2 Kings 20:7
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New International Version
Then Isaiah said, "Prepare a poultice of figs." They did so and applied it to the boil, and he recovered.

New Living Translation
Then Isaiah said, "Make an ointment from figs." So Hezekiah's servants spread the ointment over the boil, and Hezekiah recovered!

English Standard Version
And Isaiah said, “Bring a cake of figs. And let them take and lay it on the boil, that he may recover.”

Berean Study Bible
Then Isaiah said, “Prepare a poultice of figs.” So they brought it and applied it to the boil, and he recovered.

New American Standard Bible
Then Isaiah said, "Take a cake of figs." And they took and laid it on the boil, and he recovered.

King James Bible
And Isaiah said, Take a lump of figs. And they took and laid it on the boil, and he recovered.

Christian Standard Bible
Then Isaiah said, "Bring a lump of pressed figs." So they brought it and applied it to his infected skin, and he recovered.

Contemporary English Version
Then Isaiah said to the king's servants, "Bring some mashed figs and place them on the king's open sore. He will then get well."

Good News Translation
Then Isaiah told the king's attendants to put on his boil a paste made of figs, and he would get well.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Then Isaiah said, "Bring a lump of pressed figs." So they brought it and applied it to his infected skin, and he recovered.

International Standard Version
Isaiah said, "Take a fig cake." So some attendants took it, laid it on Hezekiah's boil, and he recovered.

NET Bible
Isaiah ordered, "Get a fig cake." So they did as he ordered and placed it on the ulcerated sore, and he recovered.

New Heart English Bible
Isaiah said, "Take a cake of figs." They took and laid it on the boil, and he recovered.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Then Isaiah said, "Get a fig cake, and put it on the boil so that the king will get well."

JPS Tanakh 1917
And Isaiah said: 'Take a cake of figs.' And they took and laid it on the boil, and he recovered.

New American Standard 1977
Then Isaiah said, “Take a cake of figs.” And they took and laid it on the boil, and he recovered.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And Isaiah said, Take a lump of figs. And they took and laid it on the boil, and he recovered.

King James 2000 Bible
And Isaiah said, Take a lump of figs. And they took and laid it on the boil, and he recovered.

American King James Version
And Isaiah said, Take a lump of figs. And they took and laid it on the boil, and he recovered.

American Standard Version
And Isaiah said, Take a cake of figs. And they took and laid it on the boil, and he recovered.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And Isaias said: Bring me a lump of figs. And when they had brought it, and laid it upon his boil. he was healed.

Darby Bible Translation
And Isaiah said, Take a cake of figs. And they took and laid it on the boil, and he recovered.

English Revised Version
And Isaiah said, Take a cake of figs. And they took and laid it on the boil, and he recovered.

Webster's Bible Translation
And Isaiah said, Take a lump of figs. And they took and laid it on the boil, and he recovered.

World English Bible
Isaiah said, "Take a cake of figs." They took and laid it on the boil, and he recovered.

Young's Literal Translation
And Isaiah saith, 'Take ye a cake of figs;' and they take and lay it on the boil, and he reviveth.
Study Bible
Hezekiah's Illness and Recovery
6I will add fifteen years to your life, and I will deliver you and this city from the hand of the king of Assyria. I will defend this city for My sake and for the sake of My servant David.’” 7Then Isaiah said, “Prepare a poultice of figs.” So they brought it and applied it to the boil, and he recovered. 8Now Hezekiah had asked Isaiah, “What is the sign that the LORD will heal me and that I will go up to the house of the LORD on the third day?”…
Cross References
2 Kings 20:6
I will add fifteen years to your life, and I will deliver you and this city from the hand of the king of Assyria. I will defend this city for My sake and for the sake of My servant David.'"

2 Kings 20:8
Now Hezekiah had asked Isaiah, "What is the sign that the LORD will heal me and that I will go up to the house of the LORD on the third day?"

Isaiah 38:21
Now Isaiah had said, "Prepare a lump of pressed figs and apply it to the boil, and he will recover."

Treasury of Scripture

And Isaiah said, Take a lump of figs. And they took and laid it on the boil, and he recovered.

Take a lump.

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the boil.
The word {shechin}, from the Arabic {sachana}, to be hot, signifies an inflammatory tumour, or burning boil; and some think that Hezekiah's malady was a pleurisy; others, that it was the plague; and others, the elephantiasis, a species of leprosy, as one of the Hexapla versions renders in

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(7, 8) In Isaiah these two verses are given at the end of the narrative; a position in which they are obviously out of place. Probably some copyist, after accidentally omitting them where they properly belonged, added them there, "with marks for insertion in their proper places, which marks were afterwards neglected by transcribers" (Lowth, cited by Cheyne), perhaps because they had become obliterated.

