Hezekiah Gets Sick and Almost Dies
2 Kings 20
(2 Chronicles 32.24-26; Isaiah 38.1-8, 21, 22)
The Lord Is Still with Hezekiah
- 1 About this time, Hezekiah got sick
and was almost dead. Isaiah the prophet went in and told him,
The Lord says you wont ever get well. You are going
to die, so you had better start doing what needs to be done.
2 Hezekiah turned toward the wall and
prayed, 3 Dont forget that I have been faithful to
you, Lord. I have obeyed you with all my heart, and I do whatever
you say is right. After this, he cried hard.
4 Before Isaiah got to the middle court
of the palace, 5 the Lord sent him back to Hezekiah with this
- Hezekiah, you are the ruler of my
people, and I am the Lord God, who was worshiped by your ancestor
David. I heard you pray, and I saw you cry. I will heal you,
so that three days from now you will be able to worship in my
temple. 6 I will let you live fifteen years more, while I protect
you and your city from the king of Assyria. I will defend this
city as an honor to me and to my servant David.
- 7 Then Isaiah said to the kings
servants, Bring some mashed figs and place them on the
kings open sore. He will then get well.
8 Hezekiah asked Isaiah, Can you
prove that the Lord will heal me, so that I can worship in his
temple in three days?
9 Isaiah replied, The Lord will
prove to you that he will keep his promise. Will the shadow made
by the setting sun on the stairway go forward ten steps or back
10 Its normal for the sun
to go forward, Hezekiah answered. But how can it
11 Isaiah prayed, and the Lord made the
shadow go back ten steps on the stairway built for King Ahaz.
- 12 Merodach Baladan, the son of Baladan,
was now king of Babylonia. And when he learned that Hezekiah
had been sick, he sent messengers with letters and a gift for
him. 13 Hezekiah welcomed the messengers and showed them all
the silver, the gold, the spices, and the fine oils that were
in his storehouse. He even showed them where he kept his weapons.
Nothing in his palace or in his entire kingdom was kept hidden
14 Isaiah asked Hezekiah, Where
did these men come from? What did they want?
They came all the way from Babylonia,
15 What did you show them?
Hezekiah answered, I showed them everything in my kingdom.
- 16 Then Isaiah told Hezekiah:
I have a message for you from the Lord.
17 One day everything you and your ancestors have stored up will
be taken to Babylonia. The Lord has promised that nothing will
be left. 18 Some of your own sons will be taken to Babylonia,
where they will be disgraced and made to serve in the kings
- 19 Hezekiah thought, At least
our nation will be at peace for a while. So he told Isaiah,
The message you brought me from the Lord is good.
(2 Chronicles 32.32, 33)
20 Everything else Hezekiah did while
he was king, including how he made the upper pool and tunnel to
bring water into Jerusalem, is written in The History of the
Kings of Judah. 21 Hezekiah died, and his son Manasseh became
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