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1At that time Meroʹdach-balʹadan the son of Balʹadan, king of Babylon, sent envoys with letters and a present to Hezekiʹah, for he heard that he had been sick and had recovered. 2And Hezekiʹah welcomed them; and he showed them his treasure house, the silver, the gold, the spices, the precious oil, his whole armory, all that was found in his storehouses. There was nothing in his house or in all his realm that Hezekiʹah did not show them. 3Then Isaiah the prophet came to King Hezekiʹah, and said to him, “What did these men say? And whence did they come to you?” Hezekiʹah said, “They have come to me from a far country, from Babylon.” 4He said, “What have they seen in your house?” Hezekiʹah answered, “They have seen all that is in my house; there is nothing in my storehouses that I did not show them.”

5Then Isaiah said to Hezekiʹah, “Hear the word of the Lord of hosts: 6Behold, the days are coming, when all that is in your house, and that which your fathers have stored up till this day, shall be carried to Babylon; nothing shall be left, says the Lord. 7And some of your own sons, who are born to you, shall be taken away; and they shall be eunuchs in the palace of the king of Babylon.” 8Then said Hezekiʹah to Isaiah, “The word of the Lord which you have spoken is good.” For he thought, “There will be peace and security in my days.”

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