THE SUPPORTING TERRACES: "Millo" in Heb. Literally, the
"filling": an area filled in on the top of the mountain, probably with retaining
walls, so as to increase the flat area for building there. Modern archaeological
finds on Mount Zion and the city of David support this identification.
BE STRONG AND COURAGEOUS. DO NOT BE AFRAID OR
DISCOURAGED: Familiar words to those God cares about: Deu 31:6,7,23; Jos
1:6-9; 1Ch 28:10,20; Isa 35:4; Dan 10:19.
WITH US IS THE LORD OUR GOD TO HELP US...: Hezekiah is
echoing the words of the prophet who was his great counselor (Isa 8:10).
Hezekiah must have taken great comfort from the way in which Isaiah spoke to
AND THE PEOPLE GAINED CONFIDENCE FROM WHAT HEZEKIAH THE
KING OF JUDAH SAID: Some trusted his words, but many did not: Isa
KING HEZEKIAH AND THE PROPHET ISAIAH SON OF AMOZ CRIED OUT
IN PRAYER TO HEAVEN ABOUT THIS: Hezekiah's prayer in more detail: 2Ki
19:1-34; Isa 37:1-35.
The nations bring tribute to Israel (Isa 18:7; 23:18; 60:5-14;
61:6) because Jehovah has exalted Israel (Isa 49:7; 60:10; 61:9); and this
proves Him to be the true God (Isa 40:5; 44:3-5; 48:20; 49:7; 52:10; 59:17;
IN THOSE DAYS: "At that time", but not actually later
than the invasion of Sennacherib. Rather, this is background information for the
same times: see notes, Isa 36-39, re dates.
HEZEKIAH BECAME ILL AND WAS AT THE POINT OF DEATH. HE
PRAYED TO THE LORD, WHO ANSWERED HIM AND GAVE HIM A MIRACULOUS SIGN: More
detail in 2Ki 20 and Isa 38.
BUT WHEN ENVOYS WERE SENT BY THE RULERS OF BABYLON TO ASK
HIM ABOUT THE MIRACULOUS SIGN THAT HAD OCCURRED IN THE LAND, GOD LEFT HIM TO
TEST HIM AND TO KNOW EVERYTHING THAT WAS IN HIS HEART: The chronicler passed
over Hezekiah's unwise decision to show the Babylonian envoys his riches with a
brief comment -- whereas the Kings and Isaiah accounts are much fuller (cp 2Ki
20:12-19 and Isa 39:1-8).