38:1–8pp—2Ki 20:1–11; 2Ch 32:24–26
38 In those days Hezekiah became ill and was at the point of death. The prophet Isaiah son of Amozk went to him and said, “This is what the Lord says: Put your house in order,l because you are going to die; you will not recover.”m
2 Hezekiah turned his face to the wall and prayed to the Lord, 3 “Remember, Lord, how I have walkedn before you faithfully and with wholehearted devotiono and have done what is good in your eyes.p” And Hezekiah weptq bitterly.
4 Then the wordr of the Lord came to Isaiah: 5 “Go and tell Hezekiah, ‘This is what the Lord, the God of your father David,s says: I have heard your prayer and seen your tears;t I will add fifteen yearsu to your life. 6 And I will deliver you and this city from the hand of the king of Assyria. I will defendv this city.
7 “ ‘This is the Lord’s signw to you that the Lord will do what he has promised: 8 I will make the shadow cast by the sun go back the ten steps it has gone down on the stairway of Ahaz.’ ” So the sunlight went back the ten steps it had gone down.x
9 A writing of Hezekiah king of Judah after his illness and recovery:
10 I said, “In the prime of my lifey
must I go through the gates of deathz
and be robbed of the rest of my years?a”
11 I said, “I will not again see the Lord himselfb
in the land of the living;c
no longer will I look on my fellow man,
or be with those who now dwell in this world.
12 Like a shepherd’s tentd my house
has been pulled downe and taken from me.
Like a weaver I have rolledf up my life,
and he has cut me off from the loom;g
day and nighth you made an end of me.
13 I waited patientlyi till dawn,
but like a lion he brokej all my bones;k
day and nightl you made an end of me.
14 I cried like a swift or thrush,
I moaned like a mourning dove.m
My eyes grew weakn as I looked to the heavens.
I am being threatened; Lord, come to my aid!”o
15 But what can I say?p
He has spoken to me, and he himself has done this.q
I will walk humblyr all my years
because of this anguish of my soul.s
16 Lord, by such things people live;
and my spirit finds life in them too.
You restored me to health
and let me live.t
17 Surely it was for my benefitu
that I suffered such anguish.v
In your love you kept me
from the pitw of destruction;
you have put all my sinsx
behind your back.y
18 For the gravez cannot praise you,
death cannot sing your praise;a
those who go down to the pitb
cannot hope for your faithfulness.
19 The living, the living—they praisec you,
as I am doing today;
parents tell their childrend
about your faithfulness.
and we will singe with stringed instrumentsf
all the days of our livesg
in the templeh of the Lord.
21 Isaiah had said, “Prepare a poultice of figs and apply it to the boil, and he will recover.”
22 Hezekiah had asked, “What will be the signi that I will go up to the temple of the Lord?”
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