2 Chronicles 32:9-15

Sennacherib tells Hezekiah that Hezekiah cannot win a fight with him

9 Sennacherib, the king of Assyria and all his army were waiting round Lachish to attack it. Then he sent a message to Judah's King Hezekiah and to all Judah's people with him in Jerusalem. This is what it said:

32:9Lachish was a town about 25 miles (40 kilometres) to the south and west of Jerusalem.

10 ‘Sennacherib, king of Assyria says this to you: “You are sitting in Jerusalem and there are soldiers everywhere round you. But I do not know what you are trusting. 11 Hezekiah is saying that the Lord your God will save you from the king of Assyria. But it is not true. You will die because you will have no food or water. And he knows that. 12 Remember that Hezekiah himself removed this god's high places for worship and his altars. He told you people in Judah and Jerusalem that you should worship in front of one altar only. And he said that you should burn oils with sweet smells on that altar only.

13 You know what my ancestors and I have done to all the people in other countries. Their gods were never able to save their country from me. 14 None of the gods of the nations that my ancestors completely destroyed was able to save his people from them. So I do not know how your god can save you from me. 15 So now do not let Hezekiah cause you to believe things that are not true. Do not let him change your thoughts. Do not believe him. No god of any nation or kingdom has been able to save his people from me or from my ancestors. So your god certainly will not save you from me!” ’