Isaiah 39:8
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8  Chizkiyahu declared to Yeshayahu, “The word of Hashem that you have spoken is good.” For he thought, “It means that safety is assured for my time.”

va-YO-mer khiz-ki-YA-hu el y’-sha-YA-hu TOV d’-var a-do-NAI a-SHER di-BAR-ta va-YO-mer KEE yih-YEH sha-LOM ve-e-MET b’-ya-MAI

ח  וַיֹּאמֶר חִזְקִיָּהוּ אֶל־יְשַׁעְיָהוּ טוֹב דְּבַר־יְהֹוָה אֲשֶׁר דִּבַּרְתָּ וַיֹּאמֶר כִּי יִהְיֶה שָׁלוֹם וֶאֱמֶת בְּיָמָי׃

39:8 ‘The word of Hashem that you have spoken is good.’

King Chizkiyahu’s response to Yeshayahu’s prophecy, that future calamities that would befall his people do not matter as long as “safety is assured for my time,” appears callous and out of character for the righteous king. However, it actually reflects Chizkiyahu’s ability to see the good within the message delivered to him by Yeshayahu. 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 would give the Children of Israel another chance to repent and erase the decree against them entirely. One should never underestimate the opportunity to make meaningful changes when given a second chance.

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