Isaiah 38

Hezekiah Healed

1 a  In those days Hezekiah became
Lit sick to the point of death
mortally ill. And c  Isaiah the prophet the son of Amoz came to him and said to him, “Thus says the  Lord, ‘ d  Set your house in order, for you shall die and not live.’”
2Then Hezekiah turned his face to the wall and prayed to the  Lord, 3and said e  Remember now, O  Lord, I beseech You, how I have f  walked before You in truth and with a g  whole heart, and h  have done what is good in Your sight.” And Hezekiah i  wept
Lit great weeping
bitterly.

4Then the word of the  Lord came to Isaiah, saying, 5Go and say to Hezekiah, ‘Thus says the  Lord, the God of your father David, “I have heard your prayer, I have seen your tears; behold, I will add k  fifteen years to your
Lit days
life.
6“I will m  deliver you and this city from the hand of the king of Assyria; and I will defend this city.”’

7This shall be the n  sign to you from the  Lord, that the  Lord will do this thing that He has spoken: 8Behold, I will o  cause the shadow on the stairway, which has gone down with the sun on the stairway of Ahaz, to go back ten steps.” So the p  sun’s shadow went back ten steps on the stairway on which it had gone down.

9A writing of Hezekiah king of Judah after his illness and
Lit he lived after his illness
recovery:
10I said r  In the middle of my
Lit days
life
I am to enter the t  gates of Sheol;
I am to be u  deprived of the rest of my years.”
11I said, “I will not see the  Lord,
The  Lord v  in the land of the living;
I will look on man no more among the inhabitants of the world.
12Like a shepherd’s w  tent my dwelling is pulled up and removed from me;
As a x  weaver I y  rolled up my life.
He z  cuts me off from the loom;
From aa  day until night You make an end of me.
13I composed my soul until morning.
ab  Like a lionso He ac  breaks all my bones,
From ad  day until night You make an end of me.
14 ae  Like a swallow, like a crane, so I twitter;
I af  moan like a dove;
My ag  eyes look wistfully to the heights;
O Lord, I am oppressed, be my ah  security.

15 ai  What shall I say?
Targum and DSS read And what shall I say for He
For He has spoken to me, and He Himself has done it;
I will ak  wander about all my years because of the al  bitterness of my soul.
16O Lord am  by these things men live,
And in all these is the life of my spirit;
Lit You will
,
ao  O restore me to health and ap  let me live!
17Lo, for my own welfare I had great bitterness;
It is You who has
So some versions; Heb loved
,
ar  kept my soul from the pit of
Or destruction
nothingness,
For You have at  cast all my sins behind Your back.
18“For au  Sheol cannot thank You,
Death cannot praise You;
Those who go down av  to the pit cannot hope for Your faithfulness.
19“It is the aw  living who give thanks to You, as I do today;
A ax  father tells his sons about Your faithfulness.
20“The  Lord will surely save me;
So we will ay  play my songs on stringed instruments
az  All the days of our life ba  at the house of the  Lord.”

21Now bb  Isaiah had said, “Let them take a cake of figs and apply it to the boil, that he may recover.” 22Then Hezekiah had said, “What is the bc  sign that I shall go up to the house of the  Lord?”
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