New American Standard Bible
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."
King James Bible
I said in the cutting off of my days, I shall go to the gates of the grave: I am deprived of the residue of my years.
Darby Bible Translation
I said, In the meridian of my days I shall go to the gates of Sheol: I am deprived of the rest of my years.
World English Bible
I said, "In the middle of my life I go into the gates of Sheol. I am deprived of the residue of my years."
Young's Literal Translation
'I -- I said in the cutting off of my days, I go in to the gates of Sheol, I have numbered the remnant of mine years.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
I said - Probably the words 'I said' do not imply that he said or spoke this openly or audibly; but this was the language of his heart, or the substance of his reflections.
In the cutting off of my days - There has been considerable diversity of interpretation in regard to this phrase. Vitringa renders it as our translators have done. Rosenmuller renders it, 'In the meridian of my days.' The Septuagint, Ἐν τῷ ὕψει τῶν ἡμερῶν μου En tō hupsei tōn hēmerōn mou - 'In the height of my days,' where they evidently read ברמי instead of בדמי, by the change of a single letter. Aquila, and the Greek interpreters generally, rendered it, 'In the silence of my days.' The word used here in Hebrew (דמי demı̂y) denotes properly stillness, quiet, rest; and Gesenius renders it, 'in the quiet of my days.' According to him the idea is, 'now when I might have rest; when I am delivered from my foes; when I am in the midst of my life, of my reign, and of my plans of usefulness, I must die.' The sense is, doubtless, that he was about to be cut off in middle life, and when he had every prospect of usefulness, and of happiness in his reign.
I shall go to the gates of the grave - Hebrew, 'Gates of sheol.' On the meaning of the word sheol, and the Hebrew idea of the descent to it through gates, see the notes at Isaiah 5:14; Isaiah 14:9. The idea is, that he must go down to the regions of the dead, and dwell with departed shades (see the note at Isaiah 38:11).
The residue of my years - Those which I had hoped to enjoy; of which I had a reasonable prospect in the ordinary course of events. It is evident that Hezekiah had looked forward to a long life, and to a prosperous and peaceful reign. This was the means which God adopted to show him the impropriety of his desire, and to turn him more entirely to his service, and to a preparation for death. Sickness often has this effect on the minds of good people.
LibraryThe Ambassadors from Babylon
In the midst of his prosperous reign King Hezekiah was suddenly stricken with a fatal malady. "Sick unto death," his case was beyond the power of man to help. And the last vestige of hope seemed removed when the prophet Isaiah appeared before him with the message, "Thus saith the Lord, Set thine house in order: for thou shalt die, and not live." Isaiah 38:1. The outlook seemed utterly dark; yet the king could still pray to the One who had hitherto been his "refuge and strength, a very present help …
Ellen Gould White—The Story of Prophets and Kings
Letter Xliv Concerning the Maccabees but to whom Written is Unknown.
2 Corinthians 1:9
indeed, we had the sentence of death within ourselves so that we would not trust in ourselves, but in God who raises the dead;
"My days are past, my plans are torn apart, Even the wishes of my heart.
Where now is my hope? And who regards my hope?
I say, "O my God, do not take me away in the midst of my days, Your years are throughout all generations.
Their soul abhorred all kinds of food, And they drew near to the gates of death.
Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might; for there is no activity or planning or knowledge or wisdom in Sheol where you are going.
A writing of Hezekiah king of Judah after his illness and recovery:
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