Take a lump of figs.--Figs pressed into a cake (1Samuel 25:18). "Many commentators suppose the figs to be mentioned as a remedy current at the time. But surely so simple and unscientific a medicine would have been thought of, without applying to the prophet by those about Hezekiah. The plaster of figs is rather a sign or symbol of the cure, like the water of the Jordan in the narrative of Naaman (2Kings 5:10)" (Cheyne). That in antiquity figs were a usual remedy for boils of various kinds appears from the testimony of Dioscorides and Pliny.

Laid it on the boil.--It is not to be supposed that Hezekiah was suffering from the plague and, in fact, the very plague which destroyed the army of Sennacherib. (See Note on 2Kings 20:1). The word "boil" (sh?hin) denotes leprous and other similar ulcers (Exodus 9:9; Job 2:7), but not plague, which moreover, would not have attacked Hezekiah alone, and would have produced not one swelling, but many.

And he recovered.--Heb., lived. The result is mentioned here by natural anticipation.

Verse 7. - And Isaiah said, Take a lump of figs. Figs were the usual remedy for boils. Dioscorides says of the fig, διαφορεῖ σκληρίας; Pliny, "Ulcera aperit;" while Jerome, in his-commentary on Isaiah, has the following: "Juxta artem medicorum omnis sanies siccioribus ficis atque contusis in cutis superficiem provocatur." The remedy is said to be still in use among Easterns. It can scarcely be supposed to have cured a malignant bell by its intrinsic force; but under the Divine blessing it was made effectual, and the cure followed. And they took and laid it on the boil. The royal attendants obtained a lump of figs, and applied it to the inflamed boil or carbuncle, as Isaiah had suggested. It is impossible to say what exactly was the nature of the "boil," since diseases change their characters, and every age has its own special disorders; but modern medical science knows of more than one kind of pustular swelling, which, as soon as it is detected, is regarded as fatal. And he recovered. Not suddenly, but by degrees; after the manner of natural remedies. It was three days before he was well enough to quit the palace, and offer thanks in the temple for his miraculous cure (see ver. 5). And Isaiah said, take a lump of figs,.... Not moist figs, but a cake of dried figs, as the word used signifies, and so the less likely to have any effect in curing the boil:

and they took, and laid it on the boil, and he recovered; made a plaster of it, and laid it on the ulcer, and it was healed. Physicians observe (u), that as such like inflammations consist in a painful extension of the fibres by the hinderance of the circulation of the blood, through the extreme little arteries, which may be mitigated, or dissipated, or ripened, by such things as are emollient and loosening, so consequently by figs; and, in a time of pestilence, figs beaten together with butter and treacle have been applied to plague of boils with great success; yet these figs being only a cake of dry figs, and, the boil not only malignant, but deadly, and the cure so suddenly performed, show that this was done not in a natural, but in a supernatural way, though means were directed to be made use of.

(u) Scheuchzer. Physic. Sacr. vol. 3. p. 620. Vid. Levin. Lemnii Herb. Bibl. Explicat. c. 19. p. 60. 20:1-11 Hezekiah was sick unto death, in the same year in which the king of Assyria besieged Jerusalem. A warning to prepare for death was brought to Hezekiah by Isaiah. Prayer is one of the best preparations for death, because by it we fetch in strength and grace from God, to enable us to finish well. He wept sorely: some gather from hence that he was unwilling to die; it is in the nature of man to dread the separation of soul and body. There was also something peculiar in Hezekiah's case; he was now in the midst of his usefulness. Let Hezekiah's prayer, see Isa 38. interpret his tears; in that is nothing which is like his having been under that fear of death, which has bondage or torment. Hezekiah's piety made his sick-bed easy. O Lord, remember now; he does not speak as if God needed to be put in mind of any thing by us; nor, as if the reward might be demanded as due; it is Christ's righteousness only that is the purchase of mercy and grace. Hezekiah does not pray, Lord, spare me; but, Lord, remember me; whether I live or die, let me be thine. God always hears the prayers of the broken in heart, and will give health, length of days, and temporal deliverances, as much and as long as is truly good for them. Means were to be used for Hezekiah's recovery; yet, considering to what a height the disease was come, and how suddenly it was checked, the cure was miraculous. It is our duty, when sick, to use such means as are proper to help nature, else we do not trust God, but tempt him. For the confirmation of his faith, the shadow of the sun was carried back, and the light was continued longer than usual, in a miraculous manner. This work of wonder shows the power of God in heaven as well as on earth, the great notice he takes of prayer, and the great favour he bears to his chosen.
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