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- The king heard that King Tirhakah of Ethiopia was marching out to fight him. He again sent messengers to Hezekiah, ordering them:
- “Tell King Hezekiah of Judah this: ‘Don’t let your God in whom you trust mislead you when he says, “Jerusalem will not be handed over to the king of Assyria.”
- Certainly you have heard how the kings of Assyria have annihilated all lands. Do you really think you will be rescued?
- Were the nations whom my predecessors destroyed — the nations of Gozan, Haran, Rezeph, and the people of Eden in Telassar — rescued by their gods?
- Where are the king of Hamath, the king of Arpad, and the kings of Lair, Sepharvaim, Hena, and Ivvah?’”
- Hezekiah took the letter from the messengers and read it. Then Hezekiah went up to the LORD‘s temple and spread it out before the LORD.
- Hezekiah prayed before the LORD:
- “O LORD who commands armies, O God of Israel, who is enthroned on the cherubim! You alone are God over all the kingdoms of the earth. You made the sky and the earth.
- Pay attention, LORD, and hear! Open your eyes, LORD, and observe! Listen to this entire message Sennacherib sent and how he taunts the living God!
- It is true, LORD, that the kings of Assyria have destroyed all the nations and their lands.
- They have burned the gods of the nations, for they are not really gods, but only the product of human hands manufactured from wood and stone. That is why the Assyrians could destroy them.
- Now, O LORD our God, rescue us from his power, so all the kingdoms of the earth may know that you alone are the LORD.”
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