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Hezekiah’s Failure

39 Shortly after Hezekiah was healed of his illness, the king of Babylon, Merodach-Baladan,[a] son of Baladan,[b] heard that King Hezekiah had been deathly ill and had recovered. So he sent envoys carrying letters and a lavish gift. Delighted by the king’s gesture, and having a desire to impress them, Hezekiah welcomed the envoys from Babylon and opened the doors of the king’s storehouses of treasures and showed them to the envoys. He let them see all of his gold, silver, spices, and costly fragrant oils, as well as his entire armory. All of the king’s royal treasures, all that was in the king’s palace, and all the wealth of his whole kingdom was shown to them.

Then Isaiah the prophet visited the king and said to him, “What have you done? What did these men say and where did they come from?”

Hezekiah replied, “They are envoys from distant Babylon.”

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  1. Isaiah 39:1 Merodach-Baladan means “god of blood and slaughter, mars, war, murder.”
  2. Isaiah 39:1 Baladan means “Baal is his lord.”

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