tender youth, "treasurer" over the house in the reign of Hezekiah, i.e., comptroller or governor of the palace. On account of his pride he was ejected from his office, and Eliakim was promoted to it (Isa. 22:15-25). He appears to have been the leader of the party who favoured an alliance with Egypt against Assyria. It is conjectured that "Shebna the scribe," who was one of those whom the king sent to confer with the Assyrian ambassador (2 Kings 18:18, 26, 37; 19:2; Isa. 36:3, 11, 22; 37:2), was a different person.
In Hezekiah's time, the superintendent shebna behaved as though he were the possessor of the throne and of sovereign power.
Then there was the Egyptian party, headed probably by the powerful shebna, the chancellor.
Eliakim, the son of Hilkiah, follows shebna, the son of Nobody.
Knox spoke of them in his sermon as Judas, shebna, and some other scriptural malignants.
Although his lineage was a distinguished one, he was living in needy circumstances, and was supported by his rich brother, shebna.
The rebellion of shebna and following events, which almost destroyed the empire.
Hezekiah was perhaps glad that shebna and his ministers relieved him of the trouble of deciding.
shebna, the lieutenant and inspector of the palace, appears to have been the moving spirit in all these arrangements.