Hezekiah mourning sendeth to Isaiah to pray for them.
Isaiah 37:1 And it came to pass, when King Hezekiah heard it, that he rent his clothes,and covered himself with sackcloth, and entered the house of Yahweh; Isaiah 37:2 and sent Eliakim who was over the household, and Shebna the scribe, and the elders of the priests, covered with sackcloth,unto Isaiah the prophet, Son of Amoz; Isaiah 37:3 and they said unto him, Thus, saith Hezekiah, A day of distress and rebuke and reviling, is this day,For children are come to the birth, and, strength, is there none, to bring forth. Isaiah 37:4 It may be, that Yahweh thy God will hear, the words of Rabshakeh, whom the king of Assyria, his lord, hath sent, to reproach a Living God, and will rebuke the words, which Yahweh thy God hath heard,Wherefore lift thou up a prayer, for the remnant that remaineth. Isaiah 37:5 So the servants of King Hezekiah came unto Isaiah.
Isaiah comforteth them.
Isaiah 37:6 And Isaiah said unto them, Thus, shall ye, surely say, unto your lord,Thus, saith YahwehBe not thou afraid because of the words which thou hast heard, wherewith the servants of the king of Assyria have reviled, Me. Isaiah 37:7 Behold me! about to let go against him, a blast of alarm, and, when he heareth the report, then will he return to his own country,and I will cause him to fall by the sword, in his own land.
Sennacherib, going to encounter Tirhakah, sendeth a blasphemous letter to Hezekiah.
Isaiah 37:8 So Rabshakeh returned, and found the king of Assyria, warring against Libnah,for he had heard, that he had broken up from Lachish. Isaiah 37:9 And he heard it reported concerning Tirhakah king of Ethiopia, saying, He hath come forth to fight with thee,so, when he heard it, he sent messengers unto Hezekiah, saying: Isaiah 37:10 Thus, shall ye surely speak unto Hezekiah king of Judah, saying, Let not thy God, in whom, thou, art trusting, beguile, thee, saying,Jerusalem, shall not be given over, into the hand of the king of Assyria. Isaiah 37:11 Lo! thou thyself, hast heard what the kings of Assyria have done, to all the lands, in devoting them to destruction,and shalt, thou, be delivered? Isaiah 37:12 Did the gods of the nations, deliver them, whom my fathers destroyed,Gozan, and Haran,and Rezeph, and the sons of Eden, who were in Telassar? Isaiah 37:13 Where, are the king of Hamath, and the king of Arpad, and the king of the city of Sepharvaim,of Hena, and Ivvah?
Isaiah 37:14 And, when Hezekiah had received the letter at the hand of the messengers, and had read it, then went he up to the house of Yahweh, and Hezekiah, spread it out, before Yahweh. Isaiah 37:15 And Hezekiah prayed, unto Yahweh, saying: Isaiah 37:16 O Yahweh of hosts, God of Israelinhabiting the cherubim, Thou thyself, art GOD, even thou alone, for all the kingdoms of the earth: Thou, didst make, the heavens and the earth. Isaiah 37:17 Bow down, O Yahweh, thine earand hear, Open, O Yahweh, thine eyesand see,Yea hear thou all the words of Sennacherib, who hath sentto reproach a Living God. Isaiah 37:18 Of a truth, O Yahweh,the kings of Assyria have devoted to destruction all the countries, and their land; Isaiah 37:19 and have put their gods in the fire,for, no-gods, were they, but the work of the hands of men-wood, and stone, and so they destroyed them. Isaiah 37:20 Now, therefore, O Yahweh our God, save us, out of his hand,That all the kingdoms of the earth, may know, That, thou, art Yahweh, thou alone.
Isaiah's prophecy of the pride and destruction of Sennacherib, and the good of Zion.
Isaiah 37:21 Then Isaiah son of Amoz sent unto Hezekiah, saying,Thus, saith Yahweh, God of Israel, In that thou hast prayed unto me concerning Sennacherib king of Assyria, Isaiah 37:22 this, is the word which Yahweh hath spoken concerning him,The virgin daughter of Zion, laugheth thee to scornmocketh thee, The daughter of Jerusalem, after thee, doth wag her head! Isaiah 37:23 Whom, hast thou reproached, and insulted? And, against whom, hast thou lifted high thy voice? Yea thou hast proudly raised thine eyes, against the Holy One of Israel. Isaiah 37:24 Through thy servants, thou hast reproached My Lord, and hast said,With my multitude of chariots, have I, ascended, The height of the mountains, The recesses of Lebanon, That I may cut down, Its tallest cedars, Its choicest firs, That I may enter, Its highest summit, Its thick garden forest: Isaiah 37:25 I, have digged, and drunk waters,That I may dry up, with the soles of my feet, all the Nile-streams of Egypt. Isaiah 37:26 Hast thou not heardThat, long ago, that, is what I appointed, And, from days of old, devised? Now, have I brought it to pass, That thou mightest serve to lay waste, in desolate ruins, fortified cities; Isaiah 37:27 And, their inhabitants, being powerless, were overthrown, and put to shameThey becameGrass of the field, and, Young herbage, Grass on housetops, and, Seed parched before it came up. Isaiah 37:28 Howbeit, thine abode, and thy coming out and thy going in, I know,and thy raging, against me. Isaiah 37:29 Because, thy raging against me, and thy contempt, have come up into mine ears, Therefore will I put, My ring in thy nose, and, My bit in thy lips, And will turn thee back, by the way by which thou camest. Isaiah 37:30 And, this, unto thee, is the sign, Eating, this year, the growth of scattered seeds, And, in the second year, that which shooteth up of itself,Then, in the third year, Sow yeand reap, and, Plant ye vineyards, and eat the fruit thereof. Isaiah 37:31 Then shall the escaped of the house of Judah that remain, again, Take root downward,And bear fruit upward. Isaiah 37:32 For, out of Jerusalem, shall come forth a remnant, And that which hath escaped, out of Mount Zion,The jealousy of Yahweh of hosts, will perform, this. Isaiah 37:33 Therefore, thus, saith Yahweh, concerning the king of Assyria, He shall not enter this city, Nor shoot there, an arrow,Nor attack it with shield, Nor cast up against it a mound: Isaiah 37:34 By the way that he came in, By the same, shall he return,And, into this city, shall he not enter, Declareth Yahweh. Isaiah 37:35 Thus will I throw a covering over this city, to save it,For mine own sake, And for the sake of David my servant.
An angel slayeth the Assyrians.
Isaiah 37:36 Then went forth the messenger of Yahweh, and smotein the camp of the Assyriansa hundred and eighty-five thousand,and, when men arose early in the morning, lo! they were all, dead bodies!
Sennacherib is slain at Nineveh by his own sons.
Isaiah 37:37 So Sennacherib the king of Assyria, brake up, and went his way, and returned,and remained in Nineveh. Isaiah 37:38 And it came to pass, as he, was bowing down in the house of Nisroch his god, that, Adrammelech and Sharezer his sons, smote him with the sword, howbeit, they, escaped into the land of Ararat,and, Esarhaddon his son, reigned, in his stead.