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Hezekiah sendeth to Isaiah to pray for deliverance. 6 Isaiah comforteth him. 8 Sennacherib sendeth a blasphemous letter to Hezekiah. 14 Hezekiah's prayer. 21 Isaiah foretelleth the
destruction of Sennacherib, and the safety of Zion. 36 An angel slayeth the Assyrians. 37 Sennacherib is slain at Nineveh by his own sons. [B. C. 710.]
The prayer of Hezekiah
of Judah, saying, Let not thy God, in whom thou trustest, deceive thee, saying, Jerusalem shall not be given into the hand of the king of Assyria.
11 Behold, thou hast heard what the kings of Assyria have done to all lands by AND "it came to pass, when king Hezekiah destroying them utterly; and shalt thou be
heard it, that he rent his clothes, and covered himself with sackcloth, and went into the house of the LORD.
2 And he sent Eliakim, who was over the household, and Shebna the scribe, and the elders of the priests, covered with sackcloth, unto Isaiah the prophet the son of Amoz.
3 And they said unto him, Thus saith Hezekiah, This day is a day of trouble, and of rebuke, and of blasphemy: for the children are come to the birth, and there is not strength to bring forth.
14 And Hezekiah received the letter from the hand of the messengers, and read it: and Hezekiah went up unto the house of the LORD, and spread it before the LORD. 15 And Hezekiah prayed unto the LORD, saying,
16 O LORD of hosts, God of Israel, tha: dwellest between the cherubim, thou art the God, even thou alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth: thou hast made heaven and earth.
17 Incline thine ear, O LORD, and hear; open thine eyes, O LORD, and see and hear all the words of Sennacherib, which hath sent to reproach the living God.
18 Of a truth, LORD, the kings of Assyria have laid waste all the nations, and their countries,
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 have destroyed them.
4 It may be the LORD thy God will hear the words of Rabshakeh, whom the king of Assyria his master hath sent to reproach the living God, and will reprove the words which the LORD thy God hath heard: wherefore lift up thy prayer for the remnant that is 2 left.
5 So the servants of king Hezekiah came to Isaiah.
6 And Isaiah said unto them, Thus shall ye say unto your master, Thus saith the LORD, Be not afraid of the words that thou hast heard, wherewith the servants of the king of Assyria have blasphemed me.
7 Behold, I will send a blast upon him, and he shall hear a rumour, and return to his own land; and I will cause him to fall by the sword in his own land.
8 So Rabshakeh returned, and found the king of Assyria warring against Libnah: for he had heard that he was departed from Lachish.
9 And he heard say concerning Tirhakah king of Ethiopia, He is come forth to make war with thee. And when he heard it, he sent messengers to Hezekiah, saying,
10 Thus shall ye speak to Hezekiah king
CHAP. XXXVII.-a 2 Kings 19. 1, &c. 1 Or, provocation. 2 Heb. found.
20 Now therefore, O LORD, our God, save us from his hand, that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that thou art the LORD, even thou only.
21 Then Isaiah the son of Amoz sent unto Hezekiah, saying, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, Whereas thou hast prayed to me against Sennacherib king of Assyria: 22 This is the word which the LORD hath spoken concerning him; The virgin, the
Or. put a spirit into him. b Jer. 49, 23. • Heb. given.
c Dan. 9. 18.
• Heh. beh.
herib's destruction foretold.
The Assyrians overthrown.
hter of Zion, hath despised thee, and the house of Judah shall again take root led thee to scorn; the daughter of Je- downward, and bear fruit upward : em hath shaken her head at thee.
32 For out of Jerusalem shall
forth a Whom hast thou reproached and blas- remnant, and they that escape out of
14 ed? and against whom hast thou ex- mount Zion : the zeal of the LORD of hosts thy voice, and lifted up thine eyes on shall do this. even against the Holy One of Israel. 33 Therefore thus saith the LORD con* By thy servants hast thou reproached cerning the king of Assyria, He shall not ORD, and hast said, By the multitude come into this city, nor shoot an arrow ; chariots am I come up to the height there, nor come before it with 15 shields, nor 2 mountains, to the sides of Lebanon ; cast a bank against it. will cut down the tall cedars thereof, 34 By the way that he came, by the he choice fir trees thereof: and I will same shall he return, and shall not come into the height of his border, and into this city, saith the LORD. orest of his Carmel.
35 For I will defend this city to save it I have digged, and drunk water; and for mine own sake, and for my servant Dahe sole of my feet have I dried up all vid's sake. vers of the besieged places.
36 Then the 8 angel of the LORD went Hast thou not heard long ago, how I forth, and smote in the camp of the Assylone it; and of ancient times, that I rians a hundred and fourscore and five thouormed it? now have I brought it to sand : and when they arose early in the that thou shouldest be to lay waste morning, behold, they were all dead corpses. ed cities into ruinous heaps.
