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Go to Bible: 2 Kings 20
2Ki 20:1

“sick to the point of death.” The record of Hezekiah’s sickness and recovery is in 2 Kings 20:1-11; 2 Chronicles 32:24-26; and Isaiah 38:1-22.

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2Ki 20:12

“Berodach-Baladan.” He is called “Marodach-Baladan” in Isaiah 39:1, and there Hebrew, Greek, Aramaic, and Latin manuscripts that have that name here in 2 Kings as well. It may be a copyists error, or there may be an intentional change of the name here in 2 Kings.

2Ki 20:13

“Hezekiah listened to them and showed them all his treasure-house.” Hezekiah’s actions are prideful but understandable. Historically, it seems that at this time Merodach-Baladan was the king of Babylon and the son of an earlier well-known king named Baladan. It is understandable why the King of Babylon would send a present to Hezekiah. It was at Jerusalem that Babylon’s enemy, the Assyrians, were defeated and much of their army killed (2 Kings 19:35), and no doubt Merodach-Baladan was trying to establish closer ties with Hezekiah that would lead to an ultimate defeat of Assyria and give Babylon control of Mesopotamia. Hezekiah was no doubt flattered by the attention of Babylon and could not have foreseen in 721 BC or so that by 586 BC it would be the Babylonians who would destroy Judah, burn the Temple down, and carry the Judean people captive to Babylon.

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2Ki 20:18

“eunuchs.” The Hebrew word can refer to eunuchs or to court officials, and the English versions are divided as to the meaning in this context. Actually, it is likely that both meanings are true. Some men were likely made eunuchs while others rose to prominence in the kingdom.

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