Sennacherib Boasts Against the Lord(A)

17 Then the king of Assyria sent the [a]Tartan, the [b]Rabsaris, and the [c]Rabshakeh from Lachish, with a great army against Jerusalem, to King Hezekiah. And they went up and came to Jerusalem. When they had come up, they went and stood by the (B)aqueduct from the upper pool, (C)which was on the highway to the Fuller’s Field. 18 And when they had called to the king, (D)Eliakim the son of Hilkiah, who was over the household, Shebna the [d]scribe, and Joah the son of Asaph, the recorder, came out to them. 19 Then the Rabshakeh said to them, “Say now to Hezekiah, ‘Thus says the great king, the king of Assyria: (E)“What confidence is this in which you trust? 20 You speak of having plans and power for war; but they are [e]mere words. And in whom do you trust, that you rebel against me? 21 (F)Now look! You are trusting in the staff of this broken reed, Egypt, on which if a man leans, it will go into his hand and pierce it. So is Pharaoh king of Egypt to all who trust in him. 22 But if you say to me, ‘We trust in the Lord our God,’ is it not He (G)whose [f]high places and whose altars Hezekiah has taken away, and said to Judah and Jerusalem, ‘You shall worship before this altar in Jerusalem’?” ’ 23 Now therefore, I urge you, give a pledge to my master the king of Assyria, and I will give you two thousand horses—if you are able on your part to put riders on them! 24 How then will you repel one captain of the least of my master’s servants, and put your trust in Egypt for chariots and horsemen? 25 Have I now come up without the Lord against this place to destroy it? The Lord said to me, ‘Go up against this land, and destroy it.’ ”

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  1. 2 Kings 18:17 A title, probably Commander in Chief
  2. 2 Kings 18:17 A title, probably Chief Officer
  3. 2 Kings 18:17 A title, probably Chief of Staff or Governor
  4. 2 Kings 18:18 secretary
  5. 2 Kings 18:20 Lit. a word of the lips
  6. 2 Kings 18:22 Places for pagan worship

And (A)the king heard concerning Tirhakah king of Ethiopia, “Look, he has come out to make war with you.” So he again sent messengers to Hezekiah, saying, 10 “Thus you shall speak to Hezekiah king of Judah, saying: ‘Do not let your God (B)in whom you trust deceive you, saying, “Jerusalem shall not be given into the hand of the king of Assyria.” 11 Look! You have heard what the kings of Assyria have done to all lands by utterly destroying them; and shall you be delivered? 12 (C)Have the gods of the nations delivered those whom my fathers have destroyed, Gozan and Haran and Rezeph, and the people of (D)Eden who were in Telassar? 13 (E)Where is the king of Hamath, the king of Arpad, and the king of the city of Sepharvaim, Hena, and Ivah?’ ”

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23 (A)By your messengers you have reproached the Lord,
And said: (B)“By the multitude of my chariots
I have come up to the height of the mountains,
To the limits of Lebanon;
I will cut down its tall cedars
And its choice cypress trees;
I will enter the extremity of its borders,
To its fruitful forest.

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