Isaiah 36:9
New International Version
How then can you repulse one officer of the least of my master’s officials, even though you are depending on Egypt for chariots and horsemen?

New Living Translation
With your tiny army, how can you think of challenging even the weakest contingent of my master’s troops, even with the help of Egypt’s chariots and charioteers?

English Standard Version
How then can you repulse a single captain among the least of my master’s servants, when you trust in Egypt for chariots and for horsemen?

Berean Study Bible
For how can you repel a single officer among the least of my master’s servants when you depend on Egypt for chariots and horsemen?

King James Bible
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?

New King James Version
How then will you repel one captain of the least of my master’s servants, and put your trust in Egypt for chariots and horsemen?

New American Standard Bible
How then can you drive back even one official of the least of my master’s servants and rely on Egypt for chariots and horsemen?

NASB 1995
“How then can you repulse one official of the least of my master’s servants and rely on Egypt for chariots and for horsemen?

NASB 1977
“How then can you repulse one official of the least of my master’s servants, and rely on Egypt for chariots and for horsemen?

Amplified Bible
How then can you repulse [the attack of] a single commander of the least of my master’s servants, and rely on Egypt for chariots and for horsemen?

Christian Standard Bible
How then can you drive back a single officer among the least of my master’s servants? How can you rely on Egypt for chariots and horsemen?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
How then can you drive back a single officer among the weakest of my master’s officers and trust in Egypt for chariots and horsemen?

American Standard Version
How then canst 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?

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And how do you turn away the face of one of the little Servants of my Lord, and you yourself are confident of the Egyptian to give you chariots and horsemen?

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And how can ye then turn to the face of the satraps? They that trust on the Egyptians for horse and rider, are our servants.

Contemporary English Version
How could you even defeat our lowest ranking officer, when you have to depend on Egypt for chariots and cavalry?

Douay-Rheims Bible
And how wilt thou stand against the face of the judge of one place, of the least of my master's servants? But if thou trust in Egypt, in chariots and in horsemen:

English Revised Version
How then canst 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?

Good News Translation
You are no match for even the lowest ranking Assyrian official, and yet you expect the Egyptians to send you chariots and horsemen.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
How can you defeat my master's lowest-ranking officers when you trust Egypt for chariots and horses?

International Standard Version
How, then, can you repulse even one officer from the least of my master's officials, when you are depending for yourselves on Egypt for chariots and horsemen?

JPS Tanakh 1917
How then canst thou turn away the face of one captain, even of the least of my master's servants? yet thou puttest thy trust on Egypt for chariots and for horsemen!

Literal Standard Version
And how do you turn back the face of one captain of the least of the servants of my lord, and trust on Egypt for yourself, for chariot and for horsemen?

NET Bible
Certainly you will not refuse one of my master's minor officials and trust in Egypt for chariots and horsemen.

New Heart English Bible
How then can you turn away the face of one captain of the least of my master's servants, and put your trust on Egypt for chariots and for horsemen?

World English Bible
How then can you turn away the face of one captain of the least of my master's servants, and put your trust on Egypt for chariots and for horsemen?

Young's Literal Translation
And how dost thou turn back the face of one captain of the least of the servants of my lord, and dost trust for thee on Egypt, for chariot and for horsemen?

Additional Translations ...
Context
Sennacherib Threatens Jerusalem
8Now, therefore, make a bargain with my master, the king of Assyria. I will give you two thousand horses—if you can put riders on them! 9For how can you repel a single officer among the least of my master’s servants when you depend on Egypt for chariots and horsemen? 10So now, was it apart from the LORD that I have come up against this land to destroy it? The LORD Himself said to me, ‘Go up against this land and destroy it.’ ”…

Cross References
2 Kings 7:6
For the Lord had caused the Arameans to hear the sound of chariots, horses, and a great army, so that they said to one another, "Look, the king of Israel must have hired the kings of the Hittites and Egyptians to attack us."

