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2 Kings 19

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2 Kings 19

1 And it came to pass, when king Hezekiah heard it, that he rent his clothes, and covered himself with sackcloth, and went into the house of the LORD.

2 And he sent Eliakim, which was over the household, and Shebna the scribe, and the elders of the priests, covered with sackcloth, to Isaiah the prophet the son of Amoz.

3 And they said unto him, Thus saith Hezekiah, This day is a day of trouble, and of rebuke, and 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 all the words of Rabshakeh, 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 lift up thy prayer for the remnant that are left.

5 So the servants of king Hezekiah came to Isaiah.

6 And Isaiah said unto them, Thus shall ye say to your master, Thus saith the LORD, Be not afraid of the words which thou hast heard, with which the servants of the king of Assyria have blasphemed me.

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

8 So Rabshakeh returned, and found the king of Assyria warring against Libnah: for he had heard that he was departed from Lachish.

9 And when he heard say of Tirhakah king of Ethiopia, Behold, he is come out to fight against thee: he sent messengers again unto Hezekiah, saying,

10 Thus shall ye speak to Hezekiah king of Judah, saying, Let not thy God in whom thou trustest deceive thee, saying, Jerusalem shall not be delivered into the hand of the king of Assyria.

11 Behold, thou hast heard what the kings of Assyria have done to all lands, by destroying them utterly: and shalt thou be delivered?

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 Thelasar?

13 Where is the king of Hamath, and the king of Arpad, and the king of the city of Sepharvaim, of Hena, and Ivah?

14 And Hezekiah received the letter of the hand of the messengers, and read it: and Hezekiah went up into the house of the LORD, and spread it before the LORD.

15 And Hezekiah prayed before the LORD, and said, O LORD God of Israel, which dwellest between the cherubim, thou art the God, even thou alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth; thou hast made heaven and earth.

16 LORD, bow down thine ear, and hear: open, LORD, thine eyes, and see: and hear the words of Sennacherib, which hath sent him to reproach the living God.

17 Of a truth, LORD, the kings of Assyria have destroyed the nations and their lands,

18 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.

19 Now therefore, O LORD our God, I beseech thee, save thou us out of his hand, that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that thou art the LORD God, even thou only.

20 Then Isaiah the son of Amoz sent to Hezekiah, saying, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, That which thou hast prayed to me against Sennacherib king of Assyria I have heard.

21 This is the word that the LORD hath spoken concerning him; The virgin the daughter of Zion hath despised thee, and laughed thee to scorn; the daughter of Jerusalem hath shaken her head at thee.

22 Whom hast thou reproached and blasphemed? and against whom hast thou exalted thy voice, and lifted up thine eyes on high? even against the Holy One of Israel.

23 By thy messengers thou hast reproached the LORD, and hast said, With the multitude of my chariots I am come up to the height of the mountains, to the sides of Lebanon, and will cut down the tall cedar trees thereof, and the choice fir trees thereof: and I will enter into the lodgings of his borders, and into the forest of his Carmel.

24 I have digged and drunk strange waters, and with the sole of my feet have I dried up all the rivers of besieged places.

25 Hast thou 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 thou shouldest be to lay waste fenced cities into ruinous heaps.

26 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 house tops, and as corn blasted before it be grown up.

27 But I know thy abode, and thy going out, and thy coming in, and thy rage against me.

28 Because thy rage against me and thy tumult is come up into mine ears, therefore I will 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.

29 And this shall be a sign unto thee, Ye shall eat this year such things as grow of themselves, and in the second year that which springeth of the same; and in the third year sow ye, and reap, and plant vineyards, and eat the fruits thereof.

30 And the remnant that is escaped of the house of Judah shall yet again take root downward, and bear fruit upward.

31 For out of Jerusalem shall go forth a remnant, and they that escape out of mount Zion: the zeal of the LORD of hosts shall do this.

32 Therefore thus saith the LORD concerning the king of Assyria, He shall not come into this city, nor shoot an arrow there, nor come before it with shield, nor cast a bank against it.

33 By the way that he came, by the same shall he return, and shall not come into this city, saith the LORD.

34 For I will defend this city, to save it, for mine own sake, and for my servant David's sake.

35 And it came to pass that night, that the angel of the LORD went out, and smote in the camp of the Assyrians an hundred fourscore and five thousand: and when they arose early in the morning, behold, they were all dead corpses.

36 So Sennacherib king of Assyria departed, and went and returned, and dwelt at Nineveh.

37 And it came to pass, as he was worshipping in the house of Nisroch his god, that Adrammelech and Sharezer his sons smote him with the sword: and they escaped into the land of Armenia. And Esarhaddon his son reigned in his stead.

