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Isaiah 37 :: New International Version (NIV)

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Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 37:1 - When King Hezekiah heard this, he tore his clothes and put on sackcloth and went into the temple of the LORD.

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 37:2 - He sent Eliakim the palace administrator, Shebna the secretary, and the leading priests, all wearing sackcloth, to the prophet Isaiah son of Amoz.

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 37:3 - They told him, “This is what Hezekiah says: This day is a day of distress and rebuke and disgrace, as when children come to the moment of birth and there is no strength to deliver them.

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 37:4 - It may be that the LORD your God will hear the words of the field commander, whom his master, the king of Assyria, has sent to ridicule the living God, and that he will rebuke him for the words the LORD your God has heard. Therefore pray for the remnant that still survives.”

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 37:5 - When King Hezekiah’s officials came to Isaiah,

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 37:6 - Isaiah said to them, “Tell your master, ‘This is what the LORD says: Do not be afraid of what you have heard—those words with which the underlings of the king of Assyria have blasphemed me.

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 37:7 - Listen! When he hears a certain report, I will make him want to return to his own country, and there I will have him cut down with the sword.’ ”

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 37:8 - When the field commander heard that the king of Assyria had left Lachish, he withdrew and found the king fighting against Libnah.

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 37:9 - Now Sennacherib received a report that Tirhakah, the king of Cush,[fn] was marching out to fight against him. When he heard it, he sent messengers to Hezekiah with this word:

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 37:10 - “Say to Hezekiah king of Judah: Do not let the god you depend on deceive you when he says, ‘Jerusalem will not be given into the hands of the king of Assyria.’

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 37:11 - Surely you have heard what the kings of Assyria have done to all the countries, destroying them completely. And will you be delivered?

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 37:12 - Did the gods of the nations that were destroyed by my predecessors deliver them—the gods of Gozan, Harran, Rezeph and the people of Eden who were in Tel Assar?

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 37:13 - Where is the king of Hamath or the king of Arpad? Where are the kings of Lair, Sepharvaim, Hena and Ivvah?”

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 37:14 - Hezekiah received the letter from the messengers and read it. Then he went up to the temple of the LORD and spread it out before the LORD.

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 37:15 - And Hezekiah prayed to the LORD:

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 37:16 - “LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, enthroned between the cherubim, you alone are God over all the kingdoms of the earth. You have made heaven and earth.

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 37:17 - Give ear, LORD, and hear; open your eyes, LORD, and see; listen to all the words Sennacherib has sent to ridicule the living God.

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 37:18 - “It is true, LORD, that the Assyrian kings have laid waste all these peoples and their lands.

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 37:19 - They have thrown their gods into the fire and destroyed them, for they were not gods but only wood and stone, fashioned by human hands.

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 37:20 - Now, LORD our God, deliver us from his hand, so that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that you, LORD, are the only God.[fn]

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 37:21 - Then Isaiah son of Amoz sent a message to Hezekiah: “This is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: Because you have prayed to me concerning Sennacherib king of Assyria,

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 37:22 - this is the word the LORD has spoken against him: “Virgin Daughter Zion despises and mocks you. Daughter Jerusalem tosses her head as you flee.

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 37:23 - Who is it you have ridiculed and blasphemed? Against whom have you raised your voice and lifted your eyes in pride? Against the Holy One of Israel!

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 37:24 - By your messengers you have ridiculed the Lord. And you have said, ‘With my many chariots I have ascended the heights of the mountains, the utmost heights of Lebanon. I have cut down its tallest cedars, the choicest of its junipers. I have reached its remotest heights, the finest of its forests.

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 37:25 - I have dug wells in foreign lands[fn] and drunk the water there. With the soles of my feet I have dried up all the streams of Egypt.’

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 37:26 - “Have you not heard? Long ago I ordained it. In days of old I planned it; now I have brought it to pass, that you have turned fortified cities into piles of stone.

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 37:27 - Their people, drained of power, are dismayed and put to shame. They are like plants in the field, like tender green shoots, like grass sprouting on the roof, scorched[fn] before it grows up.

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 37:28 - “But I know where you are and when you come and go and how you rage against me.

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 37:29 - Because you rage against me and because your insolence has reached my ears, I will put my hook in your nose and my bit in your mouth, and I will make you return by the way you came.

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 37:30 - “This will be the sign for you, Hezekiah: “This year you will eat what grows by itself, and the second year what springs from that. But in the third year sow and reap, plant vineyards and eat their fruit.

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 37:31 - Once more a remnant of the kingdom of Judah will take root below and bear fruit above.

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 37:32 - For out of Jerusalem will come a remnant, and out of Mount Zion a band of survivors. The zeal of the LORD Almighty will accomplish this.

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 37:33 - “Therefore this is what the LORD says concerning the king of Assyria: “He will not enter this city or shoot an arrow here. He will not come before it with shield or build a siege ramp against it.

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 37:34 - By the way that he came he will return; he will not enter this city,”

declares the LORD.

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 37:35 - “I will defend this city and save it, for my sake and for the sake of David my servant!”

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 37:36 - Then the angel of the LORD went out and put to death a hundred and eighty-five thousand in the Assyrian camp. When the people got up the next morning—there were all the dead bodies!

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 37:37 - So Sennacherib king of Assyria broke camp and withdrew. He returned to Nineveh and stayed there.

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 37:38 - One day, while he was worshiping in the temple of his god Nisrok, his sons Adrammelek and Sharezer killed him with the sword, and they escaped to the land of Ararat. And Esarhaddon his son succeeded him as king.
NIV Footnotes
That is, the upper Nile region
Dead Sea Scrolls (see also 2 Kings 19:19); Masoretic Text you alone are the LORD
Dead Sea Scrolls (see also 2 Kings 19:24); Masoretic Text does not have in foreign lands.
Some manuscripts of the Masoretic Text, Dead Sea Scrolls and some Septuagint manuscripts (see also 2 Kings 19:26); most manuscripts of the Masoretic Text roof / and terraced fields

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