1611 King James Bible

2 Kings 19

Hezekiah mourning sendeth to Isaiah to pray for them.

2 Kings 19:1 And it came to passe when King Hezekiah heard [it], that hee rent his clothes, and couered himselfe with sackecloth, and went into the house of the LORD. 2 Kings 19:2 And hee sent Eliakim, which [was] ouer the houshold, and Shebna the Scribe, and the Elders of the Priests, couered with sackcloth, to Esai the Prophet the sonne of Amoz. 2 Kings 19:3 And they sayd vnto him, Thus sayth Hezekiah, This day [is] a day of trouble, and of rebuke, and blasphemie: for the children are come to the birth, and [there is] not strength to bring foorth. 2 Kings 19:4 It may be, the LORD thy God will heare all the words of Rabshakeh whome the king of Assyria his master hath sent to reproch the liuing God, and will reprooue the wordes which the LORD thy God hath heard: wherefore lift vp [thy] prayer for the remnant that are left. 2 Kings 19:5 So the seruants of king Hezekiah came to Isaiah.

Isaiah comforteth them.

2 Kings 19:6 And Isaiah said vnto them, Thus shal ye say to your master, Thus saith the LORD, Be not afraid of the wordes which thou hast heard, with which the seruants of the king of Assyria haue blasphemed me. 2 Kings 19:7 Behold, I will send a blast vpon him, and he shall heare a rumour, and shall returne to his owne land, and I will cause him to fall by the sword in his owne land.

Sennacherib, going to encounter Tirhakah, sendeth a blasphemous letter to Hezekiah.

2 Kings 19:8 So Rabshakeh returned, and found the king of Assyria warring against Libnah: for hee had heard that he was departed from Lachish. 2 Kings 19:9 And when he heard say of Tirhakah king of Ethiopia, Behold, hee is come out to fight against thee: hee sent messengers againe vnto Hezekiah, saying, 2 Kings 19:10 Thus shall ye speake to Hezekiah king of Iudah, saying, Let not thy God in whome thou trustest, deceiue thee, saying, Ierusalem shall not be deliuered into the hande of the king of Assyria. 2 Kings 19:11 Behold, thou hast heard what the kings of Assyria haue done to all lands, by destroying them vtterly: and shalt thou be deliuered? 2 Kings 19:12 Haue the gods of the nations deliuered them which my fathers haue destroyed? [As] Gozan, and Haran, and Rezeph, and the children of Eden which [were] in Thelasar? 2 Kings 19:13 Where is the king of Hamath, and the king of Arpad, and the king of the citie of Sepharuaim, of Hena, and Iuah?

Hezekiah's prayer.

2 Kings 19:14 And Hezekiah receiued the letter of the hand of the messengers, and read it: and Hezekiah went vp into the house of the LORD, and spread it before the LORD. 2 Kings 19:15 And Hezekiah prayed before the LORD, and said, O LORD God of Israel, which dwellest [between] the Cherubims, thou art the God, [euen] thou alone, of all the kingdomes of the earth, thou hast made heauen and earth. 2 Kings 19:16 LORD, bow downe thine eare, and heare: open, LORD, thine eyes; and see: and heare the words of Sennacherib which hath sent him to reproch the liuing God. 2 Kings 19:17 Of a trueth, LORD, the kings of Assyria haue destroyed the nations and their lands, 2 Kings 19:18 And haue cast their gods into the fire: for they [were] no gods, but the work of mens hands, wood and stone: therfore they haue destroyed them. 2 Kings 19:19 Now therefore, O LORD our God, I beseech thee, saue thou vs out of his hand, that all the kingdoms of the earth may know, that thou art the LORD God, [euen] thou onely.

Isaiah's prophecy of the pride and destruction of Sennacherib, and the good of Zion.

2 Kings 19:20 Then Isaiah the sonne of Amoz sent to Hezekiah, saying, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, That which thou hast prayed to mee against Sennacherib king of Assyria, I haue heard. 2 Kings 19:21 This [is] the word that the LORD hath spoken concerning him, The Uirgin, the daughter of Zion hath despised thee, [and] laughed thee to scorne, the daughter of Ierusalem hath shaken her head at thee. 2 Kings 19:22 Whome hast thou reproched and blasphemed? And against whome hast thou exalted [thy] voyce, and lift vp thine eyes on high? [euen] against the Holy One of Israel. 2 Kings 19:23 By thy messengers thou hast reproched the Lord, and hast said, With the multitude of my charets, I am come vp to the height of the mountaines, to the sides of Lebanon, and will cut downe the tall cedar trees thereof, [and] the choice firre trees thereof: and I will enter into the lodgings of his borders, [and into] the forrest of his Carmel. 2 Kings 19:24 I haue digged & drunke strange waters, and with the sole of my feete haue I dried vp all the riuers of besieged places. 2 Kings 19:25 Hast thou not heard long agoe, how I haue done it, [and] of ancient times that I haue formed it? Now haue I brought it to passe, that thou shouldest be to lay waste fenced cities into ruinous heapes. 2 Kings 19:26 Therefore their Inhabitants were of small power, they were dismayed and confounded, they were [as] the grasse of the field, and [as] the greene herbe, [as] the grasse on the house tops, and as [corne] blasted before it be growen vp. 2 Kings 19:27 But I know thy abode, and thy going out, and thy coming in, and thy rage against me. 2 Kings 19:28 Because thy rage against me, and thy tumult is come vp into mine eares, therefore I will put my hooke in thy nose, and my bridle in thy lips, and I will turne thee backe by the way by which thou camest. 2 Kings 19:29 And this [shalbe] a signe vnto thee, Yee shall eate this yeere such things as grow of themselues, and in the second yeere that which springeth of the same, and in the third yeere sow ye and reape, and plant Uineyards, and eate the fruits thereof. 2 Kings 19:30 And the remnant that is escaped of the house of Iudah, shall yet againe take root downeward, and beare fruit vpward. 2 Kings 19:31 For out of Ierusalem shall goe forth a remnant, and they that escape out of mount Zion: the zeale of the LORD of hostes shall doe this. 2 Kings 19:32 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 banke against it: 2 Kings 19:33 By the way that hee came, by the same shal he returne, and shal not come into this city, saith the LORD. 2 Kings 19:34 For I will defend this citie, to saue it, for mine owne sake, and for my seruant Dauids sake.

An angel slayeth the Assyrians.

2 Kings 19:35 And it came to passe that night, that the Angel of the LORD went out, and smote in the campe of the Assyrians, an hundred foure score and fiue thousand: and when they arose earely in the morning, behold, they [were] all dead corpses.

Sennacherib is slain at Nineveh by his own sons.

2 Kings 19:36 So Sennacherib king of Assyria departed, and went and returned, and dwelt at Nineueh. 2 Kings 19:37 And it came to passe as hee was worshipping in the house of Nisroch his god, that Adramelech, and Sharezer his sonnes, smote him with the sword: and they escaped into the land of Armenia, and Esarhaddon his sonne reigned in his stead.

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