NASB — Isaiah 37 — KJV

Hezekiah Seeks Isaiah’s Help

1 And awhen King Hezekiah heard [it], he tore his clothes, covered himself with sackcloth and entered the house of the LORD. 2 Then he sent aEliakim who was over the household with bShebna the scribe and the elders of the priests, covered with sackcloth, to cIsaiah the prophet, the son of Amoz. 3 They said to him, “Thus says Hezekiah, ‘This day is a aday of distress, rebuke and rejection; for bchildren have come to birth, and there is no strength to Ideliver. 4 Perhaps the LORD your God will hear the words of Rabshakeh, whom his master the king of Assyria has sent to areproach the living God, and will rebuke the words which the LORD your God has heard. Therefore, offer a prayer for bthe remnant that is left.’”

[1] a2K 19:1-37; Is 37:1-38
[2] aIs 22:20 bIs 22:15 cIs 1:1; 20:2
[3] ILit give birth aIs 22:5; 26:16; 33:2 bIs 26:17, 18; 66:9; Ho 13:13
[4] aIs 36:13-15, 18, 20 bIs 1:9; 10:20-22; 37:31, 32; 46:3

5 ¶ So the servants of King Hezekiah came to Isaiah. 6 Isaiah said to them, “Thus you shall say to your master, ‘Thus says the LORD, “aDo not be afraid because of the words that you have heard, with which the servants of the king of Assyria have blasphemed Me. 7 Behold, I will put a spirit in him so that he will ahear a rumor and breturn to his own land. And I will make him fall by the sword in his own land.”’”

[6] aIs 7:4; 35:4
[7] aIs 37:9 bIs 37:37, 38

8 ¶ Then Rabshakeh returned and found the king of Assyria fighting against aLibnah, for he had heard that Ithe king had left bLachish. 9 When he aheard [them] say concerning Tirhakah king of IbCush, “He has come out to fight against you,” and when he heard [it] he sent messengers to Hezekiah, saying, 10 “Thus you shall say to Hezekiah king of IJudah, ‘aDo not let your God in whom you trust deceive you, saying, “Jerusalem will not be given into the hand of the king of Assyria.” 11 aBehold, you have heard what the kings of Assyria have done to all the lands, destroying them completely. So will you be Ispared? 12 Did the gods of Ithose nations which my fathers have destroyed deliver them, [even] aGozan and bHaran and Rezeph and the sons of Eden who [were] in Telassar? 13 Where is the king of Hamath, the king of Arpad, the king of the city of Sepharvaim, [and of] Hena and Ivvah?’”

[8] ILit he aNu 33:20; Jsh 10:29 bJsh 10:31, 32
[9] IOr Ethiopia aIs 37:7 bIs 18:1; 20:5
[10] ILit Judah, saying aIs 36:15
[11] ILit delivered aIs 10:9-11; 36:18-20
[12] ILit the a2K 17:6; 18:11 bGn 11:31; 12:1-4; Ac 7:2

Hezekiah’s Prayer in the Temple

14 ¶ Then Hezekiah took the Iletter from the hand of the messengers and read it, and he went up to the house of the LORD and IIspread it out before the LORD. 15 Hezekiah prayed to the LORD saying, 16 “O LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, awho is enthroned [above] the cherubim, You are the bGod, You alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth. cYou have made heaven and earth. 17 aIncline Your ear, O LORD, and hear; open Your eyes, O LORD, and see; and blisten to all the words of Sennacherib, who sent [them] to creproach the living God. 18 Truly, O LORD, the akings of Assyria have devastated all the countries and their lands, 19 and have cast their gods into the fire, for they were not gods but the awork of men’s hands, wood and stone. So they have bdestroyed them. 20 Now, O LORD our God, adeliver us from his hand that ball the kingdoms of the earth may know that You alone, LORD, Iare God.”

