“And inasmuch as my lord sent to me concerning the matter of Bet Harapid, there is no one there. And as for Semakyahu, Semayahu took him and brought him up to the city. And your servant is not sending him there any[more -], but when morning comes round [-]. And may (my lord) be apprised that we are watching for the fire signals of Lachish according to all the signs which my lord has given, because we cannot see Azeqah.

Lachish Letter #4 found at Lachish describing the fall of Azeqah which was, apart from Lachish itself, the last fortress protecting Jerusalem from the Assyrian onslaught