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King James Version
2 Kings 20:7

And Isaiah said, Take a lump of figs. And they took and laid it on the boil, and he recovered.

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Commentaries:

- Clarke Commentary;   Birdgeway Bible Commentary;   Barne's Notes;   Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes;   Chuck Smith Commentary;   Dummelow's Commentary on the Bible ;   Constable's Expository Notes;   Ellicott's Commentary;   Meyer's Commentary;   Gaebelein's Annotated;   Morgan's Biblical Exposition;   Gill's Exposition;   Everett's Study Notes;   Geneva Study Bible;   Haydock's Catholic Commentary;   Commentary Critical and Explanatory - Unabridged;   The People's Bible;   Sutcliffe's Commentary;   Trapp's Commentary;   Keil & Delitzsch;   Kretzmann's Popular Commentary of the Bible;   Lange's Commentary on the Holy Scriptures;   Grant's Commentary;   Henry's Complete;   Henry's Concise;   Poole's Annotations;   Pett's Bible Commentary;   Peake's Bible Commentary;   Preacher's Homiletical Commentary;   Hawker's Poor Man's Commentary;   Benson's Commentary;   Spurgeon's Verse Expositions;   Biblical Illustrator;   Expositor's Bible;   Pulpit Commentaries;   Treasury of Knowledge;   Whedon's Commentary;  

Concordances:

- Nave's Topical Bible - Blessing;   Boil;   Disease;   Faith;   Fig;   Hezekiah;   Isaiah;   Prayer;   Rulers;   Thompson Chain Reference - Agriculture-Horticulture;   Boils;   Disease;   Diseases;   Figs;   Fruit, Natural;   Health-Disease;   Miracles;   Prevention and Cure of Diseases;   Remedies;   Torrey's Topical Textbook - Diseases;   Fig-Tree, the;   Miracles Wrought through Servants of God;  

Dictionaries:

- American Tract Society Bible Dictionary - Fig;   Miracle;   Bridgeway Bible Dictionary - Disease;   Healing;   Hezekiah;   Baker Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology - Heal, Health;   Miracle;   Easton Bible Dictionary - Boil;   Fig;   Holman Bible Dictionary - Boil;   Sore;   Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - Fig;   Food;   Isaiah, Book of;   Israel;   Medicine;   Plaister, Plaster;   Text, Versions, and Languages of Ot;   Writing;   Morrish Bible Dictionary - Boil;   The Hawker's Poor Man's Concordance And Dictionary - Hezekiah;   Manasseh;   People's Dictionary of the Bible - Hezekiah;   Watson's Biblical & Theological Dictionary - Urim and Thummim;  

Encyclopedias:

- Condensed Biblical Cyclopedia - Kingdom of Judah;   International Standard Bible Encyclopedia - Dial of Ahaz, the;   Fig;   Food;   Heal;   Hosea;   Text of the Old Testament;   The Jewish Encyclopedia - Fig and Fig-Tree;  

Parallel Translations

The Amplified Bible
And Isaiah said, Bring a cake of figs. Let them lay it on the burning inflammation, that he may recover.

American Standard Version
And Isaiah said, Take a cake of figs. And they took and laid it on the boil, and he recovered.

The Complete Jewish Bible
Then Yesha'yahu said, "Prepare a fig-plaster." They brought it and laid it on the inflammation, so that he would recover.

Darby's Translation
And Isaiah said, Take a cake of figs. And they took and laid it on the boil, and he recovered.

Bible in Basic English
Then Isaiah said, Take a cake of figs. So they took it and put it on his wound, and he got better.

Contemporary English Version
Then Isaiah said to the king's servants, "Bring some mashed figs and place them on the king's open sore. He will then get well."

English Standard Version
And Isaiah said, "Bring a cake of figs. And let them take and lay it on the boil, that he may recover."

Easy-to-Read Version
Then Isaiah said, "Make a mixture of figs {and put it on the sore place}." So they took the mixture of figs and put it on {Hezekiah's} sore place. Then Hezekiah got well.

George Lamsa Translation of the Peshitta
And Isaiah said. Let them take a cake of figs and lay it on the boil and he shall recover.

Brenton Translaton of the Septuagint (LXX)
And he said, Let them take a cake of figs, and lay it upon the ulcer, and he shall be well.

The Geneva Bible (1587)
Then Isaiah sayde, Take a lumpe of dry figges. And they tooke it, and layed it on the boyle, and he recouered.

