1 Quae cum audisset rex Ezechias, scidit vestimenta sua et opertus est sacco ingressusque est domum Domini.
2 Et misit Eliachim praepositum domus et Sobnam scribam et senes de sacerdotibus opertos saccis ad Isaiam prophetam filium Amos.
3 Qui dixerunt: "Haec dicit Ezechias: Dies tribulationis et increpationis et blasphemiae dies iste; venerunt filii usque ad partum, et vires non habet parturiens.
4 Forte audiet Dominus Deus tuus universa verba Rabsacis, quem misit rex Assyriorum dominus suus, ut exprobraret Deum viventem, et puniet verba, quae audivit Dominus Deus tuus; et fac orationem pro reliquiis, quae remanent".
5 Venerunt ergo servi regis Ezechiae ad Isaiam.
6 Dixitque eis Isaias: "Haec dicetis domino vestro: Haec dicit Dominus: Noli timere a facie sermonum, quos audisti, quibus blasphemaverunt pueri regis Assyriorum me;
7 ecce ego immittam ei spiritum, et audiet nuntium et revertetur in terram suam; et deiciam eum gladio in terra sua".
8 Reversus est igitur Rabsaces et invenit regem Assyriorum oppugnantem Lobnam; audierat enim quod recessisset de Lachis.
9 Cumque audisset de Tharaca rege Aethiopiae dicentes: "Ecce egressus est, ut pugnet adversum te", iterum misit nuntios ad Ezechiam dicens:
19:10" Haec dicite Ezechiae regi Iudae: Non te seducat Deus tuus, in quo habes fiduciam, neque dicas: "Non tradetur Ierusalem in manu regis Assyriorum".
11 Tu enim ipse audisti, quae fecerint reges Assyriorum universis terris, quomodo vastaverint eas. Num ergo solus poteris liberari?
12 Numquid liberaverunt dii gentium singulos, quos vastaverunt patres mei, Gozan videlicet et Charran et Reseph et filios Eden, qui erant in Thelassar?
13 Ubi est rex Emath et rex Arphad et rex civitatis Sepharvaim, Ana et Ava?".
14 Itaque cum accepisset Ezechias litteras de manu nuntiorum et legisset eas, ascendit in domum Domini et expandit eas coram Domino
15 et oravit in conspectu eius dicens: "Domine, Deus Israel, qui sedes super cherubim! Tu es Deus solus regnorum omnium terrae, tu fecisti caelum et terram.
16 Inclina aurem tuam et audi; aperi, Domine, oculos tuos et vide et audi omnia verba Sennacherib, qui misit, ut exprobraret Deum viventem.
17 Vere, Domine, dissipaverunt reges Assyriorum gentes et terras earum
18 et miserunt deos eorum in ignem; non enim erant dii, sed opera manuum hominum ex ligno et lapide, et perdiderunt eos.
19 Nunc igitur, Domine Deus noster, salvos nos fac de manu eius, ut sciant omnia regna terrae quia tu, Domine, es Deus solus".
20 Misit autem Isaias filius Amos ad Ezechiam dicens: "Haec dicit Dominus, Deus Israel: Quae deprecatus es me super Sennacherib rege Assyriorum, audivi.
21 Iste est sermo, quem locutus est Dominus de eo: Sprevit te et subsannavit virgo filia Sion; post tergum tuum caput movit filia Ierusalem.
22 Cui exprobrasti et quem blasphemasti? Contra quem exaltasti vocem et elevasti in excelsum oculos tuos? Contra Sanctum Israel!
23 Per manum servorum tuorum exprobrasti Domino et dixisti: "In multitudine curruum meorum ascendi excelsa montium in summitate Libani et succidi sublimes cedros eius, electas abietes eius, et ingressus sum usque ad terminos eius, silvam condensam.
24 Ego fodi et bibi aquas alienas et siccavi vestigiis pedum meorum omnes aquas Aegypti".
25 Numquid non audisti, ab initio quid fecerim? Ex diebus antiquis plasmavi illud et nunc adduxi; eruntque in eradicationem, in acervos ruinarum civitates munitae.
26 Et, qui sedent in eis breviata manu, contremuerunt et confusi sunt; facti sunt quasi fenum agri et gramen virens, herba tectorum, quae arefacta est, antequam veniret ad maturitatem.
27 Sessionem tuam et egressum tuum et introitum tuum ego praescivi et furorem tuum contra me;
28 insanisti in me, et superbia tua ascendit in aures meas. Ponam itaque circulum in naribus tuis et frenum in labris tuis et reducam te in viam, per quam venisti.
