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The house of God cleansed. CHAP. XXIX. Hezekiah's solemn sacrifices. the porch, and put out the lamps, and have kingdom, and for the sanctuary, and for not burned incense nor offered burnt-offer- Judah. And he commanded the priests ings in the holy place unto the God of the sons of Aaron to offer them on the altar

of the LORD. 8 Wherefore the wrath of the LORD was 22 So they killed the bullocks, and the upon Judah and Jerusalem, and he hath priests received the blood, and sprinkled delirered them to trouble, to astonishment, it on the altar: likewise, when they had and to hissing, as ye see with your eyes. killed the rams, they sprinkled the blood

9 For lo, our fathers have fallen by the upon the altar : they killed also the lambs, sword, and our sons and our daughters and and they sprinkled the blood upon the altar. our wives are in captivity for this.

23 And they brought forth the he-goats 10 Now it is in mine heart to make a for the sin-offering before the king and the corenant with the Lord God of Israel, that congregation; and they laid their hands his fierce wrath may turn away from us. upon them :

11 My sons, be not now negligent: for 24 And the priests killed them, and the LORD liath chosen you to stand before they made reconciliation with their blood him, to serve him, and that ye should upon the altar, to make an atonement for minister unto him, and burn incense. all Israel: for the king commanded that the

12 . Then the Levites arose, Mahath burnt-offering and the sin-offering should be the son of Amasai, and Joel the son of made for all Israel. Azariah, of the sons of the Kohathites: 25 And he set the Levites in the house and of the sons of Merari, Kish the son of of the Lord with cymbals, with psalteries,

dui, and Azariah the son of Jehalelel: and with harps, according to the comand of the Gershonites; Joal, the son of mandment of David, and of Gad the king's Zarmah, and Eden the son of Joah: seer, and Nathan the prophet: for so was

13 And of the sons of Elizaphan; Shim- the commandment of the LORD by his ri, and Jeiel: and of the sons of Asaph; prophets. Zachariah, and Mattaniah :

26 And the Levites stood with the in11 And of the sons of Heman; Jehiel, struments of David, and the priests with and Shimei: and of the sons of Jeduthun; the trumpets. Shemajah, and Uzziel.

127 And Hezekiah commanded to offer 15 And they gathered their brethren, the burnt-offering upon the altar. And and sanctified themselves, and came, ac- when the burnt-offering began, the song cording to the commandment of the king, of the LORD began also with the trumpets, by the words of the LORD, to cleanse the and with the instruments ordained by Dahouse of the LORD.

vid king of Israel 16 And the priests went into the inner 28 And all the congregation worshipped, part of the house of the Lord, to cleanse and the singers sang, and the trumpeters it, and brought out all the uncleanness that sounded : and all this continued until the they found in the temple of the LORD into burnt-offering was finished. the court of the house of the LORD. And 29 And when they had made an end of the Levites took it, to carry it out abroad offering, the king and all that were preinto the brook Kidron.

sent with him bowed themselves, and wor17 Now they began on the first day of shipped. the first month to sanctify, and on the 30 Moreover, Hezekiah the king and eighth day of the month came they to the the princes commanded the Levites to sing porch of the LORD : so they sanctified the praise unto the LORD with the words of house of the LORD, in eight days; and in David, and of Asaph the seer. And they the sixteenth day of the first month they sang praises with gladness, and they bowed made an end.

their heads and worshipped. 18 Then they went in to Hezekiah the 31 Then Hezekiah answered and said, king, and said, We have cleansed all the Now ye have consecrated yourselves unto house of the LORD, and the altar of burnt- the Lord, come near and bring sacrifices ollering, with all the vessels thereof, and and thank-offerings into the house of the the shew-bread table, with all the vessels Lord. And the congregation brought in thereof.

sacrifices and thank-offerings; and, as many 19 Moreover all the vessels, which king as were of a free heart, burnt-offerings. Ahaz in his reign did cast away in his 32 And the number of the burnt-offertransgression, have we prepared and sanc- ings, which the congregation brought, was tified, and behold, they arc before the al- threescore and ten bullocks, an hundred tar of the LORD.

rams, and two hundred lambs: all these 20 Then Hezekiah the king rose early, were for a burnt-offering to the LORD. and gathered the rulers of the city, and 33 And the consecrated things, were six went up to the house of the LORD.

