Hezekiah’s Folly
1At that time 2Kg 20:12-19; 2Ch 32:31 Merodach-baladan son of Baladan, king of Babylon, sent letters and a gift to Hezekiah since he heard that he had been sick and had recovered.
2Hezekiah was pleased with them, and showed them his treasure house — the silver, the gold, the spices, and the precious oil — and all his armory, and everything that was found in his treasuries. 2Kg 18:15-16 There was nothing in his palace and in all his realm that Hezekiah did not show them. 2Ch 32:25
3Then the prophet Isaiah came to King Hezekiah and asked him, “Where did these men come from and what did they say to you? ”
Hezekiah replied, “They came to me from a distant country, from Babylon.”
4Isaiah asked, “What have they seen in your palace? ”
Hezekiah answered, “They have seen everything in my palace. There isn’t anything in my treasuries that I didn’t show them.”
5Then Isaiah said to Hezekiah, “Hear the word of the Lord of Hosts: Is 28:14; Zch 7:4; 8:1,18
6‘The time will certainly come when everything in your palace and all that your fathers have stored up until this day will be carried off to Babylon; nothing will be left,’ says the Lord. 2Kg 24:13; 25:13-15; Jr 20:5
7‘Some of your descendants who come from you will be taken away, and they will become eunuchs in the palace of the king of Babylon.’ ”
8Then Hezekiah said to Isaiah, “The word of the Lord that you have spoken is good,” for he thought: There will be peace and security during my lifetime. 2Ch 32:26