36[1-6] Now in the 14th year of the ruler Hezekiah (701 BC), Sennacherib the ruler of Assyria attacked all of the fortified cities of Judah (southern Israel), and captured them. The ruler of Assyria sent Rabshakeh from Lachish to Jerusalem to the ruler Hezekiah with a large army. They stood by the aqueduct from the upper pool in the Fuller’s Field Road. Then Eliakim the son of Hilkiah, who was over the household, and Shebna the scribe, and Joah, the son of Asaph, the record keeper came out to them. Rabshakeh said to them, “Tell Hezekiah, ‘The great ruler, the ruler of Assyria says, “What is this in which you put your trust? I say that your counsel and strength for the war are only empty words. Now in whom do you trust, so that you’ve rebelled against Me? Look, you trust in the staff of this bruised reed, even in Egypt, which if someone leans on it, it’ll go into their hand and pierce it. The Egyptian Ruler is like this to all who trust in him.
[7-10] But if you tell Me, ‘We trust in Yahweh our God,’ isn’t that the One whose high places and whose altars Hezekiah has taken away, and has said to Judah (southern Israel) and to Jerusalem, ‘You’ll worship before this altar?’” So now, please make an agreement with My leader, the ruler of Assyria, and I’ll give you 2,000 horses, if you are able on your part to set riders on them. How then can you turn away the face of one captain of the least of My leader’s workers, and put your trust on Egypt for war vehicles and riders? Have I come up now without Yahweh against this land to destroy it? No, Yahweh said to Me, “Go up against this land, and destroy it.”’”
[11-13] Then Eliakim, Shebna and Joah said to Rabshakeh, “Please speak to us in Aramaic, which we understand; and don’t speak to us in the Jews’ language in the hearing of those who are on the wall.” But Rabshakeh said, “Have I been sent only to your leader and you, to speak these words, and not to those who sit on the wall, who will eat their own waste and drink their own urine with you?” Then Rabshakeh stood, and called out with a loud voice in the Jews’ language, and said, “Hear the words of the great the ruler, the ruler of Assyria!
[14-18] The ruler says, ‘Don’t let Hezekiah lie to you; who won’t be able to save you. Don’t let Hezekiah make you trust in Yahweh, saying, “Yahweh will, without a doubt, save us. This city won’t be given into the hand of the ruler of Assyria.”’ Don’t listen to Hezekiah, for the ruler of Assyria says, ‘Make your peace with Me, and come out to Me; and each of you will eat from your own vine, and each one from your own fig tree, and each one of you will drink the waters of your own well; until I come and take you away to a land like your own land, a land of grain and new wine, a land of bread and vineyards. Beware lest Hezekiah persuade you, saying, “Yahweh will save us.” Have any of the gods of the nations saved their lands from the hand of the ruler of Assyria?
[19-22] Where are the gods of Hamath and Arpad? Where are the gods of Sepharvaim? Have they set free Samaria from My hand? Who among all the gods of these countries have saved their country out of My hand, that Yahweh should save Jerusalem out of My hand?’” But they stayed silent, and didn’t answer anything, for the ruler told them, “Don’t answer him.” Then Eliakim the son of Hilkiah, who was over the household, and Shebna the scribe, and Joah, the son of Asaph, the record keeper, came to Hezekiah with their clothes torn, and told him the words of Rabshakeh.
37[1-4] So when the ruler Hezekiah heard it, he tore his clothes, and put on mourning clothes, and went into God’s House. They sent Eliakim, who was over the household, and Shebna the scribe, and the elders of the priests wearing mourning clothes, to Isaiah the preacher, the son of Amoz. They said to Isaiah, “Hezekiah says, ‘This day is a day of trouble, and of punishment, and of rejection; for the children have come to birth, but there’s no strength to have them. It may be Yahweh, your God, will hear the words of Rabshakeh, whom the ruler of Assyria has sent to defy the living God, and will punish the words which Yahweh, your God, has heard. So lift up your prayer for those of us who are left.’”
