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Death of Joash.

II. CHRONICLES.

Amazrah provokes Joask they came to Judah and Jerusalem, and destroy to battle, fell upon the cities of Judah, from Saed all the princes of the people from among the maria even unto Beth-horon, and smote three people, and sent all the spoil of them unto the thousand of them, and took much spoil. king of Damascus.

'14 1 Now it came to pass, after that Amaziah 24 For the army of the Syrians came with a was come from the slaughter of the Edomites, that small company of men, and the LORD delivered he brought the gods of the children of Seir, and a very great host into their hand, because they set them up to be his gods, and bowed down himhad forsaken the LORD God of their fathers. So self before them, and burned incense into them. they executed judgment against Joash.

15 Wherefore the anger of the LORD was kin25 And when they were departed from him, dled against Amaziah, and he sent unto him a (for they left him in great diseases,) his own prophet, which said unto him, Why hast thou servants conspired against him for the blood of sought after the gods of the people, which could the sons of Jehoiada the priest, and slew him on not deliver their own people out of thy hand ? his bed, and he died: and they buried him in the 16 And it came to pass, as he talked with hiin, city of David, but they buried him not in the that the king said unto him, Art thou made of sepulchres of the kings.

the king's counsel? forbear; why shouldest thou 26 And these are they that cons against be smitten? Then the prophet forbare, and said, him: Zabad the son of Shimeath an Ammonitess, I know that God bath determined to destroy and Jehozabad the son of Shimrith a Moabitess. thee, because thou hast done this, and hast not

27 | Now concerning his sons, and the great-hearkened unto my counsel. ness of the burdens laid upon him, and the re- 17 | Then Amaziah king of Judah took advice, pairing of the house of God, behold, they are and sent to Joash, the son of Jehoahaz, the son written in the story of the book of the kings. of Jehu, king of Israel, saying, Come, let us see And Amaziah his son reigned in his stead. Jone another in the face. CHAP. XXV.

18 And Joash king of Israel sent to Amaziah Amaziah succeedeth Joash.

king of Judah, saying, The thistle that was in A MAZIAH was twenty and five years old Lebanon sent to the cedar that was in Lebanon, A when he began to reign, and he reigned saying, Give thy daughter to my son to wife: twenty and nine years in Jerusalem. And his and there passed by a wild beast that was in mother's name was Jehoaddan of Jerusalem. Lebanon, and trode down the thistle.

2 And he did that which was right in the sight 19 Thou sayest, Lo, thou hast smitten the Edomof the LORD, but not with a perfect heart. lites; and thy heart listeth thee up to boast: abide

31 Now it came to pass, when the kingdom now at home; why shouldest thou meddle lo lly was established to him, that he slew his servants hurt, that thou shouldest fall, even thou, and that had killed the king his father.

Judah with thee? 4 But he slew not their children, but did as it is 20 But Amaziah would not hear; for it came written in the law in the book of Moses, where of God, that he might deliver them into the land the LORD commanded, saying, The fathers shall of their enemies, because they sought after the not die for the children, neither shall the chil- gods of Edom. dren die for the fathers, but every man shall die. So Joash the king of Israel went up; and for his own sin.

they saw one another in the face, both he and 5 1 Moreover, Amaziah gathered Judah to- Anaziah king of Judah, at Beth-shemesls, which gether, and made them captains over thousands, belangeth to Judah. and captains over hundreds, according to the 22 And Judal was put to the worse before la houses of their fathers, throughout all Judah rael, and they fled every man to liis tent and Benjamin: and he numbered them from 23 And Joash the king of Israel took Amaziah twenty years old and above, and found them king of Judah, the son of Joash, the son of Jethree hundred thousand choice men, able to go hoaham, at Beth-shemesh, and brought hini to forth to war, that could handle-spear and shield. Jerusalem, and brake down the wall of Jerusa.

6 He hired also a hundred thousand mighty lem from the gate of Ephraim to the corner-gate, men of valour out of Israel for a hundred talents four hundred cnbits. of silver.

