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Isaiah 38 :: New American Standard Bible 1995 (NASB95)

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Hezekiah Healed

(2Ki 20:1–11; 2Ch 32:24–26 )
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 38:1 - In those days Hezekiah became [fn]mortally ill. And Isaiah the prophet the son of Amoz came to him and said to him, “Thus says the LORD, ‘Set your house in order, for you shall die and not live.’”
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 38:2 - Then Hezekiah turned his face to the wall and prayed to the LORD,
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 38:3 - and said, “Remember now, O LORD, I beseech You, how I have walked before You in truth and with a whole heart, and have done what is good in Your sight.” And Hezekiah wept [fn]bitterly.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 38:4 - Then the word of the LORD came to Isaiah, saying,
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 38:5 - “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 fifteen years to your [fn]life.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 38:6 - “I will deliver you and this city from the hand of the king of Assyria; and I will defend this city.”’
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 38:7 - “This shall be the sign to you from the LORD, that the LORD will do this thing that He has spoken:
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 38:8 - “Behold, I will 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 sun’s shadow went back ten steps on the stairway on which it had gone down.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 38:9 - A writing of Hezekiah king of Judah after his illness and [fn]recovery:
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 38:10 - I said, “In the middle of my [fn]life
I am to enter the gates of Sheol;
I am to be deprived of the rest of my years.”
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 38:11 - I said, “I will not see the LORD,
The LORD in the land of the living;
I will look on man no more among the inhabitants of the world.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 38:12 - “Like a shepherd’s tent my dwelling is pulled up and removed from me;
As a weaver I rolled up my life.
He cuts me off from the loom;
From day until night You make an end of me.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 38:13 - “I composed my soul until morning.
Like a lion—so He breaks all my bones,
From day until night You make an end of me.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 38:14 - “Like a swallow, like a crane, so I twitter;
I moan like a dove;
My eyes look wistfully to the heights;
O Lord, I am oppressed, be my security.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 38:15 - “What shall I say?
[fn]For He has spoken to me, and He Himself has done it;
I will wander about all my years because of the bitterness of my soul.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 38:16 - “O Lord, by these things men live,
And in all these is the life of my spirit;
[fn]O restore me to health and let me live!
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 38:17 - “Lo, for my own welfare I had great bitterness;
It is You who has [fn]kept my soul from the pit of [fn]nothingness,
For You have cast all my sins behind Your back.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 38:18 - “For Sheol cannot thank You,
Death cannot praise You;
Those who go down to the pit cannot hope for Your faithfulness.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 38:19 - “It is the living who give thanks to You, as I do today;
A father tells his sons about Your faithfulness.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 38:20 - “The LORD will surely save me;
So we will play my songs on stringed instruments
All the days of our life at the house of the LORD.”
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 38:21 - Now Isaiah had said, “Let them take a cake of figs and apply it to the boil, that he may recover.”
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 38:22 - Then Hezekiah had said, “What is the sign that I shall go up to the house of the LORD?”
NASB95 Footnotes
Literally: sick to the point of death
Literally: great weeping
Literally: days
Literally: he lived after his illness
Literally: days
Targum and DSS read And what shall I say for He
Literally: You will
So some versions; Heb loved
Or, destruction

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