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The Assyrian Siege

Hezekiah's Fortresses & Water Systemsl
(II Kings 18 13-21)

In the fourteenth year of King Hezekiah, Sennacherib king of Assyria attacked all the fortified cities of Judah, and captured them.  Hezekiah king of Judah sent [word] to the king of Assyria, to Lachish, saying, “I have sinned.  Withdraw from me, and whatever you impose upon me I will bear.”  So the king of Assyria imposed upon Hezekiah king of Judah a levy of three hundred talents of silver and thirty talents of gold.  Hezekiah gave all the money that was found in the Temple if Hashem and in the treasuries of the king’s palace.  At the time Hezekiah stripped the [golden overlay of] the doors of the Sanctuary of Hashem and the thresholds, which Hezekiah king of Judah had overlaid, and he gave them to the king of Assyria.  The king of Assyria sent Tartan and Rabsaris and Rabshakeh from Lachish with a great army to King Hezekiah, to Jerusalem.  They came up and arrived at Jerusalem; they came up and stood at the channel of the upper pool, which is in the road of the launderer’s field.  They called out for the king, and Eliakim son of Hilkiah, who was in charge of the palace, went out to them, with Shebnah the scribe, and Joah son of Asaph the recorder.  Rabshakeh said to them, “Say now the Hezekiah: Thus said the great king, the king of Assyria: What is this confidence of which you are so confident?  You have spoken but [idle] word of the lips [claiming that you had] strategy and power for battle!  Now – upon whom have you placed your trust, that you have rebelled against me?  Now, behold!  You have relied upon the support of this splintered cane, upon Egypt, which, if a man leans on it, it will enter his palm and puncture it: so is Pharaoh king of Egypt to all who rely on him.”

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