131Now in the fourteenthyear of KingHezekiah, Sennacheribking of Assyriacame up againstall the fortifiedcities of Judah and seized them.
Then Hezekiahking of Judahsent to the king of Assyria at Lachish, saying, "2I have donewrong. aWithdraw from me; whatever you bimpose on me I will bear." So the king of Assyriacrequired of Hezekiahking of Judahthreehundredtalents of silver and thirtytalents of gold.
153Hezekiahgave him all the silver which was found in the house of the LORD, and in the treasuries of the king'shouse.
At that timeHezekiahcutoff the gold from the doors of the temple of the LORD, and from the doorpostswhichHezekiahking of Judah had overlaid, and gave it to the king of Assyria.
Then the king of Assyriasent4Tartan and Rab-saris and Rabshakeh from Lachish to KingHezekiah with a largearmy to Jerusalem. So they went up and came to Jerusalem. And when they went up, they came and stood by the 5conduit of the upperpool, which is on the highway of the dfuller'sfield.
When they called to the king, 6Eliakim the son of Hilkiah, who was over the household, and 7Shebnah the scribe and Joah the son of Asaph the recorder, came out to them.
Then Rabshakehsaid to them, "Saynow to Hezekiah, 'Thussays the greatking, the king of Assyria, "8What is thisconfidence that you ehave?
"You say (but they are fonlyemptywords ), 'I have counsel and strength for the war.' Now on whom do you rely, 9that you have rebelled against me?
21"Nowbehold, you g10rely on the staff of thiscrushedreed, even on Egypt; on which if a manleans, it will go into his hhand and pierce it. So is Pharaohking of Egypt to all who rely on him.
"But if you say to me, 'We trust in the LORD our God,' is it not He whosehighplaces and 11whose altarsHezekiah has takenaway, and has said to Judah and to Jerusalem, 'You shall worshipbeforethisaltar in Jerusalem '?
23"Now therefore, icome, make a bargain with my master the king of Assyria, and I will give you two thousandhorses, if you are able on your part to setriders on them.
24"How then can you jrepulseonekofficial of the least of my master'sservants, and lrely on Egypt for chariots and for horsemen?
"Have I nowcome up mwithout the LORD'S approval againstthisplace to destroy it? The LORDsaid to me, 'Go up againstthisland and destroy it.' ""'
Then Eliakim the son of Hilkiah, and Shebnah and Joah, said to Rabshakeh, "Speaknow to your servants in Aramaic, for we nunderstand it; and do not speak with us in o12Judean in the hearing of the peoplewho are on the wall."
But Rabshakehsaid to them, "Has my mastersent me only to your master and to you to speakthesewords, and not to the men who sit on the wall, doomed to eat their own dung and drink their own urine with you?"
Then Rabshakehstood and cried with a loudvoice in Judean, psaying , "Hear the word of the greatking, the king of Assyria.
29"Thussays the king, '13Do not let Hezekiahdeceive you, for he will not be able to deliver you from qmy hand;
30nor let Hezekiah make you trust in the LORD, saying, "The LORD will surelydeliver us, and thiscity will not be given into the hand of the king of Assyria."
'Do not listen to Hezekiah, for thussays the king of Assyria, "rMake your peace with me and come out to me, and eat14each of his vine and each of his figtree and drinkeach of the waters of his own cistern,
32until I come and take you away 15to a land like your own land, a land of grain and newwine, a land of bread and vineyards, a land of olivetrees and honey, that you may live and not die." But do not listen to Hezekiahwhen he misleads you, saying, "The LORD will deliver us."
'16Has anyone of the gods of the nationsdelivered his land from the hand of the king of Assyria?
'17Where are the gods of Hamath and 18Arpad? Where are the gods of Sepharvaim, Hena and s19Ivvah? Have they deliveredSamaria from my hand?
35'Who among all the gods of the landsthave delivered their land from my hand, 20that the LORD should deliverJerusalem from my hand?' "
But the people were silent and answered him not a word, for the king'scommandment was, "Do not answer him."
Then 21Eliakim the son of Hilkiah, who was over the household, and Shebna the scribe and Joah the son of Asaph, the recorder, came to Hezekiah22with their clothestorn and told him the words of Rabshakeh.