Sennacherib invadeth Judah.
Isaiah 36:1 In the .xiiij. yere of king Hezekias came Sennaherib kyng of the Assirians downe, to laye seage vnto all the stronge cityes of Iuda; to conquer them. Isaiah 36:2 And the kyng of Assiryans sent Rabsakeh from Lachis towarde Ierusalem, agaynst king Hezekias, wt an exceading hoste, which set him by the condyte of the ouerpole in the waye þt goeth thorow the fullers lande. Isaiah 36:3 And so ther came forth vnto him Eliakim Helkias sonne the president Sobna þe scribe, and Ioah Asaphs sonne þe secretary.
Rabshekeh, sent by Sennacherib, by blasphemous persuasions soliciteth the people to revolt.
Isaiah 36:4 And Rabsakeh sayde vnto them: Tell Hezekias, that the greate kynge of Assiria sayth thus vnto him: What presumpcion is thys, that thou trustest vnto? Isaiah 36:5 I sayde, Surely thou trustest in thy lyplaboure, when councell & strength are necessary to battayl: or elles wher to trustest þu, that þu castest thy selfe of frome? Isaiah 36:6 lo, thou puttest thy trust in a broken staf of rede (I meane Egipt) which he þt leaneth vpon, it goeth into his hande & shutteth hym thorowe. Euen so is Pharao the kynge of Egipte, vnto all them that trust in hym. Isaiah 36:7 But yf þu woldest saye to me: we truste in þe Lord our God. A goodly God in dead: whose hye places and aultars Hezekia toke downe, and commaunded Iuda and Ierusalem to worshyp onely before the aultare. Isaiah 36:8 Nowe therfore delyuer hostages that thou rebelle nomore agaynst my Lorde the kynge of Assirians. And I wyll geue the two thousande horses: yf thou be able to set men vpon them? Isaiah 36:9 How darest thou resist the power of þe smallest prynce, þt my Lord hath? how darest thou trust in the charettes and horse men of Egipt? Isaiah 36:10 Moreouer, thinckest thou þt I am come downe hyther to destroye this land wtout þe Lordes will? The Lord sayde vnto me: go downe into þe lande, that þu mayest destroie it.
Isaiah 36:11 Then sayd Eliakim, Sobna and Ioah vnto Rabsaketh: Speake to vs thy seruauntes (we praye the) in the Siryans language: for we vnderstande it wel. And speake not to vs in the Iewes tong, lest þe folcke heare which lyeth vpon the wall.
Isaiah 36:12 Then answered Rabsakeh: Thincke ye, þt the kyng sent me to speake this only vnto þe Lord and þe? Hath he not sent me to them also, that lye vpon the wall? that they maye be compelled to eate their awne donge, & drynck their awne stale wt you? Isaiah 36:13 And Rabsakeh stode stif, and cryed with a loude voyce in the Iewes tong, and saide: Nowe take hede, howe the great king of the Astyrians geueth you warning. Isaiah 36:14 Thus sayth the king: Let not Hezekias disceaue you: for he shall not be able to delyuer you. Isaiah 36:15 Morouer let not Hezekias conforte you in the Lorde, when he sayth: The Lord wtout doubt shall defende vs, and shal not geue ouer this citye into the handes of the kyng of the Assyrians, beleue hym not. Isaiah 36:16 But thus sayth the kyng of Assyria: opteyne my fauoure, enclyne to me: so maye euery man enioye hys vyneyardes and fygg trees, and drynke the water of his cysterne: Isaiah 36:17 vnto the tyme that I come my self, and bringe you into a lande that is lyke your awne: wherin is wheate and wyne, which is both sowen with seede, and planted with vyneyardes. Isaiah 36:18 Let not Hezekia disceaue you, when he sayth vnto you: the Lorde shall delyuer vs? Might the Goddes of the Gentils kepe euery mans lande, from the power of the kynge of the Assirians? Isaiah 36:19 Where is the God of Hemath and Arphad? Where is the God of Sepharuaim? And who was able to defende Samaria out of my hande? Isaiah 36:20 Or which of all the Goddes of these landes hath delyuered theyr countrey out of my power? is the lorde in dede able to delyuer Ierusalem fro my hande? Isaiah 36:21 Unto this Hezekias messaungers helde theyr tonges, and answered not one worde: for the king had charged them, that they shulde geue hym none answere.
His words are told the Hezekiah.
Isaiah 36:22 So came Eliakim Helkias sonne the president, Sobna the scribe, and Ioah Asaphs sonne the secretary, vnto Hezekias with rent clothes, and tolde hym the wordes of Rabsaketh.