11Now in the fourteenthyear of KingHezekiah, 2Sennacheribking of Assyriacame up againstall the fortifiedcities of Judah and seized them.
And the 3king of AssyriasentRabshakeh from Lachish to Jerusalem to KingHezekiah with a largearmy. And he stood by the 4conduit of the upperpool on the highway of the afuller'sfield.
Then 5Eliakim the son of Hilkiah, who was over the household, and 6Shebna the scribe, and Joah the son of Asaph, the recorder, came out to him.
Then 7Rabshakehsaid to them, "Saynow to Hezekiah, 'Thussays the greatking, the king of Assyria, "What is thisconfidence that you bhave ?
"I say, 'Your counsel and strength for the war are onlycemptywords.' Now on whom do you rely, that 8you have rebelled against me?
6"Behold, you rely on the 9staff of thiscrushedreed, even on Egypt, on which if a manleans, it will go into his dhand and pierce it. 10So 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 11whosehighplaces and whose altarsHezekiah has takenaway and has said to Judah and to Jerusalem, 'You shall worshipbeforethisaltar '?
8"Now therefore, ecomemake 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.
9"How then can you frepulseonegofficial of the least of my master'sservants and h12rely on Egypt for chariots and for horsemen ?
"Have I nowcome up iwithout the LORD'S approval againstthisland to destroy it? 13The LORDsaid to me, 'Go up againstthisland and destroy it.' ""'
Then Eliakim and Shebna and Joahsaid to Rabshakeh, "Speaknow to your servants in 14Aramaic, for we junderstand it; and do not speak with us in k15Judean in the hearing of the peoplewho are on the wall."
But Rabshakehsaid, "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 16cried with a loudvoice in Judean and said, "Hear the words of the greatking, the king of Assyria.
14"Thussays the king, 'Do not let Hezekiah17deceive you, for he will not be able to deliver you;
15nor let Hezekiah make you 18trust in the LORD, saying, "The LORD will surelydeliver us, thiscity will not be given into the hand of the king of Assyria."
'Do not listen to Hezekiah,' for thussays the king of Assyria, 'lMake your peace with me and come out to me, and eateach of his 19vine and each of his figtree and drinkeach of the 20waters of his own cistern,
17until I come and take you away to a land like your own land, a land of grain and newwine, a land of bread and vineyards.
'Beware that Hezekiah does not mislead you, saying, "21The LORD will deliver us." Has anyone of the gods of the nationsdelivered his land from the hand of the king of Assyria ?
19'Where are the gods of 22Hamath and Arpad ? Where are the gods of 23Sepharvaim ? And when have they 24deliveredSamaria from my hand ?
20'Who among all the 25gods of theselands have delivered their land from my hand, that the 26LORD would deliverJerusalem from my hand ?' "
But they were silent and 27answered him not a word ; for the king'scommandment was, "Do not answer him."
Then 28Eliakim the son of Hilkiah, who was over the household, and 29Shebna the scribe and Joah the son of Asaph, the recorder, came to Hezekiah with their clothestorn and told him the words of Rabshakeh.