Chapter 19: Hezekiyah Mourns and Sends His Servants to Ask Isaiah the Prophet to Pray For Yahudah
1 And so it was, when King Hezekiyah heard it, that he tore his clothes, covered himself with sackcloth and went into the house of Yah. 2 Then he sent Yliakim, who was over the household, Shebna the scribe and the zahkin of the priests, covered with sackcloth to Isaiah the prophet, the son of Amoz. 3 And they said to him, “Thus says Hezekiyah: ‘This day is a day of trouble and rebuke and blasphemy, for the children have come to birth but there is not strength to bring them forth. 4 It may be that Yah your Almighty will hear all the words of the Rabshakeh, whom his master the king of Assyria has sent to reproach the living Yah and will rebuke the words which Yah your Almighty has heard. Therefore, lift up your prayer for the remnant that is left”.
Isaiah Assures Hezekiyah that Yah Will Deliver
5 So the servants of King Hezekiyah came to Isaiah. 6 And Isaiah said to them, “Thus you shall say to your master, ‘Thus says Yah: Do not be afraid of the words which you have heard, with which the servants of the king of Assyria have blasphemed Me. 7 Surely I will send a spirit upon him and he shall hear a rumor and return to his own land and I will cause him to fall by the sword in his own land’.”
The King of Assyria Believes Yah Will Not Deliver Yahudah Because the Fallen Angels Did Not Deliver The Nations and He Brags About His Conquests
8 Then the Rabshakeh returned and found the king of Assyria warring against Libnah, for he heard that he had departed from Lachish. 9 And the king heard concerning Tirhakah king of Ethiopia, “Look, he has come out to make war with you.” So he again sent messengers to Hezekiyah saying–10 “Thus you shall speak to Hezekiyah king of Yahudah saying: Do not let your Almighty in whom you trust deceive you saying ‘Yahrushalom shall not be given into the hand of the king of Assyria”. 11 “Look! You have heard what the kings of Assyria have done to all lands by utterly destroying them and shall you be delivered? 12 Have the gods of the nations delivered those whom my fathers have destroyed, Gozan and Haran and Rezeph and the people of Eden who were in Telassar? 13 Where is the king of Hamath, the king of Arpad and the king of the city of Sepharvaim, Hena and Ivah?”
Hezekiyah Receives the Letter with the Threat and Blasphemy and Takes the Letter to Yah and He Prays to Yah
14 And Hezekiyah received the letter from the hand of the messengers and read it and Hezekiyah went up to the house of Yah and spread it before Yah. 15 Then Hezekiyah prayed before Yah and said, “O Yah of Ysrayl, the One who dwells between the Cherubim, You are Almighty, You alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth. You have made heaven and earth. 16 Incline Your ear, O Yah and hear. Open Your eyes, O Yah and see and hear the words of Sennacherib which he has sent to reproach the living Yah. 17 Truly, Yah, the kings of Assyria have laid waste the nations and their lands–18 And have cast their gods into the fire, for they were not gods but the work of men’s hands, wood and stone. Therefore, they destroyed them. 19 Now therefore, O Yah our Power, I pray, save us from his hand, that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that You are the Almighty Power, You alone”.
Yah Answers Hezekiyah Through Isaiah the Prophet
20 Then Isaiah the son of Amoz sent to Hezekiyah saying, “Thus says Yah Almighty of Ysrayl: ‘Because you have prayed to Me against Sennacherib king of Assyria, I have heard’. 21 This is the word which Yah has spoken concerning him: ‘The virgin, the daughter of Zion has despised you, laughed you to scorn. The daughter of Yahrushalom has shaken her head behind your back!
22 Whom have you reproached and blasphemed? Against whom have you raised your voice and lifted up your eyes on high? Against the Qodesh One of Ysrayl. 23 By your messengers you have reproached Yah and said: ‘By the multitude of my chariots, I have come up to the height of the mountains, to the limits of Lebanon. I will cut down its tall cedars and its choice cypress trees. I will enter the extremity of its borders, to its fruitful forest. 24 I have dug and drunk strange water and with the soles of my feet, I have dried up all the brooks of defense”.
25 Did you not hear long ago how I made it, from ancient times that I formed it? Now I have brought it to pass, that you should be for crushing fortified cities into heaps of ruins. 26 Therefore, their inhabitants had little power. They were dismayed and confounded. They were as the grass of the field and the green herb, as the grass of the housetops and grain blighted before it is grown.
27 But I know your dwelling place, your going out and your coming in and your rage against Me. 28 Because your rage against Me and your tumult have come up to My ears. Therefore, I will put My hook in your nose and My bridle in your lips and I will turn you back by the way which you came.
29 This shall be a sign to you: You shall eat this year such as grows of itself and in the second year what springs from the same. Also, in the third year sow and reap, plant vineyards and eat the fruit of the. 30 And the remnant who have escaped of the house of Yahudah shall again take root downward and bear fruit upward. 31 For out of Yahrushalom shall go a remnant and those who escape from Mount Zion. The zeal of Yah of Hosts will do this.
