Isaiah 39

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Envoys from Babylon

1 1At that time Merodach-baladan the son of Baladan, king of Babylon, 2sent envoys with letters and a present to Hezekiah, for he heard that he had been sick and had recovered.
2 And Hezekiah welcomed them gladly. And he showed them his treasure house, 3the silver, the gold, the spices, the precious oil, his whole armory, all that was found in his storehouses. 4There was nothing in his house or in all his realm that Hezekiah did not show them.
3 Then Isaiah the prophet came to King Hezekiah, and said to him, "What did these men say? And from where did they come to you?" Hezekiah said, "They have come to me from a far country, from Babylon."
4 He said, "What have they seen in your house?" Hezekiah answered, "They have seen all that is in my house. There is nothing in my storehouses that I did not show them."
5 Then Isaiah said to Hezekiah, "Hear the word of the LORD of hosts:
6 5Behold, the days are coming, when all that is in your house, and that which your fathers have stored up till this day, shall be carried to Babylon. Nothing shall be left, says the LORD.
7 6And some of your own sons, who will come from you, whom you will father, shall be taken away, and they shall be eunuchs in the palace of the king of Babylon."
8 Then said Hezekiah to Isaiah, "The word of the LORD that you have spoken is good." For he thought, 7"There will be peace and security in my days."

Isaiah 39 Commentary

Chapter 39

The text of Isaiah 39 is the same as 2 Kings 20:12-19.
Please refer to the commentary on 2 Kings 20.

Cross References 7

  • 1. For ver. 1-8, see 2 Kings 20:12-19
  • 2. [2 Chronicles 32:31]
  • 3. [2 Kings 18:15, 16]
  • 4. [2 Chronicles 32:25]
  • 5. 2 Kings 24:13; See 2 Kings 25:13-17
  • 6. Dan. 1:2, 3, 7
  • 7. [2 Chronicles 32:26]

Chapter Summary


This chapter gives an account of Hezekiah's fall into sin after his recovery, and the correction he had for it. The king of Babylon sent messengers to him to congratulate him upon his recovery, Isa 39:1. Hezekiah received them with great joy, and in the pride of his heart showed them all his treasures, Isa 39:2. Isaiah the prophet examined him about it, which he readily owned, Isa 39:3,4 upon which the Babylonish captivity is foretold, when all his riches and his children too should be carried into that land, Isa 39:5-7, to which sentence he quietly and patiently submitted, Isa 39:8.

Isaiah 39 Commentaries

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