Isaiah 20:5
Those who made Cush their hope and Egypt their boast will be dismayed and ashamed.

Isaiah 30:2
They set out to go down to Egypt without asking My advice, to seek shelter under Pharaoh's protection and take refuge in Egypt's shade.

Isaiah 30:7
Egypt's help is futile and empty; therefore I have called her Rahab Who Sits Still.

Isaiah 31:3
But the Egyptians are men, not God; their horses are flesh, not spirit. When the LORD stretches out His hand, the helper will stumble, and the one he helps will fall; both will perish together.

Isaiah 36:8
Now, therefore, make a bargain with my master, the king of Assyria. I will give you two thousand horses--if you can put riders on them!


Treasury of Scripture

How then will you turn away the face of one captain of the least of my master's servants, and put your trust on Egypt for chariots and for horsemen?

the least

Isaiah 10:8
For he saith, Are not my princes altogether kings?

2 Kings 18:24
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 put

Isaiah 36:6
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.

Isaiah 30:16,17
But ye said, No; for we will flee upon horses; therefore shall ye flee: and, We will ride upon the swift; therefore shall they that pursue you be swift…

Deuteronomy 17:16
But he shall not multiply horses to himself, nor cause the people to return to Egypt, to the end that he should multiply horses: forasmuch as the LORD hath said unto you, Ye shall henceforth return no more that way.









Verse 9. - How then wilt thou turn away the face, etc.? i.e. "How wilt thou be able to defeat, and cause to retreat, a single Assyrian captain at the head of his squadron?" And put thy trust on Egypt for chariots and for horsemen; rather, but thou trustest in Egypt for chariots and for horsemen. Consciousness of the weakness, with which Rabshakeh had just reproached them, had led to their application to Egypt for a chariot and a cavalry force. Egypt was well able to furnish both, and had sent a large force of both to the help of Ekron a short time previously ('Eponym Canon,' p. 133, 11. 48-56). That force had, however, suffered defeat at the hands of Sennacherib.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
For how
וְאֵ֣יךְ (wə·’êḵ)
Conjunctive waw | Interjection
Strong's 349: How?, how!, where

can you repel
תָּשִׁ֗יב (tā·šîḇ)
Verb - Hifil - Imperfect - second person masculine singular
Strong's 7725: To turn back, in, to retreat, again

a single
אַחַ֛ד (’a·ḥaḏ)
Number - masculine singular construct
Strong's 259: United, one, first

officer
פַחַ֥ת (p̄a·ḥaṯ)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 6346: A governor

among the weakest
הַקְטַנִּ֑ים (haq·ṭan·nîm)
Article | Adjective - masculine plural
Strong's 6996: Small, young, unimportant

of my master’s
אֲדֹנִ֖י (’ă·ḏō·nî)
Noun - masculine singular construct | first person common singular
Strong's 113: Sovereign, controller

servants
עַבְדֵ֥י (‘aḇ·ḏê)
Noun - masculine plural construct
Strong's 5650: Slave, servant

when you depend
וַתִּבְטַ֤ח (wat·tiḇ·ṭaḥ)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - second person masculine singular
Strong's 982: To trust, be confident, sure

on
עַל־ (‘al-)
Preposition
Strong's 5921: Above, over, upon, against

Egypt
מִצְרַ֔יִם (miṣ·ra·yim)
Noun - proper - feminine singular
Strong's 4714: Egypt -- a son of Ham, also his descendants and their country in Northwest Africa

for chariots
לְרֶ֖כֶב (lə·re·ḵeḇ)
Preposition-l | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 7393: A vehicle, a team, cavalry, a rider, the upper millstone

and horsemen?
וּלְפָרָשִֽׁים׃ (ū·lə·p̄ā·rā·šîm)
Conjunctive waw, Preposition-l | Noun - masculine plural
Strong's 6571: A steed, a driver, cavalry


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