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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.

Commentary for Isaiah 36

See #2Ki 18:17-37|, and the commentary thereon.

Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.

Discussion for Isaiah 36

  • Obbie Beal on Isaiah 36
    That day above is the same day we of 2020 face also, meaning we have been besieged. Besieged by many evil powers or the lust of the eye, lust of the flesh or proud of life .These powers are both seen and unseen and like above they cry out for, to, GOD People to surrender to their sin. Such evils offer pleasure to us in return for surrendering, and other evils boldly threaten to deny or take away living comfort we have grown comfortable with. One way or another evil has lunched a global war and offence attack against the souls of all mankind to lead us into the lake of fire. But death is concurred and the battle is won through The Blood Of The Lamb, JESUS. John 3:16-21 is our only HOPE.
  • TRO on Isaiah 36
    I just heard Dr. McGee's sermon on this chapter! He is always right on. I love how the king stands strong under threats and verbal assault of the enemy. This chapter teaches us to trust in the Lord, and seek him for counsel like the king did. Whether we are shaken or not, we will find the Lord is ready to help in time of need.
  • Stephen Botts - in Reply on Isaiah 36
    I love Dr. McGee! He is indeed always right on!
  • Preyor Ebizimor on Isaiah 36
    In life challenges will come and when they come the first thing the devil will do is to put fear on us so we can doubt the powerful God we have. But when you put your trust in Him, you will surely come out victorious.
  • Angella on Isaiah 36
    When we are faced with adversity the enemy of our souls Satan will do say whatever he can to make us doubt that the LORD will deliver us in our situations. It is for us to trust in the LORD and know that if He did it before, He can do it again. All the LORD wants us to do is trust in Him and know that He is GOD!!!!
  • Matt on Isaiah 36
    My Lord will deliver me of all evil.


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Which of the following was king of Judah?
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