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Isaiah 37 :: Revised Standard Version (RSV)

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Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 37:1 - When King Hezeki'ah heard it, he rent his clothes, and covered himself with sackcloth, and went into the house of the LORD.

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 37:2 - And he sent Eli'akim, who was over the household, and Shebna the secretary, and the senior priests, clothed with sackcloth, to the prophet Isaiah the son of Amoz.

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 37:3 - They said to him, "Thus says Hezeki'ah, 'This day is a day of distress, of rebuke, and of disgrace; children have come to the birth, and there is no strength to bring them forth.

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 37:4 - It may be that the LORD your God heard the words of the Rab'shakeh, whom his master the king of Assyria has sent to mock the living God, and will rebuke the words which the LORD your God has heard; therefore lift up your prayer for the remnant that is left.'"

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 37:5 - When the servants of King Hezeki'ah came to Isaiah,

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 37:6 - Isaiah said to them, "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 reviled me.

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 37:7 - Behold, I will put a spirit in him, so that he shall hear a rumor, and return to his own land; and I will make him fall by the sword in his own land.'"

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 37:8 - The Rab'shakeh returned, and found the king of Assyria fighting against Libnah; for he had heard that the king had left Lachish.

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 37:9 - Now the king heard concerning Tirha'kah king of Ethiopia, "He has set out to fight against you." And when he heard it, he sent messengers to Hezeki'ah, saying,

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 37:10 - "Thus shall you speak to Hezeki'ah king of Judah: 'Do not let your God on whom you rely deceive you by promising that 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 lands, destroying them utterly. And shall you be delivered?

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 37:12 - Have the gods of the nations delivered them, the nations which my fathers destroyed, Gozan, Haran, Rezeph, and the people of Eden who were in Tel-assar?

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 37:13 - Where is the king of Hamath, the king of Arpad, the king of the city of Sepharva'im, the king of Hena, or the king of Ivvah?'"

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 37:14 - Hezeki'ah received the letter from the hand of the messengers, and read it; and Hezeki'ah went up to the house of the LORD, and spread it before the LORD.

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 37:15 - And Hezeki'ah prayed to the LORD:

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 37:16 - "O LORD of hosts, God of Israel, who art enthroned above the cherubim, thou art the God, thou alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth; thou hast made heaven and earth.

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 37:17 - Incline thy ear, O LORD, and hear; open thy eyes, O LORD, and see; and hear all the words of Sennach'erib, which he has sent to mock the living God.

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 37:18 - Of a truth, O LORD, the kings of Assyria have laid waste all the nations and their lands,

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 37:19 - 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 were destroyed.

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 37:20 - So now, O LORD our God, save us from his hand, that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that thou alone art the LORD."

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 37:21 - Then Isaiah the son of Amoz sent to Hezeki'ah, saying, "Thus says the LORD, the God of Israel: Because you have prayed to me concerning Sennach'erib king of Assyria,

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 37:22 - this is the word that the LORD has spoken concerning him: 'She despises you, she scorns you--the virgin daughter of Zion; she wags her head behind you--the daughter of Jerusalem.

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 37:23 - 'Whom have you mocked and reviled? Against whom have you raised your voice and haughtily lifted your eyes? Against the Holy One of Israel!

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 37:24 - By your servants you have mocked the Lord, and you have said, With my many chariots I have gone up the heights of the mountains, to the far recesses of Lebanon; I felled its tallest cedars, its choicest cypresses; I came to its remotest height, its densest forest.

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 37:25 - I dug wells and drank waters, and I dried up with the sole of my foot all the streams of Egypt.

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 37:26 - 'Have you not heard that I determined it long ago? I planned from days of old what now I bring to pass, that you should make fortified cities crash into heaps of ruins,

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 37:27 - while their inhabitants, shorn of strength, are dismayed and confounded, and have become like plants of the field and like tender grass, like grass on the housetops, blighted before it is grown.

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 37:28 - 'I know your sitting down and your going out and coming in, and your raging against me.

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 37:29 - Because you have raged against me and your arrogance has come to my ears, I will put my hook in your nose and my bit in your mouth, and I will turn you back on the way by which you came.'

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 37:30 - "And this shall be the sign for you: this year eat what grows of itself, and in the second year what springs of the same; then in the third year sow and reap, and plant vineyards, and eat their fruit.

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 37:31 - And the surviving remnant of the house of Judah shall again take root downward, and bear fruit upward;

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 37:32 - for out of Jerusalem shall go forth a remnant, and out of Mount Zion a band of survivors. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will accomplish this.

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 37:33 - "Therefore thus says the LORD concerning the king of Assyria: He shall not come into this city, or shoot an arrow there, or come before it with a shield, or cast up a siege mound against it.

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 37:34 - By the way that he came, by the same he shall return, and he shall not come into this city, says the LORD.

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 37:35 - For I will defend this city to save it, for my own sake and for the sake of my servant David."

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 37:36 - And the angel of the LORD went forth, and slew a hundred and eighty-five thousand in the camp of the Assyrians; and when men arose early in the morning, behold, these were all dead bodies.

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 37:37 - Then Sennach'erib king of Assyria departed, and went home and dwelt at Nin'eveh.

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 37:38 - And as he was worshiping in the house of Nisroch his god, Adram'melech and Share'zer, his sons, slew him with the sword, and escaped into the land of Ar'arat. And E'sar-had'don his son reigned in his stead.

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