37 So Sennacherib king of Assyria deTherefore their inhabitants were 11 of parted, and went and returned, and dwelt at power, they were dismayed and con
Nineveh. d: they were as the grass of the
38 And it came to pass, as he was worund as the green herb, as the grass on
shipping in the house of Nisroch his god, asetops, and as corn blasted before it that Adrammelech and Sharezer his sons
smote him with the sword; and they esBut I know thy " abode, and thy Esar-haddon his son reigned in his stead.
caped into the land of 16 Armenia : and out, and thy coming in, and thy rage Because thy rage against me, and thy
CHAPTER XXXVIII. is come up into mine ears, therefore Hezekiah, in answer to prayer, hath his life lengthened. 8 The I put my hook in thy nose, and my
sun goeth ten degrees backward for a sign to him. 9 His song
of thanksgiving. [B. c. 713.) in thy lips, and I will turn thee back way by which thou camest.
TN a those days was Hezekiah sick unto And this shall be a sign unto thee, Ye
death. And Isaiah the prophet the son at this year such as groweth of itself; of Amoz came unto him, and said unto him,
, le second year that which springeth Thus saith the LORD, Þí Set thine house in
, b1 same: and in the third year sow ye, order: for thou shalt die, and not live. ap, and plant vineyards, and eat the
2 Then Hezekiah turned his face toward hereof.
the wall, and prayed unto the LORD, And 13 the remnant that is escaped of 3 And said, "Remember now, O LORD, I
of the house of Judah that remaineth.
1 Heb. the escaping.
i ide hand of thy servants. * Heb. the tallness of the cedars thereof, rumor the fir trees thereof. 8 Or, the forest and his fruitful field. in riood.
10 Heb. Hast thou not heard how I hare made it read it of ancienl times! should I now bring it to be laul waste,
2 to be ruinous hraps ? as 2 Kings 19. 25. 11 Heb. short 23 Or, sitting. d ch. 30. 28. Ez. 38. 4. 11 Heb. the escaping
e 2 Kings g 2 Kings
b 2 Sam. 17. 23.
CIIAP. XXXVIII. - a 2 Kings 20. 1, &c. 2 Chr. 32. 24. * Heb. Give charge concerning thy house. c Neh. 13. 14.
beseech thee, how I have walked before thee | in truth and with a perfect heart, and have done that which is good in thy sight. And Hezekiah wept 2 sore.
4 Then came the word of the LORD to Isaiah, saying,
His song of thanksgiving.
shall go softly all my years in the bitterness of my soul.
16 O LORD, by these things men live, and in all these things is the life of my spirit: so wilt thou recover me, and make me to live.
5 Go, and say to Hezekiah, Thus saith 17 Behold, for peace I had great bitterthe LORD, the God of David thy father, Iness; but thou hast in love to my soul have heard thy prayer, I have seen thy delivered it from the pit of corruption: for tears behold, I will add unto thy days fif- thou hast cast all my sins behind thy back. teen years.
6 And I will deliver thee and this city out of the hand of the king of Assyria: and I will defend this city.
7 And this shall be a sign unto thee from the LORD, that the LORD will do this thing that he hath spoken;
8 Behold, I will bring again the shadow of the degrees, which is gone down in the 'sun dial of Ahaz, ten degrees backward. So the sun returned ten degrees, by which degrees it was gone down.
9 The writing of Hezekiah king of Judah, when he had been sick, and was recovered of his sickness:
10 I said in the cutting off of my days, I shall go to the gates of the grave: I am deprived of the residue of my years.
11 I said, I shall not see the LORD, even the LORD, 'in the land of the living: I shall behold man no more with the inhabitants of the world.
12 Mine age is departed, and is removed from me as a shepherd's tent: I have cut off like a weaver my life: he will cut me off with pining sickness: from day even to night wilt thou make an end of me.
18 For the grave cannot praise thee. death cannot celebrate thee: they that go down into the pit cannot hope for thy truth.
19 The living, the living, he shall praise thee, as I do this day: the father to the children shall make known thy truth.
20 The LORD was ready to save me: therefore we will sing my songs to the stringed instruments all the days of our life in the house of the LORD.
21. For Isaiah had said, Let them take a lump of figs, and lay it for a plaster upon the boil, and he shall recover.
22 Hezekiah also had said, What is the sign that I shall go up to the house of the LORD?
AT that time Merodach-baladan, the son
13 I reckoned till morning, that, as a lion, so will he break all my bones: from day even to night wilt thou make an end of me. 14 Like a crane or a swallow, so did I chatter: I did mourn as a dove: mine eyes fail with looking upward: O LORD, I am oppressed; 'undertake for me.
15 What shall I say? he hath both spoken unto me, and himself hath done it: I
e 2 Kings 20, 8, &c. ch. 7. 11.
