Isaiah 38:7
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New International Version
"'This is the LORD's sign to you that the LORD will do what he has promised:

New Living Translation
"'And this is the sign from the LORD to prove that he will do as he promised:

English Standard Version
“This shall be the sign to you from the LORD, that the LORD will do this thing that he has promised:

New American Standard Bible
"This shall be the sign to you from the LORD, that the LORD will do this thing that He has spoken:

King James Bible
And this shall be a sign unto thee from the LORD, that the LORD will do this thing that he hath spoken;

Holman Christian Standard Bible
This is the sign to you from the LORD that He will do what He has promised:

International Standard Version
This is the LORD's sign to you that the LORD will carry out this thing he has promised:

NET Bible
Isaiah replied, "This is your sign from the LORD confirming that the LORD will do what he has said:

New Heart English Bible
This shall be the sign to you from the LORD, that the LORD will do this thing that he has spoken.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
[Isaiah said,] "This is your sign from the LORD that he will do what he promises.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And this shall be the sign unto thee from the LORD, that the LORD will do this thing that He hath spoken:

New American Standard 1977
“And this shall be the sign to you from the LORD, that the LORD will do this thing that He has spoken:

Jubilee Bible 2000
And this shall be a sign unto thee from the LORD that the LORD will do this thing that he has spoken:

King James 2000 Bible
And this shall be a sign unto you from the LORD, that the LORD will do this thing that he has spoken;

American King James Version
And this shall be a sign to you from the LORD, that the LORD will do this thing that he has spoken;

American Standard Version
And this shall be the sign unto thee from Jehovah, that Jehovah will do this thing that he hath spoken:

Douay-Rheims Bible
And this shall be a sign to thee from the Lord, that the Lord will do this word which he hath spoken:

Darby Bible Translation
And this [shall be] the sign to thee from Jehovah, that Jehovah will do this thing that he hath spoken:

English Revised Version
And this shall he the sign unto thee from the LORD, that the LORD will do this thing that he hath spoken:

Webster's Bible Translation
And this shall be a sign to thee from the LORD, that the LORD will do this thing that he hath spoken;

World English Bible
This shall be the sign to you from Yahweh, that Yahweh will do this thing that he has spoken.

Young's Literal Translation
And this is to thee the sign from Jehovah, that Jehovah doth this thing that He hath spoken.
Study Bible
Hezekiah's Illness and Recovery
6"I will deliver you and this city from the hand of the king of Assyria; and I will defend this city."' 7"This shall be the sign to you from the LORD, that the LORD will do this thing that He has spoken: 8"Behold, I will cause the shadow on the stairway, which has gone down with the sun on the stairway of Ahaz, to go back ten steps." So the sun's shadow went back ten steps on the stairway on which it had gone down.…
Cross References
Judges 6:17
So Gideon said to Him, "If now I have found favor in Your sight, then show me a sign that it is You who speak with me.

Judges 6:21
Then the angel of the LORD put out the end of the staff that was in his hand and touched the meat and the unleavened bread; and fire sprang up from the rock and consumed the meat and the unleavened bread. Then the angel of the LORD vanished from his sight.

1 Kings 13:3
Then he gave a sign the same day, saying, "This is the sign which the LORD has spoken, 'Behold, the altar shall be split apart and the ashes which are on it shall be poured out.'"

2 Kings 20:9
Isaiah said, "This shall be the sign to you from the LORD, that the LORD will do the thing that He has spoken: shall the shadow go forward ten steps or go back ten steps?"

2 Chronicles 32:31
Even in the matter of the envoys of the rulers of Babylon, who sent to him to inquire of the wonder that had happened in the land, God left him alone only to test him, that He might know all that was in his heart.

Isaiah 7:11
"Ask a sign for yourself from the LORD your God; make it deep as Sheol or high as heaven."

Isaiah 7:14
"Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, a virgin will be with child and bear a son, and she will call His name Immanuel.

Isaiah 37:30
"Then this shall be the sign for you: you will eat this year what grows of itself, in the second year what springs from the same, and in the third year sow, reap, plant vineyards and eat their fruit.

