struck him with the sword; and they escaped into the
land of Ararat. And Esarhaddon his son reigned in his place.