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2 Kings 20:8

Now Hezekiah said to Isaiah, "What will be the sign that the Lord will heal me, and that I shall go up to the house of the Lord the third day?"
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Concordances:
Nave's Topical Bible - Church;   Disease;   Faith;   Hezekiah;   Isaiah;   Rulers;   Sign;   Symbols and Similitudes;  
Dictionaries:
Bridgeway Bible Dictionary - Hezekiah;   Baker Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology - Heal, Health;   Kings, First and Second, Theology of;   Miracle;   Holman Bible Dictionary - Sign;   Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - Isaiah, Book of;   Israel;   Text, Versions, and Languages of Ot;   Writing;   Hastings' Dictionary of the New Testament - Inspiration and Revelation;   Morrish Bible Dictionary - Dial, Sun-Dial;   Merodachbaladan ;   The Hawker's Poor Man's Concordance And Dictionary - Hezekiah;   Manasseh;   People's Dictionary of the Bible - Dial;   Hezekiah;   Watson's Biblical & Theological Dictionary - Sign;   Urim and Thummim;  
Encyclopedias:
Condensed Biblical Cyclopedia - Kingdom of Judah;   International Standard Bible Encyclopedia - Dial of Ahaz, the;   Heal;   Hezekiah (2);   Text of the Old Testament;  

Adam Clarke Commentary

What shall be the sign - He wished to be fully convinced that his cure was to be entirely supernatural; and, in order to this, he seeks one miracle to prove the truth of the other, that nothing might remain equivocal.

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Clarke, Adam. "Commentary on 2 Kings 20:8". "The Adam Clarke Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/acc/2-kings-20.html. 1832.

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible

And Hezekiah said - Previous to the actual recovery, Hezekiah, who at first may have felt himself no better, asked for a “sign” that he would indeed be restored to health.

Asking for a sign is a pious or a wicked act according to the spirit in which it is done. No blame is attached to the requests of Gideon Judges 6:17, Judges 6:37, Judges 6:39, or to this of Hezekiah, because they were real wishes of the heart expressed humbly. The “evil generation” that “sought for a sign” in our Lord‘s days did not really want one, but made the demand captiously, neither expecting nor wishing that it should be granted.

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Barnes, Albert. "Commentary on 2 Kings 20:8". "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 Hezekiah said unto Isaiah,.... Or "had said",F23ויאמר "dixerat autem", V. L. Vatablus. before the plaster of figs was directed to, or, however, laid on, and as soon as he was told he should be healed:

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? not that he disbelieved the promise of God, or doubted of a cure, but this he requested for the confirmation of his faith; which good men sometimes asked, when they doubted not, as Gideon; and Ahaz, Hezekiah's father, was bid to ask a sign for the like purpose, and it was resented in him that he did not, see Judges 6:17.

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Gill, John. "Commentary on 2 Kings 20:8". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/2-kings-20.html. 1999.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

2 Kings 20:8 And 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?

Ver. 8. And Hezekiah said.] Dixerat autem, He had said; sc., before the plaster was laid upon the boil.

What shall be the sign? &c.] That he should have a sign, he doubted, as his father Ahaz had, though unworthy. [Isaiah 7:10-14] See on 6:17; 6:37.

And that I shall go up into the house of the Lord the third day.] He maketh the utmost of the promise, as had done before him Jacob, [Genesis 32:1-32] Noah, [Genesis 9:11] and David. [1 Chronicles 17:23-26] This is to suck and be satisfied. [Isaiah 66:11]

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Trapp, John. "Commentary on 2 Kings 20:8". 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

Hezekiah said; or rather, had said; for it is evident this was said before his recovery, though his recovery be mentioned before it; such transpositions being frequent in Scripture.

What shall be the sign? he asketh a sign, not because he distrusted it, but for the strengthening of his faith, which otherwise might be shaken by the greatness of his danger, and by the contradiction between this and his former message. Compare Jude 6:17,37,39 Isa 7:11.

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Poole, Matthew, "Commentary on 2 Kings 20:8". 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

THE SIGN ON THE DIAL OF AHAZ, 2 Kings 20:8-11.

8.What shall be the sign — He cannot wait three days; he must have a sign immediately, for his emotion and anxiety are great.

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Whedon, Daniel. "Commentary on 2 Kings 20:8". "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 20:8. Hezekiah said to Isaiah — Or rather, had said; for it is evident this was said before his recovery, though his recovery be mentioned before it. What shall be the sign that the Lord will heal me? — He asks a sign, not because he distrusted the divine promise, but for the strengthening of his faith, which otherwise might have been shaken by the greatness of his danger, and by the contradiction between this and the prophet’s former message.

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Benson, Joseph. "Commentary on 2 Kings 20:8". Joseph Benson's Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/rbc/2-kings-20.html. 1857.

George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary

Signs. He is not incredulous, but gives the prophet an occasion of declaring by what authority he spoke thus. (Haydock)

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Haydock, George Leo. "Commentary on 2 Kings 20:8". "George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/hcc/2-kings-20.html. 1859.

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

What shall be the sign . . . ? Contrast Ahaz (Isaiah 7:11, Isaiah 7:12).

go up into the house of the LORD. See note on 2 Kings 19:14, and App-67.

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Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on 2 Kings 20:8". "E.W. Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bul/2-kings-20.html. 1909-1922.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged

And 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?

What shall be the sign that the Lord will heal me. His recovery in the course of nature was so unlooked for, that the king asked for some token to justify his reliance on the truth of the prophet's communication; and the sign he specified was granted to him. The shadow of the sun went back upon the dial of Ahaz the ten degrees it had gone down.

Various conjectures have been formed as to this dial The word in the original [ ma`

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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on 2 Kings 20:8". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jfu/2-kings-20.html. 1871-8.

Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers

(8) What shall be the sign . . .?—Comp. 2 Kings 19:29 and note; Isaiah 7:11 seq., where Isaiah requests Ahaz to choose a sign. The sign was obviously a token that the prophet’s word would come true.

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Ellicott, Charles John. "Commentary on 2 Kings 20:8". "Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/ebc/2-kings-20.html. 1905.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

And 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?
What shall be
5; 19:29; Judges 6:17,37-40; Isaiah 7:11,14; 38:22; Hosea 6:2
Reciprocal: Genesis 15:8 - GeneralGenesis 24:14 - thereby;  1 Kings 13:3 - General2 Chronicles 32:31 - the wonder;  Isaiah 38:7 - General

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on 2 Kings 20:8". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/2-kings-20.html.