Isaiah 39
Messengers from Babylon Visit Hezekiah
1 At that time Merodach-Baladan son of Baladan, king of Babylon, sent letters and a gift to Hezekiah, for he heard that Hezekiah had been ill and had recovered. 2 Hezekiah welcomed#tn Heb “was happy with”; NAB, NASB “was pleased”; NIV “received the envoys gladly.” them and showed them his storehouse with its silver, gold, spices, and high-quality olive oil, as well as his whole armory and everything in his treasuries. Hezekiah showed them everything in his palace and in his whole kingdom.#tn Heb “there was nothing which Hezekiah did not show them in his house and in all his kingdom.” 3 Isaiah the prophet visited King Hezekiah and asked him, “What did these men say? Where do they come from?” Hezekiah replied, “They come from the distant land of Babylon.” 4 Isaiah#tn Heb “he”; the referent (Isaiah) has been specified in the translation for clarity. asked, “What have they seen in your palace?” Hezekiah replied, “They have seen everything in my palace. I showed them everything in my treasuries.” 5 Isaiah said to Hezekiah, “Listen to the word of the Lord who commands armies: 6 ‘Look, a time is coming when everything in your palace and the things your ancestors#tn Heb “fathers” (so KJV, NAB, NASB, NIV). have accumulated to this day will be carried away to Babylon; nothing will be left,’ says the Lord. 7 ‘Some of your very own descendants whom you father#tn Heb “Some of your sons, who go out from you, whom you father.” will be taken away and will be made eunuchs in the palace of the king of Babylon.’” 8 Hezekiah said to Isaiah, “The Lord’s word which you have announced is appropriate.”#tn Heb “good” (so KJV, NASB, NIV, NRSV, NLT); NAB “favorable.” Then he thought,#tn Heb “and he said.” The verb אָמַר (’amar, “say”) is sometimes used of what one thinks (that is, says to oneself). “For#tn Or “surely”; cf. CEV “At least.” there will be peace and stability during my lifetime.”

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