37:10 “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.” 37:11 Certainly you have heard how the kings of Assyria have annihilated all lands. 1 Do you really think you will be rescued? 2 37:12 Were the nations whom my predecessors 3 destroyed – the nations of Gozan, Haran, Rezeph, and the people of Eden in Telassar – rescued by their gods? 4 37:13 Where are the king of Hamath, the king of Arpad, and the kings of Lair, 5 Sepharvaim, Hena, and Ivvah?’”
37:38 One day, 6 as he was worshiping 7 in the temple of his god Nisroch, 8 his sons Adrammelech and Sharezer struck him down with the sword. 9 They ran away to the land of Ararat; his son Esarhaddon replaced him as king.
1 tn Heb “Look, you have heard what the kings of Assyria have done to all the lands, annihilating them.”
2 tn Heb “and will you be rescued?” The rhetorical question expects the answer, “No, of course not!”
3 tn Heb “fathers” (so KJV, NAB, NASB); NIV “forefathers”; NCV “ancestors.”
4 tn Heb “Did the gods of the nations whom my fathers destroyed rescue them – Gozan and Haran, and Rezeph and the sons of Eden who are in Telassar?”
5 sn Lair was a city located in northeastern Babylon. See M. Cogan and H. Tadmor, II Kings (AB), 235.
6 sn The assassination of King Sennacherib probably took place in 681
8 sn No such Mesopotamian god is presently known. Perhaps the name Nisroch is a corruption of Nusku.
9 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.