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37:1 And it came to pass, when melekh YechizkiYahu (חזקיּה ) heard [it], that he rent his clothes, and covered himself with sackcloth, and went into bayit ADONAI (יהוה).
37:2 And he shalach (sent) Elyakim, who [was] over the bayit (household), and Shevna (vigour) the sofer, and the Ziknei ha Kohenim covered with sackcloth, to YeshaYahu ha Navi ben Amotz (אמוץ).
37:3 And they said to him, Thus said YechizkiYahu (חזקיּה ), This day [is] a yom tzarah (day of trouble), and of tokhechah (rebuke), and of ne'atzah (blasphemy): for the banim are come to the mashber (crisis of birth), and [there is] not ko'ach (strength) to bring forth.
37:4 It may be ADONAI (יהוה) Eloheicha will hear the words of Rav Shakeh (chief cupbearer), whom the melekh of Ashur his master has sent to reproach the living Elohim (אלהים), and will reprove the divrei which ADONAI (יהוה) Eloheicha has heard: wherefore lift up [thy] prayer for the remnant that is left.
37:5 So the avadim of melekh YechizkiYahu (חזקיּה ) came to YeshaYahu.
37:6 And YeshaYahu said to them, Thus shall you say to your master, Thus said ADONAI (יהוה), Be not afraid of the words that you have heard, wherewith the avadim of the melekh of Ashur have blasphemed Me.
37:7 See, 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.
37:8 So Rav Shakeh returned, and found the melekh of Ashur warring against Libnah: for he had heard that he was departed from Lakish.
37:9 And he heard say concerning Tirhakah melekh of Ethiopia, He is come forth to make war with you. And when he heard [it], he shalach (sent) messengers to YechizkiYahu (חזקיּה ), saying,
37:10 Thus shall you speak to YechizkiYahu (חזקיּה ) melekh of Yehudah, saying, Let not Eloheicha, in whom you trustest, deceive you, saying, Yerushalayim shall not be given into the hand of the melekh of Ashur.
37:11 Hinei, you have heard what the kings of Ashur have done to all lands by destroying them utterly; and shall you be delivered?
37:12 Have the gods of the nations delivered them which my fathers have destroyed, [as] Gozan, and Haran, and Rezeph, and the children of Eden which [were] in Telassar?
37:13 Where [is] the melekh of Hamat, and the melekh of Arphad, and the melekh of the city of Sepharvaim, Hena, and Ivah?
37:14 And YechizkiYahu (חזקיּה ) received the letter from the hand of the messengers, and read it: and YechizkiYahu (חזקיּה ) went up to bayit ADONAI (יהוה), and spread it before ADONAI (יהוה).
37:15 And YechizkiYahu (חזקיּה ) prayed to ADONAI (יהוה), saying,
37:16 O ADONAI (יהוה) Tzva'ot, Elohim (אלהים) of Yisrael, that dwells [between] the Keruvim, you [art] Elohim (אלהים), [even] you alone, of all the mamlechot (kingdoms) ha eretz: you have made Shamayim and eretz. (YeshaYahu 37:16, chp 45:5; chp 43:10,11)
37:17 Incline your ear, O ADONAI (יהוה), and hear; open your eyes, O ADONAI (יהוה), and see: and hear all the words Sanecheriv, which has shalach (sent) to reproach the living Elohim (אלהים).
37:18 Of a truth, ADONAI (יהוה), the kings of Ashur have laid waste all the nations, and their countries,
37:19 And have cast their gods into the fire: for they [were] no gods, but the work of men's hands, wood and stone: therefore they have destroyed them.
37:20 Now therefore, O ADONAI (יהוה) our Elohim (אלהים), save us from his hand, that all the mamlechot ha eretz may know that you [art] ADONAI (יהוה), [even] you only.
37:21 Then YeshaYahu ben Amotz (אמוץ) shalach (sent) to YechizkiYahu (חזקיּה ), saying, Thus said ADONAI (יהוה) Elohim (אלהים) Yisrael, Whereas you have prayed to me against Sanecheriv melekh of Ashur:
37:22 This [is] the Dvar which ADONAI (יהוה) has spoken concerning him; The virgin, bat Tzyon, has despised you, [and] laughed you to scorn; bat Yerushalayim has shaken her head at you.
37:23 Whom have you reproached and blasphemed? and against whom have you exalted [thy] voice, and lifted up your eyes on high? [even] against the set apart One of Yisrael.
37:24 By your avadim have you reproached the Adon, and have said, By the multitude of my chariots am I come up to the height of the mountains, to the sides of Levanon; 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 his Carmel.
37:25 I have digged, and drunk water; and with the sole of my feet have I dried up all the rivers of the besieged places.
37:26 have you not heard long ago, [how] I have done it; [and] of ancient times, that I have formed it? now have I brought it to pass, that you should be to lay waste defenced cities [into] ruinous heaps.
37:27 Therefore their inhabitants [were] of small power, they were dismayed and confounded: they were [as] the grass of the field, and [as] the green herb, [as] the grass on the housetops, and [as corn] blasted before it be grown up.
37:28 But I know your abode, and your going out, and your coming in, and your rage against me.
37:29 Because your rage against me, and your tumult, is come up into mine ears, therefore will I put my hook in your nose, and my bridle in your lips, and I will turn you back by the way by which you camest.
37:30 And this [shall be] a sign to you, Ye shall eat [this] year such as groweth of itself; and the second year that which spring of the same: and in the third year sow you, and reap, and plant vineyards, and eat the fruit thereof.
37:31 And the remnant that is escaped of bayit Yehudah shall again take root downward, and bear fruit upward:
37:32 For out of Yerushalayim shall go forth a remnant, and they that escape out of mount Tzyon: the zeal of ADONAI (יהוה) Tzva'ot shall do this.
37:33 Therefore thus said ADONAI (יהוה) concerning the melekh of Ashur, He shall not come into this city, nor shoot an arrow there, nor come before it with shields, nor cast a bank against it.
37:34 By the way that he came, by the same shall he return, and shall not come into this city, said ADONAI (יהוה).
37:35 For I will defend this city to save it for mine own sake, and for My eved David's sake.
37:36 Then the messenger of ADONAI (יהוה) went forth, and smote in the camp of the Ashurns a hundred and fourscore and five thousand: and when they arose early in the morning, Hinei, they [were] all pegarim mesim (dead corpses).
37:37 So Sanecheriv melekh of Ashur departed, and went and returned, and dwelt at Nineveh.
37:38 And it came to pass, as he was worshipping in bayit Nisroch his god, that Adrammelech and Sharezer his Banim smote him with the sword; and they escaped into the eretz Armenia: and Esar Chadon his son reigned in his place.
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