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2 Kings 19

Hezekiah mourning sendeth to Isaiah to pray for them.

2 Kings 19:1 And when King Hezekiah heard it, he rent his clothes and put on sackecloth, and came into the house of the Lord, 2 Kings 19:2 And sent Eliakim which was the stewarde of the house, and Shebnah the chanceller, & the Elders of the Priestes clothed in sackecloth to Isaiah the Prophet the sonne of Amoz. 2 Kings 19:3 And they said vnto him, Thus saith Hezekiah, This day is a day of tribulation and of rebuke, & blasphemie: for the childre are come to the birth, and there is no strength to bring foorth. 2 Kings 19:4 If so be the Lorde thy God hath heard all the wordes of Rabshakeh, whome the King of Asshur his master hath sent to raile on the liuing God, and to reproch him with wordes which the Lorde thy God hath heard, then lift thou 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, So shall ye say to your master, Thus sayeth the Lorde, Be not afraide of the words which thou hast heard, wherewith the seruants of the king of Asshur haue blasphemed me. 2 Kings 19:7 Beholde, I will sende a blast vpon him, and he shall heare a noyse, and returne to his owne lande: and I will cause him to fall by the sworde in his owne lande.

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

2 Kings 19:8 So Rabshakeh returned, and founde the King of Asshur fighting against Libnah: for he had heard that he was departed from Lachish. 2 Kings 19:9 He heard also men say of Tirhakah King of Ethiopia, Beholde, he is come out to fight against thee: he therefore departed and sent other messengers vnto Hezekiah, saying, 2 Kings 19:10 Thus shall ye speake to Hezekiah King of Iudah, and say, Let not thy God deceiue thee in whome thou trustest, saying, Ierusalem shall not be deliuered into the hande of the King of Asshur. 2 Kings 19:11 Beholde, thou hast heard what the Kings of Asshur haue done to all landes, how they haue destroyed them: and shalt thou be deliuered? 2 Kings 19:12 Haue the gods of the heathen 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, & the King of Arpad, and the King of the citie of Shepharuaim, Hena and Iuah?

Hezekiah's prayer.

2 Kings 19:14 So Hezekiah receiued the letter of the hande of the messengers, and read it: and Hezekiah went vp into the house of the Lorde, and Hezekiah spread it before the Lord. 2 Kings 19:15 And Hezekiah prayed before the Lorde, and saide, O Lorde God of Israel, which dwellest betweene the Cherubims, thou art very God alone ouer all the kingdomes of the earth: thou hast made the heauen and the earth. 2 Kings 19:16 Lord, bow downe thine eare, and heare: Lorde open thine eyes and behold, and heare the wordes of Saneherib, who hath sent to blaspheme the liuing God. 2 Kings 19:17 Trueth it is, Lord, that the Kings of Asshur haue destroyed the nations and their landes, 2 Kings 19:18 And haue set fire on their gods: for they were no gods, but the worke of mans hands, euen wood and stone: therefore they destroyed them. 2 Kings 19:19 Nowe therefore, O Lorde our God, I beseech thee, saue thou vs out of his hande, that all the kingdomes of the earth may knowe, that thou, O Lord, art onely God.

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, I haue heard that which thou hast prayed me, concerning Saneherib King of Asshur. 2 Kings 19:21 This is the worde that the Lord hath spoken against him, O Virgine, daughter of Zion, he hath despised thee, and laughed thee to scorne: O daughter of Ierusalem, he hath shaken his head at thee. 2 Kings 19:22 Whome hast thou railed on? And whome hast thou blasphemed? And against whome hast thou exalted thy voyce, and lifted vp thine eyes on hie? euen against the Holie one of Israel. 2 Kings 19:23 By thy messengers thou hast rayled on the Lorde, and said, By the multitude of my charets I am come vp to the toppe of the mountaines, by the sides of Lebanon, and will cut downe the hie cedars thereof, and the faire firre trees thereof, and I will goe into the lodging of his borders, and into the forest of his Carmel. 2 Kings 19:24 I haue digged, and drunke the waters of others, and with the plant of my feete haue I dried all the floods closed in. 2 Kings 19:25 Hast thou not heard, howe I haue of olde time made it, and haue formed it long ago? & should I nowe bring it, that it should be destroyed, & laid on ruinous heapes, as cities defensed? 2 Kings 19:26 Whose inhabitants haue small power, and are afraid, & confounded: they are like the grasse of the field, and greene herbe, or grasse on ye house toppes, or as corne blasted before it be growen. 2 Kings 19:27 I knowe thy dwelling, yea, thy going out, and thy coming in, and thy furie against me. 2 Kings 19:28 And because thou ragest against me, and thy tumult is come vp to mine eares, I will put mine hooke in thy nostrels, and my bridle in thy lippes, and will bring thee backe againe the same way thou camest. 2 Kings 19:29 And this shalbe a signe vnto thee, O Hezekiah, Thou shalt eate this yeere such things as growe of them selues, and the next yeere such as growe without sowing, and the third yeere sowe ye and reape, and plant vineyardes, and eate the fruites thereof. 2 Kings 19:30 And the remnant that is escaped of the house of Iudah, shall againe take roote downewarde, and beare fruite vpwarde. 2 Kings 19:31 For out of Ierusalem shall goe a remnant, and some that shall escape out of mount Zion: the zeale of the Lorde of hostes shall doe this. 2 Kings 19:32 Wherefore thus saith the Lorde, concerning the King of Asshur, He shall not enter into this citie, nor shoote an arrowe there, nor come before it with shield, nor cast a mount against it: 2 Kings 19:33 But he shall returne the way he came, and shall not come into this citie, saith the Lorde. 2 Kings 19:34 For I will defende this citie to saue it for mine owne sake, and for Dauid my seruants sake.

An angel slayeth the Assyrians.

2 Kings 19:35 And the same night the Angell of the Lorde went out and smote in the campe of Asshur an hundreth foure score and fiue thousande: so when they rose earely in the morning, behold, they were all dead corpses.

Sennacherib is slain at Nineveh by his own sons.

2 Kings 19:36 So Saneherib King of Asshur departed, & went his way, and returned, & dwelt in Nineueh. 2 Kings 19:37 And as he was in the Temple worshipping Nisroch his god, Adramelech and Sharezer his sonnes slewe him with the sworde: and they escaped into the land of Ararat, and Esarhaddon his sonne reigned in his steade.

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