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A passover proclaimed,

CHAP. XXX.

and solemniy obseroed. 32 And the number of the burnt-offerings, so that they shall come again into this land: which the congregation brought, was three for the Lord your God is gracious and merscore and ten bullocks, a hundred rams, and ciful, and will not turn away his face from two hundred lambs: all these were for a you, if ye return unto him. burnt-offering to the LORD.

10 So the posts passed from city to city 33 And the consecrated things, were six through the country of Ephraim and Mahundred oxen and three thousand sheep. nasseh even unto Zebulun: but they laugh

34 But the priests were too few, so that they ed them to scorn, and mocked them. could not flay all the burnt-offerings: where- 11 Nevertheless, divers of Asher and Mafore their brethren the Levites did help them nasseh and of Zebulun humbled themselves, till the work was ended, and until the other and came to Jerusalem. priests had sanctified themselves: for the 12 Also in Judah the hand of God was to Levites were more upright in heart to sanc- give them one heart to do the commandment tify themselves than the priests.

of the king and of the princes, by the word 35 And also the burnt-offerings were in of the Lorn. abundance, with the fat of the peace-offer- 13 | And there assembled at Jerusalem ings, and the drink-offerings for every burnt- much people to keep the feast of unleavened offering. So the service of the house of the bread in the second month, a very great con LORD was set in order.

gregation. 36 And Hezekiah rejoiced, and all the peo- 14 And they arose and took away the altars ple, that God had prepared the people : for that were in Jerusalem, and all the altars for the thing was done suddenly.

incense took they away, and cast them into CHAP. XXX.

the brook Kidron. 1 Hezekiah proclaimeth a solemn passover on

15 Then they killed the passover on the the second month for Judah and Israel. 13 fourteenth day of the second month: and the The assembly having destroyed the altars of priests and the Levites were ashamed, and idolatry, keep the feast fourteen days. 27 The sanctified themselves, and brought in the

priests and Levites bless the people. burnt-offerings into the house of the Lord. AND Hezekiabre et trall Israel and linn

16 And they stood in their place after their dah, and wrote letters also to Ephraim manner, according to the law of Moses the and Manasseh, that they should come to the man of God: the priests sprinkled the blood, house of the LORD at Jerusalem, to keep the which they received of the hand of the Levites. passover unto the LORD God of Israel. 17 For there were many in the congregation

2 For the king had taken counsel, and his that were not sanctified: therefore the Le. princes, and all the congregation in Jerusa- vites had the charge of the killing of the lem, to keep the passover in the second passovers for every one that was not clean, month.

to sanctify them unto the LORD. 3 For they could not keep it at that time, 18 For a multitude of the people, even many because the priests had not sanctified them- of Ephraim, and Manasseh, Issachar and Zeselves sufficiently, neither had the people bulun, had not cleansed themselves, yet did gathered themselves together to Jerusalem. they eat the passover otherwise than it was 4 And the thing pleased the king and all the written. Bui Hezekiah prayed for them, congregation.

saying, The good LORD pardon every one 5 So they established a decree to make pro- 19 T'hat prepareth his heart to seek God, clamation throughout all Israel, from Beer- the LORD God of his fathers, though he be sheba even to Dan, that they should come to not cleansed according to the purification of keep the passover unto the LORD God of the sanctuary. Israel at Jerusalem: for they had not done it 20 And the LORD hearkened to Hezekialı, of a long time in such sort as it was written. and healed the people. 6 So the posts went with the letters from 21 And the children of Israel that were prethe king and his princes throughout all Is- sent at Jerusalem kept the feast of unleavenrael and Judalı

, and according to the com- ed bread seven days with great gladness: mandment of the king, saying, Ye children of and the Levites and the priests praised the Israel, turn again unto the LORD God of LORD day by day, singing with loud instruAbraham, Isaac, and Israel, and he will re- ments unto the LORD. turn to the remnant of you that are escaped 22 And Hezekiah spake comfortably unto out of the hand of the kings of Assyria. all the Levites that taught the good know

