“At that time,
Son of Baladan of Babylon,
Sent envoys with letters
Also with a present
To King Hezekiah.
He had heard
That King Hezekiah had been sick.
He had heard
That King Hezekiah had recovered.”
Once again, this is almost word for word from 2 Kings, chapter 20. King Merodach-baladan was the king of Babylon. He was trying to prevent the king of Assyria from taking over his land, so that he wanted to make an alliance with the king of Judah. Thus he sent ambassadors to the King Hezekiah to see how he felt after his illness and recovery. He also sent a letter and a present for King Hezekiah. This seems like a nice gesture.
“At that time, King Merodach-baladan son of Baladan of Babylon sent envoys with letters and a present to King Hezekiah. He had heard that King Hezekiah had been sick. King Hezekiah welcomed them. He showed them all his treasure house, the silver, the gold, the spices, the precious oil, his armory, all that was found in his storehouses. There was nothing in his house or in the entire realm that King Hezekiah did not show them.”
King Merodach-baladan was the king of Babylon. He was trying to prevent the king of Assyria from taking over his land and wanted to make an alliance with the king of Judah. King Hezekiah was very generous to these envoys and showed them all the treasures of his realm, when they came to see him about his illness.