Isaiah 38:2
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New International Version
Hezekiah turned his face to the wall and prayed to the LORD,

New Living Translation
When Hezekiah heard this, he turned his face to the wall and prayed to the LORD,

English Standard Version
Then Hezekiah turned his face to the wall and prayed to the LORD,

New American Standard Bible
Then Hezekiah turned his face to the wall and prayed to the LORD,

King James Bible
Then Hezekiah turned his face toward the wall, and prayed unto the LORD,

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Then Hezekiah turned his face to the wall and prayed to the LORD.

International Standard Version
Then Hezekiah turned his face to the wall and prayed to the LORD.

NET Bible
Hezekiah turned his face to the wall and prayed to the LORD,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Hezekiah turned to the wall and prayed to the LORD.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Then Hezekiah turned his face toward the wall and prayed unto the LORD,

King James 2000 Bible
Then Hezekiah turned his face toward the wall, and prayed unto the LORD,

American King James Version
Then Hezekiah turned his face toward the wall, and prayed to the LORD,

American Standard Version
Then Hezekiah turned his face to the wall, and prayed unto Jehovah,

Douay-Rheims Bible
And Ezechias turned his face toward the wall, and prayed to the Lord,

Darby Bible Translation
And Hezekiah turned his face to the wall, and prayed to Jehovah,

English Revised Version
Then Hezekiah turned his face to the wall, and prayed unto the LORD,

Webster's Bible Translation
Then Hezekiah turned his face towards the wall, and prayed to the LORD,

World English Bible
Then Hezekiah turned his face to the wall and prayed to Yahweh,

Young's Literal Translation
And Hezekiah turneth round his face unto the wall, and prayeth unto Jehovah,
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

38:1-8 When we pray in our sickness, though God send not to us such an answer as he here sent to Hezekiah, yet, if by his Spirit he bids us be of good cheer, assures us that our sins are forgiven, and that, whether we live or die, we shall be his, we do not pray in vain. See 2Ki 20:1-11.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 2. - Hezekiah turned his face toward the wall. The action resembles that of Ahab (1 Kings 21:4); but the spirit is wholly different. Ahab turned away in sullenness, Hezekiah that he might pray undisturbed Beds seem to have been placed in the corners of rooms, with the head against one wall of the room, and one side against another.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Then Hezekiah turned his face to the wall,.... Not figuratively to the wall of his heart, as Jerom; but literally, either to the wall of his bedchamber where he lay sick, that his tears might not be seen, and his prayers interrupted, and that he might deliver them with more privacy, freedom, and fervency; or else to the wall of the temple, as the Targum, towards which good men used to look when they prayed, 1 Kings 8:38, which was a type of Christ, to whom we should have respect in all our petitions, as being the only Mediator between God and man: and prayed unto the Lord; as follows:

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

2. The couches in the East run along the walls of houses. He turned away from the spectators to hide his emotion and collect his thoughts for prayer.

Isaiah 38:2 Additional Commentaries
Context
Hezekiah's Illness and Recovery
1In those days Hezekiah became mortally ill. And Isaiah the prophet the son of Amoz came to him and said to him, "Thus says the LORD, 'Set your house in order, for you shall die and not live.'" 2Then Hezekiah turned his face to the wall and prayed to the LORD, 3and said, "Remember now, O LORD, I beseech You, how I have walked before You in truth and with a whole heart, and have done what is good in Your sight." And Hezekiah wept bitterly.…
Cross References
Isaiah 38:1
In those days Hezekiah became ill and was at the point of death. The prophet Isaiah son of Amoz went to him and said, "This is what the LORD says: Put your house in order, because you are going to die; you will not recover."

Isaiah 38:3
"Remember, LORD, how I have walked before you faithfully and with wholehearted devotion and have done what is good in your eyes." And Hezekiah wept bitterly.
Treasury of Scripture

Then Hezekiah turned his face toward the wall, and prayed to the LORD,

turned. Hezekiah's couch was probably placed in a corner, which is the place of honour in the East; in which, turning on either side, he must turn his face to the wall; by which he would withdraw himself from those attending him in his apartment.

1 Kings 8:30 And listen you to the supplication of your servant, and of your people …

Psalm 50:15 And call on me in the day of trouble: I will deliver you, and you …

Psalm 91:15 He shall call on me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in …

Matthew 6:6 But you, when you pray, enter into your closet, and when you have …

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