“Do not listen to King Hezekiah
Mislead you by saying.
‘Yahweh will save us.’
Has any of the gods of the nations
Saved their land
Out of the hands of the king of Assyria?
Where are the gods of Hamath?
Where are the gods of Arpad?
Where are the gods of Sepharvaim?
Have they delivered Samaria out of my hand?
Who among all the gods of these countries
Have delivered their countries
Out of my hand?
Why should Yahweh save Jerusalem
Out of my hand?’”
Once again in the same words as 2 Kings, chapter 18, Rabshakeh went on to point out that no god has helped anyone against the king of Assyria. He pointed out that the gods of Hamath, Arpad, and Sepharvaim were all unsuccessful against the king of Assyria. Hamath and Arpad were in Syria in an alliance with Damascus, but taken over by the Assyrians. Sepharvaim was near Babylon, on the Euphrates River. Hena and Ivvah are not mentioned here but were in 2 Kings. All of these places were taken over by king of Assyria. Why should Yahweh and Jerusalem be any different?