Amplified Bible

2 Kings 20

Hezekiah’s Illness and Recovery

1In those days [when Sennacherib first invaded Judah] Hezekiah became deathly ill. The prophet Isaiah the son of Amoz came and said to him, “Thus says the Lord, ‘Set your house in order, for you shall die and not recover.’” Then Hezekiah turned his face to the wall and prayed to the Lord, saying, “Please, O Lord, remember now [with compassion] how I have walked before You in faithfulness and truth and with a whole heart [entirely devoted to You], and have done what is good in Your sight.” And Hezekiah wept bitterly. Before Isaiah had gone out of the middle courtyard, the word of the Lord came to him, saying, “Go back and tell Hezekiah the leader of My people, ‘Thus says the Lord, the God of David your father (ancestor): “I have heard your prayer, I have seen your tears. Behold, I am healing you; on the third day you shall go up to the house of the Lord. I will add fifteen years to your life and save you and this city [Jerusalem] from the hand of the king of Assyria; and I will protect this city for My own sake and for My servant David’s sake.”’” Then Isaiah said, “Bring a cake of figs. And they brought it and placed it on the [painful] inflammation, and he recovered.”

Hezekiah said to Isaiah, “What will be the sign that the Lord will [completely] heal me, and that I shall go up to the house of the Lord on the third day?” Isaiah said, “This will be the sign to you from the Lord, that He will do the thing that He has spoken: shall the shadow [indicating the time of day] go forward ten steps, or go backward ten steps?” 10 Hezekiah answered, “It is easy for the shadow to go forward ten steps; no, but let the shadow turn backward ten steps.” 11 So Isaiah the prophet called out to the Lord, and He brought the shadow on the steps ten steps backward by which it had gone down on the [a]sundial of Ahaz.

Hezekiah Shows Babylon His Treasures

12 At that time [b]Berodach-baladan a son of Baladan, king of Babylon, sent letters and a gift to Hezekiah, for he had heard that Hezekiah had been sick. 13 Hezekiah listened to and welcomed them and [[c]foolishly] showed them all his treasure house—the silver and gold and spices and precious oil and his armory and everything that was found in his treasuries. There was nothing in his house (palace) nor in all his realm that Hezekiah did not show them. 14 Then Isaiah the prophet came to King Hezekiah and said to him, “What did these men say [that would cause you to do this for them]? From where have they come to you?” Hezekiah said, “They have come from a far country, from Babylon.” 15 Isaiah said, “What have they seen in your house?” Hezekiah answered, “They have seen everything that is in my house (palace). There is nothing in my treasuries that I have not shown them.”

16 Then Isaiah said to Hezekiah, “Hear the word of the Lord. 17 ‘Behold, the time is coming when everything that is in your house, and that your fathers have stored up until this day, will be carried to Babylon; nothing will be left,’ says the Lord. 18 ‘And some of your sons (descendants) who will be born to you will be [d]taken away [as captives]; and they will become eunuchs in the palace of the king of Babylon.’” 19 Then Hezekiah said to Isaiah, “The word of the Lord which you have spoken is good.” For he thought, “Is it not good, if [at least] there will be peace and security in my lifetime?”

20 The rest of the acts of Hezekiah and all his might, and how he made the [Siloam] pool and the aqueduct and brought water into the city, are they not written in the Book of the Chronicles of the Kings of Judah? 21 Hezekiah slept with his fathers [in death], and Manasseh his son became king in his place.

Notas al pie

  1. 2 Kings 20:11 Or stairway; lit steps.
  2. 2 Kings 20:12 Many mss and ancient versions read Merodach-baladan; cf Is 39:1.
  3. 2 Kings 20:13 Hezekiah was showing off his wealth to the Babylonians, in disregard of the mercy God had just granted him.
  4. 2 Kings 20:18 Isaiah predicted the Babylonian captivity about a hundred and fifteen years before it occurred.

Chinese Contemporary Bible (Simplified)

列王纪下 20

希西迦的病危与康复

1那些天,希西迦病危,亚摩斯的儿子以赛亚先知前来对他说:“耶和华说,‘你要交待后事,因为你要死了,你的病不能康复。’” 希西迦把脸转向墙,向耶和华祷告,说: “耶和华啊,求你顾念我怎样全心、忠诚地事奉你,做你视为善的事。”希西迦痛哭起来。 当时,以赛亚还没有走出中院,耶和华对他说: “回去告诉我子民的首领希西迦,‘你祖先大卫的上帝耶和华说,我已听见你的祷告,看见了你的眼泪。我要医治你,三天后你就可以上耶和华的殿。 我要使你的寿命增加十五年,我要从亚述王手中拯救你和这城。为我自己和我仆人大卫的缘故,我要保护这城。’”

以赛亚说:“拿一块无花果饼贴在王的疮上,他就会痊愈。”

希西迦问以赛亚:“有什么兆头证明耶和华要医治我,三天后我可以上耶和华的殿呢?” 以赛亚说:“耶和华要给你一个兆头,证明祂言出必行。你要日影前进十度还是后退十度呢?” 10 希西迦说:“日影前进十度容易,让日影后退十度吧。” 11 以赛亚先知向耶和华祈求,耶和华就使亚哈斯日晷上的日影后退了十度。

巴比伦的使者来访

12 那时,巴拉但的儿子巴比伦王米罗达·巴拉但听说希西迦病了,便派人送去书信和礼物。 13 希西迦接见使者,让他们观看国库里的金银、香料、珍贵膏油、所有兵器和一切宝物。希西迦把宫中及国内的一切都给他们看。

14 以赛亚先知来见希西迦王,问他:“这些人说了些什么?他们从哪里来?”希西迦答道:“他们来自遥远的巴比伦。” 15 以赛亚问:“他们在你宫里看到了什么?”希西迦答道:“他们看到了我宫中的一切。我把国库里的一切都给他们看了。”

16 以赛亚对希西迦说:“你听着,耶和华说, 17 ‘终有一天,你宫中的一切和你祖先积攒到现在的一切,必一件不留地被掳到巴比伦。这是耶和华说的。 18 你的子孙当中必有人被掳去,在巴比伦王的宫中做太监。’” 19 希西迦对以赛亚说:“耶和华借你说的话很好。”因为他想:“至少我有生之年将平安稳妥。”

20 希西迦其他的事迹和成就,包括怎样建造水池和挖沟引水入城,都记在犹大的列王史上。 21 希西迦与祖先同眠后,他儿子玛拿西继位。