Jerusalem’s great distress we read of in the foregoing chapter, and left it besieged, insulted, threatened, terrified, and just ready to be swallowed up by the Assyrian army. But in this chapter we have an account of its glorious deliverance, not by sword or bow, but by prayer and prophecy, and by the hand of an angel. I. Hezekiah, in great concern, sent to the prophet Isaiah, to desire his prayers (2 Kgs. 19:1-5) and received from him an answer of peace, 2 Kgs. 19:6, 7. II. Sennacherib sent a letter to Hezekiah to fright him into a surrender, 2 Kgs. 19:8-13. III. Hezekiah thereupon, by a very solemn prayer, recommended his case to God, the righteous Judge, and begged help from him, 2 Kgs. 19:14-19. IV. God, by Isaiah, sent him a very comfortable message, assuring him of deliverance, 2 Kgs. 19:20-34. V. The army of the Assyrians was all cut off by an angel and Sennacherib himself slain by his own sons, 2 Kgs. 19:35-37. And so God glorified himself and saved his people.
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