20:2 Then he turned his face to the a wall, and prayed unto the LORD, saying,
(a) That his mind might not be troubled.
20:3 I beseech thee, O LORD, remember now how I
have walked before thee in truth and with a b
perfect heart, and have done [that which is] good in thy sight. And Hezekiah c
(b) Meaning, without all hypocrisy.
(c) Not so much for his own death, as for fear
that idolatry would be restored which he had destroyed, and so God's Name be
20:5 Turn again, and
tell Hezekiah the captain of my people, Thus saith the LORD, the God of David
thy father, I have heard thy d prayer, I
have seen thy tears: behold, I will heal thee: on the third day thou shalt go up
unto the e house of the LORD.
(d) Because of his true repentance and prayer,
God turned away his wrath.
(e) To give thanks for your deliverance.
20:7 And Isaiah said,
Take a f lump of figs. And they took and
laid [it] on the boil, and he recovered.
(f) He declares that though God can heal without
other medicines, he will not have these inferior means contemned.
And Hezekiah answered, It is a light thing for the shadow to go down ten
degrees: nay, but let the shadow g
return backward ten degrees.
(g) Let the sun go so many degrees back, that the
hours may be fewer in the king's dial.
20:11 And Isaiah the prophet cried unto the
LORD: and he brought the shadow ten degrees backward, by which it had gone down
in the h dial of Ahaz.
(h) Which was set at the top of the stairs that
Ahaz had made.
20:12 At that time Berodachbaladan, the son of
Baladan, king of Babylon, sent letters and a i
present unto Hezekiah: for he had heard that Hezekiah had been sick.
(i) Moved by the favour that God showed to
Hezekiah, and also because he had declared himself an enemy of Sennacherib who
was now destroyed.
20:13 And Hezekiah hearkened unto them, and
shewed them all the house of his precious things, the silver, and the gold, and
the spices, and the precious ointment, and [all] the house of his armour, and
all that was found in his treasures: there was nothing in his house, nor in all
his k dominion, that Hezekiah shewed
(k) Being moved by ambition and vain glory, and
also because he seemed to rejoice in the friendship of him who was God's
enemy and an infidel.
Then said Hezekiah unto Isaiah, Good [is] the word of the LORD which thou hast l
spoken. And he said, [Is it] not [good], if m
peace and truth be in my days?
(l) He acknowledges Isaiah to be the true prophet
of God and therefore humbles himself to his word.
(m) Seeing that God has shown me this favour to
grant me quietness during my life: for he was afraid lest the enemies would
have had opportunity to rejoice if the Church had decayed in his time, because
he had restored religion.