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Why did Hezekiah say that what the Lord had spoken was good when the Lord told him that his sons would become eunuchs in Babylon and all that was in his house would be carried away to Babylon?



      

Isaiah 39:8

ESV - 8 Then said Hezekiah to Isaiah, "The word of the Lord that you have spoken is good." For he thought, "There will be peace and security in my days.

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Mini Tim Maas Retired Quality Assurance Specialist with the U.S. Army
Although Hezekiah's reign was characterized favorably in 2 Kings 18:3-6, he was still subject to sin, as indicated in part (in my opinion) by the self-centeredness in the passage cited.

God had unmistakably manifested Himself earlier in Hezekiah's reign, delivering Jerusalem from destruction by repelling the Assyrians (as described in 2 Kings 19:35-36) after the Assyrians had already conquered and dispersed the northern kingdom of Israel (2 Kings 18:9-11)); and also mercifully saving Hezekiah's life from illness, as well as granting him fifteen additional years of rule (even though Hezekiah had tested God by asking for a sign of his healing from Isaiah, rather than simply accepting the word of the prophet (2 Kings 20:1-11)).

Despite the earlier Assyrian invasion (which showed that foreign powers regarded Israel and Judah as targets for conquest), and, rather than turning to God (as he had when he had been sick) and relying completely on Him instead of on other earthly rulers, Hezekiah did not subsequently shun foreign interest in Judah, but instead welcomed representatives from Babylon, proudly showing them all that he possessed (Isaiah 39:1-2), which would serve as a prelude to a later invasion by the Babylonians, with the people of Judah being taken into captivity in Babylon (2 Kings 24 and 2 Kings 25) -- a captivity that would last for seventy years.

After Isaiah pronounced the judgment that God would carry out because of Hezekiah's accommodating action, Hezekiah again demonstrated pride and a lack of concern for the welfare of the people, or even of his own descendants, by agreeing with the judgment and saying that it was good -- not because he recognized that God was just and righteous in pronouncing it, and taking it as a call to humble himself and repent, but just because it would not occur until after he had died, and thus would not affect him personally.

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