hundred oxen and three thousand sheep. 21 And they brought seven bullocks, 34 But the priests were too few, so that and seven rams, and seven lambs, and they could not flay all the burnt-offerings : seven he-goats, for a sin-offering for the wherefore their brethren the Levites did

10 give

A passover is proclaimed, II. CHRONICLES. and solemnly observed. help them till the work was ended, and! 11 Nevertheless, divers of Asher and Mauntil the other priests had sanctified them- nasseh and of Zebulun humbled themstives : for the Levites rocre more upright selves, and came to Jerusalem. in heart to sanctify theinselves than the 12 Also in Judah the hand of God was priests.

to give them one heart to do the com* 35 And also the burnt-offerings were in mandment of the king and of the princes, abundance, with the fat of the peace-offor- by the word of the LORD. ings, and the drink-offerings for every burnt- 13 4 And there assembled at Jerusalem offering. So the service of the house of much people to keep the feast of unleaventhe LORD was set in order.

led bread in the second month, a very great 36 And Hezekiah rejoiced, and all the congregation. people, that God had prepared the people: / 14 And they arose and took away the for the thing was done suddenly.

| altars that were in Jerusalem, and all the CHAP. XXX.

altars for incense took they away, and cast AND Hezekiah sent to all Israel and them into the brook Kidron. h Judah, and wrote letters also to 15 Then they killed the passover on Ephraim and Manasseh, that they should the fourteenth day of the second month : come to the house of the LORD at Jeru- and the priests and the Levites were salern, to keep the passover unto the LORD ashamed, and sanctified themselves, and God of Israel.

brought in the burnt-offerings into the . 2 For the king had taken counsel, and house of the EORD. his princes, and all the congregation in Je- 16 And they stood in their place after rusalem, to keep the passover in the second their manner, according to the law of Moinonth.

ses the man of God: the priests sprinkled 3 For they could not keep it at that time, the blood, which they received of the hand because the priests had not sanctified them- of the Levites. selves sufficiently, neither had the people 17 For there were many in the congregathered themselves together to Jerusalem. gation that were not sanctified: therefore

4 And the thing pleased the king and all the Levites had the charge of the killing the congregation.

of the passovers for every one that was not 5 So they established a decree to make clean, to sanctify them unto the LORD. proclamation throughout all Israel, from · 18 For a multitude of the people, even Beer-sheba even to Dan, that they should many of Ephraim, and Manasseh, Issa come to keep the passover unto the LORD char and Zebulun, had not cleansed themGod of Israel at Jerusalem: for they had selves, yet did they eat the passover othernot done it of a long time in such sort as it wise than it was written. But Hezekiah was written.

prayed for them, saying, The good Loud 6 So the posts went with the letters from pardon every one. the king and his princes throughout all Is- 19 That prepareth his heart to seek rael and Judah, and according to the com- God, the LORD God of his fathers, though mandment of the king, saying, Ye chil-lhe be not cleansed according to the purifidren of Israel, turn again unto the LORD |cation of the sanctuary. God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, and 20 And the LORD hearkened to Hezehe will return to the remnant of you that kiah, and healed the people. are escaped out of the hand of the kings of 21 And the children of Israel that were Assyria.

present at Jerusalem kept the feast of un7 And be not ye like your fathers, and leavened bread seven days with great gladlike your brethren, which trespassed againstness : and the Levites and the priests praisthe Lord God of their fathers, who there-ed the LORD day by day, singing with loud fore gave them up to desolation, as ye see. instruments unto the LORD.

8 Now be ye not stiff-necked, as your 22 And Hezekiah spake comfortably fathers were, but yield yourselves unto the unto all the Levites that taught the good LORD, and enter into his sanctuary, which knowledge of the LORD: and they did he hath sanctified for ever : and serve the eat throughout the feast seven days, offerLORD your God, that the fierceness of his ing peace-offerings, and making consession wrath may turn away from you.

to the LORD God of their fathers. 9 For if ye turn again unto the LORD, 23 And the whole assembly took counyour brethren and your children shall find sel to keep other seven days : and they compassion before them that lead them kept other seven days with gladness. captive, so that they shall come again into 24 For Hezekiah king of Judah did this land : for the LORD your God is gra- give to the congregation a thousand bulcious and merciful, and will not turn away locks and seven thousand sheep; and the his face from you, if ye return unto him. princes gave to the congregation a thou

10 So the posts passed from city to city sand bullocks and ten thousand sheep: and through the country of Ephraim and Ma- a great number of priests sanctified thempasseh even unto Zebulun: but they laugh-selves. ed them to scorn, and mocked them. 25 And all the congregation of Judah,with

Idolatry is destroyed. CHAP. XXXI, XXXII. Hezekiah's sincerity. the priests and the Levites, and all the con- I had enough to eat, and have left plenty : gregation that came out of Israel, and the for the Lord hath blessed his people, and strangers that came out of the land of Israel, that which is left is this great store. and that dwelt in Judah, rejoiced.

