In the fourteenth year...

25 kwiecień 2022
„In the fourteenth year of King Hezekiah, Sennacherib, king of Assyria, attacked all the fortified cities of Judah and captured them. 14Hezekiah, king of Judah, sent this message to the king of Assyria at Lachish: I have done wrong. Leave me, and whatever you impose on me I will bear. The king of Assyria exacted three hundred talents of silver and thirty talents of gold from Hezekiah, king of Judah. 15Hezekiah gave him all the funds there were in the house of the LORD and in the treasuries of the king’s house. 16At the same time, Hezekiah removed the nave doors and the uprights of the house of the LORD, which the king of Judah had ordered to be overlaid with gold, and gave them to the king of Assyria. 17The king of Assyria sent the general, the lord chamberlain, and the commander from Lachish with a great army to King Hezekiah at Jerusalem. They went up and came to Jerusalem, to the conduit of the upper pool on the highway of the fuller’s field, where they took their stand. 18They called for the king, but Eliakim, son of Hilkiah, the master of the palace, came out, along with Shebnah the scribe and the chancellor Joah, son of Asaph. 19The commander said to them, Tell Hezekiah, ‘Thus says the great king, the king of Assyria: On what do you base this trust of yours? 20Do you think mere words substitute for strategy and might in war? In whom, then, do you place your trust, that you rebel against me? 21Do you trust in Egypt, that broken reed of a staff, which pierces the hand of anyone who leans on it? That is what Pharaoh, king of Egypt, is to all who trust in him. 22Or do you people say to me, It is in the LORD our God we trust!? Is it not he whose high places and altars Hezekiah has removed, commanding Judah and Jerusalem, Worship before this altar in Jerusalem?’ 23Now, make a wager with my lord, the king of Assyria: I will give you two thousand horses if you are able to put riders on them. 24How then can you turn back even a captain, one of the least servants of my lord, trusting, as you do, in Egypt for chariots and horses? 25Did I come up to destroy this place without the LORD? The LORD himself said to me: Go up and destroy that land! 26Then Eliakim, son of Hilkiah, and Shebnah and Joah said to the commander: Please speak to your servants in Aramaic; we understand it. Do not speak to us in the language of Judah within earshot of the people who are on the wall”.