24 And he took all the gold and silver, and all 7 But there came a man of God to him, saying, the vessels that were found in the house of God O king, let not the army of Israel go with thee; with Obed-edom, and the treasures of the king's for the Lord is not with Israel, to wit, with all house, the liostages also, and returned to Samaria. the children of Ephraim,

25 17 And Amaziah, the son of Joash king of 8 But if thou wilt go, do it, be strong for the bat. Judah, lived after the death of Joash, son of Jetle: God shall make thee fall before the enemy: hoalaz king of Israel, tifteen years. for God hath power to help, and to cast down. 26 Now the rest of the acts of Amaziah, first

9 And Amaziah said to the man of God, But and last, behold, are they not written in the bouk what shall we do for the hundred talents which of the kings of Judah and Israel? I have given to the army of Israel? And the 27 1 Now after the time that Amaziah did turn man of God answered, The LORD is able to give away from following the LORD they made a con

spiracy against him in Jerusalem; and he fled 10 Then Amaziah separated them, to wit, the to Lachish: but they sent to Lachish after hini, arıny that was come to him out of Ephraim, to go and slew him there. home again: wherefore their anger was greatly 28 And they brought him upon horses, and kindled against Judah, and they returned home buried him with bis fathers in the city of Judah. in great anger.

CHAP. XXVI. Til And Amaziah strengthened himself, and led

Uzziah succeedeth Amaziah. Torth his people, and went to the valley of Salt, THEN all the people of Judah took Uzziah, ani smote of the children of Seir ten thousand. 1 who was sixteen years old, and made brinu

12 And other ten thousand left alive did the king in the room of his father Anaziah. children of Judah carry away captive, and 2 He built Eloth, and restored it to Judah, after brought them unto the top of the rock, and cast that the king slept with his fathers. them down from the top of the rock, that they 3 Sixteen years old was Uzziah when he began all were broken in pieces.

to reign, and he reigned fifty and two years in 13 1 But the soldiers of the army which Ama- Jerusalem. His mother's name also was Jeco ziah sent back, that they should not go with him'liah of Jerusalem

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Uzziah's reign and death. CHAP. XXVII, XXVIII.

Jotham's good reign. 4 And he did that which was right in the sight|rial which delonged to the kings; for they said, He of the LORD, according to all that his father is a leper: and Jotham his son reigned in his stead. Amaziah did.

CHAP. XXVII. 5 And he sought God in the days of Zechariah,

Jotham's acts and prosperity. who had understanding in the visions of God: TOTHAM was twenty and five years old when and, as long as he sought the LORD, God made he began to reign, and he reigned sixteen him to prosper.

years in Jerusalem. His mother's name also was 6 And he went forth and warred against the Phi- Jerushah, the daughter of Zadok. listines, and brake down the wall of Gath, and the 2 And he did that which was right in the sight wall of Jabneh, and the wall of Ashdod, and built of the LORD, according to all that his father ÜZcities about Ashdod, and among the Philistines. ziah did : howbeit, he entered not into the tem

7 And God helped him against the Philistines, lple of the LORD. And the people did yet corruptly. and against the Arabians that dwelt in Gur 3 He built the high gate of the house of the LORD, baal, and the Mehunims.

and on the wall of Ophel he built much. 8 And the Ammonites gave gifts to Uzziah: and! 4 Moreover, he built cities in the mountains of his name spread abroad even to the entering in of Judah, and in the forests he built castles and Egypt: for he strengthened himself exceedingly. towers.

9 Moreover, Uzziah built towers in Jerusalemn| 5 T lle fo ght also with the king of the Amat the corner-gate, and at the valley-gate, and monites, and prevailed against them. And the at the turning of the wall, and fortified them. children of Ammon gave him the same year a

10 Also he built towers in the desert, ande dig- hundred talents of silver, and ten thousand meaged many wells: for he had much cattle, both in sures of wheat, and ten thousand of barley. So the low country, and in the plains; husbandmen much did the children of Ammon pay unto him, also, and vine-dressers in the mountains, and in both the second year, and the third. Carmel : for he loved husbandry.

| 6 So Jotham became mighty, because he prepa11 Moreover, Uzziah had a host of fighting men, Ired his ways before the LORD his God. that went out to war by bands, according to the 7 1 Now the rest of the acts of Jotham, and all number of their account by the hand of Jeiel the his wars, and his ways, lo, they are written in scribe and Maaseiah the ruler, under the hand the book of the kings of Israel and Judah. of Hananiah, one of the king's captains.

8 He was five and twenty years old when he 12 The whole number of the chief of the fa- began to reign, and reigned sixteen years in Jethers of the mighty men of valour were two rusalem. thousand and six hundred.

