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The Assyrian Commander Taunts Hezekiah

17 Then the king of Assyria sent the field commander, the chief of staff, and the herald[a] from Lachish with a large army against King Hezekiah at Jerusalem. They came up to Jerusalem and stood by the watercourse from the upper pool, which is on the way to the washerman’s field. 18 They summoned the king, so Eliakim son of Hilkiah, who was the palace administrator, Shebna, who was the secretary, and Joah son of Asaph, who was the recorder, went out to meet them.

19 The herald said to him, “Tell Hezekiah what the great king, the king of Assyria, says.”

The Taunt

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  1. 2 Kings 18:17 In Hebrew the titles are tartan, rab saris, and rab shakeh (also in verses 19, 26-28, and 37). The exact equivalents of these foreign titles are uncertain.