2 Kings 20:4
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New International Version
Before Isaiah had left the middle court, the word of the LORD came to him:

New Living Translation
But before Isaiah had left the middle courtyard, this message came to him from the LORD:

English Standard Version
And before Isaiah had gone out of the middle court, the word of the LORD came to him:

Berean Study Bible
Before Isaiah had left the middle courtyard, the word of the LORD came to him, saying,

New American Standard Bible
Before Isaiah had gone out of the middle court, the word of the LORD came to him, saying,

King James Bible
And it came to pass, afore Isaiah was gone out into the middle court, that the word of the LORD came to him, saying,

Christian Standard Bible
Isaiah had not yet gone out of the inner courtyard when the word of the LORD came to him:

Contemporary English Version
Before Isaiah got to the middle court of the palace,

Good News Translation
Isaiah left the king, but before he had passed through the central courtyard of the palace the LORD told him

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Isaiah had not yet gone out of the inner courtyard when the word of the LORD came to him: "

International Standard Version
Before Isaiah had left the middle court, this message from the LORD came to him.

NET Bible
Isaiah was still in the middle courtyard when the LORD told him,

New Heart English Bible
It happened, before Isaiah had gone out of the middle court, that the word of the LORD came to him, saying,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Isaiah hadn't gone as far as the middle courtyard when the LORD spoke his word to him:

JPS Tanakh 1917
And it came to pass, before Isaiah was gone out of the inner court of the city, that the word of the LORD came to him, saying:

New American Standard 1977
And it came about before Isaiah had gone out of the middle court, that the word of the LORD came to him, saying,

Jubilee Bible 2000
And before Isaiah had gone out into the middle of the court, the word of the LORD came to him, saying,

King James 2000 Bible
And it came to pass, before Isaiah was gone out into the middle court, that the word of the LORD came to him, saying,

American King James Version
And it came to pass, before Isaiah was gone out into the middle court, that the word of the LORD came to him, saying,

American Standard Version
And it came to pass, before Isaiah was gone out into the middle part of the city, that the word of Jehovah came to him, saying,

Douay-Rheims Bible
And before Isaias was gone out of the middle of the court, the word of the Lord came to him, saying:

Darby Bible Translation
And it came to pass before Isaiah had gone out into the middle city that the word of Jehovah came to him saying,

English Revised Version
And it came to pass, afore Isaiah was gone out into the middle part of the city, that the word of the LORD came to him, saying,

Webster's Bible Translation
And it came to pass, before Isaiah had gone out into the middle court, that the word of the LORD came to him, saying,

World English Bible
It happened, before Isaiah had gone out into the middle part of the city, that the word of Yahweh came to him, saying,

Young's Literal Translation
And it cometh to pass -- Isaiah hath not gone out to the middle court -- that the word of Jehovah hath been unto him, saying,
Study Bible
Hezekiah's Illness and Recovery
3“Please, O LORD, remember how I have walked before You faithfully and wholeheartedly, and have done what was good in Your sight.” And Hezekiah wept bitterly. 4Before Isaiah had left the middle courtyard, the word of the LORD came to him, saying, 5“Go back and tell Hezekiah, the leader of My people, ‘This is what the LORD, the God of your father David, says: I have heard your prayer; I have seen your tears. I will surely heal you. On the third day from now you will go up to the house of the LORD.…
Cross References
2 Kings 20:3
“Please, O LORD, remember how I have walked before You faithfully and wholeheartedly, and have done what was good in Your sight.” And Hezekiah wept bitterly.

2 Kings 20:5
“Go back and tell Hezekiah, the leader of My people, ‘This is what the LORD, the God of your father David, says: I have heard your prayer; I have seen your tears. I will surely heal you. On the third day from now you will go up to the house of the LORD.

Treasury of Scripture

And it came to pass, before Isaiah was gone out into the middle court, that the word of the LORD came to him, saying,

court. or, city.

2 Kings 20:4 And it came to pass, before Isaiah was gone out into the middle court, …







(4) Into the middle court.--This is the reading of some Heb. MSS., and of all the versions. The Hebrew text (city; see margin) is wrong. Before Isaiah had left the precincts of the palace, he was bidden to return. (Keil says that here, as in 2Kings 10:25, the word rendered "city" denotes "castle," i.e., the royal residence.)

Verse 4. - And it same to pass, afore Isaiah was gone out into the middle court. The narrative in Isaiah 38:4 does not contain this touch, which is very graphic, and indicative of the eye-witness. "The middle court" is probably the second or intermediate court of the royal palace. Isaiah had not gone further than this, when he was arrested in his course by a Divine communication. That the word of the Lord came to him, saying. How the word of the Lord came to the prophets is an inscrutable mystery. Sometimes, no doubt, it came in vision, which to a certain extent we can understand. But how, when the prophet was secularly engaged, as in this instance, walking across a court, he knew that the thought which occurred to him was a Divine message, it is almost impossible to conceive. Still, we cannot doubt that if God determines to communicate his will to man, he must be able, with the message, to impart an absolute certainty of its source, an assured conviction that it is his word, which precludes all question, hesitation, or dubiety. Isaiah, in the middle of his walk, finds his steps arrested, anew injunction laid upon him, with a necessity of immediately obeying it. And it came to pass, afore Isaiah was gone out into the middle court,.... Of the king's palace, which is called the other court within the porch, 1 Kings 7:8 so it is according to the marginal reading, which we follow; but the textual reading is, "the middle city"; Jerusalem was divided into three parts, and this was the middle part Isaiah was entering into: but before he did, so it was:

that the word of the Lord came to him, saying; as follows. 4. afore Isaiah was gone out into the middle court—of the royal castle.20:1-11 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.



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