The king says: "Don't let Hezekiah deceive you, for he cannot deliver you.
Don't let Hezekiah persuade you to trust the Lord, saying, 'The Lord will surely deliver us. This city will not be handed over to the king of Assyria.' "
Don't listen to Hezekiah. For the king of Assyria says: "Make peacea with me and surrender to me; then every one of you will eat from his own vine and his own fig tree and drink water from his own cistern
until I come and take you away to a land like your land, a land of grain and new wine, a land of bread and vineyards.
[Beware] that Hezekiah does not mislead you by saying, 'The Lord will deliver us.' Has any one of the gods of the nations delivered his land from the hand of the king of Assyria?
Where are the gods of Hamath and Arpad? Where are the gods of Sepharvaim? Have they delivered Samaria from my hand?
Who of all the gods of these lands [ever] delivered his land from my hand, that the Lord should deliver Jerusalem?"b21
But they were silent and did not answer him at all, for the king's command was, "Don't answer him."
Then Eliakim son of Hilkiah, who was in charge of the palace, Shebna the scribe, and Joah son of Asaph, the record keeper, came to Hezekiah with their clothes torn, and they reported to him the words of the Rabshakeh.c