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Isaiah 38 :: New English Translation (NET)

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Hezekiah Healed

(2Ki 20:1–11; 2Ch 32:24–26 )
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 38:1 - In those days Hezekiah was stricken with a terminal illness. The prophet Isaiah son of Amoz visited him and told him, "This is what the LORD says, 'Give instructions to your household, for you are about to die; you will not get well.'"
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 38:2 - Hezekiah turned his face to the wall and prayed to the LORD,
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 38:3 - "Please, LORD. Remember how I have served you faithfully and with wholehearted devotion, and how I have carried out your will." Then Hezekiah wept bitterly.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 38:4 - The LORD told Isaiah,
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 38:5 - "Go and tell Hezekiah: 'This is what the LORD God of your ancestor David says: "I have heard your prayer; I have seen your tears. Look, I will add fifteen years to your life,
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 38:6 - and rescue you and this city from the king of Assyria. I will shield this city."'"
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 38:7 - Isaiah replied, "This is your sign from the LORD confirming that the LORD will do what he has said:
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 38:8 - Look, I will make the shadow go back ten steps on the stairs of Ahaz." And then the shadow went back ten steps.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 38:9 - This is the prayer of King Hezekiah of Judah when he was sick and then recovered from his illness:
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 38:10 - "I thought, 'In the middle of my life I must walk through the gates of Sheol, I am deprived of the rest of my years.'
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 38:11 - "I thought, 'I will no longer see the LORD in the land of the living, I will no longer look on humankind with the inhabitants of the world.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 38:12 - My dwelling place is removed and taken away from me like a shepherd's tent. I rolled up my life like a weaver rolls cloth; from the loom he cuts me off. You turn day into night and end my life.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 38:13 - I cry out until morning; like a lion he shatters all my bones; you turn day into night and end my life.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 38:14 - Like a swallow or a thrush I chirp, I coo like a dove; my eyes grow tired from looking up to the sky. O sovereign master, I am oppressed; help me!
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 38:15 - What can I say? He has decreed and acted. I will walk slowly all my years because I am overcome with grief.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 38:16 - O sovereign master, your decrees can give men life; may years of life be restored to me. Restore my health and preserve my life.'
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 38:17 - "Look, the grief I experienced was for my benefit. You delivered me from the pit of oblivion. For you removed all my sins from your sight.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 38:18 - Indeed Sheol does not give you thanks; death does not praise you. Those who descend into the pit do not anticipate your faithfulness.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 38:19 - The living person, the living person, he gives you thanks, as I do today. A father tells his sons about your faithfulness.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 38:20 - The LORD is about to deliver me, and we will celebrate with music for the rest of our lives in the LORD's temple."
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 38:21 - Isaiah ordered, "Let them take a fig cake and apply it to the ulcerated sore and he will get well."
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 38:22 - Hezekiah said, "What is the confirming sign that I will go up to the LORD's temple?"

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