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At that time Merodachbaladan, the son of Baladan, king of Babylon, sent letters and a present to Hezekiah: for he had heard that he had been sick, and was recovered.

New Defender's Study Bible Notes

39:1 At that time. Isaiah 39 is essentially the same as II Kings 20:12-19. No explanation is given as to why the compiler of II Kings simply copied in his chapters 18–20 most of Isaiah’s account in Isaiah 36–39. Whatever may have been the practical reasons for this duplication, as well as many similar duplications in the parallel accounts in the books of Samuel, Kings and Chronicles, the Holy Spirit was ultimately responsible because all of it was given by inspiration (II Timothy 3:16). Perhaps His reasons were more applicable to the ancient readers of the as-yet-incomplete Scriptures than to us. There is also pedagogical merit in repetition in different settings. In any case, we can rest assured that the divine Author has good reason, whether or not we understand it yet.

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