2 KINGS 19Isaiah Reassures Hezekiah 19:1 As soon as King Hezekiah heard it, he tore his clothes and covered himself with sackcloth and went into the house of the Lord. 2 And he sent Eliakim, who was over the household, and Shebna the secretary, and the senior priests, covered with sackcloth, to the prophet Isaiah the son of Amoz. 3 They said to him, “Thus says Hezekiah, This day is a day of distress, of rebuke, and of disgrace; children have come to the point of birth, and there is no strength to bring them forth. 4 It may be that the Lord your God heard all the words of the Rabshakeh, whom his master the king of Assyria has sent to mock the living God, and will rebuke the words that the Lord your God has heard; therefore lift up your prayer for the remnant that is left.” 5 When the servants of King Hezekiah came to Isaiah, 6 Isaiah said to them, “Say to your master, ‘Thus says the Lord: Do not be afraid because of the words that you have heard, with which the servants of the king of Assyria have reviled me. 7 Behold, I will put a spirit in him, so that he shall hear a rumor and return to his own land, and I will make him fall by the sword in his own land.’” Sennacherib Defies the Lord8 The Rabshakeh returned, and found the king of Assyria fighting against Libnah, for he heard that the king had left Lachish. 9 Now the king heard concerning Tirhakah king of Cush, “Behold, he has set out to fight against you.” So he sent messengers again to Hezekiah, saying, 10 “Thus shall you speak to Hezekiah king of Judah: ‘Do not let your God in whom you trust deceive you by promising that Jerusalem will not be given into the hand of the king of Assyria. 11 Behold, you have heard what the kings of Assyria have done to all lands, devoting them to destruction. And shall you be delivered? 12 Have the gods of the nations delivered them, the nations that my fathers destroyed, Gozan, Haran, Rezeph, and the people of Eden who were in Telassar? 13 Where is the king of Hamath, the king of Arpad, the king of the city of Sepharvaim, the king of Hena, or the king of Ivvah?’” Hezekiah’s Prayer14 Hezekiah received the letter from the hand of the messengers and read it; and Hezekiah went up to the house of the Lord and spread it before the Lord. 15 And Hezekiah prayed before the Lord and said: “O Lord, the God of Israel, enthroned above the cherubim, you are the God, you alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth; you have made heaven and earth. 16 Incline your ear, O Lord, and hear; open your eyes, O Lord, and see; and hear the words of Sennacherib, which he has sent to mock the living God. 17 Truly, O Lord, the kings of Assyria have laid waste the nations and their lands 18 and have cast their gods into the fire, for they were not gods, but the work of men’s hands, wood and stone. Therefore they were destroyed. 19 So now, O Lord our God, save us, please, from his hand, that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that you, O Lord, are God alone.” Isaiah Prophesies Sennacherib’s Fall20 Then Isaiah the son of Amoz sent to Hezekiah, saying, “Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel: Your prayer to me about Sennacherib king of Assyria I have heard. 21 This is the word that the Lord has spoken concerning him:“She despises you, she scorns you—the virgin daughter of Zion;she wags her head behind you—the daughter of Jerusalem.
2 KINGS 20Hezekiah’s Illness and Recovery 20:1 In those days Hezekiah became sick and was at the point of death. And Isaiah the prophet the son of Amoz came to him and said to him, “Thus says the Lord, ‘Set your house in order, for you shall die; you shall not recover.’” 2 Then Hezekiah turned his face to the wall and prayed to the Lord, saying, 3 “Now, O Lord, please remember how I have walked before you in faithfulness and with a whole heart, and have done what is good in your sight.” And Hezekiah wept bitterly. 4 And before Isaiah had gone out of the middle court, the word of the Lord came to him: 5 “Turn back, and say to Hezekiah the leader of my people, Thus says the Lord, the God of David your father: I have heard your prayer; I have seen your tears. Behold, I will heal you. On the third day you shall go up to the house of the Lord, 6 and I will add fifteen years to your life. I will deliver you and this city out of the hand of the king of Assyria, and I will defend this city for my own sake and for my servant David’s sake.” 7 And Isaiah said, “Bring a cake of figs. And let them take and lay it on the boil, that he may recover.”
PROVERBS 1313:1 A wise son hears his father’s instruction,but a scoffer does not listen to rebuke. 2 From the fruit of his mouth a man eats what is good,but the desire of the treacherous is for violence. 3 Whoever guards his mouth preserves his life;he who opens wide his lips comes to ruin. 4 The soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing,while the soul of the diligent is richly supplied. 5 The righteous hates falsehood,but the wicked brings shame and disgrace. 6 Righteousness guards him whose way is blameless,but sin overthrows the wicked. 7 One pretends to be rich, yet has nothing;another pretends to be poor, yet has great wealth. 8 The ransom of a man’s life is his wealth,but a poor man hears no threat. 9 The light of the righteous rejoices,but the lamp of the wicked will be put out. 10 By insolence comes nothing but strife,but with those who take advice is wisdom. 11 Wealth gained hastily will dwindle,but whoever gathers little by little will increase it. 12 Hope deferred makes the heart sick,but a desire fulfilled is a tree of life. 13 Whoever despises the word brings destruction on himself,but he who reveres the commandment will be rewarded. 14 The teaching of the wise is a fountain of life,that one may turn away from the snares of death. 15 Good sense wins favor,but the way of the treacherous is their ruin. 16 Every prudent man acts with knowledge,but a fool flaunts his folly. 17 A wicked messenger falls into trouble,but a faithful envoy brings healing. 18 Poverty and disgrace come to him who ignores instruction,but whoever heeds reproof is honored. 19 A desire fulfilled is sweet to the soul,but to turn away from evil is an abomination to fools. 20 Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise,but the companion of fools will suffer harm. 21 Disaster pursues sinners,but the righteous are rewarded with good. 22 A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children,but the sinner’s wealth is laid up for the righteous. 23 The fallow ground of the poor would yield much food,but it is swept away through injustice. 24 Whoever spares the rod hates his son,but he who loves him is diligent to discipline him. 25 The righteous has enough to satisfy his appetite,but the belly of the wicked suffers want.
PSALM 70O Lord, Do Not DelayTo the choirmaster. Of David, for the memorial offering.
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