NASB — Isaiah 38 — KJV

Hezekiah Healed

1 aIn those days Hezekiah became Imortally ill. And bIsaiah the prophet the son of Amoz came to him and said to him, “Thus says the LORD, ‘cSet your house in order, for you shall die and not live.’” 2 Then Hezekiah turned his face to the wall and prayed to the LORD, 3 and said, “aRemember now, O LORD, I beseech You, how I have bwalked before You in truth and with a cwhole heart, and dhave done what is good in Your sight.” And Hezekiah ewept Ibitterly.

[1] ILit sick to the point of death a2K 20:1-6, 9-11; 2Ch 32:24; Is 38:1-8 bIs 1:1; 37:2 c2S 17:23
[3] ILit great weeping aNe 13:14 b2K 18:5, 6; Ps 26:3 c1Ch 28:9; 29:19 dDt 6:18 ePs 6:6-8

4 ¶ Then the word of the LORD came to Isaiah, saying, 5 “Go and say to Hezekiah, ‘Thus says the LORD, the God of your father David, “I have heard your prayer, I have seen your tears; behold, I will add afifteen years to your Ilife. 6 I will adeliver you and this city from the hand of the king of Assyria; and I will defend this city.”’

[5] ILit days a2K 18:2, 13
[6] aIs 31:5; 37:35

7 ¶ “This shall be the asign to you from the LORD, that the LORD will do this thing that He has spoken: 8 Behold, I will acause the shadow on the stairway, which has gone down with the sun on the stairway of Ahaz, to go back ten steps.” So the bsun’s [shadow] went back ten steps on the stairway on which it had gone down.

[7] aJg 6:17, 21, 36-40; Is 7:11, 14; 37:30
[8] a2K 20:9-11 bJsh 10:12-14

9 ¶ A writing of Hezekiah king of Judah after his illness and Irecovery:
  10 I said, “aIn the middle of my Ilife
  I am to enter the bgates of Sheol;
  I am to be cdeprived of the rest of my years.”
  11 I said, “I will not see the LORD,
  The LORD ain the land of the living;
  I will look on man no more among the inhabitants of the world.
  12 “Like a shepherd’s atent my dwelling is pulled up and removed from me;
  As a bweaver I crolled up my life.
  He dcuts me off from the loom;
  From eday until night You make an end of me.
  13 “I composed [my soul] until morning.
  aLike a lion—so He bbreaks all my bones,
  From cday until night You make an end of me.
  14aLike a swallow, [like] a crane, so I twitter;
  I bmoan like a dove;
  My ceyes look wistfully to the heights;
  O Lord, I am oppressed, be my dsecurity.

[9] ILit he lived after his illness
[10] ILit days aPs 102:24 bPs 107:18 cJb 17:11, 15; 2Co 1:9
[11] aPs 27:13; 116:9
[12] a2Co 5:1, 4; 2P 1:13, 14 bJb 7:6 cHe 1:12 dJb 6:9 eJb 4:20; Ps 73:14
[13] aJb 10:16 bPs 51:8; Dn 6:24 cPs 32:4
[14] aJb 30:29; Ps 102:6 bIs 59:11; Ezk 7:16; Na 2:7 cPs 119:123 dJb 17:3; Ps 119:122

  15 ¶ “aWhat shall I say?
  IFor He has spoken to me, and He Himself has done it;
  I will bwander about all my years because of the cbitterness of my soul.
  16 “O Lord, aby [these] things [men] live,
  And in all these is the life of my spirit;
  IbO restore me to health and clet me live!
  17 “Lo, for [my own] welfare I had great bitterness;
  It is You who has Iakept my soul from the pit of IInothingness,
  For You have bcast all my sins behind Your back.
  18 “For aSheol cannot thank You,
  Death cannot praise You;
  Those who go down bto the pit cannot hope for Your faithfulness.
  19 “It is the aliving who give thanks to You, as I do today;
  A bfather tells his sons about Your faithfulness.
  20 “The LORD will surely save me;
  So we will aplay my songs on stringed instruments
  bAll [the] days of our life cat the house of the LORD.”

