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Isaiah 38 BBE/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 In those days Hezekiah was ill and near death. And Isaiah the prophet, the son of Amoz, came to him, and said to him, The Lord says, Put your house in order; for your death is near. 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 And Hezekiah, turning his face to the wall, made his prayer to the Lord, saying, 2 Hezekiah turned his face to the wall and prayed to the LORD,
3 O Lord, keep in mind how I have been true to you with all my heart, and have done what is good in your eyes. And Hezekiah gave way to bitter weeping. 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 word of the Lord came to Isaiah, saying, 4 Then the word of the LORD came to Isaiah:
5 Go to Hezekiah, and say, The Lord, the God of David, your father, says, Your prayer has come to my ears, and I have seen your weeping: see, I will give you fifteen more years of 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 keep you and this town safe from the hands of the king of Assyria: and I will keep watch over this town. 6 And I will deliver you and this city from the hand of the king of Assyria. I will defend this city.
7 And Isaiah said, This is the sign the Lord will give you, that he will do what he has said: 7 " 'This is the LORD's sign to you that the LORD will do what he has promised:
8 See, I will make the shade which has gone down on the steps of Ahaz with the sun, go back ten steps. So the shade went back the ten steps by which 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 The writing of Hezekiah, king of Judah, after he had been ill, and had got better from his disease. 9 A writing of Hezekiah king of Judah after his illness and recovery:
10 I said, In the quiet of my days I am going down into the underworld: the rest of my years are being 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, even the Lord in the land of the living: I will not see man again or those living in the 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 resting-place is pulled up and taken away from me like a herdsman's tent: my life is rolled up like a linen-worker's thread; I am cut off from the cloth on the frame: from day even to night you give me up to pain. 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 am crying out with pain till the morning; it is as if a lion was crushing all my bones. 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 make cries like a bird; I give out sounds of grief like a dove: my eyes are looking up with desire; O Lord, I am crushed, take up my cause. 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 am I to say? seeing that it is he who has done it: all my time of sleeping I am turning from side to side without rest. 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 O Lord, for this cause I am waiting for you, give rest to my spirit: make me well again, and let me come back to life. 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 See, in place of peace my soul had bitter sorrow. but you have kept back my soul from the underworld; for you have put all my sins out of your memory. 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 For the underworld is not able to give you praise, death gives you no honour: for those who go down into the underworld there is no hope in your mercy. 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 living, the living man, he will give you praise, as I do this day: the father will give the story of your mercy to his children. 19 The living, the living--they praise you, as I am doing today; fathers tell their children about your faithfulness.
20 O Lord, quickly be my saviour; so we will make my songs to corded instruments all the days of our lives in the house of the Lord. 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 And Isaiah said, Let them take a cake of figs, and put it on the diseased place, and he will get well. 21 Isaiah had said, "Prepare a poultice of figs and apply it to the boil, and he will recover."
22 And Hezekiah said, What is the sign that I will go up to the house of the Lord? 22 Hezekiah had asked, "What will be the sign that I will go up to the temple of the LORD?"