Bible: Isaiah 38-39
The Lord Hears Hezekiah’s Prayer
38:1 In those days Hezekiah was stricken with a terminal illness. 1 The prophet Isaiah son of Amoz visited him and told him, “This is what the
Hezekiah’s Song of Thanks
38:9 This is the prayer of King Hezekiah of Judah when he was sick and then recovered from his illness:
38:10 “I thought, 11
‘In the middle of my life 12 I must walk through the gates of Sheol,
I am deprived 13 of the rest of my years.’
38:11 “I thought,
‘I will no longer see the
I will no longer look on humankind with the inhabitants of the world. 15
like a shepherd’s tent.
I rolled up my life like a weaver rolls cloth; 18
from the loom he cuts me off. 19
You turn day into night and end my life. 20
38:13 I cry out 21 until morning;
like a lion he shatters all my bones;
you turn day into night and end my life. 22
38:14 Like a swallow or a thrush I chirp,
I coo 23 like a dove;
my eyes grow tired from looking up to the sky. 24
O sovereign master, 25 I am oppressed;
help me! 26
38:15 What can I say?
He has decreed and acted. 27
I will walk slowly all my years because I am overcome with grief. 28
38:16 O sovereign master, your decrees can give men life;
may years of life be restored to me. 29
Restore my health 30 and preserve my life.’
38:17 “Look, the grief I experienced was for my benefit. 31
For you removed all my sins from your sight. 34
38:18 Indeed 35 Sheol does not give you thanks;
death does not 36 praise you.
Those who descend into the pit do not anticipate your faithfulness.
38:19 The living person, the living person, he gives you thanks,
as I do today.
A father tells his sons about your faithfulness.
and we will celebrate with music 38
for the rest of our lives in the
Messengers from Babylon Visit Hezekiah
39:1 At that time Merodach-Baladan son of Baladan, king of Babylon, sent letters and a gift to Hezekiah, for he heard that Hezekiah had been ill and had recovered. 39:2 Hezekiah welcomed 41 them and showed them his storehouse with its silver, gold, spices, and high-quality olive oil, as well as his whole armory and everything in his treasuries. Hezekiah showed them everything in his palace and in his whole kingdom. 42 39:3 Isaiah the prophet visited King Hezekiah and asked him, “What did these men say? Where do they come from?” Hezekiah replied, “They come from the distant land of Babylon.” 39:4 Isaiah 43 asked, “What have they seen in your palace?” Hezekiah replied, “They have seen everything in my palace. I showed them everything in my treasuries.” 39:5 Isaiah said to Hezekiah, “Listen to the word of the