91 And Jotham slept with his fathers, and they 13 And under their hand was an army, three buried him in the city of David : and Ahaz his hundred thousand and seven thousand and five son reigned in his stead. hundred, that made war with mighty power, to

CHAP. XXVIII. help the king against the enemy.

Idolatrous reign of Araz. 14 And Uzziah prepared for them throughout all] A HAZ was twenty years old when he began the host, shields, and spears, and helmets, and to reign, and he reigned sixteen years in Jebabergeons, and bows, and slings to cast stones.rusalein: but he did not that which was right in

15 And he made in Jerusalem engines, invented the sight of the LORD, like David his father: by cunning men, to be on the towers and upon 2 For he walked in the ways of the kings of Isthe bulwarks, to shoot arrows and great stonessrael, and made also molten images for Baalim. withal. And his name spread far abroad; for he 3 Moreover, he burnt inccnse in the valley of was marvellously helped, till he was strong. the son of Hinnom, and burnt his children in the

16 1 But when he was strong, his heart was lire, after the abominations of the heathen whom Jifted up to his destruction: for he transgressed the LORD had cast out before the children of Israel. against the LORD his God, and went into the 4 He sacrificed also and burnt incense in the ligla temple of the LORD to burn incense upon the places, and on the hills, and under every green tree. altar of incense.

| 5 Wherefore the Lord his God delivered him 17 And Azariah the priest went in after him, into the hand of the king of Syria; and they and with him fourscore priests of the LORD, that smote him, and carried away a great multitude were valiant men:

Jof them captives, and brought them to Damascus. 18 And they withstood Uzziah the king, and And he was also delivered into the hand of the king said unto him, It appertaineth not unto thee, Uz- of Israel, who smote him with a great slaughter. zial, to burn incense unto the LORD, but to the 6 1 For Pekah the son of Remaliah slew in Jupriests, the sons of Aaron, that are consecrated dah a hundred and twenty thousand in one day, to burn incense: go out of the sanctuary; for which were all valiant men; because they had thou hast trespassed; neither shall it be for thine forsaken the LORD God of their fathers. honour from the LORD God.

17 And Zichri, a mighty man of Ephraim, slew 19 Then Uzziah was wroth, and had a censer Maaseiah the king's son, and Azrikam the goverin his hand to burn incense: and while he was nor of the liouse, and Elkanah that was next to wroth with the priests, the leprosy even rose up the king. in his forehead before the priests in the house of 8 And the children of Israel carried away capthe LORD, from beside the incense-altar.

tive of their brethren two hundred thousand, wo20 And Azariah the chief pricst, and all the mnen, sons, and daughters, and took also away priests looked upon him, and behold, he was much spoil from them, and brought the spoil to leprous in his forehead, and they thrust him out Samaria. from thence: vea, himself hasted also to go out,l 9 But a prophet of the LORD was there, whose because the LORD had smitten him.

name was Oded: and he went out before the host 21 And Uzziah the king was a leper unto the that came to Samaria, and said unto them, Deday of his death, and dwelt in a several house, Thold, because the LORD God of your fathers was being a leper; for he was cut off from the house wroth with Judah, he hath delivered them into of the LORD: and Jotham his son was over the your hand, and ye have slain them in a rage king's house, judging the people of the land. that reacheth up unto heaven.

22 IT Now the rest of the acts of Uzziah, first and 10 And now ye purpose to keep under the chil. last, did Isaiah the prophet, the son of Amoz,write.Idren of Judah and Jerusalem for bond-men and

23 So Uzziah slept with his fathers, and they bond-women unto you: but are there not with yoll, buried him with his fathers in the field of the bu-leven with you, sins against the LORD your Gol?

Arar s impiety and death.

II. CHRONICLES.

The house of God cleansed II Now hear me therefore, and deliver the cap-1 4 And he brought in the priests and the Levites, lives again, which ye have taken captive of your and gathered them together into the east street, brethren: for the fierce wrath of the LORD is up-| 5 And said unto them, Hear me, ye Levites; on you.

