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Anden Kongebog 20

Hizkijas sygdom og helbredelse

1Senere blev Hizkija alvorligt syg og lå for døden. Da kom profeten Esajas til ham og sagde: „Gør dig klar til at dø, for Herren siger, du ikke bliver rask igen.”

Esajas gik igen, og Hizkija vendte ansigtet mod væggen. „Åh, Herre,” tryglede han, „husk dog på, hvordan jeg altid har bestræbt mig på at adlyde dig og behage dig i alt, hvad jeg har foretaget mig.” Og han græd højt.

Før Esajas var nået ud af paladsets gård, sagde Herren til ham: „Gå tilbage til Hizkija, mit folks leder, og sig til ham: Herren, din forfar Davids Gud, har hørt din bøn og set dine tårer. Jeg vil alligevel helbrede dig, så du i overmorgen kan stå op og gå ind i templet. Jeg vil give dig endnu 15 år at leve i, og jeg vil frelse både dig og Jerusalem fra assyrerkongen, for min egen æres skyld og for min tjener Davids skyld.”

Derpå sagde Esajas til kongens tjenere: „Kom med et figenplaster.” Tjenerne kom så med et figenplaster og lagde det på det syge sted, for at kongen kunne blive rask.

Hizkija spurgte Esajas: „Hvilket tegn får jeg på, at Herren virkelig vil helbrede mig, så jeg kan gå op til Herrens hus i overmorgen?”

Esajas svarede: „Hvilket tegn vil du helst have? Skal skyggen på soluret gå ti streger frem eller ti streger tilbage?”

10 „Siden skyggen normalt går frem, vil jeg foretrække den gør det modsatte,” svarede Hizkija. „Lad skyggen gå ti streger tilbage.”

11 Så bad Esajas Herren om at gøre, som kongen havde bedt om, og Herren lod skyggen gå ti streger tilbage på Ahazʼ solur.

Profeti om bortførelsen til Babylonien

12 Nogen tid senere sendte Merodak-Baladan, som var søn af kong Baladan af Babylonien, nogle sendebud af sted med hilsener og en gave til Hizkija, for Babyloniens konge havde hørt om hans sygdom. 13 Hizkija var beæret over det fine besøg og viste dem alle sine rigdomme, sit sølv og guld, sine røgelsesstoffer og forskellige aromatiske olier og sit våbenarsenal, ja, der var ikke den ting, han ikke viste dem.

14 Bagefter opsøgte Esajas kong Hizkija og spurgte ham: „Hvor kom de mænd fra, og hvad ville de?”

„De kom helt fra Babylonien!” svarede Hizkija.

15 „Hvad så de i paladset?” spurgte Esajas.

„Det hele!” svarede Hizkija. „Jeg viste dem alle mine rigdomme.”

16 „Hør Herrens ord,” sagde Esajas. 17 „Der kommer en dag, hvor alt i det her palads skal føres bort til Babylonien, både de rigdomme, du selv har samlet, og det, dine forfædre har samlet—intet vil blive tilbage. 18 Nogle af dine egne efterkommere vil blive bortført og gjort til tjenere ved den babyloniske konges hof.”

19 „Det er godt at høre fra Herren,” sagde Hizkija. Han tænkte ved sig selv: „Der er i det mindste fred og ro, så længe jeg lever.”

20 Resten af kong Hizkijas historie og hans bedrifter er beskrevet i Judas kongers krønikebog. Der fortælles også om den dam, han konstruerede, og den vandtunnel, han lod grave for at lede vand ind i byen. 21 Da han døde, blev hans søn Manasse konge i hans sted.

King James Version

2 Kings 20

1In those days was Hezekiah sick unto death. And the prophet Isaiah the son of Amoz came to him, and said unto him, Thus saith the Lord, Set thine house in order; for thou shalt die, and not live.

Then he turned his face to the wall, and prayed unto the Lord, saying,

I beseech thee, O Lord, remember now how I have walked before thee in truth and with a perfect heart, and have done that which is good in thy sight. And Hezekiah wept sore.

And it came to pass, afore Isaiah was gone out into the middle court, that the word of the Lord came to him, saying,

Turn again, and tell Hezekiah the captain of my people, Thus saith the Lord, the God of David thy father, I have heard thy prayer, I have seen thy tears: behold, I will heal thee: on the third day thou shalt go up unto the house of the Lord.

And I will add unto thy days fifteen years; and I will deliver thee and this city out of the hand of the king of Assyria; and I will defend this city for mine own sake, and for my servant David's sake.

And Isaiah said, Take a lump of figs. And they took and laid it on the boil, and he recovered.

And Hezekiah said unto Isaiah, What shall be 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 the thing that he hath spoken: shall the shadow go forward ten degrees, or go back ten degrees?

10 And Hezekiah answered, It is a light thing for the shadow to go down ten degrees: nay, but let the shadow return backward ten degrees.

11 And Isaiah the prophet cried unto the Lord: and he brought the shadow ten degrees backward, by which it had gone down in the dial of Ahaz.

12 At that time Berodachbaladan, the son of Baladan, king of Babylon, sent letters and a present unto Hezekiah: for he had heard that Hezekiah had been sick.

13 And Hezekiah hearkened unto them, and shewed them all the house of his precious things, the silver, and the gold, and the spices, and the precious ointment, and all the house of his armour, and all that was found in his treasures: there was nothing in his house, nor in all his dominion, that Hezekiah shewed them not.

14 Then came Isaiah the prophet unto king Hezekiah, and said unto him, What said these men? and from whence came they unto thee? And Hezekiah said, They are come from a far country, even from Babylon.

15 And he said, What have they seen in thine house? And Hezekiah answered, All the things that are in mine house have they seen: there is nothing among my treasures that I have not shewed them.

16 And Isaiah said unto Hezekiah, Hear the word of the Lord.

17 Behold, the days come, that all that is in thine house, and that which thy fathers have laid up in store unto this day, shall be carried into Babylon: nothing shall be left, saith the Lord.

18 And of thy sons that shall issue from thee, which thou shalt beget, shall they take away; and they shall be eunuchs in the palace of the king of Babylon.

19 Then said Hezekiah unto Isaiah, Good is the word of the Lord which thou hast spoken. And he said, Is it not good, if peace and truth be in my days?

20 And the rest of the acts of Hezekiah, and all his might, and how he made a pool, and a conduit, and brought water into the city, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Judah?

21 And Hezekiah slept with his fathers: and Manasseh his son reigned in his stead.