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Jotham's good reign. CHAP. xxvii. Jotham's Jacts and o: Jo was twenty and five years old when he began to reign, and he reigned sixteen wears in Jerusalem. His mother's name also...?pas, Jerushah, daughter of Zadok. . . . 2 And he did that which was right in th; sight of the Loop, according to all that his father Uzziah did : howbeit, he entered not into the temple of the Lorp. And the people did yet corruptly. He built the high gate of the house of the LQRI, and, on the waisofopioi he built much. " Moreover, he built cities in the mountains of Judah, and in the forests he built castles and towers. - 5. "I He fought also with the kin of the Ammonites, and #. against them. , And the children of Ammon gave him the same year a hundred talents of silver, and ten thousand mieasures of wheat, and ten thousand of barley. So much did the children of Ammon pay unto him, both the second year, and the third. 5 So Jotham became mighty, because he prepared his ways fore the Lord his God. 7,1s Now the rest of the acts, of Jotham, and all his wars, and his ways, lo, they are writ in the book of the kings of el and Judah. 8 He was five and twenty years old when he began to reign, and reigned sixteen years in Jerusa

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delivered him into the hand of the king of Syria; and they smote him, and carried away a great multitude of them captives, and brought them to Damascus. ...And he was also delivered into the hand, of the king f Israel, who smote him with a great slaughter. | 6 || For Pekah the son of Rema: liah slew in Judah a hundred and twenty, thousand in one day, which were all valiant men; because they had forsaken the Łor od of eir fathers., . 7 And Zichri, a .###, man of Ephraim, slew Maaseisi. e king's son, and Azrikam the governor of the house, and Elkanah that was next to the king., . ...And the children of Israel carried away captive of their brethren two hundred thousand women, sons, and daughters, an took also away much, spoil from them, and brought the spoil to Samaria. 9 But a prophet of the LoRD was there, whose name was Oded: and he went out before the host that came to Samaria, and said unto them, Behold, because the food God of you; fathers was

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ed them into your hand, and ye have slain them in a rage that reacheth up unto heaven. 10 And now, ye purpose to keep under the children of Judah and |Jerusalem for bond-men and bondwomen unto you; but are there not with you, even with you, sins against the LoRD your God? 1 Now hear me therefore, and deliver the captives again, which e have taken captive of your

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lem; but he did not that which was right in the sight of the LoRD, like David his father: , . 2 For he walked in the ways of the kings of Israel, and made also molten images for Baalim. Moreover, he burnt incense in the, Valley of the son of Hinnom, and burnt his children in the fire,

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13, And said unto them, Yeshall not bring in the captives hither: for whereas we have offended against the Lord already, ye intend to add more to our sins and to our trespass: for our trespass

after the abominations of the hea is great, and there is fierce wrath

then whom the LoRD had cast out before the children of Israel. Ou

4 He sacrificed, also and burnt tives

incense in the high places, and on the hills, and under every green

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against Israel. So the armed men left the capand the spoil before the prin|ces and all the congregation. 15 And the men which were ex: pressed by name rose up, and took the captives, and with the

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spoil clothed all that were naked among them, and arrayed them, tand shod them, and gave them to eat and to drink, and ancinted them, and carried all the feeble of them lo asses, and brought thern to Jericho, the city of palmtrees, to their brethren: then they returned to Samaria. 16 || At that time did king Ahaz send unto the kings of Assyria to help him. . 17 For, again the Edomites had come and smitten Judah, and carried away ca es. 18 The Philistines also had inwnded the cities of the low country and of the south of Judah, and ha taken Beth-shemesh, and Ajalon, and Gederoth, and Shacho with the villages thereof, and Timnah with the villages thereof, Gimzo also and the villages thereof; and they dwelt there. 19, For the LQRD brought Judah low because of Ahaz king of Israel: for he made Judah naked, and transgressed sore against the LoRD. 20 And Tilgath-pilpeser king of Assyria, game unto him, and distressed him, but strengthened him