[14] ILit letters IILit Hezekiah spread
[16] aEx 25:22; 1S 4:4; Ps 80:1; 99:1 bDt 10:17; Ps 86:10; 136:2, 3 cIs 42:5; 45:12; Jr 10:12
[17] a2Ch 6:40; Ps 17:6; Dn 9:18 bPs 74:22 cIs 37:4
[18] a2K 15:29; 16:9; 17:6, 24; 1Ch 5:26
[19] aIs 2:8; 17:8; 41:24, 29 bIs 26:14
[20] ISo DSS and 2K 19:19; M.T. omits God aIs 25:9; 33:22; 35:4 b1K 18:36, 37; Ps 46:10; Is 37:16; Ezk 36:23

God Answers through Isaiah

21 ¶ Then aIsaiah the son of Amoz sent [word] to Hezekiah, saying, “Thus says the LORD, the God of Israel, ‘Because you have prayed to Me about Sennacherib king of Assyria, 22 this is the word that the LORD has spoken against him:
  “She has despised you and mocked you,
  The avirgin bdaughter of Zion;
  She has cshaken [her] head behind you,
  The daughter of Jerusalem!
  23 “Whom have you areproached and blasphemed?
  And against whom have you raised [your] voice
  And Ihaughtily blifted up your eyes?
  Against the cHoly One of Israel!
  24 “Through your servants you have reproached the Lord,
  And you have said, ‘With my many chariots I came up to the heights of the mountains,
  To the remotest parts of aLebanon;
  And I cut down its tall bcedars [and] its choice cypresses.
  And I will go to its Ihighest peak, its thickest cforest.
  25 ‘I dug [wells] and drank waters,
  And awith the sole of my feet I dried up
  All the rivers of IEgypt.’
  26aHave you not heard?
  Long ago I did it,
  From ancient times I bplanned it.
  Now cI have brought it to pass,
  That dyou should turn fortified cities into eruinous heaps.
  27 “Therefore their inhabitants were short of strength,
  They were dismayed and put to shame;
  They were [as] the avegetation of the field and [as] the green herb,
  [As] bgrass on the housetops Iis scorched before it is grown up.
  28 “But I aknow your sitting down
  And your going out and your coming in
  And your raging against Me.
  29 “Because of your raging against Me
  And because your Iaarrogance has come up to My ears,
  Therefore I will put My bhook in your nose
  And My cbridle in your lips,
  And I will turn you back dby the way which you came.

[21] aIs 37:2
[22] aJr 14:17; Lm 2:13 bPs 9:14; Zp 3:14; Zc 2:10 cJb 16:4
[23] ILit on high aIs 37:4 bIs 2:11; 5:15, 21 cEzk 39:7; Hab 1:12
[24] ILit farthest height aIs 10:33, 34 bIs 14:8 cIs 10:18
[25] IOr the besieged place aDt 11:10; 1K 20:10
[26] aIs 40:21, 28 bAc 2:23; 4:27, 28; 1P 2:8 cIs 46:11 dIs 10:6 eIs 17:1; 25:2
[27] ISo DSS and 2K 19:26; M.T. as a plowed field aIs 40:7 bPs 129:6
[28] aPs 139:1
[29] ILit complacency aIs 10:12 bEzk 29:4; 38:4 cIs 30:28 dIs 37:34

30 ¶ “Then this shall be the sign for you: Iyou will eat this year what agrows of itself, in the second year what springs from the same, and in the third year sow, reap, plant vineyards and eat their fruit. 31 The asurviving bremnant of the house of Judah will again ctake root downward and bear fruit upward. 32 For out of Jerusalem will go forth a aremnant and out of Mount Zion Isurvivors. The bzeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.”’

[30] ILit eating aLv 25:5, 11
[31] aIs 4:2; 10:20 bIs 37:4 cIs 27:6
[32] ILit those who escape aIs 37:4 b2K 19:31; Is 9:7; 59:17; Jol 2:18; Zc 1:14

33 ¶ “Therefore, thus says the LORD concerning the king of Assyria, ‘He will not come to this city or shoot an arrow there; and he will not come before it with a shield, or throw up a asiege ramp against it. 34 aBy the way that he came, by the same he will return, and he will not come to this city,’ declares the LORD. 35 ‘For I will adefend this city to save it bfor My own sake and for My servant David’s sake.’”

