I felt this topic has to be dealt with in a thread of its own and from the point of view of Christians ,not atheists.
Looking at the above passage in quote, can one truly say that the king of assryia's will and purpose is a free one or was brought about or
caused by God's will with much emphasis placed on verses 5, 6, and 7?
I am of the opinion that the human will is not free; it is only caused or influenced.
Note: Freewill - The power of making free choices unconstrained by external agencies.
The human will is definitely affected,influenced or caused by external agencies, and is therefore not free.
there are lots of passages inm the bible that point towards such.
But i want this to be a discussion of opinions on the issue.