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2 Kings chapter 20

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In those days Hezekiah became ill and was at the point of death. The prophet Isaiah son of Amoz went to him and said, "This is what the LORD says: Put your house in order, because you are going to die; you will not recover."
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Hezekiah turned his face to the wall and prayed to the LORD,
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"Remember, O LORD, how I have walked before you faithfully and with wholehearted devotion and have done what is good in your eyes." And Hezekiah wept bitterly.
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Before Isaiah had left the middle court, the word of the LORD came to him:
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"Go back and tell Hezekiah, the leader of my people, 'This is what the LORD, the God of your father David, says: I have heard your prayer and seen your tears; I will heal you. On the third day from now you will go up to the temple of the LORD.
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I will add fifteen years to your life. And I will deliver you and this city from the hand of the king of Assyria. I will defend this city for my sake and for the sake of my servant David.'"
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Then Isaiah said, "Prepare a poultice of figs." They did so and applied it to the boil, and he recovered.
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Hezekiah had asked Isaiah, "What will be the sign that the LORD will heal me and that I will go up to the temple of the LORD on the third day from now?"
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Isaiah answered, "This is the LORD's sign to you that the LORD will do what he has promised: Shall the shadow go forward ten steps, or shall it go back ten steps?"
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"It is a simple matter for the shadow to go forward ten steps," said Hezekiah. "Rather, have it go back ten steps."
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Then the prophet Isaiah called upon the LORD, and the LORD made the shadow go back the ten steps it had gone down on the stairway of Ahaz.
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At that time Merodach-Baladan son of Baladan king of Babylon sent Hezekiah letters and a gift, because he had heard of Hezekiah's illness.
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Hezekiah received the messengers and showed them all that was in his storehouses-- the silver, the gold, the spices and the fine oil-- his armory and everything found among his treasures. There was nothing in his palace or in all his kingdom that Hezekiah did not show them.
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Then Isaiah the prophet went to King Hezekiah and asked, "What did those men say, and where did they come from?" "From a distant land," Hezekiah replied. "They came from Babylon."
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The prophet asked, "What did they see in your palace?" "They saw everything in my palace," Hezekiah said. "There is nothing among my treasures that I did not show them."
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Then Isaiah said to Hezekiah, "Hear the word of the LORD:
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The time will surely come when everything in your palace, and all that your fathers have stored up until this day, will be carried off to Babylon. Nothing will be left, says the LORD.
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And some of your descendants, your own flesh and blood, that will be born to you, will be taken away, and they will become eunuchs in the palace of the king of Babylon."
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"The word of the LORD you have spoken is good," Hezekiah replied. For he thought, "Will there not be peace and security in my lifetime?"
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As for the other events of Hezekiah's reign, all his achievements and how he made the pool and the tunnel by which he brought water into the city, are they not written in the book of the annals of the kings of Judah?
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Hezekiah rested with his fathers. And Manasseh his son succeeded him as king.

Psalm chapter 75

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For the director of music. [To the tune of] "Do Not Destroy." A psalm of Asaph. A song. We give thanks to you, O God, we give thanks, for your Name is near; men tell of your wonderful deeds.
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You say, "I choose the appointed time; it is I who judge uprightly.
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When the earth and all its people quake, it is I who hold its pillars firm. Selah
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To the arrogant I say, 'Boast no more,' and to the wicked, 'Do not lift up your horns.
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Do not lift your horns against heaven; do not speak with outstretched neck.'"
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No one from the east or the west or from the desert can exalt a man.
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But it is God who judges: He brings one down, he exalts another.
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In the hand of the LORD is a cup full of foaming wine mixed with spices; he pours it out, and all the wicked of the earth drink it down to its very dregs.
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As for me, I will declare this forever; I will sing praise to the God of Jacob.
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I will cut off the horns of all the wicked, but the horns of the righteous will be lifted up.

