Isaiah 38

Hezekiah's Illness and Recovery

In those days Hezekiah became mortally ill. The prophet Isaiah son of Amoz came to him and said, “This is what the LORD says: ‘Put your house in order, for you are about to die; you will not recover.’” Then Hezekiah turned his face to the wall and prayed to the LORD, saying, “Please, O LORD, remember how I have walked before You faithfully and with wholehearted devotion; I have done [what is] good in Your sight.” And Hezekiah wept bitterly. And the word of the LORD came to Isaiah, saying, “Go and tell Hezekiah that this is what the LORD, the God of your father David, says: I have heard your prayer; I have seen your tears; behold, I will add fifteen years to your life. And I will deliver you and this city from the hand of the king of Assyria; I will defend this city.
DSS includes for My sake and for the sake of my servant David.
This will be a sign to you from the LORD that He will do what He has promised: I will make the sun’s shadow that falls on the stairway of Ahaz go ten steps backward.” So [the shadow cast by] the sun went back the ten steps it had descended.

Hezekiah's Song of Thanksgiving

[This is] a writing by Hezekiah king of Judah after his illness and recovery: 10  “I said that in the prime
Or in the quiet or in the middle
of my life I must go to the gates of Sheol; I will be deprived of the remainder of my years.
11  I said that I will never see the LORD, [even] the LORD, in the land of the living; I will no longer look on mankind with those who dwell in this world. 12  My dwelling has been picked up and removed from me like a shepherd’s tent. I have rolled up my life like a weaver; He cuts me off from the loom. From day until night You make an end of me. 13  I composed myself
Or (with Targum) I cried out
until the morning. Like a lion He breaks all my bones; from day until night You make an end of me.
14  I chirp like a swallow or crane; I moan like a dove. My eyes grow weak [as I look] upward. O Lord, I am oppressed; be my security. 15  What can I say? He has spoken to me, and He Himself has done this. I will walk slowly all my years because of the anguish of my soul. 16  O Lord, by [such things] men live, and in all [of them] my spirit [finds] life. You have restored me to health and let me live. 17  Surely, for my welfare I had such great anguish ; but Your love has delivered me from the pit of oblivion, for You have cast all my sins behind Your back. 18  For Sheol cannot thank You; death cannot praise You. 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; fathers will tell their children about Your faithfulness. 20  The LORD will save me; we will play songs on stringed instruments all the days of our lives in the house of the LORD.” 21  Now Isaiah had said, “Prepare a lump of pressed figs and apply it to the boil, and he will recover.” 22  And Hezekiah had asked, “What will be the sign that I will go up to the house of the LORD?”
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