1Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons,2speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their own conscience seared with a hot iron,3forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from foods which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth.4For every creature of God is good, and nothing is to be refused if it is received with thanksgiving;5for it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer.6If you instruct the brethren in these things, you will be a good minister of Jesus Christ, nourished in the words of faith and of the good doctrine which you have carefully followed.7But reject profane and old wives' fables, and exercise yourself toward godliness.8For bodily exercise profits a little, but godliness is profitable for all things, having promise of the life that now is and of that which is to come.9This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance.10For to this end we both labor and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Savior of all men, especially of those who believe.11These things command and teach.12Let no one despise your youth, but be an example to the believers in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity.13Till I come, give attention to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine.14Do not neglect the gift that is in you, which was given to you by prophecy with the laying on of the hands of the eldership.15Meditate on these things; give yourself entirely to them, that your progress may be evident to all.16Take heed to yourself and to the doctrine. Continue in them, for in doing this you will save both yourself and those who hear you.
1In those days Hezekiah was sick and near death. And Isaiah the prophet, the son of Amoz, went to him and said to him, "Thus says the Lord: 'Set your house in order, for you shall die and not live.' "2Then Hezekiah turned his face toward the wall, and prayed to the Lord,3and said, "Remember now, O Lord, I pray, how I have walked before You in truth and with a loyal heart, and have done what is good in Your sight." And Hezekiah wept bitterly.4And the word of the Lord came to Isaiah, saying,5"Go and tell Hezekiah, 'Thus says the Lord, the God of David your father: "I have heard your prayer, I have seen your tears; surely I will add to your days fifteen years.6I will deliver you and this city from the hand of the king of Assyria, and I will defend this city." '7And this is the sign to you from the Lord, that the Lord will do this thing which He has spoken:8Behold, I will bring the shadow on the sundial, which has gone down with the sun on the sundial of Ahaz, ten degrees backward." So the sun returned ten degrees on the dial by which it had gone down.9This is the writing of Hezekiah king of Judah, when he had been sick and had recovered from his sickness:10I said, "In the prime of my life I shall go to the gates of Sheol; I am deprived of the remainder of my years."11I said, "I shall not see Yah, The Lord in the land of the living; I shall observe man no more among the inhabitants of the world. 12My life span is gone, Taken from me like a shepherd's tent; I have cut off my life like a weaver. He cuts me off from the loom; From day until night You make an end of me.13I have considered until morning-- Like a lion, So He breaks all my bones; From day until night You make an end of me.14Like a crane or a swallow, so I chattered; I mourned like a dove; My eyes fail from looking upward. O Lord, I am oppressed; Undertake for me!15"What shall I say? He has both spoken to me, And He Himself has done it. I shall walk carefully all my years In the bitterness of my soul.16O Lord, by these things men live; And in all these things is the life of my spirit; So You will restore me and make me live.17Indeed it was for my own peace That I had great bitterness; But You have lovingly delivered my soul from the pit of corruption, For You have cast all my sins behind Your back.18For Sheol cannot thank You, Death cannot praise You; Those who go down to the pit cannot hope for Your truth.19The living, the living man, he shall praise You, As I do this day; The father shall make known Your truth to the children.20"The Lord was ready to save me; Therefore we will sing my songs with stringed instruments All the days of our life, in the house of the Lord."21Now Isaiah had said, "Let them take a lump of figs, and apply it as a poultice on the boil, and he shall recover."22And Hezekiah had said, "What is the sign that I shall go up to the house of the Lord?"
1At that time Merodach-Baladan the son of Baladan, king of Babylon, sent letters and a present to Hezekiah, for he heard that he had been sick and had recovered.2And Hezekiah was pleased with them, and showed them the house of his treasures--the silver and gold, the spices and precious ointment, and all his armory--all that was found among his treasures. There was nothing in his house or in all his dominion that Hezekiah did not show them.3Then Isaiah the prophet went to King Hezekiah, and said to him, "What did these men say, and from where did they come to you?" So Hezekiah said, "They came to me from a far country, from Babylon."4And he said, "What have they seen in your house?" So Hezekiah answered, "They have seen all that is in my house; there is nothing among my treasures that I have not shown them."5Then Isaiah said to Hezekiah, "Hear the word of the Lord of hosts:6'Behold, the days are coming when all that is in your house, and what your fathers have accumulated until this day, shall be carried to Babylon; nothing shall be left,' says the Lord.7'And they shall take away some of your sons who will descend from you, whom you will beget; and they shall be eunuchs in the palace of the king of Babylon.' "8So Hezekiah said to Isaiah, "The word of the Lord which you have spoken is good!" For he said, "At least there will be peace and truth in my days."
121I have done justice and righteousness; Do not leave me to my oppressors.122Be surety for Your servant for good; Do not let the proud oppress me.123My eyes fail from seeking Your salvation And Your righteous word.124Deal with Your servant according to Your mercy, And teach me Your statutes.125I am Your servant; Give me understanding, That I may know Your testimonies.126It is time for You to act, O Lord, For they have regarded Your law as void.127Therefore I love Your commandments More than gold, yes, than fine gold!128Therefore all Your precepts concerning all things I consider to be right; I hate every false way.129Your testimonies are wonderful; Therefore my soul keeps them.130The entrance of Your words gives light; It gives understanding to the simple.131I opened my mouth and panted, For I longed for Your commandments.132Look upon me and be merciful to me, As Your custom is toward those who love Your name.133Direct my steps by Your word, And let no iniquity have dominion over me.134Redeem me from the oppression of man, That I may keep Your precepts.135Make Your face shine upon Your servant, And teach me Your statutes.136Rivers of water run down from my eyes, Because men do not keep Your law.137Righteous are You, O Lord, And upright are Your judgments.138Your testimonies, which You have commanded, Are righteous and very faithful.139My zeal has consumed me, Because my enemies have forgotten Your words.140Your word is very pure; Therefore Your servant loves it.141I am small and despised, Yet I do not forget Your precepts.142Your righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, And Your law is truth.143Trouble and anguish have overtaken me, Yet Your commandments are my delights.144The righteousness of Your testimonies is everlasting; Give me understanding, and I shall live.