After King Sennacherib’s mouthpiece, Rabshakeh, spreads fear among the people of Jerusalem, King Hezekiah sends a delegation to Isaiah the prophet for advice. Hezekiah wants the Lord’s direction for the seemingly impossible task of withstanding Assyria’s forces. The Lord answers, saying that the King of Assyria will retreat to his own land and will die there.
After receiving a letter from Rabshakeh which is meant to induce fear into the hearts of its readers, Hezekiah takes the letter and his supplication to Yahweh the Lord at the temple.
The Lord God Yahweh responds to Hezekiah’s petition through Isaiah the son of Amoz. The Lord declares His intention to save Jerusalem without a battle. The Assyrians suffer a great slaughter at the hand of the angel of the Lord. The King of Assyria returns to Nineveh, where he is assassinated by his own sons.