Isaiah Speaks the Lords Message to Hezekiah
(2 Kings 20.12-19)
- 1 Merodach Baladan,
the son of Baladan, was now king of Babylonia. And when he learned
that Hezekiah was well, he sent messengers with letters and a
gift for him. 2 Hezekiah welcomed the messengers and showed them
all the silver, the gold, the spices, and the fine oils that
were in his storehouse. He even showed them where he kept his
weapons. Nothing in his palace or in his entire kingdom was kept
hidden from them.
3 I asked Hezekiah, Where did these
men come from? What did they want?
They came all the way from Babylonia,
4 What did you show them?
Hezekiah answered, I showed them
everything in my kingdom.
5 Then I told Hezekiah:
- I have a message for you from the
Lord All-Powerful. 6 One day everything you and your ancestors
have stored up will be taken to Babylonia. The Lord has promised
that nothing will be left. 7 Some of your own sons will be taken
to Babylonia, where they will be disgraced and made to serve
in the kings palace.
- 8 Hezekiah thought, At least
our nation will be at peace for a while. So he told me,
The message you brought from the Lord is good.
The Contemporary English Version c1995 by the American
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