7 And be not ye like your fathers, and like ledge of the LORD: and they did eat through-
your brethren, which trespassed against the out the feast seven days, offering peace-offer-
LORD God of their fathers, who therefore ings, and making confession to the LORD
gave them up to desolation, as ye see. God of their fathers.
8 Now be ye not stiff-necked, as your fa- 23 And the whole assembly took counsel to
thers were, but yield yourselves unto the keep other seven days: and they kept other
LORD, and enter into his sanctuary, which he seven days with gladness.
hath sanctified for ever: and serve the LORD 24 For Hezekiah king of Judah did give to
your God, that the fierceness of his wrath the congregation a thousand bullocks and
may turn away

from
you.

seven thousand sheep; and the princes gave 9 For if ye turn again unto the LORD, your to the congregation a thousand bullocks and brethren and your children shall find com- ten thousand sheep: and a great number of passion before them that lead them captive, priests sanctified themselves.

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Hezekiah's sincerity. 25 And all the congregation of Judah, with people began to bring the offerings into the the priests and the Levites, and all the con- House of the LORD, we have had enough to gregation that came out of Israel, and the eat, and have left plenty: for the LORD hath strangers that came out of the land of Israel, blessed his people; and that which is left is and that dwelt in Judah, rejoiced.

this great store. 126 So there was great joy in Jerusalem: for 11 | Then Hezekiah commanded to presince the time of Solomon the son of David pare chambers in the house of the LORD; king of Israel there was not the like in Jeru- and they prepared them, salem.

12 And brought in the offerings and the 27 9 Then the priests the Levites arose and tithes, and the dedicated things faithfully: blessed the people: and their voice was heard, over which Cononiah the Levíte was ruler, and their prayer came up to his holy dwell- and Shimei his brother was the next. ing-place, even unto heaven.

13 And Jehiel, and Azaziah, and Nahath, CHAP. XXXI.

and Asahel, and Jerimoth, and Jozabad, and

Eliel, and Ismachiah, and Mahath, and BeI The people is forward in destroying idolatry: naiah, were overseers under the hand of

2 Hezekiah ordereth the courses of the priests Cononiah and Shimei his brother, at the and Levites, and provideth for their work and maintenance. 5 The people's forwardness commandment of Hezekiah the king, and in offerings and tithes. 11 Hezekiah appoint- Azariah the ruler of the house of God. eth officers to dispose of the tithes. 20 The sin- 14 And Kore the son of Imnah the Levite, cerity of Hezekiah.

the porter toward the east, was over the OW when all this was finished, all Israel free-will-offerings of God, to distribute the of Judah, and brake the images in pieces, things. and cut down the groves, and threw down 15 Ănd next him were Eden, and Miniamin, the high places and the altars out of all Ju- and Jeshua, and Shemaiah, Amariah, and dah and Benjamin, in Ephraim also and Ma- Shecaniah, in the cities of the priests, in masseh, until they had uiterly destroyed them their set office, to give to their brethren by all. Then all the children of Israel returned, courses, as well to the great as to the small: every man to his possession, into their own 16 Besides their genealogy of males, from cities.

three years old and upward, even unto every 2 | And Hezekiah appointed the courses one that entereth into the house of the LORD, of the priests and the Levites after their his daily portion for their service in their courses, every man according to his service, charges according to their courses; the priests and Levites for burnt-offerings 17 Both to the genealogy of the priests by and for peace-offerings, to minister, and to the house of their fathers, and the Levites give thanks, and to praise in the gates of the from twenty years old and upward, in their tents of the LORD,

charges, by their courses; 3 He appointed also the king's portion of 18 Ånd to the genealogy of all their little his substance for the burnt-offerings, to wit, ones, their wives, and their sons, and their for the morning and evening burnt-offerings, daughters, through all the congregation : for and the burnt-offerings for the sabbaths, and in their set office they sanctified themselves for the new-moons, and for the set feasts, as it in holiness: is written in the law of the LORD.

