aIn those days Hezekiah became mortally ill. And bIsaiah the prophet the son of Amoz came to him and said to him, "Thus says the Lord, 'cSet your house in order, for you shall die and not live.'"
Then Hezekiah turned his face to the wall and prayed to the Lord,
and said, "aRemember now, O Lord, I beseech You, how I have bwalked before You in truth and with a cwhole heart, and dhave done what is good in Your sight." And Hezekiah ewept bitterly.
Then the word of the Lord came to Isaiah, saying,
"Go and say to Hezekiah, 'Thus says the Lord, the God of your father David, "I have heard your prayer, I have seen your tears; behold, I will add afifteen years to your life.
"I will adeliver you and this city from the hand of the king of Assyria; and I will defend this city."'
"This shall be the asign to you from the Lord, that the Lord will do this thing that He has spoken:
"Behold, I will acause the shadow on the stairway, which has gone down with the sun on the stairway of Ahaz, to go back ten steps." So the bsun's shadow went back ten steps on the stairway on which it had gone down.
A writing of Hezekiah king of Judah after his illness and recovery:
I said, "aIn the middle of my life