Yahweh’s steadfast love (Ps 103:15-103:18)

“As for mortals,

Their days are like grass.

They flourish like a flower of the field.

As the wind passes over it,

It is gone.

Its place knows it no more.

But the steadfast love of Yahweh

Is from everlasting to everlasting

Upon those who fear him.

His righteousness lasts

To their children’s children.

His righteousness lasts

To those who keep his covenant.

They must remember to do his commandments.”

Yahweh loves mortals, even though they are like grass and flowers. Mortals flourish like beautiful flowers of the field, but then when a wind passes over, they are gone. They are no more. However, the steadfast love of Yahweh is everlasting. To those who fear him, his righteousness will last to their children’s children, if they keep his covenant and do his commandments.

The very good King Hezekiah (2 Kings 18:5-18:8)

“King Hezekiah trusted in Yahweh the God of Israel. There was no one like him among all the kings of Judah after him, or among those who were before him. He held fast to Yahweh. He did not depart from following him, but kept the commandments that Yahweh commanded Moses. Yahweh was with him. Wherever he went, he prospered. He rebelled against the king of Assyria. He would not serve him. He attacked the Philistines as far as Gaza and its territory, from watchtower to fortified city.”

King Hezekiah was better than any king of Judah that went before him or came after him. According to this biblical writer, he was the best king of Judah. He followed Yahweh, never departing from the commandments of Yahweh that were given to Moses. Yahweh was with him so that he was successful in everything. He was a great Yahweh follower. He rebelled against the king of Assyria even though his father had been in a treaty with Assyria. He attacked all the Philistine cities, big or small, and as far as Gaza.