2 Kings 20:16
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English Standard Version
Then Isaiah said to Hezekiah, “Hear the word of the LORD:

King James Bible
And Isaiah said unto Hezekiah, Hear the word of the LORD.

American Standard Version
And Isaiah said unto Hezekiah, Hear the word of Jehovah.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And Isaias said to Ezechias: Hear the word of the Lord.

English Revised Version
And Isaiah said unto Hezekiah, Hear the word of the LORD.

Webster's Bible Translation
And Isaiah said to Hezekiah, Hear the word of the LORD.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

הצּל הלך: "the shadow is gone ten degrees, if it should go back ten degrees?" The rendering, visne umbram solarii decem gradibus progredi an ... regredi, which Maurer still gives after the Vulgate, vis an ut ascendat ... an ut revertatur, cannot be grammatically reconciled with the perfect הלך, and is merely a conjecture founded upon the answer of Hezekiah.

(Note: Hitzig and Knobel would therefore read הלך, though without furnishing any proofs that the inf. abs. is used for the future in the first clause of a double question, especially if the ה interrog. is wanting, and there is no special emphasis upon the verbal idea.)

According to this answer, "it is easy for the shadow to decline (i.e., to go farther down) ten degrees; no (sc., that shall not be a sign to me), but if the shadow turn ten degrees backwards," Isaiah seems to have given the king a choice as to the sign, namely, whether the shadow should go ten degrees forward or backward. But this does not necessarily follow from the words quoted. Hezekiah may have understood the prophet's words וגו הצּל הלך hypothetically: "has the shadow gone (advanced) ten degrees, whether it should," etc.; and may have replied, the advance of the shadow would not be a sure sign to him, but only its going back.

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2 Kings 7:1 Then Elisha said, Hear you the word of the LORD; Thus said the LORD...

1 Kings 22:19 And he said, Hear you therefore the word of the LORD: I saw the LORD sitting on his throne...

Isaiah 1:10 Hear the word of the LORD, you rulers of Sodom; give ear to the law of our God, you people of Gomorrah.

Amos 7:16 Now therefore hear you the word of the LORD: You say, Prophesy not against Israel, and drop not your word against the house of Isaac.

Cross References
2 Kings 20:15
He said, "What have they seen in your house?" And Hezekiah answered, "They have seen all that is in my house; there is nothing in my storehouses that I did not show them."

2 Kings 20:17
Behold, the days are coming, when all that is in your house, and that which your fathers have stored up till this day, shall be carried to Babylon. Nothing shall be left, says the LORD.

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