2 Kings 19:24
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English Standard Version
I dug wells and drank foreign waters, and I dried up with the sole of my foot all the streams of Egypt.’

King James Bible
I have digged and drunk strange waters, and with the sole of my feet have I dried up all the rivers of besieged places.

American Standard Version
I have digged and drunk strange waters, and with the sole of my feet will I dry up all the rivers of Egypt.

Douay-Rheims Bible
I have cut down, and I have drunk strange waters, and have dried up with the soles of my feet all the shut up waters.

English Revised Version
I have digged and drunk strange waters, and with the sole of my feet will I dry up all the rivers of Egypt.

Webster's Bible Translation
I have digged and drank strange waters, and with the sole of my feet have I dried up all the rivers of besieged places.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

After the challenge, to observe the blasphemies of Sennacherib, Hezekiah mentions the fact that the Assyrians have really devastated all lands, and therefore that it is not without ground that they boast of their mighty power; but he finds the explanation of this in the impotence and nothingness of the gods of the heathen. אמנם, truly, indeed - the kings of Asshur have devastated the nations and their land. Instead of this we find in Isaiah: "they have devastated all lands and their (own) land" - which is evidently the more difficult and also the more original reading, and has been altered in our account, because the thought that the Assyrians had devastated their own land by making war upon other lands, that is to say, had depopulated it and thereby laid it waste, was not easy to understand. "And have cast their gods into the fire, for they are not gods, but works of human hands, wood and stone, and have thus destroyed them." Hezekiah does not mention this as a sign of the recklessness of the Assyrians (Knobel), but, because Sennacherib had boasted that the gods of no nation had been able to resist him (vv. 12, 13), to put this fact in the right light, and attach thereto the prayer that Jehovah, by granting deliverance, would make known to all the kingdoms of the earth that He alone was God. Instead of ונתנוּ we have in Isaiah ונתון, the inf. absol.; in this connection the more difficult and more genuine reading. This also applies to the omission of אלהים (2 Kings 19:19) in Isaiah 37:20, since the use of Jehovah as a predicate, "that Thou alone art Jehovah," is very rare, and has therefore been misunderstood even by Gesenius. By the introduction of Elohim, the thought "that Thou Jehovah art God alone" is simplified.

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I have digged, etc. I have conquered strange countries, and marched through the driest places, in which I have digged wells for my army.

with the sole. My infantry have been so numerous, that they alone have been sufficient to dry up all the rivers of besieged places, either by drinking them, or by diverting their course into other channels.

Exodus 15:9 The enemy said, I will pursue, I will overtake, I will divide the spoil; my lust shall be satisfied on them; I will draw my sword...

2 Samuel 17:13 Moreover, if he be gotten into a city, then shall all Israel bring ropes to that city, and we will draw it into the river...

1 Kings 20:10 And Benhadad sent to him, and said, The gods do so to me, and more also...

Daniel 4:30 The king spoke, and said, Is not this great Babylon, that I have built for the house of the kingdom by the might of my power...

besieged places. or, fenced places.

Cross References
Genesis 26:15
(Now the Philistines had stopped and filled with earth all the wells that his father's servants had dug in the days of Abraham his father.)

Isaiah 19:6
and its canals will become foul, and the branches of Egypt's Nile will diminish and dry up, reeds and rushes will rot away.

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