NASB — 2 Chronicles 29 — KJV

Hezekiah Succeeds Ahaz in Judah

1 aHezekiah became king [when he was] twenty-five years old; and he reigned twenty-nine years in Jerusalem. And his mother’s name [was] Abijah, the daughter of Zechariah. 2 aHe did right in the sight of the LORD, according to all that his father David had done.

[1] a2K 18:1-3
[2] a2Ch 28:1; 34:2

3 ¶ In the first year of his reign, in the first month, he aopened the doors of the house of the LORD and repaired them. 4 He brought in the priests and the Levites and gathered them into the square on the east.

[3] a2Ch 28:24; 29:7

Reforms Begun

5 Then he said to them, “Listen to me, O Levites. aConsecrate yourselves now, and consecrate the house of the LORD, the God of your fathers, and carry the uncleanness out from the holy place. 6 For our fathers have been unfaithful and have done evil in the sight of the LORD our God, and have forsaken Him and aturned their faces away from the dwelling place of the LORD, and have Iturned [their] backs. 7 They have also ashut the doors of the porch and put out the lamps, and have not burned incense or offered burnt offerings in the holy place to the God of Israel. 8 Therefore athe wrath of the LORD was against Judah and Jerusalem, and He has made them an object of terror, of horror, and of bhissing, as you see with your own eyes. 9 For behold, aour fathers have fallen by the sword, and our sons and our daughters and our wives are in captivity for this. 10 Now it is in my heart ato make a covenant with the LORD God of Israel, that His burning anger may turn away from us. 11 My sons, do not be negligent now, for athe LORD has chosen you to stand before Him, to minister to Him, and to be His ministers and burn incense.”

[5] a2Ch 29:15, 34; 35:6
[6] ILit given aEzk 8:16
[7] a2Ch 28:24
[8] a2Ch 24:20 bJr 25:9, 18
[9] a2Ch 28:5-8, 17
[10] a2Ch 23:16
[11] aNu 3:6; 8:6

12 ¶ Then the Levites arose: aMahath, the son of Amasai and Joel the son of Azariah, from the sons of bthe Kohathites; and from the sons of Merari, Kish the son of Abdi and Azariah the son of Jehallelel; and from the Gershonites, Joah the son of Zimmah and Eden the son of Joah; 13 and from the sons of Elizaphan, Shimri and IJeiel; and from the sons of Asaph, Zechariah and Mattaniah; 14 and from the sons of Heman, IJehiel and Shimei; and from the sons of Jeduthun, Shemaiah and Uzziel. 15 They assembled their brothers, aconsecrated themselves, and went in bto cleanse the house of the LORD, according to the commandment of the king cby the words of the LORD. 16 So the priests went in to the inner part of the house of the LORD to cleanse [it], and every unclean thing which they found in the temple of the LORD they brought out to the court of the house of the LORD. Then the Levites received [it] to carry out to athe Kidron Ivalley. 17 Now they began Ithe consecration aon the first [day] of the first month, and on the eighth day of the month they entered the porch of the LORD. Then they consecrated the house of the LORD in eight days, and finished on the sixteenth day of the first month. 18 Then they went in to King Hezekiah and said, “We have cleansed the whole house of the LORD, the altar of burnt offering with all of its utensils, and the table of showbread with all of its utensils. 19 Moreover, aall the utensils which King Ahaz had discarded during his reign in his unfaithfulness, we have prepared and consecrated; and behold, they are before the altar of the LORD.”

[12] a2Ch 31:13 bNu 3:19, 20
[13] IOr Jeuel
[14] IOr Jehuel, 1Ch 15:18, 20
[15] a2Ch 29:5 b1Ch 23:28 c2Ch 30:12
[16] IOr wadi a2Ch 15:16
[17] ILit to consecrate a2Ch 29:3
[19] a2Ch 28:24

Hezekiah Restores Temple Worship

20 ¶ Then King Hezekiah arose early and assembled the princes of the city and went up to the house of the LORD. 21 They brought seven bulls, seven rams, seven lambs and seven male goats afor a sin offering for the kingdom, the sanctuary, and Judah. And he ordered the priests, the sons of Aaron, to offer [them] on the altar of the LORD. 22 So they slaughtered the bulls, and the priests took the blood and sprinkled it on the altar. They also slaughtered the rams and sprinkled the blood on the altar; they slaughtered the lambs also and asprinkled the blood on the altar. 23 Then they brought the male goats of the sin offering before the king and the assembly, and athey laid their hands on them. 24 The priests slaughtered them and purged the altar with their blood ato atone for all Israel, for the king ordered the burnt offering and the sin offering for all Israel.

[21] aLv 4:3-14
[22] aLv 4:18
[23] aLv 4:15
[24] aLv 4:26

25aHe then stationed the Levites in the house of the LORD with cymbals, with harps and with lyres, baccording to the command of David and of cGad the king’s seer, and of dNathan the prophet; for the command was from the LORD through His prophets. 26 The Levites stood with athe [musical] instruments of David, and bthe priests with the trumpets. 27 Then Hezekiah gave the order to offer the burnt offering on the altar. When the burnt offering began, athe song to the LORD also began with the trumpets, I[accompanied] by the instruments of David, king of Israel. 28 While the whole assembly worshiped, the singers also sang and the trumpets sounded; all this [continued] until the burnt offering was finished.

