11In thosedaysHezekiahbecameamortallyill. And Isaiah the prophet the son of Amozcame to him and said to him, "Thussays the LORD, '2Set your house in order, for you shall die and not live.' "
Then he turned his face to the wall and prayed to the LORD, saying,
"3Remembernow, OLORD, I beseech You, 4how I have walkedbefore You in truth and with a wholeheart and have donewhat is good in Your sight." And 5Hezekiahweptbbitterly .
4BeforeIsaiah had gone out of the middlecourt, the word of the LORDcame to him, saying,
5"Return and say to 6Hezekiah the leader of My people, 'Thussays the LORD, the God of your fatherDavid, "7I have heard your prayer, 8I have seen your tears ; behold, I will heal you. On the thirdday you shall go up to the house of the LORD.
"I will addfifteenyears to your clife, and I will deliver you and thiscity from the hand of the king of Assyria ; and 9I will defendthiscity for My own sake and for My servantDavid'ssake.""'
Then Isaiahsaid, "Take a cake of figs." And they took and laid it on the boil, and he recovered.
Now Hezekiahsaid to Isaiah, "What will be the sign that the LORD will heal me, and that I shall go up to the house of the LORD the thirdday ?"
9Isaiahsaid, "10This shall be the sign to you from the LORD, that the LORD will do the thing that He has spoken : shall the shadowgo forward tenstepsorgobacktensteps ?"
So Hezekiahdanswered, "It is easy for the shadow to declinetensteps ; no, but let the shadowturnbackwardtensteps."
11Isaiah the prophetcried to the LORD, and 11He brought the shadow on the estairwaybacktensteps by which it had gonedown on the fstairway of Ahaz.
1212At that timegBerodach-baladan a son of Baladan, king of Babylon, sentletters and a present to Hezekiah, for he heard that Hezekiah had beensick.
13Hezekiahlistened to them, and showed them 13all his treasurehouse, the silver and the gold and the spices and the preciousoil and the house of his armor and all that was found in his treasuries. There was nothing in his housenor in all his dominion that Hezekiah did not show them.
Then Isaiah the prophetcame to KingHezekiah and said to him, "What did thesemensay, and from where have they come to you?" And Hezekiahsaid, "They have come from a farcountry, from Babylon."
He said, "What have they seen in your house ?" So Hezekiahhanswered, "They have seenall that is in my house ; there is nothing among my treasuries that I have not shown them."
Then Isaiahsaid to Hezekiah, "Hear the word of the LORD.
17'Behold, the days are coming when 14all that is in your house, and all that your fathers have laid up in store to thisday will be carried to Babylon ; nothing shall be left,' says the LORD.
18'Some15of your sonswho shall issue from you, whom you will beget, will be taken away; and they will become16officials in the palace of the king of Babylon.' "
Then Hezekiahsaid to Isaiah, "The word of the LORDwhich you have spoken is 17good." For he ithought, "Is it not so, if there will be peace and truth in my days ?"
2018Now the rest of the acts of Hezekiah and all his might, and how he 19made the pool and the conduit and broughtwater into the city, are they not written in the Book of the Chronicles of the Kings of Judah ?
2120So Hezekiahslept with his fathers, and Manasseh his sonbecameking in his place.