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30 [a] “This will be your reminder that I have spoken the truth:[b] This year you will eat what grows wild,[c] and next year[d] what grows on its own. But the year after that[e] you will plant seed and harvest crops; you will plant vines and consume their produce.[f]

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  1. Isaiah 37:30 tn At this point the word concerning the king of Assyria (vv. 22-29) ends, and the Lord again addresses Hezekiah and the people directly (see v. 21).
  2. Isaiah 37:30 tn Heb “and this is your sign.” In this case the אוֹת (ʾot, “sign”) is a future reminder of God’s intervention designated before the actual intervention takes place. For similar “signs” see Exod 3:12 and Isa 7:14-25.
  3. Isaiah 37:30 sn This refers to crops that grew up on their own (that is, without cultivation) from the seed planted in past years.
  4. Isaiah 37:30 tn Heb “and in the second year” (so ASV).
  5. Isaiah 37:30 tn Heb “in the third year” (so KJV, NAB).
  6. Isaiah 37:30 tn The four plural imperatival verb forms in v. 30b are used rhetorically. The Lord commands the people to plant, harvest, etc. to emphasize the certainty of restored peace and prosperity.

30 “This will be the sign(A) for you, Hezekiah:

“This year(B) you will eat what grows by itself,
    and the second year what springs from that.
But in the third year(C) sow and reap,
    plant vineyards(D) and eat their fruit.(E)

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