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(Courtesy of Dr. Eilat Mazar; Photo by Ouria Tadmor)
And as much as I hate apologetics, I love Hugh Nibley. Am I going too far to notice "the learning of the Jews and the language of the Egyptians?"
That is an amazing engineering feat!
The righteous part is that when the city was besieged by the Assyrian Army, King Hezikiah's messengers responded in defiance to the messengers of the Assyrian King (think medieval castle taunting). And King Hezekiah took the message from the Assyrian King and placed in on the altar of the Temple and prayed for God to deliver them from the siege. Isaiah told him the Lord had heard his prayer and an Angel was sent through the Assyrian camp and slayed several thousand of them. The interesting thing is that this is pretty much confirmed with the ancient records of the Assyrians with the plague that swept through their army. Pretty remarkable all around.
You should probably draw your own lessons here. But it worked for righteous Hezekiah to call upon the Lord in the Temple to aid him with his challenges. Isaiah also informed the King that while he would live out his days in righteousness and honor, it wouldn't go so well for his descendants eventually carried captive into Babylon.
Yet, Isaiah promised a remnant of Judah would return. I'm glad there are some there now. And I'm glad the remnant of Ephraim is still building Temples.