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Isaiah 38:1-3

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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 Lord says, ‘Give instructions to your household, for you are about to die; you will not get well.’” 38:2 Hezekiah turned his face to the wall and prayed to the Lord, 38:3 “Please, Lord. Remember how I have served you 2  faithfully and with wholehearted devotion, 3  and how I have carried out your will.” 4  Then Hezekiah wept bitterly. 5 

1 tn Heb “was sick to the point of dying”; NRSV “became sick and was at the point of death.”

2 tn Heb “walked before you.” For a helpful discussion of the background and meaning of this Hebrew idiom, see M. Cogan and H. Tadmor, II Kings (AB), 254.

3 tn Heb “and with a complete heart”; KJV, ASV “with a perfect heart.”

4 tn Heb “and that which is good in your eyes I have done.”

5 tn Heb “wept with great weeping”; NCV “cried loudly”; TEV “began to cry bitterly.”



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