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1 In those days was Hezekiah sick unto death. And Isaiah the prophet the son of Amoz came to him, and said unto him: 'Thus saith YHWH: Set thy house in order; for thou shalt die, and not live.'
1 And it came to pass at that time, that Ezekias was sick even to death. And Esaias the prophet the son of Amos came to him, and said to him, Thus saith the Lord, Give orders concerning thy house: for thou shalt die, and not live.
1 In those days Hezekiah became ill and was near death. And so, Isaiah, the son of Amoz, the prophet, entered to him, and he said to him: “Thus says the Lord: Put your house in order, for you shall die, and you shall not live.”
2 Then Hezekiah turned his face to the wall, and prayed unto YHWH,
2 And Ezekias turned his face to the wall, and prayed to the Lord, saying,
2 And Hezekiah turned his face toward the wall, and he prayed to the Lord.
3 and said: 'Remember now, O YHWH, I beseech Thee, how I have walked before Thee in truth and with a whole heart, and have done that which is good in Thy sight.' And Hezekiah wept sore.
3 Remember, O Lord, how I have walked before thee in truth, with a true heart, and have done that which was pleasing in thy sight. And Ezekias wept bitterly.
3 And he said: “I beg you, Lord, I beseech you, to remember how I walked before you in truth and with a whole heart, and that I have done what is good in your sight.” And Hezekiah wept with a great weeping.
4 Then came the word of YHWH to Isaiah, saying
4 And the word of the Lord came to Esaias, saying, Go, and say to Ezekias,
5 'Go, and say to Hezekiah: Thus saith YHWH, the God of David thy father: I have heard thy prayer, I have seen thy tears; behold, I will add unto thy days fifteen years.
5 Thus saith the Lord, the God of David thy father, I have heard thy prayer, and seen thy tears: behold, I will add to thy time fifteen years.
5 “Go and say to Hezekiah: Thus says the Lord, the God of David, your father: I have heard your prayer, and I have seen your tears. Behold, I will add fifteen years to your days.
6 And I will deliver thee and this city out of the hand of the king of Assyria; and I will defend this city.
7 And this shall be the sign unto thee from YHWH, that the YHWH will do this thing that He hath spoken
7 And this shall be a sign to thee from the Lord, that God will do this thing;
7 And this will be a sign for you from the Lord, that the Lord will do this word, which he has spoken
8 behold, I will cause the shadow of the dial, which is gone down on the sun-dial of Ahaz, to return backward ten degrees.' So the sun returned ten degrees, by which degrees it was gone down.
8 behold, I will turn back the shadow of the degrees of the dial by which ten degrees on the house of thy father the sun has gone down—I will turn back the sun the ten degrees; so the sun went back the ten degrees by which the shadow had gone down.
9 The writing of Hezekiah king of Judah, when he had been sick, and was recovered of his sickness.
10 I said: In the noontide of my days I shall go, even to the gates of the nether-world; I am deprived of the residue of my years.
11 I said: I shall not see YHWH, even the YHWH in the land of the living; I shall behold man no more with the inhabitants of the world.
11 I said, I shall no more at all see the salvation of God in the land of the living: I shall no more at all see the salvation of Israel on the earth: I shall no more at all see man.
12 My habitation is plucked up and carried away from me as a shepherd's tent; I have rolled up like a weaver my life; He will cut me off from the thrum; from day even to night wilt Thou make an end of me.
12 My life has failed from among my kindred: I have parted with the remainder of my life: it has gone forth and departed from me, as one that having pitched a tent takes it down again: my breath was with me as a weaver’s web, when she that weaves draws nigh to cut off the thread.
12 My longevity has been taken away; it has been folded up and taken from me, like the tent of a shepherd. My life has been cut off, as if by a weaver. While I was still beginning, he cut me off. From morning until evening, you have marked out my limits.
13 The more I make myself like unto a lion until morning, the more it breaketh all my bones; from day even to night wilt Thou make an end of me.
14 Like a swallow or a crane, so do I chatter, I do moan as a dove; mine eyes fail with looking upward. O YHWH, I am oppressed, be Thou my surety.
14 As a swallow, so will I cry, and as a dove, so do I mourn: for mine eyes have failed with looking to the height of heaven to the Lord, who has delivered me,
14 I will cry out, like a young swallow. I will meditate, like a dove. My eyes have been weakened by gazing upward. O Lord, I suffer violence! Answer in my favor.
15 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.
15 and removed the sorrow of my soul.
15 What can I say, or what would he answer me, since he himself has done this? I will acknowledge to you all my years, in the bitterness of my soul.
16 O Lord, by these things men live, and altogether therein is the life of my spirit; wherefore recover Thou me, and make me to live.
16 Yea, O Lord, for it was told thee concerning this; and thou hast revived my breath; and I am comforted, and live.
16 O Lord, if such is life, and if the life of my spirit is of such a kind, may you correct me and may you cause me to live.
17 Behold, for my peace I had great bitterness; but Thou hast in love to my soul delivered it from the pit of corruption; for Thou hast cast all my sins behind Thy back.
17 For thou hast chosen my soul, that it should not perish: and thou hast cast all my sins behind me.
18 For the nether-world cannot praise Thee, death cannot celebrate Thee; they that go down into the pit cannot hope for Thy truth.
18 For they that are in the grave shall not praise thee, neither shall the dead bless thee, neither shall they that are in Hades hope for thy mercy.
18 For Hell will not confess to you, and death will not praise you. Those who descend into the pit will not hope for your truth.
19 The living, the living, he shall praise Thee, as I do this day; the father to the children shall make known Thy truth.
19 The living shall bless thee, as I also do: for from this day shall I beget children, who shall declare thy righteousness,
20 YHWH is ready to save me; therefore we will sing songs to the stringed instruments all the days of our life in the house of YHWH.
20 O God of my salvation; and I will not cease blessing thee with the psaltery all the days of my life before the house of God.
20 O Lord, save me! And we will sing our psalms, all the days of our life, in the house of the Lord.”
21 And Isaiah said: 'Let them take a cake of figs, and lay it for a plaster upon the boil, and he shall recover.'
21 Now Esaias had said to Ezekias; Take a cake of figs, and mash them, and apply them as a plaster, and thou shalt be well.
21 And Hezekiah said, What is the sign that I shall go up to the house of the LORD?
22 And Hezekiah said. 'What is the sign that I shall go up to the house of YHWH?'
22 And Ezekias said, This is a sign to Ezekias, that I shall go up to the house of God.
22 And Isaiah said, Let them take a lump of figs, and lay it as a plaster upon the boil and he shall recover,