Then Eliakim, Shebna and Joah1 said to the field commander, "Please speak to your servants in Aramaic,2 since we understand it. Don't speak to us in Hebrew in the hearing of the people on the wall."
But the commander replied, "Was it only to your master and you that my master sent me to say these things, and not to the men sitting on the wall--who, like you, will have to eat their own filth and drink their own urine?3"
Then the commander stood and called out in Hebrew,4 "Hear the words of the great king, the king of Assyria!514
This is what the king says: Do not let Hezekiah deceive6 you. He cannot deliver you!
Do not let Hezekiah persuade you to trust in the LORD when he says, 'The LORD will surely deliver7 us; this city will not be given into the hand of the king of Assyria.'816
"Do not listen to Hezekiah. This is what the king of Assyria says: Make peace with me and come out to me. Then every one of you will eat from his own vine and fig tree9 and drink water from his own cistern,1017
until I come and take you to a land like your own11--a land of grain and new wine,12 a land of bread and vineyards.
"Do not let Hezekiah mislead you when he says, 'The LORD will deliver us.' Has the god of any nation ever delivered his land from the hand of the king of Assyria?
Where are the gods of Hamath and Arpad?13 Where are the gods of Sepharvaim?14 Have they rescued Samaria15 from my hand?
Who of all the gods16 of these countries has been able to save his land from me? How then can the LORD deliver Jerusalem from my hand?"1721
But the people remained silent and said nothing in reply, because the king had commanded, "Do not answer him."18