Isaiah 38

“In those days Hezekiah became sick and was at the point of death. The prophet Isaiah son of Amoz came to him, and said to him, ‘Thus says the Lord: Set your house in order, for you shall die; you shall not recover.'” – Isaiah 38:1 (NRSV)

“from day to night you bring me to an end;
I cry for help until morning;
like a lion he breaks all my bones;
from day to night you bring me to an end.”
– Isaiah 38:12d-13 (NRSV)

“But what can I say? For he has spoken to me
and he himself has done it.
All my sleep has fled
because of the bitterness of my soul.”
– Isaiah 38:15 (NRSV)

“Surely it was for my welfare
that I had great bitterness;
but you have held back my life
from the pit of destruction,
for you have cast all my sins
behind your back.”
– Isaiah 38:17 (NRSV)

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Unknown. King Hezekiah. 1700.

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“They said to him, “Thus says Hezekiah, This day is a day of distress, of rebuke, and of disgrace; children have come to the birth, and there is no strength to bring them forth.” – Isaiah 37:3 (NRSV)

Michelangelo. Prophet Isaiah. Sistine Chapel, Vatican City. 1512. Fresco.
Michelangelo. Prophet Isaiah. Sistine Chapel, Vatican City. 1512. Fresco.

“lasciate ogni speranza, voi ch’entrate.”

“abandon every hope, who enter here.”

“I said: In the noontide of my days
I must depart;
I am consigned to the gates of Sheol
for the rest of my years.”

Michelangelo. The Last Judgment. Sistine Chapel, Vatican City. 1541. Fresco. Charon.

Dante Alighieri. La Divina Commedia. BUR Rizzoli, 2016.
Dante Alighieri. The Divine Comedy. Translator Allen Mandelbaum.
Isaiah 38:10 (NRSV)
Michelangelo. “Charon.” The Last Judgment. Sistine Chapel, Vatican City. 1541.