Assyria besieges JudahAssyria besieges Judah - The invasion of Judah by Assyria is well-documented in the books of Kings, Chronicles and Isaiah (and is even mentioned in ancient Assyrian records)


"Now in the fourteenth year of King Hezekiah, Sennacherib king of Assyria came up against all the fortified cities of Judah and seized them.  And the king of Assyria sent Rabshakeh from Lachish to Jerusalem to king Hezekiah with a large army.  And he stood by the conduit of the upper pool on the highway of the fuller's field.  Then Ellakim the son of Hilkiah, who was over the household, and Shebna the scribe, and Joah the son of Asaph, the recorder, came out to him.  Then Rabshakeh said to them, 'Say now to Hezekiah, "Thus says the great king, the king of Assyria, 'What is this confidence that you have?  I say, "Your counsel and strength for the war are only empty words."  Now on whom do you rely, that you have rebelled against me?  Behold, you rely on the staff of this crushed reed, even on Egypt, on which it a man leans, it will go into his hand and pierce it.  So is Pharaoh king of Egypt to all who rely on him.  But if you say to me, "We trust in the Lord our God," is it not He whose high places and whose altars Hezekiah has taken away and has said to Judah and to Jerusalem, "You shall worship before this altar"?   Now therefore, come and make a bargain with my master the king of Assyria, and I will give you two thousand horses, if you are able on your part to set riders on them.  How can you repulse one official of the least of my master's servants and rely on Egypt for chariots and for horsemen?  Have I now come up without the Lord's approval against this land to destroy it?  The Lord said to me, "Go up against this land and destroy it."'"'


Assyria besieges Judah"Then Eliakim and Shebna and Joah said to Rabshakeh, 'Speak now to your servants in Aramaic, for we understand it; and do not speak to us in Judean in the hearing of the people who are on the wall.'  But Rabshakeh said, 'Has my master sent me only to your master and to you to speak these words, and not to the men who sit on the wall, doomed to eat their own dung and drink their own urine with you?'  Then Rabshakeh stood and cried with a loud voice in Judean and said, 'Hear the words of the great king, the king of Assyria.  Thus says the king, "Do not let Hezekiah deceive you, for he will not be able to deliver you: nor let Hezekiah make you trust in the Lord, saying, 'The Lord will surely deliver us, this city will not be given into the hand of the king of Assyria.'  Do not listen to Hezekiah", for thus says the king of Assyria, "Make your peace with me and come out to me, and eat each of his vine and each of his fig tree and drink each of the waters of his own cistern, until I come and take you away to a land like your own land, a land of grain and new wine, and land of bread and vineyards.  Beware that Hezekiah does not mislead you saying. 'The Lord will deliver us.'  Has any one of the gods of the nations delivered his land from the hand of the king of Assyria?  Where are the gods of Hamath and Arpad?  Where are the gods of Sepharvaim?  And when have they delivered Samaria from my hand?  Who among all the gods of these lands have delivered their land from my hand, that the Lord would deliver Jerusalem from my hand?"'  But they were silent and answered him not a word; for the king's commandment was, 'Do not answer him.'  Then Eliakim son of Hilkiah, who was over the household, and Shebna the scribe and Joah the son of Asaph, the recorder, came to Hezekiah with their clothes torn and told him the words of Rabshakeh." (Isaiah 36, NASB)


"And when King Hezekiah heard it, he tore his clothes, covered himself with sackcloth and entered in the house of the Lord.  Then he sent Eliakim who was over the household with Shebna the scribe and the elders of the priests, covered with sackcloth, to Isaiah the prophet, the son of Amoz.  They said to him, 'Thus says Hezekiah, "This day is a day of distress, rebuke and rejection; for children have come to birth, and there is no strength to deliver.  Perhaps the Lord your God will hear the words of Rabshekah, whom his master the king of Assyria has sent to reproach the living God, and will rebuke the words which the Lord your God has heard.  Therefore, offer a prayer for the remnant that is left."'  So the servants of King Hezekiah came to Isaiah.  Isaiah said to them, 'Thus you shall say to your master, "Thus says the Lord, 'Do not be afraid because of the words that you have heard, with which the servants of the king of Assyria have blasphemed Me.  Behold, I will put a spirit in him so that he will hear a rumor and return to his own land.  And I will make him fall by the sword in his own land'"'


Assyria besieges Judah"Then Rabshakeh returned and found the king of Assyria fighting against Libnah, for he had heard that the king had left Lachish.  When he (Sennacherib) heard them say concerning Tirhakah king of Cush, 'He has come out to fight against you,' and when he heard it he sent messengers to Hezekiah, saying, 'Thus you shall say to Hezekiah king of Judah, "Do not let your God in whom you trust deceive you, saying, 'Jerusalem will not be given into the hand of the king of Assyria.'  Behold, you have heard what the king of Assyria have done to all the lands, destroying them completely.  So will you be spared?  Did the gods of those nations which my fathers have destroyed deliver them, even Gozan and Haran and Rezeph and the sons of Eden who were in Telassar?  Where is the king of Hamath, the king of Arpad, the king of the city of Sepharvaim, and of Hena and Ivvah?"'  Then Hezekiah took the letter from the hand of the messengers and read it, and he went up to the house of the Lord and spread it out before the Lord.  So Hezekiah prayed to the Lord saying, 'Oh Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, who is enthroned above the cherubim, You are the God, You alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth.  You have made heaven and earth.  Incline Your ear, O Lord, and hear; open Your eyes, O Lord, and see; and listen to all the words of Sennacherib, who sent them to reproach the living God.  Truly, O Lord, the kings of Assyria have devastated all the countries and their lands, and have cast their gods into the fire, for they were not gods but the work of men's hands, wood and stone.  So they destroyed them.  Now, O Lord our God, deliver us from his hand that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that You alone, Lord, are God.'  Then Isaiah the son of Amoz sent word to Hezekiah, saying, 'Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, "Because you have prayed to Me about Sennacherib king of Assyria, this is the word that the Lord has spoken against him: 'Because of your raging against Me and because your arrogance has come to My ears, therefore I will put my hook in your nose and my bridle in your lips, and I will turn you back by the way which you came.'" (Isaiah 37:1-22 & 29, NASB)


"Then the angel of the Lord went out and struck 185,000 in the camp of the Assyrians; and when men arose early in the morning, behold, all of these were dead.  So Sennacherib king of Assyria departed and returned home and lived at Nineveh.  It came about as he was worshiping in the house of Nisroch his god, that Adrammelech and Sherezer his sons killed him with the sword; and they escaped into the land of Ararat.  And Esarhaddon his son became king in his place." (Isaiah 37:36-38, NASB)