New American Standard Version
Then Isaiah said, "Take a cake of figs." And they took and laid it on the boil, and he recovered.

English Revised Version
And Isaiah said, Take a cake of figs. And they took and laid it on the boil, and he recovered.

The Bishop's Bible (1568)
And Isai sayd: Take a lumpe of dried figges. And they toke and layed it on the sore, and he recouered.

Good News Translation
Then Isaiah told the king's attendants to put on his boil a paste made of figs, and he would get well.

Holman Christian Standard
Then Isaiah said, "Bring a lump of pressed figs." So they brought it and applied it to his infected skin, and he recovered.

Hebrew Names Version
Yesha`yahu said, Take a cake of figs. They took and laid it on the boil, and he recovered.

J.P. Green Literal Translation
And Isaiah said, Take a cake of figs; and they took and laid it on the boil; and he recovered.

Miles Coverdale Bible (1535)
And Esay sayde: Bringe hither a quantite of fygges. And whan they broughte them, they layed them vpon the sore, and it was healed.

New Living Translation
Then Isaiah said to Hezekiah's servants, "Make an ointment from figs and spread it over the boil." They did this, and Hezekiah recovered!

New International Version
Then Isaiah said, “Prepare a poultice of figs.” They did so and applied it to the boil, and he recovered.

New King James
Then Isaiah said, "Take a lump of figs." So they took and laid it on the boil, and he recovered.

JPS Old Testament
And Isaiah said: 'Take a cake of figs.' And they took and laid it on the boil, and he recovered.

King James Version (1611)
And Isaiah said, Take a lumpe of figs. And they tooke and layd it on the boile, and he recouered.

New Century Version
Then Isaiah said, "Make a paste from figs." So they made it and put it on Hezekiah's boil, and he got well.

New Life Version
Then Isaiah said, "Bring a loaf made of figs. Have them take and lay it on the sore on Hezekiah's body. Then he will be well again." And they took and laid it on the boil and he was healed.

New Revised Standard
Then Isaiah said, "Bring a lump of figs. Let them take it and apply it to the boil, so that he may recover."

The Emphasised Bible
And Isaiah said - Take ye a cake of figs. So they took and laid it upon the boil, and he recovered,

Douay-Rheims Bible
And Isaias said: Bring me a lump of figs. And when they had brought it, and laid it upon his boil, he was healed.

Revised Standard Version
And Isaiah said, "Bring a cake of figs. And let them take and lay it on the boil, that he may recover."

Updated Bible Version 1.9
And Isaiah said, Take a cake of figs. And they took and laid it on the boil, and he recovered.

The Webster Bible
And Isaiah said, Take a lump of figs. And they took and laid [it] on the boil, and he recovered.

World English Bible
Isaiah said, Take a cake of figs. They took and laid it on the boil, and he recovered.

The Wycliffe Bible (1395)
And Ysaie seide, Brynge ye to me a gobet of figis. And whanne thei hadden brouyte it, and hadde putte on `his botche, he was heelid.

Young's Literal Translation
And Isaiah saith, `Take ye a cake of figs;' and they take and lay [it] on the boil, and he reviveth.

The Message
Isaiah then said, "Prepare a plaster of figs." They prepared the plaster, applied it to the boil, and Hezekiah was on his way to recovery.

Lexham English Bible
Then Isaiah said, "Bring a lump of figs," so they took and put it on the skin sores, and he lived.

Contextual Overview

1In those days was Hezekiah sick unto death. And the prophet Isaiah the son of Amoz came to him, and said unto him, Thus saith the LORD, Set thine house in order; for thou shalt die, and not live. 2Then he turned his face to the wall, and prayed unto the LORD, saying, 3I beseech thee, O LORD, remember now how I have walked before thee in truth and with a perfect heart, and have done that which is good in thy sight. And Hezekiah wept sore. 4And it came to pass, afore Isaiah was gone out into the middle court, that the word of the LORD came to him, saying, 5Turn again, and tell Hezekiah the captain of my people, Thus saith the LORD, the God of David thy father, I have heard thy prayer, I have seen thy tears: behold, I will heal thee: on the third day thou shalt go up unto the house of the LORD. 6And I will add unto thy days fifteen years; and I will deliver thee and this city out of the hand of the king of Assyria; and I will defend this city for mine own sake, and for my servant David's sake. 7And Isaiah said, Take a lump of figs. And they took and laid it on the boil, and he recovered. 8And Hezekiah said unto Isaiah, What shall be the sign that the LORD will heal me, and that I shall go up into the house of the LORD the third day? 9And Isaiah said, This sign shalt thou have of the LORD, that the LORD will do the thing that he hath spoken: shall the shadow go forward ten degrees, or go back ten degrees? 10And Hezekiah answered, It is a light thing for the shadow to go down ten degrees: nay, but let the shadow return backward ten degrees.

