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4 ‘aPerhaps the Lord your God will hear all the words of Rabshakeh, whom his master the king of Assyria has sent bto reproach the living God, and will rebuke the words which the Lord your God has heard. Therefore, offer a prayer for cthe remnant that is left.’ ”
6 Isaiah said to them, “Thus you shall say to your master, ‘Thus says the Lord, “Do not be afraid because of the words that you have heard, with which the aservants of the king of Assyria bhave blasphemed Me.
9 When he heard them say concerning Tirhakah king of 1Cush, “Behold, he has come out to fight against you,” he sent messengers again to Hezekiah saying,
11 ‘Behold, you have heard what the kings of Assyria have done to all the lands, destroying them completely. So will you be 1spared?
13 ‘aWhere is the king of Hamath, the king of Arpad, the king of the city of Sepharvaim, and of Hena and Ivvah?’ ”
15 Hezekiah prayed before the Lord and said, “O Lord, the God of Israel, awho are 1enthroned above the cherubim, bYou are the God, You alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth. You have made heaven and earth.
18 and have cast their gods into the fire, afor they were not gods but the work of men’s hands, wood and stone. So they have destroyed them.
20 Then Isaiah the son of Amoz sent to Hezekiah saying, “Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, ‘Because you have prayed to Me about Sennacherib king of Assyria, aI have heard you.’
‘She has despised you and mocked you,
aThe virgin daughter of Zion;
She bhas shaken her head behind you,
The daughter of Jerusalem!
And against whom have you raised your voice,
And 1haughtily lifted up your eyes?
Against the cHoly One of Israel!
23 ‘aThrough your messengers 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 1cut down its tall cedars and its choice cypresses.
All the rivers of 2Egypt.”
25 ‘aHave you not heard?
Long ago I did it;
From ancient times I planned it.
bNow I have brought it to pass,
That you should turn fortified cities into ruinous heaps.
They were dismayed and put to shame;
They were aas the vegetation of the field and as the green herb,
As grass on the housetops is scorched before it is grown up.
27 ‘But aI know your sitting down,
And your going out and your coming in,
And your raging against Me.
And because your 1arrogance has come up to My ears,
Therefore I awill put My hook in your nose,
And My bridle in your lips,
And bI will turn you back by the way which you came.
29 ‘Then this shall be athe sign for you: 1you 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.
30 ‘aThe surviving remnant of the house of Judah will again take root downward and bear fruit upward.
32 ‘Therefore thus says the Lord concerning the king of Assyria, “aHe 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.
33 “aBy the way that he came, by the same he will return, and he shall not come to this city,” ’ declares the Lord.
37 It came about as he was worshiping in the house of Nisroch his god, that 1aAdrammelech and Sharezer killed him with the sword; and they escaped into bthe land of Ararat. And cEsarhaddon his son became king in his place.
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