“How Great Thou Art,” CeCe Winans
“Sennacherib Threatens Jerusalem,” cont’d, Isaiah 36:12) 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 very 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 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? Numbers 34:8. 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? 2 Chronicles 32:15; Psalm 50:21. 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. 2 Samuel 1:11; Job 1:20.
Nelson’s Compact Bible Commentary – v11, 12 Aramaic was the language of diplomatic diplomacy during during this period. v13, 14 The Rabshakeh spoke in Hebrew so his words (would) be understood by the citizens of Jerusalem. deceive you: He structured his speech to quickly discourage those who heard it. v15, 17 take you away: The Assyrians commonly exiled the people groups they conquered (see 2 Kings 15:12:29; 17:6). v18-21, The Rabshakeh assumed that different gods were worshiped in Samaria than in Jerusalem, so he repeated some of the same sentiments articulated by the Assyrian king in 10:10, 11. v22, The words of the enemy would not bring pleasure to Hezekiah. The torn clothes indicated that the messengers were bearing bad news (37:1).
Quest Study Bible – v16–17, “Was this war propaganda effective?” This is military propaganda at its finest. Fortunately, Hezekiah’s people didn’t take the bait (v. 21).
Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – See 2 Kings 18:17-37, and the commentary thereon.
2 Kings 18:17-37) Rebshakeh tries to convince the Jews, that it was to no purpose for them to stand it out. What Confidence is this wherein thou Trustest? It were well if sinners would submit to the force of this argument, In Seeking Peace With God. It is, therefore, Our Wisdom to Yield To Him, Because It Is In Vain To Contend (Struggle) with Him. A great deal of art there is in this speech of Rabshakeh, but a great deal of pride, malice, falsehood, and blasphemy. Hezekiah’s nobles held their peace. There is a time to keep silence, as well as a time to speak (Ecclesiastes 3:7); and these are those to whom to offer any thing Religious or rational, Is To Cast Pearls Before Swine (Matthew 7:6). Their silence made Rabshakeh yet more proud and secure. It is often best to leave such persons to rail and blaspheme; a decided expression of abhorrence is the best testimony against them. The Matter Must Be Left To The Lord, Who Has All Hearts In His Hands, Committing Ourselves Unto Him In Humble Submission, Believing Hope And Fervent Prayer. Amen.