- At that time Merodach-baladan the son of Baladan, king of Babylon, sent a letter and a present to Hezekiah;
for he heard that he had been sick, and was recovered.
- And Hezekiah was glad of them, and showed them his treasure-house, the silver, and the gold, and the spices, and the precious oil, and all the house of his armour, and all that was found in his treasures;
there was nothing in his house, nor in all his dominion, that Hezekiah showed them not.
- Then came Isaiah the prophet unto king Hezekiah, and said unto him: "What said these men?
and from whence came they unto thee?" And Hezekiah said: "They are come from a far country unto me, even from Babylon."
- Then said he: "What have they seen in thy house?" And Hezekiah answered: "All that is in my house have they seen;
there is nothing among my treasures that I have not shown them."
- Then said Isaiah to Hezekiah: "Hear the word of the LORD of hosts:
- Behold, the days come, that all that is in thy house, and that which thy fathers have laid up in store until this day, shall be carried to Babylon;
nothing shall be left, saith the LORD.
- And of thy sons that shall issue from thee, whom thou shalt beget, shall they take away;
and they shall be officers in the palace of the king of Babylon."
- Then said Hezekiah unto Isaiah: "Good is the word of the LORD which thou hast spoken." He said moreover: "If but there shall be peace and truth in my days."