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36 The people were silent. They didn’t answer the commander at all, because King Hezekiah had ordered, “Don’t answer him.”

37 Then Eliakim, Shebna, and Joah tore their clothes [C a sign of mourning or distress]. (Eliakim son of Hilkiah was the ·palace [king’s house] manager, Shebna was the royal secretary, and Joah son of Asaph was the ·recorder [royal historian].) The three men went to Hezekiah and told him what the field commander had said.

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