Isaiah 38:9
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New International Version
A writing of Hezekiah king of Judah after his illness and recovery:

New Living Translation
When King Hezekiah was well again, he wrote this poem:

English Standard Version
A writing of Hezekiah king of Judah, after he had been sick and had recovered from his sickness:

New American Standard Bible
A writing of Hezekiah king of Judah after his illness and recovery:

King James Bible
The writing of Hezekiah king of Judah, when he had been sick, and was recovered of his sickness:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
A poem by Hezekiah king of Judah after he had been sick and had recovered from his illness:

International Standard Version
A composition by King Hezekiah of Judah, following his illness and recovery:

NET Bible
This is the prayer of King Hezekiah of Judah when he was sick and then recovered from his illness:

New Heart English Bible
The writing of Hezekiah king of Judah, when he had been sick, and had recovered of his sickness.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
King Hezekiah of Judah wrote this after he was sick and became well again:

JPS Tanakh 1917
The writing of Hezekiah king of Judah, when he had been sick, and was recovered of his sickness.

New American Standard 1977
A writing of Hezekiah king of Judah, after his illness and recovery:

Jubilee Bible 2000
The writing of Hezekiah king of Judah, when he had been sick and was recovered of his sickness:

King James 2000 Bible
The writing of Hezekiah king of Judah, when he had been sick, and was recovered of his sickness:

American King James Version
The writing of Hezekiah king of Judah, when he had been sick, and was recovered of his sickness:

American Standard Version
The writing of Hezekiah king of Judah, when he had been sick, and was recovered of his sickness.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The writing of Ezechias king of Juda, when he had been sick, and was recovered of his sickness.

Darby Bible Translation
The writing of Hezekiah king of Judah, when he had been sick and had recovered from his sickness:

English Revised Version
The writing of Hezekiah king of Judah, when he had been sick, and was recovered of his sickness.

Webster's Bible Translation
The writing of Hezekiah king of Judah, when he had been sick, and had recovered from his sickness:

World English Bible
The writing of Hezekiah king of Judah, when he had been sick, and had recovered of his sickness.

Young's Literal Translation
A writing of Hezekiah king of Judah concerning his being sick, when he reviveth from his sickness:
Study Bible
Hezekiah's Song of Thanksgiving
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. 9A writing of Hezekiah king of Judah after his illness and recovery: 10I said, "In the middle of my life I am to enter the gates of Sheol; I am to be deprived of the rest of my years."…
Cross References
Isaiah 38:8
"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.

Isaiah 38:10
I said, "In the middle of my life I am to enter the gates of Sheol; I am to be deprived of the rest of my years."
Treasury of Scripture

The writing of Hezekiah king of Judah, when he had been sick, and was recovered of his sickness:

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Isaiah 12:1 And in that day you shall say, O LORD, I will praise you: though …

Exodus 15:1 Then sang Moses and the children of Israel this song to the LORD, …

Judges 5:1 Then sang Deborah and Barak the son of Abinoam on that day, saying,

1 Samuel 2:1-10 And Hannah prayed, and said, My heart rejoices in the LORD, my horn …

Psalm 18:1 I will love you, O LORD, my strength.

Psalm 30:11,12 You have turned for me my mourning into dancing: you have put off …

Psalm 107:17-22 Fools because of their transgression, and because of their iniquities, …

Psalm 116:1-4 I love the LORD, because he has heard my voice and my supplications…

Psalm 118:18,19 The LORD has chastened me sore: but he has not given me over to death…

Jonah 2:1-9 Then Jonah prayed to the LORD his God out of the fish's belly…

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Deuteronomy 32:39 See now that I, even I, am he, and there is no god with me: I kill, …

1 Samuel 2:6 The LORD kills, and makes alive: he brings down to the grave, and brings up.

Job 5:18 For he makes sore, and binds up: he wounds, and his hands make whole.

Hosea 6:1,2 Come, and let us return to the LORD: for he has torn, and he will …

We have here Hezekiah's thanksgiving song, which he penned by Divine direction, after his recovery. He might have used some of the Psalms of David his father, as he had appointed the Levites to praise the Lord with the words of David, but the occasion here was extraordinary. His heart being full of devout affections, he would not confine himself to the compositions he had, though of Divine inspiration, but offered up his praises in his own words. The Lord put a new song into his mouth. He put his thanksgiving into writing, that he might review it himself afterwards for the reviving of the good impressions made upon him by the providential interference, and that it might be recommended to others also for their use upon the like occasion.

2 Chronicles 29:30 Moreover Hezekiah the king and the princes commanded the Levites …

(9) The writing of Hezekiah . . .--Isaiah 38:21-22 would seem to have their right place before the elegiac psalm that follows. The culture which the psalm implies is what might have been expected from one whom Isaiah had trained, who had restored and organised the worship of the Temple (2Chronicles 29:25-30), who spoke to Levites and soldiers as a preacher (2Chronicles 30:22; 2Chronicles 32:6), "speaking comfortably" (literally, to their heart), and who had directed the compilation of a fresh set of the proverbs ascribed to Solomon (Proverbs 25:1). It will be seen, as we go through the hymn, that it presents echoes of the Book of Job as well as of the earlier Psalms.

Verse 9. - The writing of Hezekiah; rather, a writing. After he had recovered from his illness, Hezekiah, it would seem, retraced his feelings as he lay upon his sick-bed, and embodied them in this monody. It has been well termed, "a peculiarly sweet and plaintive specimen of Hebrew psalmody" (Cheyne). Four stanzas or strophes of unequal length are thought to be discernible:

(1) from the beginning of ver. 10 to the end of ver. 12;

(2) from the beginning of ver. 13 to the end of ver. 14;

(3) from the beginning of ver. 15 to the end of ver. 17;

(4) from the beginning of ver. 18 to the end of ver. 20.

In the first two the monarch is looking forward to death, and his strain is mournful; in the last two he has received the promise of recovery, and pours out his thankfulness. The writing of Hezekiah king of Judah,.... The Septuagint and Arabic versions call it a "prayer": but the Targum, much better,

"a writing of confession;''

in which the king owns his murmurings and complaints under his affliction, and acknowledges the goodness of God in delivering him out of it: this he put into writing, as a memorial of it, for his own benefit, and for the good of posterity; very probably he carried this with him to the temple, whither he went on the third day of his illness, and hung it up in some proper place, that it might be read by all, and be sung by the priests and the Levites; and the Prophet Isaiah has thought fit to give it a place among his prophecies, that it might be transmitted to future ages:

when he had been sick, and was recovered of his sickness; or, "on his being sick (e)"; on his sickness and recovery, which were the subject matter of his writing, as the following show; though it is true also of the time of writing it, which was after he had been ill, and was well again.

(e) "in aegrotando ipsum", Montanus. 9-20. The prayer and thanksgiving song of Hezekiah is only given here, not in the parallel passages of Second Kings and Second Chronicles. Isa 38:9 is the heading or inscription.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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