aAnd when King Hezekiah heard it, he btore his clothes, ccovered himself with sackcloth and entered the house of the Lord.
Then he sent Eliakim who was over the household with Shebna the scribe and the elders of the priests, acovered with sackcloth, to bIsaiah the prophet the son of Amoz.
They said to him, "Thus says Hezekiah, 'This day is a day of distress, rebuke, and rejection; for children have come to birth and there is no strength to deliver.
'aPerhaps the Lord your God will hear all the words of Rabshakeh, whom his master the king of Assyria has sent bto reproach the living God, and will rebuke the words which the Lord your God has heard. Therefore, offer a prayer for cthe remnant that is left.'"
So the servants of King Hezekiah came to Isaiah.
Isaiah said to them, "Thus you shall say to your master, 'Thus says the Lord, "Do not be afraid because of the words that you have heard, with which the aservants of the king of Assyria bhave blasphemed Me.
"Behold, I will put a spirit in him so that ahe will hear a rumor and return to his own land. And bI will make him fall by the sword in his own land."'"
Then Rabshakeh returned and found the king of Assyria fighting against aLibnah, for he had heard that the king had left bLachish.
When he heard them say concerning Tirhakah king of Cush, "Behold, he has come out to fight against you," he sent messengers again to Hezekiah saying,
"Thus you shall say to Hezekiah king of Judah, 'Do not alet your God in whom you trust deceive you saying, "bJerusalem 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 the lands, destroying them completely. So will you be spared?
'aDid the gods of those nations which my fathers destroyed deliver them, even bGozan and cHaran and Rezeph and dthe sons of Eden who were in Telassar?
'aWhere is the king of Hamath, the king of Arpad, the king of the city of Sepharvaim, and of Hena and Ivvah?'"
Then aHezekiah took the letter from the hand of the messengers and read it, and he went up to the house of the Lord and spread it out before the Lord.
Hezekiah prayed before the Lord and said, "O Lord, the God of Israel, awho are enthroned above the cherubim, bYou are the God, You alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth. You have made heaven and earth.
"aIncline Your ear, O Lord, and hear; bopen Your eyes, O Lord, and see; and listen to the words of Sennacherib, which he has sent cto reproach the living God.
"Truly, O Lord, the kings of Assyria have devastated the nations and their lands
and have cast their gods into the fire, afor they were not gods but the work of men's hands, wood and stone. So they have destroyed them.
"Now, O Lord our God, I pray, deliver us from his hand athat all the kingdoms of the earth may know that You alone, O bLord, are God."
Then Isaiah the son of Amoz sent to Hezekiah saying, "Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, 'Because you have prayed to Me about Sennacherib king of Assyria, aI have heard you.'
"This is the word that the Lord has spoken against him: