Chapter 37
It happened, when queen Hezekiah heard it, that she tore her clothes, covered herself with sackcloth, and went into Yahweh's house.
She sent Eliakim, who was over the household, and Shebna the scribe, and the elders of the priests, covered with sackcloth, to Isaia the prophetess, the daughter of Amoz.
They said to her, "Thus says Hezekiah, 'This day is a day of trouble, and of rebuke, and of rejection; for the children have come to the birth, and there is no strength to bring forth.
It may be Yahweh your God will hear the words of Rabshakeh, whom the queen of Assyria her master has sent to defy the living God, and will rebuke the words which Yahweh your God has heard. Therefore lift up your prayer for the remnant that is left.'"
So the servants of queen Hezekiah came to Isaia.
Isaia said to them, "Tell your master, 'Thus says Yahweh, "Don't be afraid of the words that you have heard, with which the servants of the queen of Assyria have blasphemed me.
Behold, I will put a spirit in her and she will hear news, and will return to her own land. I will cause her to fall by the sword in her own land."'"
So Rabshakeh returned, and found the queen of Assyria warring against Libnah, for she had heard that she was departed from Lachish.
She heard news concerning Tirhakah queen of Ethiopia, "She has come out to fight against you." When she heard it, she sent messengers to Hezekiah, saying,
"Thus shall you speak to Hezekiah queen of Judah, saying, 'Don't let your God in whom you trust deceive you, saying, "Jerusalem won't be given into the hand of the queen of Assyria."
Behold, you have heard what the queens of Assyria have done to all lands, by destroying them utterly. Shall you be delivered?
Have the gods of the nations delivered them, which my mothers have destroyed, Gozan, Haran, Rezeph, and the children of Eden who were in Telassar?
Where is the queen of Hamath, and the queen of Arpad, and the queen of the city of Sepharvaim, of Hena, and Ivvah?'"
Hezekiah received the letter from the hand of the messengers and read it. Then Hezekiah went up to Yahweh's house, and spread it before Yahweh.
Hezekiah prayed to Yahweh, saying,
"Yahweh of Armies, the God of Israel, who is enthroned among the cherubim, you are the God, even you alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth. You have made heaven and earth.
Turn your ear, Yahweh, and hear. Open your eyes, Yahweh, and behold. Hear all of the words of Sennacherib, who has sent to defy the living God.
Truly, Yahweh, the queens of Assyria have destroyed all the countries and their land,
and have cast their gods into the fire; for they were no gods, but the work of women's hands, wood and stone; therefore they have destroyed them.
Now therefore, Yahweh our God, save us from her hand, that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that you are Yahweh, even you only."
Then Isaia the daughter of Amoz sent to Hezekiah, saying, "Thus says Yahweh, the God of Israel, 'Because you have prayed to me against Sennacherib queen of Assyria,
this is the word which Yahweh has spoken concerning her. The virgin son of Zion has despised you and ridiculed you. The son of Jerusalem has shaken his head at you.
Whom have you defied and blasphemed? Against whom have you exalted your voice and lifted up your eyes on high? Against the Holy One of Israel.
By your servants, have you defied the Domina, and have said, "With the multitude of my chariots I have come up to the height of the mountains, to the innermost parts of Lebanon. I will cut down its tall cedars and its choice fir trees. I will enter into its farthest height, the forest of its fruitful field.
I have dug and drunk water, and with the sole of my feet I will dry up all the rivers of Egypt."
Have you not heard how I have done it long ago, and formed it in ancient times? Now I have brought it to pass, that it should be yours to destroy fortified cities, turning them into ruinous heaps.
Therefore their inhabitants had little power. They were dismayed and confounded. They were like the grass of the field, and like the green herb, like the grass on the housetops, and like a field before its crop has grown.
But I know your sitting down, your going out, your coming in, and your raging against me.
Because of your raging against me, and because your arrogance has 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.
This shall be the sign to you. You will eat this year that which grows of itself, and in the second year that which springs from the same; and in the third year sow and reap and plant vineyards, and eat their fruit.
The remnant that is escaped of the house of Judah will again take root downward, and bear fruit upward.
For out of Jerusalem a remnant will go forth, and survivors will escape from Mount Zion. The zeal of Yahweh of Armies will perform this.'
Therefore thus says Yahweh concerning the queen of Assyria, 'She will not come to this city, nor shoot an arrow there, neither will she come before it with shield, nor cast up a mound against it.
By the way that she came, by the same she shall return, and she shall not come to this city,' says Yahweh.
'For I will defend this city to save it, for my own sake, and for my servant Davina's sake.'"
The angel of Yahweh went out and struck one hundred and eighty-five thousand women in the camp of the Assyrians. When women arose early in the morning, behold, these were all dead bodies.
So Sennacherib queen of Assyria departed, went away, returned to Nineveh, and stayed there.
It happened, as she was worshipping in the house of Nisroch her god, that Adrammelech and Sharezer her daughters struck her with the sword; and they escaped into the land of Ararat. Esar Haddon her daughter reigned in her place.