Bible: Isaiah 36-39
Sennacherib Invades Judah
36:1 In the fourteenth year of King Hezekiah’s reign, 1 King Sennacherib of Assyria marched up against all the fortified cities of Judah and captured them. 36:2 The king of Assyria sent his chief adviser 2 from Lachish to King Hezekiah in Jerusalem, 3 along with a large army. The chief adviser 4 stood at the conduit of the upper pool which is located on the road to the field where they wash and dry cloth. 5 36:3 Eliakim son of Hilkiah, the palace supervisor, accompanied by Shebna the scribe and Joah son of Asaph, the secretary, went out to meet him.
36:4 The chief adviser said to them, “Tell Hezekiah: ‘This is what the great king, the king of Assyria, says: “What is your source of confidence? 6 36:5 Your claim to have a strategy and military strength is just empty talk. 7 In whom are you trusting, that you would dare to rebel against me? 36:6 Look, you must be trusting in Egypt, that splintered reed staff. If someone leans on it for support, it punctures his hand and wounds him. That is what Pharaoh king of Egypt does to all who trust in him! 36:7 Perhaps you will tell me, ‘We are trusting in the
36:11 Eliakim, Shebna, and Joah said to the chief adviser, “Speak to your servants in Aramaic, 10 for we understand it. Don’t speak with us in the Judahite dialect 11 in the hearing of the people who are on the wall.” 36:12 But the chief adviser said, “My master did not send me to speak these words only to your master and to you. 12 His message is also for the men who sit on the wall, for they will eat their own excrement and drink their own urine along with you!” 13
36:13 The chief adviser then stood there and called out loudly in the Judahite dialect, 14 “Listen to the message of the great king, the king of Assyria. 36:14 This is what the king says: ‘Don’t let Hezekiah mislead you, for he is not able to rescue you! 36:15 Don’t let Hezekiah talk you into trusting in the
36:22 Eliakim son of Hilkiah, the palace supervisor, accompanied by Shebna the scribe and Joah son of Asaph, the secretary, went to Hezekiah with their clothes torn in grief 21 and reported to him what the chief adviser had said. 37:1 When King Hezekiah heard this, 22 he tore his clothes, put on sackcloth, and went to the
37:5 When King Hezekiah’s servants came to Isaiah, 37:6 Isaiah said to them, “Tell your master this: ‘This is what the
37:8 When the chief adviser heard the king of Assyria had departed from Lachish, he left and went to Libnah, where the king was campaigning. 34 37:9 The king 35 heard that King Tirhakah of Ethiopia 36 was marching out to fight him. 37 He again sent 38 messengers to Hezekiah, ordering them: 37:10 “Tell King Hezekiah of Judah this: ‘Don’t let your God in whom you trust mislead you when he says, “Jerusalem will not be handed over to the king of Assyria.” 37:11 Certainly you have heard how the kings of Assyria have annihilated all lands. 39 Do you really think you will be rescued? 40 37:12 Were the nations whom my predecessors 41 destroyed – the nations of Gozan, Haran, Rezeph, and the people of Eden in Telassar – rescued by their gods? 42 37:13 Where are the king of Hamath, the king of Arpad, and the kings of Lair, 43 Sepharvaim, Hena, and Ivvah?’”
37:14 Hezekiah took the letter 44 from the messengers and read it. 45 Then Hezekiah went up to the
37:21 Isaiah son of Amoz sent this message to Hezekiah: “This is what the
“The virgin daughter Zion 55
despises you – she makes fun of you;
shakes her head after you. 56
37:23 Whom have you taunted and hurled insults at?
At whom have you shouted
and looked so arrogantly? 57
At the Holy One of Israel! 58
37:24 Through your messengers you taunted the sovereign master, 59
‘With my many chariots I climbed up
the high mountains,
the slopes of Lebanon.
I cut down its tall cedars
and its best evergreens.
I invaded its most remote regions, 60
its thickest woods.
