Daily Devotional

by Larry Stockstill

Hezekiah proved the awesome power of prayer through two incidents in his life. First, he faced the terrible army of Sennacherib, who threatened to totally annihilate Jerusalem. In such a desperate moment, Hezekiah merely brought Sennacherib's threat and "spread it out before the Lord" (Isaiah 37:14). God heard Hezekiah's intercession and sent the death angel to destroy 185,000 men in one night!

Second, Hezekiah faced impending death because of sickness. Again his response was to pray: "When Hezekiah heard this, he turned his face to the wall and prayed to the Lord" (Isaiah 38:2). God was so moved by his prayer that He told Hezekiah He would extend his life by fifteen years (v. 5), and to prove His promise would come true, He caused the sun's shadow to move backward (v. 8).

Oh, how God yearns to answer your prayers, and how able He is to do it! His Word promises, "You faithfully answer our prayers with awesome deeds, O God our savior. You are the hope of everyone on earth, even those who sail on distant seas" (Psalm 65:5).

Be bold enough to ask Him for what you need, even when it looks hopeless. He will literally move heaven and earth to answer your prayer!

Isaiah 37:1-38:22

Jerusalem’s Deliverance Foretold37:1-13pp — 2Ki 19:1-13

37 When King Hezekiah heard this, he tore his clothesS Ge 37:29; S 2Ch 34:19 and put on sackclothS Ge 37:34 and went into the templeS ver 14; S 1Ki 8:33; Mt 21:13 of the Lord.He sent EliakimS 2Ki 18:18; S Isa 36:3 the palace administrator, ShebnaS 2Ki 18:18 the secretary, and the leading priests, all wearing sackcloth, to the prophet Isaiah son of Amoz.ver 21; Isa 1:1; S 13:1; 38:1They told him, “This is what Hezekiah says: This day is a day of distressS Jdg 6:2; S Isa 5:30 and rebuke and disgrace, as when children come to the moment of birthIsa 26:18; 66:9; Hos 13:13 and there is no strength to deliver them.It may be that the Lord your God will hear the words of the field commander, whom his master, the king of Assyria, has sent to ridiculever 23-24; S 2Ch 32:17 the living God,S Jos 3:10 and that he will rebuke him for the words the Lord your God has heard.Isa 36:13, 18-20 Therefore prayS 1Sa 7:8 for the remnantS Isa 1:9; Am 7:2 that still survives.”

When King Hezekiah’s officials came to Isaiah,Isaiah said to them, “Tell your master, ‘This is what the Lord says: Do not be afraidS Jos 1:9; S Isa 7:4 of what you have heard—those words with which the underlings of the king of Assyria have blasphemedS Nu 15:30 me.Listen! When he hears a certain report,ver 9 I will make him want1Ch 5:26 to return to his own country, and there I will have him cut downS Isa 31:8 with the sword.’”

When the field commander heard that the king of Assyria had left Lachish,S Jos 10:3 he withdrew and found the king fighting against Libnah.S Nu 33:20

Now SennacheribS 2Ch 32:1 received a reportver 7 that Tirhakah, the king of Cush,That is, the upper Nile regionS Isa 20:3 was marching out to fight against him. When he heard it, he sent messengers to Hezekiah with this word:10 “Say to Hezekiah king of Judah: Do not let the god you depend on deceive2Ch 32:11, 15 you when he says, ‘Jerusalem will not be given into the hands of the king of Assyria.’Isa 36:1511 Surely you have heard what the kings of Assyria have done to all the countries, destroying them completely. And will you be delivered?Isa 36:18-2012 Did the gods of the nations that were destroyed by my predecessors2Ki 18:11 deliver them—the gods of Gozan, Harran,Ge 11:31; 12:1-4; Ac 7:2 Rezeph and the people of EdenEze 27:23; Am 1:5 who were in Tel Assar?13 Where is the king of Hamath or the king of Arpad?Isa 10:9 Where are the kings of Lair, Sepharvaim,S 2Ki 17:24 Hena and Ivvah?”S Isa 36:20

Hezekiah’s Prayer37:14-20pp — 2Ki 19:14-19

14 Hezekiah received the letter2Ch 32:17 from the messengers and read it. Then he went up to the templever 1, 38; S 1Ki 8:33 of the Lord and spread it out before the Lord.15 And Hezekiah prayedS 2Ch 32:20 to the Lord:16 Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, enthronedS Ps 2:4 between the cherubim,S Ge 3:24 you alone are GodDt 10:17; S Ps 46:10; 86:10; 136:2-3 over all the kingdomsDa 4:34 of the earth. You have made heaven and earth.S Ge 1:1; S Isa 11:12; 41:9; 43:6; Ac 4:2417 Give ear, Lord, and hear;S 1Ki 8:29; S 2Ch 6:40 open your eyes, Lord, and see;Jer 25:29; Da 9:18 listen to all the words SennacheribS 2Ch 32:1 has sent to ridiculeS 2Ch 32:17 the living God.S Jos 3:10