Sanctify now yourselves, and sanctify the house 12 Then certain of the heads of the children of of the LORD God of your fathers, and carry forth Ephraim, Azariah the son of Johanan, Berechiah the filthiness out of the holy place. the son or Mesbillemoth, and Jehizkiah the son 6 For our fathers have trespassed, and done of Shallum, and Amasa the son of Hadlai, stood that which was evil in the eyes of the LORD Our up against them that came from the war, God, and have forsaken him, and have turned

13 And said unto them, Ye shall not bring in the away their faces from the habitation of the LORD, captives hither: for whereas we have offended and turned their backs. against the LORD already, ye intend to add more 7 Also they have shut up the doors of the porch, to our sins and to our trespass : for our trespass and put out the lamps, and have not burned inis great, and there is fierce wrath against Israel. cense nor offered burnt-offerings in the holy place

14 So the armed men left the captives and the unto the God of Israel. spoil before the princes and all the congregation. 8 Wherefore the wrath of the LORD was upon

15 And the men which were expressed by name Judah and Jerusalem, and he hath delivered rose up, and took the captives, and with the spoil them to trouble, to astonishment, and to hissing, clothed all that were naked among them, and ar- as ye see with your eyes. rayed them, and sliod them, and gave them to 9 For lo, our fathers have fallen by the sword, eat and to drink, and anointed them, and carried and our sons and our daughters and our wives all the feeble of them upon asses, and brought are in captivity for this. them to Jericho, the city of palm-trees, to their 10 Now it is in my heart to make a covenant brethren: then they returned to Samaria. with the LORD God of Israel, that his fierce

16 | At that time did king Ahaz send unto the wrath may tum away from us. kings of Assyria to help him.

| 11 My sons, be not now negligent: for the LORD 17 For again the Edomites had come and smit-hath chosen you to stand before him, to serve ten Judah, and carried away captives.

him, and that ye should minister unto him, and 18 The Philistines also had invaded the cities burn incense. of the low country, and of the south ɔf Judah,| 12 11 Then the Levites arose, Mahath the son of and had taken Beth-shemesh, and Ajalon, and Amasai, and Joel the son of Azariah, of the song Gederoth, and Shocho with the villages thereof, of the Kohathites: and of the sons of Merari; and Timnah with the villages thereof, Gimzo also Kish the son of Abdi, and Azariah the son of and the villages thereof: and they dwelt there. Jehalelel: and of the Gershonites; Joah the son

19 For the Lord brought Judah low because of of Zimmah, and Eden the son of Joah : Ahaz king of Israel: for he made Judah naked, 13 And of the sons of Elizaphan; Shimri, and and transgressed sore against the LORD.

Jeiel: and of the sons of Asaph; Zechariah, and 20 And Tilgath-pilneser king of Assyria came Mattaniah: unto him, and distressed him, but strengthened 14 And of the sons of Heman; Jehiel, and Shihim not.

mei: and of the sons of Jeduthun; Shemaiah, 2. For Ahaz took away a portion out of the and Uzziel. house of the LORD, and out of the house of the 15 And they gathered their brethren, and sancking, and of the princes, and gave it unto the tified themselves, and came, according to the king of Assyria: but he helped him not.

conimandinent of the king, by the words of the 22 | And in the time of his distress did he tres- LORD, to cleanse the house of the LORD. pass vet more against the LORD: this is that 16 And the priests went into the inner part of king Ahaz.

the house of the LORD, to cleanse it, and brought 23 For lle sacrificed unto the gods of Damascus,!out all the uncleanness that they found in the which smote him: and he said, Because the goas temple of the LORD into the court of the house of the kings of Syria help them, therefore will I of the LORD. And the Levites took it, to carry sacrifice to them, that they may help me. But it out abroad into the brook Kidron. they were the ruin of him, and of all Israel. 17 Now they began on the first day of the first

24 And A haz gathered together the vessels of month to sanctily, and on the eighth day of the the house of God, and cut in pieces the vessels month came they to the porch of the LORD: so of the house of God, and shut up the doors of they sanctified the house of the LORD, in eight the house of the LORD, and he made him altars days; and in the sixteenth day of the first month In every corner of Jerusalem.

they made an end. 25 And in every several city of Judah he madel 18 Then they went in to Hezekiah the king, and Ligh places to burn incense unto other gods, and said, We have cleansed all the house of the LORD. provoked to anger the LORD God of his fathers. and the altar of burnt-offering, with all the ves.

26 1 Now the rest of his acts and of all his sels thereof, and the shew-bread table, with all ways, first and last, behold, they are written in the vessels thereof. the book of the kings of Judah and Israel.

