18 Jul 2008
Isaiah 38:1-6, 21-22,7-8
In those days Hezekiah became sick and was at the point of death. The prophet Isaiah son of Amoz came to him, and said to him, â€œThus says the Lord: Set your house in order, for you shall die; you shall not recover.â€ Then Hezekiah turned his face to the wall, and prayed to the Lord: â€œRemember now, O Lord, I implore you, how I have walked before you in faithfulness with a whole heart, and have done what is good in your sight.â€ And Hezekiah wept bitterly. Then the word of the Lord came to Isaiah: â€œGo and say to Hezekiah, Thus says the Lord, the God of your ancestor David: I have heard your prayer, I have seen your tears; I will add fifteen years to your life. I will deliver you and this city out of the hand of the king of Assyria, and defend this city. Now Isaiah had said, â€œLet them take a lump of figs, and apply it to the boil, so that he may recover.â€ Hezekiah also had said, â€œWhat is the sign that I shall go up to the house of the Lord?â€ â€œThis is the sign to you from the Lord, that the Lord will do this thing that he has promised: See, I will make the shadow cast by the declining sun on the dial of Ahaz turn back ten steps.â€ So the sun turned back on the dial the ten steps by which it had declined.
Scripture passage from the New Revised Standard Version Bible: Catholic Edition, copyright 1989, 1993, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.