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Isaiah 38 Names of God Bible (NOG)

Hezekiah’s Illness

38 In those days Hezekiah became sick and was about to die. The prophet Isaiah, son of Amoz, came to him and said, “This is what Yahweh says: Give final instructions to your household, because you’re about to die. You won’t get well.”

Hezekiah turned to the wall and prayed to Yahweh. “Please, Yahweh, remember how I’ve lived faithfully and sincerely in your presence. I’ve done what you consider right.” And he cried bitterly.

Then Yahweh spoke his word to Isaiah, “Go and say to Hezekiah, ‘This is what Yahweh Elohim of your ancestor David says: I’ve heard your prayer. I’ve seen your tears. I’m going to give you 15 more years to live. I’ll rescue you and defend this city from the control of the king of Assyria.’”

21 [a] Then Isaiah said, “Take a fig cake, and place it over the boil so that the king will get well.”

22 Hezekiah asked, “What is the sign that I’ll go to Yahweh’s temple?”

Isaiah said, “This is your sign from Yahweh that he will do what he promises. The sun made a shadow that went down the stairway of Ahaz’s upper palace. I’m going to make the shadow go back ten steps.” So the sun on the stairway went back up the ten steps it had gone down.

King Hezekiah of Judah wrote this after he was sick and became well again:

10 I thought that in the prime of my life
    I would go down to the gates of Sheol
        and be robbed of the rest of my life.
11 I thought that I wouldn’t see Yah in this world.
    Even with all the people in the world,
    I thought I would never see another person.
12 My life was over.
    You rolled it up like a shepherd’s tent.
    You rolled up my life like a weaver.
    You cut me off from the loom.
        You ended my life in one day.
13 I cried out until morning
    as if a lion had crushed all my bones.
        You ended my life in one day.
14 I chirped like swallows and cranes.
    I cooed like doves.
    My eyes were tired from looking up to heaven.
    I’ve suffered miserably, O Adonay!
        Please help me!

15 What can I say now that he has spoken to me?
    He has done this.
    I will be careful the rest of my life because of my bitter experience.[b]
16 Adonay, people live in spite of such things,
    and I have the will to live in spite of them.
        You give me health and keep me alive.
17 Now my bitter experience turns into peace.
    You have saved me and kept me from the rotting pit.
        You have thrown all my sins behind you.
18 Sheol doesn’t thank you!
    Death doesn’t praise you!
    Those who go down to the pit cannot expect you to be faithful.
19 Those who are living praise you as I do today.
    Fathers make your faithfulness known to their children.
20 Yahweh is going to rescue me,
    so let us play stringed instruments.
        We live our lives in Yahweh’s temple.


  1. Isaiah 38:21 Verses 21 and 22 have been placed after verse 6 to communicate the order of the account more clearly in English. According to most scholars, if these verses were originally in Isaiah 38, they most likely ended up being misplaced. See 2 Kings 20:7–8 for the proper placement of these verses in the narrative.
  2. Isaiah 38:15 Hebrew meaning of this line uncertain.
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Isaiah 38 New International Version (NIV)

Hezekiah’s Illness

38 In those days Hezekiah became ill and was at the point of death. The prophet Isaiah son of Amoz went to him and said, “This is what the Lord says: Put your house in order, because you are going to die; you will not recover.”

Hezekiah turned his face to the wall and prayed to the Lord, “Remember, Lord, how I have walked before you faithfully and with wholehearted devotion and have done what is good in your eyes.” And Hezekiah wept bitterly.

Then the word of the Lord came to Isaiah: “Go and tell Hezekiah, ‘This is what the Lord, the God of your father David, says: I have heard your prayer and seen your tears; I will add fifteen years to your life. And I will deliver you and this city from the hand of the king of Assyria. I will defend this city.

“‘This is the Lord’s sign to you that the Lord will do what he has promised: I will make the shadow cast by the sun go back the ten steps it has gone down on the stairway of Ahaz.’” So the sunlight went back the ten steps it had gone down.

A writing of Hezekiah king of Judah after his illness and recovery:

10 I said, “In the prime of my life
    must I go through the gates of death
    and be robbed of the rest of my years?
11 I said, “I will not again see the Lord himself
    in the land of the living;
no longer will I look on my fellow man,
    or be with those who now dwell in this world.
12 Like a shepherd’s tent my house
    has been pulled down and taken from me.
Like a weaver I have rolled up my life,
    and he has cut me off from the loom;
    day and night you made an end of me.
13 I waited patiently till dawn,
    but like a lion he broke all my bones;
    day and night you made an end of me.
14 I cried like a swift or thrush,
    I moaned like a mourning dove.
My eyes grew weak as I looked to the heavens.
    I am being threatened; Lord, come to my aid!”

15 But what can I say?
    He has spoken to me, and he himself has done this.
I will walk humbly all my years
    because of this anguish of my soul.
16 Lord, by such things people live;
    and my spirit finds life in them too.
You restored me to health
    and let me live.
17 Surely it was for my benefit
    that I suffered such anguish.
In your love you kept me
    from the pit of destruction;
you have put all my sins
    behind your back.
18 For the grave cannot praise you,
    death cannot sing your praise;
those who go down to the pit
    cannot hope for your faithfulness.
19 The living, the living—they praise you,
    as I am doing today;
parents tell their children
    about your faithfulness.

20 The Lord will save me,
    and we will sing with stringed instruments
all the days of our lives
    in the temple of the Lord.

21 Isaiah had said, “Prepare a poultice of figs and apply it to the boil, and he will recover.”

22 Hezekiah had asked, “What will be the sign that I will go up to the temple of the Lord?”

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