Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
Then said Eliakim the son of Hilkiah, and Shebna, and Joah, unto Rabshakeh, Speak, I pray thee, to thy servants in the Syrian language; for we understand it: and talk not with us in the Jews' language in the ears of the people that are on the wall.
In the syrian language
During the time of King Artaxerxes of Persia,
Bishlam, Mithredath, Tabeel and the rest of his colleagues wrote to King Artaxerxes. The letter was written in Aramaic and translated.
Then Eliakim, Shebna, and Joah said to the Rabshakeh, “Please speak to your servants in Aramaic,
since we understand it. Don’t speak to us in Hebrew within earshot of the people who are on the wall.”
The Chaldeans spoke to the king (Aramaic
begins here): “May the king live forever. Tell your servants the dream, and we will give the interpretation.”
But they kept silent; they didn’t say anything, for the king’s command was, “Don’t answer him.”