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Hezekiah’s Illness and Recovery

1 aIn those days Hezekiah became Imortally ill. And Isaiah the prophet the son of Amoz came to him and said to him, “Thus says the LORD, ‘bSet your house in order, for you shall die and not live.’” 2 Then he turned his face to the wall and prayed to the LORD, saying, 3aRemember now, O LORD, I beseech You, bhow I have walked before You in truth and with a whole heart and have done what is good in Your sight.” And cHezekiah wept Ibitterly. 4 Before Isaiah had gone out of the middle court, the word of the LORD came to him, saying, 5 “Return and say to aHezekiah the leader of My people, ‘Thus says the LORD, the God of your father David, “bI have heard your prayer, cI have seen your tears; behold, I will heal you. On the third day you shall go up to the house of the LORD. 6 I will add fifteen years to your Ilife, and I will deliver you and this city from the hand of the king of Assyria; and aI will defend this city for My own sake and for My servant David’s sake.”’” 7 Then Isaiah said, “Take a cake of figs.” And they took and laid [it] on the boil, and he recovered.

[1] ILit sick to the point of death a2Ch 32:24; Is 38:1-22 b2S 17:23
[3] ILit great weeping aNe 5:19; 13:14, 22, 31 b2K 18:3-6 c2S 12:21, 22
[5] a1S 9:16; 10:1 b2K 19:20 cPs 39:12
[6] ILit days a2K 19:34

8 ¶ Now Hezekiah said to Isaiah, “What will be the sign that the LORD will heal me, and that I shall go up to the house of the LORD the third day?” 9 Isaiah said, “aThis shall be the sign to you from the LORD, that the LORD will do the thing that He has spoken: shall the shadow go forward ten steps or go back ten steps?” 10 So Hezekiah Ianswered, “It is easy for the shadow to decline ten steps; no, but let the shadow turn backward ten steps.” 11 Isaiah the prophet cried to the LORD, and aHe brought the shadow on the Istairway back ten steps by which it had gone down on the Istairway of Ahaz.

[9] aIs 38:7
[10] ILit said
[11] ILit steps aJsh 10:12-14; Is 38:8

Hezekiah Shows Babylon His Treasures

12aAt that time IBerodach-baladan a son of Baladan, king of Babylon, sent letters and a present to Hezekiah, for he heard that Hezekiah had been sick. 13 Hezekiah listened to them, and showed them aall his treasure house, the silver and the gold and the spices and the precious oil and the house of his armor and all that was found in his treasuries. There was nothing in his house nor in all his dominion that Hezekiah did not show them. 14 Then Isaiah the prophet came to King Hezekiah and said to him, “What did these men say, and from where have they come to you?” And Hezekiah said, “They have come from a far country, from Babylon.” 15 He said, “What have they seen in your house?” So Hezekiah Ianswered, “They have seen all that is in my house; there is nothing among my treasuries that I have not shown them.”

[12] IMany mss and ancient versions read Merodach-baladan; cf Is 39:1 a2Ch 32:31; Is 39:1-8
[13] a2Ch 32:27
[15] ILit said

16 ¶ Then Isaiah said to Hezekiah, “Hear the word of the LORD. 17 ‘Behold, the days are coming when aall that is in your house, and all that your fathers have laid up in store to this day will be carried to Babylon; nothing shall be left,’ says the LORD. 18 ‘Some aof your sons who shall issue from you, whom you will beget, will be taken away; and they will become bofficials in the palace of the king of Babylon.’” 19 Then Hezekiah said to Isaiah, “The word of the LORD which you have spoken is agood.” For he Ithought, “Is it not so, if there will be peace and truth in my days?”

[17] a2K 24:13; 25:13-15; 2Ch 36:10; Jr 52:17-19
[18] a2K 24:12; 2Ch 33:11 bDn 1:3-7
[19] ILit said a1S 3:18

20aNow the rest of the acts of Hezekiah and all his might, and how he bmade the pool and the conduit and brought water into the city, are they not written in the Book of the Chronicles of the Kings of Judah? 21 aSo Hezekiah slept with his fathers, and Manasseh his son became king in his place.

[20] a2Ch 32:32 bNe 3:16
[21] a2Ch 32:33


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Hezekiah, having received a message of death, by prayer hath his life lengthened.

1 ¶ In those days was Hezekiah sick unto death. And the prophet Isaiah the son of Amoz came to him, and said unto him, Thus saith the LORD, Set thine house in order; for thou shalt die, and not live. 2 Then he turned his face to the wall, and prayed unto the LORD, saying, 3 I beseech thee, O LORD, remember now how I have walked before thee in truth and with a perfect heart, and have done [that which is] good in thy sight. And Hezekiah wept sore. 4 And it came to pass, afore Isaiah was gone out into the middle court, that the word of the LORD came to him, saying, 5 Turn again, and tell Hezekiah the captain of my people, Thus saith the LORD, the God of David thy father, I have heard thy prayer, I have seen thy tears: behold, I will heal thee: on the third day thou shalt go up unto the house of the LORD. 6 And I will add unto thy days fifteen years; and I will deliver thee and this city out of the hand of the king of Assyria; and I will defend this city for mine own sake, and for my servant David's sake. 7 And Isaiah said, Take a lump of figs. And they took and laid [it] on the boil, and he recovered.

