Reading Isaiah’s Mind – Chapter – 39 – verses 1 – 8

Envoys from Babylon

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Hezekiah was sick, but still clinging to life!

1. At that time, Merodach (those who teach that; those who guide that ; those who inculcate that) Baladan ( “Ba’al is my Lord”; “Ba’al is my master”) who were all sons (zealous supporters of; believers of ;  practitioners of ; adherents of)  Baladan  (“Ba’al is my Lord”; “Ba’al is my master”) as the King (rule of thumb; main idea; #1 priority; first-principle)  of Babylon (confusion; mix-up ; misrepresentation ; disorder).  Merodach Baladan sent condolences (sympathies; flattery;  silver-tongued -words)   and gifts (tribute; bribes) to Hezekiah (“Every Israelite who holds fast to his God”) because they heard (knew) that Hezekiah (“Every Israelite who holds fast to his God”) had become ill (weakened; vulnerable; worn down in strength; wearied; confused) but was still clinging to life.

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2. Hezekiah (“Every Israelite who holds fast to his God, Jehovah”) was so appreciative and grateful about these expressions of condolence and gifts , that Hezekiah tried to explain the inexplicable to these Babylonian envoys (“messengers of confusion and misrepresentation”),  having in mind, to get hold of the  Valuables of Israel’s House  (precious things of the family or dynasty), namely,  the silver (birthright; spiritual  wealth and riches) and especially the gold  (shiny-brilliance)  and their balsam (sweet-smell; perfume; agreeableness and spices)  and their oil (anointing by Jehovah )  and the over-all goodness of Israel’s people as well as knowing the inner-most desires of this generation of Israel’s people and everything that this generation of Israel’s people found among the treasures  priesthood authority in this generation. There was nothing in the house or in the kingdom that Hezekiah did  not show (reveal ) to them them.

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Isaiah asks two important questions!

3. Then,the prophet Isaiah (Salvation offered by Jehovah”)   ,  went unto king Hezekiah and asked him, “What did those men have to say?” and “From what place did those men come in order to see you ?” Hezekiah replied, “From a distant (far away; condescending; aloof; unfriendly) land (people; society ) …they came all the way from Babylon (confusion; mix-up; misrepresentation; disorder). “

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4. And Isaiah asked, “What did you let them see in your house (palace; dynasty) ?” And Hezekiah replied, “Everything…they saw everything that is in our house (dynasty; family; palace) . There is nothing in the house (palace ) that I did not show (reveal) to them, including all of our treasures.

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“Hear the Word of the Lord…”

5. Then Isaiah said to Hezekiah (“Every Israelite who holds fast to his God, Jehovah”), “Hear the word of the Lord of Hosts….

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6. Surely (without any doubt) The days (times)  are soon coming when everything that is in your house  will be carried off by Babylon (confusion; mix-up; misrepresentation; disorder) and everything precious to you and to your forefathers from their  time until this very day,  will likewise be carried-off by Babylon (confusion; mix-up; misrepresentation; disorder) and Babylon will leave you nothing!”, saith the Lord.

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Eunuch7. And those who will descend from you,  who will emerge from your loins (that you will father) will also be taken away from you and they will become eunuchs (castrated; emasculated;  cowardly indecisive men) in the palace of the King of Babylon (confusion; misrepresentation; disorder; mix-up).

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8. And  Hezekiah replied to Isaiah (“Salvation offered by Jehovah”),  “The word you have spoken is good because in my lifetime I will see peace and security.”

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