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Josiah's solemn passorer.

II. CHRONICLES. He is slain at Megiddo. after the Lord, and to keep his command- | priests sprinkled the blood from their hands, ments, and his testimonies, and his statutes, and the Levites flayed them. with all bis heart, and with all his soul, to 12 And they removed the burnt-offerings, perform the words of the covenant which are that they might give according to the diviwritten in this book.

sions of the families of the people, to offer 32 And he caused all that were present in unto the LORD, as it is writien in the book Jerusalem and Benjamin to stand io it. And of Moses. And so did they with the oxen. the inhabitants of Jerusalemn did according 13 And they roasted the passover with fire to the covenant of God, the God of their according to the ordinance: but the other holy fathers.

offerings sod they in pots, and in caldrons, 33 And Josiah took away all the abomina- and in pans, and divided them speedily among tions out of all the countries that pertained all the people. to the children of Israel, and made all that 14 And afterward they made ready for them. were present in Israel to serve, even to serve selves, and for the priests: because the priests the Lord their God. And all his days they the sons of Aaron were busied in offering of departed not from following the Lord, the burnt-offerings and the fat until night; thereGod of their fathers.

fore the Levites prepared for themselves, and CHAP. XXXV.

for the priests the sons of Aaron. 1 Josiah keepeth a most solemn passover. 20 He,

15 And the singers the sons of Asaph were provoking Pharaoh-necho, is slain at Mcgid in their place, according to the commanddo. 25 Lamentations for Josiah.

ment of David, and Asaph, and Heman, and unto the Lord in Jerusalem: and they waited at every gale; they might not depart killed the passover on the fourteenth day of from their service; for their brethren the the first month.

Levites prepared for them. 2 And he set the priests in their charges, 16 So all the service of the LORD was preand encouraged them to the service of the pared the same day, to keep the passover, house of the Lord,

and to offer burnt-offerings upon the altar of 3 And said unto the Levites that taught all the LORD, according to the commandment Israel, which were holy unto the LORD, Put of king Josiah. the holy ark in the house which Solomon 17 And the children of Israel that were prethe son of David king of Israel did build: it sent kept the passover at that time, and the shall not be a burden upon your shoulders: seast of unleavened bread seven days. serve now the LORD your God, and his peo

18 And there was no passover like to that ple Israel,

kept in Israel from the days of Samuel the 4 And prepare yourselves by the houses of prophet; neither did all the kings of Israel your fathers after your courses, according to keep such a passover as Josiah kept, and the the writing of David king of Israel, and ac- priests, and the Levites, and all Judah and cording to the writing of Solomon his son: Israel that were present, and the inhabitants

5 And stand in the holy place according to of Jerusalem. the divisions of the families of the fathers of 19 In the eighteenth year of the reign of Joyour brethren the people, and after the divi- siah was this passover kept. sion of the families of the Levites.

20 | After all this, when Josiah had pre6 So kill the passover, and sanctify your-pared the temple, Necho king of Egypt came selves, and prepare your brethren, that they up to fight against Charchemish by Eumay do according to the word of the LORD phrates: and Josiah went out against him. by the hand of Moses.

21 But he sent ambassadors to him, saying, 7 And Josiah gave to the people, of the What have I to do with thee, thou king of flock, lambs and kids, all for the passover- Judah ? I come not against thee this day, but offerings, for all that were present, to the against the house wherewith I have war: for number of thirty thousand, and three thou. God commanded me to make haste : forbear sand bullocks: these were of the king's sub- thee from meddling with God, who is with

me, that he destroy thee not. 8 And his princes gave willingly unto the 22 Nevertheless Josiah would not turn his people, to the priests, and to the Levites: face from him, but disguised himself that he Hilkiah and Zechariah and Jehiel, rulers of might fight with him, and hearkened not unto the house of God, gave unto the priests for the words of Necho from the mouth of God, the passover-offerings two thousand and six and came to fight in the valley of Megiddo. hundred small cattle, and three hundred 23 And the archers shot at king Josiah; and

the king said to his servants, Have me away; 9 Cononiah also, and Shemaiah, and Ne- for I am sore wounded. thaneel, his brethren, and Hashabiah, and 24 His servants therefore took him out of Jeiel, and Jozabad, chief of the Levites, gave that chariot, and put him in the second chaunto the Levites for passover-offerings five riot that he had; and they brought him to Jethousand small cattle, and five hundred oxen. rusalem, and he died, and was buried in one

