“Glory To The Lamb Jesus”/Isaiah 39, “Envoys From Babylon,” cont’d

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“I’m Gonna Be Ready,” Yolanda Adams 

“Envoys From Babylon,” Isaiah 39:5) 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.

Nelson’s Compact Bible Commentary – v5, 6, Lord Of Hosts:  This Title Describes The Lord As Commander And Chief Of The Angelic Armies.  v7, 8, Eunuchs were royal officials or servants who were often castrated to keep them from being a threat to the king’s harem.

Quest Study Bible – v5-8, “Why would Hezekiah think that God’s Judgment Was Good?”  Maybe Hezekiah pronounced this Judgment Good because he felt he deserved much worse.  God Could Have Brought All This About During Hezekiah’s Own Lifetime.  Another possibility is that good simply meant that he felt the Judgment was appropriate.  Just because he agreed with the Judgment doesn’t mean that Hezekiah didn’t care about the future of his descendants.  Yes, he would enjoy peace and security in his lifetime, but he would have to live with the knowledge that hard times were in store for his descendants.  Its unlikely that Hezekiah was thinking only of himself.

Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – This Chapter is the same as 2 Kings 20:12-19.

John Gill’s Exposition Of The Bible – v5, Then said Isaiah to Hezekiah  Now he begins to let him know that he came not of himself, and that he did not ask these questions to gratify his own curiosity, but that he came from The Lord, and with A Word of Rebuke From Jim: Hear The Word Of The Lord Of Hosts; a greater King than thou art, who art so elated with thy riches, and grandeur, and fame; or than the king of Babylon, whose ambassadors these are; even the King of kings, and Lord of armies above and below, and Who Is Able To Make Good Every Word That Is Spoken By Him, and Therefore Should Be Solemnly Attended To.  v6,  Behold, the days come  Or, “are coming F5“; and which quickly came; after a few reigns more, even in Jehoiakim’s time: 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;  as it was, when Jehoiakim king of Judah, his mother, servants, princes, and officers, were taken by the king of Babylon, and carried captive, and along with them the treasures of the king’s house, and also all The Treasures Of The House Of The Lord, ( 2 Kings 24:12 2 Kings 24:13 ) : Nothing Shall Be Left, Saith The Lord;  this was, measure for measure; as there was nothing that was not shown to the ambassadors, so nothing should be left (all shall be taken) away by the Babylonians.  v7,   And of thy sons that shall issue from thee, which thou shalt beget, shall they    take away  Manasseh his immediate son was taken and carried to Babylon, though afterwards released; nor does it appear that he was made a eunuch or an officer there; this had its fulfillment in Jeconiah and his children, and in others that were of the seed royal, as Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, to whom the Jewish commentators apply this; this is expressed in different words, signifying much the same, to affect the mind of Hezekiah the more: and they shall be eunuchs in the palace of the king of Babylon;  or “chamberlains”; and who very often were castrated for that purpose, though it does not necessarily signify such, being used of officers in general. (It is rendered) “princes” F6; and such an one was Daniel in the court of the king of Babylon; and his three companions were also promoted, ( Daniel 2:48 Daniel 2:49 ) ( 3:30 ) .  v8,  Then said Hezekiah to Isaiah, Good Is The Word Of The Lord which thou hast spoken  Hezekiah was at once convinced of his sin, acknowledged it and repented of it, and owned that the sentence pronounced was but Just and Right; and that there was a mixture of Mercy and Goodness in It, in that time was given, and it was not immediately executed: he said moreover, for there shall be peace and truth in my days;  or a confirmed peace, lasting prosperity, peace in the state, and Truth In The Church, Plenty Of Temporal (Earthly) Mercies, and The Truth of Doctrine and Worship, which he understood by the Prophet would continue in his days, and for which he was thankful; not that he was unconcerned about posterity, but inasmuch as it must be, what was foretold, and which he could not object to as unjust, he looked upon it as a Mercy to him that there was a delay of it to future times; (and Hoping) “O that there were peace” F7    

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