36:5 Your claim to have a strategy and military strength is just empty talk. 1 In whom are you trusting, that you would dare to rebel against me?
37:9 The king 2 heard that King Tirhakah of Ethiopia 3 was marching out to fight him. 4 He again sent 5 messengers to Hezekiah, ordering them:
37:20 Now, O Lord our God, rescue us from his power, so all the kingdoms of the earth may know that you alone are the Lord.” 6
1 tn Heb “you say only a word of lips, counsel and might for battle.” Sennacherib’s message appears to be in broken Hebrew at this point. The phrase “word of lips” refers to mere or empty talk in Prov 14:23.
2 tn Heb “he”; the referent (the king) has been specified in the translation for clarity.
3 tn Heb “Cush” (so NASB); NIV, NCV “the Cushite king of Egypt.”
4 tn Heb “heard concerning Tirhakah king of Cush, ‘He has come out to fight with you.’”