Isaiah 37
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Hezekiah Seeks Isaiah’s Counsel

1As soon as Hezekiah the kinga heard this, he tore his clothes, dressed himself in sackcloth, and went into the LORD’s Temple. 2Then he sent Eliakim, who was in charge of the palace, Shebna the secretary, and the senior priests, all wearing sackcloth, to Amoz’s son, the prophet Isaiah. 3“Here is what Hezekiah says,” they told him. “This day is a day of trouble, rebuke, and disgrace, as when children come to the point of birth and there is no energy to deliver them. 4Perhaps the LORD your God will hear the words of the field commander, whom his master, the king of Assyria, sent to mock the living God, and perhaps he will rebuke the words that the LORD your God has heard. So lift up a prayer for the remnant that still survives in this city.”b 5That’s why King Hezekiah’s officials came to Isaiah.

Isaiah Responds to Hezekiah

6“Here is what to tell your master,” Isaiah told them. “This is what the LORD says: ‘Don’t be afraid of the words you’ve heard—those words with which the underlings of the king of Assyria have insulted me. 7Watch this! I’m going to place an attitudec within him,d so that when he hears a certain report, he’ll return to his own country. Then I’ll have him cut down by the sword in his own land.”e

Sennacherib Retreats

8So the field commander returned and found the king of Assyria fighting against Libnah, since he had heard that the king of Assyriaf had left Lachish. 9Now King Sennacheribg had received this report concerning King Tirhakah of Cush: “He has marched out to fight against you.”

When he heard it, he returned andh sent messengers to Hezekiah: 10“Say this to Hezekiah king of Judah: ‘Don’t let your God on whom you depend deceive you when he says, “Jerusalem will not be handed over to the king of Assyria.” 11Surely you have heard what the kings of Assyria have done to all countries, dooming them to destruction. So do you think you will be saved? 12Did the gods of the nations that were destroyed by my ancestors save them—the nations of Gozan, Haran, Rezeph, and the people of Eden, who were in Tel-assar? 13Where is the king of Hamath, the king of Arpad, the king of the city of Sephar-vaim, or of Hena, or of Ivvah, or of Samaria?’”i

Hezekiah Prays

14Hezekiah received the letters from the messengers, and read them.j Then hek went up to the LORD’s Temple and spread the lettersl in front of the LORD. 15Hezekiah prayed to the LORD:

16“O LORD of the Heavenly Armies, God of Israel, enthroned above the cherubim, you alone are the God of all the kingdoms of the earth. You made heaven and earth. 17Extend your ear, LORD, and listen! Open your eyes, LORD, and look! Listen to all the words Sennacherib has sent to mock the living God. 18It is true, LORD, that Assyrian kings have devastated all these countries,m 19and have thrown their gods into the fire—but they are not gods, but rather the productsn of human hands, mere wood and stone. So the Assyrianso destroyed them. 20So now, LORD our God, save us from his oppressivep hand, so that all kingdoms on earth may know that you alone, O LORD, are God.”q

God’s Answer

21Then Amoz’s son Isaiah sent this message to Hezekiah: “This is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says, to whom you prayedr concerning Sennacherib king of Assyria. 22This is the message that the LORD has spoken in opposition to him:

“‘The Virgin Daughter of Zion

despises and mocks you;

the Daughter of Jerusalem—

she tosses her head behind you as you flee.

23Whom have you insulted and reviled?

Against whom have you raised your voice

and lifted your eyes in pride?

Against the Holy One of Israel!

24By your messengerss you have insulted the LORD,

and you have said,

“With my many chariots

I have climbed the heights of mountains,

the utmost heights of Lebanon.

I cut down its tallest cedars,

the choicest of its pines;

I reached its remotest heights,

the most verdant of its forests.

25I myself dug wellst

and drank foreignu waters;

with the soles of my feet

I dried up all the streams of Egypt.”

26“‘Didn’t you hear

how in the distant past I decided to do it,

howv I planned from days of old?

Now I’ve made it happen—

that fortified cities become devastated, besieged heaps.w

27Their inhabitants are devoid of power,

and are terrified and put to shame.

