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2 Kings 20:1–7

Hezekiah’s Illness

20:1–11pp—2Ch 32:24–26; Isa 38:1–8

20 In those days Hezekiah became ill and was at the point of death. The prophet Isaiah son of Amoz went to him and said, “This is what the Lord says: Put your house in order, because you are going to die; you will not recover.”

Hezekiah turned his face to the wall and prayed to the Lord, “Remember,d Lord, how I have walkede before you faithfullyf and with wholehearted devotion and have done what is good in your eyes.” And Hezekiah wept bitterly.

Before Isaiah had left the middle court, the word of the Lord came to him: “Go back and tell Hezekiah, the ruler of my people, ‘This is what the Lord, the God of your father David, says: I have heardg your prayer and seen your tears;h I will heal you. On the third day from now you will go up to the temple of the Lord. I will add fifteen years to your life. And I will deliver you and this city from the hand of the king of Assyria. I will defendi this city for my sake and for the sake of my servant David.’ ”

Then Isaiah said, “Prepare a poultice of figs.” They did so and applied it to the boil,j and he recovered.

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