19:15 Hezekiah prayed before the Lord: “Lord God of Israel, who is enthroned on the cherubs! 1 You alone are God over all the kingdoms of the earth. You made the sky 2 and the earth. 19:16 Pay attention, Lord, and hear! Open your eyes, Lord, and observe! Listen to the message Sennacherib sent and how he taunts the living God! 3 19:17 It is true, Lord, that the kings of Assyria have destroyed the nations and their lands. 19:18 They have burned the gods of the nations, 4 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. 5 19:19 Now, O Lord our God, rescue us from his power, so that all the kingdoms of the earth will know that you, Lord, are the only God.”
1 sn This refers to the cherub images that were above the ark of the covenant.
2 tn Or “the heavens.”
3 tn Heb “Hear the words of Sennacherib which he sent to taunt the living God.”
4 tn Heb “and they put their gods in the fire.”
5 tn Heb “so they destroyed them.”
6 tn Heb “That which you prayed to me concerning Sennacherib king of Assyria I have heard.” The verb “I have heard” does not appear in the parallel passage in Isa 37:21, where אֲשֶׁר (’asher) probably has a causal sense, “because.”