Isaiah 37-39

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Isaiah 37

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 Yahweh. 2 And he sent Eliakim, who was over the household, and Shebna the scribe, and the elders of the priests, covered with sackcloth, to Isaiah the prophet the son of Amoz. 3 And they said to him, In this manner says Hezekiah, This day is a day of trouble, and of rebuke, and of contumely; for the children are come to the birth, and there is not strength to bring forth. 4 It may be Yahweh your Elohim will hear the words of Rabshakeh, whom the king of Assyria his master has sent to defy the living Elohim, and will rebuke the words which Yahweh your Elohim has heard: therefore lift up your prayer for the remnant that is left.


5 So the servants of king Hezekiah came to Isaiah. 6 And Isaiah said to them, In this manner shall you say to your master, In this manner says Yahweh, Be not afraid 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, and he shall hear tidings, and shall 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 had departed from Lachish. 9 And he heard say concerning Tirhakah king of Ethiopia, He has come out to fight against you. And when he heard it, he sent messengers to Hezekiah, saying, 10 In this manner shall you speak to Hezekiah king of Judah, saying, Let not your Elohim in whom you trust deceive you, saying, Jerusalem shall not be given into the hand of the king of Assyria. 11 Behold, you have heard what the kings of Assyria have done to all lands, by destroying them utterly: and shall you be delivered? 12 Have the elohim of the nations delivered them, which my fathers have destroyed, Gozan, and Haran, and Rezeph, and the children of Eden that were in Telassar? 13 Where is the king of Hamath, and the king of Arpad, and the king of the city of Sepharvaim, of Hena, and Ivvah?


14 And Hezekiah received the letter from the hand of the messengers, and read it; and Hezekiah went up to the house of Yahweh, and spread it before Yahweh. 15 And Hezekiah prayed to Yahweh, saying, 16 O Yahweh of hosts, the Elohim of Israel, that sits above the cherubim, you are the Elohim, even you alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth; you have made heaven and earth. 17 Incline your ear, O Yahweh, and hear; open your eyes, O Yahweh, and see; and hear all the words of Sennacherib, who has sent to defy the living Elohim. 18 Of a truth, Yahweh, the kings of Assyria have laid waste all the countries, and their land, 19 and have cast their elohim into the fire: for they were no elohim, but the work of men’s hands, wood and stone; therefore they have destroyed them. 20 Now therefore, O Yahweh our Elohim, save us from his hand, that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that you are Yahweh, even you only.


21 Then Isaiah the son of Amoz sent to Hezekiah, saying, In this manner says Yahweh, the Elohim of Israel, Whereas you have prayed to me against Sennacherib king of Assyria, 22 this is the word which Yahweh has spoken concerning him: The virgin daughter of Zion has despised you and laughed you to scorn; the daughter of Jerusalem has shaken her head at you. 23 Whom have you defied and blasphemed? And against whom have you exalted your voice and lifted up your eyes on high? Even against the Holy One of Israel. 24 By your servants have you defied Yahweh, and have said, With the multitude of my chariots have I come up to the height of the mountains, to the innermost parts of Lebanon; and I will cut down the tall cedars of it, and the choice fir-trees of it; and I will enter into its farthest height, the forest of its fruitful field. 25 I have dug and drunk water, and with the sole of my feet will I dry up all the rivers of Egypt.


26 Have you not heard how I have done it long ago, and formed it of ancient times? Now have I brought it to pass, that it should be yours to lay waste fortified cities into ruined 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 a field of grain before it is grown up. 28 But I know 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 arrogancy has come up into my ears, therefore will I put my hook in your nose, and my bridle in your lips, and I will turn you back by the way by which you came.


30 And this shall be the sign to you: you shall eat this year that which grows of itself, and in the second year that which springs of the same; and in the third year sow, and reap, and plant vineyards, and eat the fruit of it. 31 And the remnant that has 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 out of mount Zion they that shall escape: the zeal of Yahweh of hosts will perform this.


