| 1 ¶ And it came to pass,
when king Hezekiah heard it, that he rent his clothes, and covered himself
with sackcloth, and went into the house of the LORD.
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.
|The parallel chapter is 2 kings 19. Click above.-|
| 3 And they said unto
him, Thus saith 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 the LORD thy God will hear the words of Rabshakeh, whom the king of Assyria his master hath sent to reproach the living God, and will reprove the words which the LORD thy God hath heard: wherefore lift up thy 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 ye say unto your master, Thus saith the LORD, Be not afraid of the words that thou hast 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 rumour, and return to his own land; and I will cause him to fall by the sword in his own land.
|6 - Be not afraid of the words Good advice for us. Although God does not always save us from evil people, we can be sure we are in His hands as our lives are committed to Him.|
| 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 thee. And when he heard it, he sent messengers to Hezekiah, saying,
.10 Thus shall ye speak to Hezekiah king of Judah, saying, Let not thy God, in whom thou trustest, deceive thee, saying, Jerusalem shall not be given 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 Have the gods of the nations delivered them which my fathers have destroyed, as Gozan, and Haran, and Rezeph, and the children of Eden which 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 the LORD, and spread it before the LORD.
15 And Hezekiah prayed unto the LORD, saying,
.16 O LORD of hosts, God of Israel, that dwellest between the cherubims, thou art the God, even thou alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth: thou hast made heaven and earth.
17 Incline thine ear, O LORD, and hear; open thine eyes, O LORD, and see: and hear all the words of Sennacherib, which hath sent to reproach the living God.
| 18 Of a truth, LORD,
the kings of Assyria have laid waste all the nations, and their countries,
.19 And have cast their gods into the fire: for they were no gods, but the work of men's hands, wood and stone: therefore they have destroyed them.
20 Now therefore, O LORD our God, save us from his hand, that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that thou art the LORD, even thou only.
|19 - Gods into ... fire ... no gods Compare 2ki1918.|
¶ Then Isaiah the son of Amoz sent unto Hezekiah, saying, Thus saith
the LORD God of Israel, Whereas thou hast prayed to me against Sennacherib
king of Assyria:
.22 This is the word which the LORD hath spoken concerning him; The virgin, the daughter of Zion, hath despised thee, and laughed thee to scorn; the daughter of Jerusalem hath shaken her head at thee.
23 Whom hast thou reproached and blasphemed? and against whom hast thou exalted thy voice, and lifted up thine eyes on high? even against the Holy One of Israel.
|21 - Whereas thou has prayed This is a bright spot on the record of the kings of Israel. How often God would have come to the defense of His people had they only asked in humility.|
|24 By thy servants hast thou reproached the Lord, and hast 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.||24 - Such boasts of Sennacherib have been found by archaeologists. And the God of heaven recognized them here pr1618, ja0406.|
| 25 I have digged, and
drunk water; and with the sole of my feet have I dried up all the rivers
of the besieged places.
26 Hast thou 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 thou shouldest be to lay waste defenced cities into ruinous heaps.
|26 - How I have done it See on 2ki1925.|
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 thy abode, and thy going out, and thy coming in, and thy rage against me.
29 Because thy rage against me, and thy tumult, is come up into mine ears, therefore will I put my hook in thy nose, and my bridle in thy lips, and I will turn thee back by the way by which thou camest.
30 And this shall be a sign unto thee, Ye shall eat this year such as groweth of itself; and the second year that which springeth of the same: and in the third year sow ye, and reap, and plant vineyards, and eat the fruit thereof.
|27 - Of small power See 2ki1926.|
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 LORD of hosts shall do this.
.33 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 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, saith the LORD.
.35 For I will defend this city to save it for mine own sake, and for my servant David's sake.
|31 - Remnant ... take root This shows the remnant concept seen often in the Bible.|
Then the angel of the LORD went forth, and smote in the camp of the Assyrians
a hundred and fourscore and five thousand: 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.
.38 And it came to 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.
- Angel ... smote The Passover angel had killed all the firstborn
of Egypt ex1229.
36 - Arose ... were all dead This seems strange. We know that the king himself was not dead because he went back to Nineveh v37. We expect that God spared a relatively small number whose hearts had not been hardened beyond hope of salvation ps07605.
36 - Dead corpses Either of these words would have described the army. Both may be for emphasis.