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38.1–22 : Hezekiah's sickness and recovery

(cf. 2 Kings 20.1–11 ).

1 :

In those days, the event precedes the arrival of the Babylonian delegation ( 39.1 ) and the siege of Jerusalem ( 38.6 ).

3 :

For the form of this petition, see Ps 26 . The narrative reflects the structure of psalms of thanksgiving, but without a confession of having sins (but see 2 Chr 32.24–26 ).

5 :

Fifteen years, calculated on the basis of 2 Kings 18.2,13 .

6 :

See 37.25n.

8 :

Dial (lit. “stairs” or “steps”) is uncertain; the reference may be to the reversal of the natural direction of the shadow on a staircase as the sun was setting. Isaiah is here presented as holy man and miracle‐worker, similar to Elijah and Elisha.

9–20 :

A thanksgiving psalm attributed to Hezekiah,cf. Ps 30; 107 .

10–16 :

Lament and petition.

10 :

Sheol, the underworld.

17–20 :

Announcement of deliverance and promise of liturgical thanksgiving.

18 :

See 26.14n. The Pit, the underworld.

21–22 :

These verses would fit better between vv. 6 and 7 .

21 :

Figs were believed to have a curative as well as aphrodisiac capacity.

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