[5-8] So the workers of the ruler Hezekiah came to Isaiah. Isaiah said to them, “Tell Hezekiah, ‘Yahweh says this, “Don’t be afraid of the words that you’ve heard, with which the workers of the ruler of Assyria have disrespected Me. Look, I’ll put a spirit of fear in him and they’ll hear news, and will go back to their own land. I’ll kill him by his own people.”’” So Rabshakeh went back, and found the ruler of Assyria warring against Libnah, for they had heard that they had left from Lachish.
[9-13] Then they heard news concerning Tirhakah, the ruler of Ethiopia, “They’ve come out to fight against you.” When they heard it, they sent messengers to Hezekiah, saying, “Say this to Hezekiah the ruler of Judah (southern Israel), saying, ‘Don’t let your God in whom you trust lie to you, saying, “Jerusalemwon’t be given into the hand of the ruler of Assyria.” Look, you’ve heard what the rulers of Assyria have done to all the lands, completely destroying them. Will you be saved? Have the gods of the nations saved them, which my father has destroyed, Gozan, Haran, Rezeph, and the children of Eden who were in Telassar? Where is the ruler of Hamath, and the ruler of Arpad, and the ruler of the city of Sepharvaim, of Hena, and Ivvah?’”
[14-20] Hezekiah took the letter from the hand of the messengers and read it. Then Hezekiah went up to God’s house, and spread it before Yahweh God. Hezekiah prayed to Yahweh, saying, “Yahweh, the God of All Creation, the God of Israel, who is enthroned among the cherubim, You are God, yes, You alone, of all the nations of the earth. You’ve made heaven and earth. Listen, Yahweh, and hear. Listen, Yahweh, and see. Hear all of these words of Sennacherib, who has sent them to defy the Living God. Truly, Yahweh, the rulers of Assyria have destroyed all the countries and their lands, and have thrown their gods into the fire; for they weren’t gods at all, but only man-made works of wood and stone; So they’ve destroyed them. So now, Yahweh our God, save us from their hands, so that all the nations of the earth may know that You are Yahweh, yes, You only.”
[21-25] Then Isaiah the son of Amoz sent to Hezekiah, saying, “Yahweh says this, the God of Israel, ‘Because you’ve prayed to Me against Sennacherib, the ruler of Assyria, this is the word which Yahweh has spoken about him. The city of Zion (Jerusalem) has hated you and ridiculed you. The city of Jerusalem has shaken it’s head at you. Whom have you defied and disrespected? Against whom have you lifted up your voice and lifted up your eyes in heaven? Against the Holy One of Israel. By your workers, you’ve defied God, and have said, “With My many war vehicles, I’ve come up to the highest of the mountains, to the innermost parts of Lebanon. I’ll cut down its tall cedars and its choice fir trees. I’ll enter into its farthest mountains, the forest of its fruitful field. I’ve dug and drunk water, and with the sole of My feet I’ll dry up all the rivers of Egypt.’”
[26-29] Haven’t you heard how I’ve made it long ago, and formed it in ancient times? Now I’ve brought it to pass, that it should be yours to destroy fortified cities, turning them into piles of ruins. So their people had little power. They were upset and confused. They were like the grass of the field, and like the green herb, like the grass on the housetops, and like a field before its crop has grown. But I know when you sit down, when you go out, when you come in, and all your raging against Me. Because of your raging against Me, and because I’ve heard your arrogance, I’ll put My hook in your nose and My bridle in your lips, and I’ll turn you back by the way you came.
[30-32] This will be the sign to you. This year, you’ll eat what grows by itself, and in the second year what comes from it; and in the third year you’ll plant and gather from your gardens and plant vineyards, and eat their fruit. Those who are left that have escaped of the family of Judah (southern Israel) will again take root downward, and bear fruit upward. Those who are left will go out of Jerusalem, and the survivors will escape from Mount Zion (Jerusalem). The passion of Yahweh, the God of All Creation will do this.’
[33-38] So Yahweh says about the ruler of Assyria, ‘They won’t come to this city, nor shoot an arrow there, nor will they come before it with shield, nor throw up a siege mound against it. By the same way that they came, they’ll go back, and they won’t come to this city,’ says Yahweh. ‘For I’ll defend this city to save it, for My own sake, and for My worker David’s sake.’” Then the angel of Yahweh went out and killed 185,000 in the camp of the Assyrians. When they arose early in the morning, they looked and saw that they were all dead. So Sennacherib the ruler of Assyria left and went away, going back to Nineveh, and stayed there. And as he was worshipping Nisroch, his false god, Adrammelech and Sharezer his sons killed him; and escaped into the land of Ararat. Then Esar Haddon, his son, ruled in his place.