[33] aJr 6:6; 32:24
[34] aIs 37:29
[35] a2K 20:6; Is 31:5; 38:6 bIs 43:25; 48:9, 11

Assyrians Destroyed

36 ¶ Then the aangel of the LORD went out and struck 185,000 in the camp of the Assyrians; and when Imen arose early in the morning, behold, all of these were IIdead. 37 So Sennacherib king of Assyria departed and Ireturned [home] and lived at aNineveh. 38 It came about as he was worshiping in the house of Nisroch his god, that Adrammelech and Sharezer his sons killed him with the sword; and they escaped into the land of aArarat. And bEsarhaddon his son became king in his place.

[36] ILit they IILit dead bodies a2K 19:35; Is 10:12, 33, 34
[37] ILit went and returned aGn 10:11; Jna 1:2; 3:3; 4:11; Zp 2:13
[38] aGn 8:4; Jr 51:27 bEzr 4:2


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Hezekiah mourning sendeth to Isaiah to pray for them.

1 ¶ And it came to pass, when king Hezekiah 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. 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 left. 5 So the servants of king Hezekiah came to Isaiah.

[1] 2K 19:1; 22:11; Ezr 9:5; Jb 1:20; Is 36:22; Jr 36:24; Jna 3:5; Mt 11:21.
[2] 2K 18:18; 19:2; 22:12; 2Ch 20:20; Is 36:3; 37:14; Jol 1:13.
[3] 2K 19:3; 2Ch 15:4; Ps 50:15; 91:15; 95:8; 116:3; Is 25:8; 26:17; 33:2; 66:9; Jr 30:7; Ho 5:15; 6:1; 13:13; Rv 3:19.
[4] Jsh 14:12; 1S 7:8; 12:19, 23; 14:6; 17:26, 36; 2S 16:12; 2K 17:18; 18:9; 19:4, 22; 2Ch 28:19; 32:15, 20; Ps 50:21; 106:23; Is 1:9; 8:7; 10:5, 22; 36:20; 37:23; 51:7; Jol 2:17; Am 5:15; Ro 9:27; Jm 5:16.

Isaiah comforteth them.

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.

[6] Ex 14:13; Lv 26:8; Jsh 11:6; 2K 19:5; 22:15; 2Ch 20:15; Is 7:4; 10:24; 35:4; 41:10; 43:1; 51:12; Mk 4:40; 5:36.
[7] 2K 7:6; 2Ch 32:21; Jb 4:9; 15:21; Ps 58:9; Is 10:16, 33; 17:13; 29:5; 30:28; 31:8; 33:10; 37:36.

Sennacherib, going to encounter Tirhakah, sendeth a blasphemous letter to Hezekiah.

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 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 destroying them utterly; and shalt thou be delivered? 12 Have the gods of the nations delivered them which my fathers have destroyed, [as] Gozan, and Haran, and Rezeph, and the children of Eden which [were] in Telassar? 13 Where [is] the king of Hamath, and the king of Arphad, and the king of the city of Sepharvaim, Hena, and Ivah?

[8] Nu 33:20; Jsh 10:29, 31; 12:11; 15:39; 21:13; 2K 8:22; 19:8; 2Ch 21:10.
[9] Gn 2:13; Ex 3:1; Nu 12:1; 1S 23:27; 2K 17:30; Hab 3:7.
[10] 2K 18:5; 19:10; 2Ch 32:7, 15; Ps 22:8; Is 36:4, 15, 20; Mt 27:43.
[11] 2K 17:4; 18:33; Is 10:7; 14:17; 36:18; 37:18.
[12] Gn 2:8; 11:31; 12:14; 14:1; 28:10; 29:4; 2K 17:6; 18:11; 19:12; Is 36:20; 46:5; Ezk 27:23; 28:13; Am 1:5; Ac 7:2.
[13] 2K 17:24, 30; 18:34; 19:13; Is 10:9; 36:19; Jr 49:23.

Hezekiah's prayer.

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, that dwellest [between] the cherubims, 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. 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.

