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2 Kings 18:26


18:26 Eliakim son of Hilkiah, Shebna, and Joah said to the chief adviser, “Speak to your servants in Aramaic, 1  for we understand it. Don’t speak with us in the Judahite dialect 2  in the hearing of the people who are on the wall.”

2 Kings 18:28


18:28 The chief adviser then stood there and called out loudly in the Judahite dialect, 3  “Listen to the message of the great king, the king of Assyria.

1 sn Aramaic was the diplomatic language of the empire.

2 tn Or “Hebrew.”

3 tn The Hebrew text also has, “and he spoke and said.”

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