19 Also of the sons of Aaron the priests, 4 Moreover, he commanded the people that which were in the fields of the suburbs of their dwelt in Jerusalem to give the portion of the cities, in every several city, the men that priests and the Levites, that they might be were expressed by name, to give portions to encouraged in the law of the LORD. all the males among the priests, and to all

59 And as soon as the commandment came that were reckoned by genealogies among abroad, the children of Israel brought in the Levites. abundance the first-fruits of corn, wine, and 20 9 And thus did Hezekiah throughout all oil, and honey, and of all the increase of the Judah, and wrought that which was good and field; and the tithe of all things brought they right and truth before the Lord his God. in abundantly.

21 And in every work that he began in the 6 And concerning the children of Israel and service of the house of God, and in the law, Judah, that dwelt in the cities of Judah, they and in the commandments, to seek his God, also brought in the tithe of oxen and sheep, he did it with all his heart, and prospered. and the tithe of holy things which were con

CHAP. XXXII. secrated unto the LORD their God, and laid | 1 Sennacherib invading Judah, Hezekiah fortithem by heaps.

fieth himself, and encourageth his people. 9 7 In the third month they began to lay the Against the blasphemies of Sennacherib, by foundation of the heaps, and finished them message and letters, Hezekiah and Isaiah in the seventh month.

pray. 21 An angel destroyeth the host of the 8 And when Hezekiah and the princes came Assyrians, to the glory of Hezekiah. Hezeand saw the heaps, they blessed the Lord,

kiah praying in his sickness, God giveth him and his people Israel.

a sign of recovery. 25 He waxing proud is

humbled by God. 27 His wealth and works. 9 Then Hezekiah questioned with the priests 31 His error in the ambassage of Babylon. 32 and the Levites concerning the heaps. He dying, Manasseh succeedeth him.

10 And Azariah the chief priest of the house FTER these things, and the establishof Zadok answered him and said, Since the ment thereof, Sennacherib king of As.

Sennacherib invadeth Judah. CHAP. XXXII. The Assyrians destroyed. syria caine, and entered into Judah, and en- 17 He wrote also letters to rail on the LORD camped against the fenced cities, and thought God of Israel, and to speak against him, sayto win them for himself.

ing, As the gods of the nations of other lands 2 And when Hezekiah saw that Sennache- have not delivered their people out of my rib was come, and that he was purposed to hand, so shall not the God of Hezekiah defight against Jerusalem,

liver his people out of my hand. 3 He took counsel with his princes and his 18 Then they cried with a loud voice, in the mighty men to stop the waters of the foun- Jews' speech, unto the people of Jerusalem tains which were without the city: and they that were on the wall, to affright them, and did help him.

to trouble them; that they might take the city, 4 So there was gathered much people to- 19 And they spake against the God of Je. gether, who stopped all the fountains, and rusalem, as against the gods of the people of the brook that ran through the midst of the the earth, which were the work of the hands land, saying, Why should the kings of As- of man. syria come, and find much water?

20 And for this cause Hezekiah the king, 5 Also he strengthened himself, and built up and the prophet Isaiah the son of Amoz, all the wall that was broken, and raised it prayed and cried to heaven. up to the towers, and another wall without,' 21'? And the Lord sent an angel, which and repaired Millo in the city of David, and cut off all the mighty men of valour, and the made darts and shields in abundance. leaders and captains in the camp of the king,

6 And he set captains of war over the peo- of Assyria. So he returned with shame of ple, and gathered them together to him in the face to his own land. And when he was street of the gate of the city, and spake com- come into the house of his god, they that fortably to them, saying,

came forth of his own bowels slew him there 7 Be strong and courageous, be not afraid with the sword. nor dismayed for the king of Assyria, nor for 22 Thus the LORD saved Hezekiah and the all the multitude that is with him: for there inhabitants of Jerusalem from the hand of be more with us than with him.

