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2 Kings chapter .xx.

About that time Hezekiah was sick unto the death. And the Prophet Isaiah son of Amoz came to him and said to him: Thus sayeth the LORD: put thine household in an order, for thou shalt die and not live. And Hezekiah turned his face to the wall and besought the LORD saying: Oh LORD, remember yet how I have walked before thee truly and with a perfect heart, and have done that which is good in thy sight, and wept a great pace. And Isaiah was scarce gone out into the middle of the city, but that the word of the LORD came to him saying: turn again and tell Hezekiah the captain of my people. Thus sayeth the LORD God of David thy father. I have heard thy prayer and seen thy tears. Behold, I will heal thee, and this day three days thou shalt go up into the house of the LORD. And I will lengthen thy days yet fifteen year, and will deliver both thee and this city out of the hand of the king of Assiria, and will defend this city for mine own sake, and for David my servant's sake. And Isaiah said: bring a lump of figs. And they brought and put it on the sore, and he recovered. Then said Hezekiah to Isaiah: what is the sign, that the LORD will heal me, and that I shall go up into the house of the LORD the third day? And Isaiah said: this sign shalt thou have of the LORD, that the LORD will do that he hath spoken: shall the shadow go forward ten degrees, or go back again ten degrees? And Hezekiah said: it is a light thing for the shadow to go down ten degrees. Therefore I will not that: but let the shadow go backward ten degrees. And Isaiah the Prophet called to the LORD, and he brought the shadow ten degrees backward by which it had gone down, in the dial of Ahaz.
The same season Berodach Baladan the son of Baladan king of Babilon sent letters and presents unto Hezekiah, for he heard how that Hezekiah was sick. And Hezekiah hearkened unto them and shewed them all that was in the spicery house, and his silver and gold and odours and precious ointments and his armory and all that was found in his treasure: there was nothing in his house or in all his realm, that he shewed them not. Then came Isaiah the Prophet unto king Hezekiah and said to him: What say these men and from whence come they to thee? And Hezekiah said: they be come from a far country, even from Babylon. And he said: what have they seen in thy house? And Hezekiah said: all that is in my house have they seen: there is nothing among my treasure that I have not shewed them. And Isaiah said to Hezekiah: hear the word of the LORD. Behold the day shall come, that all that is in thine house and that thy fathers have laid up in store unto this day, shall be carried to Babylon, and nothing shall be left sayeth the LORD. And of thy sons that proceeded out of thee, which thou begattest, shall there be carried away, and shall be made chamberlains in the palace of the king of Babylon. And Hezekiah said to Isaiah: welcome be the word of the LORD which thou hast spoken: so that peace and truth be kept in my days. The remnant of the deeds of Hezekiah and all his power, and how he made a pool and a conduit and brought the water into the city, are written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Iuda. And Hezekiah laid him to rest with his fathers, and Manasseh his son reigned in his stead.

 

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