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chofen you to stand before him, to serve him, that you should minister unto him, and burn Incense.
i z Then the Levites arofe: of the Sons of the Kohathites; and of the Sons of Merari; and of the Gershonites;
13 And of the Sons of Elizaphan; and of the Sons of Asaph;
14 And of the Sons of Heman; and of the Sons of Jeduthun.
15 And they gathered their Brethren, and sanctified themselves, and came according to the Commandment of the King, by the Words of the Lord, to cleanse the House of the Lord.
I 6 And the Priests went into the inner Part of the House of the Lord to cleanse it, and brought out all the Uncleannefs 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 unto 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 fixteenth Day of the first Month they made an end.
18 Then they went in to Hezekiah the King, and said, We have cleansed all the House of the Lord, and the Altar of Burnt-offering, with all the Vessels thereof.
19 Moreover, all the Vessels which King Ahaz in his Reign did cast away in his Transgreffion, have we prepared and sanctified, and behold, they are before the Altar of the Lord.
20 Then Hezekiah rofe early, and gathered the Rulers of the City, and went up to the House of the Lord.
2i And they brought seven Bullocks, and seven Rams, and seven Lambs, and seven He-goats, for a Sin-offering for the Kingdom, and for the Sanctuary, and for Judah: and he commanded the Priests, the Sons of Aaron, to offer them on the Altar of the Lord.
22 So they killed the Bullocks and the Rams, and also the Lambs, they sprinkled the Blood upon the Altar.
23 And they brought forth the He-goats for a Sin-ofsering, before the King, and the Congregation, and they laid their Hands upon them:
24 * And the Priests killed them, and they made Recon
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ciliation ciliation with their Blood upon the Altar, to make an Atonement for all Israel: for the King'commanded that the Burnt-offering, and the Sin-offering should be made for all Israel.Lord God of his Fathers, though he be not Cleansed according to the Purification of the Sanctuary.
25 And he set the Lcvites in the House of the Lord, with Cymbals, with Psalteries, and with Harps, according to the Commandment of David, and of Gad the King's Seer, and Nathan the Prophet: for so was the Commandment of the Lord by his Prophets.
26 And the Levites stood with the Instruments of David, and the Priests with the Trumpets.
27 And Hezekiah commanded to offer the Burnt-offering upon the Altar: and when the Burnt-offering began, the Song of the Lord began also with the Trumpets, and with the Instruments ordained by David King of Israel.
28 And all the Congregation worshipped, and the Singers fang, and the Trumpeters sounded, and all this continued until the Burnt-offering was finished.
29 And when they had made an end of offering, the King and all that were present with him, bowed themselves and worshipped.
30 Moreover, Hezekiah and the Princes commanded the Levites to fing Praise unto the Lord, with the Words of David, and of Afaph the Seer: and they fang Praises with Gladness, and they bowed their Heads and worshipped.
31 And Hezekiah answered and said, Now ye have consecrated yourselves unto the Lord, come near and bring Sacrifices, and Thank-offerings into the House of the Lord. And the Congregation brought in Sacrifices, and Thank-offerings, and as many as were of a free Heart, Burntofferings.
32 And the Number of the Burnt-offerings which the Congregation brought, was threescore and ten Bullocks, an hundred Rams, and two hundred Lambs: all these were for a Burnt-offering to the Lord.
"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 Burnt-offerings: wherefore their Brethren the Levites did help them till the Work was ended, and until the other Priests had sanctified themselves: for the Levites
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were more upright in Heart, to sanctify themselves, than the Prielts.
35 And also the Burnt-offerings were in abundance; so the Service of the House of the Lord was set in order.
36 And Hezekiah rejoyced, and all the People, that God had prepared the People: for the Thing was done suddenly,
I Hezekiah prochimetb a solemn Passover on the second Month for "Judah and Israel. 1 3 The Assembly having dejtroyed the Altars of Idolatry, keep the Fcail fourteen Days. 27 The Priejls and Levites bless the People.
Ver. 1 AND Hezekiah sent to all Israel and Judah, and J\ wrote Letters also to Ephraim and Manasseh, that they should come to the House of the Lord at Jerusalem, to keep the Paflbvcr 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 Passover in the second Month.
3 For they could not keep it at that Time, because the Priests had not Sanctified themselves sufficiently, neither had the People gathered themselves together to Jerusalem.
4 And the Thing pleased the King, and all the Congregation.
5 So they established a Decree, to make Proclamation throughout all Israel, from Beer-sheba even to Dan, 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 Commandment 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 you, that are efcaped out of the Hand of the Kings of Assyria.
7 And be not -ye like your Fathers, and like your Brethren, which trefpassed against the Lord God of their Fathers, who therefore gave them up to Desolation, as ye fee.
8 Now be ye not stiff-necked as your Fathers were, but yield yourselves unto the Lord, and enter into his Sanctuary, which he hath sanctified for ever: and serve the Lord your God, that the Fiercenefs of his Wrath may turn away from you.
9 For if ye turn again unto the Lo'rd, your Brethren, and your Children shall find Compaffion before them that lead them Captive, so that they shall come again into this Land: for the Lord your God is gracious and mercisul, and will not turn away his Face from you, if ye return untp him.
10 So the Posts passed from City to City, throughout the Countrey of Ephraim and Manasseh, even unto Zebulun: but they laughed them to Scorn, and mocked them.
11 Neverthelefs, divers of Asher and Manasseh, and Zebulun, humbled 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 Lord.
I 3 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 arofe, 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 Levites were Ashamed, and Sanctified themselves, and brought in the Burnt-offerings into the House of the Lord.
16 And they stood in their Places aster their Manner, according to the Law of Moses: the Priests sprinkled the Blood which they received of the Hand of the Levites.
17 For there were many in the Congregation that were not Sanctified: therefore the Levites had the Charge df the killing of the Passovers for every one that was not Clean, to sanctify them unto the Lord.
18 For a multitude of the People, even many of Ephraim, and Manasseh, Iflachar, and Zebulun, had not Cleansed themselves, yet did they eat the Paflbver, otherwise than it was written: but Hezekiah Prayed for them, saying, The Good Lord pardon every one
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20 And the Lord hearkened to Hezekiah, and Healed the People.
21 And the Children of Israel that were prefent at Jerusalem, kept the Fe»st of unleavened Bread seven Days with great Gladnefs: and the Levites, and the Priests praised the Lord Day by Day, finging 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 cat throughout the Feast seven Days, offering Peaceofferings, and making Confession to the Lord God of their Fathers.
23 And the whole Assembly took Counsel to keep otheT seven Days: and they kept other seven Days with GladNess.
24 For Hezekiah 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, Rejoyced.
26 So there was great Joy in Jerusalem: for fince the Time of Solomon there was not the like in Jerusalem.
27 Then the Priests the Levites arofe, and Blessed' the People: and their Voice vyas heard, and their Prayer came up to his Holy Dwelling-place, even unto Heaven.
1 The People is forward in destroying Idolatry. 2 Hezekiah order eth the Courses of the Priests and Levites, and provideth for their Work and Maintenance. 5 The People's Forwardness in Offerings and Tithes. 11 Hezekiah appointeth Officers to dispofe of the Tithes. 20 The Sincerity of Hezekiah.
Ver. 1 "fOTO W when all this was finished, all Israel that
Jln were prefent, went out to the Cities of Judah,
and Brake the Images in pieces, and cut down the Groves,