2 Kings 20:10
New International Version
“It is a simple matter for the shadow to go forward ten steps,” said Hezekiah. “Rather, have it go back ten steps.”

New Living Translation
“The shadow always moves forward,” Hezekiah replied, “so that would be easy. Make it go ten steps backward instead.”

English Standard Version
And Hezekiah answered, “It is an easy thing for the shadow to lengthen ten steps. Rather let the shadow go back ten steps.”

Berean Study Bible
“It is easy for the shadow to lengthen ten steps,” answered Hezekiah, “but not for it to go back ten steps.”

King James Bible
And Hezekiah answered, It is a light thing for the shadow to go down ten degrees: nay, but let the shadow return backward ten degrees.

New King James Version
And Hezekiah answered, “It is an easy thing for the shadow to go down ten degrees; no, but let the shadow go backward ten degrees.”

New American Standard Bible
So Hezekiah said, “It is easy for the shadow to decline ten steps; no, but have the shadow turn backward ten steps.”

NASB 1995
So Hezekiah answered, “It is easy for the shadow to decline ten steps; no, but let the shadow turn backward ten steps.”

NASB 1977
So Hezekiah answered, “It is easy for the shadow to decline ten steps; no, but let the shadow turn backward ten steps.”

Amplified Bible
Hezekiah answered, “It is easy for the shadow to go forward ten steps; no, but let the shadow turn backward ten steps.”

Christian Standard Bible
Then Hezekiah answered, “It’s easy for the shadow to lengthen ten steps. No, let the shadow go back ten steps.”

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Then Hezekiah answered, “It’s easy for the shadow to lengthen 10 steps. No, let the shadow go back 10 steps.”

American Standard Version
And Hezekiah answered, It is a light thing for the shadow to decline ten steps: nay, but let the shadow return backward ten steps.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And Hezekiah said: “This is little that the shadow would walk ten degrees; not so, but let the shadow return behind itself ten degrees!”

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And Ezekias said, It is a light thing for the shadow to go down ten degrees: nay, but let the shadow return ten degrees backward on the dial.

Contemporary English Version
"It's normal for the sun to go forward," Hezekiah answered. "But how can it go back?"

Douay-Rheims Bible
And Ezechias said: It is an easy matter for the shadow to go forward ten lines: and I do not desire that this be done, but let it return back ten degrees.

English Revised Version
And Hezekiah answered, It is a light thing for the shadow to decline ten steps: nay, but let the shadow return backward ten steps.

Good News Translation
Hezekiah answered, "It's easy to have the shadow go forward ten steps! Have it go back ten steps."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Hezekiah replied, "It's easy for the shadow to extend ten [more] steps forward. No, let it come back ten steps."

International Standard Version
Hezekiah answered, "It's an easy thing for a shadow to lengthen ten steps. So let the shadow go backward ten steps."

JPS Tanakh 1917
And Hezekiah answered: 'It is a light thing for the shadow to decline ten degrees; nay, but let the shadow return backward ten degrees.'

Literal Standard Version
And Hezekiah says, “It has been light for the shadow to incline ten degrees; no, but let the shadow turn backward ten degrees.”

NET Bible
Hezekiah answered, "It is easy for the shadow to lengthen ten steps, but not for it to go back ten steps."

New Heart English Bible
Hezekiah answered, "It is a light thing for the shadow to go forward ten steps. Nay, but let the shadow return backward ten steps."

World English Bible
Hezekiah answered, "It is a light thing for the shadow to go forward ten steps. Nay, but let the shadow return backward ten steps."

Young's Literal Translation
And Hezekiah saith, 'It hath been light for the shadow to incline ten degrees: nay, but let the shadow turn backward ten degrees.'

