2 Kings 19 ©
Hezekiah in deep affliction sendeth to desire Isaiah's prayers. Isaiah returneth an answer of comfort. Sennacherib, being called away to oppose the king of Ethiopia, sendeth a blasphemous letter to Hezekiah. Hezekiah's prayer upon the receipt of it. Isaiah's prophecy concerning the pride and overthrow of Sennacherib, and the prosperity of Zion. An angel destroyeth the Assyrian army: Sennacherib is slain at Nineveh by his own sons.
It hmay be the LORD thy God will hear all the words of Rab-shakeh, whom the king of Assyria his master hath sent ito reproach the living God; and will reprove the words which the LORD thy God hath heard: wherefore jlift up thy prayer for the remnant that are 2left.
So the servants of king Hezekiah came to Isaiah.
And Hezekiah aprayed before the LORD, and said, O LORD God of Israel, which bdwellest between the cherubims, thou art cthe God, even thou alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth; thou hast made heaven and earth.
4By thy messengers thou hast reproached the Lord, and hast said, oWith the multitude of my chariots I am come up to the height of the mountains, to the sides of Lebanon, and will cut down the 5tall cedar trees thereof, and the choice fir trees thereof: and I will enter into the lodgings of his borders, and into the forest of 6his Carmel.
I have digged and drunk strange waters, and with the sole of my feet have I dried up all the rivers of 7besieged places.
Therefore their inhabitants were 9of 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.
But I know thy 10abode, and thy going out, and thy coming in, and thy rage against me.
Because qthy rage against me and thy tumult is come up into mine ears, therefore rI will 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.
And this shall be a ssign unto thee, Ye shall eat tthis year such things as grow of themselves, and in the second year that which springeth of the same; and in the third year sow ye, and reap, and plant vineyards, and eat the fruits thereof.
And the 11remnant that is escaped of the house of Judah shall yet again take root downward, and bear fruit upward.
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 shield, nor wcast a *bank against it.
¶And bit came to pass that night, that the angel of the LORD went out, and smote cin the camp of the Assyrians an hundred fourscore and five thousand: and when they arose early in the morning, behold, they were all dead corpses.