At that time Merodach‑Baladan, the king of Babylonia, sent Hezekiah letters and a gift. He had heard that Hezekiah had been sick but had gotten well again. Merodach‑Baladan was the son of Baladan.
Hezekiah gladly received the messengers. He showed them what was in his storerooms. He showed them the silver and gold. He took them to where the spices and the fine olive oil were kept. He showed them where he kept all of his weapons. And he showed them all of his treasures. In fact, he showed them everything that was in his palace and in his whole kingdom.
Then I went to King Hezekiah. I asked him, “What did those men say? Where did they come from?” “They came from a land far away,” Hezekiah said. “They came to me from Babylon.”
I asked, “What did they see in your palace?” “They saw everything in my palace,” Hezekiah said. “I showed them all of my treasures.”
Then I said to Hezekiah, “Listen to the message of the Lord who rules over all. He says,
‘You can be sure the time will come when everything in your palace will be carried off to Babylon. Everything the kings before you have stored up until this day will be taken away. There will not be anything left,’ says the Lord.
“ ‘Some of the members of your family line will be taken away. They will be your own flesh and blood. They will include the children who will be born into your family line in years to come. And they will serve the king of Babylonia in his palace.’ ”
“The message the Lord has spoken through you is good,” Hezekiah replied. He thought, “There will be peace and safety while I'm still living.”
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