Tanak Foundations-Concepts in Isaiah-Chapter 39

Isa 39.1-8 gives us the account of Hezekiah’s error after he recovered from his illness, and the correction he had for it. The king of Babylon sent messengers to him to congratulate him on his recovery, but he was also trying to form an alliance with Judah against Assyria. In pride, he showed them all his treasures. For this error in judgment, Isaiah is sent to tell him that all these treasures, and his descendants later on, would be carried away into Babylon to serve the king of Babylon.

v 1…At that time Merodach-baladan son of Baladan king of Babylon (Bel is lord) sent letters and a present to Hezekiah, for he had heard that he had been sick and had recovered (motivated in part to get Judah into an alliance with Babylon against Assyria).

v 2…And Hezekiah was pleased (because of the honor showed him) and showed him all his treasure house (Assyrian spoils because he had given them everything in 2 Kings 18.13-16), the silver and the gold and the spices and the precious oil and his whole armory and all that was found in his treasuries. There was nothing in his house, nor in all his dominion, that Hezekiah did not show them (this was pride and not Yehovah’s will).

v 3…Then Isaiah the prophet came to King Hezekiah and said to him, “What did these men say, and from where have they come to you?” And Hezekiah said, “They have come to me from a far country, from Babylon (in other words, “I’m famous”).

v 4…And he said, “What have they seen in your house?” So Hezekiah answered, “They have seen all that is in my house (it was not his to show); there is nothing among my treasuries that I have not shown them.”

v 5…Then Isaiah said to Hezekiah, “Hear the word of the Lord (Yehovah) of hosts (Tzavaot or armies-now he tells him he did not come on his own),

v 6…Behold, the days are coming (120 years later) when all that is in your house, and all that your fathers have laid up in store to this day shall be carried to Babylon; nothing shall be left,’ says Yehovah (2 Kings 24.12-13).

v 7…And some of your sons (Yeconiah and his children, and others of the royal seed like Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah) whom you shall beget, shall be taken away; and they shall become officials in the palace of the king of Babylon (Dan 1.1-7).'”

v 8…Then Hezekiah said to Isaiah, “The word of Yehovah which you have spoken is good (convinced of his sin, his sentence was just).” For he thought, “For there will be peace and truth in my days (in the rest of his reign Judah would not be at war, and for all this he was thankful, considering what he had just been through with Assyria).”

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