Additional Translations ...
Context
Hezekiah's Illness and Recovery
9And Isaiah had replied, “This will be a sign to you from the LORD that He will do what He has promised: Would you like the shadow to go forward ten steps, or back ten steps?” 10“It is easy for the shadow to lengthen ten steps,” answered Hezekiah, “but not for it to go back ten steps.” 11So Isaiah the prophet called out to the LORD, and He brought the shadow back the ten steps it had descended on the stairway of Ahaz.…

Cross References
2 Kings 20:9
And Isaiah had replied, "This will be a sign to you from the LORD that He will do what He has promised: Would you like the shadow to go forward ten steps, or back ten steps?"

2 Kings 20:11
So Isaiah the prophet called out to the LORD, and He brought the shadow back the ten steps it had descended on the stairway of Ahaz.


Treasury of Scripture

And Hezekiah answered, It is a light thing for the shadow to go down ten degrees: no, but let the shadow return backward ten degrees.

2 Kings 2:10
And he said, Thou hast asked a hard thing: nevertheless, if thou see me when I am taken from thee, it shall be so unto thee; but if not, it shall not be so.

2 Kings 3:18
And this is but a light thing in the sight of the LORD: he will deliver the Moabites also into your hand.

Isaiah 49:6
And he said, It is a light thing that thou shouldest be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob, and to restore the preserved of Israel: I will also give thee for a light to the Gentiles, that thou mayest be my salvation unto the end of the earth.









(10) It is a light thing for the shadow to go down.--Because that was the ordinary course of things. As a natural phenomenon, of course, the sudden extension of the shadow would have been as wonderful as its retrogression; but what is in any way a familiar occurrence must needs seem easier than what has never fallen under observation.

To go down.--Rather, to spread. The LXX. has ??????, another use of the Hebrew verb. The Targum, Syriac, and Arabic render "to go forward" (march).

Verse 10. - And Hezekiah answered, It is a light thing for the shadow to go down ten degrees. Hezekiah views it as a comparatively easy thing for the shadow, which is already descending the steps, to accelerate its pace and rapidly descend fifteen degrees instead of slowly traversing them; and therefore accepts Isaiah's other offer. Nay, but let the shadow return backward ten degrees. Let it, i.e., change its direction, and having descended a certain distance, suddenly return and ascend again. This will be no "light thing," but a great marvel, which will thoroughly convince him. The thought was natural, though perhaps not strictly logical.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
“It is easy
נָקֵ֣ל (nā·qêl)
Verb - Nifal - Perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 7043: To be slight, swift or trifling

for the shadow
לַצֵּ֔ל (laṣ·ṣêl)
Preposition-l, Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 6738: A shadow

to lengthen
לִנְט֖וֹת (lin·ṭō·wṯ)
Preposition-l | Verb - Qal - Infinitive construct
Strong's 5186: To stretch out, spread out, extend, incline, bend

ten
עֶ֣שֶׂר (‘e·śer)
Number - feminine singular construct
Strong's 6235: Ten

steps,”
מַעֲל֑וֹת (ma·‘ă·lō·wṯ)
Noun - feminine plural
Strong's 4609: Elevation, the act, the condition, a climactic progression

answered
וַיֹּ֙אמֶר֙ (way·yō·mer)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 559: To utter, say

Hezekiah,
יְחִזְקִיָּ֔הוּ (yə·ḥiz·qî·yā·hū)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 2396: Hezekiah -- 'Yah has strengthened', a king of Judah, also several other Israelites

“but not
לֹ֣א (lō)
Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's 3808: Not, no

for it
הַצֵּ֛ל (haṣ·ṣêl)
Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 6738: A shadow

to go
יָשׁ֥וּב (yā·šūḇ)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 7725: To turn back, in, to retreat, again

back
אֲחֹרַנִּ֖ית (’ă·ḥō·ran·nîṯ)
Adverb
Strong's 322: Backwards

ten
עֶ֥שֶׂר (‘e·śer)
Number - feminine singular construct
Strong's 6235: Ten

steps.”
מַעֲלֽוֹת׃ (ma·‘ă·lō·wṯ)
Noun - feminine plural
Strong's 4609: Elevation, the act, the condition, a climactic progression


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