10 So the service was prepared, and the of the sepulchres of his fathers. And all Jupriests stood in their place, and the Levites dah and Jerusalem mourned for Josiah. in their courses, according to the king's 25 | And Jeremiah lamented for Josiah : commandment.

and all the singing men and the singing wo11 And they killed the passover, and the men spake of Josiah in their lamentations to



Pharaoh deposes Jehoahaz. CHAP. XXXVI. The proclamation of Cyrus. this day, and made them an ordinance in Is-, 12 And he did that which was evil in the rael: and behold, they are written in the la- sight of the Lord his God, and humbled not mentations.

himself before Jeremiah the prophet speak. 26 Now the rest of the acts of Josiah, and|ing from the mouth of the Lord. his goodness, according to that which was 13 And he also rebelled against king Nebuwritten in the law of the LORD,

chadnezzar, who had made him swear by 27 And bis deeds, first and last, behold, God: but he stiffened his neck, and hardenthey are written in the book of the kings of ed his heart from turning unto the LORD Israel and Judah.

God of Israel.

14 Moreover, all the chief of the priests, 1 Jehoahaz succeeding is deposed by Pharaoh, and the people, transgressed very much af

and curried into Egypt. 5 Jehoiakim reign- ter all the abominations of the heathen; and ing ill is carried bound into Babylon. 9 Jeho: polluted the house of the Lord which he had iachin succeeding reigneth ill, and is br ght | hallowed in Jerusalem. into Babylon. 11 Zedekiah succeeding reigneth ill, and despiseth the prophets, and rebel

15 And the LORD God of their fathers sent leth against Nebuchadnezzar. 14 Jerusalem to them by his messengers, rising up betimes for the sins of the priests and people, is wholly and sending; because he had compassion on destroyed. 22 The proclamation of Cyrus. his people, and on his dwelling-place: T THEN the people of the land took Jeho. 16' But they mocked the messengers of

ahaz the son of Josial, and made him God, and despised his words, and misused king in his father's stead in Jerusalem. his prophets, until the wrath of the Lord

2 Jehoahaz was twenty and three years old arose against his people, till there was no when he began to reign, and he reigned three remedy. months in Jerusalem.

17 Therefore he brought upon them the 3 And the king of Egypt put him down at king of the Chaldees, who slew their young Jerusalem, and condemned the land in a hun-men with the sword in the house of their sancdred talents of silver and a talent of gold. tuary, and had no compassion upon young

4 And the king of Egypt made Eliakim his man or maiden, old man, or him that stooped brother king over Judali and Jerusalem, and for age: he gave them all into his hand. turned his name to Jehoiakim. And Necho 18 Ånd all the vessels of the house of God, look Jehoahaz his brother, and carried him great and sinall, and the treasures of the to Egypt.

house of the Lord, and the treasures of the 5. Jehoiakim was twenty and five years king, and of his princes; all these he brought old when he began to reign, and he reigned to Babylon. eleven years in Jerusalem: and he did that 19 And they burnt the house of God, and which was evil in the sight of the LORD his God. brake down the wall of Jerusalem, and burnt

6 Against him came up Nebuchadnezzar all the palaces thereof with fire, and destroyking of Babylon, and bound him in fetters, ed all the goodly vessels thereof. to carry him to Babylon.

20 And them that had escaped from the 7 Nebuchadnezzar also carried of the ves- sword carried he away to Babylon; where sels of the house of the LORD to Babylon, and they were servants to him and his sons until put them in his temple at Babylon.

the reign of the kingdom of Persia : 8 Now the rest of the acts of Jehoiakim, and 21 To fulfil the word of the Lord by the his abominations which he did, and that mouth of Jeremiah, until the land had enjoy. which was found in him, behold, they are ed her sabbaths: for as long as she lay deso. written in the book of the kings of Israel and late she kept sabbath, to fulfil threescore and Judah. And Jehoiachin his son reigned in ten years. his stead.

