19:36 So King Sennacherib of Assyria broke camp and went on his way. He went home and stayed in Nineveh. 1 19:37 One day, 2 as he was worshiping in the temple of his god Nisroch, 3 his sons 4 Adrammelech and Sharezer struck him down with the sword. 5 They escaped to the land of Ararat; his son Esarhaddon replaced him as king.
1 tn Heb “and Sennacherib king of Assyria departed and went and returned and lived in Nineveh.”
2 sn The assassination probably took place in 681
3 sn No such Mesopotamian god is presently known. Perhaps the name is a corruption of Nusku.
5 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.