And Hezekiah king of Judah sent to the king of Assyria to
A city in the tribe of Judah, about twenty miles from Jerusalem, towards the southwest F17; which the king of Assyria was now besieging, ( 2 Chronicles 32:9 ) at first Hezekiah made provision to defend himself, and encouraged his people not to be afraid of the king of Assyria, ( 2 Chronicles 32:1-8 ) , but understanding he had taken his fortified cities, and made such progress with his arms, he was disheartened, and sent an embassy to him to sue for peace; judging it more advisable to buy it than to expose his capital to a siege; in which he betrayed much weakness and distrust of the power and providence of God:
saying, I have offended;
not the Lord, but the king of Assyria by rebelling against him, or refusing to pay the yearly tribute to him; he owned he had acted imprudently, and had given him, just occasion to invade his land:
return from me;
from his land, from proceeding to Jerusalem, which he seemed to have a design upon, and go back to his own country with his army, and make no further conquests:
that which thou puttest on me I will bear;
what mulct or fine he should lay upon him, or tribute he should impose upon him, or whatever he should demand of him, he would submit to:
and the king of Assyria appointed unto Hezekiah king of Judah
three hundred talents of silver, and thirty talents of gold;
to be paid to him directly; which, according to Brerewood F18, amounted to 247,500 pounds.
F17 Bunting's Travels p. 99.
F18 De Ponder. & Pret. Vet. Num. c. 5.