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The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible

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2 Kings 20:10

And Hezekiah answered, it is a light thing for the shadow to
go down ten degrees
That is, it was comparatively so, otherwise to go down ten degrees at once would be extraordinary and miraculous; but that was more agreeable to the nature and course of it to go forward, and so the miracle would be less apparent:

nay, but let the shadow return backward ten degrees;
which was directly contrary to its natural order and course, whereby the miracle would appear more clear and manifest: these degrees are by some said F24 to be half hours, and not full ones, since it is observed the sun shines not twenty full hours on any dial, unless under the pole; the sun is supposed to have been now at the fifth full hour; the sun was brought back five whole hours, then came forward five, then came forward two degrees, or one hour, to the sixth hour; which made sixteen; then it was six hours to sunset; so that day was prolonged twenty two hours: the Chinese F25 relate, that, in the time of Kingcungus, the planet Mars, for sake of the king, went back three degrees.


FOOTNOTES:

F24 Weemse's Christ. Synagog. l. 1. c. 6. sect. 6. p. 167. See his Exposition of the Judicial Laws, c. 25. p. 90. &c.
F25 Martin. Sinic. Hist. l. 4. p. 138.

 


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Gill, John. "Commentary on 2 Kings 20:10". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". <http://classic.studylight.org/com/geb/view.cgi?book=2ki&chapter=020&verse=010>. 1999.

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