Jamieson, Fausset, and Brown
HEZEKIAH'S LIFE LENGTHENED. (II Kings 20:1-7)
In those days was Hezekiah sick—As his reign lasted twenty-nine years (II Kings 18:2), and his kingdom was invaded in the fourteenth (II Kings 18:13), it is evident that this sudden and severe illness must have occurred in the very year of the Syrian invasion. Between the threatened attack and the actual appearance of the enemy, this incident in Hezekiah's history must have taken place. But according to the usage of the sacred historian, the story of Sennacherib is completed before entering on what was personal to the king of Judah (see also Isa. 37:36-38:1).
Set thine house in order—Isaiah, being of the blood royal, might have access to the king's private house. But since the prophet was commissioned to make this announcement, the message must be considered as referring to matters of higher importance than the settlement of the king's domestic and private affairs. It must have related chiefly to the state of his kingdom, he having not as yet any son (compare II Kings 20:6 with II Kings 21:1).
for thou shall die, and not live—The disease was of a malignant character and would be mortal in its effects, unless the healing power of God should miraculously interpose.
Other Jamieson, Fausset, and Brown entries containing 2 Kings 20:1:
2 Kings 20:1
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