And Rabshakeh said unto them, Say ye now to Hezekiah, Thus saith the great king, the king of Assyria, What confidence is this wherein thou trustest? I say, sayest thou, (but they are but vain words) I have counsel and strength for war: now on whom dost thou trust, that thou rebellest against me? Lo, thou trustest in the staff of this broken reed, on Egypt; whereon if a man lean, it will go into his hand, and pierce it: so is Pharaoh king of Egypt to all that trust in him. But if thou say to me, We trust in the LORD our God: is it not he, whose high places and whose altars Hezekiah hath taken away, and said to Judah and to Jerusalem, Ye shall worship before this altar? Now therefore give pledges, I pray thee, to my master the king of Assyria, and I will give thee two thousand horses, if thou be able on thy part to set riders upon them. How then wilt thou turn away the face of one captain of the least of my master’s servants, and put thy trust on Egypt for chariots and for horsemen? And am I now come up without the LORD against this land to destroy it? the LORD said unto me, Go up against this land, and destroy it.
Rabshakeh warned Hezekiah’s delegates that it was a folly to trust in promises from Egypt because that base kingdom will wound anyone who leans on it. To any claim that they were trusting in Jehovah, he said that Hezekiah had removed the high places and altars of Jehovah. This was either ignorance or deliberate misrepresentation, as Hezekiah had removed the high places of the idols and strengthened the worship of Jehovah at the temple. Rabshakeh further taunted that the King of Judah couldn’t provide enough riders if Sennacherib were to donate two thousand horses. He was making the statement that since Judah is so undermanned, they did not have anything whatsoever to defeat the Assyrians, even if Egypt helped. Finally, he falsely claimed that the LORD had commanded the Assyrians to destroy Judah.