[15] ITargum and DSS read And what shall I say for He aPs 39:9 b1K 21:27 cJb 7:11; 10:1; Is 38:17
[16] ILit You will aPs 119:71, 75 bPs 39:13 cPs 119:25
[17] ISo some versions; Heb loved IIOr destruction aPs 30:3; 86:13; Jna 2:6 bIs 43:25; Jr 31:34; Mi 7:19
[18] aPs 6:5; 30:9; 88:11; Ec 9:10 bNu 16:33; Ps 28:1
[19] aPs 118:17; 119:175 bDt 6:7; 11:19; Ps 78:5-7
[20] aPs 33:1-3; 68:24-26 bPs 104:33; 116:2; 146:2 cPs 116:17-19

21 ¶ Now aIsaiah had said, “Let them take a cake of figs and apply it to the boil, that he may recover.” 22 Then Hezekiah had said, “What is the asign that I shall go up to the house of the LORD?”

[21] a2K 20:7, 8
[22] aIs 38:7


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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 Isaiah the prophet the son of Amoz came unto him, and said unto him, Thus saith the LORD, Set thine house in order: for thou shalt die, and not live. 2 Then Hezekiah turned his face toward the wall, and prayed unto the LORD, 3 And said, Remember now, O LORD, I beseech thee, 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.

[1] 2S 17:23; 2K 20:1; 2Ch 32:24; Ec 9:10; Is 37:21; 39:3; Jr 18:7; Jna 3:4, 10; Jn 11:1; Ac 9:37; Php 2:27.
[2] 1K 8:30; Ps 50:15; 91:15; Mt 6:6.
[3] Gn 5:22; 6:9; 17:1; 2S 12:21; 1K 2:4; 15:14; 1Ch 29:9, 19; 2Ch 16:9; 25:2; 31:20; Ezr 10:1; Ne 1:4; 5:19; 13:14, 22, 31; Jb 23:11; Ps 6:8; 16:8; 18:20; 20:1; 32:2; 101:2; 102:9; 119:80; Ho 12:4; Jn 1:47; 2Co 1:12; He 5:7; 6:10; 1Jn 3:21.

4 ¶ Then came the word of the LORD to Isaiah, saying, 5 Go, and say to Hezekiah, Thus saith the LORD, the God of David thy father, I have heard thy prayer, I have seen thy tears: behold, I will add unto thy days fifteen years. 6 And I will deliver thee and this city out of the hand of the king of Assyria: and I will defend this city. 7 And this [shall be] a sign unto thee from the LORD, that the LORD will do this thing that he hath spoken;

[5] 2S 7:3; 1K 8:25; 9:4; 11:12; 15:4; 2K 19:20; 1Ch 17:2; 2Ch 34:3; Jb 14:5; Ps 34:5; 39:12; 56:8; 89:3; 116:15; 147:3; Is 7:13; Mt 22:32; Lk 1:13; Ac 27:24; 2Co 7:6; 1Jn 5:14; Rv 7:17.
[6] 2Ch 32:22; Is 12:6; 31:4; 37:35; 2Ti 4:17.
[7] Gn 9:13; Jg 6:17, 37; 2K 20:8; Is 7:11; 37:30; 38:22.

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

8 Behold, I will bring again the shadow of the degrees, which is gone down in the sun dial of Ahaz, ten degrees backward. So the sun returned ten degrees, by which degrees it was gone down.

[8] Jsh 10:12; 2K 20:11; 2Ch 32:24, 31; Mt 16:1.

His song of thanksgiving.

