Isaiah

Isaiah 38 ©

1Hezekiah, warned by Isaiah to prepare for death, 4upon his prayer is promised an addition of fifteen years to his life, and the return of the sun's shadow ten degrees backward for a sign. 9His psalm of thanksgiving.

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IN athose days was Hezekiah sick unto death. And Isaiah the prophet the son of Amoz came unto him, and said unto him, Thus saith the LORD, 1Set thine house in order: for thou shalt die, and not live.

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Then Hezekiah bturned his face toward the wall, and prayed unto the LORD,

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And said, cRemember now, O LORD, I beseech thee, how dI have walked before thee in truth and with a perfect heart, and have done that which is good in thy sight. And Hezekiah wept 2sore.

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eThen came the word of the LORD to Isaiah, saying,

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Go, and say to Hezekiah, Thus saith the LORD, the fGod of David thy father, gI have heard thy prayer, hI have seen thy tears: behold, I will iadd unto thy days fifteen years.

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And jI will deliver thee and this city out of the hand of the king of Assyria: and I will defend this city.

j ch. 37.7,31-35. Ps. 91.14. 2Ti. 4.17. 2Co. 1.10. ch. 46.4; 37.22,29-35; 31.4,5.
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And this shall be ka sign unto thee from the LORD, that the LORD will do this thing that he hath spoken;

k Ge. 9.13. Ju. 6.36,37,39. ch. 7.11-14.
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Behold, lI will bring again the shadow of the degrees, which is gone down in the sun dial of Ahaz, ten 3degrees backward. So the sun returned ten degrees, by which degrees it was gone down.

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mThe writing of Hezekiah king of Judah, when he had been sick, and was recovered of his sickness:

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I said nin the cutting off of my days, I shall go oto the gates of the grave: I am deprived of the residue of my years.

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I said, pI shall not see the LORD, even the LORD, in the land of the living: I shall qbehold man no more with the inhabitants of the world.

p Job 35.14. Ps. 27.4,13; 42.2,5,11; 84.7; 116.9; 31.22. Ps. 63.2; 34.8.
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rMine age is departed, and is removed from me as a shepherd's tent: I have cut off like a weaver my life: she will cut me off 4with pining sickness: from day even to night wilt thou make an end of me.

s Ps. 39.10. Le. 26.39. Job 4.20; 7.4; 17.1. Ps. 31.22; 109.23.
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I reckoned till morning, that, tas a lion, so will he break all my bones: from day even to night wilt thou make an end of me.

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uLike a crane or a swallow, so did I chatter: I did mourn as a dove: vmine eyes fail with looking upward: O LORD, wI am oppressed; 5*undertake for me.

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xWhat shall I say? he hath both spoken unto me, and himself hath done it: yI shall go softly all my years in the bitterness of my soul.

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O Lord, zby these things men live, and in all these things is the life of my spirit: so wilt thou recover me, and make me to live.

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Behold, 6for peace I had great bitterness: but 7thou hast in love to my soul delivered it from the pit of corruption: for athou hast cast all my sins behind thy back.

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For bthe grave cannot praise thee, death can not celebrate thee: cthey that go down into the pit cannot hope for thy truth.

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dThe living, the living, he shall praise thee, as I do this day: ethe father to the children shall make known thy truth.

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fThe LORD was ready to save me: therefore we will sing my songs to the stringed instruments all the days of our life in the house of the LORD.

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For Isaiah had said, gLet them take a lump of figs, and lay it for a plaister upon the boil, and he shall recover.

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hHezekiah also had said, What is the isign that I shall jgo up to the house of the LORD?