In the fourteenth year of King Hezekiah's1 reign, Sennacherib2 king of Assyria attacked all the fortified cities of Judah and captured them.3
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Then the king of Assyria sent his field commander with a large army from Lachish4 to King Hezekiah at Jerusalem. When the commander stopped at the aqueduct of the Upper Pool, on the road to the Washerman's Field,5
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Eliakim6 son of Hilkiah the palace administrator,7 Shebna8 the secretary,9 and Joah10 son of Asaph the recorder11 went out to him.
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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 confidence of yours?
You say you have strategy and military strength--but you speak only empty words. On whom are you depending, that you rebel12 against me?
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Look now, you are depending13 on Egypt,1415 that splintered reed16 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.
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And if you say to me, "We are depending17 on the LORD our God"--isn't he the one whose high places and altars Hezekiah removed,18 saying to Judah and Jerusalem, "You must worship before this altar"?19
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