The Lord Hears Hezekiah’s Prayer
38:1 In those days Hezekiah was stricken with a terminal illness.1 The prophet Isaiah son of Amoz visited him and told him, “This is what the
Hezekiah’s Song of Thanks
38:9 This is the prayer of King Hezekiah of Judah when he was sick and then recovered from his illness:
38:10 “I thought,12
‘In the middle of my life13 I must walk through the gates of Sheol,
I am deprived14 of the rest of my years.’
38:11 “I thought,
‘I will no longer see the
I will no longer look on humankind with the inhabitants of the world.16
38:12 My dwelling place17 is removed and taken away18 from me
like a shepherd’s tent.
I rolled up my life like a weaver rolls cloth;19
from the loom he cuts me off.20
You turn day into night and end my life.21
38:13 I cry out22 until morning;
like a lion he shatters all my bones;
you turn day into night and end my life.23
38:14 Like a swallow or a thrush I chirp,
I coo24 like a dove;
my eyes grow tired from looking up to the sky.25
O sovereign master,26 I am oppressed;
38:15 What can I say?
He has decreed and acted.28
I will walk slowly all my years because I am overcome with grief.29
38:16 O sovereign master, your decrees can give men life;
may years of life be restored to me.30
Restore my health31 and preserve my life.’
38:17 “Look, the grief I experienced was for my benefit.32
You delivered me33 from the pit of oblivion.34
For you removed all my sins from your sight.35
38:18 Indeed36 Sheol does not give you thanks;
death does not37 praise you.
Those who descend into the pit do not anticipate your faithfulness.
38:19 The living person, the living person, he gives you thanks,
as I do today.
A father tells his sons about your faithfulness.
and we will celebrate with music39
for the rest of our lives in the