Hezekiah, having received a message of death, by prayer hath his life lengthened.
Isaiah 38:1 In those daies was Hezekiah sicke vnto death: and Isaiah the Prophet the sonne of Amoz came vnto him, and said vnto him; Thus saith the LORD, Set thine house in order: for thou shalt die, and not liue. Isaiah 38:2 Then Hezekiah turned his face toward the wall, and prayed vnto the LORD, Isaiah 38:3 And said, Remember now, O LORD, I beseech thee, how I haue walked before thee in trueth, and with a perfect heart, and haue done that which is good in thy sight: and Hezekiah wept sore.
Isaiah 38:4 Then came the word of the LORD to Isaiah, saying, Isaiah 38:5 Goe and say to Hezekiah, Thus saith the LORD, the God of Dauid thy father; I haue heard thy prayer, I haue seene thy teares: behold, I will adde vnto thy dayes fifteene yeeres. Isaiah 38:6 And I will deliuer thee and this citie, out of the hand of the king of Assyria: and I will defend this citie. Isaiah 38:7 And this [shall be] a signe vnto thee from the LORD, that the LORD will doe this thing that he hath spoken.
The sun goeth ten degrees backward, for a sign of that promise.
Isaiah 38:8 Behold, I will bring againe the shadow of the degrees which is gone downe in the Sunne-diall of Ahaz ten degrees backward: so the Sunne returned ten degrees, by which degrees it was gone downe.
His song of thanksgiving.
Isaiah 38:9 The writing of Hezekiah king of Iudah, when he had bene sicke, and was recouered of his sicknesse: Isaiah 38:10 I saide in the cutting off of my dayes; I shall goe to the gates of the graue: I am depriued of the residue of my yeeres. Isaiah 38:11 I said, I shal not see the Lord, [euen] the Lord in the land of the liuing: I shal behold man no more with the inhabitants of the world. Isaiah 38:12 Mine age is departed, and is remoued from me as a shepheards tent: I haue cut off like a weauer my life: he will cut mee off with pining sicknesse: from day euen to night wilt thou make an end of me. Isaiah 38:13 I reckoned till morning, [that] as a Lyon so will hee breake all my bones: from day euen to night wilt thou make an end of me. Isaiah 38:14 Like a crane or a swallow, so did I chatter; I did mourne as a doue: mine eyes faile with [looking] vpward: O LORD, I am oppressed, vndertake for me. Isaiah 38:15 What shall I say? hee hath both spoken vnto mee, and himselfe hath done [it]: I shall goe softly, all my yeeres in the bitternesse of my soule. Isaiah 38:16 O Lord, by these things men liue: and in all these things is the life of my spirit, so wilt thou recouer me, and make me to liue. Isaiah 38:17 Behold, for peace I had great bitternesse, but thou hast in loue to my soule [deliuered] it from the pit of corruption: for thou hast cast all my sinnes behinde thy backe. Isaiah 38:18 For the graue cannot praise thee, death cannot celebrate thee: they that goe downe into the pit cannot hope for thy trueth. Isaiah 38:19 The liuing, the liuing, hee shall praise thee, as I [doe] this day: the father to the children shall make knowen thy trueth. Isaiah 38:20 The LORD [was ready] to saue me: therefore we will sing my songs to the stringed instruments, all the dayes of our life, in the house of the LORD. Isaiah 38:21 For Isaiah had said, Let them take a lumpe of figges, and lay [it] for a plaister vpon the boile, and he shall recouer. Isaiah 38:22 Hezekiah also had said, what [is] the signe, that I shall goe vp to the house of the LORD?