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26 Then Eliakim son of Hilkiah, Shebna, and Joah said to the Assyrian chief of staff, “Please speak to us in Aramaic, for we understand it well. Don’t speak in Hebrew,[a] for the people on the wall will hear.”

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  1. 18:26 Hebrew in the dialect of Judah; also in 18:28.

Even later, during the reign of King Artaxerxes of Persia,[a] the enemies of Judah, led by Bishlam, Mithredath, and Tabeel, sent a letter to Artaxerxes in the Aramaic language, and it was translated for the king.

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  1. 4:7 Artaxerxes reigned 465–424 B.c.

Then the astrologers answered the king in Aramaic,[a] “Long live the king! Tell us the dream, and we will tell you what it means.”

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  1. 2:4 The original text from this point through chapter 7 is in Aramaic.

11 Then Eliakim, Shebna, and Joah said to the Assyrian chief of staff, “Please speak to us in Aramaic, for we understand it well. Don’t speak in Hebrew,[a] for the people on the wall will hear.”

12 But Sennacherib’s chief of staff replied, “Do you think my master sent this message only to you and your master? He wants all the people to hear it, for when we put this city under siege, they will suffer along with you. They will be so hungry and thirsty that they will eat their own dung and drink their own urine.”

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  1. 36:11 Hebrew in the dialect of Judah; also in 36:13.

18 They summoned King Hezekiah, but the king sent these officials to meet with them: Eliakim son of Hilkiah, the palace administrator; Shebna the court secretary; and Joah son of Asaph, the royal historian.

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