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Isaiah 38

 
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1 ἐγένετο δὲ ἐν τῷ καιρῷ ἐκείνῳ ἐμαλακίσθη Εζεκιας ἕως θανάτου καὶ ἦλθεν πρὸς αὐτὸν Ησαιας υἱὸς Αμως ὁ προφήτης καὶ εἶπεν πρὸς αὐτόν τάδε λέγει κύριος τάξαι περὶ τοῦ οἴκου σου ἀποθνῄσκεις γὰρ σὺ καὶ οὐ ζήσῃ 2 καὶ ἀπέστρεψεν Εζεκιας τὸ πρόσωπον αὐτοῦ πρὸς τὸν τοῖχον καὶ προσηύξατο πρὸς κύριον 3 λέγων μνήσθητι κύριε ὡς ἐπορεύθην ἐνώπιόν σου μετὰ ἀληθείας ἐν καρδίᾳ ἀληθινῇ καὶ τὰ ἀρεστὰ ἐνώπιόν σου ἐποίησα καὶ ἔκλαυσεν Εζεκιας κλαυθμῷ μεγάλῳ 4 καὶ ἐγένετο λόγος κυρίου πρὸς Ησαιαν λέγων 5 πορεύθητι καὶ εἰπὸν Εζεκια τάδε λέγει κύριος ὁ θεὸς Δαυιδ τοῦ πατρός σου ἤκουσα τῆς φωνῆς τῆς προσευχῆς σου καὶ εἶδον τὰ δάκρυά σου ἰδοὺ προστίθημι πρὸς τὸν χρόνον σου ἔτη δέκα πέντε 6 καὶ ἐκ χειρὸς βασιλέως Ἀσσυρίων σώσω σε καὶ ὑπὲρ τῆς πόλεως ταύτης ὑπερασπιῶ 7 τοῦτο δέ σοι τὸ σημεῖον παρὰ κυρίου ὅτι ὁ θεὸς ποιήσει τὸ ῥῆμα τοῦτο 8 τὴν σκιὰν τῶν ἀναβαθμῶν οὓς κατέβη ὁ ἥλιος τοὺς δέκα ἀναβαθμοὺς τοῦ οἴκου τοῦ πατρός σου ἀποστρέψω τὸν ἥλιον τοὺς δέκα ἀναβαθμούς καὶ ἀνέβη ὁ ἥλιος τοὺς δέκα ἀναβαθμούς οὓς κατέβη ἡ σκιά 1 And now Ezechias fell sick, and was at death’s door;[1] indeed, the prophet Isaias, son of Amos, visited him with this message from the Lord, Put thy affairs in order; it is death that awaits thee, not recovery. 2 At this Ezechias turned his face towards the wall, and prayed to the Lord thus: 3 Remember, Lord, I entreat thee, a life that has kept true to thee, an innocent heart; how I did ever what was thy will. And Ezechias wept bitterly. 4 And thereupon the word of the Lord came to Isaias, 5 Go and tell Ezechias, Here is a message to thee from the Lord, the God of thy father David. I have listened to thy prayer, and marked thy tears; be it so, I will add fifteen years to thy life. 6 And I will save thee and thy city from the power of the Assyrian king; I will be its protector. 7 This sign, too, the Lord gives thee, in proof that he will make his promise good; 8 see how low the shadow has fallen, with sun-down, where the dial of Achaz marks the hours! I will make it go ten hours back. And with that the sun retraced ten hours of its descent. 1 In diebus illis ægrotavit Ezechias usque ad mortem; et introivit ad eum Isaias, filius Amos, propheta, et dixit ei: Hæc dicit Dominus: Dispone domui tuæ, quia morieris tu, et non vives. 2 Et convertit Ezechias faciem suam ad parietem, et oravit ad Dominum, 3 et dixit: Obsecro, Domine, memento, quæso, quomodo ambulaverim coram te in veritate et in corde perfecto, et quod bonum est in oculis tuis fecerim. Et flevit Ezechias fletu magno. 4 Et factum est verbum Domini ad Isaiam, dicens: 5 Vade, et dic Ezechiæ: Hæc dicit Dominus Deus David patris tui: Audivi orationem tuam, et vidi lacrimas tuas; ecce ego adjiciam super dies tuos quindecim annos, 6 et de manu regis Assyriorum eruam te, et civitatem istam, et protegam eam. 7 Hoc autem tibi erit signum a Domino, quia faciet Dominus verbum hoc quod locutus est: 8 ecce ego reverti faciam umbram linearum per quas descenderat in horologio Achaz in sole, retrorsum decem lineis. Et reversus est sol decem lineis per gradus quos descenderat.
