New International Reader's Version

2 Kings 20

Hezekiah Becomes Sick

1In those days Hezekiah became very sick. He was about to die. Isaiah the prophet, the son of Amoz, went to him. Isaiah told Hezekiah, “The Lord says, ‘Put everything in order. Make out your will. You are going to die soon. You will not get well again.’ ”

Hezekiah turned his face toward the wall. He prayed to the Lord. He said, Lord, please remember how faithful I’ve been to you. I’ve lived the way you wanted me to. I’ve served you with all my heart. I’ve done what is good in your sight.” And Hezekiah wept bitterly.

Isaiah was leaving the middle courtyard. Before he had left it, a message came to him from the Lord. He said, “Go back and speak to Hezekiah. He is the ruler of my people. Tell him, ‘The Lord, the God of King David, says, “I have heard your prayer. I have seen your tears. And I will heal you. On the third day from now you will go up to my temple. I will add 15 years to your life. And I will save you and this city from the power of the king of Assyria. I will guard this city. I will do it for myself. And I will do it for my servant David.” ’ ”

Then Isaiah said, “Press some figs together. Spread them on a piece of cloth.” So that’s what they did. Then they applied it to Hezekiah’s boil. And he got well again.

Hezekiah had said to Isaiah, “You say the Lord will heal me. You say that I’ll go up to his temple on the third day from now. What will the sign be to prove he’ll really do that?”

Isaiah answered, “The Lord will do what he has promised. Here is his sign to you. Do you want the shadow the sun makes to go forward ten steps? Or do you want it to go back ten steps?”

10 “It’s easy for the shadow to go forward ten steps,” said Hezekiah. “So have it go back ten steps.”

11 Then Isaiah the prophet called out to the Lord. And the Lord made the shadow go back ten steps. It went back the ten steps it had gone down on the stairway Ahaz had made.

Messengers Come From Babylon to Hezekiah

12 At that time Marduk-Baladan, the king of Babylon, sent Hezekiah letters and a gift. He had heard that Hezekiah had been sick. Marduk-Baladan was the son of Baladan. 13 Hezekiah received the messengers. He showed them everything in his storerooms. He showed them the silver and gold. He showed them the spices and the fine olive oil. He showed them where he kept his weapons. And he showed them all his treasures. In fact, he showed them everything in his palace and in his whole kingdom.

14 Then Isaiah the prophet went to King Hezekiah. He asked him, “What did those men say? Where did they come from?”

“They came from a land far away,” Hezekiah said. “They came from Babylon.”

15 The prophet asked, “What did they see in your palace?”

“They saw everything in my palace,” Hezekiah said. “I showed them all my treasures.”

16 Then Isaiah said to Hezekiah, “Listen to the Lord’s message. He says, 17 ‘You can be sure the time will come when everything in your palace will be carried off to Babylon. Everything the kings before you have stored up until this day will be taken away. There will not be anything left,’ says the Lord. 18 ‘Some of the members of your family line will be taken away. They will be your own flesh and blood. They will include the children who will be born into your family line in years to come. And they will serve the king of Babylon in his palace.’ ”

19 “The message the Lord has spoken through you is good,” Hezekiah replied. He thought, “There will be peace and safety while I’m still living.”

20 The other events of the rule of Hezekiah are written down. That includes how he made the pool and the tunnel. He used them to bring water into Jerusalem. Everything he accomplished is written in the official records of the kings of Judah. 21 Hezekiah joined the members of his family who had already died. Hezekiah’s son Manasseh became the next king after him.

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。