“Have you not heard,
That I determined it long ago?
I planned from days of old,
What now I bring to pass,
That you should make fortified cities
Crash into heaps of ruins,
While their inhabitants,
Shorn of strength,
Are dismayed and confounded,
They have become like plants of the field.
They have become like tender grass,
Like grass on the housetops,
Blighted before it is grown,
But I know your rising and sitting,
Your going out and coming in,
I know your raging against me.
Because you have raged against me
Your arrogance has come into my ears,
I will put my hook in your nose.
I will put my bit in your mouth.
I will turn you back on the way,
By which you came.”
Yahweh reminds King Sennacherib that it is he who allowed him to capture fortified cities, create ruins, to confuse people like plants in the field or blighted grass. Yahweh knew about his coming and going, his rising and falling. He also heard about his rage against him. He was going to put a hook on his nose and a bit in his mouth like a horse. He was going to go back the way that he came.