The field commander said to them, "Tell Hezekiah: " 'This is what the great king, the king of Assyria, says: On what are you basing this confidence1 of yours?
References for 2 Kings 18:19
You say you have strategy and military strength--but you speak only empty words. On whom are you depending, that you rebel against me?
Look now, you are depending on Egypt,2 that splintered reed of a staff,3 which pierces a man's hand and wounds him if he leans on it! Such is Pharaoh king of Egypt to all who depend on him.
References for 2 Kings 18:21
And if you say to me, "We are depending on the LORD our God"--isn't he the one whose high places and altars Hezekiah removed, saying to Judah and Jerusalem, "You must worship before this altar in Jerusalem"?
" 'Come now, make a bargain with my master, the king of Assyria: I will give you two thousand horses--if you can put riders on them!
How can you repulse one officer4 of the least of my master's officials, even though you are depending on Egypt for chariots and horsemen ?
References for 2 Kings 18:24
Furthermore, have I come to attack and destroy this place without word from the LORD?5 The LORD himself told me to march against this country and destroy it.' "
References for 2 Kings 18:25