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2 Kings 19:20

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19:20 Isaiah son of Amoz sent this message to Hezekiah: “This is what the Lord God of Israel says: ‘I have heard your prayer concerning King Sennacherib of Assyria. 1 

2 Kings 19:35-37

Context

19:35 That very night the Lord’s messenger went out and killed 185,000 men in the Assyrian camp. When they 2  got up early the next morning, there were all the corpses. 3  19:36 So King Sennacherib of Assyria broke camp and went on his way. He went home and stayed in Nineveh. 4  19:37 One day, 5  as he was worshiping in the temple of his god Nisroch, 6  his sons 7  Adrammelech and Sharezer struck him down with the sword. 8  They escaped to the land of Ararat; his son Esarhaddon replaced him as king.

1 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.”

2 tn This refers to the Israelites and/or the rest of the Assyrian army.

3 tn Heb “look, all of them were dead bodies.”

4 tn Heb “and Sennacherib king of Assyria departed and went and returned and lived in Nineveh.”

5 sn The assassination probably took place in 681 b.c.

6 sn No such Mesopotamian god is presently known. Perhaps the name is a corruption of Nusku.

7 tc Although “his sons” is absent in the Kethib, it is supported by the Qere, along with many medieval Hebrew mss and the ancient versions. Cf. Isa 37:38.

8 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.



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