In those days Hezekiah became ill and was at the point of death. The prophet Isaiah son of Amoz1 went to him and said, "This is what the LORD says: Put your house in order,2 because you are going to die; you will not recover."3
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Hezekiah turned his face to the wall and prayed to the LORD,
"Remember, O LORD, how I have walked4 before you faithfully and with wholehearted devotion5 and have done what is good in your eyes.6" And Hezekiah wept7 bitterly.
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Then the word8 of the LORD came to Isaiah:
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"Go and tell Hezekiah, 'This is what the LORD, the God of your father David,9 says: I have heard your prayer and seen your tears;10 I will add fifteen years11 to your life.
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And I will deliver you and this city from the hand of the king of Assyria. I will defend12 this city.
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" 'This is the LORD's sign13 to you that the LORD will do what he has promised:
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I will make the shadow cast by the sun go back the ten steps it has gone down on the stairway of Ahaz.' " So the sunlight went back the ten steps it had gone down.14
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A writing of Hezekiah king of Judah after his illness and recovery:
I said, "In the prime of my life15 must I go through the gates of death16 and be robbed of the rest of my years?17"
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I said, "I will not again see the LORD, the LORD,18 in the land of the living;19 no longer will I look on mankind, or be with those who now dwell in this world.
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Like a shepherd's tent20 my house has been pulled down21 and taken from me. Like a weaver I have rolled22 up my life, and he has cut me off from the loom;23 day and night24 you made an end of me.
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I waited patiently25 till dawn, but like a lion he broke26 all my bones;27 day and night28 you made an end of me.
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I cried like a swift or thrush, I moaned like a mourning dove.29 My eyes grew weak30 as I looked to the heavens. I am troubled; O Lord, come to my aid!"31
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But what can I say?32 He has spoken to me, and he himself has done this.33 I will walk humbly34 all my years because of this anguish of my soul.35
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Lord, by such things men live; and my spirit finds life in them too. You restored me to health and let me live.36
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Surely it was for my benefit37 that I suffered such anguish.38 In your love you kept me from the pit39 of destruction; you have put all my sins40 behind your back.41
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For the grave42 cannot praise you, death cannot sing your praise;43 those who go down to the pit44 cannot hope for your faithfulness.
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The living, the living--they praise45 you, as I am doing today; fathers tell their children46 about your faithfulness.
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The LORD will save me, and we will sing47 with stringed instruments48 all the days of our lives49 in the temple50 of the LORD.
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Isaiah had said, "Prepare a poultice of figs and apply it to the boil, and he will recover."
Hezekiah had asked, "What will be the sign51 that I will go up to the temple of the LORD?"
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