He removed the highplaces, and brake the images, and cut down the groves, and brake in pieces the brasenserpentthatMoses had made: for untothosedays the children of Israel did burnincense to it: and he called it Nehushtan.
And Hezekiahking of Judahsent to the king of Assyria to Lachish, saying, I haveoffended; returnfrom me: thatwhichthouputtest on me will I bear. And the king of AssyriaappointeduntoHezekiahking of Judahthreehundredtalents of silver and thirtytalents of gold.
And the king of AssyriasentTartan and Rabsaris and RabshakehfromLachish to kingHezekiahwith a greathostagainstJerusalem. And theywent up and came to Jerusalem. And whentheywerecome up, theycame and stood by the conduit of the upperpool, which is in the highway of the fuller’sfield.
But if ye say unto me, We trust in the LORD our God: is not that he, whosehighplaces and whosealtarsHezekiahhathtakenaway, and hathsaid to Judah and Jerusalem, Ye shallworshipbeforethisaltar in Jerusalem?
ThensaidEliakim the son of Hilkiah, and Shebna, and Joah, untoRabshakeh, Speak, I praythee, to thy servants in the Syrianlanguage; for we understand it: and talk not with us in the Jews’language in the ears of the peoplethat are on the wall.
But Rabshakehsaiduntothem, Hath my mastersent me to thy master, and to thee, to speakthesewords? hath he not sent me to the men which sit on the wall, thatthey may eat their own dung, and drinktheir own pisswith you?
Hearken not to Hezekiah: for thussaith the king of Assyria, Make an agreementwith me by a present, and come out to me, and then eat ye every man of his own vine, and every one of his fig tree, and drink ye every one the waters of his cistern:
Until I come and take you away to a landlikeyour own land, a 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 untoHezekiah, when he persuadeth you, saying, The LORDwilldeliver us.