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36:16 Make your peace. Lit. “make a blessing” (text note). The Rabshakeh appeals for renewal of a political covenant with Assyria. In contrast, see 27:5.
eat . . . drink. He tempts them with food and drink (37:30 note) in the midst of a harsh siege (v. 12). The Assyrians project an ideal and happy life, but the Lord alone can fulfill what they promise.