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2 Kings 20:6

I will add fifteen years to your life, and I will deliver you and this city from the hand of the king of Assyria; and I will defend this city for My own sake and for My servant David's sake."'"
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Concordances:
Nave's Topical Bible - Blessing;   Disease;   Faith;   Hezekiah;   Isaiah;   Prayer;   Rulers;  
Dictionaries:
Bridgeway Bible Dictionary - Healing;   Hezekiah;   Baker Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology - Deliver;   Heal, Health;   Miracle;   Holman Bible Dictionary - Prophecy, Prophets;   Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - Isaiah, Book of;   Israel;   Text, Versions, and Languages of Ot;   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;   Heal;   Kings, Books of;   Text of the Old Testament;   The Jewish Encyclopedia - Isaiah;  

Adam Clarke Commentary

I will add unto thy days fifteen years - This is the first and only man who was ever informed of the term of his life. And was this a privilege! Surely no. If Hezekiah was attached to life, as he appears to have been, how must his mind be affected to mark the sinking years! He knew he was to die at the end of fifteen years; and how must he feel at the end of every year, when he saw that so much was cut off from life? He must necessarily feel a thousand deaths in fearing one. I believe there would be nothing wanting to complete the misery of men, except the place of torment, were they informed of the precise time in which their lives must terminate. God, in his abundant mercy, has hidden this from their eyes.

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Clarke, Adam. "Commentary on 2 Kings 20:6". "The Adam Clarke Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/acc/2-kings-20.html. 1832.

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible

The king of Assyria in 714 and 713 B.C. was Sargon (B.C. 721-705). If then the Biblical and Assyrian chronologies which agree exactly in the year of the taking of Samaria (721 B.C.), are to be depended on, the king of Assyria here must have been Sargon. It may be conjectured that he had taken offence at something in the conduct of Hezekiah, and have threatened Jerusalem about this time (compare Isaiah 20:6). There is, however, no evidence of actual hostilities between Judaea and Assyria in Sargon‘s reign.

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Barnes, Albert. "Commentary on 2 Kings 20:6". "Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/2-kings-20.html. 1870.

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

And I will add unto thy days fifteen years,.... See Gill on Isaiah 38:5.

and I will deliver thee, and this city, out of the hand of the king of Assyria; by which it appears that this sickness and recovery were before the destruction of the Assyrian army:

and I will defend this city for mine own sake, and for my servant David's sake: for the sake of his honour and glory in the temple, and the service of it, that were in Jerusalem, and for the sake of his promise to David and his seed.

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Gill, John. "Commentary on 2 Kings 20:6". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/2-kings-20.html. 1999.

Wesley's Explanatory Notes

And 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.

Fifteen years — We have not an instance of any other, who was told before-hand just how long, he should live. God has wisely kept us at uncertainties, that we may be always ready.

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Wesley, John. "Commentary on 2 Kings 20:6". "John Wesley's Explanatory Notes on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/wen/2-kings-20.html. 1765.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

2 Kings 20:6 And 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.

Ver. 6. And I will add unto thy days fifteen years.] Thus God’s grant to Hezekiah’s prayer was not more speedy than bountiful. We are wont to reckon seven years for the life of a man, and now, behold, more than two lives hath God added to the age of Hezekiah. This also he did for him, notwithstanding those flaws in his prayer, those distrustful I said’s, [Isaiah 38:10-11, &c.} and albeit he foresaw that Hezekiah would "not render again according to the benefit done unto him." {2 Chronicles 32:25]

And I will deliver thee and this city.] Thus God is better to his people than their prayers; he doth for them "exceeding abundantly above all that they ask or think." [Ephesians 3:20] Piscator here hence concludeth that Hezekiah began to be sick presently after the promise made of sending away the Assyrian out of the land. [2 Kings 19:32]

And for my servant David’s sake,] i.e., For my promise’s sake made to David. See on 2 Kings 20:5.

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Trapp, John. "Commentary on 2 Kings 20:6". John Trapp Complete Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/2-kings-20.html. 1865-1868.

Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible

Fifteen years beyond what thou dost expect, and beyond what thou wouldst do if I should leave thee to the force of thy disease.

Out of the hand of the king of Assyria; this is added, either, first, Because he might otherwise fear the Assyrian’s return to this city, from which he was so shamefully repulsed. Or, secondly, Because this sickness happened before that great slaughter, 2 Kings 19:35; of which See Poole "2 Kings 20:1".

For mine own sake; to vindicate my glory against that insolent blasphemer.

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Poole, Matthew, "Commentary on 2 Kings 20:6". Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/mpc/2-kings-20.html. 1685.

Whedon's Commentary on the Bible

6.I will add unto thy days fifteen years — A remarkable announcement, and of doubtful worth to Hezekiah. These additional years would not yet make him an old man, and most of them would be too apt to be spent in carnal security. And they produced an heir whose life and reign were a calamity to the kingdom.

Out of the hand of the king of Assyria — This clearly indicates that these events occurred at the time of the Assyrian invasion. See note on 2 Kings 20:12.

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Whedon, Daniel. "Commentary on 2 Kings 20:6". "Whedon's Commentary on the Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/whe/2-kings-20.html. 1874-1909.

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments

2 Kings 20:6. I will add to thy days fifteen years — Beyond what thou dost now expect, and beyond the time thou wouldst live if I left thee to the force of thy disease. We have not an instance of any other who was told beforehand just how long he should live. God has wisely kept us at uncertainties, that we may be always ready.

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Benson, Joseph. "Commentary on 2 Kings 20:6". Joseph Benson's Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/rbc/2-kings-20.html. 1857.

George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary

Assyrians. It is commonly supposed that this alludes to Sennacherib. But it might refer to his son, who was sending an army, Isaias xx. 1. We ought not to alter the scriptural order of the transactions, without cogent reasons.

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Haydock, George Leo. "Commentary on 2 Kings 20:6". "George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/hcc/2-kings-20.html. 1859.

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

fifteen years. 603-588 B.C.

defend = be a shield to. Compare 2 Kings 19:34.

My servant David"s sake. See note on 2 Kings 20:5 and Psa 132.

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Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on 2 Kings 20:6". "E.W. Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bul/2-kings-20.html. 1909-1922.

Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers

(6) I will add unto thy days fifteen years.—In the Jewish reckoning fourteen years and a fraction of a year would count as fifteen years. With this very definite prediction comp. Isaiah 7:8; Isaiah 23:15; Jeremiah 25:11-12.

And I will deliver thee . . .—So that the Assyrians had not yet retired from the West. For the rest of the verse see 2 Kings 19:34.

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Ellicott, Charles John. "Commentary on 2 Kings 20:6". "Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/ebc/2-kings-20.html. 1905.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

And 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.
I will add
Psalms 116:15; Acts 27:24
I will defend
19:34; 2 Chronicles 32:22; Isaiah 10:24
Reciprocal: Psalm 41:3 - strengthen;  Isaiah 37:35 - I will;  Jonah 3:4 - Yet

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on 2 Kings 20:6". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/2-kings-20.html.