20 Then Isaiah the son of Amoz sent to Hezekiah, saying, “Thus says the Lord God of Israel: z‘Because you have prayed to Me against Sennacherib king of Assyria, aI have heard.’ 21 This is the word which the Lord has spoken concerning him:
‘The virgin, bthe daughter of Zion,
Has despised you, laughed you to scorn;
The daughter of Jerusalem
cHas shaken her head behind your back!
Against whom have you raised your voice,
And lifted up your eyes on high?
Against dthe Holy One of Israel.
23 eBy your messengers you have reproached the Lord,
And said: f“By the multitude of my chariots
I have come up to the height of the mountains,
To the limits of Lebanon;
I will cut down its tall cedars
And its choice cypress trees;
I will enter the extremity of its borders,
To its fruitful forest.
And with the soles of my feet I have gdried up
All the brooks of defense.”
How hI made it,
From ancient times that I formed it?
Now I have brought it to pass,
That iyou should be
For crushing fortified cities into heaps of ruins.
They were dismayed and confounded;
They were as the grass of the field
And the green herb,
As jthe grass on the housetops
And grain blighted before it is grown.
27 ‘But kI know your dwelling place,
Your going out and your coming in,
And your rage against Me.
Have come up to My ears,
Therefore lI will put My hook in your nose
And My bridle in your lips,
And I will turn you back
mBy the way which you came.
29 ‘This shall be a nsign to you:
You shall eat this year such as grows 2of itself,
And in the second year what springs from the same;
Also in the third year sow and reap,
Plant vineyards and eat the fruit of them.
30 oAnd the remnant who have escaped of the house of Judah
Shall again take root downward,
And bear fruit upward.
And those who escape from Mount Zion.
‘He shall qnot come into this city,
Nor shoot an arrow there,
Nor come before it with shield,
Nor build a siege mound against it.
By the same shall he return;
And he shall not come into this city,’
Says the Lord.
For My own sake and tfor My servant David’s sake.’ ”
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