2 Kings 20
Hezekiah, having received a message of death, by prayer hath his life lengthened.
2 Kings 20:1 In those days, was Hezekiah sick, unto death,and Isaiah son of Amoz, the prophet, came unto him, and said unto himThus, saith Yahweh Set in order thy house, for, about to die, thou, art, and shalt not recover. 2 Kings 20:2 Then he turned his face unto the wall,and prayed unto Yahweh, saying: 2 Kings 20:3 I beseech thee, O Yahweh, remember, I pray thee, how I have walked before thee, in truth, and with a whole heart, and, that which is good in thine eyes, have I done! And Hezekiah wept aloud. 2 Kings 20:4 And it came to pass that Isaiah, had not gone out into the middle court, when the word of Yahweh came unto him, saying: 2 Kings 20:5 Return, and thou shalt say unto Hezekiah the leader of my peopleThus, saith Yahweh, God of David thy father, I have heard thy prayer, I have seen thy tears,Behold me! about to heal thee, On the third day, shalt thou go up unto the house of Yahweh; 2 Kings 20:6 And I will add unto thy days, fifteen years, and, out of the hand of the king of Assyria, will I deliver thee, and this city,and will throw a covering over this city, for my own sake, and for the sake of David my servant. 2 Kings 20:7 And Isaiah saidTake ye a cake of figs. So they took and laid it upon the boil, and he recovered,
The sun goeth ten degrees backward for a sign of that promise.
2 Kings 20:8 Now Hezekiah had said unto Isaiah, What sign is there, that Yahweh will heal me,and that I shall go up on the third day, to the house of Yahweh? 2 Kings 20:9 And Isaiah said,This unto thee, is the sign from Yahweh, that Yahweh will do the thing which he hath spoken, The shadow hath gone forward ten steps, shall it return ten steps? 2 Kings 20:10 And Hezekiah saidIt is, a light thing, for the shadow, to decline ten steps,Nay, but let the shadow go back ten steps. 2 Kings 20:11 And Isaiah the prophet cried unto Yahweh, and he caused the shadow on the steps by which it had gone down on the steps of Ahaz to go back, ten steps.
Berodach-baladan, sending to visit Hezekiah because of the wonder, hath notice of his treasures.
2 Kings 20:12 At that time, Berodach-baladan son of Baladan, king of Babylon, sent letters and a present, unto Hezekiah,for he had heard that Hezekiah had been sick. 2 Kings 20:13 And Hezekiah hearkened unto them, and shewed them all his house of precious thingsthe silver, and the gold, and the spices, and the precious ointment, and his armoury, and all that was found among his treasures,there was, nothing, that Hezekiah shewed them not, in his house or in all his dominion.
Isaiah understanding thereof foretelleth the Babylonian captivity.
2 Kings 20:14 Then came Isaiah the prophet unto King Hezekiah,and said unto himWhat said these men, and from whence came they unto thee? And Hezekiah said, From a land far off, came theyfrom Babylon. 2 Kings 20:15 And he saidWhat have they seen in thy house? Then said HezekiahAll that is in my house, have they seen, there was, nothing, that I shewed them not, among my treasures. 2 Kings 20:16 Then said Isaiah unto Hezekiah,Hear thou the word of Yahweh: 2 Kings 20:17 Lo! days are coming, when all that is in thine house, and that thy fathers have treasured up, unto this day, shall be carried into Babylon,nothing shall be left, saith Yahweh; 2 Kings 20:18 and, of thy sons who shall issue from thee, whom thou shalt beget, shall they take away,and they shall become eunuchs, in the palace of the king of Babylon. 2 Kings 20:19 And Hezekiah said unto IsaiahGood, is the word of Yahweh, which thou hast spoken. And he saidIs it not, that, peace and stability, there shall be in my days?
Manasseh succeedeth Hezekiah.
2 Kings 20:20 Now, the rest of the story of Hezekiah, and all his might, and how he made a pool and an aqueduct, and brought water into the city, are, they, not written in the book of the Chronicles of the Kings of Judah? 2 Kings 20:21 So Hezekiah slept with his fathers, and, Manasseh his son, reigned, in his stead.