19 Moreover all the vessels, which king Ahaz 27 And Ahaz slept with his fathers, and they bu- in his reign did cast away in his transgression, ried him in the city, even in Jerusalem: but they have we prepared and sanctified, and behold, brought him not into the sepulchres of the kings of they are before the altar of the Lord. Israel: and Ilezekiah his son reigned in his stead. 20 1 Then Hezekiah the king rose early, and CHAP. XXIX.

gathered the rulers of the city, and went up to The good reign of Hezekiah.

the house of the LORD. TTEZEKIAŽ began to reign when he was fivel 21 And they brought seven bullocks, and seven

and twenty years old, and he reigned nine rams, and seven lambs, and seven he-goats, for a and twenty years in Jerusalem. And his mother's sin-offering for the kingdom, and for the sanctuname was Abijah the danghter of Zechariah. Wary, and for Judah. And he commanded the

2 And he did that which was right in the sight priests the sons of Aaron to offer them on the alof the LORD, according to all that David his fa-star of the LORD. ther had done.

| 22 So they killed the bullocks, and the priests 3 1 He, in the first year of his reign, in the first received the blood, and sprinkled it on the altar: month, opened the doors of the house of the likewise, when they had killed the rams, they LORD, and repaired them.

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Hezekiah's solemn sacrifices.

CHAP. XXX.

The passover solemnly kept also the lambs, and they sprinkled the blood upon lem: for they had not done it of a long time in he altar.

such sort as it was written. 23 And they brought forth the he-goats for the 6 So the posts went with the letters from the king sin-offering before the king and the congregation; and his princes throughout all Israel and Judah, and they laid their hands upon them:

and according to the commandment of the king, 24 And the priests killed them, and they made saying, Ye children of Israel, turn again unto the reconciliation with their blood upon the altar, to LORD God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, and he make an atonement for all Israel: for the king will return to the remnant of you that are escacommanded that the burnt-offering and the sin-ped out of the hand of the kings of Assyria. offering should be made for all Israel.

17 And be not ye like your fathers, and like your 25 And he set the Levites in the house of the brethren, which trespassed against the LORD God LORD with cymbals, with psalteries, and with of their fathers, who therefore gave them up to harps, according to the commandment of David, desolation, as ye see. and of Gad the king's seer, and Nathan the pro- 8 Now be ye not stiff-necked, as your fathers were, phet: for so was the commandment of the LORD but yield yourselves unto the LORD, and enter into

his sanctiary, which he hath sanctified for ever: 26 And the Levites stood with the instruments and serve the LORD your God, that the fierceness of David, and the priests with the trumpets. of his wrath may turn away from you.

27 And Hezekiah commanded to offer the burnt-| 9 For if ye turn again unto the LORD, your breoffering upon the altar. And when the burnt-thren and your children shall find compassion beoffering began, the song of the LORD began also fore them that lead them captive, so that they with the trumpets, and with the instruments or- shall come again into this land: for the LORD your dained by David king of Israel.

God is gracious and merciful, and will not turn 28 And all the congregation worshipped, and the away his face from you, if ye return unto him. singers sang, and the trumpeters sounded: and all 10 So the posts passed from city to city through thiscontinued untiltheburnt-offering was finished. the country of Ephraim and Manasseh even unto

29 And when they had made an end of offering, Zebulun: but they laughed them to scorn, and the king and all that were present with him bow-mocked them. ed themselves, and worshipped.

| 11 Nevertheless, divers of Asher and Manasseh 30 Moreover, Hezekiah the king and the princes and of Zebulun humbled themselves, aud came commanded the Levites to sing praise unto the to Jerusalem. LORD with the words of David, and of Asaph) 12 Also in Judah the hand of God was to give the seer. And they sang praises with gladness, them one heart to do the commandment of the and they bowed their heads and worshipped. king and of the princes, by the word of the LORD.

31 Then Hezekiah answered and said, Now ye 13 11 And there assembled at Jerusalem much haveconsecrated yourselves unto the LORD, come people to keep the feast of unleavened bread in near and bring sacrifices and thank-offerings into the second month, a very great congregation. the house of the LORD. And the congregation 14 And they arose and took away the altars that brought in sacrifices and thank-offerings; and, were in Jerusalem, and all the altars for incense as many as were of a free heart, burnt-offerings. took they away, and cast them into the brook

32 And the number of the burnt-offerings, which Kidron. the congregation brought, was threescore and ten 15 Then they killed the passover on the fourbullocks, a hundred rams, and two hundred lambs: teenth day of the second month : and the priests all these were for a burnt-offering to the LORD. and the Levites were ashamed, and sanctified

