Introduction

\\INTRODUCTION TO ISAIAH 36\\

In this chapter we have an account of the king Assyria's invasion of
Judea, and of the railing speech of Rabshakeh his general, to discourage
the ministers and subjects of the king of Judah. The time and success of
the invasion are observed in \\#Isa 36:1\\ the messenger the former king
sent to the latter, and from whence, and with whom, he conferred,
\\#Isa 36:2,3\\, the speech of the messenger, which consists of two parts;
the first part is directed to the ministers of Hezekiah, showing the
vain confidence of their prince in his counsels and strength for war, in
the king of Egypt, and in his chariots and horsemen, and even in the
Lord himself, pretending that he came by his orders to destroy the land,
\\#Isa 36:4-10\\. The other part is directed to the common people on the
wall, he refusing to speak in the Syrian language, as desired,
\\#Isa 36:11,12\\, dissuading them from hearkening to Hezekiah to their own
deception; persuading them to come into an agreement with him for their
own safety and good; observing to them that none of the gods of the
nations could deliver them out of his master's hands, and therefore it
was in vain for them to expect deliverance from the Lord their God,
\\#Isa 36:13-20\\, to which neither ministers nor people returned any
answer; but the former went with their clothes rent to Hezekiah, and
reported what had been said, \\#Isa 36:21,22\\.