22 | Now in the first year of Cyrus king of 9 ? Jehoiachin was eight years old when Persia, that the word of the LORD spoken by he began to reign, and he reigned three the mouth of Jeremiah might be accomplishimonths and ten days in Jerusalem: and he i ed, the Lord stirred up the spirit of Cyrus did that which was evil in the sight of the king of Persia, that he made a proclamation LORD.

throughout all his kingdom, and put it also 10 And when the year was expired, king in writing, saying, Nebuchadnezzar sent, and brought him to 23 Thus saith Cyrus king of Persia, All the Babylon, with the goodly vessels of the house kingdoms of the earth liath the LORD Godef of the LORD, and made Zedekiah his brother heaven given me; and he hath charged me king over Judah and Jerusalem.

to build him a house in Jerusalem, which 28 11 | Zedekiah was one and twenty years in Judah. Who is there among you of all old when he began to reign, and reigned his people ? The LORD his God be with him, eleven years in Jerusalem.

and let him go up.


the mouth of Jeremiah might be fulfilled, the 1 The proclamation of Cyrus for the building of Lord stirred up the spirit of Cyrus king of

the temple. 5 The people provide for the return. Persia, that he made a proclamation through7 Cyrus restoreth the vessels of the temple to out all his kingdom, and put it also in wriSheshbazzar.

ting, saying, NO

TOW in the first year of Cyrus king of 2 Thus saith Cyrus king of Persia, The Persia, that the word of the LORD by LORD God of heaven hath given me all the


Vessels of the temple restored.


The number of those kingdoms of the earth; and he hath charged dren of Jeshua and Joab, two thousand eight me to build him a house at Jerusalem, which hundred and twelve. is in Judah.

7 The children of Elam, a thousand two 3 Who is there among you of all his peo- hundred fifty and four. ple? his God be with him, and let him go up 8 The children of Zattu, nine hundred for. to Jerusalem, which is in Judah, and build ty and five. the house of the LORD God of Israel, (he is 9 The children of Zaccai, seven hundred the God,) which is in Jerusalem.

and threescore. 4 And whosoever remaineth in any place 10 The children of Bani, six hundred forty where he sojourneth, let the men of his place and two. help him with silver, and with gold, and with 11 The children of Bebai, six hundred twensoods, and with beasts, besides the free-will-ty and three. offering for the house of God that is in Je-12 The children of Azgad, a thousand two rusalem.

hundred twenty and two. 59 Then rose up the chief of the fathers of 13 The children of Adonikam, six hundred Judah and Benjamin, and the priests, and sixty and six. the Levites, with all them whose spirit God 14 The children of Bigvai, two thousand had raised, to go up to build the house of the fifty and six. Lord which is in Jerusalem.

15 The children of Adin, four hundred fifty 6 And all they that were about them strength- and four. ened their hands with vessels of silver, with 16 The children of Ater of Hezekiah, ninegold, with goods, and with beasts, and with ty and eight. precious things, besides all that was willing. '17 The children of Bezai, three hundred ly offered.

twenty and three. 79 Also Cyrus the king brought forth the 18 The children of Jorali, a hundred and vessels of the house of the Lord, which Ne- twelve. buchadnezzar had brought forth out of Jeru- 19 The children of Hashum, two hundred salem, and had put them in the house of his twenty and three. gods ;

20 The children of Gibbar, ninety and five. 8 Even those did Cyrus king of Persia bring 21 The children of Beth-lehem, a hundred forth by the hand of Mithredath the treasu- twenty and three. rer, and numbered them unto Sheshbazzar, 22 The men of Netophah, fifty and six. the prince of Judah.

