1 Et factum est in quarto deci mo anno regis Ezechiae, ascendit Sennacherib rex Assyriorum super omnes civitates Iudae munitas et cepit eas.
2 Et misit rex Assyriorum Rabsacen de Lachis in Ierusalem ad regem Ezechiam in manu gravi, et stetit in aquaeductu piscinae superioris in via agri fullonis.
3 Et egressus est ad eum Eliachim filius Helciae, qui erat super domum, et Sobna scriba et Ioah filius Asaph a commentariis.
4 Et dixit ad eos Rabsaces: "Dicite Ezechiae: Haec dicit rex magnus, rex Assyriorum: Quae est ista fiducia, qua confidis?
5 Dixisti: "Verbum labiorum est consilium et fortitudo ad bellum". Nunc super quem habes fiduciam, quia recessisti a me?
6 Ecce confidis super baculum arundineum confractum istum, super Aegyptum; cui si innixus fuerit homo, intrabit in manum eius et perforabit eam: sic pharao rex Aegypti omnibus, qui confidunt in eo.
7 Quod si responderis mihi: "In Domino Deo nostro confidimus"; nonne ipse est, cuius abstulit Ezechias excelsa et altaria et dixit Iudae et Ierusalem: "Coram altari isto adorabitis"?
8 Et nunc sponde domino meo regi Assyriorum, et dabo tibi duo milia equorum, si poteris ex te praebere ascensores eorum.
9 Et quomodo averteris faciem unius ex servis domini mei minoribus? Et tamen confidis in Aegypto, in quadriga et in equitibus;
10 et nunc, numquid sine Domino ascendi ad terram istam, ut disperderem eam? Dominus dixit ad me: "Ascende super terram istam et disperde eam" ".
11 Et dixit Eliachim et Sobna et Ioah ad Rabsacen: "Loquere ad servos tuos Aramaice; intellegimus enim. Ne loquaris ad nos Iudaice in auribus populi, qui est super murum".
12 Et dixit Rabsaces: "Numquid ad dominum tuum et ad te misit me dominus meus, ut loquerer omnia verba ista? Et non potius ad viros, qui sedent in muro, ut comedant stercora sua et bibant urinam suam vobiscum?".
13 Et stetit Rabsaces et clamavit voce magna Iudaice et dixit: "Audite verba regis magni, regis Assyriorum:
14 Haec dicit rex: Non seducat vos Ezechias, quia non poterit eruere vos.
15 Et non vobis tribuat fiduciam Ezechias super Domino dicens: "Eruens liberabit nos Dominus; non dabitur civitas ista in manu regis Assyriorum".
16 Nolite audire Ezechiam. Haec enim dicit rex Assyriorum: Facite mecum benedictionem et egredimini ad me; et comedite unusquisque vineam suam et unusquisque ficum suam, et bibite unusquisque aquam de cisterna sua,
17 donec veniam et tollam vos ad terram, quae est ut terra vestra, terram frumenti et vini, terram panis et vinearum.
18 Ne illudat vos Ezechias dicens: "Dominus liberabit nos". Numquid liberaverunt dii gentium unusquisque terram suam de manu regis Assyriorum?
19 Ubi sunt dii Emath et Arphad? Ubi sunt dii Sepharvaim? Numquid liberaverunt Samariam de manu mea?
20 Quinam ex omnibus diis terrarum istarum eruerunt terram suam de manu mea? Numquid eruet Dominus Ierusalem de manu mea?".
21 Et siluerunt et non responderunt ei verbum; mandaverat enim rex dicens: "Ne respondeatis ei".
22 Et ingressus est Eliachim filius Helciae, qui erat super domum, et Sobna scriba et Ioah filius Asaph a commentariis ad Ezechiam scissis vestibus; et nuntiaverunt ei verba Rabsacis.
King James Version
1 Now it came to pass in the fourteenth year of king Hezekiah, that Sennacherib king of Assyria came up against all the defenced cities of Judah, and took them.
2 And the king of Assyria sent Rabshakeh from Lachish to Jerusalem unto king Hezekiah with a great army. And he stood by the conduit of the upper pool in the highway of the fuller's field.
3 Then came forth unto him Eliakim, Hilkiah's son, which was over the house, and Shebna the scribe, and Joah, Asaph's son, the recorder.
4 ¶ And Rabshakeh said unto them, Say ye now to Hezekiah, Thus saith the great king, the king of Assyria, What confidence is this wherein thou trustest?
5 I say, sayest thou, (but they are but vain words) I have counsel and strength for war: now on whom dost thou trust, that thou rebellest against me?
6 Lo, thou trustest in the staff of this broken reed, on Egypt; whereon if a man lean, it will go into his hand, and pierce it: so is Pharaoh king of Egypt to all that trust in him.
7 But if thou say to me, We trust in the LORD our God: is it not he, whose high places and whose altars Hezekiah hath taken away, and said to Judah and to Jerusalem, Ye shall worship before this altar?
8 Now therefore give pledges, I pray thee, to my master the king of Assyria, and I will give thee two thousand horses, if thou be able on thy part to set riders upon them.
9 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?
10 And am I now come up without the LORD against this land to destroy it? the LORD said unto me, Go up against this land, and destroy it.
11 ¶ Then said Eliakim and Shebna and Joah unto Rabshakeh, Speak, I pray thee, unto thy servants in the Syrian language; for we understand it: and speak not to us in the Jews' language, in the ears of the people that are on the wall.
12 ¶ But Rabshakeh said, Hath my master sent me to thy master and to thee to speak these words? hath he not sent me to the men that sit upon the wall, that they may eat their own dung, and drink their own piss with you?
13 Then Rabshakeh stood, and cried with a loud voice in the Jews' language, and said, Hear ye the words of the great king, the king of Assyria.
14 Thus saith the king, Let not Hezekiah deceive you: for he shall not be able to deliver you.
15 Neither let Hezekiah make you trust in the LORD, saying, The LORD will surely deliver us: this city shall not be delivered into the hand of the king of Assyria.
16 Hearken not to Hezekiah: for thus saith the king of Assyria, Make an agreement with me by a present, and come out to me: and eat ye every one of his vine, and every one of his fig tree, and drink ye every one the waters of his own cistern;
17 Until I come and take you away to a land like your own land, a land of corn and wine, a land of bread and vineyards.
18 Beware lest Hezekiah persuade you, saying, The LORD will deliver us. Hath any of the gods of the nations delivered his land out of the hand of the king of Assyria?
19 Where are the gods of Hamath and Arphad? where are the gods of Sepharvaim? and have they delivered Samaria out of my hand?
20 Who are they among all the gods of these lands, that have delivered their land out of my hand, that the LORD should deliver Jerusalem out of my hand?
21 But they held their peace, and answered him not a word: for the king's commandment was, saying, Answer him not.
22 ¶ Then came Eliakim, the son of Hilkiah, that was over the household, and Shebna the scribe, and Joah, the son of Asaph, the recorder, to Hezekiah with their clothes rent, and told him the words of Rabshakeh.