Isaiah 38 GW/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 In those days Hezekiah became sick and was about to die. The prophet Isaiah, son of Amoz, came to him and said, "This is what the LORD says: Give final instructions to your household, because you're about to die. You won't get well." 1 In those days Hezekiah became ill and was at the point of death. The prophet Isaiah son of Amoz went to him and said, "This is what the LORD says: Put your house in order, because you are going to die; you will not recover."
2 Hezekiah turned to the wall and prayed to the LORD. 2 Hezekiah turned his face to the wall and prayed to the LORD,
3 "Please, LORD, remember how I've lived faithfully and sincerely in your presence. I've done what you consider right." And he cried bitterly. 3 "Remember, O LORD, how I have walked before you faithfully and with wholehearted devotion and have done what is good in your eyes." And Hezekiah wept bitterly.
4 Then the LORD spoke his word to Isaiah, 4 Then the word of the LORD came to Isaiah:
5 "Go and say to Hezekiah, 'This is what the LORD God of your ancestor David says: I've heard your prayer. I've seen your tears. I'm going to give you 15 more years to live. 5 "Go and tell Hezekiah, 'This is what the LORD, the God of your father David, says: I have heard your prayer and seen your tears; I will add fifteen years to your life.
6 I'll rescue you and defend this city from the control of the king of Assyria.'" [38:21] Then Isaiah said, "Take a fig cake, and place it over the boil so that the king will get well." [38:22] Hezekiah asked, "What is the sign that I'll go to the LORD's temple?" 6 And I will deliver you and this city from the hand of the king of Assyria. I will defend this city.
7 [Isaiah said,] "This is your sign from the LORD that he will do what he promises. 7 " 'This is the LORD's sign to you that the LORD will do what he has promised:
8 The sun made a shadow that went down the stairway of Ahaz's upper palace. I'm going to make the shadow go back ten steps." So the sun on the stairway went back up the ten steps it had gone down. 8 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.
9 King Hezekiah of Judah wrote this after he was sick and became well again: 9 A writing of Hezekiah king of Judah after his illness and recovery:
10 I thought that in the prime of my life I would go down to the gates of Sheol and be robbed of the rest of my life. 10 I said, "In the prime of my life must I go through the gates of death and be robbed of the rest of my years?"
11 I thought that I wouldn't see the LORD in this world. Even with all the people in the world, I thought I would never see another person. 11 I said, "I will not again see the LORD, the LORD, in the land of the living; no longer will I look on mankind, or be with those who now dwell in this world.
12 My life was over. You rolled it up like a shepherd's tent. You rolled up my life like a weaver. You cut me off from the loom. You ended my life in one day. 12 Like a shepherd's tent my house has been pulled down and taken from me. Like a weaver I have rolled up my life, and he has cut me off from the loom; day and night you made an end of me.
13 I cried out until morning as if a lion had crushed all my bones. You ended my life in one day. 13 I waited patiently till dawn, but like a lion he broke all my bones; day and night you made an end of me.
14 I chirped like swallows and cranes. I cooed like doves. My eyes were tired from looking up to heaven. I've suffered miserably, O Lord! Please help me! 14 I cried like a swift or thrush, I moaned like a mourning dove. My eyes grew weak as I looked to the heavens. I am troubled; O Lord, come to my aid!"
15 What can I say now that he has spoken to me? He has done this. I will be careful the rest of my life because of my bitter experience. 15 But what can I say? He has spoken to me, and he himself has done this. I will walk humbly all my years because of this anguish of my soul.
16 Lord, people live in spite of such things, and I have the will to live in spite of them. You give me health and keep me alive. 16 Lord, by such things men live; and my spirit finds life in them too. You restored me to health and let me live.
17 Now my bitter experience turns into peace. You have saved me and kept me from the rotting pit. You have thrown all my sins behind you. 17 Surely it was for my benefit that I suffered such anguish. In your love you kept me from the pit of destruction; you have put all my sins behind your back.
18 Sheol doesn't thank you! Death doesn't praise you! Those who go down to the pit cannot expect you to be faithful. 18 For the grave cannot praise you, death cannot sing your praise; those who go down to the pit cannot hope for your faithfulness.
19 Those who are living praise you as I do today. Fathers make your faithfulness known to their children. 19 The living, the living--they praise you, as I am doing today; fathers tell their children about your faithfulness.
20 The LORD is going to rescue me, so let us play stringed instruments. We live our lives in the LORD's temple. 20 The LORD will save me, and we will sing with stringed instruments all the days of our lives in the temple of the LORD.
21 21 Isaiah had said, "Prepare a poultice of figs and apply it to the boil, and he will recover."
22 22 Hezekiah had asked, "What will be the sign that I will go up to the temple of the LORD?"