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494 House of God cleansed. II. CHRONICLES. Hezekiahs sacrifice. and sanctified themselves, and came, ac- 1 27 And Hezekiah commanded to offer cording to the commandment of the king, the burnt-offering upon the altar. And by the words of the LORD, to cleanse when the burnt-offering began, the song the house of the LORD.

of the LORD began also with the trum16 And the priests went into the inner pets, and with the instruments ordained part of the house of the LORD, to cleanse || by David king of Israel. id, and brought out all the uncleanness 28 And all the congregation worshipthat they found in the temple of the LORD ped, and the singers sang, and the truminto the court of the house of the Lord. peters sounded : and all this continued And the Levites took it, to carry it out until the burnt-offering was finished. abroad into the brook Kidron.

| 29 And when they had made an end of 17 Now they began on the first day of offering, the king and all that were presthe first month to sanctify, and on the ent with him bowed themselves, and woreighth day of the month came they to | shipped. the porch of the LORD: so they sancti 30 Moreover, Hezekiah the king and

fied the house of the Lord in eight days; the princes commanded the Levites to · and in the sixteenth day of the first month sing praise unto the LORD with the they made an end.

words of David, and of Asaph the seer. 18 Then they went in to Hezekiah the | And they sang praises with gladness, and king, and said, We have cleansed all they bowed their heads and worshipped. the house of the LORD, and the altar of 31 Then Hezekiah answered and said, burnt-offering, with all the vessels there- Now ye have consecrated yourselves unof, and the shew-bread table, with all to the Lord, come near and bring sacrithe vessels thereof.

|| fices and thank-offerings into the house 19 Moreover all the vessels, which of the LORD. And the congregation king Ahaz in his reign did cast away in brought in sacrifices and thank-offerings; his transgression, have we prepared and and, as many as were of a free heart, sanctified, and behold, they are before burnt-offerings. the altar of the LORD.

32 And the number of the burnt-offer20 Then Hezekiah the king rose ear- ings, which the congregation brought, was ly, and gathered the rulers of the city, threescore and ten bullocks, an hundred and went up to the house of the LORD." rams, and two hundred lambs; all these

21 And they brought seven bullocks, were for a burnt-offering to the LORD. and seven rams, and seven lambs, and 33 And the consecrated things were six seven he-goats, for a sin-offering for the hundred oxen and three thousand sheep. kingdom, and for the sanctuary, and for 34 But the priests were too few, so Judah. And he commanded the priests that they could not flay all the burnt-ofthe sons of Aaron to offer them on the al- feriigs : wherefore their brethren the tar of the Lord.

Levites did help them, till the work was 22 So they killed the bullocks, and the ended, and until the other priests had priests received the blood, and sprinkled sanctified themselves : for the Levites it on the altar: likewise, when they had were more upright in heart to sanctify killed the rams, they sprinkled the blood || themselves than the priests. upon the altar: they killed also the S5 And also the burnt-offerings were lambs, and they sprinkled the blood upon in abundance, with the fat of the peacethe altar.

I offerings, and the drink-offerings for every 23 And they brought forth the he-goats burnt-offering. So the service of the house for the sin-offering before the king and of the LORD was set in order. the congregation; and they laid their 36 And Hezekiah rejoiced, and all the hands upon them:

people, that God had prepared the peo 24 And the priests killed them, and ple: for the thing was done suddenly. they made reconciliation with their blood

CHAP. XXX. upon the altar, to make an atonement for || 1 Hezekiah piroclaimeth a passover. 13 The all Israel: for the king commanded that assembly destroy the altars of idolatry. the burnt-offering and the sin-offering AND Hezekiah sent to all Israel and should be made for all Israel.

h Judah, and wrote letters also to E25 And he set the Levites in the house phraim and Manassel, that they should of the LORD with cymbals, with psalte- || come to the house of the Lord at Jerusaries, and with harps, according to the lem, to keep the passorer unto the LORD commandment of David, and of Gad the God of Israel. king's seer, and Nathan the prophet: for 1 2 For the king had taken counsel, and so was the commandment of the LORD his princes, and all the congregation in by his prophets.

