9 Is not
Calno [Kalneh] as Carchemish [Karkamiysh]?
is not Hamath [Chamath] as Arpad ['Arpad]? is not Samaria [Shomarown]
as Damascus [Dammeseq]? KJV-Interlinear
not Calno like Carchemish, Or Hamath like Arpad, Or Samaria like Damascus? NASB
This is a list of six powerful cities that were conquered by Assyria, and the king of Assyria is making a comparison of each of them, in that they all fell to his invasion. They all were easily conquered. They were all great in their own right, but still could not stand before Assyria. The obvious conclusion in the mind of the Assyrian king is that Assyria was greater than any and all of these great cities.
Calno was a city in the land of Shinar, the city built by Nimrod, called in Gen 10:10, Calneh, and at one time the capital of his empire, and the probable location of the Tower of Babel. Amos 6:2 speaks of the desolation of that city.
Carchemish was a city on the Euphrates, belonging to Assyria. It was taken by Necho, king of Egypt, and re-taken by Nebuchadnezzar in the fourth year of Jehoiachin, king of Judah; 2 Kings 23:29.
Hamath was a city of Syria. It is referred to in Gen 10:18, as the seat of one of the tribes of Canaan. It is mentioned as the northern limit of Canaan, Num 13:21; Josh 13:5; Judg 3:3. The Assyrians took the city about 753 B.C., 2 Kings 17:24.
Arpad is a city not far from Hamath, and is called by the Greeks Epiphania; 2 Kings 18:34.
Samaria is the capital city of Israel, or Ephraim.
Damascus is the capital of Syria;
All of these cities had reputations of greatness of one type or another, and the whole point of this boasting, is that they all succumbed to Assyria, despite their greatness, despite their heritage.
Assyria presumes himself as greater than all of these cities and related nations, greater than all of their kings. That his own princes are greater than their kings, and then of course, the king of Assyria is greater than his own promoted princes as kings, making him the king of kings or kings.
The boasting is beyond arrogant.
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