33 And the consecrated things, were six hun-themselves, and brought in the burnt-offerings into dred oxen and three thousand sheep.

the house of the LORD. 34 But the priests were too few, so that they could 16 And they stood in their place after their mannot flay all the burnt-offerings : wherefore their ner, according to the law of Moses the man of brethren the Levites did help them till the work God: the priests sprinkled the blood, which they was ended, and until the other priests had sancti-Treceived of the hand of the Levites. fied themselves: for the Levites were more upright 17 For there were many in the congregation that in heart to sanctify themselves than the priests. were not sanctified: therefore the Levites had

35 And also the burnt-offerings were in abun-the charge of the killing of the passovers for dance, with the fat of the peace-offerings, and the every one that was not clean, 10 sanctify them drink-offerings for every burnt-offering. So the unto the LORD. service of the house of the LORD was set in order. 18 For a multitude of the people, even many of

36 And Hezekiah rejoiced, and all the people, Ephraim, and Manasseh, Issachar and Zebulun, that God had prepared the people: for the thing had not cleansed themselves, yet did they eat the was done suddenly.

passover otherwise than it was written. But CHAP. XXX.

Hezekiah prayed for them, saying, The guod Hezekiah keepeth a solemn passover. LORD pardon every one AND Hezekiah sent to all Israel and Judah,/ 19 That prepareth his heart to seek God, the H and wrote letters also to Ephraim and Ma- LORD God of his fathers, though hebe not cleansed nassel, that they should come to the house of according to the purification of the sanctuary. the LORD at Jerusalem, to keep the passover untol 20 And the LORD hearkened to Hezekiah, and the LORD God of Israel.

healed the people. 2 For the king had taken counsel, and his princes, 21 And the children of Israel that were present and all the congregation in Jerusalem, to keep the at Jerusalem kept the feast of unleavened bread passover in the second month.

seven days with great gladness; and the Levites 3 For they could not keep it at that time, be- and the priests praised the LORD day by day, cause the priests had not sanctified themselves singing with loud instruments unto the Lord. sufficiently, neither had the people gathered them- 22 And Hezekiah spake comfortably unto all the selves together to Jerusalem.

Levites that taught the good knowledge of the 4 And the thing pleased the king and all the con- LORD: and they did eat throughout the feast sevgregation.

en days, offering peace-offerings, and making con5 So they established a decree to make procla-Ifession to the LORD God of their fathers. mation throughout all Israel, from Beer-sheba 23 And the whole assembly took counsel to keep even to Dan, that they should come to keep the other seven days: and they kept other seven days passover unto the LORD God of Israel at Jerusa-'with gladness.

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and the Levites. anon of Judah, with the porter toward the case of Imnah the Levite.,

The people destroy idolatry.

II. CHRONICLES.

The sincerity of Herehiak 24 For Hezekiah king of Judah did give to theloverseers under the hand of Cononiah and Shi. congregation a thousand bullocks and seven thou-mei his brother, at the commandment of Hezesand sheep; and the princes gave to the congrega- kiah the king, and Azariah the ruler of the house tion a thousand bullocks and ten thousand sheep (of God. and a great number of priests sanctified theni- 14 And Kore the son of Imnah the Levite, the selves.

porter toward the east, was over the free-will25 And all the congregation of Judah, with the offerings of God, to distribute the oblations of the priests and the Levites, and all the congregation LORD, and the most holy things. that came out of Israel, and the strangers that 15 And next hin were Eden, and Miniamin, came out of the land of Israel, and that dwelt in and Jeshua, and Shemaiah, Amariah, and SheJudah, rejoiced.

caniah, in the cities of the priests, in their set 26 So there was great joy in Jerusalem: for since office, to give to their brethren by courses, as the time of Solomon the son of David king of Is- well to the great as to the small;" rael there was not the like in Jerusalem. 1.16 Besides their gencalogy of inales, from three

27 ! Then the priests the Levites arose and years old and upward, even unto every one that blessed the people: and their voice was heard, entereth into the house of the LORD, his daily and their prayer came up to his holy dwelling-portion for their service in their charges accorplace, eren unto heaven.

ding to their courses; CHAP. XXXI.

