Isaiah 38:1
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1  In those days Chizkiyahu fell dangerously ill. The Navi Yeshayahu son of Amotz came and said to him, “Thus said Hashem: Set your affairs in order, for you are going to die; you will not get well.”

ba-ya-MEEM ha-HAYM kha-LAH khiz-ki-YA-hu la-MUT va-ya-VO ay-LAV y’-sha-ya-HU ven a-MOTZ ha-na-VEE va-YO-mer ay-LAV koh a-MAR a-do-NAI TZAV l’-vay-TE-kha KEE MAYT a-TAH v’-LO tikh-YEH

א  בַּיָּמִים הָהֵם חָלָה חִזְקִיָּהוּ לָמוּת וַיָּבוֹא אֵלָיו יְשַׁעְיָהוּ בֶן־אָמוֹץ הַנָּבִיא וַיֹּאמֶר אֵלָיו כֹּה־אָמַר יְהֹוָה צַו לְבֵיתֶךָ כִּי מֵת אַתָּה וְלֹא תִחְיֶה׃

 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.

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  • No matter how good and lofty a tradition may sound, if it’s not Scripture, it doesn’t carry the same weight! It should only be recorded as First or Second Conjecture. Trust can and should be placed wholly in what HaShem has said—not in what someone has to say about what HaShem has said. It has been my experience that rabbit trails generally lead to rabbit holes, not to a greater understanding of Scripture nor to a closer relationship with HaShem. I want to know Him, not what someone says about Him that is not supported by Scripture. And, yes, it is never too late to return to HaShem.
    (For more, see my comments on 2 Kings 20:1.)

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