1 And it came to
pass, when king Hezekiah heard it, that he rent his clothes,
and covered himself with sackcloth, and went into the house
of the LORD.
2 And he sent Eliakim, who was over the household, and Shebna
the scribe, and the elders of the priests covered with sackcloth,
unto Isaiah the prophet the son of Amoz.
3 And they said unto him, Thus saith Hezekiah, This day is a
day of trouble, and of rebuke, and of blasphemy: for the children
are come to the birth, and there is not strength to bring forth.
4 It may be the LORD thy God will hear the words of Rabshakeh,
whom the king of Assyria his master hath sent to reproach the
living God, and will reprove the words which the LORD thy God
hath heard: wherefore lift up thy prayer for the remnant that
5 So the servants of king Hezekiah came to Isaiah.
6 And Isaiah said unto them, Thus shall ye say unto your master,
Thus saith the LORD, Be not afraid of the words that thou hast
heard, wherewith the servants of the king of Assyria have blasphemed
7 Behold, I will send a blast upon him, and he shall hear a
rumour, and return to his own land; and I will cause him to
fall by the sword in his own land.
8 So Rabshakeh returned, and found the king of Assyria warring
against Libnah: for he had heard that he was departed from Lachish.
9 And he heard say concerning Tirhakah king of Ethiopia, He
is come forth to make war with thee. And when he heard it, he
sent messengers to Hezekiah, saying,
10 Thus shall ye speak to Hezekiah king of Judah, saying, Let
not thy God, in whom thou trustest, deceive thee, saying, Jerusalem
shall not be given into the hand of the king of Assyria.
11 Behold, thou hast heard what the kings of Assyria have done
to all lands by destroying them utterly; and shalt thou be delivered?
12 Have the gods of the nations delivered them which my fathers
have destroyed, as Gozan, and Haran, and Rezeph, and the children
of Eden which were in Telassar?
13 Where is the king of Hamath, and the king of Arphad, and
the king of the city of Sepharvaim, Hena, and Ivah?
14 And Hezekiah received the letter from the hand of the messengers,
and read it: and Hezekiah went up unto the house of the LORD,
and spread it before the LORD.
15 And Hezekiah prayed unto the LORD, saying,
16 O LORD of hosts, God of Israel, that dwellest between the
cherubims, thou art the God, even thou alone, of all the kingdoms
of the earth: thou hast made heaven and earth.
17 Incline thine ear, O LORD, and hear; open thine eyes, O LORD,
and see: and hear all the words of Sennacherib, which hath sent
to reproach the living God.
18 Of a truth, LORD, the kings of Assyria have laid waste all
the nations, and their countries,
19 And have cast their gods into the fire: for they were no
gods, but the work of men's hands, wood and stone: therefore
they have destroyed them.
20 Now therefore, O LORD our God, save us from his hand, that
all the kingdoms of the earth may know that thou art the LORD,
even thou only.
21 Then Isaiah the son of Amoz sent unto Hezekiah, saying, Thus
saith the LORD God of Israel, Whereas thou hast prayed to me
against Sennacherib king of Assyria:
22 This is the word which the LORD hath spoken concerning him;
The virgin, the daughter of Zion, hath despised thee, and laughed
thee to scorn; the daughter of Jerusalem hath shaken her head
23 Whom hast thou reproached and blasphemed? and against whom
hast thou exalted thy voice, and lifted up thine eyes on high?
even against the Holy One of Israel.
24 By thy servants hast thou reproached the Lord, and hast said,
By the multitude of my chariots am I come up to the height of
the mountains, to the sides of Lebanon; and I will cut down
the tall cedars thereof, and the choice fir trees thereof: and
I will enter into the height of his border, and the forest of
25 I have digged, and drunk water; and with the sole of my feet
have I dried up all the rivers of the besieged places.
26 Hast thou not heard long ago, how I have done it; and of
ancient times, that I have formed it? now have I brought it
to pass, that thou shouldest be to lay waste defenced cities
into ruinous heaps.
27 Therefore their inhabitants were of small power, they were
dismayed and confounded: they were as the grass of the field,
and as the green herb, as the grass on the housetops, and as
corn blasted before it be grown up.
28 But I know thy abode, and thy going out, and thy coming in,
and thy rage against me.
29 Because thy rage against me, and thy tumult, is come up into
mine ears, therefore will I put my hook in thy nose, and my
bridle in thy lips, and I will turn thee back by the way by
which thou camest.
30 And this shall be a sign unto thee, Ye shall eat this year
such as groweth of itself; and the second year that which springeth
of the same: and in the third year sow ye, and reap, and plant
vineyards, and eat the fruit thereof.
31 And the remnant that is escaped of the house of Judah shall
again take root downward, and bear fruit upward:
32 For out of Jerusalem shall go forth a remnant, and they that
escape out of mount Zion: the zeal of the LORD of hosts shall
33 Therefore thus saith the LORD concerning the king of Assyria,
He shall not come into this city, nor shoot an arrow there nor
come before it with shields, nor cast a bank against it.
