1 Now it came to pass in the fourteenth year of the reign of Ezekias, [that] Sennacherim, king of the Assyrians, came up against the strong cities of Judea, and took them. 2 And the king of the Assyrians sent Rabsaces out of Laches to Jerusalem to king Ezekias with a large force: and he stood by the conduit of the upper pool in the way of the fuller's field. 3 And there went forth to him Heliakim the steward, the [son] of Chelcias, and Somnas the scribe, and Joach the [son] of Asaph, the recorder. 4 And Rabsaces said to them, Say to Ezekias, Thus says the great king, the king of the Assyrians, Why art thou secure? 5 Is war carried on with counsel and [mere] words of the lips? and now on whom dost thou trust, that thou rebellest against me? 6 Behold, thou trustest on this bruised staff of reed, on Egypt: [as soon] as a man leans upon it, it shall go into his hand, and pierce it: so is Pharao king of Egypt and all that trust in him. 7 But it ye say, We trust in the Lord our God; 8 yet now make an agreement with my lord the king of the Assyrians, and I will give you two thousand horses, if ye shall be able to set riders upon them. 9 And how can ye [then] turn to the face of the satraps? hey that trust on the Egyptians for horse and rider, are [our] servants. 10 And now, Have we come up against this land to fight against it without the Lord? The Lord said to me, Go up against this land, and destroy it. 11 Then Eliakim and Somnas and Joach said to him, Speak to thy servants in the Syrian tongue; for we understand [it]: and speak not to us in the Jewish tongue: and wherefore speakest thou in the ears of the men on the wall? 12 And Rabsaces said to them, Has my lord sent me to your lord or to you, to speak these words? [has he] not [sent] me to the men that sit on the wall, that they may eat dung, and drink [their] water together with you? 13 And Rabsaces stood and cried with a loud voice in the Jewish language, and said, Hear ye the words of the great king, the king of the Assyrians: 14 thus says the king, Let not Ezekias deceive you with words: he will not be able to deliver you. 15 And let not Ezekias say to you, That God will deliver you, and this city will not at all be delivered into the hand of the king of the Assyrians. 16 Hearken not to Ezekias: thus says the king of the Assyrians, If ye wish to be blessed, come out to me: and ye shall eat every one [of] his vine and his fig-trees, and ye shall drink water out of your own cisterns: 17 until I come and take you to a land, like your own land, a land of corn and wine, and bread, and vineyards. 18 Let not Ezekias deceive you, saying, God will deliver you. Have the gods of the nations delivered each one his own land out of the hand of the king of the Assyrians? 19 Where is the god of Emath, and Arphath? and where is the god of Eppharuaim? have they been able to deliver Samaria out of my hand? 20 Which is the god of all these nations, that has delivered his land out of my hand, that God should deliver Jerusalem out of my hand? 21 And they were silent, and none answered him a word; because the king had commanded that none should answer. 22 And Heliakim the [son] of Chelcias, the steward, and Somnas the miliary scribe, and Joach the [son] of Asaph, the recorder, came in to Ezekias, having their garments rent, and they reported to him the words of Rabsaces.
