This chapter serves as a transitional narrative, linking Hezekiah’s reign to the future Babylonian exile. Envoys from Babylon visit Jerusalem, and Hezekiah, in a moment of pride, shows them his entire treasury. Isaiah prophesies that all Hezekiah’s wealth and some of his descendants will be taken to Babylon, foreshadowing the Babylonian captivity. Hezekiah’s response to the prophecy is one of odd relief, as he perceives the peace and security during his lifetime as positive, despite the dire consequences for his descendants. This chapter highlights the consequences of pride and shortsightedness, and it sets the stage for the significant events of the Babylonian exile. It underscores the theme of the interconnectedness of individual actions and the collective fate of a nation.

Isaiah 39

1  At that time Merodachbaladan, the son of Baladan, king of Babylon, sent letters and a present to Hezekiah: for he had heard that he had been sick, and was recovered.

2  And Hezekiah was glad of them, and shewed them the house of his precious things, the silver, and the gold, and the spices, and the precious ointment, and all the house of his armour, and all that was found in his treasures: there was nothing in his house, nor in all his dominion, that Hezekiah shewed them not.

3  Then came Isaiah the prophet unto king Hezekiah, and said unto him, What said these men? and from whence came they unto thee? And Hezekiah said, They are come from a far country unto me, even from Babylon.

4  Then said he, What have they seen in thine house? And Hezekiah answered, All that is in mine house have they seen: there is nothing among my treasures that I have not shewed them.

5  Then said Isaiah to Hezekiah, Hear the word of the LORD of hosts:

6  Behold, the days come, that all that is in thine house, and that which thy fathers have laid up in store until this day, shall be carried to Babylon: nothing shall be left, saith the LORD.

7  And of thy sons that shall issue from thee, which thou shalt beget, shall they take away; and they shall be eunuchs in the palace of the king of Babylon.

8  Then said Hezekiah to Isaiah, Good is the word of the LORD which thou hast spoken. He said moreover, For there shall be peace and truth in my days.

End of Isaiah 39

1 Year Plan:  Sept 24 - Isa 39, Isa 40,  2 Th 3

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