34 By the way that he came, by the same shall he return, and
shall not come into this city, saith the LORD.
35 For I will defend this city to save it for mine own sake,
and for my servant David's sake.
36 Then the angel of the LORD went forth, and smote in the camp
of the Assyrians a hundred and fourscore and five thousand:
and when they arose early in the morning, behold, they were
all dead corpses.
37 So Sennacherib king of Assyria departed, and went and returned,
and dwelt at Nineveh.
38 And it came to pass, as he was worshipping in the house of
Nisroch his god, that Adrammelech and Sharezer his sons smote
him with the sword; and they escaped into the land of Armenia:
and Esar-haddon his son reigned in his stead.
1 In those days
was Hezekiah sick unto death. And Isaiah the prophet the son
of Amoz came unto him, and said unto him, Thus saith the LORD,
Set thine house in order: for thou shalt die, and not live.
2 Then Hezekiah turned his face toward the wall, and prayed
unto the LORD,
3 And said, Remember now, O LORD, I beseech thee, how I have
walked before thee in truth and with a perfect heart, and have
done that which is good in thy sight. And Hezekiah wept sore.
4 Then came the word of the LORD to Isaiah, saying,
5 Go, and say to Hezekiah, Thus saith the LORD, the God of David
thy father, I have heard thy prayer, I have seen thy tears:
behold, I will add unto thy days fifteen years.
6 And I will deliver thee and this city out of the hand of the
king of Assyria: and I will defend this city.
7 And this shall be a sign unto thee from the LORD, that the
LORD will do this thing that he hath spoken;
8 Behold, I will bring again the shadow of the degrees, which
is gone down in the sun dial of Ahaz, ten degrees backward.
So the sun returned ten degrees, by which degrees it was gone
9 The writing of Hezekiah king of Judah, when he had been sick,
and was recovered of his sickness:
10 I said in the cutting off of my days, I shall go to the gates
of the grave: I am deprived of the residue of my years.
11 I said, I shall not see the LORD, even the LORD, in the land
of the living: I shall behold man no more with the inhabitants
of the world.
12 Mine age is departed, and is removed from me as a shepherd's
tent: I have cut off like a weaver my life: he will cut me off
with pining sickness: from day even to night wilt thou make
an end of me.
13 I reckoned till morning, that, as a lion, so will he break
all my bones: from day even to night wilt thou make an end of
14 Like a crane or a swallow, so did I chatter: I did mourn
as a dove: mine eyes fail with looking upward: O LORD, I am
oppressed; undertake for me.
15 What shall I say? he hath both spoken unto me, and himself
hath done it: I shall go softly all my years in the bitterness
of my soul.
16 O Lord, by these things men live, and in all these things
is the life of my spirit: so wilt thou recover me, and make
me to live.
17 Behold, for peace I had great bitterness: but thou hast in
love to my soul delivered it from the pit of corruption: for
thou hast cast all my sins behind thy back.
18 For the grave cannot praise thee, death can not celebrate
thee: they that go down into the pit cannot hope for thy truth.
19 The living, the living, he shall praise thee, as I do this
day: the father to the children shall make known thy truth.
20 The LORD was ready to save me: therefore we will sing my
songs to the stringed instruments all the days of our life in
the house of the LORD.
21 For Isaiah had said, Let them take a lump of figs, and lay
it for a plaister upon the boil, and he shall recover.
22 Hezekiah also had said, What is the sign that I shall go
up to the house of the LORD?
1 At that time
Merodach-baladan, the son of Baladan, king of Babylon, sent
letters and a present to Hezekiah: for he had heard that he
had been sick, and was recovered.
2 And Hezekiah was glad of them, and shewed them the house of
his precious things, the silver, and the gold, and the spices,
and the precious ointment, and all the house of his armour,
and all that was found in his treasures: there was nothing in
his house, nor in all his dominion, that Hezekiah shewed them
3 Then came Isaiah the prophet unto king Hezekiah, and said
unto him, What said these men? and from whence came they unto
thee? And Hezekiah said, They are come from a far country unto
me, even from Babylon.
4 Then said he, What have they seen in thine house? And Hezekiah
answered, All that is in mine house have they seen: there is
nothing among my treasures that I have not shewed them.
5 Then said Isaiah to Hezekiah, Hear the word of the LORD of
6 Behold, the days come, that all that is in thine house, and
that which thy fathers have laid up in store until this day,
shall be carried to Babylon: nothing shall be left, saith the
7 And of thy sons that shall issue from thee, which thou shalt
beget, shall they take away; and they shall be eunuchs in the
palace of the king of Babylon.
8 Then said Hezekiah to Isaiah, Good is the word of the LORD
which thou hast spoken. He said moreover, For there shall be
peace and truth in my days.