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Then Eliakim the son of Hilkiah, and Shebnah and Joah said to Rabshakeh, “Please speak to your servants in Aramaic, for we understand it, and do not speak with us in the language of the Judeans within the hearing of the people who are on the wall.” Bible

“Please speak to your servants in Aramaic, for we understand it.” The difference between the imperial Aramaic spoken in Assyria and the Hebrew language spoken in Judea was great enough that the average Judean could not understand the Aramaic spoken by the Assyrians.


Commentary for: 2 Kings 18:26