33 Therefore thus says Yahweh concerning the king of Assyria, He shall not come to this city, nor shoot an arrow there, neither shall he come before it with shield, nor cast up a mound against it. 34 By the way that he came, by the same shall he return, and he shall not come to this city, says Yahweh. 35 For I will defend this city to save it, for my own sake, and for my servant David’s sake.


36 And the angel of Yahweh went forth, and struck the camp of the Assyrians one hundred and eighty-five thousand; and when men arose early in the morning, behold, these were all dead bodies. 37 So Sennacherib king of Assyria departed, and went and returned, and dwelt at Nineveh. 38 And it came to pass, as he was worshiping in the house of Nisroch his elohim, that Adrammelech and Sharezer his sons struck him with the sword; and they escaped into the land of Ararat. And Esarhaddon his son reigned in his place.



Isaiah 38

In those days Hezekiah was deathly sick. And Isaiah the prophet the son of Amoz came to him, and said to him, In this manner says Yahweh, Set your house in order; for you shall die, and not live. 2 Then Hezekiah turned his face to the wall, and prayed to Yahweh, 3 and said, Remember now, O Yahweh, I plead you, how I have walked before you in truth and with a perfect heart, and have done that which is good in your sight. And Hezekiah wept bitterly. 4 Then the word of Yahweh came to Isaiah, saying, 5 Go, and say to Hezekiah, In this manner says Yahweh, the Elohim of David your father, I have heard your prayer, I have seen your tears: behold, I will add to your days fifteen years. 6 And I will deliver you and this city out of the hand of the king of Assyria; and I will defend this city. 7 And this shall be the sign to you from Yahweh, that Yahweh will do this thing that he has spoken: 8 behold, I will cause the shadow on the steps, which has gone down on the dial of Ahaz with the sun, to return backward ten steps. So the sun returned ten steps on the dial on which it had 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 noontide of my days I shall go into the gates of Sheol: I am deprived of the residue of my years. 11 I said, I shall not see Yah even Yah in the land of the living: I shall behold man no more with the inhabitants of the world. 12 My dwelling is removed, and is carried away from me as a shepherd’s tent: I have rolled up, like a weaver, my life; he will cut me off from the loom: From day even to night will you make an end of me. 13 I quieted myself until morning; as a lion, so he breaks all my bones: From day even to night will you make an end of me. 14 Like a swallow or a crane, so did I chatter; I did moan as a dove; my eyes fail with looking upward: O Yahweh, I am oppressed, be my surety. 15 What shall I say? He has both spoken to me, and himself has done it: I shall go softly all my years because of the bitterness of my soul. 16 O Yahweh, by these things men live; And wholly in it is the life of my spirit: Therefore you recover me, and make me to live. 17 Behold, it was for my peace that I had great bitterness: But you have in love to my soul delivered it from the pit of corruption; For you have cast all my sins behind your back. 18 For Sheol cannot praise you, death cannot celebrate you: They that go down into the pit cannot hope for your truth. 19 The living, the living, he shall praise you, as I do this day: The father to the children shall make known your truth. 20 Yahweh is ready to save me: Therefore we will sing my songs with stringed instruments All the days of our life in the house of Yahweh.


21 Now Isaiah had said, Let them take a cake 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 Yahweh?



Isaiah 39

At that time Merodach-baladan the son of Baladan, king of Babylon, sent letters and a present to Hezekiah; for he heard that he had been sick, and was recovered. 2 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 oil, and all the house of his armor, and all that was found in his treasures: there was nothing in his house, nor in all his dominion, that Hezekiah did not show them. 3 Then came Isaiah the prophet to king Hezekiah, and said to him, What did these men say? From where did they come to you? And Hezekiah said, They have come from a far country to me, even from Babylon. 4 Then said he, What have they seen in your house? And Hezekiah answered, All that is in my house have they seen: there is nothing among my treasures that I have not showed them. 5 Then said Isaiah to Hezekiah, Hear the word of Yahweh of hosts. 6 Behold, the days are coming, when all that is in your house, and that which your fathers have laid up in store until this day, shall be carried to Babylon: nothing shall be left, says Yahweh. 7 And of your sons that shall issue from you, whom you shall procreate, 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 Yahweh which you have spoken. He said moreover, For there shall be peace and truth in my days.

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