9 προσευχὴ Εζεκιου βασιλέως τῆς Ιουδαίας ἡνίκα ἐμαλακίσθη καὶ ἀνέστη ἐκ τῆς μαλακίας αὐτοῦ 10 ἐγὼ εἶπα ἐν τῷ ὕψει τῶν ἡμερῶν μου ἐν πύλαις ᾅδου καταλείψω τὰ ἔτη τὰ ἐπίλοιπα 11 εἶπα οὐκέτι μὴ ἴδω τὸ σωτήριον τοῦ θεοῦ ἐπὶ τῆς γῆς οὐκέτι μὴ ἴδω ἄνθρωπον 12 ἐκ τῆς συγγενείας μου κατέλιπον τὸ λοιπὸν τῆς ζωῆς μου ἐξῆλθεν καὶ ἀπῆλθεν ἀ{P'} ἐμοῦ ὥσπερ ὁ καταλύων σκηνὴν πήξας τὸ πνεῦμά μου πα{R'} ἐμοὶ ἐγένετο ὡς ἱστὸς ἐρίθου ἐγγιζούσης ἐκτεμεῖν ἐν τῇ ἡμέρᾳ ἐκείνῃ παρεδόθην 13 ἕως πρωὶ ὡς λέοντι οὕτως τὰ ὀστᾶ μου συνέτριψεν ἀπὸ γὰρ τῆς ἡμέρας ἕως τῆς νυκτὸς παρεδόθην 14 ὡς χελιδών οὕτως φωνήσω καὶ ὡς περιστερά οὕτως μελετήσω ἐξέλιπον γάρ μου οἱ ὀφθαλμοὶ τοῦ βλέπειν εἰς τὸ ὕψος τοῦ οὐρανοῦ πρὸς τὸν κύριον ὃς ἐξείλατό με 15 καὶ ἀφείλατό μου τὴν ὀδύνην τῆς ψυχῆς 16 κύριε περὶ αὐτῆς γὰρ ἀνηγγέλη σοι καὶ ἐξήγειράς μου τὴν πνοήν καὶ παρακληθεὶς ἔζησα 17 εἵλου γάρ μου τὴν ψυχήν ἵνα μὴ ἀπόληται καὶ ἀπέρριψας ὀπίσω μου πάσας τὰς ἁμαρτίας μου 18 οὐ γὰρ οἱ ἐν ᾅδου αἰνέσουσίν σε οὐδὲ οἱ ἀποθανόντες εὐλογήσουσίν σε οὐδὲ ἐλπιοῦσιν οἱ ἐν ᾅδου τὴν ἐλεημοσύνην σου 19 οἱ ζῶντως εὐλογήσουσίν σε ὃν τρόπον κἀγώ ἀπὸ γὰρ τῆς σήμερον παιδία ποιήσω ἃ ἀναγγελοῦσιν τὴν δικαιοσύνην σου 20 κύριε τῆς σωτηρίας μου καὶ οὐ παύσομαι εὐλογῶν σε μετὰ ψαλτηρίου πάσας τὰς ἡμέρας τῆς ζωῆς μου κατέναντι τοῦ οἴκου τοῦ θεοῦ 9 These are the words Ezechias king of Juda wrote, upon falling sick and recovering of his illness. 10 It seemed as if I must go down to the gates of the world beneath, in the noontide of my years; the remnant of life that I hoped for, hoped for in vain. 11 No more (thought I) to lift up my eyes to the Lord God in this land of the living, to see men’s faces, and quiet homes, no more![2] 12 This familiar world[3] taken away from me, folded up like a shepherd’s tent, my life cut short like the weaver’s thread! And he had cut me off while the web was still in the making; before the day reached its evening, he would make an end of me. 13 All night long I lay still, as if he had been a lion that had broken all my bones; before the day reached its evening he would make an end of me. 14 My voice was as feeble as the voice of a nestling swallow or murmuring dove; my eyes wearied out with ever straining upwards. Lord, I am in hard straits; win my release for me! 15 And yet, what words can I use, what answer can I expect, when it is he himself that has brought this upon me? With bitter heart I pass all my years in review.[4] 16 Lord, so frail a thing is life; on so little does my mortal breath depend! Thou canst chastise me, thou canst make me live.[5] 17 Bitter, bitter the discipline that brings me peace!

