2 Kings 20
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2 Kings 20
In those days Hizqiyahu was sick unto death. And Yeshayahu the prophet, son of Amots, went to him and said to him, `Thus said YHWH, `Set your house in order, for you are going to die, and not live.``
And he turned his face toward the wall, and prayed to YHWH, saying,
'I pray to You, O YHWH, remember how I have walked before You in truth and with a perfect heart, and have done what was good in Your eyes.' And Hizqiyahu wept bitterly.
And it came to be, before Yeshayahu had gone out into the middle court, that the word of YHWH came to him, saying,
'Return and say to Hizqiyahu the leader of My people, 'Thus said YHWH, the Elohim of Dawid your father, 'I have heard your prayer, I have seen your tears. See, I am going to heal you. On the third day go up to the House of YHWH.
'And I shall add to your days fifteen years, and deliver you and this city from the hand of the sovereign of Ashshur, and shall defend this city for My own sake, and for the sake of Dawid My servant.'''
And Yeshayahu said, 'Take a cake of figs.' And they took and laid it on the boil, and he recovered.
And Hizqiyahu said to Yeshayahu, 'What is the sign that YHWH does heal me, and that I shall go up to the House of YHWH the third day?'
And Yeshayahu said, 'This is the sign for you from YHWH, that YHWH does the word which He has spoken: shall the shadow go forward ten degrees or go backward ten degrees?'
And Hizqiyahu said, 'It would be easy for the shadow to go down ten degrees; no, but let the shadow go backward ten degrees.'
And Yeshayahu the prophet cried out to YHWH, and He brought the shadow ten degrees backward, by which it had gone down on the sundial of Ahaz.
Envoys From Babylon...
At that time Berodak-Baladan son of Baladan, sovereign of Babel, sent letters and a present to Hizqiyahu, for he heard that Hizqiyahu had been sick.
And Hizqiyahu listened to them, and showed them all his treasure house, the silver and the gold, and the spices and the precious ointment, and all his armoury, and all that was found among his treasures. There was not an object in his house or in all his rule that Hizqiyahu did not show them.
And Yeshayahu the prophet came to Sovereign Hizqiyahu, and said to him, 'What did these men say, and from where did they come to you?' And Hizqiyahu said, 'They came from a distant land, from Babel.'
And he said, 'What have they seen in your house?' And Hizqiyahu answered, 'They saw all that is in my house; there is not an object among my treasures that I did not show them.'
And Yeshayahu said to Hizqiyahu, 'Hear the word of YHWH:
'See, the days are coming when all that is in your house, and what your fathers have treasured up until this day, shall be brought to Babel - no object is to be left,' said YHWH.
'And they are going to take away some of your sons who are to be born to you, whom you bring forth, and they shall be eunuchs in the palace of the sovereign of Babel.''
And Hizqiyahu said to Yeshayahu, 'The word of YHWH which you have spoken is good!' And he said, 'Is it not so, if peace and truth are to be in my days?'
And the rest of the acts of Hizqiyahu, and all his might and how he made a pool and a channel and brought water into the city, are they not written in the book of the annals of the sovereigns of Yehudah?
So Hizqiyahu slept with his fathers. And Menashsheh his son reigned in his place.
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