They’ve become like plants in the field,

likex green shoots,

like grass on rooftops,

scorched by the east wind.y

28“‘I know when you rise up

andz when you sit down,

your comings and goings—

and how you’ve become enraged at me.

29Your insolenceaa has reached my ears,

so I’ll put my hook in your nose

and my bit in your mouth,bb

and I’ll make you turn back on the road

by which you came.

30“And this will be your sign, Hezekiah:cc Eat this year what grows on its own, and in the second year what springs from that. But in the third year sow, reap, plant vineyards, and eat their fruit. 31Then the ones belonging to the house of Judah who have escaped will gather,dd and those who are foundee will take root downward and bear fruit upward. 32For a remnant will come out of Zion,ff and a band of survivors from The zeal of the LORD of the Heavenly Armies will accomplish this.

33“Therefore this what the LORD says concerning the king of Assyria: ‘He won’t enter this city, build up a siege ramp against it, shoot an arrow here, or threaten it with a shield.hh 34By the same way that he came, he will return; he won’t enter this city,’ declares the LORD, 35‘because I will defend this city and deliverii it, for my own sake and for the sake of my servant David!’”

Sennacherib is Defeated

36After this, the angel of the LORD went out and put to death 185,000 men in the Assyrian camp. When Hezekiah’s armyjj awakened in the morning—there were all the dead bodies!

37King Sennacherib broke camp, retreated, returned home to Nineveh, and remained there. 38Later, while he was worshiping inkk the house of his god Nisroch, his sons Adrammelech and Sharezer cut him down with swords and escaped to the land of Ararat. Then Sennacherib’sll son Esar-haddon reigned in his place.

a 37:1 So 1QIsaa; MT LXX read the king Hezekiah
b 37:4 So 1QIsaa; MT LXX lack in this city
c 37:7 Or to put a spirit
d 37:7 So 1QIsaa; MT LXX read put a spirit in him
e 37:5-7 So MT LXX 1QIsaa corrector; 1QIsaa lacks vss. 5-7
f 37:8 Lit. that he
g 37:9 Lit. Now he
h 37:9 So 1QIsaa LXX; cf. 2Kgs 19:9 MT; the Heb. lacks returned and
i 37:13 So 1QIsaa; MT LXX lack or of Samaria
j 37:14 So 1QIsaa; MT LXX read it
k 37:14 Lit. Hezekiah
l 37:14 Lit. it
m 37:18 So 1QIsaa; MT reads countries and their land; some MTmss read nations and their land
n 37:19 So 1QIsaa LXX; MT reads work
o 37:19 Lit. So they
p 37:20 1QIsaa LXX MT lack oppressive
q 37:20 So 1QIsaa; MT reads alone are LORD; LXX reads alone are God
r 37:21 So 1QIsaa; MT reads because you prayed to me; cf. LXX
s 37:24 Lit. servants
t 37:25 So 1QIsaa; MT reads dug; LXX reads appointed
u 37:25 So 1QIsaa; MT LXX lack foreign
v 37:26 So 1QIsaa; MT reads and how
w 37:26 So 1QIsaa; MT reads you should make fortified cities crash into ruined heaps
x 37:27 So 1QIsaa; MT reads and like
y 37:27 So 1QIsaa; MT reads and a field before the standing grain
z 37:28 So 1QIsaa; MT LXX lack when you rise up and
aa 37:29 So 1QIsaa; MT reads because your raging against me and your insolence; cf. LXX
bb 37:29 Lit. lips; so 1QIsaa LXX; MT reads lip
cc 37:30 So 1QIsaa; the Heb. lacks Hezekiah
dd 37:31 So 1QIsaa; MT reads be increased
ee 37:31 So 1QIsaa; MT reads and the remainder; cf. LXX
ff 37:32 So 1QIsaa; 4QIsab MT LXX read Jerusalem
gg 37:32 So 1QIsaa; 4QIsab MT LXX read Mount Zion
hh 37:33 So 1QIsaa; MT reads or shoot an arrow here, or threaten it with a shield, or build up a siege ramp against it
ii 37:35 Or save
jj 37:36 Lit. When the people
kk 37:38 So 1QIsaa LXX; the Heb. lacks in
ll 37:38 Lit. his

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