T 11 | Then Hezekiah commanded to 26 So there was great joy in Jerusalem : prepare chambers in the house of the for since the time of Solomon the son of LORD; and they prepared them, David king of Israel there was not the like 12 And brought in the offerings and the in Jerusalem.

tithes, and the dedicated things faithfully : 27 [ Then the priests the Levites arose over which Cononiah the Levite was ruler and blessed the people: and their voice and Shimei his brother was the next. was beard, and their prayer came up to his 13 And Jebiel, and Azaziah, and Naholy dwelling-place, even unto heaven. hath, and Asabel, and Jerimoth, and JoCHAP. XXXI.

zabad, and Eliel, and Ismachiah, and MaN OW when all this was finished, all hath, and Benaiah, were overseers under

Israel that were present went out to the hand of Cononiah and Shimei his the cities of Judah, and brake the images brother, at the commandment of Hezekiah in pieces, and cut down the groves, and the king, and Azariah the ruler of the threw down the high places and the altars house of God. out of all Judah and Benjamin, in Ephraim 14 And Kore the son of Imnah the Lealso and Manasseh, until they had utterly vite, the porter toward the east, was over destroyed them all. Then all the children the freewill-offerings of God, to distribute of Israel returned, every man to his pos- the oblations of the LORD, and the most session, into their own cities.

holy things. 2 And Hezekiah appointed the courses 15 And next him were Eden, and Miniof the priests and the Levites after their amin, and Jeshua, and Shemaiah, Amariah, courses, every man according to his ser- and Shecaniah, in the cities of the priests, vice, the priests and Levites for burnt- in their set office, to give to their brethren offerings and for peace-offerings, to minis- by courses, as well to the great as to the ter, and to give thanks, and to praise in the small: gates of the tents of the LORD.

16 Beside their genealogy of males, 3 He appointed also the king's portion from three years old and upward, even of his substance for the burnt-offerings, to unto every one that entereth into the house wit, for the morning and evening burnt- of the LORD, his daily portion for their offerings, and the burnt-offerings for the service in their charges according to their sabbaths, and for the new-moons, and for courses; the set feasts, as it is written in the law of 17 Both to the genealogy of the priests the LORD.

| by the house of their fathers, and the Le4 Moreover, he commanded the people vites from twenty years old and upward, that dwelt in Jerusalem to give the portion in their charges, by their courses; of the priests and the Levites, that they 18 And to the genealogy of all their litmight be encouraged in the law of the tle ones, their wives, and their sons, and LORD.

their daughters, through all the congrega5 [ And as soon as the commandmenttion : for in their set office they sanctified came abroad, the children of Israel brought themselves in holiness : in abundance the first-fruits of corn, wine, 19 Also of the sons of Aaron the priests, and oil, and honey, and of all the increase which were in the fields of the suburbs of of the field; and the tithe of all things their cities, in every several city, the men brought they in abundantly.

Ithat were expressed by name, to give por6 And concerning the children of Israel tions to all the males among the priests, and Judah, that dwelt in the cities of Ju- and to all that were reckoned by genealodah, they also brought in the tithe of oxen gies among the Levites. and sheep, and the tithe of holy things 20 I And thus did Hezekiah throughout which were consecrated unto the LORD all Judah, and wrought that which was their God, and laid them by heaps.

good and right and truth before the LORD In the third month they began to lay his God. the foundation of the heaps, and finished 21 And in every work that he began in them in the seventh month

the service of the house of God, and in the 8 And when Hezekiah and the princes law, and in the commandments, to seek came and saw the heaps, they blessed the his God, he did it with all his heart, and LORD, and his people Israel.

prospered. 9 Then Hezekiah questioned with the

CHAP. XXXII. priests and the Levites concerning the AFTER thesc things, and the establishheaps.

