Sennacherib Ascends to Judah1 And it came to pass the fourteenth year of the reigning of Hezekiah, [4ascended 1Sennacherib 2king 3of the Assyrians] upon the [2cities 3of Judea 1fortified], and took them. 2 And [3sent 1the king 2of the Assyrians] Rabshakeh from Lachish unto Jerusalem to king Hezekiah with [2force 1a great]. And he stood by the aqueduct of the [2pool 1upper] in the way of the field of the fuller. 3 And there came forth to him, Eliakim, the son of Hilkiah the manager, and Shebna the scribe, and Joah, the son of Asaph, the recorder. 4 And [2said 3to them 1Rabshakeh], Speak to Hezekiah! Thus says the [2king 1great], the king of the Assyrians. What are you relying on? 5 Does [3by 4a plan 5with the 6words 7of the lips 1the battle 2take place]? And now, upon whom are you relying that you resist my persuasion? 6 Behold, you are relying upon [2rod 3of reed 1this fractured] -- upon Egypt; which if [2should stay his weight 1a man] upon it, it shall enter into his hand, and shall puncture it. Thus is Pharaoh king of Egypt, and all the ones relying upon him. 7 And if you should say, Upon the lord our God we rely on. [2not 1Is he] whom Hezekiah removed his high places, and his altars, and told Judah and Jerusalem, In front of this altar do obesiance now! 8 But mix in with my master the king of the Assyrians, and I will give to you two thousand horses, if you are able to put riders upon them. 9 And how are you all able to turn to the face of the toparchs? [10our servants 9are 1The ones 2relying 3upon 4the Egyptians 5for 6a horse 7and 8rider]. 10 And now, have [2without 3the lord 1we ascended] upon this place to wage war with it? The lord said to me, Ascend upon this land, and utterly destroy it! 11 And [6said 7to 8him 1Eliakim 2and 3Shebna 4and 5Joah], to Rabshakeh, Speak indeed to your servants in Syriac! for we hear ourselves; and do not speak to us in Jewish! For why do you speak unto the ears of the men standing upon the wall? 12 And [2said 3to 4them 1Rabshakeh], Is it to your master, or to you [2sent 3me 1my master] to speak these words? Is it not to the men, the ones sitting upon the wall, that they should eat their dung and drink their urine with you together? 13 And Rabshakeh stood and yelled out [2voice 1with a great] in Jewish, and said, Hearken to indeed the words of the [2king 1great], the king of the Assyrians! 14 Thus says the king, Do not let [2deceive 3you 1Hezekiah] with words! in no way shall he be able to rescue you. 15 And do not let [2say 3to you 1Hezekiah] that, [2shall rescue 3you 1God], and in no way shall [2be delivered 1this city] into the hand of the king of the Assyrians. 16 Do not hearken to Hezekiah! Thus says the king of the Assyrians, If you want to be blessed, come forth to me! and you shall [2eat 1each] of his own grapevine and fig-trees, and shall drink water from out of his own well; 17 until whenever I should come and should take you into a land as your land; a land of grain, and wine, and bread loaves, and vineyards. 18 Let not [2deceive 3you 1Hezekiah]! saying, God shall rescue us. Have [6rescued 1the 2gods 3of the 4nations 5each] his own place from out of the hand of the king of the Assyrians? 19 Where is the god of Hamath and Arpad? And where is the god of the city of Sepharvaim? Have they been able to rescue Samaria from out of my hand? 20 Which of the gods of all these nations is the one who was rescued of his land from out of my hand, that [2shall rescue 1the lord] Jerusalem from out of my hand? 21 And they kept silent, and no one answered him a word by the assignment of the king, saying, No one is to answer. 22 And [7entered 1Eliakim 2the 3son of 4Helkiah 5the 6manager], and Shebna the scribe, and Joah, the son of Asaph the recorder, to Hezekiah, having split their inner garments. And they announced to him the words of Rabshakeh.
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