Isaiah 38:15
New International Version
But what can I say? He has spoken to me, and he himself has done this. I will walk humbly all my years because of this anguish of my soul.

New Living Translation
But what could I say? For he himself sent this sickness. Now I will walk humbly throughout my years because of this anguish I have felt.

English Standard Version
What shall I say? For he has spoken to me, and he himself has done it. I walk slowly all my years because of the bitterness of my soul.

Berean Study Bible
What can I say? He has spoken to me, and He Himself has done this. I will walk slowly all my years because of the anguish of my soul.

New American Standard Bible
"What shall I say? For He has spoken to me, and He Himself has done it; I will wander about all my years because of the bitterness of my soul.

King James Bible
What shall I say? he hath both spoken unto me, and himself hath done it: I shall go softly all my years in the bitterness of my soul.

Christian Standard Bible
What can I say? He has spoken to me, and he himself has done it. I walk along slowly all my years because of the bitterness of my soul.

Contemporary English Version
There's nothing I can say in answer to you, since you are the one who has done this to me. My life has turned sour; I will limp until I die.

Good News Translation
What can I say? The LORD has done this. My heart is bitter, and I cannot sleep.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
What can I say? He has spoken to me, and He Himself has done it. I walk along slowly all my years because of the bitterness of my soul,

International Standard Version
What can I say, so I tell myself, since he has done this to me? I will walk slowly all my years because of my soul's anguish.

NET Bible
What can I say? He has decreed and acted. I will walk slowly all my years because I am overcome with grief.

New Heart English Bible
What will I say? He has both spoken to me, and himself has done it. I will walk carefully all my years because of the anguish of my soul.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
What can I say now that he has spoken to me? He has done this. I will be careful the rest of my life because of my bitter experience.

JPS Tanakh 1917
What shall I say? He hath both spoken unto me, And Himself hath done it; I shall go softly all my years for the bitterness of my soul.

New American Standard 1977
“What shall I say? For He has spoken to me, and He Himself has done it; I shall wander about all my years because of the bitterness of my soul.

Jubilee Bible 2000
What shall I say? He has both spoken unto me, and he himself has done it; I shall walk softly all my years in the bitterness of my soul.

King James 2000 Bible
What shall I say? he has both spoken unto me, and he himself has done it: I shall go softly all my years in the bitterness of my soul.

American King James Version
What shall I say? he has both spoken to me, and himself has done it: I shall go softly all my years in the bitterness of my soul.

American Standard Version
What shall I say? he hath both spoken unto me, and himself hath done it: I shall go softly all my years because of the bitterness of my soul.

Douay-Rheims Bible
What shall I say, or what shall he answer for me, whereas he himself hath done it? I will recount to thee all my years in the bitterness of my soul.

Darby Bible Translation
What shall I say? He hath both spoken unto me, and himself hath done [it]. I shall go softly all my years in the bitterness of my soul.

English Revised Version
What shall I say? he hath both spoken unto me, and himself hath done it: I shall go softly all my years because of the bitterness of my soul.

Webster's Bible Translation
What shall I say? he hath both spoken to me, and himself hath done it: I shall go softly all my years in the bitterness of my soul.

World English Bible
What will I say? He has both spoken to me, and himself has done it. I will walk carefully all my years because of the anguish of my soul.

Young's Literal Translation
-- What do I say? seeing He said to me, And He Himself hath wrought, I go softly all my years for the bitterness of my soul.
Study Bible
Hezekiah's Song of Thanksgiving
14I chirp like a swallow or crane; I moan like a dove. My eyes grow weak as I look upward. O Lord, I am oppressed; be my security. 15What can I say? He has spoken to me, and He Himself has done this. I will walk slowly all my years because of the anguish of my soul. 16O Lord, by such things men live, and in all of them my spirit finds life. You have restored me to health and let me live.…
Cross References
1 Kings 21:27
When Ahab heard these words, he tore his clothes, put on sackcloth, and fasted. He lay down in sackcloth and walked around meekly.

Job 7:11
Therefore I will not restrain my mouth; I will speak in the anguish of my spirit; I will complain in the bitterness of my soul.

Job 10:1
I loathe my own life; I will express my complaint and speak in the bitterness of my soul.

Psalm 39:9
I have become mute; I do not open my mouth because it is You who have done it.

