2 Kings 20

CHAPTER 20

Hezekiah's Infirmity

In those days Hezekiah was infirm unto death. And [6entered 7to 8him 1Isaiah 2son 3of Amoz 4the 5prophet]. And he said to him, Thus says the  lord, Give charge concerning your house! for you die, and shall not live. And Hezekiah turned his face to the wall, and he prayed to the  lord, saying, O  lord, remember indeed as much as I walked before you in truth, and in [2heart 1a perfect]! and [2good 3in 4your eyes 1I did]. And Hezekiah wept in [2weeping 1a great]. And Isaiah was in the courtyard between, and the saying of the  lord came to him, saying, Return! and you shall say to Hezekiah, the one leading my people, Thus says the  lord, the God of David your father! I heard your prayer, and I beheld your tears. Behold, I shall heal you on the [2day 1third], and you shall ascend into the house of the  lord. And I will add to your days fifteen years; and from the hand of the king of the Assyrians I will deliver you and this city. And I shall shield over this city because of myself, and because of David my servant. And Isaiah said, Let them take a dried cluster of figs, and place them upon the sore! and he shall be healed. And Hezekiah said to Isaiah, What is the sign that [2shall heal 3me 1the  lord], and I shall ascend into the house of the  lord on the [2day 1third]? And Isaiah said, This to you is the sign by the  lord, that the  lord shall do the word which he spoke. Shall [3go 1the 2shadow] ten stairs or shall it return ten stairs.

God Returns the Shadow Ten Stairs

10 And Hezekiah said, It is a light thing for the shadow to lean ten stairs, not thus, but let [3return 1the 2shadow] ten stairs to the rear. 11 And [4yelled out 1Isaiah 2the 3prophet] to the  lord, and he returned the shadow on the stairs of Ahaz, in which it went down the ten stairs, to the rear. 12 In that time [7sent 1Berodach 2Baladan 3the son 4of Baladan 5king 6of Babylon] letters and gifts to Hezekiah; for he heard that Hezekiah was infirm. 13 And [2rejoiced 3over 4them 1Hezekiah], and showed to them all the house of the spices -- the silver, and the gold, the aromatics, and the [2olive oil 1good], and the house of his weapons, and all as much as was found in his treasuries. There was no place which [2did not 3show 4to them 1Hezekiah] in his house, and in all under his authority. 14 And [4entered 1Isaiah 2the 3prophet] to Hezekiah the king, and he said to him, What did [3say 2men 1these], and from what place came they to you? And Hezekiah said, From a land at a distance -- they came to me from Babylon. 15 And he said, What did they behold in your house? And Hezekiah said, All as much is in my house they beheld. There was nothing in my house which I did not show to them, and in my treasuries.

The Coming Babylonian Captivity

16 And Isaiah said to Hezekiah, Hear the word of the  lord! 17 Behold, days come, says the  lord, and there shall be taken away all the things in your house, and as much as [2treasured up 1your fathers] until this day into Babylon. There shall not be left behind a thing, said the  lord. 18 And from your sons of the ones coming forth from you, whom you procreated, they shall take them, and they will be eunuchs in the house of the king of Babylon. 19 And Hezekiah said to Isaiah, [4is good 1The 2word 3of the  lord] which he spoke, let there be peace and justice in my days! 20 And the rest of the words of Hezekiah, and all as much as he did, and all his dominations, and the fountain and the aqueduct, and how he brought the water into the city; behold are not these written upon the scroll of the words of the days of the kings of Judah? 21 And Hezekiah slept with his fathers, and he was entombed in the city of David. And [3reigned 1Manasseh 2his son] instead of him.
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