The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire BibleIsaiah 37:9
And he heard say concerning Tirhakah king of Ethiopia…
Rabshakeh, but the king of Assyria heard a rumour of this Ethiopian
king coming out to war against him: his name, in Josephus F23, is
Tharsices; in the Septuagint version it is Tharaca; and by Africanus
F24 he is called Taracus; and is the same, who, by Strabo F25, out of
Megasthenes, is named Tearcon the Ethiopian: the Ethiopia of which he
was king was either the upper Ethiopia or that beyond Egypt; to which
agrees the Arabic version, which calls him Tharatha king of the
Abyssines; but others take it for Cush, or rather Ethiopia in the land
of Midian, or Arabia, as Bochart; which lay nearer to Judea than the
other Ethiopia. Now the report that was brought to the king of Assyria
of him was,
he is come forth to make war with thee;
not by assisting the Egyptians,
as Josephus, but rather the Jews; or by making an irruption into the
king of Assyria's country in his absence: this some think to be the
rumour predicted, (Isaiah 37:7)
and when he heard it, he sent messengers to Hezekiah;
letters, to frighten him into an immediate surrender of the city, that
he might withdraw his army, and meet the king of Ethiopia with the
greater force; and the rather he dispatched these messengers in all
haste to Hezekiah, that his letters might reach him before he had
knowledge of the king of Ethiopia, asking a diversion in his favour,
which would encourage him to hold out the siege the longer: saying; as
F23 Antiqu. l. 10. c. 1. sect. 4.
F24 Apud Euseb. Chron.
F25 Geograph. l. 15. p. 472.
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Gill, John. "Commentary on Isaiah 37:9". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". <http://classic.studylight.org/com/geb/view.cgi?book=isa&chapter=037&verse=009>. 1999.