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and answered him not a word: for the king's coinmand22 ment was, saying, Answer him not. Then came Elia

kim, the son of Hilkiah, that (was) over the household, and Shebna the scribe, and Joah, the son of Asaph, the recorder, to Hezekiah with (their) clothes rent, and told him the words of Rabshakeh.

Cháp. XXXVII. And it came to pass, when king Hezekiah heard [it,] that he rent his clothes, and

covered himself with fackcloth, and went into the house 2 of the Lord. And he sent Eliakim, who was) over

the household, and Shebna the scribe, and the elders of

the priests covered with fackcloth, unto Isaiah the pro3 phet the son of Amoz. And they said unto him, Thus

saith Hezekiah, This day (is). a day of trouble, and of rebuke, and of blasphemy: for the children are come

to the birth, and (there is ] not strength to bring forth. 4 It may be the LORD thy God will hear the words of

Rabihakeh, whom the king of Assyria his master hath sent to reproach the living God, and will reprove the

words which the Lord thy God hath heard : wherefore 5 lift up (thy) prayer for the remnant that is left. So 6 the servants of king Hezekiah came to Isaiah. And

Isaiah said unto them, Thus shall ye say unto your master, Thus faith the LORD, Be not afraid of the

words that thou hast heard, wherewith the fervants of 7 the king of Assyria have blasphemed me. Behold, I

will send a blast upon him, and he shall hear a rumour, and return to his own land; and I will cause him to fall by the sword in his own land.

So Rabihakeh returned, and found the king of Afsyria warring against Libnah: for he had heard that he 9 was departed from Lachish. And he heard say con

cerning Tirhakah king of Ethiopia, He is come forth

to make war with thee. And when he heard [it,) he 10 sent messengers to Hezekiah, saying, Thus shall ye

speak to Hezekiah king of Judah, saying, Let not thy God, in whom thou trusteft, deceive thee, saying,

Jerusalem shall not be given into the hand of the king u of Assyria. Behold, thou hast heard what the kings of

Assyria have done to all lands by destroying them utter

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12 ly; and shalt thou be delivered? Have the gods of

the nations delivered them which my fathers have de

stroyed, [as] Gozan, and Haran, and Rezeph, and the 13 children of Eden which (were] in Telaffar? Where [is]

the king of Hamath, and the king of Arphady, and the 14 king of the city of Sepharvaim, Hena, and Ivah? And

Hezekiah received the letter from the hand of the mer.
fengers, and read it: and Hezekiah went up unto the

house of the LORD, and spread it before the LORD. 15 16 And Hezekiah prayed unto the LORD, saying, O

LORD of hofts, God of Israel, that dwellest (between] the cherubims, thou (art) the God, [even) thou alone,

of all the kingdoms of the earth: thou hast made hea17 ven and earth. Incline thine ear, O Lord, and hear; open

thine eyes, O LORD, and fee: and hear all the words of Sennacherib, which hath fent to reproach the 18 living God. Of a truth, Lord, the kings of Aflyria

have laid waste all the nations, and their countries, 19

And have cast their gods into the fire: for they were]

no gods, but the work of men's hands, wood and stone: 20 therefore they have destroyed them. Now therefore,

O LORD our God, fave us from his hand, that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that thou (art] the Lord, [even) thou only.

Then Ifaiah the son of Amoz fent unto Hezekiah, saying, Thus faith the Lord God of Israel, Whereas

thou haft prayed to me againft Sennacherib king of 22 Allyria: This [is] the word which the Lord hath

spoken concerning him; The virgin, the daughter of Zion, hath defpised thee, (and) laughed thee to scorn;

the daughter of Jerusalem hath fhaken her head at thee. 23 Whom haft thou reproached and blafphemed; and

against whom haft thou exalted (thy) voice, and lifted

up thine eyes on high? (even) against the Holy One 24 of Israel. By thy fervants haft thou reproached the

Lord, and hast said, By the multitude of my chariots am I come up to the height of the mountains, to the Gdes of Lebanon; and I will cut down the tall cedars thereof, [and] the choice fir trees thereof: and I will enter into the height of his border, [and] the forest of

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25 his Carmel. I have digged, and drunk water; and

with the sole of my feet have I dried up all the rivers of 26 the besieged places. Hast thou not heard long ago,