Verse Review

from
Treasury of Scripure Knowledge

And Isaiah said, Take a lump of figs. And they took and laid it on the boil, and he recovered.
Take a lump
2:20-22; 4:41; Isaiah 38:21
the boil
The word shechin, from the Arabic sachana, to be hot, signifies an inflammatory tumour, or burning boil; and some think that Hezekiah's malady was a pleurisy; others, that it was the plague; and others, the elephantiasis, a species of leprosy, as one of the Hexapla versions renders in Job 2:7. A poultice of figs might be very proper to maturate a boil, or dismiss any obstinate inflammatory swelling; but we need not discuss its propriety in this case, because it was as much the means which God chose to bless for his recovery, as the clay which Christ moistened to anoint the eyes of the blind man; for in both cases, without Divine interposition the cure could not have been effected.

Cross-References

Genesis 2:17
But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.

Genesis 12:15
The princes also of Pharaoh saw her, and commended her before Pharaoh: and the woman was taken into Pharaoh's house.

Genesis 12:17
And the LORD plagued Pharaoh and his house with great plagues because of Sarai Abram's wife.

Genesis 20:1
And Abraham journeyed from thence toward the south country, and dwelled between Kadesh and Shur, and sojourned in Gerar.

Genesis 20:2
And Abraham said of Sarah his wife, She is my sister: and Abimelech king of Gerar sent, and took Sarah.

Genesis 20:3
But God came to Abimelech in a dream by night, and said to him, Behold, thou art but a dead man, for the woman which thou hast taken; for she is a man's wife.

Genesis 20:4
But Abimelech had not come near her: and he said, Lord, wilt thou slay also a righteous nation?

Genesis 20:5
Said he not unto me, She is my sister? and she, even she herself said, He is my brother: in the integrity of my heart and innocency of my hands have I done this.

Genesis 20:6
And God said unto him in a dream, Yea, I know that thou didst this in the integrity of thy heart; for I also withheld thee from sinning against me: therefore suffered I thee not to touch her.

Genesis 20:9
Then Abimelech called Abraham, and said unto him, What hast thou done unto us? and what have I offended thee, that thou hast brought on me and on my kingdom a great sin? thou hast done deeds unto me that ought not to be done.

Gill's Notes on the Bible

And Isaiah said, take a lump of figs,.... Not moist figs, but a cake of dried figs, as the word used signifies, and so the less likely to have any effect in curing the boil:

and they took, and laid it on the boil, and he recovered; made a plaster of it, and laid it on the ulcer, and it was healed. Physicians observe, that as such like inflammations consist in a painful extension of the fibres by the hinderance of the circulation of the blood, through the extreme little arteries, which may be mitigated, or dissipated, or ripened, by such things as are emollient and loosening, so consequently by figs; and, in a time of pestilence, figs beaten together with butter and treacle have been applied to plague of boils with great success; yet these figs being only a cake of dry figs, and, the boil not only malignant, but deadly, and the cure so suddenly performed, show that this was done not in a natural, but in a supernatural way, though means were directed to be made use of.

Barnes' Notes on the Bible

A lump of figs - The usual remedy in the East, even at the present day, for ordinary boils. But such a remedy would not naturally cure the dangerous tumor or carbuncle from which Hezekiah suffered. Thus the means used in this miracle were means having a tendency toward the result performed by them, but insufficient of themselves to produce that result (compare 2 Kings 4:34 note).

Clarke's Notes on the Bible

Take a lump of figs - and laid it on the boil - We cannot exactly say in what Hezekiah's malady consisted. שחין shechin signifies any inflammatory tumour, boil, abscess, etc. The versions translate it sore, wound, and such like. Some think it was a pleurisy; others, that it was the plague; others, the elephantiasis; and others, that it was a quinsey. A poultice of figs might be very proper to maturate a boil, or to discuss any obstinate inflammatory swelling. This Pliny remarks, Omnibus quae maturanda ant discutienda sunt imponuntur. But we cannot pronounce on the propriety of the application, unless we were certain of the nature of the malady. This, however was the natural means which God chose to bless to the recovery of Hezekiah's health; and without this interposition he must have died.


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