Isaiah chapter 38

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In those days Hezekiah became ill and was at the point of death. The prophet Isaiah son of Amoz went to him and said, "This is what the LORD says: Put your house in order, because you are going to die; you will not recover."
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Hezekiah turned his face to the wall and prayed to the LORD,
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"Remember, O LORD, how I have walked before you faithfully and with wholehearted devotion and have done what is good in your eyes." And Hezekiah wept bitterly.
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Then the word of the LORD came to Isaiah:
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"Go and tell Hezekiah, 'This is what the LORD, the God of your father David, says: I have heard your prayer and seen your tears; I will add fifteen years to your life.
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And I will deliver you and this city from the hand of the king of Assyria. I will defend this city.
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"'This is the LORD's sign to you that the LORD will do what he has promised:
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I will make the shadow cast by the sun go back the ten steps it has gone down on the stairway of Ahaz.'" So the sunlight went back the ten steps it had gone down.
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A writing of Hezekiah king of Judah after his illness and recovery:
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I said, "In the prime of my life must I go through the gates of death and be robbed of the rest of my years?"
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I said, "I will not again see the LORD, the LORD, in the land of the living; no longer will I look on mankind, or be with those who now dwell in this world.
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Like a shepherd's tent my house has been pulled down and taken from me. Like a weaver I have rolled up my life, and he has cut me off from the loom; day and night you made an end of me.
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I waited patiently till dawn, but like a lion he broke all my bones; day and night you made an end of me.
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I cried like a swift or thrush, I moaned like a mourning dove. My eyes grew weak as I looked to the heavens. I am troubled; O Lord, come to my aid!"
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But what can I say? He has spoken to me, and he himself has done this. I will walk humbly all my years because of this anguish of my soul.
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Lord, by such things men live; and my spirit finds life in them too. You restored me to health and let me live.
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Surely it was for my benefit that I suffered such anguish. In your love you kept me from the pit of destruction; you have put all my sins behind your back.
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For the grave cannot praise you, death cannot sing your praise; those who go down to the pit cannot hope for your faithfulness.
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The living, the living-- they praise you, as I am doing today; fathers tell their children about your faithfulness.
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The LORD will save me, and we will sing with stringed instruments all the days of our lives in the temple of the LORD.
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Isaiah had said, "Prepare a poultice of figs and apply it to the boil, and he will recover."
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Hezekiah had asked, "What will be the sign that I will go up to the temple of the LORD?"

Isaiah chapter 39

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At that time Merodach-Baladan son of Baladan king of Babylon sent Hezekiah letters and a gift, because he had heard of his illness and recovery.
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Hezekiah received the envoys gladly and showed them what was in his storehouses-- the silver, the gold, the spices, the fine oil, his entire armory and everything found among his treasures. There was nothing in his palace or in all his kingdom that Hezekiah did not show them.
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Then Isaiah the prophet went to King Hezekiah and asked, "What did those men say, and where did they come from?" "From a distant land," Hezekiah replied. "They came to me from Babylon."
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The prophet asked, "What did they see in your palace?" "They saw everything in my palace," Hezekiah said. "There is nothing among my treasures that I did not show them."
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Then Isaiah said to Hezekiah, "Hear the word of the LORD Almighty:
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The time will surely come when everything in your palace, and all that your fathers have stored up until this day, will be carried off to Babylon. Nothing will be left, says the LORD.
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And some of your descendants, your own flesh and blood who will be born to you, will be taken away, and they will become eunuchs in the palace of the king of Babylon."
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"The word of the LORD you have spoken is good," Hezekiah replied. For he thought, "There will be peace and security in my lifetime."

1 Peter chapter 2

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Therefore, rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind.
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Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation,
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now that you have tasted that the Lord is good.
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As you come to him, the living Stone-- rejected by men but chosen by God and precious to him--
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you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.
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For in Scripture it says: "See, I lay a stone in Zion, a chosen and precious cornerstone, and the one who trusts in him will never be put to shame."
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Now to you who believe, this stone is precious. But to those who do not believe, "The stone the builders rejected has become the capstone,"
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and, "A stone that causes men to stumble and a rock that makes them fall." They stumble because they disobey the message-- which is also what they were destined for.
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But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.
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Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.
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Dear friends, I urge you, as aliens and strangers in the world, to abstain from sinful desires, which war against your soul.
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Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us.
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Submit yourselves for the Lord's sake to every authority instituted among men: whether to the king, as the supreme authority,
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or to governors, who are sent by him to punish those who do wrong and to commend those who do right.
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For it is God's will that by doing good you should silence the ignorant talk of foolish men.
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Live as free men, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as servants of God.
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Show proper respect to everyone: Love the brotherhood of believers, fear God, honor the king.
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Slaves, submit yourselves to your masters with all respect, not only to those who are good and considerate, but also to those who are harsh.
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For it is commendable if a man bears up under the pain of unjust suffering because he is conscious of God.
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But how is it to your credit if you receive a beating for doing wrong and endure it? But if you suffer for doing good and you endure it, this is commendable before God.
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To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps.
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"He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in his mouth."
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When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted himself to him who judges justly.
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He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed.
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For you were like sheep going astray, but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.