21 Lo, thou trustest now in this broken staff of reed, to wit, on [a]Egypt, on which if a man lean, it will go into his hand, and pierce it: so is Pharaoh king of Egypt unto all that trust on him.

22 But if ye say unto me, We trust in the Lord our God, is not that he whose high places, and whose altars Hezekiah hath [b]taken away, and hath said to Judah and Jerusalem, Ye shall worship before this altar in Jerusalem?

23 Now therefore give [c]hostages to my lord the king of Assyria, and I will give thee two thousand horses, if thou be able to set riders upon them.

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  1. 2 Kings 18:21 Egypt shall not only not be able to succor thee, but shall be an hurt unto thee.
  2. 2 Kings 18:22 Thus the idolaters think that God’s religion is destroyed, when superstition and idolatry are reformed.
  3. 2 Kings 18:23 Meaning, that it was best for him to yield to the king of Assyria, because his power was so small that he had not men to furnish two thousand horses.

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