18 “It is true, Lord, that the Assyrian kings have laid waste all these peoples and their lands.S 2Ki 15:29; Na 2:11-1219 They have thrown their gods into the fireS Jos 7:15 and destroyed them,Isa 26:14; 36:20 for they were not gods2Ch 13:9; Isa 40:17; 41:24, 29; Jer 2:11; 5:7; 16:20; Gal 4:8 but only wood and stone, fashioned by human hands.S 2Ch 32:19; S Ps 135:15; Isa 40:18-20; 44:9-1120 Now, Lord our God, deliverS Ps 3:2, 7; S Pr 20:22 us from his hand, so that all the kingdoms of the earthS Jos 4:24 may know that you, Lord, are the only God.Dead Sea Scrolls (see also 2 Kings 19:19); Masoretic Text you alone are the LordS 1Sa 17:46; S Ps 46:10

Sennacherib’s Fall37:21-38pp — 2Ki 19:20-37; 2Ch 32:20-21

21 Then Isaiah son of AmozS ver 2 sent a message to Hezekiah: “This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: Because you have prayed to me concerning Sennacherib king of Assyria,22 this is the word the Lord has spoken against him:

“Virgin DaughterS Isa 23:12 ZionS Isa 10:32

despises and mocks you.

Daughter Jerusalem

tosses her headS Job 16:4 as you flee.

23 Who is it you have ridiculed and blasphemed?ver 4; S Nu 15:30; Isa 52:5; Eze 36:20, 23; Da 7:25

Against whom have you raised your voiceS Job 15:25

and lifted your eyes in pride?S Isa 2:11

Against the Holy OneS Isa 1:4; S 12:6 of Israel!

24 By your messengers

you have ridiculed the Lord.

And you have said,

‘With my many chariotsIsa 36:9

I have ascended the heights of the mountains,

the utmost heightsIsa 14:13 of Lebanon.S 1Ki 7:2; S Isa 14:8; S 33:9

I have cut down its tallest cedars,

the choicest of its junipers.1Ki 5:8-10; Isa 41:19; 55:13; 60:13; Hos 14:8

I have reached its remotest heights,

the finest of its forests.

25 I have dug wells in foreign landsDead Sea Scrolls (see also 2 Kings 19:24); Masoretic Text does not have in foreign lands.

and drunk the water there.

With the soles of my feet

I have dried upS Isa 19:6; 44:27 all the streams of Egypt.S Dt 11:10; S Isa 10:14; Da 4:30

26 “Have you not heard?

Long ago I ordainedAc 2:23; 4:27-28; 1Pe 2:8 it.

In days of old I plannedIsa 10:6; S 25:1 it;

now I have brought it to pass,

that you have turned fortified cities

into piles of stone.S Dt 13:16; S Isa 25:2

27 Their people, drained of power,

are dismayed and put to shame.

They are like plants in the field,

like tender green shoots,

like grassS Isa 15:6 sprouting on the roof,Ps 129:6

scorchedSome manuscripts of the Masoretic Text, Dead Sea Scrolls and some Septuagint manuscripts (see also 2 Kings 19:26); most manuscripts of the Masoretic Text roof / and terraced fields before it grows up.

28 “But I know where you are

and when you come and goPs 139:1-3

and how you ragePs 2:1 against me.

29 Because you rage against me

and because your insolenceIsa 10:12 has reached my ears,

I will put my hookS 2Ch 33:11 in your noseS Job 40:24

and my bit in your mouth,

and I will make you return

by the way you came.ver 34

30 “This will be the signS Isa 20:3 for you, Hezekiah:

“This yearIsa 32:10 you will eat what grows by itself,

and the second year what springs from that.

But in the third yearS Isa 16:14 sow and reap,

plant vineyardsS Lev 25:4 and eat their fruit.Ps 107:37; Isa 30:23; 65:21; Jer 31:5

31 Once more a remnant of the kingdom of Judah

will take rootIsa 11:10 below and bear fruitS Isa 27:6 above.

32 For out of Jerusalem will come a remnant,S Isa 11:11

and out of Mount Zion a band of survivors.S Isa 1:9

The zealS Isa 9:7 of the Lord Almighty

will accomplish this.

33 “Therefore this is what the Lord says concerning the king of Assyria:

“He will not enter this cityS Isa 32:18

or shoot an arrow here.

He will not come before it with shield

or build a siege rampS 2Sa 20:15 against it.

34 By the way that he came he will return;ver 29

he will not enter this city,”

declares the Lord.

35 “I will defendS Isa 31:5 this city and save it,

for my sakeIsa 43:25; 48:9, 11; Eze 36:21-22 and for the sake of DavidS 1Ch 17:19 my servant!”

36 Then the angelS Ex 12:23 of the Lord went out and put to deathS Ex 12:12 a hundred and eighty-five thousand in the AssyrianS Isa 10:12 camp. When the people got up the next morning—there were all the dead bodies!37 So SennacheribS 2Ch 32:1 king of Assyria broke camp and withdrew. He returned to NinevehS Ge 10:11; S Na 1:1 and stayed there.