23 The men of Anathoth, a hundred twen9 And this is the number of them : thirty ty and eight. chargers of gold, a thousand chargers of sil- 24 The children of Azmaveth, forty and ver, nine and twenty knives,

two. 10 Thirty basons of gold, silver basons of a 25 The children of Kirjath-arim, Chephisecond sort four hundred and ten, and other rah, and Beeroth, seven hundred and forty vessels a thousand.

and three. 11 All the vessels of gold and of silver were 26 The children of Ramali and Gaba, six five thousand and four hundred. All these hundred twenty and one. did Sheshbazzar bring up with them of the 27 The men of Michmas, a hundred twenty captivity that were brought up from Babylon and two. unto Jerusalem.

28 The men of Beth-el and Ai, two hundred CHAP. II.

twenty and three. 1 The number that return of the people, 36 of the

29 The children of Nebo, fifty and two. priests, 40 of the Levites, 43 of the Nethinims,

30 The children of Magbishi, a hundred fifty 55 of Solomon's servants, 62 of the priests and six. which could not shew their pedigree. 64 The

31 The children of the other Elam, a tlouwhole number of them, with their substance. sand two hundred fifty and four. 68 Their oblations.

32 The children of Harim, three hundred Tow these are the children of the pro- and twenty..

33 The children of Lod, Hadid, and Ono, of those which had been carried away, whom seven hundred twenty and five. Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon had 34 The children of Jericho, three hundred carried away unto Babylon, and came again forty and five. unto Jerusalem and Judah, every one unto 35 The children of Senaah, three thousand his city;

and six hundred and thirty. 2 Which came with Zerubbabel: Jeshua, 36 The priests: the children of Jedaiali, Nehemiah, Seraiah, Reelaiah, Mordecai, of the house of Jeshua, nine hundred seven Bilshan, Mizpar, Bigvai, Rehum, Baanah. ty and three. The number of the men of the people of Is- 37 The children of Immer, a thousand fifty rael:

and two. 3 The children of Parosh, two thousand a 38 The children of Pashur, a thousand two hundred seventy and two.

hundred forty and seven. 4 The children of Shephatiah, three hun- 39 The children of Harim, a thousand and dred seventy and two.

seventeen. 5 The children of Arah, seven hundred se- 40 | The Levites: the children of Jeshua venty and five.

and Kadmiel, of the children of Hodaviah, 6 The children of Pahath-moab, of the chil- | seventy and four.


who returned from Babylon. CHAP. III.

The altar set up. 41 , The singers: the children of Asaph, / among them two hundred singing-men and a hundred twenty and eight.

singing-women. 42 | The children of the porters: the chil- 66 Their horses were seyen hundred thirty dren of Shallum, the children of Ater, the and six; their mules, two hundred forty and children of Talmon, the children of Akkub, five; the children of Hatita, the children of Sho- 67 Their camels, four hundred thirty and bai, in all a hundred thirty and nine. five; their asses, six thousand seven hundred

43 | The Nethinims: the children of Ziha, and twenty. the children of Hasupha, the children of 68 | And some of the chief of the fathers, Tabbaoth,

when they came to the house of the Lord 44 The children of Keros, the children of which is at Jerusalem, offered freely for the Siaha, the children of Padon,

house of God to set it up in his place: 45 The children of Lebanah, the children 69 They gave after their ability unto the of Hagabah, the children of Akkub, treasure of the work threescore and one

46 The children of Hagab, the children of thousand drams of gold, and five thousand Shalmai, the children of Hanan,

pounds of silver, and one hundred priests' 47 The children of Giddel, the children of garments. Gahar, the children of Reaiali,

70 So the priests, and the Levites, and 48 The children of Rezin, the children of some of the people, and the singers, and the Nekoda, the children of Gazzam,

porters, and the Nethinims, dwelt in their 49 The children of Uzza, the children of cities, and all Israel in their cities. Paseah, the children of Besai,

CHAP. III. 50 The children of Asnah, the children of 1 The altar is set up. 4 Offerings frequented. Mehunim, the children of Nephusim,

