1 In those days Hezekiah was sick and near death. And Isaiah the prophet, the son of
Amoz, came to him and said to him, Thus says Jehovah, Set your house in order, for you
shall die and not live.
2 Then Hezekiah turned his face toward the wall, and prayed to Jehovah,
3 and said, Remember now, O Jehovah, I beseech You, how I have walked before You in truth and with a perfect heart, and have done what is good in Your eyes. And Hezekiah wept with a great weeping.
4 Then came the Word of Jehovah to Isaiah, saying,
5 Go and say to Hezekiah: Thus says Jehovah the God of David your father, I have
heard your prayer, I have seen your tears; behold, I will add to your days fifteen years.
6 And I will deliver you and this city out of the hand of the king of Assyria, and I will
defend this city.
7 And this shall be a sign to you from Jehovah that Jehovah will do this thing that He has
8 behold, I will bring back the shadow which has gone down the steps on the sundial of
Ahaz, ten steps backward. So the sun returned ten steps, by which it had gone down.
9 This is the writing of Hezekiah king of Judah, when he had been sick and had
recovered from his sickness:
10 I said at the end of my days, I shall go to the gates of Sheol; I am deprived of the
rest of my years.
11 I said, I shall not see YAH, Jehovah, in the land of the living; I shall look on man no more among the inhabitants of the world.
12 My generation is plucked up and removed from me like a shepherd's tent; I have cut
off my life like a weaver; He will cut me off from the loom; from day even to night You
make an end of me.
13 I have been still until morning; as a lion, so He breaks all my bones; from day even
until night You make an end of me.
14 Like a twittering swallow, so I chatter; I mourn as a dove; my eyes look weakly to the
heights. O Jehovah, I am distressed; be surety for me.
15 What shall I say? He has spoken to me, and He Himself has acted; I shall go slowly
all my years in the bitterness of my soul.
16 O Jehovah, by these things men live, and in all these things is the life of my spirit; so
You will restore me to health and make me live.
17 Behold, instead of peace I was bitter with bitterness; but You have delighted in
delivering my soul from the pit of corruption. You have cast all my sins behind Your
18 For Sheol cannot thank You, death cannot praise You; those who go down into
the pit cannot hope for Your truth.
19 The living, the living man, he shall praise You, as I do this day; the father shall make
Your truth known to the children.
20 Jehovah is there to save me; therefore we will sing my songs with the stringed
instruments all the days of our life in the house of Jehovah.
21 For Isaiah had said, Let them take a lump of figs and rub it on the boil, and he shall
22 Hezekiah also had said, What is the sign that I shall go up to the house of Jehovah?