38 One day, while he was worshiping in the templeS ver 14 of his god Nisrok, his sons Adrammelek and Sharezer killed him with the sword, and they escaped to the land of Ararat.Ge 8:4; Jer 51:27 And EsarhaddonS 2Ki 17:24 his son succeeded him as king.S Isa 9:4; 10:26; S 14:25

Hezekiah’s Illness38:1-8pp — 2Ki 20:1-11; 2Ch 32:24-26

38 In those days Hezekiah became ill and was at the point of death. The prophet Isaiah son of AmozS Isa 37:2 went to him and said, “This is what the Lord says: Put your house in order,2Sa 17:23 because you are going to die; you will not recover.”2Ki 8:10

Hezekiah turned his face to the wall and prayed to the Lord,“Remember, Lord, how I have walkedPs 26:3 before you faithfully and with wholehearted devotionS 1Ki 8:61; S 1Ch 29:19 and have done what is good in your eyes.S Dt 6:18; S 10:20” And Hezekiah weptPs 6:8 bitterly.

Then the word1Sa 13:13; Isa 39:5 of the Lord came to Isaiah:“Go and tell Hezekiah, ‘This is what the Lord, the God of your father David,2Ki 18:3 says: I have heard your prayer and seen your tears;Ps 6:6 I will add fifteen yearsS 2Ki 18:2 to your life.And I will deliver you and this city from the hand of the king of Assyria. I will defendS Isa 31:5 this city.

“‘This is the Lord’s signS Ge 24:14; S 2Ch 32:31; Isa 7:11, 14; S 20:3 to you that the Lord will do what he has promised:I 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.Jos 10:13

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

10 I said, “In the prime of my lifePs 102:24

must I go through the gates of deathS Job 17:16; Ps 107:18; 2Co 1:9

and be robbed of the rest of my years?S Job 17:11

11 I said, “I will not again see the Lord himselfS Isa 12:2

in the land of the living;S Job 28:13; S Ps 116:9

no longer will I look on my fellow man,

or be with those who now dwell in this world.

12 Like a shepherd’s tentIsa 33:20; 2Co 5:1, 4; 2Pe 1:13-14 my house

has been pulled downS Job 4:21 and taken from me.

Like a weaver I have rolledS Isa 34:4; Heb 1:12 up my life,

and he has cut me off from the loom;S Nu 11:15; S Job 7:6; S Ps 31:22

day and nightver 13; Ps 32:4; 73:14 you made an end of me.

13 I waited patientlyS Ps 37:7 till dawn,

but like a lion he brokeS Job 9:17; Ps 51:8 all my bones;S Job 10:16; Jer 34:17; La 3:4; Da 6:24

day and nightS ver 12 you made an end of me.

14 I cried like a swift or thrush,

I moaned like a mourning dove.S Ge 8:8; S Isa 59:11

My eyes grew weakS Ps 6:7 as I looked to the heavens.

I am being threatened; Lord, come to my aid!”S Ge 50:24; S Job 17:3

15 But what can I say?2Sa 7:20

He has spoken to me, and he himself has done this.S Ps 39:9

I will walk humbly1Ki 21:27 all my years

because of this anguish of my soul.S Job 7:11

16 Lord, by such things people live;

and my spirit finds life in them too.

You restored me to health

and let me live.Ps 119:25; Heb 12:9

17 Surely it was for my benefitRo 8:28; Heb 12:11

that I suffered such anguish.S Job 7:11; Ps 119:71, 75

In your love you kept me

from the pitS Job 17:16; S Ps 30:3 of destruction;

you have put all my sinsPs 103:3; Jer 31:34

behind your back.S Ps 103:12; Isa 43:25; Mic 7:19

18 For the graveS Nu 16:30; S Ecc 9:10 cannot praise you,

death cannot sing your praise;Ps 6:5; 88:10-11; 115:17

those who go down to the pitS Ps 30:9

cannot hope for your faithfulness.

19 The living, the living—they praisePs 118:17; 119:175 you,

as I am doing today;

parents tell their childrenS Dt 11:19

about your faithfulness.

20 The Lord will save me,

and we will singPs 68:25 with stringed instrumentsS Ps 33:2; S 45:8

all the days of our livesPs 23:6; S 63:4; 116:2

in the templePs 116:17-19 of the Lord.

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

22 Hezekiah had asked, “What will be the signS 2Ch 32:31 that I will go up to the temple of the Lord?”

Hezekiah Seeks the Lord’s Help

37 When King Hezekiah heard their report, he tore his clothes and put on burlap and went into the Temple of the Lord.And he sent Eliakim the palace administrator, Shebna the court secretary, and the leading priests, all dressed in burlap, to the prophet Isaiah son of Amoz.They told him, “This is what King Hezekiah says: Today is a day of trouble, insults, and disgrace. It is like when a child is ready to be born, but the mother has no strength to deliver the baby.But perhaps the Lord your God has heard the Assyrian chief of staff,Or the rabshakeh; also in 37:8. sent by the king to defy the living God, and will punish him for his words. Oh, pray for those of us who are left!”

After King Hezekiah’s officials delivered the king’s message to Isaiah,the prophet replied, “Say to your master, ‘This is what the Lord says: Do not be disturbed by this blasphemous speech against me from the Assyrian king’s messengers.Listen! I myself will move against him,Hebrew I will put a spirit in him. and the king will receive a message that he is needed at home. So he will return to his land, where I will have him killed with a sword.’”

Meanwhile, the Assyrian chief of staff left Jerusalem and went to consult the king of Assyria, who had left Lachish and was attacking Libnah.

