2 Kings 18 ©
Hezekiah's good reign. He abolisheth idolatry, and prospereth. In his time Samaria is taken, and Israel carried away captive for their sins. Sennacherib invadeth Judah, and receiveth the appointed tribute from Hezekiah. He sendeth Rab-shakeh, who insulteth Hezekiah, and in a blasphemous speech soliciteth the people to revolt.
Twenty and five years old was he when he began to reign; and he reigned twenty and nine years in Jerusalem. His mother's name also was 2Abi, the daughter of Zachariah.
¶He cremoved the high places, and brake the 3images, and cut down the dgroves, and brake in pieces the ebrasen serpent that Moses had made: for unto those days the children of Israel did burn incense to it: and he called it 4Nehushtan.
Because qthey obeyed not the voice of the LORD their God, but transgressed his covenant, and all that Moses the servant of the LORD commanded, and would not hear them, nor do them.
And Hezekiah king of Judah sent to the king of Assyria to sLachish, saying, tI have offended; return from me: that which thou puttest on me will I bear. And the king of Assyria appointed unto Hezekiah king of Judah uthree hundred talents of silver and thirty talents of gold.
¶And xthe king of Assyria sent yTartan and Rab-saris and Rab-shakeh from Lachish to king Hezekiah with a 9great host against Jerusalem. And they went up and came to Jerusalem. And when they were come up, they came and stood by the z*conduit of the upper pool, which is in the highway of the *fuller's field.
Thou 11sayest, (but they are but 12vain words,) 13I have counsel and strength for the war. Now on whom 14dost thou trust, that thou rebellest against me?
Now therefore, I pray thee, give 15pledges to my lord the king of Assyria, and I will deliver thee two thousand horses, if thou be able on thy part to set riders upon them.
How then wilt thou turn away the face of one captain of the least of my master's servants, and put thy trust on Egypt for chariots and for horsemen?
But Rab-shakeh said unto them, Hath my master sent me to thy master, and to thee, to speak these words? hath he not sent me to the men which sit on the wall, that they may ieat their own dung, and drink 16their own piss with you?
Neither let Hezekiah make you trust in the LORD, saying, The LORD will surely deliver us, and this city shall not be delivered into the hand of the king of Assyria.
Until I come and take you away to a land like your own land, ma land of corn and wine, a land of bread and vineyards, a land of oil olive and of honey, that ye may live, and not die: and hearken not unto Hezekiah, when he 19persuadeth you, saying, The LORD will deliver us.