A ment thereof, Sennacherib king of 10 And Azariah the chlef priest of the Assyria came, and entered into Judah, and house of Zadok answered him, and said, encamped against the fenced cities, and Since the people began to bring the offer thought to win them for himself. ings into the house of the LORD, we have 2 And when Hezekiah saw that Senna

Sonnacherib invades Judah. II. CHRONICLES. The Assyrians destroyed. cherib was come, and that he was purposed 16 And his servants spake yet more to fight against Jerusalem,

against the LORD God, and against his ser3 He took counsel with his princes and vant Hezekiah. his mighty men to stop the waters of the 17 He wrote also letters to rail on the fountains which were without the city : Lord God of Israel, and to speak against and they did help him.

him, saying, As the gods of the nations of 4 So there was gathered much people other lands have not delivered their people together, who stopped all the fountains, out of mine hand, so shall not the God and the brook that ran through the midst of Hezekiah deliver his people out of mine of the land, saying, Why should the kings hand. of Assyria come, and find much water? 18 Then they cried with a loud voice, in

5 Also he strengthened himselfand the Jews' speech, unto the people of Jerubuilt up all the wall that was broken, and salem that were on the wall, to affright raised it up to the towers, and another wall them, and to trouble them; that they without, and repaired Millo in the city of might take the city. David, and made darts and shields in abun- 19 And they spake against the God of dance.

Jerusalem, as against the gods of the peo6 And he set captains of war over the ple of the earth, which were the work of people, and gathered them together to him the hands of man. in the street of the gate of the city, and 20 I And for this cause Hezekiah the spake comfortably to them, saying, king, and the prophet Isaiah the son of

7 Be strong and courageous, be not Amoz, prayed and cried to heaven. afraid nor dismayed for the king of Assy- 21 And the LORD sent an angel, which ria, nor for all the multitude that is with him : cut off all the mighty men of valour, and for there be more with us than with him : the leaders and captains in the camp of

8 With him is an arm of flesh; but with the king of Assyria. So he returned with us is the Lord our God to help us, and to shame of face to his own land. And when fight our battles. And the people rested he was come into the house of his god, theniselves upon the words of Hezekiah they that came forth of his own bowels slew king of Judah.

him there with the sword. 9 1 After this did Sennacherib king of 22 Thus the LORD saved Hezekiah and Assyria send his servants to Jerusalem, the inhabitants of Jerusalem from the hand (but he himself laid siege against Lachish, of Sennacherib the king of Assyria, and and all his power with him,) unto Heze- from the hand of all other, and guided them kiah king of Judah, and unto all Judah on every side. that were at Jerusalem, saying,

123 And many brought gifts unto the 10 Thus saith Sennacherib king of As. Lord to Jerusalem, and presents to Hezesyria, Whereon do ye trust, that ye abide kiah king of Judah: so that he was magniin the siege in Jerusalem ?

fied in the sight of all nations from thence11 Doth not Hezekiah persuade you to forth. give over yourselves to die by famine and 24 In those days Hezekiah was sick by thirst, saying, The LORD our God shall to the death, and prayed unto the LORD : deliver us out of the hand of the king of and he spake unto him, and he gave him a Assyria ?

sign. 12 Hath not the same Hezekiah taken 25 But Hezekiah rendered not again away his high places, and his altars, and according to the benefit done unto him; for commanded Judah and Jerusalem, saying, his heart was lifted up: therefore there was Ye shall worship before one altar, and wrath upon him, and upon Judah and Jeburn incense upon it?

rusalem. 13 Know ye not what I and my fathers 26 Notwithstanding, Hezekiah humbled have done unto all the people of other himself for the pride of his heart, both he lands? were the gods of the nations of those and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, so that lands any ways able to deliver their lands the wrath of the LORD came not upon them out of mine hand ?

in the days of Hezekiah. 14 Who was there among all the gods 27 | And Hezekiah had exceeding much of those nations that my fathers utterly de- riches and honour': and he made himself stroyed, that could deliver his people out treasuries for silver, and for gold, and for of mine hand, that your God should be able precious stones, and for spices, and for to deliver you out of mine hand ?

shields, and for all manner of pleasant jew15 Now therefore let not Hezekiah de-els: ceive you, nor persuade you on this man- 28 Storehouses also for the increase of ner, neither yet believe him: for no god corn, and wine, and oil; and stalls for all of any nation or kingdom was able to de- manner of beasts, and cotes for flocks. liver his people out of mine hand, and out 29 Moreover, he provided him cities, of the hand of my fathers: how much less and possessions of flocks and herds in abunshall your God deliver you out of mine dance: for God had given him substance hand 1

very much.

