1 At that timeThis was the first king of Babylon, who overcame the Assyrians in the tenth year of his reign.Merodachbaladan, the son of Baladan, king of Babylon, sentPartly moved with the greatness of this miracle, partly because he showed himself an enemy to their enemies, but chiefly bacause he would join with them whom God favoured and have their help if needed.letters and a present to Hezekiah: for he had heard that he had been sick, and had recovered.
2 And Hezekiah wasRead (2Ki_20:13; 2Ch_32:25, 2Ch_32:31).glad of them, and showed them the house of his precious things, the silver, and the gold, and the spices, and the precious ointment, and all the house of his armour, and all that was found in his treasuries: there was nothing in his house, nor in all his dominion, that Hezekiah did not show them.
3 Then came Isaiah the Prophet vnto King Hezekiah, & said vnto him, What said these men? and from whence came they to thee? And Hezekiah saide, They are come from a farre countrey vnto me, from Babel.
4 Then said he, What haveHe asks him of the particulars, to make him understand the craft of the wicked, which he before being overcome with their flattery and blinded with ambition, could not see.they seen in thy house? And Hezekiah answered, All that [is] in my house have they seen: there is nothing among my treasures that I have not showed them.
5 And Isaiah saide to Hezekiah, Heare the worde of the Lord of hostes,
6 Behold, the days come, that all that [is] in thy house, and [that] which thy fathers have laid up in store until this day, shall beBy the grievousness of the punishment is declared how greatly God detested ambition and vain glory.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 beThat is, officers and servants.eunuchs in the palace of the king of Babylon.
8 Read (2Ki_20:19).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.