Jerusalem, to keep the passorer in the 26 And the Levites stood with the in- second month. struments of David, and the priests with 3 For they could not keep it at that thre trumpets

"time, because the priests had not sancti

Hezekiah proclaimeth a passper : CHAP. XXXI. It is solemnly kept. 895 fied themselves sufficiently, neither had their manner, according to the law of the people gathered themselves together Moses the man of God : the priests to Jerusalem.

sprinkled the blood, which they received 4 And the thing pleased the king and of the hand of the Levites. all the congregation.

17 For there were many in the congre5 So they established a decree to make gation that were not sanctified : thereproclamation throughout all Israel, from fore the Levites had the charge of the Beer-sheba even to Dan, that they should killing of the passovers for every one that come to keep the passover unto the was not clean, to sanctify them unto LORD God of Israel at Jerusalem : for the LORD. they had not done it of a long time in such 18 For a multitude of the people, even sort as it was written.

many of Ephraim, and Manasseh, Issa6 So the posts went with the letters char, and Zebulun, had not cleansed from the king and his princes through themselves, yet did they eat the passout all Israel and Judah, and according over otherwise than it was written." But to the commandment of the king, saying, Hezekiah prayed for them, saying, The Ye children of Israel, turn again unto the good LORD pardon every one LORD God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, 19 That prepareth his heart to seek and he will return to the remnant of you God, the LORD God of his fathers, though that are escaped out of the hand of the l he be not cleansed according to the purifikings of Assyria.

cation of the sanctuary. 7 And be not ye like your fathers, and 20 And the LORD hearkened to Hezė. like your brethren, which trespassed a- | kiah, and healed the people. gainst the LORD God of their fathers, 21 And the children of Isracl that were who therefore gave them up to desola- present at Jerusalem kept the feast of untion, as ye see.

| leavened bread seven days with great 8 Now be ye not stiff-necked, as your fa- ll gladness: and the Levites and the priests thers were, but yield yourselves unto the praised the LORD day by day, singing LORD, and enter into his sanctuary, which with loud instruments unto the LORD. he hath sanctified for ever: and serve the 22 And Hezekiah. spaķe comfortably LORD your God, that the fierceness of his into all the Levites that taught the good wrath may turn away from you.

knowledge of the LORD, and they did 9 For if ye turn again unto the LORD, eat throughout the feast seven days, ofFour brethren and your children chali fering peace-offerings, and making confind compassion before them that lead fession to the Lord God of their fathers, them captive, so that they shall come a 23 And the whole assembly took coungain into this land : for the LORD your sel to keep other seven days : and they God is gracious and merciful, and will kept other seven days with gladness. not turn away his face from you, if ye 24 For Hezekiah king of Judah did return unto him.

give to the congregation a thousand bul10 So the posts passed from city to city locks and seven thousand sheep ; and through the country of Ephraim and Ma the princes gave to the congregation a nasseh even unto Zebulun : but they thousand bullocks and ten thousand sheep: laughed them to scorn, and mocked them. and a great number of priests sanctified

11 Nevertheless, divers of Asher and themselves. Manasseh and of Zebulun humbled them 25 And all the congregation of Judah, selves, and came to Jerusalem.

with the priests and the Levites, and all 12 Also in Judah the hand of God was the congregation that came out of Israel, to give them one heart to do the com and the strangers that came out of the mandment of the king and of the princes, land of Israel, and that dwelt in Judah, by the word of the LORD.

rejoiced. 13 [ And there assembled at Jerusalem 26 So there was great joy in Jerusalem: much people to keep the feast of unleav for since the time of Solomon the son of ened bread in the second month, a very | David king of Israel there was not the great congregation.

like in Jerusalem. 14 And they arose and took away the | 27 | Then the priests the Levites arosk altars that were in Jerusalem, and all the || and blessed the people : and their voice altars for incense took they away, and was heard, and their prayer came up to cast them into the brook Kidron.

his holy dwelling-place, rven unto heaven 15 Then they killed the passover on

CHAP. XXXI. the fourteenth day of the second month : || 1 The people forward in destroying idoland the priests and the Levites were atry. ii Hezekiah appoinicth officers ashamed, and sanctified themselves, and to dispose of the thes. 20 His sincerity, brought in the burnt-offerings into the N OW when all this was finished, all house of the Lord.

