Hezekiah received the letter from the messengers and read it. Then he went up to the temple of the Lord and spread it out before the Lord. 15And Hezekiah prayed to the Lord:
16 "O Lord Almighty, God of Israel, enthroned between the cherubim, you alone are God over all the kingdoms of the earth. You have made heaven and earth. 17 Give ear, O Lord and hear; open your eyes, O Lord, and see: listen to all the words Sennacherib has sent to insult the Living God.
18 It is true, O Lord, that the Assyrian kings have laid waste all these peoples and thier lands. 19 They have thrown thier gods into the fire and destroyed them, for they were not gods but only wood and stone, fashioned by human hands. (Ezk. 7). 20 Now, O Lord our God, deliver us from his hand, so that all kindoms on earth may know that You Alone, O Lord, are God.
21Then Isaiah son of Amoz sent a message to Hezekiah: "This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: Because you have prayed to me concerning Sennacherib king of Assyria, 22 this is the word the Lord has spoken against him:
"The Virgin Daughter of Zion despised and mocks you.
The Daughter of Jerusalem tosses her head as you flee.
23Who is it you have insulted and blasphemed?
Against whom have you raised your voice and lifted your eyes in pride?
Against the Holy One of Israel!
24 By your messengers you have heaped insults on the Lord.
And you have said, "Whit my many chariots I have ascended the heights of the mountains, the utmost heights of Lebanon,
I have cut down its tallest cedars, the choicest of its pines.
I have reached its remotest heights, the finest of the forests.
25I have dug wells in foreign lands and drunk the water there.
With the soles of my feet I have dried up all the streams of Eygpt."
26 "Have you not heard?
Long ago I ordained it.
In days of I planned it;
now I have brought it to pass,
that you have turned fortified cities into piles of stone.
27 Thier people, drained of power, are dismayed and put to shame.
They are like plants in the field, like tender green shoots, like grass sprouting on the roof, scorched before it grows up.
28"But I know where you stay and when you come and go
and how you rage against me.
29Because you rage against and because your insolence has reached my ears,
I will put my hook in your nose and my bit in your mouth,
and I will make you return by the way you came.
30"This is the sign for you, O Hezekiah:
"This year you will eat what grows by itself, and the second year what springs from that.
But in the third year sow and reap, plant vineyards and eat their fruit.
31Once more a remnant of the house of Judah will take root below and bear fruit above.
32For out of Jerusalem will come a remant, and out of Mount Zion a band of survivors.
The zeal of the Lord Almighty will accomplish this.
33"Therefore this is what the Lord says concerning the king of Assyria:
"He will not enter this city or shoot an arrow here.
He will not come before it with shield or build a siege ramp against it.
34By the way that he came he will return;
he will not enter this city,
Delclares the Lord.
35"I will defend this city and save it,
for the sake of David my servant."
35Then the angel of the Lord went out and put to death a hundren and eighty-five thousand men in the Assyrian camp. When the people got up the next morning-their were all dead bodies! 37So Sennacherib king of Assyria broke camp and withdrew. He returned to Nineveh and stayed there.
38One day, while he was worshiping in the temple of his god Nisroch, his sons Adramelech and Sharezer cut him down with the sword, and they escaped to the land of Arrat. And Easrhaddon his son succeeded him as king.