O Lord, by these things men live, and in all these things is the life of my spirit: so wilt thou recover me, and make me to live. Behold, for peace I had great bitterness: but thou hast in love to my soul delivered it from the pit of corruption: for thou hast cast all my sins behind thy back. For the grave cannot praise thee, death can not celebrate thee: they that go down into the pit cannot hope for thy truth. The living, the living, he shall praise thee, as I do this day: the father to the children shall make known thy truth. The LORD was ready to save me: therefore we will sing my songs to the stringed instruments all the days of our life in the house of the LORD.
A change came in verse 16. Hezekiah acknowledged that by affliction men lived, and that they had a beneficial influence on man’s character. Now God had delivered Hezekiah from dying, an indication to the king that the Lord had forgiven his sins. Now, because he was alive, he could give thanks to the Lord and tell his children of the faithfulness of God. He was determined to praise Jehovah all the days of his life.