21 Isaiah son of Amoz sent this message to Hezekiah: “This is what Yahveh, God of Israel says: ‘Because you prayed to me concerning King Sennacherib of Assyria, 22 this is what Yahveh says about him: “The virgin daughter Zion despises you–she makes fun of you; daughter Jerusalem shakes her head at you. 23 Whom have you mocked and hurled insults at? At whom have you shouted and looked so arrogantly? At the sovereign king of Israel! 24 Through your messengers you mocked the sovereign master, ‘With my many chariots I climbed up the high mountains, the slopes of Lebanon. I cut down its tall cedars and its best evergreens. I invaded its most distant regions, its thickest woods. 25 I dug wells and drank water. By the soles of my feet I dried up all the rivers of Egypt.’ 26 Certainly you must have heard! Long ago I worked it out, in ancient times I planned it, and now I am bringing it to pass. Here is the plan: Armed cities will crash into piles of ruins. 27 Their inhabitants are powerless; they are terrified and humiliated. They are as short-lived as plants in the field or green vegetation. They are as short-lived as grass on the rooftops when it is scorched by the east wind. 28 I know where you live and everything you do and how you rage against me. 29 Because you rage against me and the uproar you create has reached my ears, I will put my hook in your nose, and my bridle between your lips, and I will lead you back the way you came.” 30 “This will be your reminder that I have spoken the truth: This year you will eat what grows wild, and next year what grows on its own. But the year after that you will plant seed and harvest crops; you will plant vines and consume their produce. 31 Those who remain in Judah will take root in the ground and bear fruit. 32 “For a remnant will leave Jerusalem; survivors will come out of Mount Zion. The intense devotion of Yahveh who leads armies will accomplish this. 33 So this is what Yahveh says about the king of Assyria: ‘He will not enter this city, nor will he shoot an arrow here. He will not attack it with his shielded warriors, nor will he build siege works against it. 34 He will go back the way he came– he will not enter this city,’ says the LORD. 35 I will shield this city and rescue it for the sake of my reputation and because of my promise to David my servant.”‘” 36 Yahveh’s angel went out and killed a hundred and eighty-five thousand men in the Assyrian camp. When they got up early the next morning, there were all the corpses! 37 So King Sennacherib of Assyria broke camp and went on his way. He went home and stayed in Nineveh. 38 One day, as he was worshiping in the temple of his god Nisroch, his sons Adrammelech and Sharezer killed him with the sword. They escaped to the land of Ararat; his son Esarhaddon replaced him as king.
getting the message
The King of Assyria boasted that the LORD could not stop him, and he had evidence on his side. None of the other gods of the other lands could stop the king’s invasions. Hezekiah and Isaiah prayed. Their confidence was in the power of a God who is unlike any other. The LORD cannot be destroyed like the idols of the defeated lands. He is immortal, and they were not. The battle that took place in the hearts of the praying men stopped the king of Assyria in his tracks. 185,000 dead soldiers later, Sennacherib got the message.
LORD, come and answer our prayers, so that your enemies today can get the message about who you really are.