2 Kings 18:13-19

13 In the fourteenth year of King Hezekiah’s reign, Sennacherib king of Assyria attacked all the fortified cities of Judah and captured them.
14 So Hezekiah king of Judah sent this message to the king of Assyria at Lachish: “I have done wrong. Withdraw from me, and I will pay whatever you demand of me.” The king of Assyria exacted from Hezekiah king of Judah three hundred talents[a] of silver and thirty talents[b] of gold.
15 So Hezekiah gave him all the silver that was found in the temple of the LORD and in the treasuries of the royal palace.
16 At this time Hezekiah king of Judah stripped off the gold with which he had covered the doors and doorposts of the temple of the LORD, and gave it to the king of Assyria.

Sennacherib Threatens Jerusalem

17 The king of Assyria sent his supreme commander, his chief officer and his field commander with a large army, from Lachish to King Hezekiah at Jerusalem. They came up to Jerusalem and stopped at the aqueduct of the Upper Pool, on the road to the Washerman’s Field.
18 They called for the king; and Eliakim son of Hilkiah the palace administrator, Shebna the secretary, and Joah son of Asaph the recorder went out to them.
19 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?

2 Kings 18:13-19 Meaning and Commentary


This chapter begins with the good reign of Hezekiah king of Judah, the reformation he made in the kingdom, and the prosperity that attended him when Israel was carried captive, 2Ki 18:1-12 and gives an account of the siege of Jerusalem by the king of Assyria, and of the distress Hezekiah was in, and the hard measures he was obliged to submit unto, 2Ki 18:13-18 and of the reviling and blasphemous speech of Rabshakeh, one of the generals of the king of Assyria, urging the Jews to a revolt from their king, 2Ki 18:19-37.

Cross References 11

  • 1. S ver 2
  • 2. 2 Chronicles 32:1; Isaiah 1:7; Micah 1:9
  • 3. 2 Kings 19:8
  • 4. Isaiah 24:5; Isaiah 33:8
  • 5. S 1 Kings 15:18; 2 Kings 16:8; Isaiah 39:2
  • 6. 2 Chronicles 29:3
  • 7. Isaiah 20:1
  • 8. 2 Kings 20:20; 2 Chronicles 32:4,30; Nehemiah 2:14; Isaiah 22:9; Isaiah 7:3
  • 9. 2 Kings 19:2; Isaiah 22:20; Isaiah 36:3,11,22; Isaiah 37:2
  • 10. ver 26,37; Isaiah 22:15
  • 11. S ver 5; S Job 4:6

Footnotes 2

  • [a]. That is, about 11 tons or about 10 metric tons
  • [b]. That is, about 1 ton or about 1 metric ton
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