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CHAP. XXXVII,

words of the great king, the king of Assyria.

14 Thus saith the king, Let not Hezekiah deceive you: for he shall not be able to deliver

you. 15 Neither let Hezekiah make you trust in the LORD, saying, The LORD will surely deliver us: this city shall not be delivered into the band of the king of Assyria.

16 Hearken not to Hezekiah : for thus saith the king of Assyria, Make an agreement with me by a present, and come out to me: and eat ye every one of his vine, and every one of his fig tree, and drink ye every one the waters of his own cistern;

17 Until I come and take you away to a land like your own land, a land of corn and wine, a land of bread and vineyards.

18 Beware lest Hezekiah persuade you, saying, The LORD will deliver us. Hath any of the gods of the nations delivered his land out of the hand of the king of Assyria?

19 Where are the gods of Hamath and Arphad? where are the gods of Sepharvaim and have they delivered Samaria out of my hand?

20 Who are they among all the gods of these lands, that have delivered their land out of my hand, that the LORD should deliver Jerusalem out of

my

hand ? 21 But they held their peace, and answered him not a word : for the king's commandment was, saying, Answer him not.

22 Then came Eliakim, the son of Hilkiah, that was over the houshold, and Shebna the scribe, and Joal, the son of Asaph, the recorder, to Hezekiah with their clothes rent, and told him the words of Rabshakeh.

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 houshold, 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.

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 blasphem

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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 Hezekiab king of Judah, saying, Let not thy God, in whom thou trustest, deceive thee, saying, Jerusalem shall not be given into the band 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 Ivab?

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 destroy. ed 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.

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 bath 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

grown

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 Esar-haddon his son reigned in bis stead.

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 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 Jerusalein 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.

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.

CHAP. XXXVIII. In those days was Hezekiah sick unto death. And Isaiah the prophet the son of Amoz came unto him, and said unto him, Thus saith the LORD, Set thine house in order : for thou shalt die, and not live.

2 Then Hezekiah turned his face toward the wall, and prayed unto the LORD,

3 And said, Remember now, O LORD, I 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 sore.

4 Then came the word of the LORD to Isaiah, saying,

5 Go, and say to Hezekiah, Thus saith the LORD, the God of David thy father, I have heard thy prayer, I have seen thy tears: behold, I will add unto thy days fifteen 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

it was gone

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 reudy 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 plaister 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?

CHAP. XXXIX.

returned ten degrees, by which degrees

down. 9 The writing of Hezekiah king of Judah, when he had been sick, and was recovered of bis 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.

13 I reckoned till morning, that, as a lion, so will be 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 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.

17 Behold, for peace I had great bitterness : but thou hast in love to my soul delivered it from the pit of corruption : for thou hast cast all my sins behind thy back.

18 For the grave cannot praise thee, death can not celebrate thee: they that go down into the pit cannot hope for thy truth.

At that time Merodach-baladan, the son of Baladan, king of Babylon, sent letters and a present to Hezekiah: for he had heard that he had been sick, and was recovered.

2 And Hezekiah was glad of them, and shewed 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 shewed them

not.

3 Then came Isaiah the prophet unto king Hezekiah, and said unto him, What said these men ? and from whence came they unto thee? And Hezekiah said, They are come from a far country unto me, even from Babylon.

4 Then said he, What have they seen in thine house? And Hezekiah answered, All that is in mine house have they seen: there is nothing among my treasures that I have not shewed them.

5 Then said Isaiah to Hezekiah, 7 The grass withereth, the flower Hear the word of the LORD of fadeth : because the spirit of the hosts :

Lord bloweth upon it: surely the 6 Behold, the days come, that all people is grass. that is in thine house, and that which 8 The grass withereth, the flower thy fathers have laid up

in store un

fadeth: but the word of our God til this day, shall be carried to Baby

shall stand for ever. lon: nothing shall be left, saith the 9 0 Zion, that bringest good LORD.

tidings, get thee up into the high 7 And of thy sons that shall issue mountain ; 0 Jerusalem, that bringfrom thee, which thou shalt beget, est good tidings, lift up thy voice shall they take away; and they shall with strength; lift it up, be not be eunuchs in the palace of the king afraid ; say unto the cities of Judah, of Babylon.

Behold your God! 8 Then said Hezekiah to Isaiah, 10 Behold, the Lord God will Good is the word of the LORD which come with strong hand, and his arm thou hast spoken. He said more- shall rule for him : behold, his reover, For there shall be peace and ward is with him, and his work betruth in my days.

fore him.

11 He shall feed his flock like a CHAP. XL.

shepherd: he shall gather the lambs

with his arm, and carry them in his COMFORT ye, comfort ye my

bosom, and shall gently lead those people, saith your God.

that are with young. 2 Speak ye comfortably to Jeru- 12 Who hath measured the wasalem, and cry unto her, that her ters in the hollow of his hand, and warfare is accomplished, that her meted out heaven with the span, and iniquity is pardoned : for she hath comprehended the dust of the earth received of the LORD's hand double in a measure, and weighed the for all her sins.

mountains in scales, and the hills in 3 The voice of him that crieth in a balance ? the wilderness, Prepare ye the way 13 Who hath directed the Spirit of the LORD, make straight in the of the LORD, or being his counsellor desert a highway for our God. hath taught him?

4 Every valley shall be exalted, 14 With whom took he counsel, and every mountain and hill shall and who instructed him, and taught be made low : and the crooked shall him in the path of judgment, and be made straight, and the rough taught him knowledge, and shewed places plain :

to him the way of understanding? 5 And the glory of the LORD 15 Behold, the nations are as a shall be revealed, and all flesh shall drop of a bucket, and are counted see it together : for the mouth of as the small dust of the balance: the Lord hath spoken it.

behold, he taketh up the isles as a 6 The voice said, Cry. And he very little thing. said, What shall I cry? All flesh is 16 And Lebanon is not sufficient grass, and all the goodliness thereof to burn, nor the beasts thereof sufis as the flower of the field :

ficient for a burnt offering.

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