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Isaiah 38 NIRV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

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1 In those days Hezekiah became very sick. He knew he was about to die. I went to see him. I told him, "The LORD says, 'Put everything in order. Make out your will. You are going to die soon. You will not get well again.' " 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 his face toward the wall. He prayed to the Lord. He said, 2 Hezekiah turned his face to the wall and prayed to the LORD,
3 "Lord, please remember how faithful I've been to you. I've lived the way you wanted me to. I've served you with all my heart. I've done what is good in your sight." And Hezekiah 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 A message came to me from the Lord. He said, 4 Then the word of the LORD came to Isaiah:
5 "Go and speak to Hezekiah. Tell him, 'The Lord, the God of King David, says, "I have heard your prayer. I have seen your tears. I will add 15 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 And I will save you and this city from the powerful hand of the king of Assyria. I will guard 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 " ' "Here is a miraculous sign from me. It will show you that I will heal you, just as I promised I would. 7 " 'This is the LORD's sign to you that the LORD will do what he has promised:
8 The shadow that was made by the sun has gone down ten steps on the stairway of Ahaz. I will make it go back up those ten steps." ' " So the shadow 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 Here is a song of praise that was written by Hezekiah, the king of Judah. He wrote it after he was sick and had gotten well again. 9 A writing of Hezekiah king of Judah after his illness and recovery:
10 I said, "I'm enjoying the best years of my life. Must I now go through the gates of death? Will the rest of my years be 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, "Lord, I'll never see you again while I'm still alive. I'll never see people anymore. I'll never again be with those who live in this world. 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 body is like a shepherd's tent. It has been pulled down and carried off. My life is like a piece of cloth that I've rolled up. You have cut it off from the loom. In a short period of time you have brought my life to an 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 I waited patiently until sunrise. But like a lion you broke all of my bones. In a short period of time you have brought my life to an 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 softly like a weak little bird. I groaned like a sad dove. My eyes grew tired as I looked up toward heaven. Lord, I'm in trouble. Please come and 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 "But what can I say? You have promised to heal me. And you yourself have done it. Once I was proud and bitter. But now I will live the rest of my life free of pride. 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 find the will to live because you keep your promises. And my spirit also finds life in your promises. You brought me back to health. You 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 I'm sure it was for my benefit that I suffered such great pain. You love me. You kept me from going down into the pit of death. You have put all of my sins behind your back. 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 grave can't praise you. Dead people can't sing praise to you. Those who go down to the grave can't hope for you to be faithful to 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 It is those who are alive who praise you. And that's what I'm doing today. Fathers tell their children about how faithful you are. 19 The living, the living--they praise you, as I am doing today; fathers tell their children about your faithfulness.
20 "You will save me. So we will sing and play music on stringed instruments. We will sing all the days of our lives in your 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 When Hezekiah was sick, I had said, "Press some figs together. Spread them on a piece of cloth. Apply them to Hezekiah's boil. Then he'll get well again." 21 Isaiah had said, "Prepare a poultice of figs and apply it to the boil, and he will recover."
22 At that time Hezekiah had asked me, "What will the miraculous sign be to prove I'll go up to the LORD's temple?" That's when the LORD had made the shadow go back ten steps. 22 Hezekiah had asked, "What will be the sign that I will go up to the temple of the LORD?"