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1 At that time Merodach-Baladan the son of Baladan, king of Babylon, sent letters and gifts to Hezekiah, for he had heard of his illness and recovery. 2 And Hezekiah was glad of them and showed the envoysa his treasury—the silver and gold, the spices and fragrant oils, and his entire armory and all that was in his treasuries. There was nothing in his palace or in all his realm that Hezekiah did not show them.
3 Then the prophet Isaiah came to King Hezekiah and said, What did those men say to you, and where did they come from? And Hezekiah replied, They came from a distant land; they came to me from Babylon. 4 And Isaiahb asked, What did they see in your palace? And Hezekiah said, They saw everything there is in my palace. There is nothing in my treasuries that I did not show them.
5 Then Isaiah said to Hezekiah, Hear the word of Jehovah of Hosts: 6 The time shall come when everything in your palace, and all that your forefathers have treasured up until now, shall be carried away to Babylon. Nothing shall be left, says Jehovah. 7 And from among your own sons, your future offspring and descendants, they shall take some to serve as eunuchs in the palace of the king of Babylon.
8 But Hezekiah said to Isaiah, The word of Jehovah you have spoken is good. For he thought, Then there shall be peace and loyalty during my reign.


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