30:6 Messengers 1 delivered the letters from the king and his officials throughout Israel and Judah.
This royal edict read: 2 “O Israelites, return to the Lord God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, so he may return 3 to you who have been spared from the kings of Assyria. 4 30:7 Don’t be like your fathers and brothers who were unfaithful to the Lord God of their ancestors, 5 provoking him to destroy them, 6 as you can see.
1 tn Heb “the runners.”
2 tn Heb “and according to the command of the king, saying.”
3 tn The jussive with vav conjunctive indicates purpose/result after the preceding imperative.
4 tn Heb “to the survivors who are left to you from the palm of the kings of Assyria.”
6 tn Heb “and he made them a devastation” (or, perhaps, “an object of horror”).