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Isaiah 38 CEB/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 At about that time Hezekiah became deathly sick. The prophet Isaiah, Amoz's son, came to him and said: "The LORD God says this: Put your affairs in order because you are about to die. You won't survive this." 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 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 walked before you in truth and sincerity. I've done what you consider to be good." Then Hezekiah cried and cried. 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's word came to Isaiah: 4 Then the word of the LORD came to Isaiah:
5 "Go and say to Hezekiah: The LORD, the God of your ancestor David, says this: I have heard your prayer and have seen your tears. 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 rescue you and this city from the power of the Assyrian king. 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 This will be your sign from the LORD that he will do what he promised: 7 " 'This is the LORD's sign to you that the LORD will do what he has promised:
8 once the shadow cast by the sun descends on the steps of Ahaz, I will make it back up ten steps." And the sun went back ten of the steps that it had already descended. 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 A composition by Judah's King Hezekiah when he was sick and then recovered from his sickness: 9 A writing of Hezekiah king of Judah after his illness and recovery:
10 I thought, I must depart in the prime of my life; I have been relegated to the gates of the underworld for 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, I won't see the LORD. The LORD is in the land of the living. I won't look upon humans again or be with the inhabitants of 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 lifetime is plucked up and taken from me like a shepherd's tent. My life is shriveled like woven cloth; God cuts me off from the loom. Between daybreak and nightfall you carry out your verdict against me. 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: "Like a lion God crushes all my bones. Between daybreak and nightfall you carry out your verdict against me. 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 Like a swallow I chirp; I moan like a dove. My eyes have grown weary looking to heaven. Lord, I'm overwhelmed; support 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? God has spoken to me; he himself has acted. I will wander my whole life with a bitter spirit. 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 The LORD Most High is the one who gives life to every heart, who gives life to the spirit! 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 Look, he indeed exchanged my bitterness for wholeness. You yourself have spared my whole being from the pit of destruction, because you have cast all 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 The underworld can't thank you, nor can death praise you; those who go down to the pit can't hope for your faithfulness. 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 can thank you, as I do today. Parents will tell children about your faithfulness. 19 The living, the living--they praise you, as I am doing today; fathers tell their children about your faithfulness.
20 The LORD has truly saved me, and we will make music at the LORD's house 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, "Prepare a salve made from figs, put it on the swelling, and he'll get better." 21 Isaiah had said, "Prepare a poultice of figs and apply it to the boil, and he will recover."
22 Hezekiah said to Isaiah, "What's the sign that I'll be able to go up to the LORD's temple?" 22 Hezekiah had asked, "What will be the sign that I will go up to the temple of the LORD?"