[14] 1K 8:28, 38; 9:3; 2K 19:14; 2Ch 6:20; Ps 27:5; 62:1; 74:10; 76:1; 123:1; 143:6; Is 37:1; Jol 2:17.
[15] 1S 7:8; 2S 7:18; 2K 19:15; 2Ch 14:11; 20:6; Dn 9:3; Php 4:6; Jm 5:13.
[16] Gn 1:1; Ex 25:22; 1S 4:4; 2S 7:26; 1K 18:32; 2K 5:15; Ps 46:7, 11; 80:1; 86:10; 99:1; 146:6; Is 6:3; 8:13; 37:20; 40:28; 43:10; 44:6, 24; 45:22; 54:5; Jr 10:10; Jn 1:3; Col 1:16; He 4:16; Rv 11:15.
[17] 2S 16:12; 2Ch 6:40; Jb 36:7; Ps 10:14; 17:6; 71:2; 74:10, 22; 79:12; 89:50; 130:1; Is 37:4; Dn 9:17; 1P 3:12.
[18] 2K 15:29; 16:9; 17:6, 24; 1Ch 5:26; Na 2:11.
[19] Ex 32:20; 2S 5:21; Ps 115:4; Is 10:9; 36:18; 40:19; 41:7; 44:9, 17; 46:1; Jr 10:3, 11; Ho 8:6.
[20] Ex 9:15; Jsh 7:8; 1S 17:45; 1K 8:43; 18:36; Ps 46:10; 59:13; 67:1; 83:17; Is 37:16; 42:8; Ezk 36:23; Mal 1:11.

Isaiah's prophecy of the pride and destruction of Sennacherib, and the good of Zion.

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 daughter of Zion, hath despised thee, [and] laughed thee to scorn; the daughter of Jerusalem hath shaken her head at thee. 23 Whom hast thou reproached and blasphemed? and against whom hast thou exalted [thy] voice, and lifted up thine eyes on high? [even] against the Holy One of Israel. 24 By thy servants hast thou reproached the Lord, and hast said, By the multitude of my chariots am I come up to the height of the mountains, to the sides of Lebanon; and I will cut down the tall cedars thereof, [and] the choice fir trees thereof: and I will enter into the height of his border, [and] the forest of his Carmel. 25 I have digged, and drunk water; and with the sole of my feet have I dried up all the rivers of the besieged places. 26 Hast thou not heard long ago, [how] I have done it; [and] of ancient times, that I have formed it? now have I brought it to pass, that thou shouldest be to lay waste defenced cities [into] ruinous heaps. 27 Therefore their inhabitants [were] of small power, they were dismayed and confounded: they were [as] the grass of the field, and [as] the green herb, [as] the grass on the housetops, and [as corn] blasted before it be grown up. 28 But I know thy abode, and thy going out, and thy coming in, and thy rage against me. 29 Because thy rage against me, and thy tumult, is come up into mine ears, therefore will I put my hook in thy nose, and my bridle in thy lips, and I will turn thee back by the way by which thou camest. 30 And this [shall be] a sign unto thee, Ye shall eat [this] year such as groweth of itself; and the second year that which springeth of the same: and in the third year sow ye, and reap, and plant vineyards, and eat the fruit thereof. 31 And the remnant that is escaped of the house of Judah shall again take root downward, and bear fruit upward: 32 For out of Jerusalem shall go forth a remnant, and they that escape out of mount Zion: the zeal of the LORD of hosts shall do this. 33 Therefore thus saith the LORD concerning the king of Assyria, He shall not come into this city, nor shoot an arrow there, nor come before it with shields, nor cast a bank against it. 34 By the way that he came, by the same shall he return, and shall not come into this city, saith the LORD. 35 For I will defend this city to save it for mine own sake, and for my servant David's sake.