Manasseh's wicked reign. CHAP. XXXIII. Amon's wicked reign.

30 This same Hezekiah also stopped the and to his people: but they would not apper water-course of Gihon, and brought hearken. t straight down to the west side of the city 11 Wherefore the Lord brought upon of David. And Hezekiah prospered in all them the captains of the host of the king his works.

lof Assyria, which took Manasseh among 31 [ Howbeit, in the business of the am- the thorns, and bound him with fetters, and bassadors of the princes of Babylon, who carried him to Babylon. sent unto him to inquire of the wonder that 12 And when he was in affliction, he was done in the land, God left him, to try besought the LORD his God, and humbled him, that he might know all that was in himself greatly before the God of his his heart.

fathers, 32 ! Now the rest of the acts of Heze- 13 And prayed unto him : and he was kiah, and his goodness, behold, they are entreated of him, and heard his supplicawritten in the vision of Isaiah the prophet, tion, and brought him again to Jerusalem the son of Amoz, and in the book of the into his kingdom. Then Manasseh knew kings of Judah and Israel.

that the LORD he was God. 33 And Hezekiah slept with his fathers, 14 | Now after this, he built a wall withand they buried him in the chiefest of the out the city of David, on the west side of sepulchres of the sons of David : and all Gihon, in the valley, even to the entering Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem did in at the fish-gate, and compassed about him honour at his death : and Manasseh Ophel, and raised it up a very great height, his son reigned in his stead.

and put captains of war in all the fenced CHAP. XXXIII.

cities of Judah. M ANASSEH was twelve years old 15 And he took away the strange gods, NI when he began to reign, and he and the idol out of the house of the LORD, reigned fifty and five years in Jerusalem ; and all the altars that he had built in the

2 But did that which was evil in the sight mount of the house of the Lord, and in of the Lord, like unto the abominations of Jerusalem, and cast them out of the city. the heathen, whom the LORD had cast out 16 And he repaired the altar of the before the children of Israel.

LORD, and sacrificed thereon peace-offer3 For he built again the high places ings and thank-offerings, and commanded which Hezekiah his father had broken Judah to serve the LORD God of Israel. down; and he reared up altars for Baalim, 17 Nevertheless, the people did sacrifice and made groves, and worshipped all the still in the high places, yet unto the LORD host of heaven, and served them.

their God only. 4 Also he built altars in the house of the 18 ( Now the rest of the acts of ManasLORD, whereof the LORD had said, in Je-seli, and his prayer unto his God, and the rusalem shall my name be for ever. words of the seers that spake to him in the

5 And he built altars for all the host of name of the LORD God of Israel, behold, heaven in the two courts of the house of they are written in the book of the kings the LORD.

of Israel. 6 And he caused his children to pass 19 His prayer also, and how God was through the fire in the valley of the son of entreated of him, and all his sin, and his Hinnom: also he observed times, and used trespass, and the places wherein he built enchantments, and used witchcraft, and high places, and set up groves and graven dealt with a familiar spirit, and with wi- images, before he was humbled : behold, zards: he wrought much evil in the sight they are written among the sayings of the of the LORD, to provoke him to anger. seers.

7 And he set a carved image, the idol 20 { So Manasseh slept with his fathers, which he had made, in the house of God, and they buried him in his own house : and of which God had said to David and to So- Amon his son reigned in his stead. lomon his son, In this house and in Jerusa- 21 | Amon was two and twenty years lem, which I have chosen before all the old when he began to reign, and reigned tribes of Israel, will I put my name for two years in Jerusalem. ever:

| 22 But he did that which was evil in the Neither will I any more remove the sight of the LORD, as did Manasseh his foot of Israel from out of the land which I father : for Amon sacrificed unto all the have appointed for your fathers; so that carved images which Manasseh his father they will take heed to do all that I have had made, and served them; commanded them, according to the whole 23 And humbled not himself before the law and the statutes and the ordinances by LORD, as Manasseh his father had humthe hand of Moses.

bled himself; but Amon trespassed more 9 So Manasseh made Judah and the in- and more. habitants of Jerusalem to err, and to do 24 And his servants conspired against worse than the heathen, whom the LORD him, and slew him in his own house. had destroyed before the children of Israel.! 25 1 But the people of the land slew all 10 5 And the LORD spake to Manasseh, them that had conspired against king

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