19:35 That very night the Lord’s messenger went out and killed 185,000 men in the Assyrian camp. When they 1 got up early the next morning, there were all the corpses. 2 19:36 So King Sennacherib of Assyria broke camp and went on his way. He went home and stayed in Nineveh. 3 19:37 One day, 4 as he was worshiping in the temple of his god Nisroch, 5 his sons 6 Adrammelech and Sharezer struck him down with the sword. 7 They escaped to the land of Ararat; his son Esarhaddon replaced him as king.
1 tn This refers to the Israelites and/or the rest of the Assyrian army.
2 tn Heb “look, all of them were dead bodies.”
3 tn Heb “and Sennacherib king of Assyria departed and went and returned and lived in Nineveh.”
4 sn The assassination probably took place in 681
5 sn No such Mesopotamian god is presently known. Perhaps the name is a corruption of Nusku.
7 sn Extra-biblical sources also mention the assassination of Sennacherib, though they refer to only one assassin. See M. Cogan and H. Tadmor, II Kings (AB), 239-40.