Isaiah 38

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Look! Instead of peace, I had great bitterness;
But in your fondness for me,
You preserved me from the pit of destruction.
You have thrown all my sins behind your back.

In a moving song of gratitude that Hezekiah composed after he was spared from a deadly sickness, he said to Jehovah: “You have thrown behind your back all my sins.” Jehovah is here portrayed as taking the sins of a repentant wrongdoer and throwing them behind Him where He neither sees them nor takes notice of them anymore. According to one reference work, the idea conveyed may be expressed: “You have made [my sins] as if they had not happened.” Is that not comforting?