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NEW WORLD TRANSLATION OF THE HOLY SCRIPTURES (2013 REVISION)
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Hezekiah seeks God’s help through Isaiah (1-7)
Sennacherib threatens Jerusalem (8-13)
Hezekiah’s prayer (14-19)
Isaiah conveys God’s answer (20-34)
Angel slays 185,000 Assyrians (35-37)
As soon as King Hez·e·ki′ah heard this, he ripped his garments apart and covered himself with sackcloth and went into the house of Jehovah.+
Then he sent E·li′a·kim, who was in charge of the household, Sheb′nah the secretary, and the elders of the priests, covered with sackcloth, to the prophet Isaiah,+ the son of A′moz.
They said to him: “This is what Hez·e·ki′ah says, ‘This day is a day of distress, of rebuke, and of disgrace; for the children are ready to be born, but there is no strength to give birth.+
Perhaps Jehovah your God will hear all the words of the Rab′sha·keh, whom the king of As·syr′i·a his lord sent to taunt the living God,+ and he will call him to account for the words that Jehovah your God has heard. So offer up a prayer+ in behalf of the remnant who have survived.’”
So the servants of King Hez·e·ki′ah went in to Isaiah,+
and Isaiah said to them: “This is what you should say to your lord, ‘This is what Jehovah says: “Do not be afraid+ because of the words that you heard, the words with which the attendants of the king of As·syr′i·a blasphemed me.+
Here I am putting a thought in his mind, and he will hear a report and return to his own land; and I will make him fall by the sword in his own land.”’”+
After the Rab′sha·keh heard that the king of As·syr′i·a had pulled away from La′chish,+ he returned to him and found him fighting against Lib′nah.+
Now the king heard it said about King Tir·ha′kah of E·thi·o′pi·a: “Here he has come out to fight against you.” So he sent messengers+ again to Hez·e·ki′ah, saying:
“This is what you should say to King Hez·e·ki′ah of Judah, ‘Do not let your God in whom you trust deceive you by saying: “Jerusalem will not be given into the hand of the king of As·syr′i·a.”+
Look! You have heard what the kings of As·syr′i·a did to all the lands by devoting them to destruction.+ Will you alone be rescued?
Did the gods of the nations that my forefathers destroyed rescue them? Where are Go′zan, Ha′ran,+ Re′zeph, and the people of E′den who were in Tel-as′sar?
Where is the king of Ha′math, the king of Ar′pad, and the king of the cities of Seph·ar·va′im, and of He′na, and of Iv′vah?’”+
Hez·e·ki′ah took the letters out of the hand of the messengers and read them. Hez·e·ki′ah then went up to the house of Jehovah and spread them out before Jehovah.+
And Hez·e·ki′ah began to pray+ before Jehovah and say: “O Jehovah the God of Israel, sitting enthroned above the cherubs,+ you alone are the true God of all the kingdoms of the earth.+ You made the heavens and the earth.
Incline your ear, O Jehovah, and hear!+ Open your eyes,+ O Jehovah, and see! Hear the words that Sen·nach′er·ib has sent to taunt the living God.
It is a fact, O Jehovah, that the kings of As·syr′i·a have devastated the nations and their lands.+
And they have thrown their gods into the fire, because they were not gods+ but the work of human hands,+ wood and stone. That is why they could destroy them.
But now, O Jehovah our God, please save us out of his hand, so that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that you alone are God, O Jehovah.”+
Isaiah son of A′moz then sent this message to Hez·e·ki′ah: “This is what Jehovah the God of Israel says, ‘I have heard your prayer+ to me concerning King Sen·nach′er·ib of As·syr′i·a.+
This is the word that Jehovah has spoken against him:
“The virgin daughter of Zion despises you, she scoffs at you.
The daughter of Jerusalem shakes her head at you.
Whom have you taunted and blasphemed?+
Against whom have you raised your voice+
And lifted your arrogant eyes?
It is against the Holy One of Israel!+
Through your messengers+ you have taunted Jehovah+ and said,
‘With the multitude of my war chariots
I will ascend the heights of mountains,
The remotest parts of Leb′a·non.
I will cut down its lofty cedars, its choice juniper trees.
I will enter its farthest retreats, its densest forests.
I will dig wells and drink foreign waters;
I will dry up all the streams of Egypt with the soles of my feet.’
Have you not heard? From long ago it was determined.+
From days gone by I have prepared it.+
Now I will bring it about.+
You will turn fortified cities into desolate piles of ruins.+
Their inhabitants will be helpless;
They will be terrified and put to shame.
They will become as vegetation of the field and green grass,+
As grass of the roofs that is scorched by the east wind.
But I well know when you sit, when you go out, when you come in,+
And when you are enraged against me,+
Because your rage against me+ and your roaring have reached my ears.+
So I will put my hook in your nose and my bridle+ between your lips,
And I will lead you back the way you came.”+
“‘And this will be the sign for you: This year you will eat what grows on its own; and in the second year you will eat grain that sprouts from that;+ but in the third year you will sow seed and reap, and you will plant vineyards and eat their fruitage.+
Those of the house of Judah who escape, those who are left,+ will take root downward and produce fruit upward.
For a remnant will go out of Jerusalem and survivors from Mount Zion. The zeal of Jehovah of armies will do this.+
“‘Therefore this is what Jehovah says about the king of As·syr′i·a:+
“He will not come into this city+
Or shoot an arrow there
Or confront it with a shield
Or cast up a siege rampart against it.+
By the way he came he will return;
He will not come into this city,” declares Jehovah.
“I will defend this city+ and save it for my own sake+
And for the sake of my servant David.”’”+
On that very night the angel of Jehovah went out and struck down 185,000 men in the camp of the As·syr′i·ans.+ When people rose up early in the morning, they saw all the dead bodies.+
So King Sen·nach′er·ib of As·syr′i·a departed and returned to Nin′e·veh+ and stayed there.+
And as he was bowing down at the house of his god Nis′roch, his own sons A·dram′me·lech and Shar·e′zer struck him down with the sword+ and then escaped to the land of Ar′a·rat.+ And his son E′sar-had′don+ became king in his place.