Look, I know you are depending(A) on Egypt,(B) that splintered reed(C) of a staff, which pierces the hand of anyone who leans on it! Such is Pharaoh king of Egypt to all who depend on him. But if you say to me, “We are depending(D) on the Lord our God”—isn’t he the one whose high places and altars Hezekiah removed,(E) saying to Judah and Jerusalem, “You must worship before this altar”?(F)

“‘Come now, make a bargain with my master, the king of Assyria: I will give you two thousand horses(G)—if you can put riders on them! How then can you repulse one officer of the least of my master’s officials, even though you are depending on Egypt(H) for chariots(I) and horsemen[a]?(J) 10 Furthermore, have I come to attack and destroy this land without the Lord? The Lord himself told(K) me to march against this country and destroy it.’”

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  1. Isaiah 36:9 Or charioteers

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