When King Hezekiah heard [their report], he tore his clothes, covered himself with sackcloth, and went into the LORD's temple.
Then he sent Eliakim, who was in charge of the palace, Shebna the court secretary, and the elders of the priests, covered with sackcloth, to the prophet Isaiah son of Amoz.
They said to him, "This is what Hezekiah says: 'Today is a day of distress, rebuke, and disgrace, for children have come to the point of birth, but there is no strength to deliver [them].
Perhaps the LORD your God will hear all the words of the Rabshakeh, whom his master the king of Assyria sent to mock the living God, and will rebuke [him for] the words that the LORD your God has heard. Therefore, offer a prayer for the surviving remnant.'"
So the servants of King Hezekiah went to Isaiah,
who said to them, "Tell your master this, 'The LORD says: Don't be afraid because of the words you have heard, that the king of Assyria's attendants have blasphemed Me with.
I am about to put a spirit in him, and he will hear a rumor and return to his own land where I will cause him to fall by the sword.'"
When the Rabshakeh heard that the king of Assyria had left Lachish, he returned and found him fighting against Libnah.
The king had heard this about Tirhakah king of Cush: "Look, he has set out to fight against you." So he again sent messengers to Hezekiah, saying,
"Say this to Hezekiah king of Judah: 'Don't let your God, whom you trust, deceive you by promising that Jerusalem will not be handed over to the king of Assyria.
Look, you have heard what the kings of Assyria have done to all the countries: they destroyed them completely. Will you be rescued?
Did the gods of the nations that my predecessors destroyed rescue them-- [nations such as] Gozan, Haran, Rezeph, and the Edenites in Telassar?
Where is the king of Hamath, the king of Arpad, the king of the city of Sepharvaim, Hena, or Ivvah?'"
Hezekiah took the letter from the hand of the messengers, read it, then went up to the LORD's temple, and spread it out before the LORD.
Then Hezekiah prayed before the LORD: "LORD God of Israel who is enthroned [above] the cherubim, You are God-- You alone-- of all the kingdoms of the earth. You made the heavens and the earth.
Listen closely, LORD, and hear; open Your eyes, LORD, and see; hear the words that Sennacherib has sent to mock the living God.
LORD, it is true that the kings of Assyria have devastated the nations and their lands.
They have thrown their gods into the fire, for they were not gods but made by human hands-- wood and stone. So they have destroyed them.
Now, LORD our God, please save us from his hand so that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that You are the LORD God-- You alone."
Then Isaiah son of Amoz sent [a message] to Hezekiah: "The LORD, the God of Israel says: 'I have heard your prayer to Me about Sennacherib king of Assyria.'
This is the word the LORD has spoken against him: The young woman, Daughter Zion, despises you and scorns you: Daughter Jerusalem shakes [her] head behind your back.
Who is it you mocked and blasphemed? Against whom have you raised [your] voice and lifted your eyes in pride? Against the Holy One of Israel!
You have mocked the Lord through your messengers. You have said: With my many chariots I have gone up to the heights of the mountains, to the far recesses of Lebanon. I cut down its tallest cedars, its choice cypress trees. I came to its farthest outpost, its densest forest.
I dug [wells], and I drank foreign waters. I dried up all the streams of Egypt with the soles of my feet.
Have you not heard? I designed it long ago; I planned it in days gone by. I have now brought it to pass, and you have crushed fortified cities into piles of rubble.
Their inhabitants have become powerless, dismayed, and ashamed. They are plants of the field, tender grass, grass on the rooftops, blasted by the east wind.
But I know your sitting down, your going out and your coming in, and your raging against Me.
Because your raging against Me and your arrogance have reached My ears, I will put My hook in your nose and My bit in your mouth; I will make you go back the way you came.
This will be the sign for you: This year you will eat what grows on its own, and in the second year what grows from that. But in the third year sow and reap, plant vineyards and eat their fruit.
The surviving remnant of the house of Israel will again take root downward and bear fruit upward.
For a remnant will go out from Jerusalem, and survivors from Mount Zion. The zeal of the LORD of Hosts will accomplish this.
Therefore, this is what the LORD says about the king of Assyria: He will not enter this city or shoot an arrow there or come before it with a shield or build up an assault ramp against it.
He will go back on the road that he came and he will not enter this city, declares the LORD.
I will defend this city and rescue it for My sake and for the sake of My servant David.
That night the angel of the LORD went out and struck down 185,000 in the camp of the Assyrians. When the people got up the [next] morning-- there were all the dead bodies!
So Sennacherib king of Assyria broke camp and left. He returned [home] and lived in Nineveh.
One day, while he was worshiping in the temple of his god Nisroch, his sons Adrammelech and Sharezer struck him down with the sword and escaped to the land of Ararat. Then his son Esar-haddon became king in his place.
In those days Hezekiah became terminally ill. The prophet Isaiah son of Amoz came and said to him, "This is what the LORD says: 'Put your affairs in order, for you are about to die; you will not recover.'"
Then Hezekiah turned his face to the wall and prayed to the LORD,
"Please LORD, remember how I have walked before You faithfully and wholeheartedly and have done what is good in Your sight." And Hezekiah wept bitterly.
Isaiah had not yet gone out of the inner courtyard when the word of the LORD came to him:
"Go back and tell Hezekiah, the leader of My people, 'This is what the LORD God of your ancestor David says: I have heard your prayer; I have seen your tears. Look, I will heal you. On the third day [from now] you will go up to the LORD's temple.
