19:9 The king 1 heard that King Tirhakah of Ethiopia was marching out to fight him. 2 He again sent messengers to Hezekiah, ordering them:
2 Kings 19:14Context
1 tn Heb “he”; the referent (the king) has been specified in the translation for clarity.
2 tn Heb “heard concerning Tirhakah king of Cush, ‘Look, he has come out to fight with you.’”
3 tc The MT has the plural, “letters,” but the final mem is probably dittographic (note the initial mem on the form that immediately follows). Some Greek and Aramaic witnesses have the singular.
4 tc The MT has the plural suffix, “them,” but this probably reflects a later harmonization to the preceding textual corruption (of “letter” to “letters”). The parallel passage in Isa 37:14 has the singular suffix.