2 Kings 20:7
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English Standard Version
And Isaiah said, “Bring a cake of figs. And let them take and lay it on the boil, that he may recover.”

King James Bible
And Isaiah said, Take a lump of figs. And they took and laid it on the boil, and he recovered.

American Standard Version
And Isaiah said, Take a cake of figs. And they took and laid it on the boil, and he recovered.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And Isaias said: Bring me a lump of figs. And when they had brought it, and laid it upon his boil. he was healed.

English Revised Version
And Isaiah said, Take a cake of figs. And they took and laid it on the boil, and he recovered.

Webster's Bible Translation
And Isaiah said, Take a lump of figs. And they took and laid it on the boil, and he recovered.

2 Kings 20:7 Parallel
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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

"In those days was Hezekiah sick unto death." By the expression "in those days" the illness of Hezekiah is merely assigned in a general manner to the same time as the events previously described. That it did not occur after the departure of the Assyrians, but at the commencement of the invasion of Sennacherib, i.e., in the fourteenth year of Hezekiah's reign, is evident from 2 Kings 20:6, namely, both from the fact that in answer to his prayer fifteen years more of life were promised him, and that he nevertheless reigned only twenty-nine years (2 Kings 18:2), and also from the fact that God promised to deliver him out of the hand of the Assyrians and to defend Jerusalem. The widespread notion that his sickness was an attack of plague, and was connected with the pestilence which had broken out in the Assyrian camp, is thereby deprived of its chief support, apart from the fact that the epithet (שׁחין (2 Kings 20:7), which is applied to the sickness, does not indicate pestilence. Isaiah then called upon him to set his house in order. לביתך צו: set thy house in order, lit., command or order with regard to thy house, not declare thy (last) will to thy family (Ges., Knob.), for צוּה is construed with the accus. pers. in the sense of commanding anything, whereas here ל is synonymous with אל (2 Samuel 17:23). "For thou wilt die and not live;" i.e., thy sickness is to death, namely, without the miraculous help of God. Sickness to death in the very prime of life (Hezekiah was then in the fortieth year of his age) appeared to the godly men of the Old Testament a sign of divine displeasure. Hezekiah was therefore greatly agitated by this announcement, and sought for consolation and help in prayer. He turned his face to the wall, sc. of the room, not of the temple (Chald.), i.e., away from those who were standing round, to be able to pray more collectedly.

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Take a lump.

2 Kings 2:20-22 And he said, Bring me a new cruse, and put salt therein. And they brought it to him...

2 Kings 4:41 But he said, Then bring meal. And he cast it into the pot; and he said, Pour out for the people, that they may eat...

Isaiah 38:21 For Isaiah had said, Let them take a lump of figs, and lay it for a plaster on the boil, and he shall recover.

the boil.
The word {shechin}, from the Arabic {sachana}, to be hot, signifies an inflammatory tumour, or burning boil; and some think that Hezekiah's malady was a pleurisy; others, that it was the plague; and others, the elephantiasis, a species of leprosy, as one of the Hexapla versions renders in

Job 2:7 So went Satan forth from the presence of the LORD, and smote Job with sore boils from the sole of his foot to his crown.

. A poultice of figs might be very proper to maturate a boil, or dismiss any obstinate inflammatory swelling; but we need not discuss its propriety in this case, because it was as much the means which God chose to bless for his recovery, as the clay which Christ moistened to anoint the eyes of the blind man; for in both cases, without Divine interposition the cure could not have been effected.

Cross References
2 Kings 20:6
and I will add fifteen years to your life. I will deliver you and this city out of the hand of the king of Assyria, and I will defend this city for my own sake and for my servant David's sake."

2 Kings 20:8
And Hezekiah said to Isaiah, "What shall be the sign that the LORD will heal me, and that I shall go up to the house of the LORD on the third day?"

Isaiah 38:21
Now Isaiah had said, "Let them take a cake of figs and apply it to the boil, that he may recover."

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