Soon afterward King Sennacherib received word that King Tirhakah of EthiopiaHebrew of Cush. was leading an army to fight against him. Before leaving to meet the attack, he sent messengers back to Hezekiah in Jerusalem with this message:

10 “This message is for King Hezekiah of Judah. Don’t let your God, in whom you trust, deceive you with promises that Jerusalem will not be captured by the king of Assyria.11 You know perfectly well what the kings of Assyria have done wherever they have gone. They have completely destroyed everyone who stood in their way! Why should you be any different?12 Have the gods of other nations rescued them—such nations as Gozan, Haran, Rezeph, and the people of Eden who were in Tel-assar? My predecessors destroyed them all!13 What happened to the king of Hamath and the king of Arpad? What happened to the kings of Sepharvaim, Hena, and Ivvah?”

14 After Hezekiah received the letter from the messengers and read it, he went up to the Lord’s Temple and spread it out before the Lord.15 And Hezekiah prayed this prayer before the Lord:16 “O Lord of Heaven’s Armies, God of Israel, you are enthroned between the mighty cherubim! You alone are God of all the kingdoms of the earth. You alone created the heavens and the earth.17 Bend down, O Lord, and listen! Open your eyes, O Lord, and see! Listen to Sennacherib’s words of defiance against the living God.

18 “It is true, Lord, that the kings of Assyria have destroyed all these nations.19 And they have thrown the gods of these nations into the fire and burned them. But of course the Assyrians could destroy them! They were not gods at all—only idols of wood and stone shaped by human hands.20 Now, O Lord our God, rescue us from his power; then all the kingdoms of the earth will know that you alone, O Lord, are God.As in Dead Sea Scrolls (see also 2 Kgs 19:19); Masoretic Text reads you alone are the Lord.

Isaiah Predicts Judah’s Deliverance

21 Then Isaiah son of Amoz sent this message to Hezekiah: “This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: Because you prayed about King Sennacherib of Assyria,22 the Lord has spoken this word against him:

“The virgin daughter of Zion

despises you and laughs at you.

The daughter of Jerusalem

shakes her head in derision as you flee.

23 “Whom have you been defying and ridiculing?

Against whom did you raise your voice?

At whom did you look with such haughty eyes?

It was the Holy One of Israel!

24 By your messengers you have defied the Lord.

You have said, ‘With my many chariots

I have conquered the highest mountains—

yes, the remotest peaks of Lebanon.

I have cut down its tallest cedars

and its finest cypress trees.

I have reached its farthest heights

and explored its deepest forests.

25 I have dug wells in many foreign landsAs in Dead Sea Scrolls (see also 2 Kgs 19:24); Masoretic Text lacks in many foreign lands.

and refreshed myself with their water.

With the sole of my foot,

I stopped up all the rivers of Egypt!’

26 “But have you not heard?

I decided this long ago.

Long ago I planned it,

and now I am making it happen.

I planned for you to crush fortified cities

into heaps of rubble.

27 That is why their people have so little power

and are so frightened and confused.

They are as weak as grass,

as easily trampled as tender green shoots.

They are like grass sprouting on a housetop,

scorchedAs in Dead Sea Scrolls and some Greek manuscripts (see also 2 Kgs 19:26); most Hebrew manuscripts read like a terraced field. before it can grow lush and tall.

28 “But I know you well—

where you stay

and when you come and go.

I know the way you have raged against me.

29 And because of your raging against me

and your arrogance, which I have heard for myself,

I will put my hook in your nose

and my bit in your mouth.

I will make you return

by the same road on which you came.”

30 Then Isaiah said to Hezekiah, “Here is the proof that what I say is true:

“This year you will eat only what grows up by itself,

and next year you will eat what springs up from that.

But in the third year you will plant crops and harvest them;

you will tend vineyards and eat their fruit.

31 And you who are left in Judah,

who have escaped the ravages of the siege,

will put roots down in your own soil

and grow up and flourish.

32 For a remnant of my people will spread out from Jerusalem,

a group of survivors from Mount Zion.

The passionate commitment of the Lord of Heaven’s Armies

will make this happen!

33 “And this is what the Lord says about the king of Assyria:

“‘His armies will not enter Jerusalem.

They will not even shoot an arrow at it.

They will not march outside its gates with their shields

nor build banks of earth against its walls.

34 The king will return to his own country

by the same road on which he came.

He will not enter this city,’

says the Lord.

35 ‘For my own honor and for the sake of my servant David,

I will defend this city and protect it.’”

36 That night the angel of the Lord went out to the Assyrian camp and killed 185,000 Assyrian soldiers. When the surviving AssyriansHebrew When they. woke up the next morning, they found corpses everywhere.37 Then King Sennacherib of Assyria broke camp and returned to his own land. He went home to his capital of Nineveh and stayed there.

38 One day while he was worshiping in the temple of his god Nisroch, his sons Adrammelech and Sharezer killed him with their swords. They then escaped to the land of Ararat, and another son, Esarhaddon, became the next king of Assyria.

Hezekiah’s Sickness and Recovery

38 About that time Hezekiah became deathly ill, and the prophet Isaiah son of Amoz went to visit him. He gave the king this message: “This is what the Lord says: ‘Set your affairs in order, for you are going to die. You will not recover from this illness.’”