Proverbs 31:6
Give strong drink to one who is perishing, and wine to the bitter in soul.

Isaiah 38:17
Surely, for my welfare I had such great anguish; but Your love has delivered me from the pit of oblivion, for You have cast all my sins behind Your back.

Treasury of Scripture

What shall I say? he has both spoken to me, and himself has done it: I shall go softly all my years in the bitterness of my soul.

what

Joshua 7:8
O Lord, what shall I say, when Israel turneth their backs before their enemies!

Ezra 9:10
And now, O our God, what shall we say after this? for we have forsaken thy commandments,

Psalm 39:9,10
I was dumb, I opened not my mouth; because thou didst it

I shall

1 Kings 21:27
And it came to pass, when Ahab heard those words, that he rent his clothes, and put sackcloth upon his flesh, and fasted, and lay in sackcloth, and went softly.

in the

1 Samuel 1:10
And she was in bitterness of soul, and prayed unto the LORD, and wept sore.

2 Kings 4:27
And when she came to the man of God to the hill, she caught him by the feet: but Gehazi came near to thrust her away. And the man of God said, Let her alone; for her soul is vexed within her: and the LORD hath hid it from me, and hath not told me.

Job 7:11
Therefore I will not refrain my mouth; I will speak in the anguish of my spirit; I will complain in the bitterness of my soul.







Lexicon
What
מָֽה־ (māh-)
Interrogative
Strong's Hebrew 4100: What?, what!, indefinitely what

can I say?
אֲדַבֵּ֥ר (’ă·ḏab·bêr)
Verb - Piel - Imperfect - first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 1696: To arrange, to speak, to subdue

He has spoken to me,
וְאָֽמַר־ (wə·’ā·mar-)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Conjunctive perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 559: To utter, say

and He
וְה֣וּא (wə·hū)
Conjunctive waw | Pronoun - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1931: He, self, the same, this, that, as, are

Himself has done this.
עָשָׂ֑ה (‘ā·śāh)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6213: To do, make

I will walk slowly
אֶדַּדֶּ֥ה (’ed·dad·deh)
Verb - Hitpael - Imperfect - first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 1718: Perhaps to move slowly

all
כָל־ (ḵāl)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 3605: The whole, all, any, every

my years
שְׁנוֹתַ֖י (šə·nō·w·ṯay)
Noun - feminine plural construct | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 8141: A year

because of
עַל־ (‘al-)
Preposition
Strong's Hebrew 5921: Above, over, upon, against

the anguish
מַ֥ר (mar)
Adjective - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 4751: Bitter, bitterness, bitterly

of my soul.
נַפְשִֽׁי׃ (nap̄·šî)
Noun - feminine singular construct | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 5315: A soul, living being, life, self, person, desire, passion, appetite, emotion
(15) What shall I say?--With the same force as in 2Samuel 7:20; Hebrews 11:32. Words fail to express the wonder and the gratitude of the sufferer who has thus been rescued for the fulfilment which followed so immediately on the promise.

I shall go softly . . .--Better, That I should walk at ease upon (i.e., because of, or, as others take it, in spite of) the trouble of my soul. The verb is used in Psalm 42:4 of a festal procession to the Temple, but here refers simply to the journey of life, and implies that it is to be carried on to the end as with calm and considerate steps. The Authorised Version suggests wrongly the thought of a life-long bitterness.

Verse 15. - What shall I say? The strain is suddenly changed. Hezekiah's prayer has been answered, and he has received the answer (vers. 5-8). He is "at a loss to express his wonder and his gratitude" (Cheyne); comp. 2 Samuel 7:20. God has both spoken unto him - i.e., given him a promise of recovery - and also himself hath done it; i.e. has performed his promise. Already he feels in himself the beginnings of amendment - he is conscious that the worst is past, and that the malady has taken a turn for the better. I shall go softly all my years. Delitzsch renders, "I shall walk quietly;" Mr. Cheyne, "I shall walk at ease;" both apparently understanding the expression of a quiet, easy life, made the more pleasant by contrast with past pain. But it seems better to understand the "soft going," with Dr. Kay, of a hushed and subdued spirit, consequent upon the crisis past, and thenceforth continuing - the king walking, as it were, perpetually in God's presence. In the bitterness; rather, after the bitterness (Delitzsch), when it has departed; and "because of it" (Nagelsbach), through its remembrance. 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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