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Isaiah 37 :: New American Standard Bible 1995 (NASB95)

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Hezekiah Seeks Isaiah's Help

(2Ki 19:1–7 )
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 37:1 - And when King Hezekiah heard it, he tore his clothes, covered himself with sackcloth and entered the house of the LORD.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 37:2 - Then he sent Eliakim who was over the household with Shebna the scribe and the elders of the priests, covered with sackcloth, to Isaiah the prophet, the son of Amoz.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 37:3 - They said to him, “Thus says Hezekiah, ‘This day is a day of distress, rebuke and rejection; for children have come to birth, and there is no strength to [fn]deliver.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 37:4 - ‘Perhaps the LORD your God will hear the words of Rabshakeh, whom his master the king of Assyria has sent to reproach the living God, and will rebuke the words which the LORD your God has heard. Therefore, offer a prayer for the remnant that is left.’”
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 37:5 - So the servants of King Hezekiah came to Isaiah.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 37:6 - 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 servants of the king of Assyria have blasphemed Me.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 37:7 - “Behold, I will put a spirit in him so that he will hear a rumor and return to his own land. And I will make him fall by the sword in his own land.”’”
(2Ki 19:8–19 )
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 37:8 - Then Rabshakeh returned and found the king of Assyria fighting against Libnah, for he had heard that [fn]the king had left Lachish.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 37:9 - When he heard them say concerning Tirhakah king of [fn]Cush, “He has come out to fight against you,” and when he heard it he sent messengers to Hezekiah, saying,
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 37:10 - “Thus you shall say to Hezekiah king of [fn]Judah, ‘Do not let your God in whom you trust deceive you, saying, “Jerusalem will not be given into the hand of the king of Assyria.”
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 37:11 - ‘Behold, you have heard what the kings of Assyria have done to all the lands, destroying them completely. So will you be [fn]spared?
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 37:12 - ‘Did the gods of [fn]those nations which my fathers have destroyed deliver them, even Gozan and Haran and Rezeph and the sons of Eden who were in Telassar?
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 37:13 - ‘Where is the king of Hamath, the king of Arpad, the king of the city of Sepharvaim, and of Hena and Ivvah?’”

Hezekiah's Prayer in the Temple

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 37:14 - Then Hezekiah took the [fn]letter from the hand of the messengers and read it, and he went up to the house of the LORD and [fn]spread it out before the LORD.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 37:15 - Hezekiah prayed to the LORD saying,
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 37:16 - “O LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, who is enthroned above the cherubim, You are the God, You alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth. You have made heaven and earth.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 37:17 - “Incline Your ear, O LORD, and hear; open Your eyes, O LORD, and see; and listen to all the words of Sennacherib, who sent them to reproach the living God.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 37:18 - “Truly, O LORD, the kings of Assyria have devastated all the countries and their lands,
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 37:19 - and have cast their gods into the fire, for they were not gods but the work of men’s hands, wood and stone. So they have destroyed them.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 37:20 - “Now, O LORD our God, deliver us from his hand that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that You alone, LORD, [fn]are God.”

God Answers through Isaiah

(2Ki 19:20–34 )
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 37:21 - Then Isaiah the son of Amoz sent word to Hezekiah, saying, “Thus says the LORD, the God of Israel, ‘Because you have prayed to Me about Sennacherib king of Assyria,
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 37:22 - this is the word that the LORD has spoken against him:
“She has despised you and mocked you,
The virgin daughter of Zion;
She has shaken her head behind you,
The daughter of Jerusalem!
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 37:23 - “Whom have you reproached and blasphemed?
And against whom have you raised your voice
And [fn]haughtily lifted up your eyes?
Against the Holy One of Israel!
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 37:24 - “Through your servants 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 cut down its tall cedars and its choice cypresses.
And I will go to its [fn]highest peak, its thickest forest.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 37:25 - ‘I dug wells and drank waters,
And with the sole of my feet I dried up
All the rivers of [fn]Egypt.’
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 37:26 - “Have you not heard?
Long ago I did it,
From ancient times I planned it.
Now I have brought it to pass,
That you should turn fortified cities into ruinous heaps.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 37:27 - “Therefore their inhabitants were short of strength,
They were dismayed and put to shame;
They were as the vegetation of the field and as the green herb,
As grass on the housetops [fn]is scorched before it is grown up.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 37:28 - “But I know your sitting down
And your going out and your coming in
And your raging against Me.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 37:29 - “Because of your raging against Me
And because your [fn]arrogance has come up to My ears,
Therefore I will put My hook in your nose
And My bridle in your lips,
And I will turn you back by the way which you came.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 37:30 - “Then this shall be the sign for you: [fn]you 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.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 37:31 - “The surviving remnant of the house of Judah will again take root downward and bear fruit upward.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 37:32 - “For out of Jerusalem will go forth a remnant and out of Mount Zion [fn]survivors. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.”’
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 37:33 - “Therefore, thus says the LORD concerning the king of Assyria, ‘He 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.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 37:34 - ‘By the way that he came, by the same he will return, and he will not come to this city,’ declares the LORD.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 37:35 - ‘For I will defend this city to save it for My own sake and for My servant David’s sake.’”

Assyrians Destroyed

(2Ki 19:35–37 )
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 37:36 - Then the angel of the LORD went out and struck 185,000 in the camp of the Assyrians; and when [fn]men arose early in the morning, behold, all of these were [fn]dead.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 37:37 - So Sennacherib king of Assyria departed and [fn]returned home and lived at Nineveh.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 37:38 - It came about as he was worshiping in the house of Nisroch his god, that Adrammelech and Sharezer his sons killed him with the sword; and they escaped into the land of Ararat. And Esarhaddon his son became king in his place.
NASB95 Footnotes
Literally: give birth
Literally: he
Or, Ethiopia
Literally: Judah, saying
Literally: delivered
Literally: the
Literally: letters
Literally: Hezekiah spread
So DSS and 2 Kin 19:19; M.T. omits God
Literally: on high
Literally: farthest height
Or, the besieged place
So DSS and 2 Kin 19:26; M.T. as a plowed field
Literally: complacency
Literally: eating
Literally: those who escape
Literally: they
Literally: dead bodies
Literally: went and returned

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