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Jehovah’s Witnesses


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Isaiah 38:1-22

38  In those days Hez·e·ki′ah got sick to the point of dying.+ Accordingly Isaiah+ the son of A′moz the prophet came in to him and said to him: “This is what Jehovah has said, ‘Give commands to your household,+ for you yourself will indeed die and will not live.’”+  At that Hez·e·ki′ah turned his face to the wall+ and began to pray to Jehovah+  and to say: “I beseech you, O Jehovah, remember,+ please, how I have walked+ before you in truthfulness+ and with a complete heart,+ and what was good in your eyes I have done.” And Hez·e·ki′ah began to weep profusely.*+  And the word+ of Jehovah now occurred to Isaiah, saying:  “Go,* and you must say to Hez·e·ki′ah, ‘This is what Jehovah the God of David your forefather+ has said: “I have heard your prayer.+ I have seen your tears.+ Here I am adding onto your days fifteen years;+  and out of the palm of the king of As·syr′i·a I shall deliver you and this city, and I will defend this city.+  And this is the sign for you from Jehovah that Jehovah will perform this word that he has spoken:+  Here I am making the shadow of the steps that had gone down on the steps [of the stairs] of A′haz by the sun+ retrace backward ten steps.”’”+ And the sun gradually went back ten steps on the steps [of the stairs] that it had gone down.+  A writing of Hez·e·ki′ah the king of Judah, when he got sick+ and revived from his sickness.+ 10  I myself said: “In the midst of my days I will go into the gates+ of She′ol. I must be deprived of the remainder+ of my years.” 11  I have said: “I shall not see Jah, even Jah,* in the land of the living ones.+ I shall no more look on mankind*—with the inhabitants of [the land of] cessation.* 12  My own habitation* has been pulled out+ and removed from me like the tent of shepherds.* I have rolled up my life just like a loom worker; One proceeds to cut me off+ from the very threads of the warp.* From daylight till night you keep handing me over.+ 13  I have soothed myself* until the morning.+ Like a lion, so he keeps breaking all my bones;+ From daylight till night you keep handing me over.+ 14  Like the swift, the bulbul, so I keep chirping;+ I keep cooing like the dove.+ My eyes have looked languishingly to the height:+ ‘O Jehovah,* I am under oppression. Stand good for me.’+ 15  What shall I speak, and [what] will he actually say to me?+ He himself has also acted.+ I keep walking solemnly all my years in the bitterness of my soul.+ 16  ‘O Jehovah,* on that account they keep living; and as with everybody, thereby is the life of my spirit.+ And you will restore me to health and certainly preserve me alive.+ 17  Look! For peace I had what was bitter, yes, bitter;+ And you yourself have become attached to my soul* [and kept it] from the pit of disintegration.+ For you have thrown behind your back all my sins.+ 18  For it is not She′ol that can laud you;+ death itself cannot praise you.+ Those going down into the pit cannot look hopefully to your trueness.+ 19  The living, the living, he is the one that can laud you,+ Just as I can this day.+ The father himself can give knowledge+ to his own sons concerning your trueness. 20  O Jehovah, [undertake] to save me,+ and we shall play my string selections+ All the days of our life at the house of Jehovah.’”+ 21  And Isaiah proceeded to say: “Let them take a cake of pressed dried figs and rub [it] in upon the boil,+ that he may revive.”+ 22  Meantime, Hez·e·ki′ah said: “What is the sign that I shall go up to the house of Jehovah?”+


Lit., “with a great weeping.”
Lit., “Let there be a going.” In Heb. this is a verb in the infinitive absolute, indefinite as to time and impersonal. See Jer 2:2 ftn, “Go.”
“Jah, even Jah.” Heb., Yah Yah; Sy, “Jehovah”; T, “the fear-inspiring One, Jehovah”; Lat., Do′mi·num Do′mi·num. See Ex 15:2 ftn, “Jah”; Ps 68:4 ftn.
Or, “earthling man.” Heb., ʼa·dham′.
“Inhabitants of the system of things,” eight Heb. mss.
Or, “[circular] tent camp”; or, “generation.”
By a slight correction; M, “of my shepherd.”
Or, “from the thrum.”
“I have cried for help,” by a slight correction of M.
One of 134 scribal changes from YHWH to ʼAdho·nai′. See App 1B.
See vs 14 ftn.
“You yourself have held back my soul,” by changing one letter in M to agree with LXXVg.