Understanding the Scriptures
|Clave (v. 6)||Stayed very close|
|Return (v. 14)||Turn back|
|Appointed (v. 14)||Taxed|
|Conduit (v. 17)||Small channel that carries water|
|Vain words (v. 20)||Words that have no value and will not come to pass|
|Pledges (v. 23)||Money paid for protection|
|Cistern (v. 31)||Place for collecting water|
2 Kings 18:26—Speak “in the Syrian Language”
The Assyrians were speaking in Hebrew outside the walls of Jerusalem so that all inside would understand their message. The Jewish men on the wall asked the Assyrians to speak in Syrian. They did not want many people to understand the frightening message of a group of very confident soldiers in what, at the time, was the most powerful army in the world.
|Rent (v. 1)||Tore|
|Sackcloth (vv. 1–2)||Dark-colored clothing made from a goat hide and worn as a cloak in times of mourning|
|Rebuke (v. 3)||Punishment|
|Blasphemy, blasphemed (vv. 3, 22)||Express great disrespect for God|
|Reproach (vv. 4, 16, 22–23)||Ridicule, speak disrespectfully|
|Reprove (v. 4)||Correct|
|Remnant (vv. 4, 30–31)||Part left over, the remainder|
|Blast (v. 7)||Thought|
|Which dwellest between the cherubims (v. 15)||Reference to the ark of the covenant in the Holy of Holies of the temple, symbolizing the place where God dwells|
|Despised (v. 21)||Disliked|
|Laughed thee to scorn (v. 21)||Mocks you|
|Lodgings of his borders (v. 23)||Furthest boundary|
|Dismayed (v. 26)||Fearful|
|Confounded (v. 26)||Put to shame|
|Blasted (v. 26)||Destroyed|
|Rage (vv. 27–28)||Anger|
|Tumult (v. 28)||Pride|
|Zeal (v. 31)||Strong feelings|
|Bank (v. 32)||Mound of dirt that allows an enemy to come over the wall|
Studying the Scriptures
Do two of the following activities (A–C) as you study 2 Kings 18–19.
In Your Own Words
Summarize the story found in 2 Kings 18–19 by writing in your own words:
What Rab-shakeh said to Hezekiah’s servants (see 2 Kings 18:19–35).
Hezekiah’s reaction to the Rab-shakeh’s words (see 2 Kings 19:1–5).
Isaiah’s message to Hezekiah (see 2 Kings 19:6–7).
What Isaiah said to Hezekiah in response to Hezekiah’s prayer (see 2 Kings 19:20–34).
What happened to the Assyrians (see 2 Kings 19:35–37).
How Does It Happen Today?
What lesson could modern-day Israelites learn from the story in 2 Kings 18–19? As you write, consider the following questions: In what ways do you feel like you are in the position of Hezekiah and the people of Jerusalem? Does it take faith to believe that some of the things the prophets tell us will actually come to pass? How does the story of Hezekiah in these two chapters relate to Ether 12:6?
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