Hezekiah mourning sendeth to Isaiah to pray for them.
Isaiah 37:1 When Hezekias hearde that, he rent hys clothes, and putt on a sacke cloth, and went into the temple of the Lorde. Isaiah 37:2 But he sente Eliakim the president. Sobna the scribe, with the eldest prestes clothed in sacke, vnto the prophet Esay the sonne of Amoz, Isaiah 37:3 and they said vnto hym: Thus sayth Hezekias: Thys is the daye of trouble, of plage and of blasphemye: for the children are come to the place of byrth: but there is no power to brynge them forth. Isaiah 37:4 The Lorde thy God (no doubte) hath well consydered the wordes of Rabsaketh, whom his Lorde the king of Assirians hath sent to defye & blaspheme the lyuynge God: with soche wordes as the Lorde thy God hath hearde ryght well. And therfore, lyfte vp thy prayer for the remnaunt, that yet are left. Isaiah 37:5 So the seruauntes of the kynge Hezekias came to Esay.
Isaiah comforteth them.
Isaiah 37:6 And Esay gaue them thys answere: Saye thus vnto your lorde: thus sayth the Lorde: Be not afraied of the wordes that thou hast hearde wherwith the kyng of the Assirians seruauntes haue blasphemed me. Isaiah 37:7 Beholde, I will cause a wynde to go ouer him, assone as he heareth the rumour, he shall go again into hys contrey: there wyll I destroye hym with the swearde in his awne lande.
Sennacherib, going to encounter Tirhakah, sendeth a blasphemous letter to Hezekiah.
Isaiah 37:8 Nowe when Rabsakeh returned, he founde þe king of Assiria laying sege to Libnas: for he had vnderstande þt he was departed from Lachis. Isaiah 37:9 For ther came a rumour þt Tharhakas kinge of Ethiopia was come forth to warre agaynst him. And when the king of Assiria heard that, he sent other messaungers to kyng Hezekias wt this commaundement: Isaiah 37:10 Saye thus to Hezekias king of Iuda: Let not thy God disceaue the, in whom thou hopest, and sayest: Ierusalem shall not be geuen into the handes of the king of Assiria. Isaiah 37:11 For lo, thou knowest well howe the kinges of Assiria haue handled all the landes that they haue subuerted, and hopest thou to escape? Isaiah 37:12 Were the people of Gentyles (whom my progenitours conquered) deliuered at any tyme thorow their goddes? As namely, Gozan, Haran, Rezeph, and the chyldren of Eden, which were at Thalassar. Isaiah 37:13 Where is the kynge of Hemah, and the kyng of Arphad, and the king of the cytie Sepharuaim, Ena & Aua?
Isaiah 37:14 Now when Ezekia had receaued the lettre of the messaungers, and read it, he went vp into þe house of the Lorde, and opened the letter before the Lorde. Isaiah 37:15 And Ezekia prayed before þe Lorde on this maner. Isaiah 37:16 O Lorde of Hostes, þu God of Israel, which dwellest vpon Cherubin. Thou art the God, that onely is God of all the kyngdomes of the worlde, for thou onely hast created heauen and earth. Isaiah 37:17 Enclyne thyne eare Lorde & consydre, open thyne eyes, O Lorde, and se, and pondre all the wordes vpon Sennaherib, which hath sent his embassage to blaspheme the lyuyng God Isaiah 37:18 It is true, O Lorde, that the kynges of Assyria haue conquered all kyngdomes and landes, Isaiah 37:19 and cast theyr goddes in the fyre. Not withstandynge those were no goddes, but þe worckes of mens handes, of wood or stone, therfore haue they destroyed them. Isaiah 37:20 Delyuer vs then, O Lorde oure God, from the handes of Sennaherib, that all Kyngdomes of the earth maye knowe, that thou onely art the Lorde.
Isaiah's prophecy of the pride and destruction of Sennacherib, and the good of Zion.
Isaiah 37:21 Then Esaye the sonne of Amoz sent vnto Hezekia, sayinge: Thus sayth þe Lorde God of Israel. Where as thou hast made thy prayer vnto me, as touchyng Sennaherib þe kynge of Assyria, Isaiah 37:22 this is the answere, that þe Lorde hath geuen concernynge hym. Despised art þu, and mocked (O daughter of Syon) he hath shaken his head at the, O daughter of Ierusalem. Isaiah 37:23 But thou Sennaherib. whom hast thou defyed and blasphemed? Agaynst whom hast thou lifted vp thy voyce, and exalted thy proude lookes? euen agaynst þe holy one of Israel. Isaiah 37:24 Thou with thy seruauntes hast blasphemed the Lorde, and thus holdest thou of thy selfe. I will couer the hye mountaynes, and sydes of Libanus with my horsmen. And there will I cut downe the hye Cedre trees and the fayrest Fyrre trees. I wyll vp into the heygth of it, and into the chefest of hys tymbre woddes. Isaiah 37:25 If there be no water, I wyll graue and drinke. And as for waters of defence, I shall drye them vp with the fete of myne hoost. Isaiah 37:26 Yee, hast thou not hearde, what I haue taken in hande, & brought to passe of olde tyme? That same wyll I do nowe also: waste, destroye, and brynge stronge cyties vnto heapes of stones. Isaiah 37:27 For theyr inhabitatours shalbe lyke lame men, brought in feare and confounded. They shalbe lyke þe grasse & grene herbes in the felde, lyke the hey vpon house toppes, that withereth afore it be growne vp. Isaiah 37:28 I knowe thy wayes, thy goinge forth and thy commynge home, yee, & thy madnesse agaynst me. Isaiah 37:29 Therfore thy furiousnes against me, and thy pryde is come before me. I wyll put my rynge in thy nose, and my brydle byt in the chawes of the, and turne the about, euen the same waye thou camest. Isaiah 37:30 I wyll geue the also this token (O Hezekia) thys yere shalt thou eate such as groweth of yt selfe & the secunde yeare, þt which springeth agayne of the same, and in the thyrde yeare, ye shall sowe & reape, yee, ye shall plante vineyardes, and enioye the frutes therof. Isaiah 37:31 And soche of the house of Iuda as are escaped, shall come together, and the remnaunt shall take rote beneth, and bringe forth frute aboue. Isaiah 37:32 For the escaped shall go out of Ierusalem, and the remnaunt from the mounte Syon. And thys shall the gelousy of the Lorde of Hostes bring to passe. Isaiah 37:33 Therfore thus sayeth the Lorde, concernynge the kynge of the Assyrians. He shall not come into this cyte, and shal shote no arowe into it, there shal no shilde hurt it, nether shal they cast ditches about it. Isaiah 37:34 The same waye þt he came, he shal retourne, and not come at thys cytie, sayeth þe Lorde. Isaiah 37:35 And I wyll kepe and saue þe cytie (sayeth he) for myne awne, and for my seruaunte Dauids sake.
An angel slayeth the Assyrians.
Isaiah 37:36 Thus the angel went forth, and slewe of the Assyrians hoost, an hundred fourescore and fyue thousande. And when men arose vp early in the mornynge. Beholde, they were slayne, and all laye full of deed bodyes.
Sennacherib is slain at Nineveh by his own sons.
Isaiah 37:37 So Sennaherib the kyng of the Assyrians brake vp, & dwelt at Niniue. Isaiah 37:38 Afterwarde it chaunsed, as he prayed in the temple of Nesrah his God, that Adramalech and Sarazer hys awne sonnes slewe him with the sweard, and fled into the lande of Armenia. And Asar hadon his sonne raygned in his steade.