Isaiah 38 NCV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 At that time Hezekiah became very sick; he was almost dead. The prophet Isaiah son of Amoz went to see him and told him, "This is what the Lord says: Make arrangements, because you are not going to live, but die." 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 toward the wall and prayed to the Lord, 2 Hezekiah turned his face to the wall and prayed to the LORD,
3 "Lord, please remember that I have always obeyed you. I have given myself completely to you and have done what you said was right." Then Hezekiah cried loudly. 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 to Hezekiah and tell him: 'This is what the Lord, the God of your ancestor David, says: I have heard your prayer and seen your tears. So I will add fifteen years to your life. 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 will save you and this city from the king of Assyria; I will defend this city. 6 And I will deliver you and this city from the hand of the king of Assyria. I will defend this city.
7 "'The Lord will do what he says. This is the sign from the Lord to show you: 7 " 'This is the LORD's sign to you that the LORD will do what he has promised:
8 The sun has made a shadow go down the stairway of Ahaz, but I will make it go back ten steps.'" So the shadow made by the sun 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 After Hezekiah king of Judah got well, he wrote this song: 9 A writing of Hezekiah king of Judah after his illness and recovery:
10 I said, "I am in the middle of my life. Do I have to go through the gates of death? Will I have the rest of my life taken away from me?" 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 said, "I will not see the Lord in the land of the living again. I will not again see the people who live on the earth. 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 Like a shepherd's tent, my home has been pulled down and taken from me. I am finished like the cloth a weaver rolls up and cuts from the loom. In one day you brought me to this end. 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 All night I cried loudly. Like a lion, he crushed all my bones. In one day you brought me to this end. 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 cried like a bird and moaned like a dove. My eyes became tired as I looked to the heavens. Lord, I have troubles. 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? The Lord told me what would happen and then made it happen. I have had these troubles in my soul, so now I will be humble all my life. 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, because of you, people live. Because of you, my spirit also lives; you made me well and let me live. 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 It was for my own good that I had such troubles. Because you love me very much, you did not let me die but threw my sins far away. 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 People in the place of the dead cannot praise you; those who have died cannot sing praises to you; those who die don't trust you to help them. 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 The people who are alive are the ones who praise you. They praise you as I praise you today. A father should tell his children that you provide help. 19 The living, the living--they praise you, as I am doing today; fathers tell their children about your faithfulness.
20 The Lord saved me, so we will play songs on stringed instruments in the Temple of the Lord all the days of our lives. 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 Then Isaiah said, "Make a paste from figs and put it on Hezekiah's boil. Then he will get well." 21 Isaiah had said, "Prepare a poultice of figs and apply it to the boil, and he will recover."
22 Hezekiah then asked Isaiah, "What will be the sign? What will show that I will go up to the Temple of the Lord?" 22 Hezekiah had asked, "What will be the sign that I will go up to the temple of the LORD?"