And now thou hast saved the life that was in peril, thrusting away all my sins out of thy sight. 18 Thou hast no praise in the world beneath, death cannot honour thee; those who go down into the grave have no promise of thine to hope for; 19 it is living men, as I am a living man to-day, that give thee thanks, pass on from father to son the story of thy faithfulness. 20 Lord, be my saviour still; so, all day long, the Lord’s house shall ring with the music of our psalms.
9 Scriptura Ezechiæ, regis Juda, cum ægrotasset et convaluisset de infirmitate sua. 10

Ego dixi in dimidio dierum meorum:
Vadam ad portas inferi;
quæsivi residuum annorum meorum.
11
Dixi: Non videbo Dominum Deum
in terra viventium;
non aspiciam hominem ultra,
et habitatorem quietis.
12
Generatio mea ablata est, et convoluta est a me,
quasi tabernaculum pastorum.
Præcisa est velut a texente vita mea;
dum adhuc ordirer, succidit me:
de mane usque ad vesperam finies me.
13
Sperabam usque ad mane;
quasi leo, sic contrivit omnia ossa mea:
de mane usque ad vesperam finies me.
14
Sicut pullus hirundinis, sic clamabo;
meditabor ut columba.
Attenuati sunt oculi mei, suspicientes in excelsum.
Domine, vim patior: responde pro me.
15
Quid dicam, aut quid respondebit mihi,
cum ipse fecerit?
Recogitabo tibi omnes annos meos
in amaritudine animæ meæ.
16
Domine, si sic vivitur,
et in talibus vita spiritus mei,
corripies me, et vivificabis me.
17
Ecce in pace amaritudo mea amarissima.
Tu autem eruisti animam meam
ut non periret;
projecisti post tergum tuum
omnia peccata mea.
18
Quia non infernus confitebitur tibi,
neque mors laudabit te:
non exspectabunt qui descendunt in lacum
veritatem tuam.
19
Vivens, vivens ipse confitebitur tibi,
sicut et ego hodie;
pater filiis notam faciet
veritatem tuam.
20
Domine, salvum me fac!
et psalmos nostros cantabimus
cunctis diebus vitæ nostræ
in domo Domini.
21 καὶ εἶπεν Ησαιας πρὸς Εζεκιαν λαβὲ παλάθην ἐκ σύκων καὶ τρῖψον καὶ κατάπλασαι καὶ ὑγιὴς ἔσῃ 22 καὶ εἶπεν Εζεκιας τοῦτο τὸ σημεῖον ὅτι ἀναβήσομαι εἰς τὸν οἶκον κυρίου τοῦ θεοῦ 21 Note that Isaias bade them take a lump of figs, and make a plaster of it for the king’s ulcer, and this is how he was healed. 22 And note that Ezechias had asked what sign should be given him, in proof that he would set foot in the Lord’s house again.[6] 21 Et jussit Isaias ut tollerent massam de ficis, et cataplasmarent super vulnus, et sanaretur. 22 Et dixit Ezechias: Quod erit signum quia ascendam in domum Domini?
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