not. 21 For Abaz took away a portion out of the house of the LöRD, and out of the house, of the king, and of the princes, and gave it unić the king of Assyria: but he helped thm not. - - -22 "I And, in the time of his distress did be trespass yet more against the LoRD: this is that king h;17. 23 For, he sacrificed unto the gods of Damascus, which smote him: and he said, Because, the gods of the kings of Syria help them, therefore will I sacrifice to them, that they may help me. But. they were the ruin of him, and of all Israel. 24 ! Ahaz gathered o the vessels of the house of God, and cut in pieces the vessels of the house of God, and shut up the doors of the house of the Lok D, and he made him altars in every corner of Jerusalem. 25 And in overy, several city of Judah he made high places to burn incense unto other gods, and provoked to anger the LoftD God of his fathers. 26's Now the rest of his acts and ofall his ways, first and last, behold, they are written in the book of the kings of Judah and Israel. , . § And, Ahaz, slept,with his fathers, and they, buried him in the

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CHAP. XXIX. Hezekiah restores religion

brought him not into the sepulthres, of the kings of Israel; and Hezekiah his son reigned in his

stead. Th o, *}}: kiah good Reign &ze/oza/t. ##### began to reign whom he was five and twenty years old, and he reigned nine and twenty years in Jerusalem. And his mother's name was Abijah the daughter of Zechariah. ..? And, he did that which was right in the sight of the Lord, according to all that David his father ad done. . 3 is He, in the first year of his reign, in the first month, opened the doors of the house of the Lostly, and repaired them. . . And he brought in the priests and the Levites, , and gathered them o into the east street, 5 And said unto them, Hear me, ye Levites; Sanctify now your: selves, and sanctify the house of the LöRD, God of #. fathers, and carry forth the filthiness out of the holy, place. 6 For our fathers have trespassed, and done that which was evil in the eyes of the LoRD our God, and have forsakeh him, and have turned away their faces from the habi: tation of the Lord, and turned their backs. * ls y have shut up the doors of the porch, and put out the lamps, and have not burned incense, nor offered burnt-offerings. | the holy place unto the God of

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and they made reconciliation with their blood upon the altar, to make an atonement for all Israel: for the

no And of the sons of Heman; ; king commanded that the burnt

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for all Israel. . . And he set the Levites in the RD with cymbals,

lteries, and with harps,

and came, according to the com-' according to the commandment of

mandment of the king, by the words of the Lord, to cleanse the house of the LQRp. .

16 And the priests went into the inner part of the house of the Lord, to cleanse it, and brought; qut all the uncleanness that, they found in the temple of the LORD into the court of the house of the Lord. And the Levites took it, to carry it out abroad into the brook Kidron.

17 Now they began on the first day of the first month to sanctify, and on the eighth day of the month came they, to the porch, of the LoRD; so they sanctified the house of the Lord, in eight days; and in the sixteenth day of the this made an end. kiah

Then they went in to. Hezethe king, and said, 'We have cleansed all the house of the LoRD, and the altar of . burnt-offering with all the vessels the shew-bread table, with all the vessels thereof. 19 Moreover, all the vessels which king Ahaz in his reign did cast away in his transgression, have we Fo and sanctified, and behold, they are before the altar of the LQRD. . . 20 "I Then Hezekiah, the king rose early, and gathered the rulers of the city, and went up to the cuse of the Lord. 21 And they brought seven bullocks, and seven rains, and seven ambs, and seven he-goats, for a sin-offering for the kingdom, an for the sanctuary, and for Judah. And he commanded the priests the sons of Aaron to offer on the altar of the LoRD. 22 So they killed the bullocks, and the priests received the blood, and sprinkled it on the altar: like: wise, when they had killed , the rams,... they sprinkled...the blood upon the altar: they killed also the lambs, and they sprinkled the blood upon the altar. 23 And they brought forth the he-goats for the sin-offering before a king and the . congregation;

and they laid their hands upon them

Dayid, and of Gad the king's seer, and Nathan the prophet; for so,

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by his prophets: . 26. And the Leyites stood with the instruments of David, and the priests with the trumpets. And Hezekiah commanded to offer the burnt-offering upon the altar. And when the burnt-offering began, the song of the Loko :gan also with the trumpets, and with the instruments ordained by David king of Israel. 28, And , all the congregation worshipped, and the singers sang. and the trumpeters sounded: and all this continued until the burnt

st month offering was finished

And when they had made an

end of offering, the king and all that were present with him bowed themselves, and worshipped. . .

