Book of Isaiah
Chapter 36 - King James Version
1Now it came to pass in the fourteenth
year of King Hezekiah that Sennacherib
king of Assyria came
up against all the fortified cities of Judah and took them.
2 Then the king of Assyria sent the Rabshakeh
with a great army from Lachish to King
Hezekiah at Jerusalem.
And he stood
by the aqueduct from the upper pool, on the highway to the
3 And Eliakim the son of Hilkiah, who
was over the house-hold, Shebna the scribe, and Joah the son
of Asaph, the recorder, came out to him.
4 Then the Rabshakeh
said to them, "Say now to Hezekiah, 'Thus says the great
the king of Assyria: "What confidence is this in which
5 "I say you speak of having counsel
and strength for
but they are vain words. Now in whom do you trust,
that you rebel against me?
6 "Look! you are trusting in the
of this broken reed, Egypt, on which if a man leans,
into his hand and pierce it. So is Pharaoh king of
Egypt to all who trust in him.
7 "But if you say to me, 'We
the Lord our God,' is it not He whose high places
and whose altars Hezekiah has taken away, and said to Judah
'You shall worship before this altar'?"
therefore, I urge you, give a pledge to my master the king
I will give you two thousand horses - if you
are able on your part to put riders on them!
9 "How then will
you repel one
captain of the least of my master's servants,
trust in Egypt for chariots and horse-men?
10 "Have I now come up without the Lord
against this land to destroy
said to me, 'Go up against this land, and
11Then Eliakim, Shebna, and Joah said
to the Rabshakeh,
"Please speak to your servants in the Aramaic language,
it; and do not speak to us in Hebrew in
the hearing of the
people who are on the wall."
12 But the
"Has my master sent me to your master and
to you to
speak these words, and not to the men who sit on
the wall, who
and drink their own waste with you?"
13 Then the Rabshakeh stood and called
out with a loud voice in
"Hear the words of the great king,
14 "Thus says the king: 'Do not let Hezekiah deceive you, for he will not be able to deliver you;
15 Nor let
you trust in the Lord, saying,
"The Lord will surely deliver
us; this city will not be given
into the hand of the
16 "Do not listen to
Hezekiah; for thus says the king of Assyria: 'Make peace
with me by a present
come out to me; and every one of you
from his own
every one from his own fig tree,
and every one of
you drink the waters
of his own cistern;
I come and take you away to
a land like your own land, a
land of grain and new wine, a land
of bread and vineyards.
'Beware lest Hezekiah persuade you, saying, "The Lord will
any one of the gods
of the nations delivered
its land from the hand of the king of Assyria?
19 'Where are
are the gods of Sepharvaim?
Indeed, have they delivered Samaria from my hand?
among all the gods of these lands have delivered their countries
from my hand, that the Lord should deliver Jerusalem from
not a word; for the king's
not answer him."
22 Then Eliakim
the son of Hilkiah, who was
over the house-hold, Shebna the
scribe, and Joah
the son of
the recorder, came to
Hezekiah with their clothes torn, and told
him the words of the
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