When Hezekiah heard this, he turned his face to the wall and prayed to the Lord,“Remember, O Lord, how I have always been faithful to you and have served you single-mindedly, always doing what pleases you.” Then he broke down and wept bitterly.

Then this message came to Isaiah from the Lord:“Go back to Hezekiah and tell him, ‘This is what the Lord, the God of your ancestor David, says: I have heard your prayer and seen your tears. I will add fifteen years to your life,and I will rescue you and this city from the king of Assyria. Yes, I will defend this city.

“‘And this is the sign from the Lord to prove that he will do as he promised:I will cause the sun’s shadow to move ten steps backward on the sundialHebrew the steps. of Ahaz!’” So the shadow on the sundial moved backward ten steps.

Hezekiah’s Poem of Praise

When King Hezekiah was well again, he wrote this poem:

10 I said, “In the prime of my life,

must I now enter the place of the dead?Hebrew enter the gates of Sheol?

Am I to be robbed of the rest of my years?”

11 I said, “Never again will I see the Lord God

while still in the land of the living.

Never again will I see my friends

or be with those who live in this world.

12 My life has been blown away

like a shepherd’s tent in a storm.

It has been cut short,

as when a weaver cuts cloth from a loom.

Suddenly, my life was over.

13 I waited patiently all night,

but I was torn apart as though by lions.

Suddenly, my life was over.

14 Delirious, I chattered like a swallow or a crane,

and then I moaned like a mourning dove.

My eyes grew tired of looking to heaven for help.

I am in trouble, Lord. Help me!”

15 But what could I say?

For he himself sent this sickness.

Now I will walk humbly throughout my years

because of this anguish I have felt.

16 Lord, your discipline is good,

for it leads to life and health.

You restore my health

and allow me to live!

17 Yes, this anguish was good for me,

for you have rescued me from death

and forgiven all my sins.

18 For the deadHebrew Sheol. cannot praise you;

they cannot raise their voices in praise.

Those who go down to the grave

can no longer hope in your faithfulness.

19 Only the living can praise you as I do today.

Each generation tells of your faithfulness to the next.

20 Think of it—the Lord is ready to heal me!

I will sing his praises with instruments

every day of my life

in the Temple of the Lord.

21 Isaiah had said to Hezekiah’s servants, “Make an ointment from figs and spread it over the boil, and Hezekiah will recover.”

22 And Hezekiah had asked, “What sign will prove that I will go to the Temple of the Lord?”

37 And it came to pass, when king Hezekiah heard it, that he rent his clothes, and covered himself with sackcloth, and went into the house of the Lord.

And he sent Eliakim, who was over the household, and Shebna the scribe, and the elders of the priests covered with sackcloth, unto Isaiah the prophet the son of Amoz.

And they said unto him, Thus saith Hezekiah, This day is a day of trouble, and of rebuke, and of blasphemy: for the children are come to the birth, and there is not strength to bring forth.

It may be the Lord thy God will hear the words of Rabshakeh, whom the king of Assyria his master hath sent to reproach the living God, and will reprove the words which the Lord thy God hath heard: wherefore lift up thy prayer for the remnant that is left.

So the servants of king Hezekiah came to Isaiah.

And Isaiah said unto them, Thus shall ye say unto your master, Thus saith the Lord, Be not afraid of the words that thou hast heard, wherewith the servants of the king of Assyria have blasphemed me.

Behold, I will send a blast upon him, and he shall hear a rumour, and return to his own land; and I will cause him to fall by the sword in his own land.

So Rabshakeh returned, and found the king of Assyria warring against Libnah: for he had heard that he was departed from Lachish.

And he heard say concerning Tirhakah king of Ethiopia, He is come forth to make war with thee. And when he heard it, he sent messengers to Hezekiah, saying,

10 Thus shall ye speak to Hezekiah king of Judah, saying, Let not thy God, in whom thou trustest, deceive thee, saying, Jerusalem shall not be given into the hand of the king of Assyria.

11 Behold, thou hast heard what the kings of Assyria have done to all lands by destroying them utterly; and shalt thou be delivered?

12 Have the gods of the nations delivered them which my fathers have destroyed, as Gozan, and Haran, and Rezeph, and the children of Eden which were in Telassar?

13 Where is the king of Hamath, and the king of Arphad, and the king of the city of Sepharvaim, Hena, and Ivah?

14 And Hezekiah received the letter from the hand of the messengers, and read it: and Hezekiah went up unto the house of the Lord, and spread it before the Lord.

15 And Hezekiah prayed unto the Lord, saying,

16 O Lord of hosts, God of Israel, that dwellest between the cherubims, thou art the God, even thou alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth: thou hast made heaven and earth.

17 Incline thine ear, O Lord, and hear; open thine eyes, O Lord, and see: and hear all the words of Sennacherib, which hath sent to reproach the living God.

18 Of a truth, Lord, the kings of Assyria have laid waste all the nations, and their countries,

19 And have cast their gods into the fire: for they were no gods, but the work of men's hands, wood and stone: therefore they have destroyed them.

