Hezekiah’s Illness and Recovery
1In those days Hezekiah became terminally ill. #2Kg 20:1-62Ch 32:24 The prophet Isaiah son of Amoz came and said to him, “This is what the Lord says: ‘Put your affairs in order, # Lit Command your house #2Sm 17:23 for you are about to die; you will not recover.’ ” # Lit live
2Then Hezekiah turned his face to the wall and prayed to the Lord. 3He said, “Please, Lord, remember how I have walked before You faithfully and wholeheartedly, #Gn 17:11Kg 2:4|NoBook| 3:6|NoBook| 8:232Kg 18:5-6Ps 26:3 and have done what pleases You.” # Lit what is good in Your eyes #Dt 6:18 And Hezekiah wept bitterly.
4Then the word of the Lord came to Isaiah: 5“Go and tell Hezekiah that this is what the Lord God of your ancestor David says: I have heard your prayer; I have seen your tears. Look, I am going to add 15 years to your life. # Lit days #2Kg 18:2 6And I will deliver you and this city from the power of the king of Assyria; I will defend this city. #Is 31:5|NoBook| 37:35 7This is the sign to you #Is 37:30 from the Lord that He will do what # Lit this thing He has promised: # Lit said 8I am going to make the sun’s shadow that goes down on Ahaz’s stairway go back by 10 steps.” #Jos 10:12-14 So the sun’s shadow # Lit And the sun went back the 10 steps it had descended.
9A poem by Hezekiah king of Judah after he had been sick and had recovered from his illness:
10I said: In the prime # Lit quiet of my life # Lit days #Ps 102:24
I must go to the gates of Sheol; #Ps 107:18
I am deprived of the rest of my years.
11I said: I will never see the Lord,
the Lord in the land of the living; #Ps 27:13|NoBook| 116:9
I will not look on humanity any longer
with the inhabitants of what is passing away. # Some Hb mss, Tg read of the world
12My dwelling is plucked up and removed from me
like a shepherd’s tent. #2Co 5:12Pt 1:13-14
I have rolled up my life like a weaver; #Jb 7:6Heb 1:12
He cuts me off from the loom. # Lit thrum #Jb 6:9
You make an end of me from day until night. #Jb 4:20Ps 73:14
13I thought until the morning:
He will break all my bones like a lion;
You make an end of me day and night.
14I chirp like a swallow or a crane;
I moan like a dove. #Is 59:11Ezk 7:16Nah 2:7
My eyes grow weak looking upward.
Lord, I am oppressed; support me. #Jb 17:3Ps 119:122
15What can I say?
He has spoken to me,
and He Himself has done it.
I walk along slowly all my years #1Kg 21:27
because of the bitterness of my soul, #1Sm 1:10Ezk 27:31Jb 3:20|NoBook| 7:11|NoBook| 10:1
16Lord, because of these promises people live, #Ps 119:71
and in all of them is the life of my spirit as well;
You have restored me to health #Ps 39:13
and let me live. #Ps 119:25
17Indeed, it was for my own welfare
that I had such great bitterness; #Heb 12:11
but Your love has delivered me
from the Pit of destruction, #Jb 33:18Ps 103:4|NoBook| 106:23Ezk 20:17Jnh 2:6
for You have thrown all my sins behind Your back. #Is 43:25Jr 31:34Mc 7:19
18For Sheol cannot thank You;
Death cannot praise You. #Ps 6:5|NoBook| 30:988:10-12|NoBook| 115:17
Those who go down to the Pit
cannot hope for Your faithfulness.
19The living, only the living can thank You,
as I do today;
a father will make Your faithfulness known to children. #Dt 6:7|NoBook| 11:19Ps 78:5-7
20The Lord will # Lit to save me;
we will play stringed instruments
all the days of our lives
at the house of the Lord. #Ps 23:6116:17-19
21Now Isaiah #2Kg 20:7-8 had said, “Let them take a lump of pressed figs and apply it to his infected skin, so that he may recover.” 22And Hezekiah had asked, “What is the sign that I will go up to the Lord’s temple? ”
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