Bible Commentaries

Isaiah 37

Verses 1-38

Penitently, went Hezekiah immediately into the house of the Lord, while he sent messengers to Isaiah. The prophet sent them back with words of encouragement, declaring that God would deliver them. In the meantime Rabshakeh returned to the king in Assyria, and a letter was dispatched to Hezekiah warning him against being deceived by God. This letter he spread before the Lord, and prayed to Him for deliverance. His prayer was characterized by a great simplicity. It was the simplicity of faith which recognized the throne of God, declared the immediate peril threatening the people, and asked for a deliverance which would vindicate the honor of the name of Jehovah. Isaiah's second and fuller message to Hezekiah's declared that the sin of Sennacherib was blasphemy against the Holy One of Israel, and forgetfulness of the fact that he, too, in all his enterprises was within the sphere of Jehovah's government and power. His judgment was imminent, and his boastings vain.

The chapter ends with an account of the destruction of the Assyrian army by the direct act of God, and the death of Sennacherib at the hands of his sons.