2 Heb. with great weeping. d ch. 37. 35.
of Baladan, king of Babylon, sent letters and a present to Hezekiah: for he had heard that he had been sick, and was recov ered.
2 b And Hezekiah was glad of them, and showed them the house of his precious things, the silver, and the gold, and the spices, and the precious ointment, and all the house of his armour, and all that was found in his treasures: there was nothing in his house, nor in all his dominion, that Hezekiah showed them not.
3 Then came Isaiah the prophet unto king Hezekiah, and said unto him,
b 2 Chr. 32. 31.
1 Deut. 4. 9
1 Or, graczy.
6 Behold, the days come, that all that is in thine house, and that which thy fathers have laid up in store until this day, shall be carried to Babylon: nothing shall be left, saith the LORD.
7 And of thy sons that shall issue from thee, which thou shalt beget, shall they take away; and they shall be eunuchs in the palace of the king of Babylon.
8 Then said Hezekiah to Isaiah, Good is the word of the LORD which thou hast spoken. He said moreover, For there shall be peace and truth in my days.
2 Speak ye 'comfortably to Jerusalem, and cry unto her, that her 2 warfare is accomplished, that her iniquity is pardoned: a for she hath received of the LORD's hand double for all her sins.
3 The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the LORD, make straight in the desert a highway for our God.
4 Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low: and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough places plain :
Glad tidings proclaimed.
5 And the glory of the LORD shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it.
6 The voice said, Cry. And he said, What shall I cry? All flesh is grass, and all the goodliness thereof is as the flower of the field:
7 The grass withereth, the flower fadeth; because the spirit of the LORD bloweth upon it: surely the people is grass.
8 The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever.
11 He shall feed his flock like a shepherd he shall gather the lambs with his arm, and carry them in his bosom, and shall gently lead those that are with young.
12 Who hath measured the waters in the hollow of his hand, and meted out heaven with the span, and comprehended the dust of the earth in a measure, and weighed the mountains in scales, and the hills in a balance?
13 Who hath directed the Spirit of the LORD, or being "his counsellor hath taught him?
c Jer. 20. 5.
d 1 Sam. 3. 18.
CHAP. XL. Heb. to the heart. 42. 10. ch. 61. 7.
b Matt. 3. 3.
c Mal. 3. 1. d Ps. 68. 4. ch. 49. 11.
Or, a plain place.
1. 10. 1 Pet. 1. 24.
f Job 14. 2.
g Ps. 103. 16.
2 Or, appointed time. a See Job Mark 1. 3. Luke 3. 4. John 1. 23. e ch. 45. 2. 3 Or, a straight place. Ps. 90. 5. & 102, 11. & 103. 15. James h John 12. 34. 1 Pet. 1. 25.
14 With whom took he counsel, and who 12 instructed him, and taught him in the path of judgment, and taught him knowledge, and showed to him the way of 13 understanding?
15 Behold, the nations are as a drop of a bucket, and are counted as the small dust of the balance: behold, he taketh up the isles as a very little thing.
The folly of likening God
to any other being. 28 Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding.
29 He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength.
30 Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall:
31 But they that wait upon the LORD "shall 16 renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk,
and not faint.
4 Who hath wrought and done it, calling the generations from the beginning? I the LORD, the first, and with the last; I am he.
25 To whom then will ye liken me, or shall I be equal? saith the Holy One.
26 Lift up your eyes on high, and behold who hath created these things, that bringeth out their host by number: "he calleth them all by names by the greatness of his might, for that he is strong in power; not one faileth.
27 Why sayest thou, O Jacob, and speakest, O Israel, My way is hid from the LORD, and my judgment is passed over from my God?
o Dan. 4. 35. 41. 6, 7. & 44. 12, &c.
41. 7. Jer. 10. 4.
p Ps. 62. 9. q ver. 25. ch. 46. 5. Acts 17. 29. r ch.
u Job 9. 8. Ps. 104. 2. ch. 42. 5. & 44. 24. & 51. 13. Jer. 10. 12. x Job 12. 21. Ps. 107. 40. y ver. 18. Deut. 4. 15, &c. z Ps.
5 The isles saw it, and feared; the ends of the earth were afraid, drew near, and came.
6 They helped every one his neighbour; and every one said to his brother, 3 Be of good courage.
7 So the carpenter encouraged the 'goldsmith, and he that smootheth with the ham
147. 4. a Ps. 147. 5. Rom. 11. 33.
b Ps. 103. 5. 16 Heb. change. 1 Heb. righteousness.
e See Gen. 14. 14, &c. ver. 25. ch. 45. 1. 2 Heb. in peace.
41. 7. & 46. 10.
40. 19. & 44. 12.
b ch. 16. 11. d ver. 26. ch. fch.
e ch. 43. 10. & 44. 6. & 48. 12. Rev. 1. 17. & 2, 13
g ch. 40. 19.
Heb. Be strong.
• Or, founder.