29 Tibi autem, Ezechia, hoc erit signum: Comede hoc anno, quod reppereris, in secundo autem anno, quae sponte nascuntur; porro in anno tertio seminate et metite, plantate vineas et comedite fructum earum.
30 Et, quodcumque reliquum fuerit de domo Iudae, mittet radicem deorsum et faciet fructum sursum;
31 de Ierusalem quippe egredientur reliquiae, et, quod relinquetur, de monte Sion. Zelus Domini exercituum faciet hoc.
32 Quam ob rem haec dicit Dominus de rege Assyriorum: Non ingredietur urbem hanc nec mittet in eam sagittam nec occurret ei clipeo nec fundet aggerem circa eam.
33 Per viam, qua venit, revertetur et civitatem hanc non ingredietur, dicit Dominus.
34 Protegamque urbem hanc et salvabo eam propter me et propter David servum meum".
35 Factum est igitur in nocte illa: egressus est angelus Domini et percussit in castris Assyriorum centum octoginta quinque milia. Cumque diluculo surrexissent, viderunt omnia corpora mortuorum.
36 Et recedens abiit et reversus est Sennacherib rex Assyriorum et mansit in Nineve.
37 Cumque adoraret in templo Nesroch dei sui, Adramelech et Sarasar filii eius percusserunt eum gladio fugeruntque in terram Armeniorum. Et regnavit Asarhaddon filius eius pro eo.
King James Version
1 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, which 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 unto him, Thus saith Hezekiah, This day is a day of trouble, and of rebuke, and 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 all 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 are left.
5 So the servants of king Hezekiah came to Isaiah.
6 ¶ And Isaiah said unto them, Thus shall ye say to your master, Thus saith the LORD, Be not afraid of the words which thou hast heard, with which the servants of the king of Assyria have blasphemed me.
7 Behold, I will send a blast upon him, and he shall hear a rumour, 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 was departed from Lachish.
9 And when he heard say of Tirhakah king of Ethiopia, Behold, he is come out to fight against thee: he sent messengers again unto Hezekiah, saying,
10 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 delivered into the hand 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 Thelasar?
13 Where is the king of Hamath, and the king of Arpad, and the king of the city of Sepharvaim, of Hena, and Ivah?
14 ¶ And Hezekiah received the letter of the hand of the messengers, and read it: and Hezekiah went up into the house of the LORD, and spread it before the LORD.
15 And Hezekiah prayed before the LORD, and said, O LORD God of Israel, which dwellest between the cherubims, thou art the God, even thou alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth; thou hast made heaven and earth.
16 LORD, bow down thine ear, and hear: open, LORD, thine eyes, and see: and hear the words of Sennacherib, which hath sent him to reproach the living God.
17 Of a truth, LORD, the kings of Assyria have destroyed the nations and their lands,
18 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.
19 Now therefore, O LORD our God, I beseech thee, save thou us out of his hand, that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that thou art the LORD God, even thou only.
20 ¶ Then Isaiah the son of Amoz sent to Hezekiah, saying, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, That which thou hast prayed to me against Sennacherib king of Assyria I have heard.
21 This is the word that 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 at thee.
22 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.
23 By thy messengers thou hast reproached the Lord, and hast said, With the multitude of my chariots I am come up to the height of the mountains, to the sides of Lebanon, and will cut down the tall cedar trees thereof, and the choice fir trees thereof: and I will enter into the lodgings of his borders, and into the forest of his Carmel.
24 I have digged and drunk strange waters, and with the sole of my feet have I dried up all the rivers of besieged places.
25 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 fenced cities into ruinous heaps.
26 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 corn blasted before it be grown up.
27 But I know thy abode, and thy going out, and thy coming in, and thy rage against me.
28 Because thy rage against me and thy tumult is come up into mine ears, therefore I will 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.
29 And this shall be a sign unto thee, Ye shall eat this year such things as grow of themselves, and in the second year that which springeth of the same; and in the third year sow ye, and reap, and plant vineyards, and eat the fruits thereof.
30 And the remnant that is escaped of the house of Judah shall yet again take root downward, and bear fruit upward.
31 For out of Jerusalem shall go forth a remnant, and they that escape out of mount Zion: the zeal of the LORD of hosts shall do this.
32 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 shield, nor cast a bank against it.
33 By the way that he came, by the same shall he return, and shall not come into this city, saith the LORD.
34 For I will defend this city, to save it, for mine own sake, and for my servant David's sake.
35 ¶ And it came to pass that night, that the angel of the LORD went out, and smote in the camp of the Assyrians an hundred fourscore and five thousand: and when they arose early in the morning, behold, they were all dead corpses.
36 So Sennacherib king of Assyria departed, and went and returned, and dwelt at Nineveh.
37 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.