38[1-3] In those days Hezekiah was sick and near death. Isaiah the preacher, the son of Amoz, came to him and said, “Yahweh says, ‘Set your house in order! You’re going to die, and won’t live.’” Then Hezekiah turned his face to the wall and prayed to Yahweh, and said, “Remember now, Yahweh, I beg You, how I’ve walked before You in truth and with a perfect heart, and have done what’s good in Your sight.” And Hezekiah bitterly cried.
[4-8] Then the word of Yahweh came to Isaiah, saying, “Go and tell Hezekiah, ‘Yahweh says, the God of David your ancestor, “I’ve heard your prayer and I’ve seen your tears. See, I’ll add fifteen years to your life. I’ll save you and this city out of the hand of the ruler of Assyria, and I’ll defend this city. This will be the sign to you from Yahweh, that Yahweh will do this thing that was spoken. See, I’ll cause the shadow on the sundial of Ahaz, which has gone down with the sun, to go backward ten marks. So the sun went back ten marks on the sundial on which it had gone down.”’”
[9-15] This is the writing of Hezekiah the ruler of Judah (southern Israel), when he had been sick, and had recovered from his sickness. I said, “In the middle of My life I’m going to die. I’ve lost what’s left of My years.” I said, “I won’t see Yahweh in the land of the living. I won’t see anyone who lives in this world any more. My life is gone, and is carried away from Me like a tent. Like a weaver, I’ve rolled up my life and You have cut me off from the loom. You’ll make an end of me from day to night. I waited patiently until morning, thinking you’d break all My bones like a lion. You’ll make an end of me from day to night. I chattered like a bird and moaned like a dove. My eyes weaken looking upward. God, I am so troubled. Be my Safe Haven.” What can I say? You have both spoken to Me, and You, Yourself have done it. I’ll walk carefully all my years because of my suffering.
[16-20] God, human beings live by these things; and My spirit finds life in all of them. You restore me, and cause me to live. Look, for peace I had great suffering, but You’ve set me free from the pit of ruin in love for My soul; You’ve put all My sins behind your back. Those in the grave can’t praise You. Those who are dead can’t celebrate You. Those who go down to Hell can’t hope for Your truth. The living, the living is who will praise You, as I do today. Our ancestors will make known Your truth to us. Yahweh saved me; so we’ll sing my songs with stringed instruments all the days of our life in the House of God.
[21-22] Now Isaiah had said, “Let them take some figs, and make a poultice on the wound, and he’ll get well.” Hezekiah also had said, “What is the sign that I’ll go up to the House of God?”
39[1-2] At that time, Merodach Baladan, the son of Baladan, the ruler of Babylon, sent letters and a present to Hezekiah, because he had heard that he had been sick, and had recovered. Hezekiah was pleased with them, and showed them everything in the house, all of his precious things, the silver and gold, the spices, and the precious oil, and all the house of his armor, and all that was found in his treasures. There was nothing in his house, nor in all his country, that Hezekiah didn’t show them.
[3-4] Then Isaiah the preacher came to the ruler Hezekiah, and asked him, “What did these people say? Where did they come from to you?” Hezekiah said, “They’ve come from a country far away from me, even from Babylon.” Then he asked, “What have they seen in your house?” Hezekiah answered, “They’ve seen everything that is in my house. There isn’t anything among my treasures that I haven’t shown them.”
[5-8] Then said Isaiah to Hezekiah, “Hear the word of Yahweh, the God of All Creation. ‘Look, the days are coming when all that is in your house, and everything that your ancestors have stored up until this day, will be carried away to Babylon. Nothing will be left,’ says Yahweh. ‘They’ll take away your children who will come from you, whom you’ll have, and they’ll be emasculated and forced to work in the ruler of Babylon’s palace.’” Then Hezekiah said to Isaiah, “Yahweh’s word, which you’ve spoken is good. There’ll be peace and truth for the rest of My days.”