1In those days Hezekiah became mortally ill. And 2Isaiah the prophet the son of Amoz came to him and said to him, "Thus says the LORD, '3Set your house in order, for you shall die and not live.' "
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Then Hezekiah turned his face to the wall and prayed to the LORD,
and said, "4Remember now, O LORD, I beseech You, how I have 5walked before You in truth and with a 6whole heart, and 7have done what is good in Your sight." And Hezekiah 8wept bitterly.
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Then the word of the LORD came to Isaiah, saying,
"Go and say to Hezekiah, 'Thus says the LORD, the God of your father David, "I have heard your prayer, I have seen your tears; behold, I will add 9fifteen years to your life.
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"I will 10deliver you and this city from the hand of the king of Assyria; and I will defend this city."'
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"This shall be the 11sign to you from the LORD, that the LORD will do this thing that He has spoken:
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"Behold, I will 12cause the shadow on the stairway, which has gone down with the sun on the stairway of Ahaz, to go back ten steps." So the 13sun's shadow went back ten steps on the stairway on which it had gone down.
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A writing of Hezekiah king of Judah after his illness and recovery:
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I said, "14In the middle of my life I am to enter the 15gates of Sheol; I am to be 16deprived of the rest of my years."
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I said, "I will not see the LORD, The LORD 17in the land of the living; I will look on man no more among the inhabitants of the world.
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"Like a shepherd's 18tent my dwelling is pulled up and removed from me; As a 19weaver I 20rolled up my life. He 21cuts me off from the loom; From 22day until night You make an end of me.
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"I composed my soul until morning. 23Like a lion -so He 24breaks all my bones, From 25day until night You make an end of me.
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"26Like a swallow, like a crane, so I twitter; I 27moan like a dove; My 28eyes look wistfully to the heights; O Lord, I am oppressed, be my 29security.
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"30What shall I say? For He has spoken to me, and He Himself has done it; I will 31wander about all my years because of the 32bitterness of my soul.
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"O Lord, 33by these things men live, And in all these is the life of my spirit; 34O restore me to health and 35let me live!
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"Lo, for my own welfare I had great bitterness; It is You who has 36kept my soul from the pit of nothingness, For You have 37cast all my sins behind Your back.
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"For 38Sheol cannot thank You, Death cannot praise You; Those who go down 39to the pit cannot hope for Your faithfulness.
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"It is the 40living who give thanks to You, as I do today; A 41father tells his sons about Your faithfulness.
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"The LORD will surely save me; So we will 42play my songs on stringed instruments 43All the days of our life 44at the house of the LORD."
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Now 45Isaiah had said, "Let them take a cake of figs and apply it to the boil, that he may recover."
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Then Hezekiah had said, "What is the 46sign that I shall go up to the house of the LORD?"
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