When Hezekiah heard that, he rent his clothes, put on sackcloth, and went to the temple of the Lord. But he sent Eliakim the President, Sobna the Scribe, with the eldest priests clothed in sackcloth, unto the Prophet Esai the son of Amoz, and they said unto him: Thus sayeth Hezekiah: This is the day of trouble, of plague, and of wrath: like as when a child cometh to the birth, but the woman hath no power to bring it forth. The Lord thy God ( no doubt ) hath well considered the words of Rabsakeh, whom his lord the King of Assyrians hath sent, to defy and blaspheme the living God: with such words as the Lord thy God hath heard right well. And therefore lift up thy prayer for the remnant, that yet are left. So the servants of King Hezekiah came to Esai.
And Esai gave them this answer: say thus unto your lord: Thus sayth the Lord: Be not afraid of the words that thou hast heard, wherewith the King of the Assyrians servants have blasphemed me. Behold, I will cause a wind go over him, as soon he heareth it, he shall go again into his country, there I will destroy him with the sword. Now when Rabsakeh returned, he found the King of Assyria laying siege to Lobnah, for he had understand, that he was departed from Lachis. For there came a rumor, that Tharhakah King of Ethiopia was come forth to make war against him.
And when the King of Assyria heard that, he sent other messengers to King Hezekiah with this commandment: Say thus to Hezekiah King of Judah: Let not thy God deceive thee, in whom thou hopest, and sayest: Jerusalem shall not be given into the hands of the King of Assyria. For thou knowest well how the Kings of Assyria have handled all the lands that they have subverted, and hopest thou to escape? Were the people of the Gentiles
( whom my progenitors conquered ) delivered any time through their gods? As namely, Gozan, Haran, Rezeph, and the children of Eden, which dwell at Thalassar. Where is the King of Hemah, and the King of Arphad, and the King of the city Separvaim, Ena, and Iva? Now when Hezekiah received the letter from the hand of the messengers, and read it, he went up into the house of the Lord, and opened the letter before the Lord. And Hezekiah prayed before the Lord on this manner : O' Lord of Hosts, thou God of Israel, which dwellest upon Cherubims, Thou art the God, that only is God of all the Kingdoms of the world, for thou only hast created heaven and earth. Incline thine ear Lord, and consider, open thine eyes, O' Lord, and see, and ponder all the words of Sennacherib, which hath sent his assemblage to blaspheme the living God. It is true, O' Lord, that the Kings of Assyria have conquered all kingdoms and lands, and cast their gods in the fire. Notwithstanding, those were no gods, but the works of mens hands, of wood or stone, therefore they have destroyed them. Deliver us then, O' Lord our God, from the hands of Sennacherib, that all Kingdoms of the earth may know, that thou only art the Lord. Then Esai the son of Amoz sent unto Hezekiah, saying: Thus saith the Lord God of Israel: Whereas thou hast made thy prayer unto me, as touching Sennacherib, this is the answer, that the Lord hath given concerning him: Despised art thou, and mocked, O daughter of Sion, he hath shaken his head at thee, O daughter of Jerusalem . But thou Sennacherib, whom hast thou defied and blasphemed? And against whom hast thou lifted up thy voice, and exalted thy proud looks? even against the holy one of Israel. Thou with thy servants hast blasphemed the Lord, and thus holdest thou of thyself: I cover the high mountains, and sides of Libanus with my horsemen. And there I will cut down the high Cedar trees and the fairest Fir trees. I will up into the height of it, and into the chiefest of his timber woods. If there be no water, I will give drink. And as for waters of defense, I shall dry them up with the feet of my Host. Yee ( sayest thou ) hast thou not heard, what I have taken in hand, and brought to pass of old time? That same will I do now also: waste, destroy, and bring strong cities into heaps of stones. For their inhabitants shall be like lame men, brought in fear and confounded. They shall be like the grass and green herbs of the field, like the hay upon the housetops, that withered afore it be grown up.
I know thy ways, thy going forth and thy coming home, yee and thy madness against me. Therefore thy furriousness against me, and thy pride is come before me. I will put a ring in thy nose, and a bridle bit in the jaws of thee, and turn thee about, even the same way thou camest. I will give thee also this token, ( O Hezekiah ) this year shalt thou eat that is kept in store, and the next year such as groweth of himself, and in the third year ye shall sow and reap, yee ye shall plant vineyards, and enjoy the fruits thereof.
And such of the house of Judah as are escaped, shall come together, and the remnant shall take root beneath, and bring forth fruit above. For the escaped shall go out of Jerusalem, and the remnant from mount Sion.
And this shall the jealousy of the Lord of hosts bring to pass. Therefore thus saith the Lord, concerning the king of the Assyrians: He shall not come into the city, and shoot no arrow into it, there shall no shield hurt it, neither shall they grave about it. The same way that he came, shall he return, and not at this city, saith the Lord. And I will keep and save the city ( sayeth he ) for mine own, and for my servant Davids sake.
Thus the angel went forth, and slew of the Assyrians host, an hundred and eighty five thousand. And when men arose up early ( at Jerusalem:) Behold, all lay full of dead bodies. So Sennacherib the king of the Assyrians brake up, and dwelt at Nineve. Afterward it chanced, as he prayed in the temple of *Nesrah his god, that *Adramalech and *Sarazer his own sons slew him with the sword, and fled into the land of Ararat. And Asarhadon his son reigned after him.