38:1 For you are going to die; you will not get well
The Talmud (Berachot 10a) relates an ancient tradition regarding this exchange between Yeshayahu the prophet and King Chizkiyahu. When Chizkiyahu became sick, Yeshayahu came and said “You shall die and not live,” meaning you shall die in this world and not live in the world to come either, because you did not try to have children. Chizkiyahu responded that he acted this way because he saw through prophecy that his children would be evil (referring to his son and successor, Menashe). Yeshayahu said: “Why did you meddle with God’s secrets? You should have done as you were commanded!” Chizkiyahu repented, and was granted additional years of life. The Talmud concludes with an important lesson: Even if a sharp sword rests upon a man’s neck, he should not desist from prayer. It is never too late to return to Hashem and call out to Him in sincere prayer.