Isaiah chapter 39

Messengers from Babyon arrive. In his pride, King Hezekiah flaunts his wealth to them. Isaiah says Judah will be exiled to Babylon.





VERSE 1. At that time, Merodach Baladan the son of Baladan, king of Babylon, sent letters and a present to Hezekiah; for he heard that he had been sick, and had recovered.

Merodach Baladan. He was the king of Balaylon two times:

  • 721 to 710 BC
  • 704 to 703 BC

sent letters and a present. This visit of messengers was before 701 BC.


VERSE 2. Hezekiah was pleased with them, and showed them the house of his precious things, the silver, the gold, the spices, and the precious oil, and all the house of his armor, and all that was found in his treasures. There was nothing in his house, nor in all his dominion, that Hezekiah didn’t show them.

King Hezekiah did not maintain healthy boundaries.


VERSE 3. Then Isaiah the prophet came to king Hezekiah, and asked him, “What did these men say? From where did they come to you?” Hezekiah said, “They have come from a country far from me, even from Babylon.”

Isaiah the prophet … asked. Prophets and holy people sometimes become aware of secret things. How? In this case, how did Isaiah know about this?

  • A mystical vision?
  • An inner locution?
  • A visit by an angel?
  • Told by the LORD God?
  • A paid informant in the kingʼs palace?
  • Remote Viewing?
  • ESP?


VERSE 4. Then he asked, “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.”

What have they seen in your house? God wants us to maintain healthy boundaries.


VERSE 5. Then Isaiah said to Hezekiah, “Hear the word of the LORD of Hosts:

NLT translation. Then Isaiah said to Hezekiah, “Listen to this message from the LORD of Heaven’s Armies.”

the LORD of Heaven’s Armies. Is this a reference to Jesus Christ?


VERSE 6. ‘Behold, the days are coming when all that is in your house, and that which your fathers have stored up until today, will be carried to Babylon. Nothing will be left,’ says the LORD.

carried to Babylon. Judah trusted Babylon instead of the LORD. For that reason, they will be conquered by Babylon and exiled to Babylon.


VERSE 7. ‘They will take away your sons who will issue from you, whom you shall father, and they will be eunuchs in the king of Babylon’s palace.’ ”


VERSE 8. Then Hezekiah said to Isaiah, “The LORD’s word which you have spoken is good.” He said moreover, “For there will be peace and truth in my days.”

peace and truth in my days. That is, “peace and quiet” in my days. Hezekiah is told that everything will be lost, including his own children. Hezekiah’s only response is that he is happy it won’t happen during his own lifetime.

That’s a deeply self-centered perspective. Even though Hezekiah seeks God, he is quite immature. A robust spiritual life is no guarantee that one is mature of character.


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