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Chapter 37
{Parallel Passage Now with II Kings 19 Continues -
God delivers them}

1 And it came to pass,
when king Hezekiah heard it,
that he tore/rent his clothes,
and covered himself with sackcloth,
and went into the house of Jehovah/God.

2 And he sent Eliakim,
who was over the household,
and Shebna the scribe,
and the elders of the priests covered with sackcloth,
unto Isaiah the prophet the son of Amoz.

3 And they said unto him,
"Thus said Hezekiah,
'This day is a day of trouble,
and of rebuke, and of blasphemy . . .
for the children are come to the birth,
and there is not strength to bring forth.

4`` It may be Jehovah/God your 'Elohiym/Godhead
will 'Hear, listen and obey' {shama`}
the words {dabar} of Rabshakeh,
whom the king of Assyria, his master,
has sent to reproach the living 'Elohiym/Godhead,
and will reprove the words {dabar}
which Jehovah/God your 'Elohiym/Godhead has heard.
Therefore lift up your prayer for the remnant that is left."

5 So the servants of king Hezekiah came to Isaiah.

6 And Isaiah said unto them,
"Thus shall you say unto your master,
'Thus said Jehovah/God,

Be not afraid of the words {dabar}
that you have heard,
wherewith the servants of the king of Assyria
have blasphemed Me.

7 Behold, I will send a blast upon him,
and he shall hear a rumor,
and return to his own land;
and I will cause him to fall by the sword
in his own land.

8 So Rabshakeh returned,
and found the king of Assyria warring against Libnah . . .
for he had heard that he was departed from Lachish.

9 And he heard say concerning Tirhakah king of Ethiopia,
He is come forth to make war with you.

And when he heard it, he sent messengers to Hezekiah, saying, 10
"Thus shall you speak to Hezekiah king of Judah, saying,
'Let not your 'Elohiym/Godhead,
in whom you trust, deceive you, saying,
Jerusalem shall not be given into the hand of the king of Assyria.

11 Behold, you have heard what the kings of Assyria
have done to all lands by destroying them utterly;
and shall you be delivered?

12 Have the gods/'elohiym of the nations delivered them
which my fathers have destroyed,
as Gozan, and Haran, and Rezeph,
and the children of Eden who were in Telassar?

13 Where is the king of Hamath,
and the king of Arphad,
and the king of the city of Sepharvaim, Hena, and Ivah?

14 And Hezekiah received the letter from the hand of the messengers, and read it.

And Hezekiah went up unto the house of Jehovah/God,
and spread it before Jehovah/God.

15 And Hezekiah prayed unto Jehovah/God, saying, 16
"O Jehovah/God of armies/hosts,
'Elohiym/Godhead of Israel,
Who dwells between the cherubim,
You are the 'Elohiym/Godhead, even You alone,
of all the kingdoms of the earth.

You have made heaven and earth.

17 Incline yours ear, O Jehovah/God,
and hear; open yours eyes, O Jehovah/God, and see . . .
and hear all the words {dabar} of Sennacherib,
which has sent to reproach the living 'Elohiym/Godhead.

18 Of a truth, Jehovah/God,
the kings of Assyria have laid waste all the nations,
and their countries, 19
and have cast their gods/'elohiym into the fire . . .
for they were no gods/'elohiym,
but the work of men's hands . . . wood and stone . . .
therefore they have destroyed them.

20 Now therefore, O Jehovah/God our 'Elohiym/Godhead,
deliver us from his hand,
that all the kingdoms of the earth
may know that You are Jehovah/God . . . even You only.

21 Then Isaiah, the son of Amoz, sent unto Hezekiah, saying,
"Thus said Jehovah/God 'Elohiym/Godhead of Israel,
'Whereas you have prayed to Me
against Sennacherib king of Assyria 22
This is the word which Jehovah/God has spoken concerning him . . .
The virgin, the daughter of Zion, has despised you,
and laughed you to scorn;
the daughter of Jerusalem has shaken her head at you.

23 Whom have you reproached and blasphemed?

And against whom have you exalted your voice,
and lifted up yours eyes on high?

Even against the Holy One of Israel.

24 By your servants have you reproached the Lord/'Adonay,
and have said,
'By the multitude of my chariots
am I come up to the height of the mountains,
to the sides of Lebanon;
and I will cut down the tall cedars thereof,
and the choice fir trees thereof:
and I will enter into the height of his border,
and the forest of his Carmel.

25 I have dug, and drunk water;
and with the sole of my feet
have I dried up all the rivers of the besieged places.

26 Have you not heard long ago,
how I have done it;
and of ancient times,
that I have formed it?

Now have I brought it to pass,
that you should be to lay waste
defensed cities into ruinous heaps.

27 Therefore their inhabitants were of 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.

28 But I know your abode,
and your going out, and your coming in,
and your rage against Me.

29 Because your rage is against Me,
and your tumult is come up into My ears,
therefore will I put my hook in your nose,
and my bridle in your lips,
and I will turn you back
by the way by which you came.

30 And this shall be a sign unto you,
You shall eat this year such as grows of itself;
and the second year that which springs of the same
and in the third year sow you, and reap,
and plant vineyards, and eat the fruit thereof.

31 And the remnant that is escaped of the house of Judah
shall again take root downward, and bear fruit upward.

32 For out of Jerusalem shall go forth a remnant,
and they that escape out of mount Zion.

The zeal of the Jehovah/God of armies/hosts shall do this.

33 Therefore thus said the Jehovah/God
concerning the king of Assyria,
He shall not come into this city,
nor shoot an arrow there,
nor come before it with shields,
nor cast a bank against it.

34 By the way that he came,
by the same shall he return,
and shall not come into this city,
said the Jehovah/God.

35 For I will defend this city to save it for My own sake,
and for My servant David's sake.

{Angel of the Lord Kills 185,000 of the Assyrian Army}
  {the next day after the speech in previous chapter
   by the Rabshakeh}
the angel of the Jehovah/God went forth,
and smote in the camp of the Assyrians
a hundred and fourscore and five thousand
  {the angel of the Lord is a title for Jesus Christ - He killed 185,000
and when they arose early in the morning,
behold . . . they were all dead corpses.

37~~So Sennacherib, king of Assyria, departed,
and went and returned, and dwelt at Nineveh.
  {he stayed where he knew he was safe}

38~~And it came to pass {20 years pass},
as he was worshipping in the house of Nisroch his god,
that Adrammelech and Sharezer, his sons,
smote him with the sword;
and they escaped into the land of Armenia.

And Esarhaddon his son reigned in his stead.