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Isaiah 38 MSG/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 At that time, Hezekiah got sick. He was about to die. The prophet Isaiah son of Amoz visited him and said, "God says, 'Prepare your affairs and your family. This is it: You're going to die. You're not going to get well.'" 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 away from Isaiah and, facing the wall, prayed to God: 2 Hezekiah turned his face to the wall and prayed to the LORD,
3 "God, please, I beg you: Remember how I've lived my life. I've lived faithfully in your presence, lived out of a heart that was totally yours. You've seen how I've lived, the good that I have done." And Hezekiah wept as he prayed - painful tears. 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 God told Isaiah, 4 Then the word of the LORD came to Isaiah:
5 "Go and speak with Hezekiah. Give him this Message from me, God, the God of your ancestor David: 'I've heard your prayer. I have seen your tears. Here's what I'll do: I'll 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 And I'll save both you and this city from the king of Assyria. I have my hand on 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 "'And this is your confirming sign, confirming that I, God, will do exactly what I have promised. 7 " 'This is the LORD's sign to you that the LORD will do what he has promised:
8 Watch for this: As the sun goes down and the shadow lengthens on the sundial of Ahaz, I'm going to reverse the shadow ten notches on the dial.'" And that's what happened: The declining sun's shadow reversed ten notches on the dial. 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 This is what Hezekiah king of Judah wrote after he'd been sick and then recovered from his sickness: 9 A writing of Hezekiah king of Judah after his illness and recovery:
10 In the very prime of life I have to leave. Whatever time I have left is spent in death's waiting room. 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 No more glimpses of God in the land of the living, No more meetings with my neighbors, no more rubbing shoulders with friends. 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 This body I inhabit is taken down and packed away like a camper's tent. Like a weaver, I've rolled up the carpet of my life as God cuts me free of the loom And at day's end sweeps up the scraps and pieces. 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 cry for help until morning. Like a lion, God pummels and pounds me, relentlessly finishing me off. 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 squawk like a doomed hen, moan like a dove. My eyes ache from looking up for help: "Master, I'm in trouble! Get me out of this!" 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's the use? God himself gave me the word. He's done it to me. I can't sleep - I'm that upset, that troubled. 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 Master, these are the conditions in which people live, and yes, in these very conditions my spirit is still alive - fully recovered with a fresh infusion of 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 It seems it was good for me to go through all those troubles. Throughout them all you held tight to my lifeline. You never let me tumble over the edge into nothing. But my sins you let go of, threw them over your shoulder - good riddance! 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 dead don't thank you, and choirs don't sing praises from the morgue. Those buried six feet under don't witness to your faithful ways. 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's the living - live men, live women - who thank you, just as I'm doing right now. Parents give their children full reports on your faithful ways. 19 The living, the living--they praise you, as I am doing today; fathers tell their children about your faithfulness.
20 God saves and will save me. As fiddles and mandolins strike up the tunes, We'll sing, oh we'll sing, sing, for the rest of our lives in the Sanctuary of God. 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 had said, "Prepare a poultice of figs and put it on the boil so he may recover." 21 Isaiah had said, "Prepare a poultice of figs and apply it to the boil, and he will recover."
22 Hezekiah had said, "What is my cue that it's all right to enter again the Sanctuary of God?" 22 Hezekiah had asked, "What will be the sign that I will go up to the temple of the LORD?"