1 Et factum est cum audisset rex Ezechias, scidit vestimen ta sua et obvolutus est sacco et intravit in domum Domini;
2 et misit Eliachim, qui erat super domum, et Sobnam scribam et seniores de sacerdotibus opertos saccis ad Isaiam filium Amos prophetam,
3 et dixerunt ad eum: "Haec dicit Ezechias: Dies tribulationis et correptionis et contumeliae dies haec, quia venerunt filii usque ad partum, et virtus non est pariendi.
4 Forsitan audiet Dominus Deus tuus verba Rabsacis, quem misit rex Assyriorum, dominus suus, ad blasphemandum Deum viventem, et puniet sermones, quos audivit Dominus Deus tuus; leva ergo orationem pro reliquiis, quae repertae sunt".
5 Et venerunt servi regis Ezechiae ad Isaiam;
6 et dixit ad eos Isaias: "Haec dicetis domino vestro: Haec dicit Dominus: Ne timeas a facie verborum, quae audisti, quibus blasphemaverunt pueri regis Assyriorum me.
7 Ecce ego dabo ei spiritum, et audiet nuntium et revertetur ad terram suam, et corruere eum faciam gladio in terra sua".
8 Reversus est autem Rabsaces et invenit regem Assyriorum proeliantem adversus Lobnam; audierat enim quia profectus esset de Lachis.
9 Et audivit de Tharaca rege Aethiopiae dicentes: "Egressus est, ut pugnet contra te". Quod cum audisset, misit nuntios ad Ezechiam dicens:
10 "Haec dicetis Ezechiae regi Iudae loquentes: Non te decipiat Deus tuus, in quo tu confidis, dicens: "Non dabitur Ierusalem in manu regis Assyriorum".
11 Ecce tu audisti omnia, quae fecerunt reges Assyriorum omnibus terris, quas ad interitum devoverunt, et tu poteris liberari?
12 Numquid eruerunt eos dii gentium, quos subverterunt patres mei, Gozan et Charran et Reseph et filios Eden, qui erant in Thelassar?
13 Ubi est rex Emath et rex Arphad et rex urbis Sepharvaim, Ana et Ava?".
14 Et tulit Ezechias epistulam de manu nuntiorum et legit eam. Et ascendit in domum Domini et expandit eam Ezechias coram Domino.
15 Et oravit Ezechias ad Dominum dicens:
16 "Domine exercituum, Deus Israel, qui sedes super cherubim, tu es Deus solus omnium regnorum terrae, tu fecisti caelum et terram.
17 Inclina, Domine, aurem tuam et audi; aperi, Domine, oculos tuos et vide et audi omnia verba Sennacherib, quae misit ad blasphemandum Deum viventem.
18 Vere enim, Domine, dissipaverunt reges Assyriorum gentes et regiones earum
19 et dederunt deos earum igni: non enim erant dii, sed opera manuum hominum, lignum et lapis; et comminuerunt eos.
20 Et nunc, Domine Deus noster, salva nos de manu eius; et cognoscant omnia regna terrae quia tu, Domine, es solus Deus".
21 Et misit Isaias filius Amos ad Ezechiam dicens: "Haec dicit Dominus, Deus Israel: Pro quibus rogasti me de Sennacherib rege Assyriorum,
22 hoc est verbum, quod locutus est Dominus super eum: Despexit te, subsannavit te virgo filia Sion; post te caput movit filia Ierusalem.
23 Cui exprobrasti et quem blasphemasti? Et super quem exaltasti vocem et levasti altitudinem oculorum tuorum? Contra Sanctum Israel!
24 In manu servorum tuorum exprobrasti Domino et dixisti: "In multitudine quadrigarum mearum ego ascendi altitudinem montium, iuga Libani; et succidi excelsa cedrorum eius et electas abietes illius et introivi altitudinem summitatis eius, silvam condensam.
25 Ego fodi et bibi aquam alienam et exsiccavi vestigio pedis mei omnes rivos Aegypti".
26 Numquid non audisti? A saeculo feci illud; a diebus antiquis ego plasmavi illud et nunc adduxi, ut fiat in eradicationem, in lapides eversos civitates munitae.
27 Habitatores earum breviata manu contremuerunt et confusi sunt; facti sunt sicut fenum agri et gramen viride et herba tectorum, quae exaruit a facie austri.
28 Sessionem tuam et egressum tuum et introitum tuum cognovi et insaniam tuam contra me.
29 Cum fureris adversum me, et superbia tua ascenderit in aures meas, ponam circulum in naribus tuis et frenum in labiis tuis et reducam te in viam, per quam venisti.
30 Tibi autem hoc erit signum: Comedantur hoc anno, quae colligi poterunt, et in anno secundo, quae sponte nascuntur; in anno autem tertio seminate et metite et plantate vineas et comedite fructum earum.
31 Et mittet id, quod salvatum fuerit de domo Iudae, quod reliquum est, radicem deorsum et faciet fructum sursum.
32 Quia de Ierusalem exibit residuum, et, quod salvum fuerit, de monte Sion. Zelus Domini exercituum faciet istud.
33 Propterea haec dicit Dominus de rege Assyriorum: Non introibit civitatem hanc et non iaciet ibi sagittam et non opponet ei clipeum et non mittet contra eam aggerem.
34 In via, qua venit, per eam revertetur, et civitatem hanc non ingredietur, dicit Dominus.
35 Et protegam civitatem istam, ut salvem eam propter me et propter David servum meum".
36 Egressus est autem angelus Domini et percussit in castris Assyriorum centum octoginta quinque milia; et surrexerunt mane, et ecce omnes illi cadavera mortuorum.
37 Et egressus est et abiit; et reversus est Sennacherib rex Assyriorum et habitavit in Nineve.
38 Et factum est, cum adoraret in templo Nesroch dei sui, Adramelech et Sarasar filii eius percusserunt eum gladio fugeruntque in terram Ararat. 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, who was over the household, and Shebna the scribe, and the elders of the priests covered with sackcloth, unto 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 of 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 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 is left.
5 So the servants of king Hezekiah came to Isaiah.
6 ¶ And Isaiah said unto them, Thus shall ye say unto your master, Thus saith the LORD, Be not afraid of the words that thou hast heard, wherewith 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 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 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,
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 given 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 Telassar?
13 Where is the king of Hamath, and the king of Arphad, and the king of the city of Sepharvaim, Hena, and Ivah?
14 ¶ 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.
15 And Hezekiah prayed unto the LORD, saying,
16 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.
17 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 living God.
18 Of a truth, LORD, the kings of Assyria have laid waste all the nations, and their countries,
19 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.
20 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.
21 ¶ 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:
22 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 at thee.
23 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.
24 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 Lebanon; 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.
25 I have digged, and drunk water; and with the sole of my feet have I dried up all the rivers of the besieged places.
26 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.
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 corn blasted before it be grown up.
28 But I know thy abode, and thy going out, and thy coming in, and thy rage against me.
29 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.
30 And this shall be a sign unto thee, 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, and plant vineyards, and eat the fruit thereof.
31 And the remnant that is 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 they that escape out of mount Zion: the zeal of the LORD of hosts shall do this.
33 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 shields, nor cast a bank against it.
34 By the way that he came, by the same shall he return, and shall not come into this city, saith the LORD.
35 For I will defend this city to save it for mine own sake, and for my servant David's sake.
36 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 morning, behold, they were all dead corpses.
37 ¶ So Sennacherib king of Assyria departed, and went and returned, and dwelt at Nineveh.
38 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.