38 At that time Hezekiah became so sick he ·almost died [was about to die]. The prophet Isaiah son of Amoz went to see him and told him, “·This is what the Lord says [T Thus says the Lord]: ·Make arrangements [L Set your house in order], because you are going to die. You will not recover.”
2 Hezekiah turned toward the wall and prayed to the Lord, 3 “Lord, please remember that I have always ·obeyed [L walked before] you. I have ·given myself completely to you [served you wholeheartedly] and have done ·what you said was right [L right in the eyes/sight of the Lord].” Then Hezekiah ·cried loudly [wept bitterly].
4 Then the Lord spoke his word to Isaiah: 5 “Go to Hezekiah and tell him: ‘This is what the Lord, the God of your ·ancestor [father] David, says: I have heard your prayer and seen your tears. So I will add fifteen years to your life. 6 I will ·save [rescue] you and this city from [L the hand of] the king of Assyria; I will defend this city.
7 “‘The Lord will do what he ·says [promises]. This is the sign from the Lord to show you: 8 The sun has made a shadow go down the stairway of Ahaz, but I will make it go back ten steps.’” So the shadow made by the sun went back up the ten steps it had gone down.
9 After Hezekiah king of Judah got well, he wrote this ·song [or poem; L writing]:
10 I said, “I am in the ·middle [prime] of my life. Do I have to go through the gates of ·death [or the grave; L Sheol]? Will I have the rest of my life ·taken away [deprived; robbed] from me?” 11 I said, “I will not see ·the Lord[the Lord, the Lord; L Yah, Yah; 26:4] in the land of the living again. I will not again see ·the people [a human being] who live on the earth. 12 Like a shepherd’s tent, my home has been pulled down and taken from me. I am like the cloth a weaver rolls up and cuts from the loom. ·In one day [L From day to night] you brought me to this end. 13 ·All night I cried loudly [or I waited patiently till morning]. Like a lion, he ·crushed [breaks] all my bones. ·In one day [L From day to night] you brought me to this end. 14 I ·cried [twitter; chatter] like a ·bird [L swallow or a crane] and moaned like a dove. My eyes ·became tired as I looked [grew weary from looking] to the ·heavens [heights]. Lord, I ·have troubles [am oppressed]. ·Please help me [Be my security].”
15 What can I say? ·The Lord told me what would happen and then made it happen [L He spoke to me and he did it]. I will ·be humble [wander about; shuffle along; walk slowly] all my ·life [years] because of ·these troubles in [the bitterness of] my soul. 16 Lord, because of ·you [L these things], people live. Because of ·you [L them], my spirit also lives; you ·made me well [restored me] and let me live. 17 It was for my own ·good [welfare; peace; C Hebrew shalom] that I had such ·troubles [anguish; bitterness]. Because you love me very much, you ·did not let me die [delivered my soul from the pit of destruction/corruption] but threw my sins ·far away [L behind your back]. 18 ·People in the place of the dead [or For the grave; L For Sheol] cannot ·praise [thank] you; ·those who have died [L death] cannot ·sing praises [praise] to you; those who ·die [L go down to the pit] ·don’t trust you to help them [L cannot hope for your faithfulness]. 19 ·The people who are alive [L The living, the living] are the ones who ·praise [thank] you. They praise you as I praise you today. A father should tell his children ·that you provide help [L about your faithfulness]. 20 The Lord ·saved me [or will save; or is ready to save], so we will play songs on stringed instruments in the ·Temple [L house] of the Lord all the days of our lives.
21 Then Isaiah said, “·Make a paste from [or Take a cake of] figs and put it on Hezekiah’s boil. Then he will get well.” 22 Hezekiah ·then [or had] asked Isaiah, “What will be the sign? What will show that I will go up to the ·Temple [L house] of the Lord?”
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