Hezekiah prayed to the LORD
of hosts, the God of Israel, who is enthroned above
the cherubim, You are the God, You alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth. You have made heaven and earth. 17
Incline Your ear, O LORD
, and hear; open Your eyes, O LORD
, and see; and listen to all the words of Sennacherib, who sent them
to reproach the living God. 18
Truly, O LORD
, the kings of Assyria have devastated all the countries and their lands, 19
and have cast their gods into the fire, for they were not gods but the work of mens hands, wood and stone. So they have destroyed them. 20
Now, O LORD
our God, deliver us from his hand that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that You alone, LORD
, are God.
God Answers through Isaiah
21Then Isaiah the son of Amoz sent word to Hezekiah, saying, Thus says the LORD, the God of Israel, Because you have prayed to Me about Sennacherib king of Assyria,
22this is the word that the LORD has spoken against him:
She has despised you and mocked you,
The virgin daughter of Zion;
She has shaken her head behind you,
The daughter of Jerusalem!
23Whom have you reproached and blasphemed?
And against whom have you raised your voice
And haughtily lifted up your eyes?
Against the Holy One of Israel!
24Through your servants you have reproached the Lord,
And you have said, With my many chariots I came up to the heights of the mountains,
To the remotest parts of Lebanon;
And I cut down its tall cedars and its choice cypresses.
And I will go to its highest peak, its thickest forest.
25I dug wells and drank waters,
And with the sole of my feet I dried up
All the rivers of Egypt.
26Have you not heard?
Long ago I did it,
From ancient times I planned it.
Now I have brought it to pass,
That you should turn fortified cities into ruinous heaps.
27Therefore their inhabitants were short of strength,
They were dismayed and put to shame;
They were as the vegetation of the field and as the green herb,
As grass on the housetops is scorched before it is grown up.
28But I know your sitting down
And your going out and your coming in
And your raging against Me.
29Because of your raging against Me
And because your arrogance has come up to My ears,
Therefore I will put My hook in your nose
And My bridle in your lips,
And I will turn you back by the way which you came.
30Then this shall be the sign for you: you will eat this year what grows of itself, in the second year what springs from the same, and in the third year sow, reap, plant vineyards and eat their fruit. 31The surviving remnant of the house of Judah will again take root downward and bear fruit upward. 32For out of Jerusalem will go forth a remnant and out of Mount Zion survivors. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.
33Therefore, thus says the LORD concerning the king of Assyria, He will not come to this city or shoot an arrow there; and he will not come before it with a shield, or throw up a siege ramp against it. 34By the way that he came, by the same he will return, and he will not come to this city, declares the LORD. 35For I will defend this city to save it for My own sake and for My servant Davids sake.
36Then the angel of the LORD went out and struck 185,000 in the camp of the Assyrians; and when men arose early in the morning, behold, all of these were dead. 37So Sennacherib king of Assyria departed and returned home and lived at Nineveh. 38It came about as he was worshiping in the house of Nisroch his god, that Adrammelech and Sharezer his sons killed him with the sword; and they escaped into the land of Ararat. And Esarhaddon his son became king in his place.
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And Hezekiah prayed unto Jehovah, saying,
And Ezechias prayed to the Lord, saying:
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And Hezekiah prayed to Jehovah, saying,
English Revised Version
And Hezekiah prayed unto the LORD, saying,
Webster's Bible Translation
And Hezekiah prayed to the LORD, saying,
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Hezekiah prayed to Yahweh, saying,
Young's Literal Translation
And Hezekiah prayeth unto Jehovah, saying,
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