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Isaiah 38 GNT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 About this time King Hezekiah became sick and almost died. The prophet Isaiah son of Amoz went to see him and said to him, "The Lord tells you that you are to put everything in order because you will not recover. Get ready to 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 his face to the wall and prayed: 2 Hezekiah turned his face to the wall and prayed to the LORD,
3 "Remember, Lord, that I have served you faithfully and loyally, and that I have always tried to do what you wanted me to." And he began to cry 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 commanded Isaiah 4 Then the word of the LORD came to Isaiah:
5 to go back to Hezekiah and say to him, "I, the Lord, the God of your ancestor David, have heard your prayer and seen your tears; I will let you live fifteen years longer. 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 of Jerusalem from the emperor of Assyria, and I will continue to protect the city." 6 And I will deliver you and this city from the hand of the king of Assyria. I will defend this city.
7 Isaiah replied, "The Lord will give you a sign to prove that he will keep his promise. 7 " 'This is the LORD's sign to you that the LORD will do what he has promised:
8 On the stairway built by King Ahaz, the Lord will make the shadow go back ten steps." And the shadow moved back ten steps. 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 recovered from his illness, he wrote this song of praise: 9 A writing of Hezekiah king of Judah after his illness and recovery:
10 I thought that in the prime of life I was going to the world of the dead, Never to live out 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 in this world of the living I would never again see the Lord Or any living 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 cut off and ended, Like a tent that is taken down, Like cloth that is cut from a loom. I thought that God was ending my life. 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 out with pain, As if a lion were breaking my bones. I thought that God was ending my life. 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 My voice was thin and weak, And I moaned like a dove. My eyes grew tired from looking to heaven. Lord, rescue me from all this trouble. 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 has done this. My heart is bitter, and I cannot sleep. 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, I will live for you, for you alone; Heal me 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 My bitterness will turn into peace. You save my life from all danger; You forgive all my sins. 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 No one in the world of the dead can praise you; The dead cannot trust in 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 It is the living who praise you, As I praise you now. Parents tell their children 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 Lord, you have healed me. We will play harps and sing your praise, Sing praise in your Temple as long as we live. 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 Isaiah told the king to put a paste made of figs on his boil, and he would get well. 21 Isaiah had said, "Prepare a poultice of figs and apply it to the boil, and he will recover."
22 Then King Hezekiah asked, "What is the sign to prove that I will be able to go to the Temple?" 22 Hezekiah had asked, "What will be the sign that I will go up to the temple of the LORD?"