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17 The king of Assyria sent his commanding general, the chief eunuch, and the chief adviser[a] from Lachish to King Hezekiah in Jerusalem, along with a large army. They went up and arrived at Jerusalem. They went[b] and stood at the conduit of the upper pool which is located on the road to the field where they wash and dry cloth.[c] 18 They summoned the king, so Eliakim son of Hilkiah, the palace supervisor, accompanied by Shebna, the scribe, and Joah son of Asaph, the secretary, went out to meet them.

19 The chief adviser said to them, “Tell Hezekiah: ‘This is what the great king, the king of Assyria, says: “What is your source of confidence?[d]

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  1. 2 Kings 18:17 sn For a discussion of these titles see M. Cogan and H. Tadmor, II Kings (AB), 229-30.
  2. 2 Kings 18:17 tn Heb “and they went up and came.”
  3. 2 Kings 18:17 tn Heb “the field of the fuller.”
  4. 2 Kings 18:19 tn Heb “What is this object of trust in which you are trusting?”