30 Moreoyer, Hezekiah the king and the princes commanded the Levites to sing praise unto the LoRD with the words of David, and of Asaph the seer. , And they sang, praises, with gladness, and !. lowed their heads and wor Shipped.

3] Then Hezekiah answered and said, Now ye have consecrated yourselves, unto the Lord, come near and bring sacrifices and thankofferings into the house of the LoRD; And the congregation brought in sacrifices and thankofferings; and, as many as were of a free heart, burnt-offerings.

32 And the number of the burntofferings, which the congregation brought, was threescore and ten bullocks, a hundred rams, and two hundred lambs.: all these were for a burnt-offering to the

RD. 33 And the consecrated things, were six hundred oxen and three thousand sheep. 34 But the priests were too few, so that they could not flay all the urnt-offerings; wherefore their brethren, the Le did help them till the work was ended, and until the other priests had sanctified themselves: for the Levites were more upright in heart

He proclaims a passover. CHAP. XXX.

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over. ND Hezekiah sent to all Israel ** and Judah, and wrote letters also to Ephraim and Manasseh, that they should come to the house of the LoRD at Jerusalem, to keep the passover unto the LORD God of Israel. 2 For the king had taken counsel, and his princes, , and all the congregation in Jerusalem, to keep the passoyer in the second month. or they could not keep it at that time, because the priests had not sanctified , themselves, suffi{...} neither had the people ga* themselves together to Jerusalern. 4. And the thing pleased the king and all the congrégation. 5 So o established a decree to make proclamation throughout all Israel, from, Beer-sheba even to Dam, that they should come to keep the passover unto the LoRD God of Israel at Jerusalem: for they had not done it of a long time in such sort as it was written. 6 So the posts went with the letters from the king, and his princes throughout all Israel and Judah, and according to the condmandment of the king, saying, Ye children of Israel, turn again unto the Lord God, of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, and he will return to the remnant of #. that are escaped out of the hand of the kings of Assyria. 7. And be not ye like your fathers, and like your brethren, which frespassed against the LQRd God of their fathers, who therefore gave them up to desolation, as ye

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children shall find compassion before, them that lead them captive, so that they shall come again into this land: for the Loop, your God is gracious and merciful, and will not turn away his face from you, it is return unto him. 0 So the posts passed from city to city '...}}}. the country of Ephraim and Manasseh even unto Zebulun: but they laughed them to scorn; and mocked them. 11 Nevertheless, divers of Asher and Manasseh and of Zebulum bumbled themselves, and came to Jerusalem. 12 Also in Judah the hand of God was to give them one heart to do the commandment of the king, and of the princes, by the word of the

RD. 13 is And there assembled at Jerusalem much people, to keep the feast of unleavened bread in the second month, a very great congregation. 14 And they arose and took away the altars that were in Jerusalem, and all the altars for incense took they away, and cast them into the brook Kidron. .. 15 Then they killed the passover on the fourteenth day of the second month: and the priests and the Le: vites were ashamed, and sanctified themselves, and brought in the urnt-offerings into the house of

R.D. 16 And they stood in their place after their manner, according to the law of Moses the man of God: the priests sprinkled, the , blood; o: they received of the hand of the Levites. or there were many in the congregation that were not sanctified: therefore the, Levites, had the charge of the killing of the passovers for every.9ne that was not so to sanctify them unto the

