Text: At that time Berodachbaladan, the son of Baladan, king of Babylon, sent letters and a present unto Hezekiah: for he had heard that Hezekiah had been sick.Â And Hezekiah hearkened unto them, and shewed them all the house of his precious things, the silver, and the gold, and the spices, and the precious ointment, and all the house of his armour, and all that was found in his treasures: there was nothing in his house, nor in all his dominion, that Hezekiah shewed them not.Â Then came Isaiah the prophet unto king Hezekiah, and said unto him, What said these men? and from whence came they unto thee? And Hezekiah said, They are come from a far country, even from Babylon.Â And he said, What have they seen in thine house? And Hezekiah answered, All the things that are in mine house have they seen: there is nothing among my treasures that I have not shewed them.Â And Isaiah said unto Hezekiah, Hear the word of theÂ Lord.Â Behold, the days come, that all that is in thine house, and that which thy fathers have laid up in store unto this day, shall be carried into Babylon: nothing shall be left, saith theÂ Lord.Â And of thy sons that shall issue from thee, which thou shalt beget, shall they take away; and they shall be eunuchs in the palace of the king of Babylon.Â Then said Hezekiah unto Isaiah, Good is the word of theÂ LordÂ which thou hast spoken. And he said, Is it not good, if peace and truth be in my days? (2 Kings 20:12-19)
Tweet: The wealth and weapons of a nation are endangered when its enemies, who feign to be its friends, are permitted to examine its storehouses and armory.