Isaiah 38

Hezekiah Healed

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.’”
Then Hezekiah turned his face to the wall and prayed to the  Lord, and 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

Then the word of the  Lord came to Isaiah, saying, Go 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
“I will m deliver you and this city from the hand of the king of Assyria; and I will defend this city.”’

This shall be the n sign to you from the  Lord, that the  Lord will do this thing that He has spoken: Behold, 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.

A writing of Hezekiah king of Judah after his illness and
Lit he lived after his illness
10 I said r In the middle of my
Lit days
I am to enter the t gates of Sheol;
I am to be u deprived of the rest of my years.”
11 I 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.
12 Like 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.
13 I 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.
16 O 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!
17 Lo, 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
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.”

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