[21] 2S 15:31; 17:23; 2K 19:20; Jb 22:27; Ps 91:15; Is 38:3; 58:9; 65:24; Dn 9:20; Ac 4:31.
[22] 1S 17:36, 44; Jb 16:4; Ps 2:2; 9:14; 22:7; 27:1; 31:18; 46:1; Is 1:8; 8:9; 10:32; 23:12; 62:11; Jr 14:17; Lm 1:15; 2:13; Jol 3:9; Am 5:2; Zp 3:14; Zc 2:10; 9:9; Mt 21:5; 27:39.
[23] Ex 5:2; 9:17; 15:11; 2K 19:4, 22; 2Ch 32:17; Ps 44:16; 73:9; 74:18, 23; Pv 30:13; Is 10:13, 20; 12:6; 14:13; 17:7; 30:11; 37:10; 41:14, 16; 43:3, 14; Ezk 28:2, 9; 39:7; Dn 5:20; 7:25; Hab 1:12; 2Th 2:4; Rv 13:1.
[24] Ex 15:9; 2K 19:22; Ps 20:7; Is 10:13, 18; 14:8; 29:17; 36:9, 15; 37:4; Ezk 31:3; Dn 4:8, 20, 30; Zc 11:1.
[25] 1K 20:10; 2K 19:23; Is 36:12.
[26] Gn 50:20; Ps 17:13; 76:10; Is 10:5, 15; 45:7; 46:10; Am 3:6; Ac 2:23; 4:27; 1P 2:8; Jde 1:4.
[27] Nu 14:9; 2K 19:26; Ps 37:2; 90:5; 92:7; 103:15; 127:1; 129:6; Is 19:16; 40:6; Jr 5:10; 37:10; Jm 1:10; 1P 1:24.
[28] Ps 139:2; Pv 5:21; 15:3; Jr 23:23; Rv 2:13.
[29] 2K 19:27; Jb 15:25; 41:2; Ps 2:1; 32:9; 46:6; 74:4, 23; 83:2; 93:3; Is 30:28; 36:4, 10; 37:10; Ezk 29:4; 38:4; Am 4:2; Na 1:9; Mt 27:24; Jn 15:22; Ac 9:4; 22:22.
[30] Ex 3:12; Lv 25:4, 20; 1K 13:3; 2K 19:29; 20:9; Is 7:14, 21; 38:7.
[31] 2K 19:30; Ps 80:9; Is 1:9; 6:13; 10:20; 27:6; 65:9; Jr 30:19; 44:28; Ro 9:27; 11:5; Ga 3:29.
[32] 2K 19:31; Is 9:7; 37:20; 59:17; Jol 2:18; Zc 1:14.
[33] 2K 19:32; Is 8:7; 10:32; 17:12, 14; 33:20; Ezk 21:22; Lk 19:43.
[34] Pv 21:30; Is 37:29.
[35] Dt 32:27; 1K 11:12, 36; 15:4; 2K 20:6; Is 31:5; 38:6; 43:25; 48:9; Jr 23:5; 30:9; 33:15; Ezk 20:9; 36:22; 37:24; Ep 1:6, 14.

An angel slayeth the Assyrians.

36 Then the angel of the LORD went forth, and smote in the camp of the Assyrians a hundred and fourscore and five thousand: and when they arose early in the morning, behold, they [were] all dead corpses.

[36] Ex 12:23, 30; 2S 24:16; 2K 19:35; 1Ch 21:12, 16; 2Ch 32:21; Jb 20:5; 24:24; Ps 35:5; 46:6; 76:5; Is 10:12, 16, 33; 30:30; 31:8; 33:10; Ac 12:23; 1Th 5:2.

Sennacherib is slain at Nineveh by his own sons.

37 ¶ So Sennacherib king of Assyria departed, and went and returned, and dwelt at Nineveh. 38 And it came to pass, as he was worshipping in the house of Nisroch his god, that Adrammelech and Sharezer his sons smote him with the sword; and they escaped into the land of Armenia: and Esarhaddon his son reigned in his stead.

[37] Gn 10:11; Is 31:9; 37:7, 29; Jna 1:2; 3:3; Na 1:1; Mt 12:41.
[38] Gn 8:4; 2K 19:36; 2Ch 32:14, 19, 21; Ezr 4:2; Is 14:9, 12; 36:15, 18; 37:10; Jr 51:27.


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