7 And if you tell me that you are relying on Hashem your God, He is the very one whose shrines and altars Chizkiyahu did away with, telling Yehuda and Yerushalayim, ‘You must worship only at this mizbayach!’
v’-khee to-MAR ay-LAI el a-do-NAI e-lo-HAY-nu ba-TAKH-nu ha-LO HU a-SHER hay-SEER khiz-ki-YA-hu et ba-mo-TAV v’-et miz-b’-kho-TAV va-YO-mer lee-hu-DAH v’-lee-ru-sha-LA-im lif-NAY ha-miz-BAY-akh ha-ZEH tish-ta-kha-VU
36:7 Whose shrines and altars Chizkiyahu did away with
Chapters 36-39 describe the most important event of Yeshayahu’s career — the Assyrian invasion of Yehuda and siege on Yerushalyim in 701 BCE. Chapter 36 describes how the Assyrian envoy Rabshakeh taunts the trust that Chizkiyahu and the people place in Hashem. He points to the seeming contradiction between their trust in God and Chizkiyahu’s recent religious reforms, in which the king had removed the shrines and broken down the altars outside the Beit Hamikdash, at which the people had improperly worshipped Hashem for centuries. What he did not understand, though, is that God does not require a multitude of sacrifices to please Him. Instead, He desires a just and righteous society centered around the Temple.