7 Workmen prepared. 8 The foundations of 51 The children of Bakbuk, the children of the temple are laid in great joy and mourning. Hakupla, the children of Harbur, 52. The children of Bazluth, the children of AD when the seventh month was come,

and the children of Israel were in the Mebida, the children of Harsha,

cities, the people gathered themselves to. 53 The children of Barkos, the children of gether as one man to Jerusalem. Sisera, the children of Thamah,

2 Then stood


Jeshua the son of Jozadak, 54 The children of Neziah, the children of and his brethren the priests, and Zerubbabel Hatipha.

the son of Shealtiel, and his brethren, and 55 | The children of Solomon's servants: builded the altar of the God of Israel, to offer the children of Sotai, the children of Sophe- burnt-offerings thereon, as it is written in reth, the children of Peruda,

the law of Moses the man of God. 56 The children of Jaalall, the children of 3 And they set the altar upon his bases; for Darkon, the children of Giddel,

fear was upon them because of the people of 57 The children of Shephatiah, the children those countries: and they offered burntof Hattil, the children of Pochereth of Ze- offerings thereon unto the LORD, even burntbaim, the children of Ami.

offerings morning and evening. 58 All the Nethinims, and the children of 4 They kept also the feast of tabernacles, Solomon's servants, were three hundred as it is written, and offered the daily burntninety and two.

offerings by number, according to the cus59 And these were they which went up from tom, as the duty of every day required; Tel-melah, Tel-harsa, Cherub, Addan, and 5 Andafterward offered the continual burntImmer: but they could not shew their fa- offering, both of the new-moons, and of all ther's house, and their seed, whether they the set feasts of the LORD that were consewere of Israel :

crated, and of every one that willingly offer60 The children of Delaiah, the children of ed a free-will-offering unto the LORD. Tobiah, the children of Nekoda, six hundred 6 From the first day of the seventh month fisty and two.

began they to offer burnt-offerings unto the 61 | And of the children of the priests : the LORD. But the foundation of the temple of children of Habaiah, the children of Koz, the LORD was not yet laid. the children of Barzillai : which took a wife 7 They gave money also unto the masons, of the daughters of Barzillai the Gileadite, and to the carpenters; and meat, and drink, and was called after their name:

and oil, unto them or Zidon, and to them of 62 These sought their register among those Tyre, to bring cedar-trees from Lebano i to that were reckoned by genealogy, but they the sea of Joppa, according to the grant that were not found: therefore were they, as pol- they had of Cyrus king of Persia. luted, put from the priesthood.

8 | Now in the second year of their coming 63 And the Tirshatha said unto them, that unto the house of God at Jerusalem, in the they should not eat of the most holy things, second month, began Zerubbabel the son of till there stood up a priest with Urim and Shealtiel, and Jeshua the son of Jozadak, with Thummim.

and the remnant of their brethren the priests 64 | The whole congregation together was and the Levites, and all they that were come forty and two thousand ihree hundred and out of the captivity unto Jerusalem; and ap; threescore,

pointed the Levites, from twenty years old 65 Besides their servants and their maids, and upward, to set forward the work of the of whom there were seven thousand three house of the LORD. hundred thirty and seven: and there were 9 Then stood Jeshua with his sons and his


Foundation of the temple laid. EZRA. The enemies' letter to Arlaxerxes brethren, Kadmiel and his sons, the sons of (scribe wrote a letter against Jerusalem to Judalı, together, to set forward the workmen Artaxerxes the king in this sort : in the house of God: the song of Henadad, 9 Then wrote Rehum the chancellor, and with their sons and their brethren the Le-Shimshai the scribe, and the rest of their vites.

companions; the Dinaites, the Apharsath10 And when the builders laid the founda- chites, the Tarpelites, the Apharsites, the tion of the temple of the Lord, they set the Archevites, the Babylonians, the Susanpriests in their apparel with trumpets, and chites, the Delavites, and the Elamites, the Levites the sons of Asaph with cymbals, 10 And the rest of the nations whom the to praise the LORD, after the ordinance of great and noble Asnapper brought over, and David king of Israel.

