Hezekiah recovers from a grave illness. Envoys from Babylon.
VERSE 1. In those days Hezekiah was sick and dying. Isaiah the prophet the son of Amoz came to him, and said to him, “The LORD says, ‘Set your house in order; for you will die, and not live.’ ”
Set your house in order. This famous expression originates in this verse.
Isaiah is telling king Hezekiah that he will die.
VERSE 2. Then he turned his face to the wall, and prayed to the LORD, saying,
VERSE 3. “Remember now, LORD, I beg you, how I have walked before you in truth and with a perfect heart, and have done that which is good in your sight.” And Hezekiah wept bitterly.
On his deathbed, Hezekiah tries to convince the LORD God to save him. He says three things about his own life:
I have walked before you in truth. That is a wonderful epitaph. However, none of us live 100.0% according to the truth.
and with a perfect heart. That is a wonderful epitaph. However, none of us have a heart that is 100.0% perfect.
have done that which is good in your sight. That is a wonderful epitaph. However, none of us have done 100.0% according to the good.
VERSE 4. Before Isaiah had gone out into the middle part of the city, the LORD’s word came to him, saying,
the LORD’s word came to him. The word of the LORD God came to Isaiah in the midst of the city. The noisy, busy city. Isaiah might even have been walking at the moment.
VERSE 5. “Turn back, and tell Hezekiah the prince of my people, ‘The LORD, the God of David your father, says, “I have heard your prayer. I have seen your tears. Behold, I will heal you. On the third day, you will go up to the LORD’s house.
I have heard your prayer. The LORD God will favorably answer Hezekiah’s urgent plea.
VERSE 6. I will add to your days fifteen years. I will deliver you and this city out of the hand of the king of Assyria. I will defend this city for my own sake, and for my servant David’s sake.” ’ ”
VERSE 7. Isaiah said, “Take a cake of figs.” They took and laid it on the boil, and he recovered.
VERSE 8. Hezekiah said to Isaiah, “What will be the sign that the LORD will heal me, and that I will go up to the LORD’s house the third day?”
What will be the sign. Asking for a sign is risky. We know of three major instances in the Bible where people ask for a sign. The outcome is uncertain. Read more »
VERSE 9. Isaiah said, “This will be the sign to you from the LORD, that the LORD will do the thing that he has spoken: should the shadow go forward ten steps, or go back ten steps?”
This will be the sign. Asking for a sign is risky. We know of three major instances in the Bible where people ask for a sign. The outcome is uncertain. Read more »
VERSE 10. Hezekiah answered, “It is a light thing for the shadow to go forward ten steps. No, but let the shadow return backward ten steps.”
VERSE 11. Isaiah the prophet cried to the LORD; and he brought the shadow ten steps backward, by which it had gone down on the sundial of Ahaz.
VERSE 12. At that time Berodach Baladan the son of Baladan, king of Babylon, sent letters and a present to Hezekiah, for he had heard that Hezekiah had been sick.
VERSE 13. Hezekiah listened to them, and showed them all the storehouse of his precious things—the silver, the gold, the spices, and the precious oil, and the house of his armor, and all that was found in his treasures. There was nothing in his house, or in all his dominion, that Hezekiah didn’t show them.
showed them all the storehouse of his precious things. Hezekiah might be flaunting his wealth.
VERSE 14. Then Isaiah the prophet came to king Hezekiah, and said to him, “What did these men say? From where did they come to you?” Hezekiah said, “They have come from a far country, even from Babylon.”
VERSE 15. He said, “What have they seen in your house?” Hezekiah answered, “They have seen all that is in my house. There is nothing among my treasures that I have not shown them.”
VERSE 16 Isaiah said to Hezekiah, “Hear the LORD’s word.
VERSE 17. ‘Behold, the days come that all that is in your house, and that which your fathers have laid up in store to this day, will be carried to Babylon. Nothing will be left,’ says the LORD.
VERSE 18. ‘They will take away some of your sons who will issue from you, whom you will father; and they will be eunuchs in the palace of the king of Babylon.’ ”
VERSE 19. Then Hezekiah said to Isaiah, “The LORD’s word which you have spoken is good.” He said moreover, “Isn’t it so, if peace and truth will be in my days?”
peace and truth will be in my days. Apparently, Hezekiah did not care what happened to anybody after he died.
VERSE 20. Now the rest of the acts of Hezekiah, and all his might, and how he made the pool, and the conduit, and brought water into the city, aren’t they written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Judah?
VERSE 21. Hezekiah slept with his fathers, and Manasseh his son reigned in his place.
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