[25] a1Ch 25:6 b2Ch 8:14 c2S 24:11 d2S 7:2
[26] a1Ch 23:5 b2Ch 5:12
[27] ILit and according to the authority of the instruments a2Ch 23:18

29 ¶ Now at the completion of the burnt offerings, athe king and all who were present with him bowed down and worshiped. 30 Moreover, King Hezekiah and the officials ordered the Levites to sing praises to the LORD with the words of David and Asaph the seer. aSo they sang praises with joy, and bowed down and worshiped.

[29] a2Ch 20:18
[30] aPs 100:1; 106:12

31 ¶ Then Hezekiah said, “aNow [that] you have Iconsecrated yourselves to the LORD, come near and bring sacrifices and thank offerings to the house of the LORD.” And the assembly brought sacrifices and thank offerings, and ball those who were IIwilling [brought] burnt offerings. 32 The number of the burnt offerings which the assembly brought was 70 bulls, 100 rams, and 200 lambs; all these were for a burnt offering to the LORD. 33 The consecrated things were 600 bulls and 3,000 sheep. 34 But the priests were too few, so that they were unable to skin all the burnt offerings; atherefore their brothers the Levites helped them until the work was completed and until the [other] priests had consecrated themselves. For bthe Levites were more Iconscientious to consecrate themselves than the priests. 35 There [were] also Iamany burnt offerings with bthe fat of the peace offerings and with cthe libations for the burnt offerings. Thus the service of the house of the LORD was established [again]. 36 Then Hezekiah and all the people rejoiced over what God had prepared for the people, because the thing came about suddenly.

[31] ILit filled your hands IILit willing of heart a2Ch 13:9 bEx 35:5, 22
[34] ILit upright of heart a2Ch 35:11 b2Ch 30:3
[35] ILit the burnt offerings to an abundance a2Ch 29:32 bLv 3:16 cNu 15:5-10


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Hezekiah his good reign.

1 ¶ Hezekiah began to reign [when 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. 2 And he did [that which was] right in the sight of the LORD, according to all that David his father had done.

[1] 2K 18:1; 1Ch 3:13; 2Ch 26:5; Is 1:1; 8:2; Ho 1:1; Mi 1:1; Mt 1:9.
[2] 2K 18:3; 2Ch 28:1; 34:2.

He restoreth religion.

3 ¶ He in the first year of his reign, in the first month, opened the doors of the house of the LORD, and repaired them. 4 And he brought in the priests and the Levites, and gathered them together into the east street,

[3] 2K 16:14; 2Ch 28:24; 29:7; 34:3; Ps 101:3; Ec 9:10; Mt 6:33; Ga 1:16.
[4] 2Ch 32:6; Ne 3:29; Jr 19:2.

He exhorteth the Levites.

5 And said unto them, Hear me, ye Levites, sanctify now yourselves, and sanctify the house of the LORD God of your 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 forsaken him, and have turned away their faces from the habitation of the LORD, and turned [their] backs. 7 Also they have shut up the doors of the porch, and put out the lamps, and have not burned incense nor offered burnt offerings in the holy [place] unto the God of Israel. 8 Wherefore the wrath of the LORD was upon Judah and Jerusalem, and he hath delivered them to trouble, to astonishment, and to hissing, as ye see with your eyes. 9 For, lo, our fathers have fallen by the sword, and our sons and our daughters and our wives [are] in captivity for this. 10 Now [it is] in mine heart to make a covenant with the LORD God of Israel, that his fierce wrath may turn away from us. 11 My sons, be not now negligent: for the LORD hath chosen you to stand before him, to serve him, and that ye should minister unto him, and burn incense.

[5] Ex 19:10, 15; 1Ch 15:12; 2Ch 29:16; 34:3; 35:6; Ezk 8:3, 9; 36:25; Mt 21:12; 1Co 3:16; 2Co 6:16; 7:1; Ep 5:26.
[6] 2Ch 28:2, 23; 34:21; Ezr 5:12; 9:7; Ne 9:16, 32; Jr 2:13, 17, 27; 16:19; 44:21; Lm 5:7; Ezk 8:16; Dn 9:16; Mt 10:37; 23:30.
[7] Lv 24:2; 2K 16:17; 2Ch 28:24; 29:3; Mal 1:10.
[8] Lv 26:32; Dt 28:15, 25, 59; 1K 9:8; 2Ch 24:18; 28:6; 34:24; 36:14; Jr 18:15; 19:8; 25:9, 18; 29:18.
[9] Lv 26:17; 2Ch 28:5, 17; Lm 5:7.
[10] 2K 23:3, 26; 2Ch 6:7; 15:12; 23:16; 34:30; Ezr 10:3; Ne 9:38; 10:1; Jr 34:15, 18; 50:5; 2Co 8:5.
[11] Nu 3:6; 8:6; 16:35; 18:2, 7; Dt 10:8; Ga 6:7.

