Sennacherib invadeth Judah.
Isaiah 36:1 Now it came to pass, in the fourteenth year of King Hezekiah, that Sennacherib king of Assyria came up, against all the fortified cities of Judah, and took them. Isaiah 36:2 Then did the king of Assyria send Rabshakeh from Lachish to Jerusalem, unto King Hezekiah, with a heavy force,and he took his stand by the upper channel of the pool, in the highway of the fuller's field. Isaiah 36:3 And there went out to himEliakim son of Hilkiah, who was over the household,and Shebna, the scribe, and Joah son of Asaph, the recorder.
Rabshekeh, sent by Sennacherib, by blasphemous persuasions soliciteth the people to revolt.
Isaiah 36:4 And Rabshakeh said unto them, Pray you say unto Hezekiah,Thus, saith the great king, the king of Assyria, What is this trust, wherewith thou dost trust? Isaiah 36:5 I have said [sayest thou]they are only words of the lipsCounsel and might [have I] for the war,Now, upon whom, dost thou trust, that thou hast rebelled against me? Isaiah 36:6 Lo! thou dost trust on the support of this bruised cane, on Egypt, whereon, if a man lean, it will enter his hand, and lay it open,So, is Pharaoh, king of Egypt, to all who trust upon him. Isaiah 36:7 But, if thou shouldst say unto me, In Yahweh our God, do we trust, Then is that, not he, whose high places and whose altars, Hezekiah hath removed, and said unto Judah and unto Jerusalem, Before this altar, shall ye bow yourselves down? Isaiah 36:8 Now, therefore, pledge thyself, I pray thee, with my lord, the king of Assyria,That I supply thee with two thousand horses, If thou, on thy part, be able to set riders upon them; Isaiah 36:9 How then, wilt thou turn away the face of one pasha of the least of my lord's servants? Or hast thou, on thy part, trusted upon Egypt, for chariots and for horsemen? Isaiah 36:10 But, now, is it, without Yahweh, that I have come up against this land, to destroy it? Yahweh himself, said unto me, Go thou up against this land, and destroy it!
Isaiah 36:11 Then said Eliakim, and Shebna, and Joah, unto Rabshakeh-Speak, we pray thee, unto thy servants in the Syrian language, for, we, can, understand, it,and do not speak unto us in the Jews' language, in the ears of the people who are upon the wall.
Isaiah 36:12 But Rabshakeh saidIs it, unto thy lord and unto thee, that my lord hath sent me, to speak these things? Is it not concerning the men who are tarrying upon the wall, that they may eat and drink what cometh from them, with you? Isaiah 36:13 So then Rabshakeh took his stand, and cried out with a loud voice, in the Jews' language, and said, Hear ye the words of the great king, the king of Assyria: Isaiah 36:14 Thus, saith the king, Let not Hezekiah deceive you,for he shall not be able to deliver you. Isaiah 36:15 Neither let Hezekiah cause you to trust in Yahweh' saying, Yahweh, will certainly deliver, us,this city' shall not be given over, into the hand of the king of Assyria. Isaiah 36:16 Do not hearken unto Hezekiah,for, thus, saith the king of Assyria, Deal with me thankfully, and come out unto me, Then shall ye eat, Every one of his own vine, and, Every one of his own fig-tree, And drink, every one the waters of his own cistern: Isaiah 36:17 Until I come and take you, into, A land like your own land,A land of corn, and new wine, A land of bread, and vineyards: Isaiah 36:18 Lest Hezekiah, persuade you, saying, Yahweh, will deliver us! Have the gods of the nations, delivered,any one of themhis country, out of the hand of the king of Assyria? Isaiah 36:19 Where, are the gods of Hamath, and Arpad? Where, are the gods of Sepharvaim? If indeed they had only delivered Samaria, out of my hand! Isaiah 36:20 Who, are they, among all the gods of these countries, that have delivered their country out of my hand? That, Yahweh, should deliver, Jerusalem, out of my hand! Isaiah 36:21 But they held their peace, and answered him not a word,for, the command of the king, it was, saying,Ye must not answer him.
His words are told the Hezekiah.
Isaiah 36:22 Then came inEliakim son of Hilkiah, who was over the household, and Shebna the scribe, and Joah son of Asaph, the recorder, unto Hezekiah, with rent clothes,and they told him the words of Rabshakeh.