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Assyria warring against Libnah: for he had heard that he was departed from Lachish. 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, 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. Behold, thou hast heard what the kings of Assyria have done to all lands by destroying them utterly; and shalt thou be delivered? 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? Where is the king of Hamath, and the king of Arphad, and the king of the city of Sepharvaim, Hena, and Ivah?
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. And Hezekiah prayed unto the Lord, saying, 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. 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 liv
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ing God. Of a truth, Lord, the kings of Assyria have laid waste all the nations, and their countries, 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. 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.
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: 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
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.
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
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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. I have digged, and drunk water; And with the sole of my feet have I dried up all the
rivers of the besieged places. 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. Therefore their inhabitants were of small power, They were dismayed and confounded: They were as the grass of the field, and as the
As the grass on the housetops, and as corn blasted
before it be grown up. But I know thy abode, and thy going out, and thy
coming in, And thy rage against me. 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. And this shall be a sign unto thee,
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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,
Shall again take root downward, and bear fruit upward:
For out of Jerusalem shall go forth a remnant,
king of Assyria,
And shall not come into this city, saith the Lord.
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
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morning, behold, they were all dead corpses. So Sennacherib king of Assyria departed, and went and returned, and dwelt at Nineveh. 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 his stead.
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. Then Hezekiah turned his face toward the wall, and prayed unto the Lord, 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. Then came the word of the Lord to Isaiah, saying, 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. And I will deliver thee and this city out of the hand of the king of Assyria: and I will defend this city. And this shall be a sign unto thee from the Lord, that the Lord will do this thing that he hath spoken; behold, I will bring again the shadow of the degrees, which is gone down in the sun dial of Ahaz,
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