1 In those days Hezekiah was sick to death. And Isaiah the prophet the son of Amoz came to him, and said to him, Thus says LORD, Set thy house in order, for thou shall die, and not live.
2 Then Hezekiah turned his face to the wall, and prayed to LORD,
3 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 greatly.
4 Then the word of LORD came to Isaiah, saying,
5 Go, and say to Hezekiah, Thus says LORD, the God of David thy father. I have heard thy prayer. I have seen thy tears. Behold, I will add to thy days fifteen years.
6 And I will deliver thee and this city out of the hand of the king of Assyria, and I will defend this city.
7 And this shall be the sign to thee from LORD, that LORD will do this thing that he has spoken:
8 Behold, I will cause the shadow on the steps, which has gone down on the dial of Ahaz with the sun, to return backward ten steps. So the sun returned ten steps on the dial on which it had gone down.
9 The writing of Hezekiah king of Judah when he had been sick, and was recovered of his sickness:
10 I said, In the noontide of my days I shall go into the gates of Sheol. I am deprived of the residue of my years.
11 I said, I shall not see LORD, [even] LORD in the land of the living. I shall behold man no more with the inhabitants of the world.
12 My dwelling is removed, and is carried away from me as a shepherd's tent. I have rolled up, like a weaver, my life. He will cut me off from the loom. From day even to night thou will make an end of me.
13 I quieted [myself] until morning. As a lion, so he breaks all my bones. From day even to night will thou make an end of me.
14 Like a swallow [or] a crane, so I chattered. I moaned as a dove. My eyes fail [with looking] upward. O LORD, I am oppressed, be thou my surety.
15 What shall I say? He has both spoken to me, and himself has done it. I shall go softly all my years because of the bitterness of my soul.
16 O LORD, by these things men live, and wholly therein is the life of my spirit. Therefore recover thou me, and make me to live.
17 Behold, for peace I had great bitterness. But thou have by love for my soul delivered it from the pit of corruption. For thou have cast all my sins behind thy back.
18 For Sheol cannot praise thee, death cannot celebrate thee. Those who 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 sons shall make known thy truth.
20 LORD is [ready] to save me. Therefore we will sing my songs with stringed instruments all the days of our life in the house of LORD.
21 Now Isaiah had said, Let them take a cake of figs, and lay it for a plaster 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 LORD?