1The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons.2Such teachings come through hypocritical liars, whose consciences have been seared as with a hot iron.3They forbid people to marry and order them to abstain from certain foods, which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and who know the truth.4For everything God created is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving,5because it is consecrated by the word of God and prayer.6If you point these things out to the brothers and sisters, you will be a good minister of Christ Jesus, nourished on the truths of the faith and of the good teaching that you have followed.7Have nothing to do with godless myths and old wives’ tales; rather, train yourself to be godly.8For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.9This is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance.10That is why we labor and strive, because we have put our hope in the living God, who is the Savior of all people, and especially of those who believe.11Command and teach these things.12Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.13Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to preaching and to teaching.14Do not neglect your gift, which was given you through prophecy when the body of elders laid their hands on you.15Be diligent in these matters; give yourself wholly to them, so that everyone may see your progress.16Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers.
1In 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.”2Hezekiah turned his face to the wall and prayed to the LORD,3“Remember, 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.4Then the word of the LORD came to Isaiah: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.6And I will deliver you and this city from the hand of the king of Assyria. I will defend this city.7“ ‘This is the LORD’s sign to you that the LORD will do what he has promised:8I 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.9A writing of Hezekiah king of Judah after his illness and recovery:10I said, “In the prime of my life must I go through the gates of death and be robbed of the rest of my years?”11I said, “I will not again see the LORD himself in the land of the living; no longer will I look on my fellow man, or be with those who now dwell in this world.12Like 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.13I waited patiently till dawn, but like a lion he broke all my bones; day and night you made an end of me.14I cried like a swift or thrush, I moaned like a mourning dove. My eyes grew weak as I looked to the heavens. I am being threatened; Lord, come to my aid!”15But 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.16Lord, by such things people live; and my spirit finds life in them too. You restored me to health and let me live.17Surely 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.18For the grave cannot praise you, death cannot sing your praise; those who go down to the pit cannot hope for your faithfulness.19The living, the living—they praise you, as I am doing today; parents tell their children about your faithfulness.20The LORD will save me, and we will sing with stringed instruments all the days of our lives in the temple of the LORD.21Isaiah had said, “Prepare a poultice of figs and apply it to the boil, and he will recover.”22Hezekiah had asked, “What will be the sign that I will go up to the temple of the LORD?”
1At that time Marduk-Baladan son of Baladan king of Babylon sent Hezekiah letters and a gift, because he had heard of his illness and recovery.2Hezekiah received the envoys gladly and showed them what was in his storehouses—the silver, the gold, the spices, the fine olive oil—his entire armory and everything found among his treasures. There was nothing in his palace or in all his kingdom that Hezekiah did not show them.3Then Isaiah the prophet went to King Hezekiah and asked, “What did those men say, and where did they come from?” “From a distant land,” Hezekiah replied. “They came to me from Babylon.”4The prophet asked, “What did they see in your palace?” “They saw everything in my palace,” Hezekiah said. “There is nothing among my treasures that I did not show them.”5Then Isaiah said to Hezekiah, “Hear the word of the LORD Almighty:6The time will surely come when everything in your palace, and all that your predecessors have stored up until this day, will be carried off to Babylon. Nothing will be left, says the LORD.7And some of your descendants, your own flesh and blood who will be born to you, will be taken away, and they will become eunuchs in the palace of the king of Babylon.”8“The word of the LORD you have spoken is good,” Hezekiah replied. For he thought, “There will be peace and security in my lifetime.”
121I have done what is righteous and just; do not leave me to my oppressors.122Ensure your servant’s well-being; do not let the arrogant oppress me.123My eyes fail, looking for your salvation, looking for your righteous promise.124Deal with your servant according to your love and teach me your decrees.125I am your servant; give me discernment that I may understand your statutes.126It is time for you to act, LORD; your law is being broken.127Because I love your commands more than gold, more than pure gold,128and because I consider all your precepts right, I hate every wrong path.129Your statutes are wonderful; therefore I obey them.130The unfolding of your words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple.131I open my mouth and pant, longing for your commands.132Turn to me and have mercy on me, as you always do to those who love your name.133Direct my footsteps according to your word; let no sin rule over me.134Redeem me from human oppression, that I may obey your precepts.135Make your face shine on your servant and teach me your decrees.136Streams of tears flow from my eyes, for your law is not obeyed.137You are righteous, LORD, and your laws are right.138The statutes you have laid down are righteous; they are fully trustworthy.139My zeal wears me out, for my enemies ignore your words.140Your promises have been thoroughly tested, and your servant loves them.141Though I am lowly and despised, I do not forget your precepts.142Your righteousness is everlasting and your law is true.143Trouble and distress have come upon me, but your commands give me delight.144Your statutes are always righteous; give me understanding that I may live.