Isaiah 38:16
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New International Version
Lord, by such things people live; and my spirit finds life in them too. You restored me to health and let me live.

New Living Translation
Lord, your discipline is good, for it leads to life and health. You restore my health and allow me to live!

English Standard Version
O Lord, by these things men live, and in all these is the life of my spirit. Oh restore me to health and make me live!

New American Standard Bible
"O Lord, by these things men live, And in all these is the life of my spirit; O restore me to health and let me live!

King James Bible
O Lord, by these things men live, and in all these things is the life of my spirit: so wilt thou recover me, and make me to live.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Lord, because of these promises people live, and in all of them is the life of my spirit as well; You have restored me to health and let me live.

International Standard Version
"My Lord is against them, yet they live, and among all of them who live is his spirit. Now you have restored me to health, so let me live!

NET Bible
O sovereign master, your decrees can give men life; may years of life be restored to me. Restore my health and preserve my life.'

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Lord, people live in spite of such things, and I have the will to live in spite of them. You give me health and keep me alive.

Jubilee Bible 2000
O Lord, even unto all those that shall live, in these fifteen years I shall proclaim the life of my spirit in them and how thou caused me to sleep, and afterwards hast given me life.

King James 2000 Bible
O Lord, by these things men live, and in all these things is the life of my spirit: so will you restore me, and make me to live.

American King James Version
O LORD, by these things men live, and in all these things is the life of my spirit: so will you recover me, and make me to live.

American Standard Version
O Lord, by these things men live; And wholly therein is the life of my spirit: Wherefore recover thou me, and make me to live.

Douay-Rheims Bible
O Lord, if man's life be such, and the life of my spirit be in such things as these, thou shalt correct me, and make me to live.

Darby Bible Translation
Lord, by these things [men] live, and in all these things is the life of my spirit; and thou hast recovered me, and made me to live.

English Revised Version
O Lord, by these things men live, and wholly therein is the life of my spirit: wherefore recover thou me, and make me to live.

Webster's Bible Translation
O Lord, by these things men live, and in all these things is the life of my spirit: so wilt thou recover me, and make me to live.

World English Bible
Lord, men live by these things; and my spirit finds life in all of them: you restore me, and cause me to live.

Young's Literal Translation
Lord, by these do men live, And by all in them is the life of my spirit, And Thou savest me, make me also to live,
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

38:9-22 We have here Hezekiah's thanksgiving. It is well for us to remember the mercies we receive in sickness. Hezekiah records the condition he was in. He dwells upon this; I shall no more see the Lord. A good man wishes not to live for any other end than that he may serve God, and have communion with him. Our present residence is like that of a shepherd in his hut, a poor, mean, and cold lodging, and with a trust committed to our charge, as the shepherd has. Our days are compared to the weaver's shuttle, Job 7:6, passing and repassing very swiftly, every throw leaving a thread behind it; and when finished, the piece is cut off, taken out of the loom, and showed to our Master to be judged of. A good man, when his life is cut off, his cares and fatigues are cut off with it, and he rests from his labours. But our times are in God's hand; he has appointed what shall be the length of the piece. When sick, we are very apt to calculate our time, but are still at uncertainty. It should be more our care how we shall get safe to another world. And the more we taste of the loving-kindness of God, the more will our hearts love him, and live to him. It was in love to our poor perishing souls that Christ delivered them. The pardon does not make the sin not to have been sin, but not to be punished as it deserves. It is pleasant to think of our recoveries from sickness, when we see them flowing from the pardon of sin. Hezekiah's opportunity to glorify God in this world, he made the business, and pleasure, and end of life. Being recovered, he resolves to abound in praising and serving God. God's promises are not to do away, but to quicken and encourage the use of means. Life and health are given that we may glorify God and do good.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 16. - By these things; i.e. "the things which thou speakest and doest" (ver. 15). Man does not "live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the Lord" (Deuteronomy 8:3). And in all these things. This rendering is against the laws of grammar. Translate, and wholly in them.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

O Lord, by these things men live,.... Not by bread only, but by the word of God: by the promise of God, and by his power performing it; and by his favour and goodness continually bestowed; it is in him, and by his power and providence, that they live and move, and have their being, and the continuance of it; and it is his lovingkindness manifested to them that makes them live comfortably and go on cheerfully:

and in all these things is the life of my spirit; what kept his soul in life were the same things, the promise, power, and providence of God; what revived his spirit, and made him comfortable and cheerful, was the wonderful love and great goodness of God unto him, in appearing to him, and for him, and delivering him out of his sore troubles. Ben Melech renders and gives the sense of the words thus; "to all will I declare and say, that in these", in the years of addition (the fifteen years added to his days) "are the life of my spirit"; so Kimchi. The Targum interprets it of the resurrection of the dead,

"O Lord, concerning all the dead, thou hast said, that thou wilt quicken them; and before them all thou hast quickened my spirit:''

so wilt thou recover me, and make me to live; or rather, "and" or "for thou hast recovered (t) me, and made me to live"; for the Lord had not only promised it, but he had done it, Isaiah 38:15, and so the Targum,

"and hast quickened me, and sustained me.''

(t) So Gataker.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

16. by these—namely, by God's benefits, which are implied in the context (Isa 38:15, "He hath Himself done it" "unto me"). All "men live by these" benefits (Ps 104:27-30), "and in all these is the life of my spirit," that is, I also live by them (De 8:3).

and (wilt) make me to live—The Hebrew is imperative, "make me to live." In this view he adds a prayer to the confident hope founded on his comparative convalescence, which he expressed, "Thou wilt recover me" [Maurer].

Isaiah 38:16 Additional Commentaries
Context
Hezekiah's Song of Thanksgiving
15"What shall I say? For He has spoken to me, and He Himself has done it; I will wander about all my years because of the bitterness of my soul. 16"O Lord, by these things men live, And in all these is the life of my spirit; O restore me to health and let me live! 17"Lo, for my own welfare I had great bitterness; It is You who has kept my soul from the pit of nothingness, For You have cast all my sins behind Your back.…
Cross References
Hebrews 12:9
Moreover, we have all had human fathers who disciplined us and we respected them for it. How much more should we submit to the Father of spirits and live!

Psalm 39:13
Look away from me, that I may enjoy life again before I depart and am no more."

Psalm 119:25
I am laid low in the dust; preserve my life according to your word.

Psalm 119:71
It was good for me to be afflicted so that I might learn your decrees.

Psalm 119:75
I know, LORD, that your laws are righteous, and that in faithfulness you have afflicted me.
Treasury of Scripture

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