Isaiah 38-42New King James Version (NKJV)
Hezekiah’s Life Extended
38 In 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.’”
2 Then Hezekiah turned his face toward the wall, and prayed to the Lord, 3 and 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.
4 And 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. 6 I will deliver you and this city from the hand of the king of Assyria, and I will defend this city.”’ 7 And this is the sign to you from the Lord, that the Lord will do this thing which He has spoken: 8 “Behold, 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.
9 This is the writing of Hezekiah king of Judah, when he had been sick and had recovered from his sickness:
10 I said,
15 “What shall I say?
20 “The Lord was ready to save me;
21 Now Isaiah had said, “Let them take a lump of figs, and apply it as a poultice on the boil, and he shall recover.”
22 And Hezekiah had said, “What is the sign that I shall go up to the house of the Lord?”
The Babylonian Envoys
39 At that time Merodach-Baladan[e] 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. 2 And 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.
3 Then 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.”
4 And 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.”
5 Then 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.’”
8 So 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.”
God’s People Are Comforted
40 “Comfort, yes, comfort My people!”
3 The voice of one crying in the wilderness:
6 The voice said, “Cry out!”
“All flesh is grass,
9 O Zion,
10 Behold, the Lord God shall come with a strong hand,
12 Who has measured the waters[h] in the hollow of His hand,
15 Behold, the nations are as a drop in a bucket,
18 To whom then will you liken God?
21 Have you not known?
24 Scarcely shall they be planted,
25 “To whom then will you liken Me,
27 Why do you say, O Jacob,
Israel Assured of God’s Help
41 “Keep silence before Me, O coastlands,
2 “Who raised up one from the east?
5 The coastlands saw it and feared,
8 “But you, Israel, are My servant,
11 “Behold, all those who were incensed against you
14 “Fear not, you worm Jacob,
17 “The poor and needy seek water, but there is none,
The Futility of Idols
21 “Present your case,” says the Lord.
25 “I have raised up one from the north,
The Servant of the Lord
42 “Behold! My Servant whom I uphold,
5 Thus says God the Lord,
Praise to the Lord
10 Sing to the Lord a new song,
Promise of the Lord’s Help
14 “I have held My peace a long time,
18 “Hear, you deaf;
Israel’s Obstinate Disobedience
21 The Lord is well pleased for His righteousness’ sake;
23 Who among you will give ear to this?
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