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Hezekiah asks Isaiah's advice.  Is.37.1-7 - 2Kgs.19.1-7

1 vv1-38. cp 2Kgs. 19.1-37; 2Chr. 32.20-22 When King Hezekiah heard their report, he rent his clothes and wrapped himself in sackcloth, and went into the house of the LORD. 2He sent Eliakim comptroller of the household, Shebna the adjutant-general, and the senior priests, all covered in sackcloth, to the prophet Isaiah son of Amoz, 3to give him this message from the king: 'This day is a day of trouble for us, a day of reproof and contempt. We are like a woman who has no strength to bear the child that is coming to the birth. 4It may be that the LORD your God heard the words of the chief officer whom his master the king of Assyria sent to taunt the living God, and will confute what he, the LORD your God, heard. Offer a prayer for those who still survive.' 5King Hezekiah's servants came to Isaiah, 6and he told them to say this to their master: 'This is the word of the LORD: "Do not be alarmed at what you heard when the lackeys of the king of Assyria blasphemed me. 7I will put a spirit in him, and he shall hear a rumour and withdraw to his own country; and there I will make him fall by the sword." '

The Assyrians send another threat.  Is.37.8-20 - 2Kgs.19.8-19

8So the chief officer withdrew. He heard that the king of Assyria had left Lachish, and he found him attacking Libnah. 9But when the king learnt that Tirhakah king of Cush was on the way to make war on him, he sent messengers again again: prob. rdg, cp 2Kgs. 19.9; Heb and he heard to Hezekiah king of Judah, 10to say to him, 'How can you be deluded by your god on whom you rely when he promises that Jerusalem shall not fall into the hands of the king of Assyria? 11Surely you have heard what the kings of Assyria have done to all countries, exterminating their people; can you then hope to escape? 12Did their gods save the nations which my forefathers destroyed, Gozan, Harran, Rezeph, and the people of Beth-eden living in Telassar? 13Where are the kings of Hamath, of Arpad, and of Lahir, Sepharvaim, Hena, and Ivvah?'

14Hezekiah took the letter from the messengers and read it; then he went up into the house of the LORD, spread it out before the LORD 15and offered this prayer: 16'O LORD of Hosts, God of Israel, enthroned on the cherubim, thou alone art God of all the kingdoms of the earth; thou hast made heaven and earth. 17Turn thy ear to me, O LORD, and listen; open thine eyes, O LORD, and see; hear the message that Sennacherib has sent to taunt the living God. 18It is true, O LORD, that the kings of Assyria have laid waste every country, 19that they have consigned their gods to the fire and destroyed them; for they were no gods but the work of men's hands, mere wood and stone. 20But now, O LORD our God, save us from his power, so that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that thou, O LORD, alone art God.'

Isaiah's message to Hezekiah.  Is.37.21-38 - 2Kgs.19.20-37

21Isaiah son of Amoz sent to Hezekiah and said, 'This is the word of the LORD the God of Israel: I have heard your prayer to me concerning Sennacherib king of Assyria. 22This is the word which the LORD has spoken concerning him:

30This shall be the sign for you: this year you shall eat shed grain and in the second year what is self-sown; but in the third year sow and reap, plant vineyards and eat their fruit. 31The survivors left in Judah shall strike fresh root under ground and yield fruit above ground, 32for a remnant shall come out of Jerusalem and survivors from Mount Zion. The zeal of the LORD of Hosts will perform this.

33'Therefore, this is the word of the LORD concerning the king of Assyria:

36The angel of the LORD went out and struck down a hundred and eighty-five thousand men in the Assyrian camp; when morning dawned, they all lay dead. 36So Sennacherib king of Assyria broke camp, went back to Nineveh and stayed there. 38One day, while he was worshipping in the temple of his god Nisroch, Adrammelech and Sharezer his sons murdered him and escaped to the land of Ararat. He was succeeded by his son Esarhaddon.


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