Isaiah 38

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Isaiah 38:1  In those days Hezekiah was sick and near death. Isaiah the prophet, the son of Amoz, came to him, and said to him, “Yahweh says, ‘Set your house in order, for you will die, and not live.’”

Then Hezekiah turned his face to the wall and prayed to Yahweh, and said, “Remember now, Yahweh, I beg you, how I have walked before you in truth and with a perfect heart, and have done that which is good in your sight.” Then Hezekiah wept bitterly.

Then Yahweh’s word came to Isaiah, saying, “Go, and tell Hezekiah, ‘Yahweh, the God of David your father, says, “I have heard your prayer. I have seen your tears. Behold, I will add fifteen years to your life. I will deliver you and this city out of the hand of the king of Assyria, and I will defend this city. This shall be the sign to you from Yahweh, that Yahweh will do this thing that he has spoken. Behold, I will cause the shadow on the sundial, which has gone down on the sundial of Ahaz with the sun, to return backward ten steps.”’” So the sun returned ten steps on the sundial on which it had gone down.

The writing of Hezekiah king of Judah, when he had been sick, and had recovered of his sickness.

10 I said, “In the middle of my life I go into the gates of Sheol.
I am deprived of the residue of my years.”
11 I said, “I won’t see Yah,
Yah in the land of the living.
I will see man no more with the inhabitants of the world.
12 My dwelling is removed,
and is carried away from me like a shepherd’s tent.
I have rolled up my life like a weaver.
He will cut me off from the loom.
From day even to night you will make an end of me.
13 I waited patiently until morning.
He breaks all my bones like a lion.
From day even to night you will make an end of me.
14 I chattered like a swallow or a crane.
I moaned like a dove.
My eyes weaken looking upward.
Lord, I am oppressed.
Be my security.”
15 What will I say?
He has both spoken to me, and himself has done it.
I will walk carefully all my years because of the anguish of my soul.
16 Lord, men live by these things;
and my spirit finds life in all of them:
you restore me, and cause me to live.
17 Behold, for peace I had great anguish,
but you have in love for my soul delivered it from the pit of corruption;
for you have cast all my sins behind your back.
18 For Sheol can’t praise you.
Death can’t celebrate you.
Those who go down into the pit can’t hope for your truth.
19 The living, the living, he shall praise you, as I do today.
The father shall make known your truth to the children.
20 Yahweh will save me.
Therefore we will sing my songs with stringed instruments all the days of our life in Yahweh’s house.

21 Now Isaiah had said, “Let them take a cake of figs, and lay it for a poultice on the boil, and he shall recover.” 22 Hezekiah also had said, “What is the sign that I will go up to Yahweh’s house?”


After an earlier post on tithing, it seemed good to list some resources for those who are looking for some financial ideas.

FlexJobs is an online site that offers some totally at-home jobs, and some jobs that are hybrids of on-site work and work-at-home.  In any case, you can look them up, put in your professional field and also your location, and see if there is anything of interest.  I do believe they have a monthly or quarterly or yearly charge, but by looking first, you can find if there is anything of interest before you decide whether or not to go with them.

Upwork is a place where you can freelance as an independent professional.

Fiverr is a similar place where you can freelance for very small jobs for a very small fee.  In my opinion, you need a lot of time and effort, but if you are good in a unique skill that someone wants as an occasional option, you might be able to find something there.  There’s lots of world wide competition, but if you are stuck with a lot of time, it might be worth looking at.  There are things like translation or voice overs or odd things that people need once in a while, a short song or something like that, that you might be skilled at and be able to offer.  Some people offer short trainings.  You just have to check it out but it does take work to free lance.  There is competition.

Goodwill is a resource to look at for job training.  You might be able to learn computer skills there.  Some public libraries offer a little free computer training.

Some states have a Workforce of some kind where there are multiple resources available, including job and other help.

There are other things that could be written, but that seems sufficient for now.  Maybe this topic will be covered again.

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Depending on the ministry, there may be online church services, YouTube videos, podcasts, radio programs, books, teaching, or more. You have to seek out what they have.
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