Sennacherib the king of Assyria, and from 8 With him is an arm of flesh; but with us the hand of all other, and guided them on is the Lord our God to help us, and to fight every side. our battles. And the people rested them- 23 And many brought gifts unto the LORD selves upon the words of Hezekiah king of to Jerusalem, and presents to Hezekiah king Judah.

of Judah: so that he was magnified in the 9 After this did Sennacherib king of As- sight of all nations from thenceforth. syria send his servants to Jerusalem, (but he i 24 In those days Hezekiah was sick to himself laid siege against Lachish, and all the death, and prayed unto the LORD: and his power with him,) unto Hezekiah king of he spake unto him, and he gave him a sign. Judah, and unto all Judah that were at Jeru- 25 'But Hezekiah rendered not again acsalem, saying,

cording to the benefit done unto him; for his 10 Thus saith Sennacherib king of Assyria, heart was lifted up: therefore there was Whereon do ye trust, that ye abide in the wrath upon him, and upon Judah and Jerusiege in Jerusalem ?

salem. Il Doth not Hezekiah persuade you to give. 26 Notwithstanding, Hezekiah humbled over yourselves to die by famine and by thirst, himself for the pride of his heart, both he and saying, The LORD our God shall deliver us the inhabitants of Jerusalem, so that the out of the hand of the king of Assyria ? wrath of the Lord came not upon them in

12 Hath not the same Hezekiah taken the days of Hezekiah. away his high places, and his altars, and com- 27 And Hezekiah had exceeding much. manded Judah and Jerusalem, saying, Ye riches and honour: and he made himself shall worship before one altar, and burn in- treasuries for silver, and for gold, and for precense upon it?

cious stones, and for spices, and for shields, 13 Know ye not what I and my fathers have and for all manner of pleasant jewels : done unto all the people of other lands ? were 28 Storehouses also for the increase of corn, the gods of the nations of those lands any ways and wine, and oil; and stalls for all manner of able to deliver their lands out of my hand? beasts, and cotes for flocks. 14 Who was there among all the gods of 29 Moreover, he provided him cities, and those nations that my fathers utterly destroy- | possessions of flocks and herds in abuned, that could deliver his people out of my dance : for God had given him substance hand, that your God should be able to de- very much. liver you out of my hand?

30 Tbis same Hezekiah also stopped the 15 Now therefore let not Hezekiah deceive upper water-course of Gihon, and brought it you, nor persuade you on this manner, nei- straight down to the west side of the city of ther yet believe him: for no god of any na- David. And Hezekiah prospered in all his tion or kingdom was able to deliver his peo- works. ple out of my hand, and out of the hand of 31 | Howbeit, in the business of the ammy fathers : how much less shall your God bassadors of the princes of Babylon, who deliver you out of my band?

sent unto him to inquire of the wonder that 16 And his servants spake yet more against was done in the land, God left him, to try him, the LORD God, and against his servant He- that he might know all that was in his heart. zekiah.

32 | Now the rest of the acts of Hezekiah,

Manasseh's wicked reign. II. CHRONICLES.

Amon succeeds him and his goodness, behold, they are written in treated of him, and heard his supplication the vision of Isaiah the prophet, the son of and brought him again to Jerusalem into his Amoz, and in the book of the kings of Ju- kingdom. Then Manasseh knew that the dah and Israel.

Lord he was God. 33 And Hezekiah slept with his fathers, and 14 Now after this, he built a wall without they buried him in the chiefest of the sepul- the city of David, on the west side of Gihon, chres of the sons of David: and all Judah in the valley, even to the entering in at the and the inhabitants of Jerusalem did him fish-gate, and compassed about Ophel, and honour at his death: and Manasseh his son raised it up a very great height, and put capreigned in his stead.

tains of war in all the fenced cities of Judah. CHAP. XXXIII.

15 And he took away the strange gods, and 1 Manasseh his wicked reign. 3 He setteth up the idol oui of the house of the LORD, and

idolatry, and would not be admonished. 11 He all the altars that he had built in the mount is carried into Babylon. 12 Upon his prayer of the house of the Lord, and in Jerusalem, to God he is released, and putteth down idola- and cast them out of the city. try. 18 His acts. 20 He dying, Amon succeedeth him. 21 Amon reigning wickedly is

16 And he repaired the altar of the LORD, slain by his servants. 25 The murderers being and sacrificed thereon peace-offerings and slain, Josial succecdeth him.

thank-offerings, and commanded Judah to Me Asset was twelve years old a key serve the LORD God of Israel.

he began to reign, and reigned fifty 17 Nevertheless, the people did sacrifice and five years in Jerusalem :

still in the high places, yet unto the LORD 2 But did that which was evil in the sight of their God only. the LORD, like unto the abominations of the 18 || Now the rest of the acts of Manasseh, heathen, whom the Lord had cast out be- and his prayer unto his God, and the words fore the children of Israel.

