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The Visit by Merodach-baladan

39 At that time Merodach-baladan, the son of Baladan, king of Babylon, sent letters and a gift to Hezekiah, when[a] he heard he had been sick and had survived.[b] Hezekiah was delighted with them, and showed them everything in[c] his treasure-houses[d]—the silver, the gold, the spices, the precious oils, his entire armory, and everything found in his treasuries. There was nothing in his palace or in all his kingdom[e] that Hezekiah did not show them.

Isaiah Rebukes Hezekiah

Then the prophet Isaiah came to King Hezekiah and asked him, “What did these men have to say? And from where did they come to you?”

Hezekiah replied, “From a distant land—they came to me from Babylon.”

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  1. Isaiah 39:1 So 1QIsaa 1QIsab MT; 4QIsab LXX read because
  2. Isaiah 39:1 So 1QIsaa; 1QIsab MT read had recovered
  3. Isaiah 39:2 So 1QIsaa MTmss; the Heb. lacks in
  4. Isaiah 39:2 So 1QIsaa; MT LXX read treasure-house; MTqere reads his treasure-house
  5. Isaiah 39:2 So 1QIsaa; MT reads realm; LXX lacks kingdom

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