Don’t listen to Hezekiah!’ For this is what the king of Assyria says, ‘Send me a token of your submission and surrender to me. 1 Then each of you may eat from his own vine and fig tree and drink water from his own cistern,
“Micah from Moresheth 1 prophesied during the time Hezekiah was king of Judah. 2 He told all the people of Judah, ‘The Lord who rules over all 3 says, “Zion 4 will become a plowed field. Jerusalem 5 will become a pile of rubble. The temple mount will become a mere wooded ridge.”’ 6
He trusted in the Lord God of Israel; in this regard there was none like him among the kings of Judah either before or after. 1
The people were silent and did not respond, for the king had ordered, “Don’t respond to him.”
They were silent and did not respond, for the king had ordered, “Don’t respond to him.”
1 This will be your confirmation that I have spoken the truth: 2 This year you will eat what grows wild, 3 and next year 4 what grows on its own from that. But in the third year you will plant seed and harvest crops; you will plant vines and consume their produce. 5
1 “This will be your reminder that I have spoken the truth: 2 This year you will eat what grows wild, 3 and next year 4 what grows on its own. But the year after that 5 you will plant seed and harvest crops; you will plant vines and consume their produce. 6
1 Isaiah ordered, “Let them take a fig cake and apply it to the ulcerated sore and he will get well.”
King Hezekiah 1 stationed the Levites in the Lord’s temple with cymbals and stringed instruments, just as David, Gad the king’s prophet, 2 and Nathan the prophet had ordered. (The Lord had actually given these orders through his prophets.)
In the first month of the first year of his reign, he opened the doors of the Lord’s temple and repaired them.
After these faithful deeds were accomplished, King Sennacherib of Assyria invaded Judah. He besieged the fortified cities, intending to seize them. 1
He did what the Lord approved, just as his ancestor David had done. 1
In the two courtyards of the Lord’s temple he built altars for all the stars in the sky.
They summoned the king, so Eliakim son of Hilkiah, the palace supervisor, accompanied by Shebna the scribe and Joah son of Asaph, the secretary, went out to meet them.
He wholeheartedly and successfully reinstituted service in God’s temple and obedience to the law, in order to follow his God. 1