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Ing, oile 19 That prepareth his heart, to seek God, the Lord God of his fathers, though he be not cleansed according to the purification of the Sanctuary. ná the Lord hearkened to Hezekiah, and healed the ople. 31 And the children of Israe that were present at iousalem Idolatry destroyed.

kept the feast of unleavened bread seven days with great gladness: and the Levites and the priests praised the Loop day by day, inging with loud instruments unto the LORD. 22, And Hezekiah spake comfortably unto all the Levites that taught the good knowledge of the LoRD: and they did eat throughout the feast seven days, offering peace-offerings, and making concssion to the Lord fathers. 23 And the whole assembly took counsel to keep other seven days: and they kept other seven days with gladnoss. . . . . . 24 For Hezekiah king of Judah did give to , the congregation a thousand bullocks and seven thousand sheep; and the princes gave to the congregation a thousand bullocks and ten thousand sheep: and a great number of priests sanctified themselves. 25 And all the congregation of Judah, with the priests and the Levites, and all the congregation that came out of Israel, and the strangers that came out, of the land of Israel, and that dwelt in Judah, rejoiced. - 26 So there was great joy in Jerusalem; for sing; the time of Solomon the son of Iłavid king of Israel there was not the like in Jerusalem. - 27 "[Then the priests the Levites arose and blessed the people: and their voice was heard, and, their prayer came up to his holy dwelling-place, eren unto heaven.

Provision made for the Sacrifices. when all this was finished, all Israel that were, present went out to the cities of Judah, and brake the images in pieces and cut down the groves, and threw, down the high places and tars out of all Judah and n, in Ephraim, also and sseh, until they had utterly destroyed them all. Then all the children of Israel returned, every man to his possession, into their own cities. 2 of And Hezekiah appointed the courses of the priests and the Levites after, their courses, cvery man according to his service, the priests and Levites for burnt-offerings and for peace-offerings, to minister, and to give thanks, and to praise in the gates of the tents of the Lord. . 3. He appointed also the king's portion # his substance for the


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Tithes, &c. brought in

burnt-offerings, to wit, for the morning and evening burnt-offeringo, and the burnt-offerings for the sabbaths, and for, the newmoons, and for the set feasts, as it is written in the law of the

orn. 4 Moreover, he commanded the people that dwelt in, Jerusalem to give the portion of the priests and the Levites, that they might be encouraged in the law of the

0RD. 5 || And as soon as the commandment came abroad, the , children of Israel brought in abundance the first-fruits of corn, wine, and oil, and honey, and of all the increase of the field ; , and the tithe of ali things brought they in abundantly. And, concerning the childrén of Israel and Judah, that dwelt in the cities of Judah, ... they Sto brought in the tithe of oxen, and sheep, and the tithe of holy things which were consecrated, unto the LORD their God, and laid then by leaps. 7. In the third month, they began to lay the foundation of the heaps, and finished them in the seventh month. 8 And when Hezekiah and the princes came and saw the heaps, they blessed the Lorto, and his people Israel. - 9. Then Hezekiah questioned with the priests and the Levites concerning the heaps. . . 10 And Azariah, the chief prics! of the house of Zadok answered him, and said, Since the people began to bring the offerings into the house of the Loop, we have had enough to eat,and have left plenty: for the Lord hath blessed his people; and that which is left is this great store. 11 || Then Hezekiah commanded to prepare chambers in the house of the LoRD ; and they prepared

hem, - 12 And brought in the offerings and the tithes, and the dedical oi things faithfully: over which Co: nomiah the Leyite was ruler, and Shimei his brother was the n And Jehiel, and Azaziah, and Nahath, and Asahel, and Jerimoth, and . Jozabad...and . Eliel, and İsmachiah. and Mahath, and Benoiah, were overseers under to: hand of Cononiah and Slimei his brother, , at the commandment of Hezekiah the king, and Azariah the ruler of the house of God. And Kore the son of Imnah the Levite, the o: toward the cast, was over the frce-will-offer


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