They sanctify themselves, and cleanse the house of God.

12 ¶ Then the Levites arose, Mahath the son of Amasai, and Joel the son of Azariah, of the sons of the Kohathites: and of the sons of Merari, Kish the son of Abdi, and Azariah the son of Jehalelel: and of the Gershonites; Joah the son of Zimmah, and Eden the son of Joah: 13 And of the sons of Elizaphan; Shimri, and Jeiel: and of the sons of Asaph; Zechariah, and Mattaniah: 14 And of the sons of Heman; Jehiel, and Shimei: and of the sons of Jeduthun; Shemaiah, and Uzziel. 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. 16 And the priests went into the inner part of the house of the LORD, to cleanse [it], and brought out 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 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, and the shewbread 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 prepared and sanctified, and, behold, they [are] before the altar of the LORD.

[12] Ex 6:16; Nu 4:2; 1Ch 6:16, 17, 19, 20, 44; 15:5, 6, 7; 23:7, 12, 21.
[13] Lv 10:4; 1Ch 6:39; 15:8, 17; 25:2.
[14] 1Ch 6:33; 15:19; 25:1, 3, 6.
[15] 1Ch 23:28; 2Ch 29:5; 30:12.
[16] Ex 26:33; 1K 6:19; 2K 23:4; 2Ch 3:8; 5:7; 15:16; Ezk 36:29; Mt 21:12; 23:27; Jn 18:1; He 9:2, 23.
[17] Ex 12:2; 1K 6:3; 1Ch 28:11; 2Ch 3:4; 29:7.
[18] 2Ch 4:1, 7, 8; 13:11.
[19] 2Ch 28:24.

Hezekiah offereth solemn sacrifices, wherein the Levites were more forward than the priests.

20 ¶ Then Hezekiah the king rose early, and gathered the rulers of the city, and went up to the house of the LORD. 21 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 priests received the blood, and sprinkled [it] on the altar: likewise, 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 the king and the congregation; and they laid their hands upon them: 24 And the priests killed them, and they made reconciliation 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. 25 And he set the Levites 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 sang, 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 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 they bowed their heads and worshipped. 31 Then 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 burnt offerings. 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 [were] more upright in heart to sanctify themselves than the priests. 35 And also the burnt offerings [were] in abundance, with the fat of the peace offerings, and the drink offerings for [every] burnt offering. So the service of the house of the LORD was set in order. 36 And Hezekiah rejoiced, and all the people, that God had prepared the people: for the thing was [done] suddenly.

[20] Gn 22:3; Ex 24:4; Jsh 6:12; Jr 25:4.
[21] Lv 4:3; Nu 15:22; 23:1, 14, 29; 1Ch 15:26; Ezr 8:35; Jb 42:8; Ezk 45:23; 2Co 5:21.
[22] Lv 1:5; 4:7, 18, 34; 8:14, 19, 24; He 9:21.
[23] Lv 1:4; 4:15, 24.
[24] Lv 4:13; 6:30; 8:15; 14:20; Ezk 45:15, 17; Dn 9:24; Ro 5:10; 2Co 5:18; Col 1:20; He 2:17.
[25] 2S 7:2; 12:1; 24:11; 1Ch 9:33; 15:16; 16:4, 42; 21:9; 23:5; 25:1; 28:12, 19; 29:29; 2Ch 8:14; 30:12; 35:15.
[26] Nu 10:8, 10; Jsh 6:4; 1Ch 15:24; 16:6; 23:5; 2Ch 5:12; Ps 81:3; 87:7; 98:5; 150:3; Is 38:20; Am 6:5.
[27] 2Ch 7:3; 20:21; 23:18; Ps 136:1; 137:3.
[28] Ps 68:24; 89:15; Rv 5:8.
[29] 1Ch 29:20; 2Ch 20:18; Ps 72:11; Ro 14:11; Php 2:10.
[30] 2S 23:1; 1Ch 16:7; Ps 32:11; 33:1; 95:1, 6; 100:1; 149:2; Php 4:4.
[31] Lv 1:1, 3; 7:12; 23:38; 2Ch 13:9; Ezr 1:4.
[32] 1K 3:4; 8:63; 1Ch 29:21; Ezr 6:17.
[33] 2Ch 29:31.
[34] Nu 8:15, 19; 18:3, 6; 1Ch 29:17; 2Ch 29:5; 30:3, 16; 35:11; Ps 7:10; 26:6; 94:15.
[35] Gn 35:14; Ex 29:13; Lv 3:15; 23:13; Nu 15:5; 1Ch 16:37; 2Ch 29:32; Ezr 6:18; 1Co 14:40.
[36] 1Ch 29:9, 17, 18; 2Ch 30:12; Ezr 6:22; Ps 10:17; Pv 16:1; Ac 2:41; 1Th 3:8.


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