1 At that time the king of Babylon, Merʹodach-balʹadan son of Balʹadan, sent letters and a gift to Hezekiʹah, for he had heard that he had been sick and had recovered.
2 Hezekiʹah gladly welcomed them and showed them his treasure-house—the silver, the gold, the balsam oil and other precious oil, his whole armory, and everything that was to be found in his treasuries. There was nothing that Hezekiʹah did not show them in his own house and in all his dominion.
3 After that Isaiah the prophet came in to King Hezekiʹah and asked him: “What did these men say, and where did they come from?” So Hezekiʹah said: “They came from a distant land, from Babylon.”
4 Next he asked: “What did they see in your house?” Hezekiʹah replied: “They saw everything in my house. There was nothing that I did not show them in my treasuries.”
5 Isaiah now said to Hezekiʹah: “Hear the word of Jehovah of armies,
6 ‘Look! Days are coming, and all that is in your house and all that your forefathers have stored up to this day will be carried off to Babylon. Nothing will be left,’ says Jehovah.
7 ‘And some of your own sons to whom you will become father will be taken and will become court officials in the palace of the king of Babylon.’”
8 At that Hezekiʹah said to Isaiah: “The word of Jehovah that you have spoken is good.” Then he added: “Because there will be peace and stability during my lifetime.”