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Go to Commentary on 2 Kng 20
Hezekiah's Illness and Recovery

1In those days was Hezekiah sick to the point of death. And Isaiah the prophet, the son of Amoz, came to him and said to him, “This is what Yahweh says: ‘Set your house in order, for you are going to die and will not live.’”

2Then he turned his face to the wall and prayed to Yahweh, saying,
  3“Please Yahweh, remember now how I have walked before you in truth and with a wholly devoted heart, and have done what is good in your eyes.” And Hezekiah wept; it was a great weeping.

4Now Isaiah had not yet gone out into the middle court of the palace, when the word of Yahweh came to him, saying,
  5“Turn back and tell Hezekiah the leader of my people: ‘This is what Yahweh, the God of David your father, says: I have heard your prayer. I have seen your tears. Behold, I will heal you. On the third day you will go up to the house of Yahweh.
  6I will add 15 years to your days. I will rescue you and this city out of the hand of the king of Assyria. I will defend this city for my own sake and for my servant David’s sake.’”

7Isaiah said, “Take a cake of pressed figs.” They took and laid it on the boil, and he lived.

8Hezekiah said to Isaiah, “What is the sign that Yahweh will heal me and that I will go up to the house of Yahweh on the third day?”

9Isaiah said, “This is the sign to you from Yahweh, that Yahweh will do the thing that he has spoken: should the shadow go forward ten steps, or go back ten steps?”

10Hezekiah answered, “It is an easy thing for the shadow to lengthen ten steps. No, but let the shadow return backward ten steps.”

11So Isaiah the prophet cried out to Yahweh, and he brought the shadow on the sundial back ten steps that it had gone down on the sundial of Ahaz.

Hezekiah and the Babylonian Envoys

12At that time Berodach-baladana the son of Baladan, king of Babylon, sent letters and a present to Hezekiah, because he had heard that Hezekiah had been sick.
  13Hezekiah listened to them and showed them all his treasure house; the silver and the gold and the spices and the fine oil and the house of his armor and all that was found in his treasures; there was nothing in his house or in all his dominion that Hezekiah did not show them.

14Then Isaiah the prophet came to King Hezekiah and said to him, “What did these men say and from where did they come to you?” And Hezekiah said, “They have come from a far country, from Babylon.”

15Then he said, “What have they seen in your house?” Hezekiah answered, “They have seen all that is in my house. There was nothing among my treasures that I did not show them.”

16Then Isaiah said to Hezekiah, “Hear the word of Yahweh:
  17‘Behold, the days are coming when all that is in your house and that your fathers have stored up until this day will be carried off to Babylon. Nothing will be left,’ says Yahweh.
  18‘And some of your sons who will come from you, whom you will father, they will take away, and they will be eunuchs in the palace of the king of Babylon.’”

19Then Hezekiah said to Isaiah, “The word of Yahweh that you have spoken is good.” For he said, “Will there not at least be trustworthy peace in my days?”

The Death of Hezekiah

20Now the rest of the acts of Hezekiah and all his mighty acts, and how he made the pool and the tunnel, and brought water into the city, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Judah?
  21And Hezekiah slept with his fathers and Manasseh his son reigned in his place.

Called “Merodach-baladan” in Isa. 39:1

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