Isaiah 38:19
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New International Version
The living, the living--they praise you, as I am doing today; parents tell their children about your faithfulness.

New Living Translation
Only the living can praise you as I do today. Each generation tells of your faithfulness to the next.

English Standard Version
The living, the living, he thanks you, as I do this day; the father makes known to the children your faithfulness.

New American Standard Bible
"It is the living who give thanks to You, as I do today; A father tells his sons about Your faithfulness.

King James Bible
The living, the living, he shall praise thee, as I do this day: the father to the children shall make known thy truth.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The living, only the living can thank You, as I do today; a father will make Your faithfulness known to children.

International Standard Version
The living—yes the living—they thank you, just as I am doing today; fathers will tell their children about your faithfulness.

NET Bible
The living person, the living person, he gives you thanks, as I do today. A father tells his sons about your faithfulness.

New Heart English Bible
The living, the living, he shall praise you, as I do this day. The father shall make known your truth to the children.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Those who are living praise you as I do today. Fathers make your faithfulness known to their children.

JPS Tanakh 1917
The living, the living, he shall praise Thee, As I do this day; The father to the children shall make known Thy truth.

New American Standard 1977
“It is the living who give thanks to Thee, as I do today;
            A father tells his sons about Thy faithfulness.

Jubilee Bible 2000
He who lives, he who lives, even he shall confess thee, as I do this day; the father to the sons shall make known thy truth.

King James 2000 Bible
The living, the living, he shall praise you, as I do this day: the father to the children shall make known your truth.

American King James Version
The living, the living, he shall praise you, as I do this day: the father to the children shall make known your truth.

American Standard Version
The living, the living, he shall praise thee, as I do this day: The father to the children shall make known thy truth.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The living, the living, he shall give praise to thee, as I do this day: the father shall make thy truth known to the children.

Darby Bible Translation
The living, the living, he shall praise thee, as I this day: the father to the children shall make known thy truth.

English Revised Version
The living, the living, he shall praise thee, as I do this day: the father to the children shall make known thy truth.

Webster's Bible Translation
The living, the living, he shall praise thee, as I do this day: the father to the children shall make known thy truth.

World English Bible
The living, the living, he shall praise you, as I do this day. The father shall make known your truth to the children.

Young's Literal Translation
The living, the living, he doth confess Thee.
Study Bible
Hezekiah's Song of Thanksgiving
18"For Sheol cannot thank You, Death cannot praise You; Those who go down to the pit cannot hope for Your faithfulness. 19"It is the living who give thanks to You, as I do today; A father tells his sons about Your faithfulness. 20"The LORD will surely save me; So we will play my songs on stringed instruments All the days of our life at the house of the LORD."…
Cross References
Deuteronomy 6:7
You shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up.

Deuteronomy 11:19
"You shall teach them to your sons, talking of them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road and when you lie down and when you rise up.

Psalm 78:4
We will not conceal them from their children, But tell to the generation to come the praises of the LORD, And His strength and His wondrous works that He has done.

Psalm 78:5
For He established a testimony in Jacob And appointed a law in Israel, Which He commanded our fathers That they should teach them to their children,

Psalm 118:17
I will not die, but live, And tell of the works of the LORD.

Psalm 119:175
Let my soul live that it may praise You, And let Your ordinances help me.

Psalm 145:4
One generation shall praise Your works to another, And shall declare Your mighty acts.
Treasury of Scripture

The living, the living, he shall praise you, as I do this day: the father to the children shall make known your truth.

the living

Psalm 146:2 While I live will I praise the LORD: I will sing praises to my God …

Ecclesiastes 9:10 Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might; for there …

John 9:4 I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night …

the father

Genesis 18:19 For I know him, that he will command his children and his household …

Exodus 12:26,27 And it shall come to pass, when your children shall say to you, What …

Exodus 13:14,15 And it shall be when your son asks you in time to come, saying, What …

Deuteronomy 4:9 Only take heed to yourself, and keep your soul diligently, lest you …

Deuteronomy 6:7 And you shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk …

Joshua 4:21,22 And he spoke to the children of Israel, saying, When your children …

Psalm 78:3-6 Which we have heard and known, and our fathers have told us…

Psalm 145:4 One generation shall praise your works to another, and shall declare …

Joel 1:3 Tell you your children of it, and let your children tell their children, …

(19) The father to the children . . .--The words are perfectly general, but they receive a special significance from the fact that Hezekiah's son and successor, Manasseh, who was only twelve years old at his father's death (2Kings 21:1), was not born till two or three years afterwards. At the time of his illness the king may still have been childless, and the thought that there was no son to take his place may have added bitterness to his grief. "Thy truth," has here the sense of "faithfulness" rather than of the truth about God which is the object of belief.

Verse 19. - The living. Those who still enjoy the light of day. The repetition is emphatic, and has the force of "the living, and the living only." The father to the children. Hezekiah may, or may not, have had children himself at the time. Manasseh was not born; but he may have had daughters, or even other sons, who did not survive him. He is not, however, perhaps, thinking of his own ease. The living, the living, he shall praise thee, as I do this day,.... Every one of the living, or such who are both corporeally and spiritually alive; and therefore the word is repeated; none but such who are alive in a corporeal sense can praise the Lord in this world; and none but such who are spiritually alive can praise him aright, and such do under a true sense of the greatness of his mercies, and of their own unworthiness; and such a one was Hezekiah; for the words may be rendered, "as I am this day (x)"; that is, alive in both the above senses; and so did he praise God, in such a spiritual manner, even on the day he committed this to writing, and was now in the temple offering up this thanksgiving:

the father to the children shall make known thy truth: not meaning himself, for at this time he had no children; though, no doubt, when he had any, as he afterwards had, particularly Manasseh, he took care to acquaint him with the truth and faithfulness of God in the fulfilling of his promises to him; and which every religious parent would do, and so transmit the memory thereof to future ages.

(x) "quails ego sum hodie", Syr. 19. living … living—emphatic repetition, as in Isa 38:11, 17; his heart is so full of the main object of his prayer that, for want of adequate words, he repeats the same word.

father to the children—one generation of the living to another. He probably, also, hints at his own desire to live until he should have a child, the successor to his throne, to whom he might make known and so perpetuate the memory of God's truth.

truth—faithfulness to His promises; especially in Hezekiah's case, His promise of hearing prayer.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.
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