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Ahez's great impietij.

CHAP, XXIX,

Hezekiah's good reign. 593 bring in the captives hither: for whereas they buried him in the city, even in Jeruwe have offended against the Lord alrea- | salem: but they brought him not into the dy, ye intend to add more to our sins and sepulchres of the kings of Israel : and to our trespass: for our trespass is great, | Hezekiah his son reigned in his stead. and there is fierce wrath against Israel.

CHAP. XXIX, 14 So the armed men left the captives 1 Hezekiah's good reign. 3 He restoretli and the spoil before the princes and all the congregation. by name rose up, and took the captives, he reigned nite and twenty years in Jeru

15. And the men which wereexpressed HEKIAH began to reign cunen die and with the spoil clothed all that were

salein. And his mother's name was Anaked among them, and arrayed them, || bijah the daughter of Zechariah. and shod them, and gave them to cat 2 And he did that which was right in and to drink, and anointed them, and car- the sight of the LORD, according to all ried all the feeble of them upon asses, and that David his father had done. brought them to Jericho, the city of palm- 39 He, in the first year of his reign, trees, to their brethren: then they re- in the first month, opened the doors of the turned to Samaria.

house of the Lord, and repaired them. 16 7 At that time did king Ahaz send 4 And he brought in the priests and unto the kings of Assyria to help him. the Levites, and gathered them together

17 For again the Edomiteshad comeand into the cast street, smitten Judah, and carried away captives. 5 And said unto them, Hear me, ye

18 The Philistines also had invaded Levites, sanctify now yourselves, and the cities of the low country, and of the sanctify the house of the LORD God of south of Judah, and had taken Beth-she- your fathers, and carry forth the filthimesh, and Ajalon, and Gederoth, and ness out of the holy place. Shoho with the villages thereof, and 6 l'or our fathers have trespassed, and Timnah with the villages thereof, Gim- done that which was evil in the eyes of zo also and the villages thereof; and the LORD our God, and have forsaken they dwclt there.

him, and have turned away their faces 19 For the LORD brought Judah low from the habitation of the Lord, and because of Ahaz king of Israel: for he turned their backs. made Judah naked, and transgressed sore 7 Also they have shut up the doors of against the Lord.

the porch, and put out the lamps, and 20 And Tilgath-pilneser king of As- have not burned incense nor offered syria came unto him, and distressed him, || burnt-offerings in the holy place unto the but strengthened him not.

God of Israel. 21 For Ahaz took away a portion out 8 Wherefore the wrath of the LORD of the house of the Lord, and out of the was upon Jucah and Jerusalem, and he house of the king, and of the princes, and hath delivered them to trouble, to astongave it unto the king of Assyria : but he ishment, and to hissing, as ye see with helped him not

your Gjes. 22 | And in the time of his distress did 9 For lo, our fathers have fallen by the he trespass yet more against the LORD: sword, and our sous and our daughters this is ihat king Ahaz.

and our wives are in captivity for this. 23 For he sacrificed unto the gods of 10 Now it is in mine heart to make a coDamascus, which smote him: and he venant with the LORD God of Israel, that said, Because the gods of the kings of Sy- his fierce wrath may turn away from us. ria help them, therefore will I sacrifice to 11 My sons, be not now negligent: for them, that they may help me. But they the Lord hath chosen you to stand bewere the ruin of him, and of all Israel. fore him, to serve him, and that ye sliould

24 And Ahaz gathered together the minister unto him, and burn incense. vessels of the house of God, and cut in 12 4 Then the Levites arose, Mahath pieces the vessels of the house of God, the son of Amasai, and Joel the son of Aand shut up the doors of the house of the zariah, of the sons of the Kohathites : Lord, and he made him altars in every and of the sons of Merari, Kish the son corner of Jerusalem.

of Abdi, and Azariah the son of Jehale25 And in every several city of Judah lel: and of the Gershonites; Joah tle son he made high places to burn incense un- of Zimmah, and Eden the son of Jeah: to other gods, and provoked to anger the 13 And of the sons of Elizaphan; ShimLORD God of his fathers,

ri, and Jeiel : and of the sons of Asaph ; 26 | Now the rest of his acts and of Zachariah, and Mattaniah: all his ways, first and last, behold, they 14 And of the gons of Heman ; Jehiel, ure written in the book of the kings of and Shimei: and of the sons of Jeduthun , Judah and Israel.