Isaiah 38:22
Then Hezekiah had said, "What is the sign that I shall go up to the house of the LORD?"
Treasury of Scripture

And this shall be a sign to you from the LORD, that the LORD will do this thing that he has spoken;

Isaiah 38:22 Hezekiah also had said, What is the sign that I shall go up to the …

Isaiah 7:11-14 Ask you a sign of the LORD your God; ask it either in the depth, …

Isaiah 37:30 And this shall be a sign to you, You shall eat this year such as …

Genesis 9:13 I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant …

Judges 6:17-22,37-39 And he said to him, If now I have found grace in your sight, then …

2 Kings 20:8 And Hezekiah said to Isaiah, What shall be the sign that the LORD …

(7) This shall be a sign unto thee . . .--The offer reminds us of that made to Ahaz; but it was received in a far different spirit. In 2Kings 20:8-11 the story is more fully told. Hezekiah asks for a sign, and is offered his choice. Shall the shadow go forward or backward? With something of a child-like simplicity he chooses the latter, as the more difficult of the two. The sun-dial of Ahaz, probably, like his altar (2Kings 16:10), copied from Syrian or Assyrian art [the mention of a sun-clock is ascribed by Herodotus (ii. 109) to the Chaldans], would seem to have been of the form of an obelisk standing on steps (the literal meaning of the Hebrew word for dial), and casting its shadow so as to indicate the time, each step representing an hour or half-hour. The nature of the phenomenon seems as curiously limited as that of the darkness of the crucifixion. There was no prolongation of the day in the rest of Palestine or Jerusalem, for the backward movement was limited to the step-dial. At Babylon no such phenomenon had been observed, and one ostensible purpose of Merdach-baladan's embassy was to investigate its nature (2Chronicles 32:31). An inquiry into the causation of a miracle is almost a contradiction in terms, but the most probable explanation of the fact recorded is that it was the effect of a supernatural, but exceedingly circumscribed, refraction. A prolonged after glow following on the sunset; and reviving for a time the brightness of the day, might produce an effect such as is described to one who gazed upon the step-dial.

Verse 7. - And this shall be a sign unto thee from the Lord. It was the day of the free offering of "signs" by God to those whom his providence had placed at the head of his people. Ahaz had been offered a sign (Isaiah 7:11), but had refused the offer made him (Isaiah 7:12); the Lord had then "himself" given him a sign." Hezekiah received a sign to assure him of the complete discomfiture of Sennacherib (Isaiah 37:30); an offer was here made him of a sign of a peculiar kind, and it was offered under peculiar conditions. We learn from 2 Kings that a choice was submitted to him - he was to determine whether time, as measured by a certain timepiece or clock, which was known as "the dial of Ahaz," should make a sudden leap forward - the shadow advancing ten degrees upon the dial (2 Kings 20:9), or whether it should retire backwards, the shadow upon the same dial receding ten degrees. Hezekiah determined in favour of the latter sign, from its appearing to him the more difficult of accomplishment; and on his declaring his decision, the shadow receded to the prescribed distance. Time was rolled backward, or at any rate appeared to be rolled backward; and the king, seeing so great a miracle, accepted without hesitation the further predictions that had been made to him. The Lord will do this thing that he hath spoken. By the nexus of this verse with the preceding, it would naturally be concluded that "the thing" to be done was the defence of Jerusalem; but ver. 22, which belongs properly to this part of the narrative, shows the contrary. Hezekiah had asked for a sign" that he should go up to the house of the Lord." And this shall be a sign unto thee from the Lord,.... And which it seems Hezekiah asked, and it was put to him which he would choose, whether the shadow on the sundial should go forward or backward ten degrees, and he chose the latter, 2 Kings 20:8, which was a token confirming and assuring

that the Lord will do this thing that he hath spoken; recover Hezekiah from his sickness, so that on the third day he should go up to the temple; have fifteen years added to his days; and the city of Jerusalem protected from the attempts of the Assyrian monarch. 7. sign—a token that God would fulfil His promise that Hezekiah should "go up into the house of the Lord the third day" (2Ki 20:5, 8); the words in italics are not in Isaiah.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.
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