If you read Isaiah 37 and compare it with 2 Kings 19, you will notice that these verses are the exact same.

How is it possible or why is it that these verses are identical?

Isaiah 37: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Isaiah+37

2 Kings 19: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=2%20Kings%2019

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    Most likely because one was copied from the other.
    – curiousdannii
    Oct 13 '15 at 21:11
  • Here's a good resource on these verses. I'm not quite sure it's answer-worthy, (especially with regards as to the "why") but it helps understand the texts. reclaimingthemind.org/papers/ets/2005/Brotzman/Brotzman.pdf Oct 13 '15 at 21:46
  • "How is it possible" part of the question is logically not a valid question. Oct 18 '15 at 10:22
  • Maybe because it was God spirit that can say the same things to different persons.
    – A. Meshu
    Jun 2 '18 at 16:16

Thanks - I had never noticed this. Became curious of how 'exact' these chapters were and did a comparison in Excel. There are several differences.

If anyone is interested, here is a link to the Excel sheet in Dropbox (Just click "Open"):


Edited - Update of link to add color-code explanations on spreadsheet.

  • It would be useful if you have discovered any interesting differences. It is not very useful to ask readers to download your work if all it does is verify something that is not being disputed.
    – enegue
    Sep 8 '17 at 7:25
  • To me, there are several interesting differences. The OP statement was that the passages were exact/identical - turns out that they are not. Whether copied by a sleepy scribe or intentionally mis-copied is the question. Which is the 'original'?
    – tblue
    Sep 8 '17 at 7:44
  • You can make your answer much better by giving the readers a chance to see the differences as you see them. Just write a few additional sentences to give them a reason to want to look at your work more closely. I notice you have color-coded the differences, but I didn't see a key. Providing an explanation of what the colors mean to you would also enhance your spreadsheet.
    – enegue
    Sep 8 '17 at 8:39
  • enegue@ Thanks for the suggestion. What appeared self-explanatory really wasn't when I 'changed seats'.
    – tblue
    Sep 8 '17 at 15:10
  • @tblue what do you mean by changing seats? Sep 11 '17 at 16:06

The events recorded in the 19th Chapter of 2 Kings and the 37th Chapter of Isaiah occurred in the year 700 BC and were recorded by the Isaiah in approximately 650 BC. The writings of a Prophet with the status that Isaiah held among the Hebrews would have been preserved in both the Temple library as well as the State archive. In addition, the 18th Chapter of 2 Kings documents the presence of King Hezekiah's recorder Joah, a son of Asaph. Joah's account would also have been present in the Hebrew State archive.

Much in the same way modern history writers research, the writer of 2 Kings consulted the best and most accurate accounting of this particular event in his effort to record the events for historical purposes. Since Isaiah was an eyewitness to the event associated with these chapters, his account would have been one of the most reliable

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