Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
|Overview - Isaiah 38|
| 1 ||Hezekiah, having received a message of death, by prayer has his life lengthened. |
| 8 ||The sun goes ten degrees backward, for a sign of that promise. |
| 9 ||His song of thanksgiving. |
Isaiah 38:8 (King James Version)
Behold, I will bring again the shadow of the degrees, which is gone down in the sun dial of Ahaz, ten degrees backward. So the sun returned ten degrees, by which degrees it was gone down.
- I will bring
- Joshua 10:12-14 ; 2 Kings 20:11 ; 2 Chronicles 32:24 2 Chronicles 32:31 ; Matthew 16:1
- the sun dial
- Hebrew the degrees by, or, with the sun.
- Or, as the Hebrew might be rendered, "the steps of Ahaz." The researches of curious travellers in Hindostan, observes Bp. Stock, have lately discovered in that country, three observatories of similar form, the most remarkable of which is to be seen within four miles of Delhi, the ancient capital of the Mogul empire. A rectangled triangle, whose hypotenuse is a staircase, (apparently parallel to the axis of the earth,) bisects a zone, or coping of a wall, which wall connects the two terminating towers at right and left. The coping itself is of a circular form, and accurately graduated, to mark, by the gnomon above, the sun's progress before and after noon.