37:25 I dug wells
and drank water. 61
With the soles of my feet I dried up
all the rivers of Egypt.’37:26 62
Certainly you must have heard! 63
Long ago I worked it out,
in ancient times I planned 64 it,
and now I am bringing it to pass.
The plan is this:
Fortified cities will crash
into heaps of ruins. 65
37:27 Their residents are powerless; 66
they are terrified and ashamed.
They are as short-lived as plants in the field
or green vegetation. 67
They are as short-lived as grass on the rooftops 68
when it is scorched by the east wind. 69
37:28 I know where you live
and everything you do
and how you rage against me. 70
37:29 Because you rage against me
and the uproar you create has reached my ears, 71
I will put my hook in your nose, 72
and my bridle between your lips,
and I will lead you back
the way you came.”37:30 73
“This will be your reminder that I have spoken the truth: 74 This year you will eat what grows wild, 75 and next year 76 what grows on its own. But the year after that 77 you will plant seed and harvest crops; you will plant vines and consume their produce. 78 37:31 Those who remain in Judah will take root in the ground and bear fruit. 79
37:32 “For a remnant will leave Jerusalem;
survivors will come out of Mount Zion.
The intense devotion of the
37:33 So this is what the
‘He will not enter this city,
nor will he shoot an arrow here. 81
He will not attack it with his shielded warriors, 82
nor will he build siege works against it.
37:34 He will go back the way he came –
he will not enter this city,’ says the
37:35 I will shield this city and rescue it for the sake of my reputation and because of my promise to David my servant.”’” 83
The Lord Hears Hezekiah’s Prayer
38:1 In those days Hezekiah was stricken with a terminal illness. 93 The prophet Isaiah son of Amoz visited him and told him, “This is what the
Hezekiah’s Song of Thanks
38:9 This is the prayer of King Hezekiah of Judah when he was sick and then recovered from his illness:
38:10 “I thought, 103
‘In the middle of my life 104 I must walk through the gates of Sheol,
I am deprived 105 of the rest of my years.’
38:11 “I thought,
‘I will no longer see the
I will no longer look on humankind with the inhabitants of the world. 107
like a shepherd’s tent.
I rolled up my life like a weaver rolls cloth; 110
from the loom he cuts me off. 111
You turn day into night and end my life. 112
38:13 I cry out 113 until morning;
like a lion he shatters all my bones;
you turn day into night and end my life. 114
38:14 Like a swallow or a thrush I chirp,
I coo 115 like a dove;
my eyes grow tired from looking up to the sky. 116
O sovereign master, 117 I am oppressed;
help me! 118
38:15 What can I say?
He has decreed and acted. 119
I will walk slowly all my years because I am overcome with grief. 120
38:16 O sovereign master, your decrees can give men life;
may years of life be restored to me. 121
Restore my health 122 and preserve my life.’
38:17 “Look, the grief I experienced was for my benefit. 123
For you removed all my sins from your sight. 126
38:18 Indeed 127 Sheol does not give you thanks;
death does not 128 praise you.
Those who descend into the pit do not anticipate your faithfulness.
38:19 The living person, the living person, he gives you thanks,
as I do today.
A father tells his sons about your faithfulness.
and we will celebrate with music 130
for the rest of our lives in the
Messengers from Babylon Visit Hezekiah
39:1 At that time Merodach-Baladan son of Baladan, king of Babylon, sent letters and a gift to Hezekiah, for he heard that Hezekiah had been ill and had recovered. 39:2 Hezekiah welcomed 133 them and showed them his storehouse with its silver, gold, spices, and high-quality olive oil, as well as his whole armory and everything in his treasuries. Hezekiah showed them everything in his palace and in his whole kingdom. 134 39:3 Isaiah the prophet visited King Hezekiah and asked him, “What did these men say? Where do they come from?” Hezekiah replied, “They come from the distant land of Babylon.” 39:4 Isaiah 135 asked, “What have they seen in your palace?” Hezekiah replied, “They have seen everything in my palace. I showed them everything in my treasuries.” 39:5 Isaiah said to Hezekiah, “Listen to the word of the