2 KINGS 19
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[Melachim Bais 19 Orthodox Jewish Bible (OJB)]

1 And it came to pass, when king Hezekiah [HaMelech Chizkiyahu] heard it, that he rent his clothes [tore his begadim], and covered himself with sackcloth, and went into the house [Beis] of Yahweh.

With rent clothes and in covering of sackcloth, he submitted the matter to Yahweh in His temple, and at the same time sent a message to Isaiah, the prophet (v5).



14 And [ Chizkiyah] received the letter [ sefarim (letters)] of the hand of the messengers [yad hamalachim], and read it: and [ Chizkiyah] went up into the house [Beis] of Yahweh, and spread it before Yahweh.

Hezekiah, having read the letter, was deeply distressed by it. What could he do? There was only one thing left him. There come times when all human resources fail. He went to the temple and spread it before the Lord, and submitted the matter to Yahweh in prayer. He acknowledged the prowess of the Assyrians against the divinities of the surrounding nations; but said...

15 And [Chizkiyah] prayed [davened] before Yahweh, and said, O Yahweh Elohim of [Yisroel], which dwellest between the cherubims [keruvim], Thou art the Elohim, even Thou alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth [kol mamlechot ha'aretz]; Thou hast made heaven and earth [Shomayim and HaAretz].



19 Now therefore, O Yahweh our Elohim, I beseech thee, save thou us out of his hand [yad], that all the kingdoms of the earth [kol mamlechot ha'aretz] may know that Thou art Yahweh Elohim, even Thou only.

Such a prayer from such a man received the direct and immediate response that characterised the Mosaic operations in Egypt, and which will again be a joyful experience upon earth when Yahweh by the hand of His Son returned, will "revive his work in the midst of the years."

Visible Hand of God Ch 30



27 But I know thy abode [sitting], and thy going out, and thy coming in, and thy rage against Me.

28 Because thy rage against Me and thy tumult [insolence] is come up into Mine ears, therefore I will put My hook in thy nose, and My bridle in thy lips [sfatayim], and I will turn thee back by the way [derech] by which thou camest.

Sennacherib was thus informed that his military capacities were of divine institution, for divine purposes. Sennacherib was thus exhibited in the light of a divine instrument for the working out of divine ends, though contemplating only ends of his own. Though a servant of Yahweh in fact, he was by intention an enemy of Him, as Yahweh testifies:

"I know thy rage against Me" (verse 27);

Which is a clear illustration of what we have often seen in the course of these chapters, that men, while acting under their own thoughts and feelings, as they imagine, may carry out a purpose of God of which they had no knowledge and less sympathy; and that a perfectly natural work, to all appearance, may in reality be of divine contrivance and purpose-a lesson valuable in the reading of the Signs of the Times and the interpretation of our own lives.

Ways of Providence Ch 21