set in the cities of Samaria, and the rest that 11. And they sang together by course in are on this side the river, and at such a time. praising and giving thanks into the Lord; 11 | This is the copy of the letter that they because he is good, for his mercy endureth sent unto him, even into Artaxerxes the for ever to ward Israel. And all the people king; Thy servants the men on this side the shouted with a great shout, when they praised river, and at such a time. the Lord), because the foundation of the 12 Be it known unto the king, that the Jews house of the Lord was laid.

which came up from thee to us, are come 12 But many of the priests and Levites and unto Jerusalem, building the rebellious and chief of the fathers, who were ancient men, the bad city, and have set up the walls there, that had seen the first house, when the foun- of, and joined the foundations. dation of this house was laid before their 13 Be it known now unto the king, that if eyes, wept with a loud voice; and many this city be builded, and the walls set up shouted aloud for joy:

again, then will they not pay toll, tribute, 13 So that the people could not discern the and custom, and so thou shalt endamage the noise of the shout of joy from the noise of the revenue of the kings. weeping of the people: for the people shout- 14 Now because we have maintenance from ed with a loud shout, and the noise was heard the king's palace, and it was not meet for us afar off.

to see the king's dishonour, therefore have CHAP. IV.

we sent and certified the king; 1 The adversaries, being not accepted in the

15 That search inay be made in the book of building of the temple with the Jews, endea- the records of thy fathers: so shalt thou find vour to hinder it. 7 Their letter to Artaxerxes. in the book of the records, and know that 17 The decree of Artaxerxes. 23 The building this city is a rebellious city, and hurtful unto is hindcred.

kings and provinces, and that they have NO

COW when the adversaries of Judah and moved sedition within the same of old time :

Benjamin heard that the children of the for which cause was this city destroyed. captivity builded the temple unto the LORD 16 We certify the king that, if this city be God of Israel;

builded again, and the walls thereof set up, 2 Then they came to Zerubbabel, and to by this means thou shalt have no portion on the chief of the fathers, and said unto them, this side the river. Let us build with you: for we seek your God, 17 | Then sent the king an answer unto as ye do; and we do sacrifice unto him since Rehüm the chancellor, and to Shimshai the the days of Esar-haddon king of Assur, which scribe, and to the rest of their companions brought us up hither.

that dwell in Samaria, and unto the rest be 3 But Zerubbabel, and Jeshua, and the rest yond the river, Peace, and at such a time. of the chief of the fathers of Israel, said unto 18 The letter which ye sent unto us hath them, Ye have nothing to do with us to build been plainly read before me. a house unto our God; but we ourselves to- 19 And I commanded, and search hath been gether will build unto the LORD God of Is- made, and it is found that this city of old time rael, as king Cyrus the king of Persia hath hath made insurrection against kings, and commanded us.

that rebellion and sedition have been made 4 Then the people of the land weakened therein. the hands of the people of Judah, and trou- 20 There liave been mighty kings also over bled them in building,

Jerusalem, which have ruled over all coun5 And hired counsellors against them, to tries beyond the river: and toll, tribute, and frustrate their purpose, all the days of Cyrus custom, was paid unto them. king of Persia, even until the reign of Darius 21 Give ye now commandment to cause king of Persia.

these men to cease, and that this city be not 6 And in the reign of Ahasuerus, in the builded, until another commandment shall be beginning of his reign, wrote they unto him given from me. an accusation against the inhabitants of Ju- 22 Take heed now that ye fail not to do dah and Jerusalem.

this: why should damage grow to jhe hurt 7 1 And in the days of Artaxerxes wrote of the kings? Bishlan, Mithredath, Tabeel, and the rest 23 Now when the copy of king Artaxof their companions unto Artaxerxes king erxes' letter was read before Rehum, and of Persia; and the writing of the letter was Shimshai the scribe, and their companions, written in the Syrian tongue, and interpret- they went up in haste to Jerusalem unto the ed in the Syrian tongue.

Jews, and made them to cease by force and 8 Rehum the chancellor and Shimshai the


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