20 But now, Hashem our God, deliver us from his hands, and let all the kingdoms of the earth know that You, Hashem, alone [are Hashem].”
v’-a-TAH a-do-NAI e-lo-HAY-nu ho-shee-AY-nu mi-ya-DO v’-yay-d’-U kol mam-l’-KHOT ha-A-retz kee a-TAH a-do-NAI l’-va-DE-kha
כ וְעַתָּה יְהֹוָה אֱלֹהֵינוּ הוֹשִׁיעֵנוּ מִיָדוֹ וְיֵדְעוּ כָּל־מַמְלְכוֹת הָאָרֶץ כִּי־אַתָּה יְהֹוָה לְבַדֶּךָ׃
37:20 Let all the kingdoms of the earth know that You, Hashem, alone
In his prayer at Yerushalayim’s most dire hour, Chizkiyahu reveals himself to be a true eved Hashem (עבד השם), ‘servant of God.’ He prays not for the sake of his own honor, nor even for his country or his people, whose fate is bound up with his own, but for Hashem’s glory in front of the world at large. This is similar to Moshe’s song, sung after the Jews crossed the Sea of Reeds, joyfully declaring, “The peoples hear, they tremble; agony grips the dwellers in Philistia. Now are the clans of Edom dismayed; the tribes of Moab—trembling grips them… Hashem will reign for ever and ever!” (Exodus 15:14-15, 18). David expressed this best – “May they know that Your name, Yours alone, is Hashem, supreme over all the earth” (Psalm 83:19). A true servant of God and leader of Israel recognizes that his ultimate purpose in this world is to spread knowledge of Hashem and His glory throughout the world.