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TitleIsaiah 37
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication2022
AuthorsParry, Donald W.
Book TitleThe Book of Isaiah: A New Translation (Preliminary Edition)
PublisherBook of Mormon Central
CitySpringville, UT
KeywordsBible; Isaiah (Book); Isaiah (Prophet); Old Testament

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Hezekiah Seeks Isaiah’s Counsel and Prays in the Temple (37:1–20)


37 1And it came to pass when King Hezekiah heard it, he tore his clothes and covered himself with sackcloth and went into the House of the LORD. 2And he sent Eliakim, who was over the house; Shebna, the scribe; and the elders of the priests, who had covered themselves with sackcloth, to Isaiah, the prophet, son of Amoz. 3And they said to him,

Eliakim and Shebna

“Thus says Hezekiah, ‘This day is a day of distress, rebuke, and disgrace because children have come to the point of birth, but there is no strength to give birth. 4Perhaps the LORD your God hears the words of the chief officer, whom the king of Assyria his master has sent to taunt the living God, and the LORD your God will rebuke the words that He has heard. Therefore, may you lift up a prayer for the remnant who remain.’”


5And the ministers of King Hezekiah came to Isaiah. 6And Isaiah said to them,


“Thus, you will say to your master, Thus says the LORD,

The Lord

‘Do not be afraid of the words that you have heard, with which the youths of the king of Assyria have blasphemed Me. 7Behold, I am putting a spirit in him so that he will hear a rumor and return to his land, and in his land, I will make him fall by the sword.’”


8The chief officer returned and found the king of Assyria fighting against Libnah, for he had heard that he had left Lachish. 9And he heard about Tirhakah, king of Cush saying, “He has gone forth to war with you.” And he sent messengers to Hezekiah, saying,

Chief officer

10“Thus you will say to Hezekiah, king of Judah, saying, ‘Do not let your God, who you trust, deceive you by saying, Jerusalem will not be given into the hand of the king of Assyria. 11Behold, you have heard what the kings of Assyria have done to all of the countries, completely destroying them, and you will be delivered? 12Have the gods delivered the nations that my fathers destroyed—Gozen, Haran, Rezeph, and the people of Eden who were in Telassar? 13Where is the king of Hamath, and the king of Arpad, and the kings of the cities of Sepharvaim, Hena, and Ivvah?’”


14And Hezekiah took the letter from the hand of the messengers and read it. Then he went up to the House of the LORD and spread it before the LORD. 15And Hezekiah prayed to the LORD, saying,


16“O  Lord of Hosts, the God of Israel, enthroned on the cherubim, You alone are God of all the kingdoms of the earth; You have made the heavens and the earth. 17Extend Your ear, O  Lord, and hear. Open Your eyes, O  Lord, and see. And hear all the words of Sennacherib, which he has sent to taunt the living God. 18Truly, O  Lord, the kings of Assyria have destroyed all the nations and their lands 19and have placed their gods into the fire; they have destroyed them because they were not gods, but the work of the hands of a human—wood and stone. 20And now, O  Lord our God, save us from his hand, that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that You alone are the LORD.”


The Lord Responds—Sennacherib Will Fall (37:21–38)


21Then Isaiah, the son of Amoz, sent to Hezekiah saying, “Thus says the LORD, the God of Israel, ‘of which you prayed to Me about Sennacherib, the king of Assyria,’ 22This is the word that the LORD has spoken concerning him:

The Lord

“The virgin Daughter of Zion, she scorns you! She mocks you!
The Daughter of Jerusalem, she wags her head behind your back.

23Whom have you taunted and blasphemed?
Against whom have you raised your voice
and lifted your eyes up high? Against the Holy One of Israel!

24You have taunted the Lord by the hand of your servants. And you said,


‘With my many chariots I have gone up to the heights of the mountains, to the far parts of Lebanon. And I cut down its tall cedars and its choicest cypresses. I came to its remotest height, its most fruitful forest. 25I dug wells and drank the water of foreigners[1]. I dried up all the streams of Egypt with the sole of my foot.’

The Lord

26Have you not heard long ago
that which I have done from days of old?

I fashioned it; I brought it to pass—
that you should make fortified cities desolate, into heaps, to be destroyed.

27And their inhabitants are short of power;
they are dismayed and confounded.

and have become grass of the field,
and the green herb,

grass on the rooftops
and a field before an east wind[2].

28I know your standing up[3], and your sitting,
and your going out, and your coming in, and your rage against Me.

29Because of your raging against Me,
and your arrogance has come to My ears,

I will put My hook in your nose
and My bit in your lips,
and I will turn you back by the way that you came.”

30And this is the sign for you:
Eat what grows of itself this year,
and in the second year what springs of the same,
but in the third year, sow and reap
and plant vineyards and eat their fruit.

31And the remnant of the house of Judah will again take root below
and bear fruit above.

32For out of Jerusalem will go forth a remnant,
and they that escape [from Jerusalem will come upon][4] Mount Zion.


The zeal of the LORD of Hosts will do this.

33Therefore, thus says the LORD concerning the king of Assyria,

The Lord

“He will not come into this city,
or shoot an arrow there,

or come before it with a shield,
or cast up a siege-ramp against it.

34By the way that he came, he will return.
And he will not come into this city,”


declares the LORD.

The Lord

35“I will defend this city, to save it for My own sake
and for the sake of David, My servant.”


36And the angel of the LORD went forth and slew a hundred and eighty-five thousand in the Assyrian camp. And when they [who were left] arose early in the morning, behold, they were all dead corpses. 37And Sennacherib, the king of Assyria, traveled and returned and dwelt at Nineveh. 38And as he was worshipping in the house [temple] of Nisroch, his god, his sons, Adrammelech and Sharezer, slew him with the sword. And they escaped into the land of Armenia. Then Esarhaddon, his son, reigned in his stead.

[1] This reading comes from DSS Isaiah and the parallel passage of 2 Kings 19:24.

[2] Reading from DSS Isaiah. 

[3] From DSS Isaiah.

[4] Bracketed words in this section are from the JST.


Scripture Reference

Isaiah 37:1