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19 And it came to pass, when king Hezekiah heard it, that ahe rent his clothes, and bcovered himself with sackcloth, and cwent into the house of the Lord. And he sent Eliakim, which was over the household, and Shebna the scribe, and the elders of the priests, bcovered with sackcloth, dto Isaiah the prophet the son of Amoz. And they said unto him, Thus saith Hezekiah, This day is a day of trouble, and of rebuke, and ||blasphemy: for the children are come to the birth, and there is not strength to bring forth. eIt may be the Lord thy God will hear all the words of Rab-shakeh, whom the king of Assyria his master hath sent fto reproach the living God; and gwill reprove the words which hthe Lord thy God hath heard: wherefore lift up thy prayer for ithe remnant that are left. So the servants of king Hezekiah came to Isaiah. And *Isaiah said unto them, Thus shall ye say to your master, Thus saith the Lord, Be not afraid of the words which thou hast heard, with which kthe servants of the king of Assyria have blasphemed me. Behold, lI will send ma blast upon him, and he nshall hear a rumour, and shall return to his own land; and I will cause him to fall by the sword in his own land.

So Rab-shakeh returned, and found the king of Assyria warring against oLibnah: for he had heard that he was departed from pLachish. *And qwhen he heard say of Tirhakah king of rEthiopia, Behold, he is come out to fight against thee: he sent messengers again unto Hezekiah, saying, 10 Thus shall ye speak to Hezekiah king of Judah, saying, Let not thy God sin whom thou trustest tdeceive thee, saying, Jerusalem shall not be delivered 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 uHave the gods of the nations delivered them which my fathers have destroyed; as xGozan, and yzHaran, and Rezeph, and the children of zEden which were in aThelasar? 13 bWhere is the king of Hamath, and the king of cArpad, and the king of the city of Sepharvaim, of Hena, and Ivah?

14 And Hezekiah received the dletter of the hand of the messengers, and read it: and Hezekiah went up into the house of the Lord, and spread it before the Lord. 15 And eHezekiah prayed before the Lord, and said, O Lord God of Israel, which dwellest fbetween the cherubims, gthou art the God, even thou alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth; thou hast made heaven and earth. 16 Lord, hbow down thine ear, and hear: iopen, Lord, thine eyes, and see: and hear the words of Sennacherib, which hath sent him kto reproach the living God. 17 Of a truth, Lord, the kings of Assyria have destroyed the nations and their lands, 18 And have cast their gods into the fire: for they were no gods, but lthe work of men’s hands, wood and stone: therefore they have destroyed them. 19 Now therefore, O Lord our God, I beseech thee, save thou us out of his hand, mthat all the kingdoms of the earth may know that thou art the Lord God, even thou only.

20 Then Isaiah the son of Amoz sent to Hezekiah, saying, Thus saith the Lord God of Israel, That which thou hast prayed to me against Sennacherib king of Assyria nI have heard. 21 This is the word that the Lord hath spoken concerning him;

The ovirgin the daughter of Zion hath despised thee, and laughed thee to scorn;

The daughter of Jerusalem phath shaken her head at thee.

22  Whom hast thou qreproached and rblasphemed?

And against whom hast thou exalted thy voice,

And lifted up thine eyes on high?

Even against sthe Holy One of Israel.

23  tBy thy messengers thou hast reproached the Lord, and hast said,

uWith the multitude of my chariots I am come up

To the height of the mountains, to the sides of xLebanon,

And will cut down the tall xcedar trees thereof, and the choice fir trees thereof:

And I will enter into the lodgings of his borders, and into ||the forest of his yCarmel.

24  I have digged and drunk strange waters,

And with the sole of my feet have I dried up all the rivers of ||besieged places.

25  ||Hast thou not heard long ago how zI have done it,

And of ancient times that I have formed it?

Now ahave I brought it to pass, that thou shouldest be to lay waste

Fenced cities into ruinous heaps.

26  Therefore their inhabitants were of small power,

They were dismayed and confounded;

They were as the grass of the field, and as the green bherb,

As cthe grass on the housetops, and as corn blasted before it be grown up.

27  But I know thy ||abode, and dthy going out, and thy coming in,

And thy rage against me.

28  Because thy rage against me and thy tumult is come up into mine ears,

Therefore I will put emy hook in thy nose, and my bridle in thy lips,

And I will turn thee back fby the way by which thou camest.

29  And this shall be ga sign unto thee,

Ye shall eat this year hsuch 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.

30  iAnd the remnant that is escaped of the house of Judah

Shall yet again take root downward, and bear fruit upward.

31  For out of Jerusalem shall go forth a remnant,

And they that escape out of mount Zion:

kThe zeal of the Lord of hosts shall do this.

32  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 lcast a bank against it.

33  mBy the way that he came, by the same shall he return,

And shall not come into this city, saith the Lord.

34  For nI will defend this city, to save it,

For mine own sake, and ofor my servant David’s sake.

35 And pit came to pass that night, that qthe angel of the Lord went out, and smote rin 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. 36 So Sennacherib king of Assyria departed, and went and returned, and dwelt at sNineveh. 37 *And it came to pass, as he was worshipping in the house of Nisroch his god, that tAdrammelech and Sharezer his sons usmote him with the sword: and they escaped into the land of Armenia. And xEsarhaddon his son reigned in his stead.

KJV 1900

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This King James Version is based upon the Pure Cambridge Edition first published around 1900. It has been carefully typeset to remove any typographical errors and accurately reflects the original text.

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