Shemaiah, and Uzziel. - 27 AndAbaz slept with liis fathers, and 15 And they gathered their brethren,

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994 House of God cleansed. H. CHRONICLES. Hezekiah's sacrifice. and sanctified themselves, and came, ac- 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. is, 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-offer: 20 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 then, 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 35 And also the burnt-offerings were tambs, and they sprinkled the blood upon in abundance, with the fat of the peacethe altar.

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 Hezekiahfiroclaimeth a passover. 13 The all Israel: for the king commanded that assembly destroy the altars of idolatry, should be made for all Israel.

Judah, and wrote letters also to E 25 And he set the Levites in the house phraim and Manasseh, 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 passover unto the LORD commandment of David, and of Gad the God of Israel. king's seer, and Nathan the prophet: for 2 For the king had taken consel, and so was the commandment of the LORD his princes, and all the congregation in by his prophets.

Jerusalem, to keep the passover 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 the trumpets

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Hezekiah firoclaimeth a pasefver : CHAP. XXX). 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 Ban, that they should killing of the passovers for every one that come to keep the passover unto the 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, Issa. 6 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 lover 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 he be not cleansed according to the purifikings of Assyria.

cation of the sanctuary. 7 And he not ye like your fathers, and 20 And the LORD hearkened to Hezé... like your brethren, which trespassed a- kiah, and healed the people. gainst the LORD God of their fathers, 21 And the children of Israel 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 beye not stiff-necked, as your fa- 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, I eat throughout the feast seven days, ofyour brethren and your children shall 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 courgain 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 setum 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 Judab. 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 dielling-place, even unto heaver 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. îi Hezekiah appointeth officers ashamed, and sanctified themselves, and to dispose of the tithes. 20 His sincerity, brought in the burnt-offerings into the Uw when all this was finished, all house of the LORD.

16 And they stood in their place after the cities of Judah, and brake the ima396 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. over the freewill-offerings of God, to

29 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 burnt-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 dweit in Jerusalem to give the by the house 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 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 through

7 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 HeSince the people began to bring the offer- zekiah's sickness, and recovery. 32 ings into the house of the LORD, we have He dying, Munasseh succeedeth him for the LORD hath blessed his people; 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 : oker whicii 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 svere without the city : 13 And Jehiel, and Azaziah, and Na- and they did help him. hath, and Asahel, and Jerimoth, and Jo- 4. So there was gathered much people zabad, and Eliel, and Ismachiah, and together, who stopped all the fountains Maluath, and Benaiah, were overseers un- and the brook that ran through the midst

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5 Also he strengthened himself, and of mine hand. built up all the wall that was broken, 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 affright 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 rause Hezekiah the afraid nor dismayed for the king of Asking, and the prophet seal the son of syria, nor for all the multitude that is Amoz, prayed and cried to heaven. with himn : 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- returned with shame of face to his own ed themselves upon the words of Heze-il land. And when he was come into the kiah king of Judah.

house of his god, they that canie forth 9 9 After this did Sennacherib king of of his own bowels slew him there with Assyria send his servants to Jerusalem, the sword. (but he himself laid sicge 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 srith Sennacherib king of As- 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, and 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 is out of the hand of 24 | In those days Hezekiah was sick to the king of Assyria ?

the death, and prayed unto the Lord: and 12 Hath not the same Hezekiah taken he spake unto him, and he gave him a sign. away his high places and his altars, and 25 But Hezekiah rendered not again commanded Judah and Jerusalem, say- according to the benefit done unto him ; ing, Ye shall worsliip 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 and 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, sa landis 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 AndHezekiah had exceeding much stroyed, that could deliver his people out riches and honour: and he made himselt of nine 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- shields, and for all manner of pleasant ceive you, nor persuade you on this man- jewels: ner, neither yet believe him : for no goud 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 muner of beasts, and cotes for flocks. out of the hand of my failors : how 29 Moreover, he provide him cities, much 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 stanice 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 lands have not delivered their 31 Lowbeit, in the business of theam

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