15:19 Pul 1 king of Assyria invaded the land, and Menahem paid 2 him 3 a thousand talents 4 of silver to gain his support 5 and to solidify his control of the kingdom. 6
2 Kings 15:29Context
15:29 During Pekah’s reign over Israel, King Tiglath-pileser of Assyria came and captured Ijon, Abel Beth Maacah, Janoah, Kedesh, Hazor, 7 Gilead, and Galilee, including all the territory of Naphtali. He deported the people 8 to Assyria.
2 tn Heb “gave.”
3 tn Heb “Pul.” The proper name has been replaced by the pronoun (“him”) in the translation for stylistic reasons.
4 tn The Hebrew term כִּכָּר (kikkar, “circle”) refers generally to something that is round. When used of metals it can refer to a disk-shaped weight made of the metal or to a standard unit of weight, generally regarded as a talent. Since the accepted weight for a talent of metal is about 75 pounds, this would have amounted to about 75,000 pounds of silver (cf. NCV “about seventy-four thousand pounds”); NLT “thirty-seven tons”; CEV “over thirty tons”; TEV “34,000 kilogrammes.”
5 tn Heb “so his hands would be with him.”
6 tn Heb “to keep hold of the kingdom in his hand.”
8 tn Heb “them.”