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21 Is he depending on Egypt and its king? That’s the same as leaning on a broken stick, and it will go right through his hand.

22 Is Hezekiah now depending on the Lord your God? Didn’t Hezekiah tear down all except one of the Lord’s altars and places of worship?[a] Didn’t he tell the people of Jerusalem and Judah to worship at that one place?

23 The king of Assyria wants to make a bet with you people. He will give you two thousand horses, if you have enough troops to ride them.

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  1. 18.22 worship: Hezekiah actually had torn down the places where idols were worshiped, and he had told the people to worship the Lord at the one place of worship in Jerusalem. But the Assyrian leader was confused and thought these were also places where the Lord was supposed to be worshiped.

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