of the seers that spake to him in the name of 3 For he built again the high places which the LORD God of Israel, behold, they are Hezekiah his father had broken down; and written in the book of the kings of Israel. he reared up altars for Baalim, and made 19 His prayer also, and how God was engroves, and worshipped all the most of hea- treated of him, and all his sin, and his tresven, and served thein.

pass, and the places wherein he built high 4 Álso he built altars in the house of the places, and set up groves and graven images, Lord, whereof the Lord had said, In Jeru- before he was humbled: behold, they are salem shall my name be for ever.

written among the sayings of the seers. 5 And he built altars for all the host of hea- 20 | So Manasseh slept with his fathers, ven in the two courts of the house of the LORD. and they buried him in his own house : and

6 And he caused his children to pass through Amon his son reigned in his stead. the fire in the valley of the son of Hinnom : 21 | Amon was two and twenty years old also he observed times, and used enchant- when he began to reign, and reigned two ments, and used witchcraft, and dealt with a years in Jerusalem. familiar spirit, and with wizards: he wrought22 But he did that which was evil in the much evil in the sight of the Lord, to pro- sight of the Lord, as did Manasseh bis favoke him to anger.

ther: for Amon sacrificed unto all the carved 7 And he set a carved image, the idol which images which Manasseh his father had made, he had made, in the house of God, of which and served them; God had said to David and to Solomon his 23 And humbled not himself before the son, In this house and in Jerusalem, which Lord, as Manasseh his father had humbled I have chosen before all the tribes of Israel, himself; but Amon trespassed more and more. will I put my name for ever:

24 And his servants conspired against him, 8 Neither will I any more remove the foot and slew him in his own house. of Israel from out of the land which I have

25 1 But the people of the land slew all appointed for your fathers; so that they will them that had conspired against king Amon; take heed to do all that I have commanded and the people of the land made Josiah his them, according to the whole law and the sta- son king in his stead. tutes and the ordinances by the hand of

CHAP. XXXIV. Moses.

1 Josial's good reign. 3 He destroyeth idolatry. 9 So Manasseh made Judah and the inha- 8 He taketh order for the repair of the temple. bitants of Jerusalem to err, and to do worse

14 Hilkiah having found a book of the law, than the heathen, whom the LORD had de

Josiah sendeth to Huldah to inquire of the

Lord. 23 Huldah prophesieth the destruction stroyed before the children of Israel.

of Jerusalem, but respite thereof in Josiah's 10 And the LORD spake to Manasseh, and

time. 29 Josiah, causing it to be read in a soto liis people: but they would not hearken. lemn assembly, reneweth the covenant with

11 I 'Wherefore the LORD brought upon God. them the captains of the host of the king of OSIAH was eight years old when he beAssyria, which took Manasseh among the thorns, and bound him with fetters, and car- lem one and thirty years. ried him to Babylon.

2 And he did that which was right in the 12 And when he was in affliction, he be- sight of the LORD, and walked in the ways sought the LORD his God, and humbled him- of David his father, and declined neither to self greatly before the God of his fathers, the right hand, nor to the left. 13 Ånd prayed unto him: and he was en- 39 For in the eighth year of his reign,

Next = doce

Josiah's good reign.

CHAP. XXXIV.

Huldah's prophecy. while he was yet young, he began to seek 17 And they have gathered together the after the God of David his father: and in the money that was found in the house of the twelfth

year he began to purge Judah and Lord, and have delivered it into the hand Jerusalem from the high" places, and the of the overseers, and to the land of the groves, and the carved images, and the mol-workmen. ten images.

18 Then Shaphan the scribe told the king, 4 And they brake down the altars of Baa- saying, Hilkiah the priest hath given me a lim in his presence; and the images, that book. And Shaphan read it before the king. were on high above them, he cut down; and 19 And it came to pass when the king had the groves, and the carved images, and the heard the words of the law, that he rent his molten images, he brake in pjeces, and made clothes. dust of them, and strewed it upon

the
graves

20 And the king commanded Hilkialı, and of them that had sacrificed unto them. Ahikam the son of Shaphan, and Abdon the

5 And he burnt the bones of the priests son of Micali, and Shaphan the scribe, and upon their altars, and cleansed Judah and Asaiah a servant of the king's, saying, Jerusalem.

