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2 Kings 20

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.’

Hezekiah turned his face to the wall and prayed to the Lord, ‘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.

Before Isaiah had left the middle court, the word of the Lord came to him: ‘Go back and tell Hezekiah, the ruler of my people, “This is what the Lord, the God of your father David, says: I have heard your prayer and seen your tears; I will heal you. On the third day from now you will go up to the temple of the Lord. I will add fifteen years to your life. And I will deliver you and this city from the hand of the king of Assyria. I will defend this city for my sake and for the sake of my servant David.”’

Then Isaiah said, ‘Prepare a poultice of figs.’ They did so and applied it to the boil, and he recovered.

Hezekiah had asked Isaiah, ‘What will be the sign that the Lord will heal me and that I will go up to the temple of the Lord on the third day from now?’

Isaiah answered, ‘This is the Lord’s sign to you that the Lord will do what he has promised: shall the shadow go forward ten steps, or shall it go back ten steps?’

10 ‘It is a simple matter for the shadow to go forward ten steps,’ said Hezekiah. ‘Rather, let it go back ten steps.’

11 Then the prophet Isaiah called on the Lord, and the Lord made the shadow go back the ten steps it had gone down on the stairway of Ahaz.

Envoys from Babylon

12 At that time Marduk-Baladan son of Baladan king of Babylon sent Hezekiah letters and a gift, because he had heard of Hezekiah’s illness. 13 Hezekiah received the envoys and showed them all that was in his storehouses – the silver, the gold, the spices and the fine oil – his armoury and everything found among his treasures. There was nothing in his palace or in all his kingdom that Hezekiah did not show them.

14 Then Isaiah the prophet went to King Hezekiah and asked, ‘What did those men say, and where did they come from?’

‘From a distant land,’ Hezekiah replied. ‘They came from Babylon.’

15 The prophet asked, ‘What did they see in your palace?’

‘They saw everything in my palace,’ Hezekiah said. ‘There is nothing among my treasures that I did not show them.’

16 Then Isaiah said to Hezekiah, ‘Hear the word of the Lord: 17 the time will surely come when everything in your palace, and all that your predecessors have stored up until this day, will be carried off to Babylon. Nothing will be left, says the Lord. 18 And some of your descendants, your own flesh and blood who will be born to you, will be taken away, and they will become eunuchs in the palace of the king of Babylon.’

19 ‘The word of the Lord you have spoken is good,’ Hezekiah replied. For he thought, ‘Will there not be peace and security in my lifetime?’

20 As for the other events of Hezekiah’s reign, all his achievements and how he made the pool and the tunnel by which he brought water into the city, are they not written in the book of the annals of the kings of Judah? 21 Hezekiah rested with his ancestors. And Manasseh his son succeeded him as king.

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。