1In those days was Hezekiah sick to death. Isaiah the prophet the
son of Amoz came to him, and said to him, Thus says Yahweh, Set your house in
order: for you shall die, and not live.
2Then he turned his face to the
wall, and prayed to Yahweh, saying,
3Remember now, Yahweh, I beg
you, how I have walked before you in truth and with a perfect heart, and have
done that which is good in your sight. Hezekiah wept sore.
before Isaiah was gone out into the middle part of the city, that the word of
Yahweh came to him, saying,
5Turn back, and tell Hezekiah the prince of
my people, Thus says Yahweh, the God of David your father, I have heard your
prayer, I have seen your tears: behold, I will heal you; on the third day you
shall go up to the house of Yahweh.
6I will add to your days fifteen
years; and I will deliver you and this city out of the hand of the king of
Assyria; and I will defend this city for my own sake, and for my servant
7Isaiah said, Take a cake of figs. They took and laid it on
the boil, and he recovered.
8Hezekiah said to Isaiah, What shall be the
sign that Yahweh will heal me, and that I shall go up to the house of Yahweh
the third day?
9Isaiah said, This shall be the sign to you from Yahweh,
that Yahweh will do the thing that he has spoken: shall the shadow go forward
ten steps, or go back ten steps?
10Hezekiah answered, It is a light thing
for the shadow to decline ten steps: nay, but let the shadow return backward
11Isaiah the prophet cried to Yahweh; and he brought the
shadow ten steps backward, by which it had gone down on the dial of Ahaz.
12At that time Berodach Baladan the son of Baladan, king of Babylon, sent
letters and a present to Hezekiah; for he had heard that Hezekiah had been
13Hezekiah listened to them, and shown them all the house of his
precious things, the silver, and the gold, and the spices, and the precious
oil, and the house of his armor, and all that was found in his treasures:
there was nothing in his house, nor in all his dominion, that Hezekiah didn’t
14Then came Isaiah the prophet to king Hezekiah, and said to
him, What said these men? and from whence came they to you? Hezekiah said,
They are come from a far country, even from Babylon.
15He said, What have
they seen in your house? Hezekiah answered, All that is in my house have they
seen: there is nothing among my treasures that I have not shown them.
16Isaiah said to Hezekiah, Hear the word of Yahweh.
days come, that all that is in your house, and that which your fathers have
laid up in store to this day, shall be carried to Babylon: nothing shall be
left, says Yahweh.
18Of your sons who shall issue from you, whom you
shall father, shall they take away; and they shall be eunuchs in the palace
of the king of Babylon.
19Then said Hezekiah to Isaiah, Good is the word
of Yahweh which you have spoken. He said moreover, Isn’t it so, if peace and
truth shall be in my days?
20Now the rest of the acts of Hezekiah, and
all his might, and how he made the pool, and the conduit, and brought water
into the city, aren’t they written in the book of the chronicles of the kings
21Hezekiah slept with his fathers; and Manasseh his son reigned
in his place.