11In thosedaysHezekiahbecameamortallyill. And 2Isaiah the prophet the son of Amozcame to him and said to him, "Thussays the LORD, '3Set your house in order, for you shall die and not live.' "
Then Hezekiahturned his face to the wall and prayed to the LORD,
and said, "4Remembernow, OLORD, I beseech You, how I have 5walkedbefore You in truth and with a 6wholeheart, and 7have donewhat is good in Your sight." And Hezekiah8weptbbitterly.
Then the word of the LORDcame to Isaiah, saying,
5"Go and say to Hezekiah, 'Thussays the LORD, the God of your fatherDavid, "I have heard your prayer, I have seen your tears ; behold, I will add9fifteenyears to your clife.
"I will 10deliver you and thiscity from the hand of the king of Assyria ; and I will defendthiscity."'
7"This shall be the 11sign to you from the LORD, that the LORD will dothisthing that He has spoken :
8"Behold, I will 12cause the shadow on the stairway, which has gonedown with the sun on the stairway of Ahaz, to gobacktensteps." So the 13sun's shadow wentbacktensteps on the stairway on which it had gonedown.
A writing of Hezekiahking of Judah after his illness and drecovery :
I said, "14In the middle of my elife I am to enter the 15gates of Sheol ; I am to be 16deprived of the rest of my years."
I said, "I will not see the LORD, The LORD17in the land of the living ; I will look on mannomoreamong the inhabitants of the world.
"Like a shepherd's18tent 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 22dayuntilnight You make an end of me.
"I composed my soul untilmorning. 23Like a lion-so He 24breaksall my bones, From 25dayuntilnight You make an end of me.
"26Like a swallow, like a crane, so I twitter ; I 27moan like a dove ; My 28eyeslookwistfully to the heights ; O Lord, I am oppressed, be my 29security.
"30What shall I say ? fFor He has spoken to me, and He Himself has done it; I will 31wander about all my yearsbecause of the 32bitterness of my soul.
"O Lord, 33by these things men live, And in all these is the life of my spirit ; g34O restore me to health and 35let me live !
17"Lo, for my own welfare I hadgreatbitterness ; It is You who has h36kept my soul from the pit of inothingness, For You have 37castall my sinsbehind Your back.
"For 38Sheolcannotthank You, Death cannot praise You; Those who godown39to the pitcannothope for Your faithfulness.
"It is the 40living who givethanks to You, as I do today ; A 41fathertells his sonsabout Your faithfulness.
"The LORD will surely save me; So we will 42play my songs on stringed instruments 43All the days of our life44at the house of the LORD."
Now 45Isaiah had said, "Let them take a cake of figs and apply it to the boil, that he may recover."
Then Hezekiah had said, "What is the 46sign that I shall go up to the house of the LORD ?"