2 Kings 20
Hezekiah, having received a message of death, by prayer hath his life lengthened.
2 Kings 20:1 In those days Hezekiah was sick unto death. And the prophet Isaiah the son of Amoz came to him and said to him, Thus saith Jehovah: Set thy house in order; for thou shalt die, and not live. 2 Kings 20:2 And he turned his face to the wall, and prayed to Jehovah saying, 2 Kings 20:3 Ah! Jehovah, remember, I beseech thee, how I have walked before thee in truth and with a perfect heart, and have done what is good in thy sight. And Hezekiah wept much. 2 Kings 20:4 And it came to pass before Isaiah had gone out into the middle city that the word of Jehovah came to him saying, 2 Kings 20:5 Return, and tell Hezekiah the captain of my people, Thus saith Jehovah, the God of David thy father: I have heard thy prayer, I have seen thy tears; behold, I will heal thee: on the third day thou shalt go up to the house of Jehovah; 2 Kings 20:6 and I will add to thy days fifteen years; and I will deliver thee and this city out of the hand of the king of Assyria, and I will defend this city for mine own sake, and for my servant David's sake. 2 Kings 20:7 And Isaiah said, Take a cake of figs. And they took and laid it on the boil, and he recovered.
The sun goeth ten degrees backward for a sign of that promise.
2 Kings 20:8 And Hezekiah said to Isaiah, What [shall be] the sign that Jehovah will heal me, and that I shall go up into the house of Jehovah the third day? 2 Kings 20:9 And Isaiah said, This [shall be] the sign to thee from Jehovah, that Jehovah will do the thing that he hath spoken: shall the shadow go forward ten degrees, or go back ten degrees? 2 Kings 20:10 And Hezekiah said, It is a light thing for the shadow to go down ten degrees: no, but let the shadow return backward ten degrees. 2 Kings 20:11 And Isaiah the prophet cried to Jehovah, and he brought the shadow back on the degrees by which it had gone down on the dial of Ahaz, ten degrees backward.
Berodach-baladan, sending to visit Hezekiah because of the wonder, hath notice of his treasures.
2 Kings 20:12 At that time Berodach-Baladan, the son of Baladan, king of Babylon, sent a letter and a present to Hezekiah, for he had heard that Hezekiah had been sick. 2 Kings 20:13 And Hezekiah hearkened to them, and shewed them all his treasure-house, the silver and the gold, and the spices and the fine oil, and all the house of his armour, and all that was found among his treasures: there was nothing in his house, nor in all his dominion, that Hezekiah did not shew them.
Isaiah understanding thereof foretelleth the Babylonian captivity.
2 Kings 20:14 Then came the prophet Isaiah to king Hezekiah and said to him, What said these men? and from whence came they to thee? And Hezekiah said, They came from a far country, from Babylon. 2 Kings 20:15 And he said, What have they seen in thy house? And Hezekiah said, All that is in my house have they seen: there is nothing among my treasures that I have not shewn them. 2 Kings 20:16 And Isaiah said to Hezekiah, Hear the word of Jehovah: 2 Kings 20:17 Behold, days come that all that is in thy house, and what thy fathers have laid up until this day, shall be carried to Babylon; nothing shall be left, saith Jehovah. 2 Kings 20:18 And of thy sons that shall issue from thee, whom thou shalt beget, shall they take away; and they shall be chamberlains in the palace of the king of Babylon. 2 Kings 20:19 And Hezekiah said to Isaiah, Good is the word of Jehovah which thou hast spoken. And he said, Is it not so? if only there shall be peace and truth in my days!
Manasseh succeedeth Hezekiah.
2 Kings 20:20 And the rest of the acts of Hezekiah, and all his might, and how he made the pool and the aqueduct, and brought the water into the city, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Judah? 2 Kings 20:21 And Hezekiah slept with his fathers; and Manasseh his son reigned in his stead.