The oracle of Yahweh against the Assyrian king (Isa 37:22-37:25)

“This is the word

That Yahweh

Has spoken

Concerning King Sennacherib.

‘She despises you.

She scorns you.

Virgin daughter Zion!

She tosses her head

Behind your back.

Daughter Jerusalem!

Whom have you mocked?

Whom have you reviled?

Against who have you raised your voice?

Against who have you haughtily lifted your eyes?

Against the Holy One of Israel!

By your messengers,

You have mocked Yahweh.

You have said.

‘With my many chariots,

I have gone up to

The heights of the mountains,

To the far recesses of Lebanon.

I felled its tallest cedars,

Its choicest cypresses.

I came to its remotest heights,

Its densest forest.

I dug wells.

I drank foreign waters.

I dried up with the sole of my foot

All the streams of Egypt’”

Once again, this is almost word for word from 2 Kings, chapter 19. In very poetic words, Isaiah speaks for Yahweh. Judah was his daughter Zion as well as his daughter Jerusalem, his favorite spot. King Sennacherib has mocked, reviled, raised his voice, and lifted up his eyes against the Holy One of Israel. He even sent messengers mocking Yahweh. He has bragged about his mighty exploits with chariots in mountains, trees, wells, and streams.

 

A thanksgiving salvation hymn (Isa 12:1-12:3)

“You will say on that day.

I will give thanks to you!

O Yahweh!

Though you were angry with me,

Your anger turned away.

You comforted me.

Surely God is my salvation.

I will trust.

I will not be afraid.

Yahweh God is my strength.

He is my might.

He has become my salvation.

With joy

You will draw water

From the wells of salvation.”

Isaiah says that on the day when the great reunion takes place, there should be a hymn of thanksgiving. They all should give thanks because Yahweh had been angry with them, but now was comforting them. God was their deliverer so that they should trust him and not be afraid. Yahweh was their strength, their might, and their salvation. Thus they should draw water from the wells of salvation.