2 Kings 20

1At that time, Hezekiah became sick and almost died. The prophet Isaiah son of Amoz went to Hezekiah. Isaiah said to Hezekiah, “The Lord says, 'Put your house in order, because you will die. You will not live!’” 2Hezekiah turned his face to the wall. He prayed to the Lord and said, 3“Lord, remember that I have truly served you with all my heart. I have done the things that you say are good.” Then Hezekiah cried very hard. 4Before Isaiah had left the middle courtyard, the word of the Lord came to him. The Lord said, 5“Go back and speak to Hezekiah, the leader of my people. Tell him, 'The Lord, the God of your ancestor David says: I have heard your prayer and I have seen your tears. So I will heal you. On the third day, you will go up to the temple of the Lord. 6And I will add 15 years to your life. I will save you and this city from the power of the king of Assyria. I will protect this city. I will do this for myself and because of ˻the promise I made to˼ my servant David.’” 7Then Isaiah said, “Make a mixture of figs ˻and put it on the sore place˼.” So they took the mixture of figs and put it on ˻Hezekiah’s˼ sore place. Then Hezekiah got well. 8Hezekiah said to 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?” 9Isaiah said, “˻Which do you want?˼ Should the shadow go forward ten steps, or go back ten steps? This is the sign for you from the Lord to show that the Lord will do the thing he said he would do.” 10Hezekiah answered, “It is an easy thing for the shadow to go down ten steps. No, make the shadow go back ten steps.” 11Then Isaiah prayed to the Lord, and the Lord made the shadow move back ten steps. It went back on the steps that it had already been on. 12At that time, Merodach Baladan son of Baladan was king of Babylon. He sent letters and a gift to Hezekiah. Merodach Baladan did this because he heard Hezekiah had been sick. 13Hezekiah welcomed the men from Babylon, and showed them all the valuable things in his house. He showed him the silver, the gold, the spices, the expensive perfume, the weapons, and everything in his treasuries. There was nothing in all Hezekiah’s house and kingdom that he did not show them. 14Then Isaiah the prophet came to king Hezekiah and asked him, “What did these men say? Where did they come from?” Hezekiah said, “They came from a faraway country, from Babylon.” 15Isaiah said, “What have they seen in your house?” Hezekiah answered, “They have seen everything in my house. There is nothing in all my treasuries that I did not show them.” 16Then Isaiah said to Hezekiah, “Listen to this message from the Lord. 17The time is coming when all the things in your house and all the things your ancestors have saved until today will be carried away to Babylon. Nothing will be left! The Lord says this. 18The Babylonians will take your sons. And your sons will become eunuchs in the palace of the king of Babylon.” 19Then Hezekiah said to Isaiah, “This message from the Lord is good.” Hezekiah also said, “That is fine if there will be real peace during my lifetime.” 20All the great things that Hezekiah did, including his work on the pool and the aqueduct to bring water into the city, are written in the book The History of the Kings of Judah. 21Hezekiah died and was buried with his ancestors. And Hezekiah’s son Manasseh became the new king after him.

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