2 Kings Chapter 20
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5 Turn again, and tell Hezekiah the captain of my people, Thus saith the LORD, the God of David thy father, I have heard thy prayer, I have seen thy tears: behold, I will heal thee: on the third day thou shalt go up unto the house of the LORD.
6 And 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 for mine own sake, and for my servant David's sake.
13 And Hezekiah hearkened unto them, and shewed them all the house of his precious things, the silver, and the gold, and the spices, and the precious ointment, and all the house of his armour, and all that was found in his treasures: there was nothing in his house, nor in all his dominion, that Hezekiah shewed them not.
14 Then came Isaiah the prophet unto king Hezekiah, and said unto him, What said these men? and from whence came they unto thee? And Hezekiah said, They are come from a far country, even from Babylon.
20 And the rest of the acts of Hezekiah, and all his might, and how he made a pool, and a conduit, and brought water into the city, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Judah?
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Matthew Henry's 2 Kings Chapter 20 Bible commentary...
Hezekiah's sickness, His recovery in answer to prayer. (1-11) Hezekiah shows his treasures to the ambassadors from Babylon, His death. (12-21)1-11 Hezekiah was sick unto death, in the same year in which the king of Assyria besieged Jerusalem. A warning to prepare for death was brought to Hezekiah by Isaiah. Prayer is one of the best preparations for death, because by it we fetch in strength and grace from God, to enable us to finish well. He wept sorely: some gather from hence that he was unwilling to die; it is in the nature of man to dread the separation of soul and body. There was also something peculiar in Hezekiah's case; he was now in the midst of his usefulness. Let Hezekiah's prayer, see #Isa 38|. interpret his tears; in that is nothing which is like his having been under that fear of death, which has bondage or torment. Hezekiah's piety made his sick-bed easy. "O Lord, remember now;" he does not speak as if God needed to be put in mind of any thing by us; nor, as if the reward might be demanded as due; it is Christ's righteousness only that is the purchase of mercy and grace. Hezekiah does not pray, Lord, spare me; but, Lord, remember me; whether I live or die, let me be thine. God always hears the prayers of the broken in heart, and will give health, length of days, and temporal deliverances, as much and as long as is truly good for them. Means were to be used for Hezekiah's recovery; yet, considering to what a height the disease was come, and how suddenly it was checked, the cure was miraculous. It is our duty, when sick, to use such means as are proper to help nature, else we do not trust God, but tempt him. For the confirmation of his faith, the shadow of the sun was carried back, and the light was continued longer than usual, in a miraculous manner. This work of wonder shows the power of God in heaven as well as on earth, the great notice he takes of prayer, and the great favour he bears to his chosen.
12-21 The king of Babylon was at this time independent of the king of Assyria, though shortly after subdued by him. Hezekiah showed his treasures and armour, and other proofs of his wealth and power. This was the effect of pride and ostentation, and departing from simple reliance on God. He also seems to have missed the opportunity of speaking to the Chaldeans, about Him who had wrought the miracles which excited their attention, and of pointing out to them the absurdity and evil of idolatry. What is more common than to show our friends our houses and possessions? But if we do this in the pride of ours hearts, to gain applause from men, not giving praise to God, it becomes sin in us, as it did in Hezekiah. We may expect vexation from every object with which we are unduly pleased. Isaiah, who had often been Hezekiah's comforter, is now is reprover. The blessed Spirit is both, #Joh 16:7,8|. Ministers must be both, as there is occasion. Hezekiah allowed the justice of the sentence, and God's goodness in the respite. Yet the prospect respecting his family and nation must have given him many painful feelings. Hezekiah was indeed humbled for the pride of his heart. And blessed are the dead who die in the Lord; for they rest from their labours, and their works do follow them.
William rayfield's 2 Kings Chapter 20 comment about verse 11 on 1/07/2014, 9:12am...
this man cried out to the Living God - He wanted life He wanted full assurance that he would go up to the House Of God in 3=Days He would recover from his sickness - God seen his tears What a merciful and caring God
James Brown's 2 Kings Chapter 20 comment on 12/05/2013, 6:57pm...
This was a very interesting read.
David Cheese's 2 Kings Chapter 20 comment about verse 1 on 11/07/2013, 2:29pm...
God still answers prayer.
Ejb's 2 Kings Chapter 20 comment on 10/31/2013, 2:22pm...
This is a very good book I enjoy reading it because it attracts my attention. I hope that everyone who reads it loves and cherishes it in their heart and soul. God really blessed in those times which you can see if you read the chapter.
Jeff lynch's 2 Kings Chapter 20 comment on 10/22/2012, 6:36pm...
I think itís very unique how Hezekiah humbled his heart and God answered his prayer.
Aggrey's 2 Kings Chapter 20 comment on 9/05/2012, 8:06am...
When King Hezekiah is given the ultimatum from GOD by Isaiah, the most profound prophet of the land, he was well assured GOD's word could not be corrupted and that GOD was a respecter of no man. He did not begin with contentions and debates on whether it would come to pass but knew that GOD does not lie nor repent. He immediately turns to the wall(Verse 2) with groaning and tears. He did not feel shy crying before his subjects as king but wept before the LORD of life asking GOD to remember him this time. When we are given deadlines and seemingly certain things in our life are not working out. Turning to the LORD in adoration, worship and supplication would rather be a shortcut than vain complaining.
Carla Laux's 2 Kings Chapter 20 comment on 4/18/2010, 8:41am...
This shows me God will move on our behalf if we walk upright before him. But he also shows that he was also moving on behalf of David his servant and ultimately for Gods own glory.
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