2 And Chizkiyahu 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 Chizkiyahu showed them not.
3 Then came Yeshayahu the Navi unto king Chizkiyahu, and said unto him: ‘What said these men? and from whence came they unto thee?’ And Chizkiyahu said: ‘They are come from a far country unto me, even from Bavel.’
4 Then said he: ‘What have they seen in thy house?’ And Chizkiyahu answered: ‘All that is in my house have they seen; there is nothing among my treasures that I have not shown them.’
ד וַיֹּאמֶר מָה רָאוּ בְּבֵיתֶךָ וַיֹּאמֶר חִזְקִיָּהוּ אֵת כָּל אֲשֶׁר בְּבֵיתִי רָאוּ לֹא הָיָה דָבָר אֲשֶׁר לֹא הִרְאִיתִים בְּאוֹצְרֹתָי.
6 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 Bavel; nothing shall be left, saith Hashem.
ו הִנֵּה יָמִים בָּאִים וְנִשָּׂא כָּל אֲשֶׁר בְּבֵיתֶךָ וַאֲשֶׁר אָצְרוּ אֲבֹתֶיךָ עַד הַיּוֹם הַזֶּה בָּבֶל לֹא יִוָּתֵר דָּבָר אָמַר יְהוָה.
7 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 Bavel.’
ז וּמִבָּנֶיךָ אֲשֶׁר יֵצְאוּ מִמְּךָ אֲשֶׁר תּוֹלִיד יִקָּחוּ וְהָיוּ סָרִיסִים בְּהֵיכַל מֶלֶךְ בָּבֶל
39:8 ‘Good is the word of the LORD which thou hast spoken.’
Hezekiah’s response to Isaiah’s prophecy, that future calamities that would befall his people do not matter as long as “there will be peace and security in my days,” appears callous and uncaring, and out of character for the righteous king. However, it is really reflective of Hezekiah’s ability to see the good within the message delivered to him by Isaiah. It assured him of offspring, sons to sit upon his throne, and respite for his people. Most importantly, he understood that the period of peace gave the Children of Israel another chance to repent and erase the decree against them entirely. Never underestimate the opportunity to make meaningful changes when given a second chance.