20 Now therefore, O Lord our God, save us from his hand, that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that thou art the Lord, even thou only.

21 Then Isaiah the son of Amoz sent unto Hezekiah, saying, Thus saith the Lord God of Israel, Whereas thou hast prayed to me against Sennacherib king of Assyria:

22 This is the word which the Lord hath spoken concerning him; The virgin, the daughter of Zion, hath despised thee, and laughed thee to scorn; the daughter of Jerusalem hath shaken her head at thee.

23 Whom hast thou reproached and blasphemed? and against whom hast thou exalted thy voice, and lifted up thine eyes on high? even against the Holy One of Israel.

24 By thy servants hast thou reproached the Lord, and hast said, By the multitude of my chariots am I come up to the height of the mountains, to the sides of Lebanon; and I will cut down the tall cedars thereof, and the choice fir trees thereof: and I will enter into the height of his border, and the forest of his Carmel.

25 I have digged, and drunk water; and with the sole of my feet have I dried up all the rivers of the besieged places.

26 Hast thou not heard long ago, how I have done it; and of ancient times, that I have formed it? now have I brought it to pass, that thou shouldest be to lay waste defenced cities into ruinous heaps.

27 Therefore their inhabitants were of small power, they were dismayed and confounded: they were as the grass of the field, and as the green herb, as the grass on the housetops, and as corn blasted before it be grown up.

28 But I know thy abode, and thy going out, and thy coming in, and thy rage against me.

29 Because thy rage against me, and thy tumult, is come up into mine ears, therefore will I put my hook in thy nose, and my bridle in thy lips, and I will turn thee back by the way by which thou camest.

30 And this shall be a sign unto thee, Ye shall eat this year such as groweth of itself; and the second year that which springeth of the same: and in the third year sow ye, and reap, and plant vineyards, and eat the fruit thereof.

31 And the remnant that is escaped of the house of Judah shall again take root downward, and bear fruit upward:

32 For out of Jerusalem shall go forth a remnant, and they that escape out of mount Zion: the zeal of the Lord of hosts shall do this.

33 Therefore thus saith the Lord concerning the king of Assyria, He shall not come into this city, nor shoot an arrow there, nor come before it with shields, nor cast a bank against it.

34 By the way that he came, by the same shall he return, and shall not come into this city, saith the Lord.

35 For I will defend this city to save it for mine own sake, and for my servant David's sake.

36 Then the angel of the Lord went forth, and smote in the camp of the Assyrians a hundred and fourscore and five thousand: and when they arose early in the morning, behold, they were all dead corpses.

37 So Sennacherib king of Assyria departed, and went and returned, and dwelt at Nineveh.

38 And it came to pass, as he was worshipping in the house of Nisroch his god, that Adrammelech and Sharezer his sons smote him with the sword; and they escaped into the land of Armenia: and Esarhaddon his son reigned in his stead.

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

Then Hezekiah turned his face toward the wall, and prayed unto the Lord,

And said, Remember now, O Lord, I beseech thee, 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.

Then came the word of the Lord to Isaiah, saying,

Go, and say to Hezekiah, Thus saith the Lord, the God of David thy father, I have heard thy prayer, I have seen thy tears: behold, 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.

And this shall be a sign unto thee from the Lord, that the Lord will do this thing that he hath spoken;

Behold, I will bring again the shadow of the degrees, which is gone down in the sun dial of Ahaz, ten degrees backward. So the sun returned ten degrees, by which degrees it was gone down.

The writing of Hezekiah king of Judah, when he had been sick, and was recovered of his sickness:

10 I said in the cutting off of my days, I shall go to the gates of the grave: I am deprived of the residue of my years.

11 I said, I shall not see the Lord, even the Lord, in the land of the living: I shall behold man no more with the inhabitants of the world.

12 Mine age is departed, and is removed from me as a shepherd's tent: I have cut off like a weaver my life: he will cut me off with pining sickness: from day even to night wilt thou make an end of me.

13 I reckoned till morning, that, as a lion, so will he break all my bones: from day even to night wilt thou make an end of me.

14 Like a crane or a swallow, so did I chatter: I did mourn as a dove: mine eyes fail with looking upward: O Lord, I am oppressed; undertake for me.

15 What shall I say? he hath both spoken unto me, and himself hath done it: I shall go softly all my years in the bitterness of my soul.

16 O Lord, by these things men live, and in all these things is the life of my spirit: so wilt thou recover me, and make me to live.

17 Behold, for peace I had great bitterness: but thou hast in love to my soul delivered it from the pit of corruption: for thou hast cast all my sins behind thy back.

18 For the grave cannot praise thee, death can not celebrate thee: they that go down into the pit cannot hope for thy truth.

19 The living, the living, he shall praise thee, as I do this day: the father to the children shall make known thy truth.

20 The Lord was ready to save me: therefore we will sing my songs to the stringed instruments all the days of our life in the house of the Lord.

