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1 At that time Merodachbaladan, the son of Baladan, king of Babylon, sent letters and a present to Hezekiah: for he had heard that he had been sick, and was recovered.

2 And Hezekiah was glad of them, and shewed them 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.

3 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 unto me, even from Babylon.

4 Then said he, What have they seen in thine house? And Hezekiah answered, All that is in mine house have they seen: there is nothing among my treasures that I have not shewed them.

5 Then said Isaiah to Hezekiah, Hear the word of the LORD of hosts:

6 Behold, the days come, that all that is in thine house, and that which thy fathers have laid up in store until this day, shall be carried to Babylon: nothing shall be left, saith the LORD.

7 And of thy sons that shall issue from thee, which thou shalt beget, shall they take away; and they shall be eunuchs in the palace of the king of Babylon.

8 Then said Hezekiah to Isaiah, Good is the word of the LORD which thou hast spoken. He said moreover, For there shall be peace and truth in my days.

Commentary for Isaiah 39

This chapter is the same as #2Ki 20:12-19|.

Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.

Discussion for Isaiah 39

  • Grace
    What a joy reading your site on line each day. I think verse 8 should be The word of the LORD is good.
  • Molly Garrett
    It is often said, "Don't let your right hand know what your left hand is doing". Sadly, Hezekiah set himself up to be invaded by his own enemy whom he perceived not to be. We need the wisdom of God to keep ourselves from all our enemies -- natural and supernatural. More so because the enemy is going to and fro in the earth, seeking whom he may devour!
  • Andrew
    In verse 8 we see Hezekiah submission to the will of God.

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Bible Trivia

The King of what city-state sent King Hezekiah a gift when he was ill?
  • Assyria
  • Babylon
  • Elam
  • Judah