New International Version

Isaiah 38:1-22

Hezekiah’s Illness

1In those days Hezekiah became ill and was at the point of death. The prophet Isaiah son of Amoz went to him and said, “This is what the Lord says: Put your house in order, because you are going to die; you will not recover.”

2Hezekiah turned his face to the wall and prayed to the Lord, 3“Remember, Lord, how I have walked before you faithfully and with wholehearted devotion and have done what is good in your eyes.” And Hezekiah wept bitterly.

4Then the word of the Lord came to Isaiah: 5“Go and tell Hezekiah, ‘This is what the Lord, the God of your father David, says: I have heard your prayer and seen your tears; I will add fifteen years to your life. 6And I will deliver you and this city from the hand of the king of Assyria. I will defend this city.

7“ ‘This is the Lord’s sign to you that the Lord will do what he has promised: 8I will make the shadow cast by the sun go back the ten steps it has gone down on the stairway of Ahaz.’ ” So the sunlight went back the ten steps it had gone down.

9A writing of Hezekiah king of Judah after his illness and recovery:

10I said, “In the prime of my life

must I go through the gates of death

and be robbed of the rest of my years?”

11I said, “I will not again see the Lord himself

in the land of the living;

no longer will I look on my fellow man,

or be with those who now dwell in this world.

12Like a shepherd’s tent my house

has been pulled down and taken from me.

Like a weaver I have rolled up my life,

and he has cut me off from the loom;

day and night you made an end of me.

13I waited patiently till dawn,

but like a lion he broke all my bones;

day and night you made an end of me.

14I cried like a swift or thrush,

I moaned like a mourning dove.

My eyes grew weak as I looked to the heavens.

I am being threatened; Lord, come to my aid!”

15But what can I say?

He has spoken to me, and he himself has done this.

I will walk humbly all my years

because of this anguish of my soul.

16Lord, by such things people live;

and my spirit finds life in them too.

You restored me to health

and let me live.

17Surely it was for my benefit

that I suffered such anguish.

In your love you kept me

from the pit of destruction;

you have put all my sins

behind your back.

18For the grave cannot praise you,

death cannot sing your praise;

those who go down to the pit

cannot hope for your faithfulness.

19The living, the living—they praise you,

as I am doing today;

parents tell their children

about your faithfulness.

20The Lord will save me,

and we will sing with stringed instruments

all the days of our lives

in the temple of the Lord.

21Isaiah had said, “Prepare a poultice of figs and apply it to the boil, and he will recover.”

22Hezekiah had asked, “What will be the sign that I will go up to the temple of the Lord?”

Chinese Contemporary Bible (Simplified)

以赛亚书 38:1-22


1那些日子,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。’” 2希西迦把脸转向墙,向耶和华祷告,说: 3“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。 4耶和华对以赛亚说: 5“你去告诉希西迦,‘你祖先大卫的上帝耶和华说,我听见了你的祷告,也看见了你的眼泪,我要使你的寿命增加十五年。 6我要从亚述王手中拯救你和这城,我要保护这城。’” 2138:21-22 这两节在原文抄本是放在本章末尾,不过这可能是在誊抄过程中放错位置。其实这两节经文放在6节和7节之间最为自然,就如在列王纪下一样,参见列王纪下20:7-8以赛亚说:“拿一块无花果饼贴在王的疮上,他就会痊愈。” 22希西迦问:“有什么兆头能证明我可以再上耶和华的殿吗?”