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Isaiah 39:1-8

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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 1  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. 2  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 3  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 Lord who commands armies: 39:6 ‘Look, a time is coming when everything in your palace and the things your ancestors 4  have accumulated to this day will be carried away to Babylon; nothing will be left,’ says the Lord. 39:7 ‘Some of your very own descendants whom you father 5  will be taken away and will be made eunuchs in the palace of the king of Babylon.’” 39:8 Hezekiah said to Isaiah, “The Lord’s word which you have announced is appropriate.” 6  Then he thought, 7  “For 8  there will be peace and stability during my lifetime.”

1 tn Heb “was happy with”; NAB, NASB “was pleased”; NIV “received the envoys gladly.”

2 tn Heb “there was nothing which Hezekiah did not show them in his house and in all his kingdom.”

3 tn Heb “he”; the referent (Isaiah) has been specified in the translation for clarity.

4 tn Heb “fathers” (so KJV, NAB, NASB, NIV).

5 tn Heb “Some of your sons, who go out from you, whom you father.”

6 tn Heb “good” (so KJV, NASB, NIV, NRSV, NLT); NAB “favorable.”

7 tn Heb “and he said.” The verb אָמַר (’amar, “say”) is sometimes used of what one thinks (that is, says to oneself).

8 tn Or “surely”; cf. CEV “At least.”



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