Look now, you are depending1 on Egypt,23 that splintered reed4 of a staff, 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.
And if you say to me, "We are depending5 on the LORD our God"--isn't he the one whose high places and altars Hezekiah removed,6 saying to Judah and Jerusalem, "You must worship before this altar"?78
" 'Come now, make a bargain with my master, the king of Assyria: I will give you two thousand horses8--if you can put riders on them!
How then can you repulse one officer of the least of my master's officials, even though you are depending on Egypt9 for chariots10 and horsemen?1110
Furthermore, have I come to attack and destroy this land without the LORD? The LORD himself told12 me to march against this country and destroy it.' "
Then Eliakim, Shebna and Joah13 said to the field commander, "Please speak to your servants in Aramaic,14 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?15"
Then the commander stood and called out in Hebrew,16 "Hear the words of the great king, the king of Assyria!1714
This is what the king says: Do not let Hezekiah deceive18 you. He cannot deliver you!
Do not let Hezekiah persuade you to trust in the LORD when he says, 'The LORD will surely deliver19 us; this city will not be given into the hand of the king of Assyria.'2016
"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 tree21 and drink water from his own cistern,22