See Scheuchzer's Dissertation on the subject in his Physique Sacree, upon 2 Kings 20. "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". What shall I say? This was during the time of the captivity at Babylon. Smithson's translation of the Isaiah text is appended below the explanation)1. A return of the shadow was effected such as would be produced by the recession of the sun itself. "Commentary on Isaiah 38:8". Hezekiah's experience, therefore, had been one of struggle for the liberation of his people from their enemies, of sincere worship, of resistance to the powers of selfish and worldly reasoning meant by the Assyrians, and of preservation by the Lord. It is to these "degrees", or steps of the sundial of Ahaz his father, that Hezekiah refers in the title for "The Songs of the Degrees". https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jfb/isaiah-38.html. Behold, I will bring back the shadow of the degrees, by which the sun is gone down on the sun-dial of Ahaz, ten degrees backward. Forasmuch as "death" is damnation, it is also hell; wherefore hell, in the Word, is commonly called "death", as in the above words. Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". Berosus was a priest of Belus in Babylon, and lived indeed perhaps 300 years after Ahaz; but there is no necessity of supposing that he was the inventor of the dial. It may conduce, however, to the illustration of this subject to have before the eye a representation of the usual form of the ancient dial. The sign which is here given to Hezekiah is the going back of the shadow on the sundial, along with the sun, ten degrees by which it had already gone up, (78) that is, had advanced above the horizon. 1832. So the sun returned ten degrees, by which degrees it was gone down.”. The Lord also, as to His Divine Humanity, is Life, because the Father and He are one; wherefore He says, "As the Father has life in Himself, so has He given to the Son to have life in Himself." https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/isaiah-38.html. This endeavour to account for the phoenomenon by no means lessens the miracle; for we assign the alteration of the atmosphere to the immediate and extraordinary operation of God; and every extraordinary interposition of Providence is essentially and properly a miracle. 1 and 2). Jehovah was for my salvation: therefore will we sing my songs to the stringed instruments, all the days of our life, in the house of Jehovah.21. xv. Isaiah 38:8. Then Hezekiah turned his face to the wall, and prayed to Jehovah.Verse 2. Our apparent failures, which cause us so much disappointment, may have within them great blessing, in that they may check us in a wayward course. And that Ahaz was a man who was desirous of availing himself of foreign inventions, and introducing them into his capital, appears evident from his desire to have an altar constructed in Jerusalem, similar to the one which he had seen in Damascus 2 Kings 16:10. Which is gone down on the sun-dial of Ahaz - Margin, ‹Degrees by,‘ or ‹with the sun.‘ Hebrew, literally, ‹which has descended on the steps; or degrees of Ahaz by, or with the sun (בשׁמשׁ bashemesh ), that is, by means of the sun, or caused by the progress of the sun. By "the retraction of the shadow which was gone down on the degrees of Ahaz", is signified the protraction of the time before it should take place. The word ‹hour‘ ( καἱρικός kairikos ) occurs first in Tobit; and it has been supposed that the invention of dials came from beyond the Euphrates (Herod. From this passage it may appear what is signified by the "dead", namely, they who have not in themselves the the life of heaven, consequently, who are in evils, and thence in falsities. document.write(sStoryLink1 + "

"); Popularity rankings are based on search volume data from the Google AdWords Keyword Planner tool. "If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me" (Matthew 16:24). He received it. the reader may be referred for a more full statement on this subject than is consistent with the design of these notes. BibliographyBeza, Theodore. [These words, which depict a state of distress and alarm, signify temptations, and especially as to the intellectual life signified by the "crane", the "swallow", and the "dove" distress. You have cast behind Your back all my sins. That was granted. Apocalypse Explained 706.10. So the sunlight went back the ten steps it … The "swallow" corresponds to natural Truth, (Apocalypse Explained 391) or to Truth from the Word in the natural mind; the "crane" corresponds, we apprehend, to Truth in the spiritual, and the "dove" to Truth in the celestial degree. Behold, I will bring again the shadow of the degrees,.... Or lines made on a dial plate, to show the progress of the sun, and what time of day it was. The battles of life are to be met and won where we find them. degrees = steps. Apocalypse Explained 706. TRANSLATION, MEANING, CONTEXT To get what Isaiah 38:8 means based on its source … See also Apocalypse Revealed 364, and as to "numbering", Chapter 22:9, 10, the Exposition.11. Bosanquet makes the fourteenth year of Hezekiah to be 689 b.c., the known year of a solar eclipse, to which he ascribes the recession of the shadow. He had restored worship of the Lord, he had successfully resisted the Philistines—who represent faith alone—he had built a conduit, assuring an abundant water supply which his enemies could not pollute—a picture of the fact that restored, worship at Jerusalem had given the people an assured supply of the Lord's truth—and he had even defied the Assyrians, who were miraculously driven away.