17 Then the king of Assyria sent the field marshal,(A) the chief of staff, and his royal spokesman, along with a massive army, from Lachish to King Hezekiah at Jerusalem.(B) They advanced and came to Jerusalem, and[a] they took their position by the aqueduct of the upper pool, by the road to the Launderer’s Field.(C) 18 They called for the king, but Eliakim(D) son of Hilkiah, who was in charge of the palace, Shebnah(E) the court secretary, and Joah son of Asaph, the court historian, came out to them.(F)

The Royal Spokesman’s Speech

19 Then(G) the royal spokesman said to them, “Tell Hezekiah this is what the great king, the king of Assyria, says: ‘What are you relying on?[b](H)

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Footnotes

  1. 18:17 LXX, Syr, Vg; MT reads and came and
  2. 18:19 Lit ‘What is this trust which you trust
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