I will add 15 years to your life. I will deliver you and this city from the hand of the king of Assyria. I will defend this city for My sake and for the sake of My servant David.'"
Then Isaiah said, "Bring a lump of pressed figs." So they brought it and applied it to his infected skin, and he recovered.
Hezekiah had asked Isaiah, "What is the sign that the LORD will heal me and that I will go up to the LORD's temple on the third day?"
Isaiah said, "This is the sign to you from the LORD that He will do what He has promised: Should the shadow go ahead 10 steps or go back 10 steps?"
Then Hezekiah answered, "It's easy for the shadow to lengthen 10 steps. No, let the shadow go back 10 steps."
So Isaiah the prophet called out to the LORD, and He brought the shadow back the 10 steps it had descended on Ahaz's stairway.
At that time Merodach-baladan son of Baladan, king of Babylon, sent letters and a gift to Hezekiah since he heard that Hezekiah had been sick.
Hezekiah gave them a hearing and showed them his whole treasure house-- the silver, the gold, the spices, and the precious oil-- and his armory, and everything that was found in his treasuries. There was nothing in his palace and in all his realm that Hezekiah did not show them.
Then the prophet Isaiah came to King Hezekiah and asked him, "What did these men say, and where did they come to you from?" Hezekiah replied, "They came from a distant country, from Babylon."
Isaiah asked, "What have they seen in your palace?" Hezekiah answered, "They have seen everything in my palace. There isn't anything in my treasuries that I didn't show them."
Then Isaiah said to Hezekiah, "Hear the word of the LORD:
'The time will certainly come when everything in your palace and all that your fathers have stored up until this day will be carried off to Babylon; nothing will be left,' says the LORD.
'Some of your descendants who come from you will be taken away, and they will become eunuchs in the palace of the king of Babylon.'"
Then Hezekiah said to Isaiah, "The word of the LORD that you have spoken is good," for he thought: Why not, if there will be peace and security during my lifetime?
The rest of the events of Hezekiah's [reign], along with all his might and how he made the pool and the tunnel and brought water into the city, are written about in the Historical Record of Judah's Kings.
Hezekiah rested with his fathers, and his son Manasseh became king in his place.
Manasseh was 12 years old when he became king; he reigned 55 years in Jerusalem. His mother's name was Hephzibah.
He did what was evil in the LORD's sight, imitating the abominations of the nations that the LORD had dispossessed before the Israelites.
He rebuilt the high places that his father Hezekiah had destroyed and reestablished the altars for Baal. He made an Asherah, as King Ahab of Israel had done; he also worshiped the whole heavenly host and served them.
He would build altars in the LORD's temple, where the LORD had said, "Jerusalem is where I will put My name."
He built altars to the whole heavenly host in both courtyards of the LORD's temple.
He made his son pass through the fire, practiced witchcraft and divination, and consulted mediums and spiritists. He did a great amount of evil in the LORD's sight, provoking [Him].
Manasseh set up the carved image of Asherah he made in the temple that the LORD had spoken about to David and his son Solomon, "I will establish My name forever in this temple and in Jerusalem, which I have chosen out of all the tribes of Israel.
I will never again cause the feet of the Israelites to wander from the land I gave to their ancestors if only they will be careful to do all I have commanded them-- the whole law that My servant Moses commanded them."
But they did not listen; Manasseh caused them to stray so that they did greater evil than the nations the LORD had destroyed before the Israelites.
The LORD spoke through His servants the prophets, saying,
"Since Manasseh king of Judah has committed all these abominations-- greater evil than the Amorites who preceded him had done-- and by means of his idols has also caused Judah to sin,
this is what the LORD God of Israel says: 'I am about to bring such disaster on Jerusalem and Judah that everyone who hears about it will shudder.
I will stretch over Jerusalem the measuring line [used on] Samaria and the mason's level [used on] the house of Ahab, and I will wipe Jerusalem clean as one wipes a bowl-- wiping it and turning it upside down.
I will abandon the remnant of My inheritance and hand them over to their enemies. They will become plunder and spoil to all their enemies,
because they have done what is evil in My sight and have provoked Me from the day their ancestors came out of Egypt until today.'"
Manasseh also shed so much innocent blood that he filled Jerusalem with it from one end to another. This was in addition to his sin he caused Judah to commit so that they did what was evil in the LORD's sight.
The rest of the events of Manasseh's [reign], along with all his accomplishments and the sin that he committed, are written about in the Historical Record of Judah's Kings.
Manasseh rested with his fathers and was buried in the garden of his own house, the garden of Uzza. His son Amon became king in his place.
Amon was 22 years old when he became king; he reigned two years in Jerusalem. His mother's name was Meshullemeth daughter of Haruz; [she was] from Jotbah.
He did what was evil in the LORD's sight as his father Manasseh had done.
He walked in all the ways his father had walked; he served the idols his father had served, and he worshiped them.
He abandoned the LORD God of his ancestors and did not walk in the way of the LORD.
Amon's servants conspired against the king and killed him in his own house.
Then the common people executed all those who had conspired against King Amon and made his son Josiah king in his place.
The rest of the events of Amon's [reign], along with his accomplishments, are written about in the Historical Record of Judah's Kings.
He was buried in his tomb in the garden of Uzza, and his son Josiah became king in his place.