IV Israel that were present went out to . 16 And they stood in their place after Il the cities of Judul, and brake the ima

396 Idolatry destroyed. II. CHRONICLES. Hezekiah's sincerity. ges in pieces, and cut down the groves, der the hand of Conaniah and Shimei his and threw down the high places and the brother, at the commandment of Hezealtars out of all Judah and Benjamin, in kiah the king, and Azariah the ruler of Ephraim also and Manasseh, until they the house of God. had utterly destroyed them all. Then all 14 And Kore the son of Imnah the the children of Israel returned every man. Levite, the porter toward the east, was to his possession into their own cities. l over the freewill-offerings of God, to

2 And Hezekiah appointed the courses distribute the oblations of the LORD, and of the priests and the Levites after their the most holy things. courses, every man according to his ser- 15 And next him were Eden, and Minvice, the priests and Levites for burnt- || iamin, and Jeshua, and Shemaiah, Amofferings and for peace-offerings, to min ariah, and Shecaniah, in the cities of the ister, and to give thanks, and to praise priests, in their set office, to give to their in the gates of the tents of the LORD. brethren by courses, as well to the great

3. He appointed also the king's portion as to the small: of his substance for the burnt-offerings, !| 16 Beside their genealogy of males, to quit, for the morning and evening from three years old and upward, even burut-offerings, and the burnt-offerings unto every one that entereth into the for the sabbaths, and for the new-moons, house of the Lord, his daily portion for and for the set feasts, as it is written in their service in their charges according the law of ulic Lord.

to their courses; 4. Moreover, he commanded the peo- | 17 Both to the genealogy of the priests ple that dwelt in Jerusalem to give the by the lionse of their fathers, and the Leportion of the priests and the Levites, /, vites from twenty years old and upward, that they might be encouraged in the in their charges, by their courses; law of the LORD.

18 And to the genealogy of all their 5 1 And as soon as the commandment | Little ones, their wives, and their sons, came abroad, the children of Israel and their daughters, through all the conbrought in abundance the first-fruits of gregation : for in their set office they corn, wine, and oil, and honey, and of all sanctiñed themselves in holiness : the increase of the field ; and the tithe 19 Also of the sons of Aaron the priests, of all things brought they in abundantly. |which were in the fields of the suburbs

6 And concerning the children of Israel of their cities, in every several city, the and Judah, that dwelt in the cities of Ju- || men that were expressed by name, to dah, they also brought in the tithe of ox- give portions to all the males among the en and sheep, and the tithe of holy things priests, and to all that were reckoned by which were consecrated unto the LORD | genealogies among the Levites. their God, and laid them by heaps.

20 9 And thus did Hezekiah through7 In the third month they began to lay | out all Judah, and wrought that which the foundation of the heaps, and finished was good and right and truth before the them in the seventh month.

Lord his God. 8 And when Hezekiah and the princes 21 And in every work that he began came and saw the heaps, they blessed the in the service of the house of God, and LORD, and his people Israel.

in the law, and in the commandments, to 9 Then Hezekiah questioned with the seek his God, he did it with all his heart, priests and the Levites concerning the and prospered. heaps. .

CHAP. XXXII. 10 And Azariah the chief priest of the 1 Sennacherib invadeth Judah. 21 An anhouse of Zadok answered him, and said, gel destroyeth the Assyrians. 24 Her Since the people began to bring the offer zekiah's sickness, and recovery. 32 ings into the house of the LORD, we have He dying, Munassch succeedeth him had enough to eat, and have left plenty: 1 AFTER these things, and the estabfor the LORD hath blessed his people; || h lishment thereof, Sennacherib king and that which is left is this great store. oi Assyria came, and entered into Judah,

11 9 Then Hezekiah commanded to | and encamped against the fenced cities, prepare chambers in the house of the || and thought to win them for himself. LORD ; and they prepared them,

2 And when Hezekiah saw that Sen12 And brought in the offerings and nacherib was come, and that he was purthe titles, and the dedicated things faith posed to fight against Jerusalem, fully : over which Conaniah the Levite 3 He took counsel with his princes and wus ruler, and Shimei his brother was his mighty men to stop the waters of the the next.

fountains which were without the city : 13 And Jehiel, and Azaziah, and Na and they did help him.. hath, and Asahol, and Jerimoth, and Jan 4So there was gathered much people zabad, and Eliel, and Ismachiah, and together, who stopped all the fountains, Malath, and Benaiali, were overseers un- and the brook that ran through the midst