[how] I have done it ; [and] of antient times, that I

have formed it? now have I brought it to pass, that * thou shouldł be to lay waste defenced cities (into] 27 ruinous heaps. Therefore their inhabitants (were) of

small power, they were dismayed and confounded : they were (as) the grass of the field, and (as) the green

herh, (as) the grass on the house tops, and (as corn] 28 blasted before it be grown up. But I know thy abode,

and thy going out, and thy coming in, and thy rage 29 against me. Because thy rage against me, and thy tumult, is come up into mine ears, therefore will I

put my hook in thy nose, and my bridle in thy lips, and I

will turn thee back by the way by which thou camest. 30 And this [shall be) a sign unto thee, Ye shall eat [this]

year such as groweth of itself; and the second
which springeth of the same: and in the third year fow

ye, and reap, and plant vineyards, and eat the fruit 31 thereof. And the remnant that is escaped of the house

of Judah fhall again take root downward, and bear 32 fruit upward: For out of Jerusalem fall go forth a

remnant, and they that escape out of mount Zion: the 33 zeal of the Lord of hosts shall do this. Therefore

thus faith the LORD concerning the king of Assyria, He fhall not come into this city, nor shoot an arrow there,

nor come before it with shields, nor cast a bank againft 34 it. By the way that he came, by the same shall he re

turn, and shall not come into this city, faith the LORD. 35 For I will defend this city to save it, for mine own sake, and for my servant David's fake.

Then the angel of the Lord went forth, and smote in the camp of the Assyrians a hundred and fourscore

and five thousand: and when they arose early in the 37 morning, behold, they (were] all dead corpses. So

Sennacherib king of Allyria departed, and went and 38 returned, and dwelt at Nineveh. And it came to pass,

as he was worshipping in the house of Nisroch his god, that Adrammelech and Sharezer his fons smote him

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with the sword; and they escaped into the land of Armenia : and Efar-haddon his son reigned in his stead.

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CHA P. XXXVIII.
The first part of this chapter gives an account of Hezekiah's

dangerous fickness and miraculous recovery; the latter part
is a tender and beautiful song of thanksgiving, in which
this pious king breathed out the sentiments of a grateful heart
when his life was as it were restored.

N those days was Hezekiah fick unto death, that is,

of some distemper, which in the common course of nature would prove mortal.' And Isaiah the prophet the son of Amoz came unto him, and said unto him, Thus faith

the LORD, Set thine house in order : for thou shalt 2 die, and not live. Then Hezekiah turned his face to3 ward the wall, and prayed' unto the Lord, And said,

Remember, now, O'Lord, I beseech thee, how I have walked before thee in truth and with a perfect heart, and have done (that which is) good in thy fight. And Hezekiah wept fore, from the apprehension that he should leave his kingdom in distress, and without an heir. 4 Then came the word of the LORD to Isaiah, saying, 5 Go and say to Hezekiah, Thus faith the Lord, the

God of David thy father, whole family seemed to be in danger of extin&tion, I have heard thy prayer, I have

seen thy tears: behold, I will add unto thy days fifteen 6 years. And I will deliver thee and this city out of the

hand of the king of Affyria : and I will defend this 7 city.' And this [shall be] a sign unto thee from the

LORD, that the Lord will do this thing that he hath 8 spoken; Behold, I will bring again the shadow of the

degrees, which is gone down in the sun dial of Ahaz, ten degrees backward. So the sun returned ten degrees, by which degrees it was gone down,

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9 The writing of Hezekiah king of Judah, when he

had been fick, and was recovered of his fickness; or, a 10 fong of thanksgiving for his deliverance : I said in the cut

ting off of my days, I lhall go to the gates of the grave: I am deprived of the residue of my years ;

being but about thirty nine years old, I might naturally exIl pezt a longer life. I said, I shall not see the LORD,

[even] the LORD, in the land of the living, in his house and ordinances; that is, no more join in or support his worShip: I shall behold man no more with the inhabitants of the world; I shall see my subjects and friends no more; I

shall have no more opportunities of doing good to the publick or 12 myself; a sentiment full of piety and benevolence. Mine age

is departed, and is removed from me as a shepherd's tent; a weak, frail building, that is easily taken down or removed from place to place : I have cut off like a wea. ver my life; have given up all my schemes and prospects: he will.cut me off with pining sickness: from day (even]

to night wilt thou make an end of me; I thought this 13 would be the case every morning and evening. I reckoned till morning, [that] as a lion, so will he break all

my bones: from day (even] to night wilt thou make an

end of me; I thought the violence of my pain would destroy 14 me before morning, like a lion breaking my bones. Like a

crane (or) a fwallow, so did I chatter: I did mourn as a dove; my voice was weak and broken, fo that I could only high and bemoan myself : mine eyes fail (with looking! upward; or rather, mine eyes are so weak that I cannot look up: O LORD, I am oppressed; undertake for me; I am

finking under this heavy afli&tion ; O Lord, appear for me, 15 before death seizes upon me. What shall I say? an ex

pression of God's great goodness, and of his own thankfulness; how shall I find words to express my gratitude ? he hath both spoken unto me, and himself hath done [it:] he promised health, and it immediately came : I shall go softly all my years in the bitterness of my soul; I shall all my days

remember the bitterness of my soul; or it may refer to walk16 ing humbly and circumspeally before God after it. O LORD,

by these (things,] thy power and goodness, [men] live, and I in particular, and in all these things is, the life of my Vol. V.

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