chief of the princes, the name given to the chief cup-bearer or the vizier of the Assyrian court; one of Sennacherib's messengers to Hezekiah. See the speech he delivered, in the Hebrew language, in the hearing of all the people, as he stood near the wall on the north side of the city (2 Kings 18:17-37). He and the other envoys returned to their master and reported that Hezekiah and his people were obdurate, and would not submit.
In all the Bible there is not a personage more clever than this rabshakeh, nor more typical.
This was to be an occasion for the rabshakeh's own glorification.
Rabsak perhaps means chief officer or vizier, and is Hebraised into rabshakeh.
And rabshakeh turned back, and found the king of Assyria warring before Libnah.
Much crestfallen at the total and unexpected failure of the embassy, and of his own heart-shaking appeals, the rabshakeh returned.
Remember also what rabshakeh said to Hezekiah, 'On whom dost thou trust that thou rebellest?'
The baffled rabshakeh returned to his master, whom he found at Libnah, for he had heard that he had broken up from Lachish.