Isaiah 38 The Passion Translation (TPT)
38 Now, Hezekiah became sick and was at the point of death. The prophet Isaiah, son of Amoz, came and prophesied to him, saying, “This is what Yahweh has to say to you: Set your affairs in order, for you will not recover from this illness. You are going to die.” 2 Then Hezekiah broke down and wept, turned his face to the wall, and prayed, “O please, Yahweh, please. I beg you, let me live. 3 Remember how I have walked faithfully before your face. With all my heart, I have sought to do only what is good in your eyes.“ Bitter tears streamed down his face.
4 Then Isaiah received another prophetic word for Hezekiah. Yahweh said to him, 5 “Go deliver this message to Hezekiah: ‘This is what Yahweh, the God of your ancestor David, has to say to you: I have heard your heartfelt prayer and I have seen you cry tear after bitter tear. I will give you another fifteen years. 6 I will defend Jerusalem, and I will deliver you and this city from the hand of the king of Assyria. 7 This will be a sign to you from Yahweh as a confirmation that I will do for you what I have promised. 8 I will cause the sun’s shadow to retreat ten steps on the stairway of Ahaz.’”
Then the sunlight went back up the ten steps it had gone down.[a]
Hezekiah’s Psalm of Praise
9 Here is the poem of Hezekiah, king of Judah, which he wrote when he was healed from his illness:
10 I was dying in the prime of life.
21 Now, Isaiah had said to Hezekiah, “Have the physicians apply a poultice of cakes of dried figs to your boil, and you will recover.”
22 And Hezekiah had said, “What will be the sign from God that I will be healed and go up again to worship in Yahweh’s house?”[i]