9 ¶ The writing of Hezekiah king of Judah, when he had been sick, and was recovered of his sickness: 10 I said in the cutting off of my days, I shall go to the gates of the grave: I am deprived of the residue of my years. 11 I said, I shall not see the LORD, [even] the LORD, in the land of the living: I shall behold man no more with the inhabitants of the world. 12 Mine age is departed, and is removed from me as a shepherd's tent: I have cut off like a weaver my life: he will cut me off with pining sickness: from day [even] to night wilt thou make an end of me. 13 I reckoned till morning, [that], as a lion, so will he break all my bones: from day [even] to night wilt thou make an end of me. 14 Like a crane [or] a swallow, so did I chatter: I did mourn as a dove: mine eyes fail [with looking] upward: O LORD, I am oppressed; undertake for me. 15 What shall I say? he hath both spoken unto me, and himself hath done [it]: I shall go softly all my years in the bitterness of my soul. 16 O Lord, by these [things men] live, and in all these [things is] the life of my spirit: so wilt thou recover me, and make me to live. 17 Behold, for peace I had great bitterness: but thou hast in love to my soul [delivered it] from the pit of corruption: for thou hast cast all my sins behind thy back. 18 For the grave cannot praise thee, death can [not] celebrate thee: they that go down into the pit cannot hope for thy truth. 19 The living, the living, he shall praise thee, as I [do] this day: the father to the children shall make known thy truth. 20 The LORD [was ready] to save me: therefore we will sing my songs to the stringed instruments all the days of our life in the house of the LORD. 21 For Isaiah had said, Let them take a lump of figs, and lay [it] for a plaister upon the boil, and he shall recover. 22 Hezekiah also had said, What [is] the sign that I shall go up to the house of the LORD?

[9] Ex 15:1; Dt 32:39; Jg 5:1; 1S 2:1, 6; 2Ch 29:30; Jb 5:18; Ps 18:1; 30:11; 107:17; 116:1; 118:18; Is 12:1; Ho 6:1; Jna 2:1.
[10] Jb 6:11; 7:7; 17:11; Is 38:1; 2Co 1:9.
[11] Jb 35:14; Ps 6:4; 27:13; 31:22; 116:8; Ec 9:5.
[12] Jb 7:3, 6, 7; 9:25; 14:2; 17:1; Ps 31:22; 89:45; 102:11, 23; 119:23; Is 1:8; 13:20; Jm 4:14.
[13] 1K 13:24; 20:36; Jb 10:16; 16:12; Ps 39:10; 50:22; 51:8; Dn 6:24; Ho 5:14; 1Co 11:30.
[14] Jb 30:29; Ps 69:3; 102:4; 119:82, 122, 123; 123:1; 143:7; Is 59:11; Lm 4:17; Ezk 7:16; Na 2:7.
[15] Jsh 7:8; 1S 1:10; 1K 21:27; 2K 4:27; Ezr 9:10; Jb 7:11; 10:1; 21:25; Ps 39:9; Jn 12:27.
[16] Dt 8:3; Jb 33:19; Ps 71:20; Is 64:5; Mt 4:4; 1Co 11:32; 2Co 4:17; He 12:10.
[17] Jb 3:25; 29:18; Ps 10:2; 30:3, 6; 40:2; 85:2; 86:13; 88:4; Is 43:25; Jr 31:34; Jna 2:6; Mi 7:18.
[18] Nu 16:33; Ps 6:5; 30:9; 88:11; 115:17; Pv 14:32; Ec 9:10; Mt 8:12; 25:46; Lk 16:26.
[19] Gn 18:19; Ex 12:26; 13:14; Dt 4:9; 6:7; Jsh 4:21; Ps 78:3; 145:4; 146:2; Ec 9:10; Jol 1:3; Jn 9:4.
[20] Ps 9:13; 27:5; 30:11; 51:15; 66:13; 145:2; 150:4; Hab 3:19.
[21] 2K 20:7; Mk 7:33; Jn 9:6.
[22] 2K 20:8; Ps 42:1; 84:1, 10; 118:18; 122:1; Jn 5:14.


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