Isaiah 39

1At that time, Merodach Baladan son of Baladan was king of Babylon. Merodach sent letters and a gift to Hezekiah. Merodach did this because he heard that Hezekiah had been sick. 2These things made Hezekiah very happy. So Hezekiah showed the men all the valuable things in his storehouses. Hezekiah showed them the silver, the gold, the spices, and the expensive perfumes. Hezekiah showed them the swords and shields used for war. Hezekiah showed them everything he had saved. Hezekiah showed them everything in his house and in his kingdom. 3Then Isaiah the prophet went to King Hezekiah and asked him, “What did these men say? Where did they come from?” Hezekiah said, “These men came from a faraway country to see me! They came from Babylon.” 4So Isaiah asked him, “What did they see in your house?” Hezekiah said, “They saw everything in my palace. I showed them all my wealth.” 5Then Isaiah said this to Hezekiah: “Listen to the words from the Lord All-Powerful. 6‘The time is coming when all the things in your house and all the things your ancestors have saved until today will be carried away to Babylon. Nothing will be left!’ The Lord All-Powerful said this. 7The Babylonians will take your own sons. And your sons will become officers in the palace of the king of Babylon.” 8Hezekiah told Isaiah, “This message from the Lord is good.” (Hezekiah said this because he thought, “There will be real peace and security while I am king.”)

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