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Summary and the Meaning of Chapter 19 of 2 Kings

The book of 2 Kings is the eleventh book in the Old Testament of the KJV Holy Bible. It continues the narrative of the kings of Israel and Judah, and their relationship with God. Chapter 19 is a pivotal chapter in the book, as it marks the climax of the story of King Hezekiah and his reign in Judah. This chapter is filled with themes of faith, deliverance, and the power of God, and it serves as a reminder of God's faithfulness to his people.

The Context

Before delving into the events of chapter 19, it is important to understand the context in which they take place. King Hezekiah was the son of King Ahaz, who was known for his wickedness and idolatry. However, Hezekiah was different. He was described as a righteous king who did what was right in the eyes of the Lord. He removed the high places and idols that his father had built and led the people of Judah back to the worship of God.

However, despite Hezekiah's efforts to restore the worship of God, the kingdom of Judah was facing a great threat from the Assyrian empire. The Assyrians were known for their brutal conquests and their ruthless treatment of their enemies. They had already conquered the northern kingdom of Israel and were now setting their sights on Judah. The Assyrian king, Sennacherib, had sent his commander to taunt and threaten Hezekiah and the people of Judah, boasting of his victories over other nations and claiming that their God would not be able to save them from his power.

The Prayer of Hezekiah

Upon hearing the threats of the Assyrian commander, Hezekiah's first response was to seek the Lord in prayer. He went up to the temple and spread the letter from the Assyrian king before the Lord, pleading for his help and deliverance. Hezekiah acknowledged the power and sovereignty of God and asked him to save his people from the hands of their enemies.

Hezekiah's prayer is a powerful example of faith and trust in God. Despite the overwhelming odds and the arrogant boasting of the Assyrians, Hezekiah remained steadfast in his belief that God was able to deliver them. Hezekiah's prayer also serves as a reminder that our first response in times of trouble should always be to turn to God in prayer.

The Deliverance of Judah

God heard Hezekiah's prayer and responded through the prophet Isaiah. Isaiah brought a message from God, assuring Hezekiah that the Assyrians would not be successful in their attack on Jerusalem. God promised to defend the city and to protect his people, not because of their own righteousness, but because of his faithfulness to his covenant with their forefathers.

True to his word, God sent a powerful angel who struck down 185,000 Assyrian soldiers in one night, causing Sennacherib to retreat and eventually be killed by his own sons. This miraculous deliverance of Judah is a testament to the power and faithfulness of God. It is a reminder that when we put our trust in him, he is able to do far more than we could ever imagine or accomplish on our own.

The End of Hezekiah's Reign

Despite the great deliverance of Judah, Hezekiah's reign did not end without some struggles and challenges. He became ill and was near death, but he once again turned to God in prayer, and God granted him fifteen more years of life. However, in his pride, Hezekiah showed off his great wealth and treasures to the Babylonian envoys who had come to inquire about his recovery. This act of pride and self-glorification displeased God, and he declared that the Babylonians would one day conquer and take away all the treasures that Hezekiah had shown them.

Hezekiah's story serves as a cautionary tale of the dangers of pride and the importance of remaining humble before God. Despite his great faith and trust in God, Hezekiah still struggled with pride and had to face the consequences of his actions. This serves as a reminder that even the most righteous and faithful individuals can still fall into sin and must remain vigilant in their relationship with God.

The Meaning of Chapter 19

Chapter 19 of 2 Kings is a powerful reminder of God's faithfulness and power. It shows that no matter how great the threat or how impossible the situation may seem, God is able to deliver and protect his people. It also serves as a reminder of the importance of prayer and faith in God. Hezekiah's prayer is a model for us to follow in times of trouble, and his story shows that when we put our trust in God, he is able to do far more than we could ever imagine.

This chapter also highlights the dangers of pride and the importance of remaining humble before God. Hezekiah's story serves as a warning that even the most righteous individuals can still fall into sin and must remain vigilant in their relationship with God.

Overall, chapter 19 of 2 Kings is a powerful demonstration of God's sovereignty and faithfulness. It reminds us that no matter what challenges we may face, God is always in control, and he will always be there to deliver and protect his people. It is a chapter filled with themes of faith, deliverance, and the power of God, and it serves as a powerful reminder of God's love and care for his people.

This article is informed by the King James Version of the Holy Bible, the authors' personal knowledge, considerations and experience, and additional materials and resources available in internet.

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