2 Kings 19.8->

The Rabshakeh returned, and found the King of Assyria fighting against Libnah; for he heard that the King had left Lachish.

And when the King heard concerning Tirhakah, King of Ethiopia, “Behold, he has set out to fight against you,” he sent messengers again to Hezekiah, saying, “Thus shall you speak to Hezekiah King of Judah: ‘Do not let your god on whom you rely deceive you by promising that Jerusalem will not be given into the hand of the King of Assyria.

“‘Behold, you have heard what the Kings of Assyria have done to all lands, destroying them utterly. And shall you be delivered? Have gods of other nations delivered them?– the nations which my fathers destroyed, Gozan, Haran, Rezeph, and the people of Eden who were in Telassar? Where is the King of Hamath, the King of Arpad, the king of the city of Sepharvaim, the King of Hena, or the King of Ivvah?'”

Hezekiah received the letter from the hand of the messengers, and read it; and Hezekiah went up to the House of the Lord, and spread it before the Lord. And Hezekiah prayed before the Lord, and said, “Oh Lord the God of Israel, who art enthroned above the cherubim, thou art the God, Thou alone, of all the kingdoms of the Earth; Thou has made Heaven and Earth.

“Incline Thy ear, oh Lord, and hear; open Thy eyes, oh Lord, and see. And hear the words of Sennacherib, which he has sent to mock the Living God.

“Of a truth, oh Lord, the kings of Assyria have laid waste other nations and their lands, and have cast their gods into the fire; for they were no gods, but the work of men’s hands– wood and stone– and therefore they were destroyed.

“So now, oh Lord, save us– I beseech Thee– from his hand, that all the kingdoms of the Earth may know that Thou, oh Lord, art God alone.”

Then Isaiah the son of Amoz sent to Hezekiah, saying, “Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel: Your prayer to me about Sennacherib King of Assyria I have heard. This is the word that the Lord has spoken concerning him:

“She despises you; she scorns you–
the virgin daughter of Zion;
she wags her head behind you–
the daughter of Jerusalem!

Whom have you mocked and reviled?
Against Whom have you raised your voice
and haughtily lifted your eyes?
Against the Holy One of Israel?

By your messengers you have mocked the Lord,
and you have said, ‘With my many chariots
I have gone up the heights of the mountains
to the far reaches of Lebanon.

I felled its tallest cedars,
its choicest cypresses;
I entered its farthest retreat,
its densest forest.

I dug wells
and drank foreign waters
and I dried up with the sole of my foot
all the streams of Egypt.’

Have you not heard that I determined it long ago?
I planned from days of old, what now I bring to pass:

that you should turn fortified cities into heaps of ruins
while their inhabitants, shorn of strength
are dismayed and confounded

and have become like plants of the field
and like tender grass–
like grass on the housetops,
blighted before it is grown.

But I know your sitting down
and your going out and coming in,
and your raging against me.

Because you have raged against me
and your arrogance has come into my ears
I will put my hook in your nose
and my bit in your mouth,

and I will turn you back
on the way by which you have come.

“‘And this shall be the sign for you: This year you shall eat what grows of itself; and in the second year, what springs of the same. Then in the third year, sow and reap; and plant vineyards, and eat their fruit. And the surviving remnant of the house of Judah shall again take root downward, and bear fruit upward– for out of Jerusalem shall go forth a remnant, and out of Mt Zion a band of survivors. The zeal of the Lord will do this!

“‘Therefore thus says the Lord concerning the King of Assyria: He shall not come into this city or shoot an arrow there, or come before it with a shield or cast up a siege mound against it. By the way that he came, by the same he shall return; and he shall not come into this city, says the Lord. For I will defend this city to save it, for my own sake and for the sake of my servant David.'”

And that night the angel of the Lord went forth, and slew a hundred and eighty-five thousand in the camp of the Assyrians; and when men arose early in the morning, behold, these were all dead bodies!

Then Sennacherib King of Assyria departed, and went home, and dwelt at Ninevah. And as he was worshiping in the House of Nisroch his god, Adram-melech and Sharezer, his sons, slew him with the sword, and escaped into the land of Ararat. And Esarhaddon his son reigned in his stead.

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2 responses

  1. Okay, this is one example where we have the other side's story for comparison. Sennacherib doesn't claim to have taken Jerusalem, as with all the other cities he's besieged. He does, if I have this right, make it home with the tribute he wanted and live out a normal life-expectancy for ancient royalty, with no untoward flesh wounds or pillows over the face. As far as the official Assyrian records say.Prophecy is becoming a literary art form here. Poetry in verse form.But what of this?: "And the surviving remnant of the house of Judah shall again take root downward, and bear fruit upward– for out of Jerusalem shall go forth a remnant, and out of Mt Zion a band of survivors. The zeal of the Lord will do this!"Hinting something like: 'You'll hold off the Assyrians, but the Babylonians will get you some day'? Dunno.

  2. Thank you for the comments under Luke 10.21. I’ve spent a little time studying and refreshing my memory on the history at this junction in Kings. I’ve confused myself a bit. It’ll sink in as we go.

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