*Compare to Isaiah 37:32.
32 Therefore, thus says Yah concerning the king of Assyria: He shall not come into this city. Nor shoot an arrow there. Nor come before it with shield. Nor build a siege mound against it. 33 By the way that he came, by the same shall he return and he shall not come into this city, says Yah. 34 For I will defend this city, to save it, for My own sake and for My servant David’s sake’.”
Sennacherib’s Death: Yah Sends an Angel to Put a Surprise Overnight Whipping on the Assyrians: The Death of Sennacherib by the hands of His Sons
35 And it came to pass on a certain night that the angel (Malak) of Yah went out and killed in the camp of the Assyrians one hundred and eighty-five thousand and when people arose early in the morning there were the corpses–all dead. 36 So Sennacherib king of Assyria departed and went away, returned home and remained at Nineveh. 37 Now it came to pass, as he was worshiping in the temple of Nisroch his god, that his sons Adrammelech and Sharezer struck him down with the sword and they escaped into the land of Ararat. Then Esarhaddon his son reigned in his place.
Chapter 20: Yah tells Hezekiyah That He is About To Die: Hezekiyah Cries: Yah hears His Plea and Extends His Life: Isaiah Heals Hezekiyah with Figs
1 In those days, Hezekiyah was sick and near death. And Isaiah the prophet, the son of Amoz went to him and said to him, “Thus says Yah: Set your house in order, for you shall die and not live”. 2 Then he turned his face toward the wall and prayed to Yah saying–3 Remember now, O Yah, I pray, how I have walked before You in truth and with a loyal heart and have done what was good in Your sight”. And Hezekiyah wept bitterly. 4 And it happened, before Isaiah had gone out into the middle court, that the word of Yah came to him saying–5 Return and tell Hezekiyah the leader of My people, ‘Thus says Yah, the Power of David your father, ‘I have heard your prayer, I have seen your tears. Surely I will heal you. On the third day, you shall go up to the house of Yah. 6 And I will add to your days fifteen years. I will deliver you and this city from the hand of the king of Assyria and I will defend this city for My own sake and for the sake of My servant David’.” 7 Then Isaiah said, “Take a lump of figs”. So they took and laid it on the boil and he recovered.
*Compare to 2 Chronicles 16:11-14, where King Asayah did not seek Yah to cure his illness.
The Sign of the Backward Shadow
8 And Hezekiyah said to Isaiah, “What is the sign that Yah will heal me and that I shall go up to the house of Yah the third day”? 9 Then Isaiah said, “This is the sign to you from Yah, that Yah will do the thing which He has spoken: Shall the shadow go forward ten degrees or go backward ten degrees”? 10 And Hezekiyah answered, “It is an easy thing for the shadow to go down ten degrees, no let the shadow go backward ten degrees”. 11 So Isaiah the prophet cried out to Yah and He brought the shadow ten degrees backward, by which it had gone down on the sundial of Ahaz.
Hezekiyah Shows the King of Babylon All the Wealth in His House: Hezekiyah Did Not Stay Guarded
12 At that time Berodach-Baladan (spelled Merodach-Baladan in Isaiah 39:1) the son of Baladan, king of Babylon, sent letters and a present to Hezekiyah, for he heard that Hezekiyah had been sick. 13 And Hezekiyah was attentive to them and showed them all the house of his treasuries–the silver and gold, the spices and precious ointment and all his armory, all that was found among his treasures. There was nothing in his house or in all his dominion that Hezekiyah did not show them.
*According to 2 Chronicles 32:31, Yah was testing Hezekiyah. Yah had withdrawn from Hezekiyah when he was telling all that was in his house.
The Word of Yah Comes to Isaiah Saying The Children of Ysrayl Will Be Captive in Babylon and Will Take All the Possessions With Them
14 Then Isaiah the prophet went to King Hezekiyah and said to him, “What did these men say and from where did they come to you”? So Hezekiyah said, “They came from a far country, from Babylon”. 15 And he said, “What have they seen in your house?” So Hezekiyah answered, “They have seen all that is in my house. There is nothing among my treasures that I have not shown them”.16 Then Isaiah said to Hezekiyah, “Hear the word of Yah: 17 ‘Behold, the days are coming when all that is in your house and what your fathers have accumulated until this day, shall be carried to Babylon. Nothing shall be left,’ says Yah. 18 And they shall take away some of your sons who will descend from you, whom you will beget and they shall be eunuchs in the palace of the king of Babylon’.” 19 So Hezekiyah said to Isaiah, “The word of Yah which you have spoken is good (or true)”! For he said, “Will there not be peace and truth at least in my days”?
The Death of Hezekiyah
20 Now the rest of the acts of Hezekiyah, all his might and how he made a pool and a tunnel and brought water into the city, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Yahudah? 21 So Hezekiyah rested with his fathers. Then Manasseh his son reigned in his place.