|2 Kings 20 |
1 In those days Hezekiah was sick and near death. And the prophet Isaiah, the son of Amoz, came to him and said to him, "Thus says the LORD: Set your house in order for you shall die, and you will not recover."
2 Then Hezekiah turned his face to the wall and prayed to the LORD, saying,
3 "I beseech you, O LORD, remember now how I have walked before you in truth and with a perfect heart, and have done what is good in your sight." And Hezekiah wept bitterly.
4 And it came to pass, before Isaiah had left the middle court, that the word of the LORD came to him, saying,
5 "Go back and tell Hezekiah, the leader of my people, 'Thus says the LORD, the God of David your father: I have heard your prayer, I have seen your tears; behold, I will heal you. On the third day from now you shall go up to the temple of the LORD.
6 I will add fifteen years to your life and I will deliver you and this city out of the hand of the king of Assyria; and I will defend this city for my own sake and for my servant David's sake.'"
7 Then Isaiah said, "Take a lump of figs." And they took the figs and laid them on the boil, so that he might recover.
8 And Hezekiah said to Isaiah, "What shall be the sign that the LORD will heal me, and that I shall go up into the temple of the LORD the third day?"
9 And Isaiah said, "This sign shall you have of the LORD that the LORD will do the thing that he has spoken: shall the shadow go forward ten degrees, or go back ten degrees?"
10 And Hezekiah answered, "It is a small thing for the shadow to go forward ten degrees; rather let the shadow go back ten degrees."
11 So Isaiah the prophet cried to the LORD, and the LORD made the shadow go back the ten degrees it had gone down on the sundial of Ahaz.
12 Now at that time Berodachbaladan, the son of Baladan, king of Babylon, sent letters and a present to Hezekiah for he had heard that Hezekiah had been sick.
13 And Hezekiah was attentive to the messengers and showed them all his treasure house of precious things — the silver, gold, spices, precious ointment — his armory and all that was in his treasures. There was nothing in his house or in all his dominion that Hezekiah did not show them.
14 Then Isaiah, the prophet, came to King Hezekiah and said to him, "What did those men say? And where did they come from?" And Hezekiah said, "They have come from a far country, from Babylon."
15 And Isaiah asked, "What have they seen in your house?" And Hezekiah answered, "They have seen all the things that are in my house. There is nothing among my treasures that I have not shown them."
16 Then Isaiah said to Hezekiah, "Hear the word of the LORD!
17 Behold, the time will come when all that is in your palace, and all that your forefathers have laid up in store to this day, shall be carried into Babylon; nothing shall be left, says the LORD.
18 And some of your sons who shall be born to you, which you shall beget, shall be taken away, and they shall be eunuchs in the palace of the king of Babylon."
19 Then Hezekiah replied to Isaiah, "The word of the LORD that you have spoken is good." For he thought, "Is it not good, if peace and truth shall at least be in my days?"
20 Now the rest of the acts of Hezekiah and all his might, and how he made the pool and the canal and brought water into the city, are written in the Book of the Chronicles of the Kings of Judah.
21 And Hezekiah slept with his fathers. And Manasseh his son reigned in his place.
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