“Then Rabshakeh stood.
He called out in a loud voice
In the language of Judah.
‘Hear the words of the great king!
The king of Assyria!’
Thus says the king.
‘Do not let King Hezekiah deceive you!
He will not be able to deliver you.’
Do not let King Hezekiah
Make you rely on Yahweh by saying.
‘Yahweh will surely deliver us.
This city will not be given
Into the hand of the king of Assyria.’
Do not listen to King Hezekiah!”
Once again in the same words as 2 Kings, chapter 18, Rabshakeh spoke in the Hebrew language of Judah to the people on the wall. He wanted all the people to listen to the king of Assyria, and not to their own King Hezekiah. He thought that the king of Judah was deceiving them by saying that he was going to rely on Yahweh. Most of all, he wanted to intimate the people, so that they would not listen to their king.