21 For Isaiah had said, Let them take a lump of figs, and lay it for a plaister upon the boil, and he shall recover.

22 Hezekiah also had said, What is the sign that I shall go up to the house of the Lord?

Galatians 6:1-18

Doing Good to All

Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit1Co 2:15; 3:1 should restoreS Mt 18:15; S 2Co 2:7 that person gently. But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted.Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.1Co 9:21; Jas 2:8If anyone thinks they are somethingRo 12:3; 1Co 8:2 when they are not, they deceive themselves.1Co 3:18Each one should test their own actions. Then they can take pride in themselves alone,2Co 13:5 without comparing themselves to someone else,2Co 10:12for each one should carry their own load.ver 2; Jer 31:30Nevertheless, the one who receives instruction in the word should share all good things with their instructor.1Co 9:11, 14; 1Ti 5:17, 18

Do not be deceived:S 1Co 6:9 God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.Pr 22:8; Jer 34:17; Hos 10:12, 13; 2Co 9:6Whoever sows to please their flesh,S Gal 5:24 from the flesh will reap destruction;Job 4:8; Hos 8:7; S Ro 6:23 whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.Jas 3:18Let us not become weary in doing good,1Co 15:58; 2Co 4:1 for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.Job 42:12; Ps 126:5; Heb 12:3; Rev 2:1010 Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do goodPr 3:27; S Tit 2:14 to all people, especially to those who belong to the familyEph 2:19; 1Pe 4:17 of believers.

Not Circumcision but the New Creation

11 See what large letters I use as I write to you with my own hand!S 1Co 16:21

12 Those who want to impress people by means of the fleshMt 23:25, 26 are trying to compel you to be circumcised.Ac 15:1 The only reason they do this is to avoid being persecutedGal 5:11 for the cross of Christ.13 Not even those who are circumcised keep the law,Ro 2:25 yet they want you to be circumcised that they may boast about your circumcision in the flesh.Php 3:314 May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ,1Co 2:2 through whichOr whom the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.S Ro 6:2, 615 Neither circumcision nor uncircumcision means anything;S 1Co 7:19 what counts is the new creation.S 2Co 5:1716 Peace and mercy to all who follow this rule—toOr rule and to the Israel of God.

17 From now on, let no one cause me trouble, for I bear on my body the marksIsa 44:5; S 2Co 1:5; 11:23 of Jesus.

18 The grace of our Lord Jesus ChristS Ro 16:20 be with your spirit,Php 4:23; 2Ti 4:22; Phm 25 brothers and sisters. Amen.

We Harvest What We Plant

Dear brothers and sisters, if another believerGreek Brothers, if a man. is overcome by some sin, you who are godlyGreek spiritual. should gently and humbly help that person back onto the right path. And be careful not to fall into the same temptation yourself.Share each other’s burdens, and in this way obey the law of Christ.If you think you are too important to help someone, you are only fooling yourself. You are not that important.

Pay careful attention to your own work, for then you will get the satisfaction of a job well done, and you won’t need to compare yourself to anyone else.For we are each responsible for our own conduct.

Those who are taught the word of God should provide for their teachers, sharing all good things with them.

Don’t be misled—you cannot mock the justice of God. You will always harvest what you plant.Those who live only to satisfy their own sinful nature will harvest decay and death from that sinful nature. But those who live to please the Spirit will harvest everlasting life from the Spirit.So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.10 Therefore, whenever we have the opportunity, we should do good to everyone—especially to those in the family of faith.

Paul’s Final Advice

11 Notice what large letters i use as i write these closing words in my own handwriting.

12 Those who are trying to force you to be circumcised want to look good to others. They don’t want to be persecuted for teaching that the cross of Christ alone can save.13 And even those who advocate circumcision don’t keep the whole law themselves. They only want you to be circumcised so they can boast about it and claim you as their disciples.

14 As for me, may I never boast about anything except the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ. Because of that cross,Or Because of him. my interest in this world has been crucified, and the world’s interest in me has also died.15 It doesn’t matter whether we have been circumcised or not. What counts is whether we have been transformed into a new creation.16 May God’s peace and mercy be upon all who live by this principle; they are the new people of God.Greek this principle, and upon the Israel of God.

17 From now on, don’t let anyone trouble me with these things. For I bear on my body the scars that show I belong to Jesus.

18 Dear brothers and sisters,Greek Brothers. may the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen.

Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.

Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.

For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself.

But let every man prove his own work, and then shall he have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another.

For every man shall bear his own burden.

Let him that is taught in the word communicate unto him that teacheth in all good things.

Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.

For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.

And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.

10 As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.

11 Ye see how large a letter I have written unto you with mine own hand.

12 As many as desire to make a fair shew in the flesh, they constrain you to be circumcised; only lest they should suffer persecution for the cross of Christ.

13 For neither they themselves who are circumcised keep the law; but desire to have you circumcised, that they may glory in your flesh.

14 But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world.

15 For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature.

16 And as many as walk according to this rule, peace be on them, and mercy, and upon the Israel of God.

17 From henceforth let no man trouble me: for I bear in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus.

18 Brethren, the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen.

Psalm 65:1-13

Psalm 65In Hebrew texts 65:1-13 is numbered 65:2-14.

For the director of music. A psalm of David. A song.