ΚΑΙ ἐγένετο τοῦ τεσσαρεσκαιδεκάτου ἔτους, βασιλεύοντος ᾿Εζεκίου, ἀνέβη Σενναχηρεὶμ βασιλεὺς ᾿Ασσυρίων ἐπὶ τὰς πόλεις τῆς ᾿Ιουδαίας τὰς ὀχυρὰς καὶ ἔλαβεν αὐτάς. 2 καὶ ἀπέστειλε βασιλεὺς ᾿Ασσυρίων τὸν Ραψάκην ἐκ Λαχεὶς εἰς ῾Ιερουσαλὴμ πρὸς τὸν βασιλέα ᾿Εζεκίαν μετὰ δυνάμεως πολλῆς, καὶ ἔστη ἐν τῷ ὑδραγωγῷ τῆς κολυμβήθρας τῆς ἄνω ἐν τῇ ὁδῷ τοῦ ἀγροῦ τοῦ γναφέως. 3 καὶ ἐξῆλθε πρὸς αὐτὸν ῾Ελιακεὶμ ὁ τοῦ Χελκίου ὁ οἰκονόμος καὶ Σομνᾶς ὁ γραμματεὺς καὶ ᾿Ιωὰχ ὁ τοῦ ᾿Ασὰφ ὁ ὑπομνηματογράφος. 4 καὶ εἶπεν αὐτοῖς Ραψάκης· εἴπατε ᾿Εζεκίᾳ· τάδε λέγει ὁ βασιλεὺς ὁ μέγας, βασιλεὺς ᾿Ασσυρίων· τί πεποιθὼς εἶ; 5 μὴ ἐν βουλῇ ἢ λόγοις χειλέων παράταξις γίνεται; καὶ νῦν ἐπὶ τίνα πέποιθας, ὅτι ἀπειθεῖς μοι; 6 ἰδοὺ πεποιθὼς εἶ ἐπὶ τὴν ράβδον τὴν καλαμίνην τὴν τεθλασμένην ταύτην, ἐπ᾿ Αἴγυπτον· ὡς ἂν ἐπιστηριχθῇ ἀνὴρ ἐπ᾿ αὐτήν, εἰσελεύσεται εἰς τὴν χεῖρα αὐτοῦ, καὶ τρήσει αὐτήν· οὕτως ἐστὶ Φαραὼ βασιλεὺς Αἰγύπτου καὶ πάντες οἱ πεποιθότες ἐπ᾿ αὐτῷ. 7 εἰ δὲ λέγετε· ἐπὶ Κύριον τὸν Θεὸν ἡμῶν πεποίθαμεν, 8 νῦν μείχθητε τῷ κυρίῳ μου τῷ βασιλεῖ ᾿Ασσυρίων, καὶ δώσω ὑμῖν δισχιλίαν ἵππον, εἰ δυνήσεσθε δοῦναι ἀναβάτας ἐπ᾿ αὐτούς. 9 καὶ πῶς δύνασθε ἀποστρέψαι εἰς πρόσωπον τῶν τοπαρχῶν; οἰκέται εἰσὶν οἱ πεποιθότες ἐπ᾿ Αἰγυπτίοις εἰς ἵππον καὶ ἀναβάτην. 10 καὶ νῦν μὴ ἄνευ Κυρίου ἀνέβημεν ἐπὶ τὴν χώραν ταύτην πολεμῆσαι αὐτήν; Κύριος εἶπε πρός με· ἀνάβηθι ἐπὶ τὴν γῆν ταύτην, καὶ διάφθειρον αὐτήν. 11 καὶ εἶπε πρὸς αὐτὸν ῾Ελιακεὶμ καὶ Σομνᾶς καὶ ᾿Ιωάχ· λάλησον πρὸς τοὺς παῖδάς σου Συριστί, ἀκούομεν γὰρ ἡμεῖς, καὶ μὴ λάλει πρὸς ἡμᾶς ᾿Ιουδαϊστί· καὶ ἱνατί λαλεῖς εἰς τὰ ὦτα τῶν ἀνθρώπων τῶν ἐπὶ τῷ τείχει; 12 καὶ εἶπε πρὸς αὐτοὺς Ραψάκης· μὴ πρὸς τὸν Κύριον ὑμῶν ἢ πρὸς ὑμᾶς ἀπέσταλκέ με ὁ κύριός μου λαλῆσαι τοὺς λόγους τούτους; οὐχὶ πρὸς τοὺς ἀνθρώπους τοὺς καθημένους ἐπὶ τῷ τείχει, ἵνα φάγωσι κόπρον καὶ πίωσιν οὖρον μεθ᾿ ὑμῶν ἅμα; 13 καὶ ἔστη Ραψάκης καὶ ἀνεβόησε φωνῇ μεγάλῃ ᾿Ιουδαϊστὶ καὶ εἶπεν· ἀκούσατε τοὺς λόγους τοῦ βασιλέως τοῦ μεγάλου, βασιλέως ᾿Ασσυρίων. 14 τάδε λέγει ὁ βασιλεύς· μὴ ἀπατάτω ὑμᾶς ᾿Εζεκίας λόγοις, οἳ οὐ δυνήσονται ρύσασθαι ὑμᾶς· 15 καὶ μὴ λεγέτω ὑμῖν ᾿Εζεκίας, ὅτι ρύσεται ὑμᾶς ὁ Θεός, καὶ οὐ μὴ παραδοθῇ ἡ πόλις αὕτη ἐν χειρὶ βασιλέως ᾿Ασσυρίων· 16 μὴ ἀκούετε ᾿Εζεκίου. τάδε λέγει ὁ βασιλεὺς ᾿Ασσυρίων· εἰ βούλεσθε εὐλογηθῆναι, ἐκπορεύεσθε πρός με καὶ φάγεσθε ἕκαστος τὴν ἄμπελον αὐτοῦ καὶ τὰς συκᾶς καὶ πίεσθε ὕδωρ ἐκ τοῦ λάκκου ὑμῶν, 17 ἕως ἂν ἔλθω καὶ λάβω ὑμᾶς εἰς γῆν, ὡς ἡ γῆ ὑμῶν, γῆ σίτου καὶ οἴνου καὶ ἄρτων καὶ ἀμπελώνων. 18 μὴ ἀπατάτω ὑμᾶς ᾿Εζεκίας λέγων· ὁ Θεὸς ὑμῶν ρύσεται ὑμᾶς. μὴ ἐρρύσαντο οἱ θεοὶ τῶν ἐθνῶν ἕκαστος τὴν ἑαυτοῦ χώραν ἐκ χειρὸς βασιλέως ᾿Ασσυρίων; 19 ποῦ ἐστιν ὁ θεὸς Αἰμὰθ καὶ ᾿Αρφάθ; καὶ ποῦ ὁ θεὸς τῆς πόλεως Σεπφαρείμ; μὴ ἐδύναντο ρύσασθαι Σαμάρειαν ἐκ χειρός μου; 20 τίς τῶν θεῶν πάντων τῶν ἐθνῶν τούτων, ὅστις ἐρρύσατο τὴ γῆν αὐτοῦ ἐκ χειρός μου, ὅτι ρύσεται ὁ Θεὸς ῾Ιερουσαλὴμ ἐκ χειρός μου; 21 καὶ ἐσιώπησαν, καὶ οὐδεὶς ἀπεκρίθη αὐτῷ λόγον, διὰ τὸ προστάξαι τὸν βασιλέα μηδένα ἀποκριθῆναι.
22 Καὶ εἰσῆλθεν ῾Ελιακεὶμ ὁ τοῦ Χελκίου οἰκονόμος καὶ Σομνᾶς ὁ γραμματεὺς τῆς δυνάμεως καὶ ᾿Ιωὰχ ὁ τοῦ ᾿Ασὰφ ὁ ὑπομνηματογράφος πρὸς ᾿Εζεκίαν ἐσχισμένοι τοὺς χιτῶνας καὶ ἀνήγγειλαν αὐτῷ τοὺς λόγους Ραψάκου.