And awhen King Hezekiah heard it, he tore his clothes, covered himself with sackcloth and entered the house of the Lord.
Then he sent aEliakim who was over the household with bShebna the scribe and the elders of the priests, covered with sackcloth, to cIsaiah the prophet, the son of Amoz.
They said to him, "Thus says Hezekiah, 'This day is a aday of distress, rebuke and rejection; for bchildren have come to birth, and there is no strength to deliver.
'Perhaps the Lord your God will hear the words of Rabshakeh, whom his master the king of Assyria has sent to areproach the living God, and will rebuke the words which the Lord your God has heard. Therefore, offer a prayer for bthe 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, "aDo not be afraid because of the words that you have heard, with which the servants of the king of Assyria have blasphemed Me.
"Behold, I will put a spirit in him so that he will ahear a rumor and breturn to his own land. And I 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 aheard them say concerning Tirhakah king of bCush, "He has come out to fight against you," and when he heard it he sent messengers to Hezekiah, saying,
"Thus you shall say to Hezekiah king of Judah, 'aDo not let your God in whom you trust deceive you, saying, "Jerusalem will not be given into the hand of the king of Assyria."
'aBehold, you have heard what the kings of Assyria have done to all the lands, destroying them completely. So will you be spared?
'Did the gods of those nations which my fathers have destroyed deliver them, even aGozan and bHaran and Rezeph and the sons of Eden who were in Telassar?
'Where is the king of Hamath, the king of Arpad, the king of the city of Sepharvaim, and of Hena and Ivvah?'"
Then Hezekiah 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 to the Lord saying,
"O Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, awho is enthroned above the cherubim, You are the bGod, You alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth. cYou have made heaven and earth.
"aIncline Your ear, O Lord, and hear; open Your eyes, O Lord, and see; and blisten to all the words of Sennacherib, who sent them to creproach the living God.
"Truly, O Lord, the akings of Assyria have devastated all the countries and their lands,
and have cast their gods into the fire, for they were not gods but the awork of men's hands, wood and stone. So they have bdestroyed them.
"Now, O Lord our God, adeliver us from his hand that ball the kingdoms of the earth may know that You alone, Lord, are God."
Then aIsaiah the son of Amoz sent word to Hezekiah, saying, "Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, 'Because you have prayed to Me about Sennacherib king of Assyria,
this is the word that the Lord has spoken against him: