19:21 This is what the Lord says about him: 1
“The virgin daughter Zion 2
despises you, she makes fun of you;
shakes her head after you. 3
2 Kings 19:31-34Context
19:31 For a remnant will leave Jerusalem;
survivors will come out of Mount Zion.
19:32 So this is what the Lord says about the king of Assyria:
“He will not enter this city,
nor will he shoot an arrow here. 6
He will not attack it with his shield-carrying warriors, 7
nor will he build siege works against it.
19:33 He will go back the way he came.
He will not enter this city,” says the Lord.
1 tn Heb “this is the word which the
2 sn Zion (Jerusalem) is pictured here as a young, vulnerable daughter whose purity is being threatened by the would-be Assyrian rapist. The personification hints at the reality which the young girls of the city would face if the Assyrians conquer it.
3 sn Shaking the head was a mocking gesture of derision.
4 tn Traditionally “the
5 tn Heb “the zeal of the
6 tn Heb “there.”
7 tn Heb “[with] a shield.” By metonymy the “shield” stands for the soldier who carries it.
8 tn Heb “for my sake and for the sake of David my servant.”