21 Go, inquire of the Lord for me, and for 6 And so did he in the cities of Manasseh, them that are left in Israel, and in Judah, and Ephraim, and Simeon, even unto Napb- concerning the words of the book that is tali, with their mattocks round about. found: for great is the wrath of the LORD

7 And when he had broken down the altars that is poured out upon us, because our faand the groves, and liad beaten the graven thers have not kept the word of the Lord, images into powder, and cut down all the to do after all that is written in this book. idols throughout all the land of Israel, he re- 22 And Hilkiah, and they that the king had turned to Jerusalem.

appointed, went to Huldah the prophetess, 8 9 Now in the eighteenth year of his reign, the wife of Shallum the son of Tikvath, the when he had purged the land, and the house, son of Hasrah, keeper of the wardrobe; he sent Shaphan the son of Azaliah, and (now she dwelt in Jerusalem in the college :) Maaseiah the governor of the city, and Joah and they spake to her to that effect. the son of Joahaz the recorder, to repair the 23 | And she answered them, Thus saith house of the Lord his God.

the LORD God of Israel, Tell

ye

the man that 9 And when they came to Hilkiah the high sent you to me, priest, they delivered the money that was 24 Thus saith the Lord, Behold, I will bring brought into the house of God, which the evil upon this place, and upon the inhabitants Levites that kept the doors had gathered of thereof, even all the curses that are written the hand of Manasseh and Ephraim, and ofall in the book which they have read before the the remnant of Israel, and of all Judah and king of Judah : Benjamin; and they returned to Jerusalem. 25 Because they have forsaken me, and

10 And they put it in the hand of the work- have burned incense unto other gods, that men that had the oversight of the house of they might provoke me to anger with all the the LORD, and they gave it to the workmen works of their hands; therefore my wrath that wrought in the house of the LORD, to shall be poured out upon this place, and shall repair and mend the house:

not be quenched. 11 Even to the artificers and builders gave 26 And as for the king of Judah, who sent they it, to buy hewn stone, and timber for you to inquire of the LORD, so shall ye say couplings, and to floor the houses which the unto him, Thus saith the Lord God of Israel kings of Judah had destroyed.

concerning the words which thou hast heard, 12 And the men did the work faithfully; 27 Because thy heart was tender, and thou and the overseers of them were Jahath and didst humble thyself before God when thou Obadiah, the Levites, of the sons of Merari; heardest his words against this place, and and Zechariah and Meshullam, of the sons against the inhabitants thereof, and humof the Kohathites, to set it forward; and bledst thyself before me, and didst rend thy other of the Levites, all that could skill-of clothes, and weep before me; I have even instruments of music.

heard thee also, saith the LORD. 13 Also they were over the bearers of bur- 28 Behold, I will gather thee to thy fathers, dens, and were overseers of all that wrought and thou shalt be gathered to thy grave in the work in any manner of service : and of peace, neither shall thine eyes see all the the Levites there were scribes, and officers, evil that I will bring upon this place, and and porters.

upon the inhabitants of the same.

So they 14 | And when they brought out the mo- brought the king word again. ney that was broughỉ into the house of the 29 Then the king sent and gathered toge. LORD, Hilkiah the priest found a book of ther all the elders of Judah and Jerusalem. the law of the LORD given by Moses. 30 And the king went up into the house of

15 And Hilkiah answered and said to Sha- the LORD, and all the men of Judah and the phan the scribe, I have found the book of inhabitants of Jerusalem, and the priests, and the law in the house of the LORD. And Hil- the Levites, and all the people, great and kiah delivered the book to Shaphan. small: and he read in their ears all the words

16 And Shaphan carried the book to the of the book of the covenant that was found king, and brought the king word back again, in the house of the LORD. saying, All that was committed to thy ser- 31 And the king stood in his place, and vants, they do it.

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