1 Hezekiah Praises the Lord for Healing Him
1 In those days Hezekiah became very sick. He knew he was about to die. I went to see him. I told him, "The Lord says, 'Put everything in order. Make out your will. You are going to die soon. You will not get well again.' "
2 Hezekiah turned his face toward the wall. He prayed to the Lord. He said, 3 "Lord, please remember how faithful I've been to you. I've lived the way you wanted me to. I've served you with all my heart. I've done what is good in your sight." And Hezekiah cried bitterly.
4 A message came to me from the Lord. He said, 5 "Go and speak to Hezekiah. Tell him, 'The Lord, the God of King David, says, "I have heard your prayer. I have seen your tears. I will add 15 years to your life. 6 And I will save you and this city from the powerful hand of the king of Assyria. I will guard this city.
7 " ' "Here is a miraculous sign from me. It will show you that I will heal you, just as I promised I would. 8 The shadow that was made by the sun has gone down ten steps on the stairway of Ahaz. I will make it go back up those ten steps." ' " So the shadow went back up the ten steps it had gone down.
9 Here is a song of praise that was written by Hezekiah, the king of Judah. He wrote it after he was sick and had gotten well again.
12 My body is like a shepherd's tent. 12 It has been pulled down and carried off. 12 My life is like a piece of cloth that I've rolled up. 12 You have cut it off from the loom. 12 In a short period of time you have brought my life to an end.
21 When Hezekiah was sick, I had said, "Press some figs together. Spread them on a piece of cloth. Apply them to Hezekiah's boil. Then he'll get well again."
22 At that time Hezekiah had asked me, "What will the miraculous sign be to prove I'll go up to the Lord's temple?" That's when the Lord had made the shadow go back ten steps.
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