Hezekiah’s Illness(A)

20 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.”

Hezekiah turned his face to the wall and prayed to the Lord, “Remember,(B) Lord, how I have walked(C) before you faithfully(D) and with wholehearted devotion and have done what is good in your eyes.” And Hezekiah wept bitterly.

Before Isaiah had left the middle court, the word of the Lord came to him: “Go back and tell Hezekiah, the ruler of my people, ‘This is what the Lord, the God of your father David, says: I have heard(E) your prayer and seen your tears;(F) I will heal you. On the third day from now you will go up to the temple of the Lord. I will add fifteen years to your life. And I will deliver you and this city from the hand of the king of Assyria. I will defend(G) this city for my sake and for the sake of my servant David.’”

Then Isaiah said, “Prepare a poultice of figs.” They did so and applied it to the boil,(H) and he recovered.

Hezekiah had asked Isaiah, “What will be the sign that the Lord will heal me and that I will go up to the temple of the Lord on the third day from now?”

Isaiah answered, “This is the Lord’s sign(I) to you that the Lord will do what he has promised: Shall the shadow go forward ten steps, or shall it go back ten steps?”

10 “It is a simple(J) matter for the shadow to go forward ten steps,” said Hezekiah. “Rather, have it go back ten steps.”

11 Then the prophet Isaiah called on the Lord, and the Lord made the shadow go back(K) the ten steps it had gone down on the stairway of Ahaz.

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20 那时,希西家病得要死。亚摩斯的儿子先知以赛亚去见他,对他说:“耶和华如此说:你当留遗命于你的家,因为你必死,不能活了。” 希西家就转脸朝墙,祷告耶和华说: “耶和华啊,求你记念我在你面前怎样存完全的心,按诚实行事,又做你眼中所看为善的。”希西家就痛哭了。 以赛亚出来,还没有到中院[a],耶和华的话就临到他说: “你回去告诉我民的君希西家说:‘耶和华你祖大卫的神如此说:我听见了你的祷告,看见了你的眼泪。我必医治你,到第三日,你必上到耶和华的殿。 我必加增你十五年的寿数,并且我要救你和这城脱离亚述王的手。我为自己和我仆人大卫的缘故,必保护这城。’” 以赛亚说:“当取一块无花果饼来。”人就取了来,贴在疮上,王便痊愈了。

希西家以赛亚说:“耶和华必医治我,到第三日我能上耶和华的殿,有什么兆头呢?” 以赛亚说:“耶和华必成就他所说的。这是他给你的兆头:你要日影向前进十度呢?是要往后退十度呢?” 10 希西家回答说:“日影向前进十度容易,我要日影往后退十度。” 11 先知以赛亚求告耶和华,耶和华就使亚哈斯的日晷向前进的日影往后退了十度。

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  1. 列王纪下 20:4 “院”或作“城”。