Isaiah 38 The Passion Translation (TPT)
38 Now, Hezekiah became sick and was at the point of death. The prophet Isaiah, son of Amoz, came and prophesied to him, saying, “This is what Yahweh has to say to you: Set your affairs in order, for you will not recover from this illness. You are going to die.” 2 Then Hezekiah broke down and wept, turned his face to the wall, and prayed, “O please, Yahweh, please. I beg you, let me live. 3 Remember how I have walked faithfully before your face. With all my heart, I have sought to do only what is good in your eyes.“ Bitter tears streamed down his face.
4 Then Isaiah received another prophetic word for Hezekiah. Yahweh said to him, 5 “Go deliver this message to Hezekiah: ‘This is what Yahweh, the God of your ancestor David, has to say to you: I have heard your heartfelt prayer and I have seen you cry tear after bitter tear. I will give you another fifteen years. 6 I will defend Jerusalem, and I will deliver you and this city from the hand of the king of Assyria. 7 This will be a sign to you from Yahweh as a confirmation that I will do for you what I have promised. 8 I will cause the sun’s shadow to retreat ten steps on the stairway of Ahaz.’”
Then the sunlight went back up the ten steps it had gone down.[a]
Hezekiah’s Psalm of Praise
9 Here is the poem of Hezekiah, king of Judah, which he wrote when he was healed from his illness:
10 I was dying in the prime of life.
21 Now, Isaiah had said to Hezekiah, “Have the physicians apply a poultice of cakes of dried figs to your boil, and you will recover.”
22 And Hezekiah had said, “What will be the sign from God that I will be healed and go up again to worship in Yahweh’s house?”[i]
Isaiah 38 New International Version (NIV)
38 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 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.
4 Then 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. 6 And 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: 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 A writing of Hezekiah king of Judah after his illness and recovery:
10 I said, “In the prime of my life
15 But what can I say?
20 The Lord will save me,
21 Isaiah had said, “Prepare a poultice of figs and apply it to the boil, and he will recover.”
22 Hezekiah had asked, “What will be the sign that I will go up to the temple of the Lord?”