Hezekiah’s Illness and Recovery
38 In those days Hezekiah became terminally ill. r The prophet Isaiah son of Amoz came and said to him, “This is what the Lord says: ‘Put your affairs in order, s t for you are about to die; you will not recover.’ ” u
2 Then Hezekiah turned his face to the wall and prayed to the Lord. 3 He said, “Please, Lord, remember how I have walked before You faithfully and wholeheartedly, v and have done what pleases You.” w x And Hezekiah wept bitterly.
4 Then 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. y z 6 And I will deliver you and this city from the power of the king of Assyria; I will defend this city. a 7 This is the sign to you b from the Lord that He will do what c He has promised: d 8 I am going to make the sun’s shadow that goes down on Ahaz’s stairway go back by 10 steps.” e So the sun’s shadow f went back the 10 steps it had descended.
9 A poem by Hezekiah king of Judah after he had been sick and had recovered from his illness:
10 I said: In the prime g of my life h i
I must go to the gates of * Sheol; j
I am deprived of the rest of my years.
11 I said: I will never see the Lord,
the Lord in the land of the living; k
I will not look on humanity any longer
with the inhabitants of what is passing away. l
12 My dwelling is plucked up and removed from me
like a shepherd’s tent. m
I have rolled up my life like a weaver; n
He cuts me off from the loom. o p
You make an end of me from day until night. q
13 I thought until the morning:
He will break all my bones like a lion;
You make an end of me day and night.
14 I chirp like a swallow or a crane;
I moan like a dove. r
My eyes grow weak looking upward.
Lord, I am oppressed; support me. s
He has spoken to me,
and He Himself has done it.
I walk along slowly all my years t
because of the bitterness of my soul, u
16 Lord, because of these promises people live, v
and in all of them is the life of my spirit as well;
You have restored me to health w
and let me live. x
17 Indeed, it was for my own welfare
that I had such great bitterness; y
but Your love has delivered me
from the * Pit of destruction, z
for You have thrown all my sins behind Your back. a
18 For Sheol cannot thank You;
Death cannot praise You. b
Those who go down to the Pit
cannot hope for Your faithfulness.
19 The living, only the living can thank You,
as I do today;
a father will make Your faithfulness known to children. c
20 The Lord will d save me;
we will play stringed instruments
all the days of our lives
at the house of the Lord. e
21 Now Isaiah f had said, “Let them take a lump of pressed figs and apply it to his infected skin, so that he may recover.” 22 And Hezekiah had asked, “What is the sign that I will go up to the Lord’s temple?”
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