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2 Kings 20
In 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.||
Hezekiah's sickness, figs, and the sun moving backwards
Hezekiah is sick. God and Isaiah tell him to get ready to die. He begs them to let him live, and they say, "OK,
you can live for another 15 years."
Then Isaiah cures Hezekiah with a lump of figs. But Hezekiah wants a sign from God that he will be healed, even though he was
already healed with the figs.
God says that, sure, he can do a sign. How about he move the sun ahead or back ten degrees, whichever he'd prefer.
Hezekiah says he'd like to see the sun go back ten degrees. So Isaiah shouts to God to move the sun back ten degrees and
the sun moved back ten degrees.
Next Isaiah shows some Babylonians his belongings and Isaiah tells him that Babylon will steal his stuff and make his sons
eunuchs. Hezekiah says, "Thanks. That's good news," and dies.
(20:1) "In those days was Hezekiah sick unto death. And the prophet Isaiah ... said unto him,
Thus saith the LORD, Set thine house in order; for thou shalt die, and not live."
(20:3) "And Hezekiah wept sore."
(20:5-6) "Tell Hezekiah ... I will heal thee ... I will add unto thy days fifteen years."
(20:7) "Take a lump of figs. And they took and laid it on the
boil, and he recovered."
What the Bible says about figs
(20:8) "What shall be the sign that the LORD will
Is it OK to test God?
Why did God turn the sundial back ten degrees?
(20:9) "Shall the shadow go forward ten degrees, or go back ten degrees?"
(20:10) "Hezekiah answered ... let the shadow return backward ten degrees."
(20:11) "Isaiah ... cried unto the LORD: and he brought the shadow ten degrees backward."
(20:12) "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."
(20:13) "Hezekiah ... shewed them all the house of his precious things."
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.||
And Isaiah said unto Hezekiah, Hear the word of the LORD.||
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.||
(20:17-18) "All that is in thine house ... shall be carried into Babylon ...
And of thy sons ... shall they take away; and they shall be eunuchs in the palace of the king of Babylon."
(20:19) "Then said Hezekiah unto Isaiah, Good is the word of the LORD which thou hast spoken."
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
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?
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?||
And Hezekiah slept with his fathers: and Manasseh his son reigned in his
(20:21) "And Hezekiah slept with his fathers."
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