So Rabshakeh returned, and found the king of Assyria warring against Libnah: for he had heard that he was departed from Lachish. And he heard say concerning Tirhakah king of Ethiopia, He is come forth to make war with thee. And when he heard it, he sent messengers to Hezekiah, saying, Thus shall ye speak to Hezekiah king of Judah, saying, Let not thy God, in whom thou trustest, deceive thee, saying, Jerusalem shall not be given into the hand of the king of Assyria. Behold, thou hast heard what the kings of Assyria have done to all lands by destroying them utterly; and shalt thou be delivered? Have the gods of the nations delivered them which my fathers have destroyed, as Gozan, and Haran, and Rezeph, and the children of Eden which were in Telassar? Where is the king of Hamath, and the king of Arphad, and the king of the city of Sepharvaim, Hena, and Ivah?
When Rabshakeh left Jerusalem to rejoin Sennacherib, he found that the latter had redirected his fighting from Lachish to Libnah. Another part of the army was besieging Jerusalem. Then, frustrated by a rumor that Tirhakah, an Ethiopian ruling in Egypt, had set out to attack him, Sennacherib sent messengers to Hezekiah with a blasphemous letter, similar to the diatribe that Rabshakeh had delivered. He cited the folly of trusting in Jehovah by recounting the historic victories of the kings of Assyria.