Hezekiah Seeks Isaiah’s Counsel

19 When King Hezekiah heard their report, he tore his clothes, covered himself with sackcloth,(A) and went into the Lord’s temple.(B) Then he sent Eliakim, who was in charge of the palace, Shebna the court secretary,(C) and the leading priests, who were wearing sackcloth,(D) to the prophet Isaiah(E) son of Amoz. They said to him, “This is what Hezekiah says: ‘Today is a day of distress, rebuke, and disgrace, for children have come to the point of birth,(F) but there is no strength to deliver them. Perhaps Yahweh your God(G) will hear(H) all the words of the Rabshakeh, whom his master the king of Assyria sent to mock the living God, and will rebuke(I) him for the words that Yahweh your God has heard. Therefore, offer a prayer for the surviving remnant.’”(J)

So the servants of King Hezekiah went to Isaiah, who said to them, “Tell your master this, ‘The Lord says: Don’t be afraid(K) because of the words you have heard, that the king of Assyria’s attendants(L) have blasphemed(M) Me with. I am about to put a spirit in him, and he will hear a rumor and return to his own land(N) where I will cause him to fall by the sword.’”(O)

Sennacherib’s Departing Threat

When(P) the Rabshakeh heard that the king of Assyria had left Lachish,(Q) he returned and found him fighting against Libnah.(R) The king had heard this about Tirhakah king of Cush: “Look, he has set out to fight against you.” So he again sent messengers to Hezekiah, saying, 10 “Say this to Hezekiah king of Judah: ‘Don’t let your God, whom you trust,(S) deceive you by promising that Jerusalem will not be handed over to the king of Assyria.(T)

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