17 Both to the genealogy of the priests by the Provision made for the sacrifices. house of their fathers, and the Levites froin N OW when all this was finished, all Israel twenty years old and upward, in their charges, IV that were present went out to the cities of by their courses ; Judah, and brake the images in pieces, and cut 18 And to the genealogy of all their little ones, down the groves, and threw down the high their wives, and their sons, and their daughters, places and the altars out of all Judah and Ben-through all the congregation : for in their set of jamin, in Ephraim also and Manasseh, until they fice they sanctified themselves in holiness : had utterly destroyed them all. Then all the 19 Also of the sons of Aaron the priests, which children of Israel returned, every man to hisl were in the fields of the suburbs of their cities, possession, into their own citics.

in every several city, the men that were expres21 And Hezekiah appointed the courses of the sed by name, to give portions to all the males priests and the Levites after their courses, every among the priests, and to all that were reckoned inan according to his service, the prieste and by genealogies among the Levites. Llevites for burnt-offerings and for peace-offer- 20 11 And thus did Hezekiah throughout all JHings, to minister, and to give thanks, and to dah, and wrought that which was good and right praise in the gates of the tents of the LORD. land truth before the LORD his God.

? He appointed also the king's portion of his 21 And in every work that he began in the ser. substa.Ncc for the burnt-oterings, io wit, for the vice of the house of God, and in the law, and in morning and evening burnt-offerings, and the the commandinents, to seek his God, he did it burnt-offerings for the sabbaths, and for the new-with all his heart, and prospered. moons, and for the set feasts, as it is written in

CHAP. XXXII. the law of the LORD.

Hezekiah fortifies Jerusalem. 4 Moreover, he commanded the people that AFTER these things, and the establishment dwelt in Jerusalem to give the portion of the 11 thereof, Sennacherib king of Assyria came priests and the Levites, that they might be en- and entered into Judah, and encamped against the couraged in the law of the LORD.

fenced cities, and thought to win them for bimself. 51 And as soon as the commandment camel ? And when Hezekiah saw that Sennacherib abroad, the children of Israel brought in abun- was come, and that he was purposed to figlt dance ihe first-fruits of com, wine, and oil, and against Jerusalem, honcy, and of all the increase of the field; and the 3 He look counsel with his princes and his mighlithe of all things brought they in abundantly. ty men to stop the waters of the fountains which

And concerning the children of Israel and Ju-were without the city: and they did lielp him. dah, that dwelt in the cities of Judah, they also 4 So there was gathered much people together, brought in the lithe of oxen and sheep, and the who stopped all the fountains, and the brook that tithe of holy things which were consecrated unto ran throngh the midst of the land, saying, Why the LORD their God, and laid them by heaps. should the kings of Assyria come, and find much

7 In the third month they began to lay the water ? foundation of the heaps, and finished them in 5 Also he strengthened himse!f, and built up all the seventh month.

the wall that was broken, and raised it up to the 8 And when Hezekiah and the princes came towers, and another wall without, and repaired and saw the heaps, they blessed the LORD, and Millo in the city or David, and made darts and Biis people Israel.

shields in abundance. 9 Then Hezekiah questioned with the priests 6 And he set captains of war over the people, and the Levites concerning the heaps.

and gathered thein together to him in the sireet 10 And Azariah the chief priest of the house of of the gate of the city, and spake comfortably to Zadok answered him, and said, Since the people them, saying, began to bring the offerings into the house of thel 7 Be strong and courageous, be not afraid nor L.ORD, we have had enough to eat, and have left dismayed for the king of Assyria, nor for all the plenty: for the LORD hath blessed his people; multitude that is with him : for there be more and that which is left is this great store.

with us than with him. JJ Then Ilezekiah commanded to preparel 8 With him is an arm of flesh ; but with us is chambers in the house of the LORD; and they the LORD our God to help us, and to fight our prepared them,

bailles. And the people rested theniselves upon 12 And brought in the offerings and the tithes, the words of Hezekiah king of Judah. and the dedicated things faithfully: over which 9 After this did Sennacherib king of Assyria Cononiah the Levite was ruler, and Shimnei his send his servants to Jerusalem, (but he himself brother was the next.

laid siege against Lachish, and all his power 13 And Jehiel, and Azaziah, and Nahath, and with him,) unto llezekiah king of Judah, and Asabel, and Jerimoth, and Jozabad, and Eliel, lunto all Judah that were at Jerusalem, saying, and Isınachiah, and Mahath, and Benaiah, werel 10 Thus saith Sennacherib king of Assyrio,

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