[1] 2S 17:23; 2K 19:2, 20; 2Ch 32:24; Is 38:1; Jr 18:7; Jna 3:4; Jn 11:1; Php 2:27, 30.
[2] 1K 8:30; Ps 50:15; Is 38:2; Mt 6:6.
[3] Gn 5:22, 24; 8:1; 17:1; 2S 12:21; 1K 2:4; 3:6; 8:61; 11:4; 15:14; 2K 18:3; 2Ch 16:9; 31:20; Ne 5:19; 13:14, 22, 31; Jb 1:1, 8; Ps 6:6; 25:7; 32:2; 89:47, 50; 102:9; 119:49; 145:18; Is 38:14; 63:11; Jr 4:2; Lk 1:6; Jn 1:47; 2Co 1:12; He 5:7; 1Jn 3:21.
[4] 1K 7:8; 2K 22:14.
[5] Ex 15:26; Dt 32:39; Jsh 5:14; 1S 9:16; 10:1; 2S 5:2; 7:3; 2K 19:20; 20:7, 8; 1Ch 17:2; 2Ch 13:12; 34:3; Jb 33:19; Ps 39:12; 56:8; 65:2; 66:13, 19; 116:12; 118:17; 126:5; 147:3; Is 38:5, 22; 55:3; Mt 22:32; Lk 1:13; Jn 5:14; He 2:10; Jm 5:14; Rv 7:17.
[6] 2K 19:34; 2Ch 32:22; Ps 116:15; Is 10:24; Ac 27:24.
[7] 2K 2:20; 4:41; Jb 2:7; Is 38:21.

The sun goeth ten degrees backward for a sign of that promise.

8 ¶ And Hezekiah said unto Isaiah, What [shall be] the sign that the LORD will heal me, and that I shall go up into the house of the LORD the third day? 9 And Isaiah said, This sign shalt thou have of the LORD, that the LORD will do the thing that he hath spoken: shall the shadow go forward ten degrees, or go back ten degrees? 10 And Hezekiah answered, It is a light thing for the shadow to go down ten degrees: nay, but let the shadow return backward ten degrees. 11 And Isaiah the prophet cried unto the LORD: and he brought the shadow ten degrees backward, by which it had gone down in the dial of Ahaz.

[8] Jg 6:17, 37; 2K 19:29; 20:5; Is 7:11, 14; 38:22; Ho 6:2.
[9] Is 38:7; Mt 16:1; Mk 8:11; Lk 11:29.
[10] 2K 2:10; 3:18; Is 49:6; Mk 9:28; Jn 14:12.
[11] Ex 14:15; Jsh 10:12; 1K 17:20; 18:36; 2Ch 32:24, 31; Is 38:8; Ac 9:40.

Berodach-baladan, sending to visit Hezekiah because of the wonder, hath notice of his treasures.

12 ¶ 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. 13 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.

[12] Gn 10:10; 11:9; 2S 8:10; 10:2; 2Ch 32:31; Is 13:1, 19; 14:4; 39:1.
[13] 1K 10:2, 10, 15, 25; 2Ch 32:25, 27; Pv 23:5; Ec 7:20; Is 39:2.

Isaiah understanding thereof foretelleth the Babylonian captivity.

14 ¶ 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. 15 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. 16 And Isaiah said unto Hezekiah, Hear the word of the LORD. 17 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 the LORD. 18 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. 19 Then said Hezekiah unto Isaiah, Good [is] the word of the LORD which thou hast spoken. And he said, [Is it] not [good], if peace and truth be in my days?

[14] Dt 28:49; Jsh 9:6, 9; 2S 12:7; 2K 5:25; 2Ch 16:7; 25:7, 15; Ps 141:5; Pv 25:12; Is 13:5; 39:3; Jr 26:18; Am 7:12; Mk 6:18.
[15] Jsh 7:19; 2K 20:13; Jb 31:33; Pv 28:13; 1Jn 1:8.
[16] 1K 22:19; 2K 7:1; Is 1:10; Am 7:16.
[17] Lv 26:19; 2K 24:13; 25:13; 2Ch 36:10, 18; Jr 27:21; 52:17.
[18] 2K 24:12; 25:6; 2Ch 33:11; Dn 1:3.
[19] Lv 10:3; 1S 3:18; Es 9:30; Jb 1:21; Ps 39:9; Jr 33:6; Lm 3:22, 39; Zc 8:19; Lk 2:10, 14.

Manasseh succeedeth Hezekiah.

20 ¶ And the rest of the acts of Hezekiah, and all his might, and how he made a pool, and a conduit, and brought water into the city, [are] they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Judah? 21 And Hezekiah slept with his fathers: and Manasseh his son reigned in his stead.

[20] 1K 14:19; 15:7, 23; 2K 8:23; 15:6, 26; 16:19; 2Ch 32:4, 30, 32; Ne 3:16; Is 22:9.
[21] 1K 2:10; 11:43; 14:31; 2K 21:1, 18; 2Ch 26:23; 32:33.


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