Hezekiah mourning sendeth to Isaiah to pray for them.
Isaiah 37:1 When Hezekiah hearde that, he rente his clothes, and put on a sack cloth, & went into the temple of the Lorde. Isaiah 37:2 But he sent Eliakim the Presydent, Sobna the Scrybe, wyth the eldest preastes clothed in sacke, vnto the Prophet Esay the sonne of Amoz, Isaiah 37:3 & they sayde vnto hym: Thus sayeth Hezekiah: This is þe daye of trouble, of plage and of wrath: lyke as when a chylde cometh to the byrth, but the woman hath no power to brynge it forth. Isaiah 37:4 The Lorde thy God (no doute) hath well consydered the wordes of Rabsakeh, whom hys lorde the Kynge of the Assyrians hath sent, to defye & blaspheme the lyuynge God: with soch wordes as the Lord thy God hath heard right well. And therfore lyfte vp thy prayer for the remnaunt, that yet are left. Isaiah 37:5 So the seruauntes of Kyng Hezekiah came to Esay.
Isaiah comforteth them.
Isaiah 37:6 And Esay gaue them this answere. Saye thus vnto youre lorde: thus sayeth the Lord: Be not afrayed of the wordes that thou hast hearde, wherwith the Kyng of the Assyrians seruauntes haue blasphemed me. Isaiah 37:7 Beholde, I wyll cause a wynde go ouer hym, as sone as he heareth it, he shall go agayne into hys countre, there wyll I destroye hym with the swerde.
Sennacherib, going to encounter Tirhakah, sendeth a blasphemous letter to Hezekiah.
Isaiah 37:8 Now when Rabsakeh returned, he founde the kynge of Assyria layenge sege the Lobnah, for he had vnderstande, that he was departed from Lachis. Isaiah 37:9 For there came a rumoure, that Tharhakah kynge of Ethiopia was come forth to warre agaynst hym. And when the Kynge of Assyria hearde that, he sent other messaungers to Kynge Hezekiah with this commaundement: Isaiah 37:10 Saye thus to Hezekiah Kyng of Iuda: Let not thy God disceyue the, in whom thou hopest, & sayeste: Ierusalem shall not be geuen in to the handes of the Kyng of Assyria. Isaiah 37:11 For thou knowest well how the Kynges of Assyria haue handled all the landes that they haue subuerted, and hopest thou to escape? Isaiah 37:12 Where the people of the Gentyles (whom my progenytours conquered) delyuered at any tyme thorow their goddes? As namely, Gozan, Haran, Rezeph, and the chyldren of Eden, which dwell at Thalassar. Isaiah 37:13 Where is the Kynge of Hemah, & the Kynge of Arphad, & the Kyng of the cytye Sepharuaim, Ena and Aua?
Isaiah 37:14 Nowe when Hezekiah had receyued the lettre of the messaungers, and read it, he went vp into the house of the Lorde and opened the letter before the Lord. Isaiah 37:15 And Hezekiah prayed before þe Lorde on this maner: Isaiah 37:16 O Lorde of Hostes, thou God of Israel, which dwellest vpon Cherubyn. Thou art the God, that only is God of all þe Kyngdomes of the world, for thou only hast created heauen & earth. Isaiah 37:17 Enclyne thyne eare Lord & consydre, open thyne eyes, O Lorde, & se, & pondre all þe wordes of Sennaherib, whiche hath sent hys embage to blaspheme the lyuynge 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 their goddes in the fyre. Not wythstandynge those were no goddes but the worckes of mens handes, of wod 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 only art the Lorde.
Isaiah's prophecy of the pride and destruction of Sennacherib, and the good of Zion.
Isaiah 37:21 Then Esay the sonne of Amoz sent vnto Hezekiah, sayinge: Thus sayth the Lorde God of Israel: Where as thou haste made thy prayer vnto me, as touchyng Sennaherib, Isaiah 37:22 thys is the answere, that the Lorde hath geuen concernynge hym: Despised art thou, & mocked, O daughter of Syon, he hath shaken his head at the, O doughter of Ierusalem. Isaiah 37:23 But thou Sennaherib, whom hast thou defyed & blasphemed? And agaynst whom hast thou lyfted vp thy voyce, & exalted thy proude lokes? euen agaynst the holy one of Israel. Isaiah 37:24 Thou with thy seruauntes hast blasphemed the Lord, and thus holdest thou of thy selfe: I couer the hye mountaynes, and sydes of Libanus with my horsmen. And there wyll I cut downe the hye Cedre trees & the fayreste Fyrre trees. I will vp into the heyght of it, & into the chefest of his tymbre woddes. Isaiah 37:25 If there be no water, I wyl graue & drynke. And as for waters of defence, I shall drye them vp wyth the fete of myne Hoste. Isaiah 37:26 Yee (sayest thou) hast thou not hearde, what haue taken in hande, and brought to passe of olde tyme? That same wyll I do now also: waste, destroye, & bringe stronge cities vnto hearpes of stones. Isaiah 37:27 For theyr inhabitours shal be lyke lame men, brought in feare and confounded. They shalbe lyke the grasse and grene herbes in the felde, lyke the haye vpon house toppes, that withereth a fore it be growne vp. Isaiah 37:28 I knowe thy wayes, thy goinge forth and thy commyne home, yee & thy madnesse agaynst me. Isaiah 37:29 Therfore thy furiousnesse agaynst me, & thy pryde is come before me. I will put a ringe in thy nose, and a bridle byt in the chawes of the, & turne the aboute, euen the same waye thou comest. Isaiah 37:30 I will geue the also thys token (O Hezekiah) this yeare shalt thou eate that is kept in stoare, & the next yeare soch as groweth of him selfe, and in the thyrde yeare ye shall sowe & reape, yee ye shall plante vyneardes, and enioye the fruytes therof. Isaiah 37:31 And soch of the house of Iuda as are escaped, shall come together, and the remnaunt shall take rote beneth, and bringe forth fruyte aboue. Isaiah 37:32 For the escaped shall go out of Ierusalem, and the remaunte from the mount Syon. And this shall the gelousy of the Lorde of hostes bringe to passe. Isaiah 37:33 Therfore thus sayeth the Lorde, concernynge the kynge of the Assyrians: He shall not come in to the cytye, and shall shote no arowe in to it, there shall no shilde hurte it, nether shall they graue aboute it. Isaiah 37:34 The same waye that he came, shall he retourne, & not come at thys cytie, sayeth the Lorde. Isaiah 37:35 And I wyll kepe and saue the cytie (sayeth he) for myne owne, and for my seruaunte Dauyds sake.
An angel slayeth the Assyrians.
Isaiah 37:36 Thus the angel went forth, and slewe of the Assyrians hoste, an .clxxxv. thousande. And when men arose, vp earlye (at Ierusalem:) Beholde, all laye full of deed bodyes.
Sennacherib is slain at Nineveh by his own sons.
Isaiah 37:37 So Sennaherib the kynge of the Assyrians brake vp, and dwelt at Niniue. Isaiah 37:38 Afterwarde it chaunsed, as he prayed in the temple of Nesrah hys god, that Adramalech and Sarazer hys owne sonnes slewe hym with þe sweard, and fled in to the lande of Ararat. And Asarhadon hys sonne reygned after hym.