Sennacherib's blasphemy. CHAP. XXXI. His son slayeth him. 397 of the land, saying, Why should the kings il people o!!t of mine hand, so shall not the of Assyria come, and find much water? || God of Hezekial deliver his people out

5 Also he strengthened himself, and of mine hand. built up all the wall that was broken, i 18 Then they cried with a loud voice and raised it up to the towers, and ano- in the Jews speech unto the people of Jether wall without, and repaired Millo rusalem that were on the wall, to aftright in the city of David, and made darts and them, and to trouble them; that they shiells in abundance.

might take the city. 6 And he set captains of war over the 19 And they spake against the God of people, and gathered them together to Jerusalem, as against the gods of the him in the street of the gate of the city, people of the earth, which were the work and spake comfortably to them, saying, of the hands of inan.

7 Be strong and courageous, be not 20 And for this range Hezekiah the afraid nor dismayed for the king of Ag- | king, and the prophet sall the son of syria, nor for all the multitude, that is || Amaz, praved and cried to heaven. with hiin: for there be more with us than | 21 & And the LORD sent an angel, with him:

which cut off all the mighty men of vala 8 With him is an arm of flesh ; but with our', and the leaders and captains in us is the LORD our God to help us, and | the camp of the king of Assyria. So he to fight our battles. And the people rest- l returned with shame of face to his own ed themselves upon the words of Hcze- land. And when he was come into the kiah king of Judah.

house of his god, they that canie forth 99 After this did Sennacherib king of of his own bowels slew him there with Assyria send his servants to Jerusalem, the sword. (out he himself laid sirge against Lachish, 22 Thus the LORD saved Hezekiah and all his power with him,) unto Heze- and the inhabitants of Jerusalem from kiah king of Judah, and unto all Judah the hand of Sennacherib the king of Asthat were at Jerusalem, saying,

syria, and from the hand of all other, . 10 Thus saith Sennacherib king of As- l and guided them on every side. syria, Whereon do ye trust, that ye abide 23 And many brought gifts into the in the siege in Jerusalem?

LORD to Jerusalem, anal presents to He11 Doth not Hezekiah persuade you zekiah king of Judah: so that he was to give over yourselves to die by famine magnified in the sight of all nations from and by thirst, saying, Tlie LORD our thenceforth. God shall deliver us out of the hand of 24 9 In those days Hezekiah was sick to the king of Assyria?

the death, and prayed unto theLORD: and 12 Hath not the same Hezekiah taken he spake unto him, and he gave him a sign. away his high places anci his altars, and l 25 Bit Hezekiah rendered not agaiji commanded Judah and Jerusalem, say- | according to the benefit done unto him ; ing, Ye shall worsliiv before one altar, for his heart was lifted up: therefore and burn incense upon it?

There was wrath upon him, and upon 13 Know ye not what I and my fathers i Judah ard Jerusalem. have done unto all the people of other 26 Notwithstanding, Hezekiah humbled lands? Were the gors of the nations of himself for the pride of his heart, both those lands any ways able to deliver their he and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, so lancis out of mine hind?

that the wrath of the LORD came not up14 Who was there among all the gods on them in the days of Hezekiah. of those nations that my fathers utterly de 27 TAndHezekiah had exceeding mucli stroyed, that could deliver his people out | riches and honour: and he made himself of mine hand, that your God should be treasuries for silver, and for gold, and for able to deliver you out of mine hand? precious stones, and for spices, and for

15 Now therefore let not Hezekiah de- shieils, and for all manner of pleasant ceive you, nor persuade you on this man ljewels:

28 Store-houses also for the increase of of any nation or kingdom was able to corn, and wine, and oil; and stalls for all deliver his people out of mine hand, and manner of beasts, and cotes for flocks. out of the hand of my fathers : how 29 Moreover, he provide him cities, Inuch less shall your God deliver you out || and possessions of Hocks and herds in of mine hand ?

abundance: for God had given him sub16 And his servants spake yet more stance very much. against the LORD God, and against his 30 This same Hezekiah also stopped servant Hezekiah.

the upper water-course of Gihon, and 17 He wrote also letters to rail on the brought it straight down to the west side LORD God of Israel, and to speak against of the city of David. And Hezekiala him, saying, As the gods of the nations prospered in all his works. of other langs have not delivered their si lowbeit, in the business of theam.

