Hezekiah, having received a message of death, by prayer hath his life lengthened.
Isaiah 38:1 Not longe afore this, was Hezechia sycke vnto the deeth, & the prophete Esay þe sonne of Amoz came vnto him, & sayd: Thus commaundeth the Lord: Set thyne house in ordre, for thou must dye, and shalt not escape. Isaiah 38:2 Then Hezechia turned hys face towarde the wall, and prayed vnto the Lorde, Isaiah 38:3 and sayde: Remembre (O Lorde) that I haue walcked before the in treuth and a stedfast herte, & haue done the thynge that is pleasaunt to the. And Hezechia wepte sore
Isaiah 38:4 Then sayde God vnto Esay: Isaiah 38:5 Go and speake vnto Hezechia: the Lord God of Dauid thy father sendeth the this worde: I haue hearde thy prayer, and consydred thy teares, beholde, I will put fyftene yeares mo vnto thy lyfe, Isaiah 38:6 and delyuer the and the cytie also, from the hande of the kynge of Assyria, for I wyll defende the cytie: Isaiah 38:7 And take the thys token of the Lord, that he will do it, as he hath spoken:
The sun goeth ten degrees backward, for a sign of that promise.
Isaiah 38:8 Beholde, I wyll returne the shadowe of Ahaz dyal, that nowe is layed out with þe Sunne and bringe it ten degrees backward. So the Sunne turned ten degrees backwarde, the which he was descended afore.
His song of thanksgiving.
Isaiah 38:9 A thanckesgeuynge, which Hezekia Kynge of Iuda wrote, when he had bene sycke, and was recouered. Isaiah 38:10 I thought I shulde haue gone to the gates of hell when myne age was shortened, and haue wanted the resydue of my yeares. Isaiah 38:11 I spake within my selfe: I shall neuer viset the Lorde (the Lord I saye) in thys lyfe. I shal neuer se man among the dwellers of the worlde. Isaiah 38:12 Myne age is folden vp together, & taken awaye fro me, lyke a shepherdes cotage: I haue hewen of my lyfe by my synnes, lyke as a weeuer cutteth of hys webb. He wyll with pyninge sycknesse make an ende of me: yee, he wyll make en ende of me in one daye. Isaiah 38:13 I thought I wolde haue lyued vnto the morowe, but he brosed my bones lyke a lyon, and in one daye thou wilt make an ende of me. Isaiah 38:14 Then chatred I lyke a swalowe, and lyke a crane, and mourned as a doue. I lyfte vp myne eyes into the heygth: O Lorde (sayde I) my sycknes kepeth me downe: ease thou me. Isaiah 38:15 What shall I saye? The Lorde hath made a promise to me. Yee, and he him selfe hath perfourmed it. I shall therfore as longe as I lyue remembre thys bitternes of my lyfe. Isaiah 38:16 O Lorde men maye lyue beyond theyr yeares, and I wyll declare to all men: that euen in those yeres I haue a ioyfull lyfe, and that it was thou that causedest me to sleape and agayne thou hast geuen lyfe to me. Isaiah 38:17 Beholde bytter as gall was my pensyuenesse, so sore longed I for helth. And it was thy pleasure to deliuer my lyfe, from the fylthye pytt, for thou it is (O Lorde) that hast cast all my synnes behynde thy backe. Isaiah 38:18 For hell prayseth not the, death doth not magnifye the. They that go downe into the graue prayse not thy trueth: Isaiah 38:19 but the lyuinge, yee, the lyuing a knowledge þe, lyke as I do thys daye. The father telleth hys chyldren of thy faythfulnesse. Isaiah 38:20 To heale me it is the Lordes worcke, and we wyll synge my songes in thy house, all the dayes of oure lyfe. Isaiah 38:21 And Esaye sayde: take a playster of fygges, and laye it vpon the sore, so shall it be whole. Isaiah 38:22 Then sayd Hezekia: O what a great miracle is this, that I shall go vp into the house of the Lorde?