Isaiah 36:1-3, 13-20 & 37:1-7 & 2:1-4
Narrative Lectionary 111
36:1 IIn the fourteenthII yearIII of KingIV Hezekiah,V
King SennacheribVI of AssyriaVII came upVIII
against allIX the fortifiedX citiesXI of JudahXII and capturedXIII them.
2 The king of Assyria sentXIV the RabshakehXV with a greatXVI armyXVII
from LachishXVIII to King Hezekiah at Jerusalem.XIX He stoodXX by the conduitXXI
of the upperXXII poolXXIII on the highwayXXIV to the fuller’sXXV field.XXVI
3 And there came outXXVII to him EliakimXXVIII sonXXIX of Hilkiah,XXX
who was in charge of the palace,XXXI and ShebnaXXXII the secretary,XXXIII
and JoahXXXIV son of Asaph,XXXV the recorder.XXXVI
13 Then the Rabshakeh stood and called outXXXVII in a loudXXXVIII voiceXXXIX in the language of Judah,XL
“HearXLI the wordsXLII of the greatXLIII king, the king of Assyria! 14 Thus says the king: Do not let Hezekiah deceiveXLIV you, for he will not be ableXLV to deliverXLVI you.
15 Do not let Hezekiah make you relyXLVII on the LordXLVIII by saying, ‘The Lord will surely deliverXLIX us; this city will not be givenL into the handLI of the king of Assyria.’
16 Do not listenLII to Hezekiah, for thus says the king of Assyria: MakeLIII your peaceLIV with me and come out to me; then every oneLV of you will eatLVI from your own vineLVII
andLVIII your own fig tree and drinkLIX, LX waterLXI from your own cistern,LXII
17 until I comeLXIII and take you awayLXIV to a landLXV like your own land, a land of grainLXVI and wine,LXVII a land of breadLXVIII and vineyards.LXIX
18 Do notLXX let Hezekiah misleadLXXI you by saying, ‘The Lord will deliver us.’ Has anyLXXII of the godsLXXIII of the nationsLXXIV delivered their land out of the hand of the king of Assyria?
19 Where are the gods of HamathLXXV and Arpad?LXXVI Where are the gods of Sepharvaim?LXXVII Have they delivered SamariaLXXVIII out of my hand? 20 Who among all the gods of these countriesLXXIX have delivered their countries out of my hand, that the Lord should deliver Jerusalem out of my hand?”
37:1 LXXXWhen King Hezekiah heard it, he toreLXXXI his clothes,LXXXII coveredLXXXIII himself with sackclothLXXXIV and went intoLXXXV the houseLXXXVI of the Lord.
2 And he sent Eliakim, who was in charge of the palace, and Shebna the secretary, and the seniorLXXXVII priests,LXXXVIII covered with sackcloth, to the prophetLXXXIX IsaiahXC son of Amoz.XCI
3 They said to him, “Thus says Hezekiah: This dayXCII is a day of distress,XCIII of rebuke,XCIV and of disgrace;XCV
childrenXCVI have come to the birth,XCVII and there is no strengthXCVIII to bring them forth.XCIX
4 It may be that the LordC your GodCI heard the words of the Rabshakeh, whom his masterCII the king of Assyria has sent to mockCIII the livingCIV God,
and will rebukeCV the words that the LordCVI your God has heard; therefore lift upCVII your prayerCVIII for the remnantCIX that is left.”CX
5 When the servantsCXI of King Hezekiah came to Isaiah, 6 Isaiah said to them, “Say to your master: Thus says the Lord:CXII Do not be afraidCXIII because ofCXIV the words that you have heard, with which the servantsCXV of the king of Assyria have reviledCXVI me.
7 CXVIII myself will putCXVIII a spiritCXIX in him,
so that he shall hear a rumorCXX and returnCXXI to his own land; I will cause him to fallCXXII by the swordCXXIII in his own land.”
2:1 The word that Isaiah son of Amoz sawCXXIV concerning Judah and Jerusalem.
2 CXXVIn days to comeCXXVI
the mountain of the Lord’sCXXVII house
shall beCXXVIII establishedCXXIX as the highestCXXX of the mountainsCXXXI
and shall be raisedCXXXII above the hills;CXXXIII
all the nations shall streamCXXXIV to it.
3 ManyCXXXV peoplesCXXXVI shall comeCXXXVII and say,
“Come,CXXXVIII let us go upCXXXIX to the mountain of the Lord,CXL
to the house of the God of Jacob,CXLI
that he may teachCXLII us his waysCXLIII
and that we may walkCXLIV in his paths.”CXLV
For out of ZionCXLVI shall go forthCXLVII instructionCXLVIII
and the word of the LordCXLIX from Jerusalem.
4 He shall judgeCL betweenCLI the nations
and shall arbitrateCLII for many peoples;
they shall beatCLIII their swords into plowsharesCLIV
and their spearsCLV into pruning hooks;CLVI
nation shall not lift up sword against nation;
neither shall they learnCLVII warCLVIII any more.
Image credit: “Swords into Plowshares” by Cara B. Hochhalter, 2019.