18:14 King Hezekiah of Judah sent this message to the king of Assyria, who was at Lachish, “I have violated our treaty. 1 If you leave, I will do whatever you demand.” 2 So the king of Assyria demanded that King Hezekiah of Judah pay three hundred talents 3 of silver and thirty talents of gold.
2 Kings 18:17Context
18:17 The king of Assyria sent his commanding general, the chief eunuch, and the chief adviser 4 from Lachish to King Hezekiah in Jerusalem, 5 along with a large army. They went up and arrived at Jerusalem. They went 6 and stood at the conduit of the upper pool which is located on the road to the field where they wash and dry cloth. 7
1 tn Or “I have done wrong.”
2 tn Heb “Return from upon me; what you place upon me, I will carry.”
3 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 22,500 pounds of silver and 2,250 pounds of gold.
4 sn For a discussion of these titles see M. Cogan and H. Tadmor, II Kings (AB), 229-30.
6 tn Heb “and they went up and came.”
7 tn Heb “the field of the washer.”