398 Manassel': quickcd reign. II. CHRONICLES. Amon succeedeth him. bassadors of the princes of Babylon, who 10 And the LORD spake to Manasseh, sent unto him to inquire of the wonder and to his people : but they would not that was done in the land, God left him, hcarken. to try him, that he might kuow all that | 11 | Wherefore the LORD brought avas in his heart.

upon them the captains of the host of the 32 & Now the rest of the acts of Heze- king of Assyria, which took Manasseh akiah, and his goodness, behold, they are mong the thorns, and bound him with fetwritten in the vision of Isaiah the proph ters, and carried him to Babylon. et, the son of Amoz, and in the book of 12 And when he was in affliction, he the kings of Judah and Israel.

besought the LORD his God, and hum. 33 And Hezekiah slept with his fathers, bled himself greatly before the God of his and they buried him in the chiefest of the fathers, sepulchres of the sons of David : and all 13 And prayed unto him: and he was Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem entreated of him, and heard his supplica. did him honour at his death : and Ma- tion, and brought him again to Jerusalem nasseh his son reigned in his stead. into his kingilom. Then Manasseh knew CHAP. XXXIII.

that the LORD he was God. 1 Manassel's wicked reign. 11 Heiscar- ! 14 Now after this, he built a wall with

ried into Babyion. 12 Ujion his prayer out the city of David, on the west side of he is released. 20 Amon succecdeth him. | Gihon, in the valley, even to the enter21 He bring slain by his own servants, \ing in at the fish-gite, and compassed a25 Josinh succeedeth him.

bout Ophel, and raised it up a very great P ANASSEH was twelve years old height, and put captains of war in all the

IVI when he began to reign, and he fenced cities of Judah. reigned fifty ancl five years in Jerusalem : 15 And he took away the strange gods,

2 But did that which was evil in the land the idol ont of the house of the LORD, sight of the Lord, like unto the abomina- 1 and all the altars that he had built in the tions of the heathen, whom the Lord had mount of the house of the LORD, and in cast out before the children of Israel. Jerusalem, and cast them out of the city.

39 For he built again the high places | 16 And he repaired the altar of the which Hezekiah his father had broken LORD, and sacrificed thereon peace-offerdown; and he reared up altars for Baaliin, ings and thank-offerings, and commanded and made groves, and worshipped all the Judah to serve the LORD God of Israel. host of heaven, and served them.

17 Nevertheless, the people did sacri4 Also he built altars in the house office still in the high places, yet unto the the LORD, whereof the Lord had said, LORD their God only. In Jerusalem shall my name be for ever. 18 Now the rest of the acts of Manas

5 And he built altars for all the host seh, and his prayer unto his God, and the of heaven in the two courts of the house words of the seers that spake to him in of the LORD.

the name of the Lord God of Israel, be6 And he caused his children to pass hold, they are furitten in the book of through the fire in the valley of the son of the kings of Israel. Hinnom : also he observed times, and 19 His prayer also, and how God was used enchantments, and used witchcraft, entreated of him, and all his sin, and his and dealt with a familiar spirit, and with trespass, and the places wherein he built wizards : he wrought much evil in the high places, and set up groves and grav. sight of the LORD, to provoke him to an en images, before he was humbled: beger.

hold, they are written among the sayings 7 And he set a carved image, the idol of the seers. which he had made, in the house of God, I 20 So Manasseh slept with his fathers, of which God harl said to David and to and they buried him in his own house : Solomon his son, In this house, and in Je and Amon his son reigned in his stead. rusalem, which I have chosen before all 21 Amon was two and twenty years the tribes of Israel, will I put my name | old when he began to reign, and reigned for ever:

two years in Jerusalem. 8 Neither will I any more remove the 22 But he did that which was evil in foot of Israel froin out of the land which the sight of the LORD, as did Manasseh I have appointed for your fathers; so that | his father: for Amon sacrificed unto all they will take heed to do all that I have the carved images which Manasseh his commanded them, according to the whole father had made, and served them ; law and the statutes and the ordinances 23 And humbled not himself before by the hand of Moses.

the Lord, as Manassch his father had 9 So Manasseh made Judah and the in- | humbled himself; but Amon trespassed habitants of Jerusalem to err, and to do | more and more. worse than the heathen, whom the LORD 24 And his servants conspired against had destroyed before the children of Israel, 1 him, and slew him in his own house

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