Sennacherib invadeth Judah.
Isaiah 36:1 Nowe it came to passe in the fourteenth yeere of king Hezekiah, [that] Sennacherib king of Assyria came vp against all the defenced cities of Iudah, and tooke them. Isaiah 36:2 And the king of Assyria sent Rabshakeh, from Lachish to Ierusalem, vnto king Hezekiah, with a great armie: and he stood by the conduit of the vpper poole in the high way of the fullers field. Isaiah 36:3 Then came forth vnto him Eliakim Hilkiahs sonne, which [was] ouer the house, and Shebna the scribe, and Ioah Asaphs sonne the Recorder.
Rabshekeh, sent by Sennacherib, by blasphemous persuasions soliciteth the people to revolt.
Isaiah 36:4 And Rabshakeh sayd vnto them; Say yee now to Hezekiah; Thus saith the great king, the king of Assyria; What confidence is this wherein thou trustest? Isaiah 36:5 I say, (sayest thou) (but [they are but] vaine words) [I haue] counsell and strength for warre: Now on whom doest thou trust, that thou rebellest against me? Isaiah 36:6 Loe, thou trustest in the staffe of this broken reede, on Egypt; whereon if a man leane, it will goe into his hand and pierce it: so [is] Pharaoh king of Egypt to all that trust in him. Isaiah 36:7 But if thou say to me; We trust in the LORD our God: [Is] it not he, whose high places and whose altars Hezekiah hath taken away, and sayd to Iudah and to Ierusalem; Yee shall worship before this altar? Isaiah 36:8 Now therefore giue pledges, I pray thee, to my master the king of Assyria, and I will giue thee two thousand horses, if thou be able on thy part to set riders vpon them. Isaiah 36:9 How then wilt thou turne away the face of one captaine of the least of my masters seruants: and put thy trust on Egypt for charets and for horsemen? Isaiah 36:10 And am I now come vp without the LORD against this land to destroy it? the LORD sayd vnto me; Goe vp against this land and destroy it.
Isaiah 36:11 Then sayd Eliakim and Shebna & Ioah vnto Rabshakeh; Speake, I pray thee, vnto thy seruants in the Syrian language; for we vnderstand [it]: and speake not to vs in the Iewes language, in the eares of the people that [are] on the wall.
Isaiah 36:12 But Rabshakeh sayd; Hath my master sent me to thy master and to thee, to speake these words? Hath he not [sent me] to the men that sit vpon the wall, that they may eate their owne dongue, and drinke their owne pisse with you? Isaiah 36:13 Then Rabshakeh stood, and cryed with a loud voice in the Iewes language, and sayd; Heare ye the words of the great king, the king of Assyria. Isaiah 36:14 Thus saith the king; Let not Hezekiah deceiue you, for he shall not be able to deliuer you. Isaiah 36:15 Neither let Hezekiah make you trust in the LORD, saying; The LORD will surely deliuer vs: this citie shall not be deliuered into the hand of the King of Assyria. Isaiah 36:16 Hearken not to Hezekiah: for thus sayth the King of Assyria, Make an agreement with mee by a present, and come out to mee: and eate yee euery one of his vine, and euery one of his figgetree, and drinke yee euery one the waters of his owne cisterne: Isaiah 36:17 Until I come and take you away to a land like your owne land, a land of corne and wine, a land of bread and vineyards: Isaiah 36:18 [Beware] lest Hezekiah perswade you, saying; The LORD will deliuer vs. Hath any of the gods of the nations deliuered his land out of the hand of the king of Assyria? Isaiah 36:19 Where [are] the gods of Hamath, and Arphad? where [are] the gods of Sepharuaim? and haue they deliuered Samaria out of my hand? Isaiah 36:20 Who [are they] amongst all the gods of these landes, that haue deliuered their land out of my hand, that the LORD should deliuer Ierusalem out of my hand? Isaiah 36:21 But they held their peace, and answered him not a word: for the Kings commandement was, saying; Answere him not.
His words are told the Hezekiah.
Isaiah 36:22 Then came Eliakim the sonne of Hilkiah, that [was] ouer the houshold, and Shebna the Scribe, and Ioah the sonne of Asaph the Recorder, to Hezekiah with [their] clothes rent, and tolde him the wordes of Rabshakeh.