Praise awaitsOr befits; the meaning of the Hebrew for this word is uncertain. you, our God, in Zion;Ps 2:6

to you our vows will be fulfilled.S Dt 23:21; Ps 116:18

You who answer prayer,

to you all people will come.Ps 86:9; Isa 66:23

When we were overwhelmed by sins,S Ps 40:12

you forgaveOr made atonement for our transgressions.Ps 79:9; Ro 3:25; Heb 9:14

Blessed are those you chooseS Ps 33:12

and bring nearS Nu 16:5 to live in your courts!

We are filled with the good things of your house,S Ps 36:8

of your holy temple.

You answer us with awesome and righteous deeds,S Dt 4:34; S Ps 45:4; 106:22; Isa 64:3

God our Savior,Ps 18:46; 68:19; 85:4

the hope of all the ends of the earthS Ps 48:10

and of the farthest seas,Ps 107:23

who formed the mountainsAm 4:13 by your power,

having armed yourself with strength,S Ps 18:1; 93:1; Isa 51:9

who stilled the roaring of the seas,Ps 89:9; 93:3-4; 107:29; S Mt 8:26

the roaring of their waves,

and the turmoil of the nations.Dt 32:41; Ps 2:1; 74:23; 139:20; Isa 17:12-13

The whole earth is filled with awe at your wonders;

where morning dawns, where evening fades,

you call forth songs of joy.Ps 100:2; 107:22; 126:2; Isa 24:16; 52:9

You care for the land and water it;S Lev 26:4

you enrich it abundantly.Ps 104:24

The streams of God are filled with water

to provide the people with grain,S Ge 27:28; S Dt 32:14; Ps 104:14

for so you have ordained it.Or for that is how you prepare the land

10 You drench its furrows and level its ridges;

you soften it with showersS Dt 32:2; S 2Sa 1:21; S Job 36:28; Ac 14:17 and bless its crops.

11 You crown the year with your bounty,S Dt 28:12; Ps 104:28; Jn 10:10

and your carts overflow with abundance.Job 36:28; Ps 147:14; Lk 6:38

12 The grasslands of the wilderness overflow;S Job 28:26; Joel 2:22

the hills are clothed with gladness.Ps 98:8

13 The meadows are covered with flocksPs 144:13; Isa 30:23; Zec 8:12

and the valleys are mantled with grain;Ps 72:16

they shout for joy and sing.Ps 98:8; Isa 14:8; 44:23; 49:13; 55:12

Psalm 65

For the choir director: A song. A psalm of David.

What mighty praise, O God,

belongs to you in Zion.

We will fulfill our vows to you,

for you answer our prayers.

All of us must come to you.

Though we are overwhelmed by our sins,

you forgive them all.

What joy for those you choose to bring near,

those who live in your holy courts.

What festivities await us

inside your holy Temple.

You faithfully answer our prayers with awesome deeds,

O God our savior.

You are the hope of everyone on earth,

even those who sail on distant seas.

You formed the mountains by your power

and armed yourself with mighty strength.

You quieted the raging oceans

with their pounding waves

and silenced the shouting of the nations.

Those who live at the ends of the earth

stand in awe of your wonders.

From where the sun rises to where it sets,

you inspire shouts of joy.

You take care of the earth and water it,

making it rich and fertile.

The river of God has plenty of water;

it provides a bountiful harvest of grain,

for you have ordered it so.

10 You drench the plowed ground with rain,

melting the clods and leveling the ridges.

You soften the earth with showers

and bless its abundant crops.

11 You crown the year with a bountiful harvest;

even the hard pathways overflow with abundance.

12 The grasslands of the wilderness become a lush pasture,

and the hillsides blossom with joy.

13 The meadows are clothed with flocks of sheep,

and the valleys are carpeted with grain.

They all shout and sing for joy!

65 Praise waiteth for thee, O God, in Sion: and unto thee shall the vow be performed.

O thou that hearest prayer, unto thee shall all flesh come.

Iniquities prevail against me: as for our transgressions, thou shalt purge them away.

Blessed is the man whom thou choosest, and causest to approach unto thee, that he may dwell in thy courts: we shall be satisfied with the goodness of thy house, even of thy holy temple.

By terrible things in righteousness wilt thou answer us, O God of our salvation; who art the confidence of all the ends of the earth, and of them that are afar off upon the sea:

Which by his strength setteth fast the mountains; being girded with power:

Which stilleth the noise of the seas, the noise of their waves, and the tumult of the people.

They also that dwell in the uttermost parts are afraid at thy tokens: thou makest the outgoings of the morning and evening to rejoice.

Thou visitest the earth, and waterest it: thou greatly enrichest it with the river of God, which is full of water: thou preparest them corn, when thou hast so provided for it.

10 Thou waterest the ridges thereof abundantly: thou settlest the furrows thereof: thou makest it soft with showers: thou blessest the springing thereof.

11 Thou crownest the year with thy goodness; and thy paths drop fatness.

12 They drop upon the pastures of the wilderness: and the little hills rejoice on every side.

13 The pastures are clothed with flocks; the valleys also are covered over with corn; they shout for joy, they also sing.

Proverbs 23:24

24 The father of a righteous child has great joy;

a man who fathers a wise son rejoices in him.S ver 15-16

24 The father of godly children has cause for joy.

What a pleasure to have children who are wise.Hebrew to have a wise son.

24 The father of the righteous shall greatly rejoice: and he that begetteth a wise child shall have joy of him.

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