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°.
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°.
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°.”
 a2Ch 29:15, 34; 35:6
 ILit given aEzk 8:16
 a2Ch 28:24
 a2Ch 24:20 bJr 25:9, 18
 a2Ch 28:5-8, 17
 a2Ch 23:16
 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°.”
 a2Ch 31:13 bNu 3:19, 20
 IOr Jeuel
 IOr Jehuel, 1Ch 15:18, 20
 a2Ch 29:5 b1Ch 23:28 c2Ch 30:12
 IOr wadi a2Ch 15:16
 ILit to consecrate a2Ch 29:3
 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°.
25 ¶ aHe 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°.
 a1Ch 25:6 b2Ch 8:14 c2S 24:11 d2S 7:2
 a1Ch 23:5 b2Ch 5:12
 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°.
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°.
 ILit filled your hands IILit willing of heart a2Ch 13:9 bEx 35:5, 22
 ILit upright of heart a2Ch 35:11 b2Ch 30:3
 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 ¶ Hezekiahº began to reignºª [when he was] fiveº and twentyº yearsº old,º and he reignedºª nineº and twentyº yearsº in Jerusalem.º And his mother'sº nameº [was] Abijah,º the daughterº of Zechariah.º 2 And he didºª [that which was] rightº in the sightº of the LORD,º according to all² that² Davidº his fatherº had done.ºª
He restoreth religion.
3 ¶ He² in the firstº yearº of his reign,ºª in the firstº month,º openedºª² the doorsº of the houseº of the LORD,º and repairedºª them. 4 And he brought inºª² the priestsº and the Levites,º and gathered them togetherºª into the eastº street,º
 2K 16:14; 2Ch 28:24; 29:7; 34:3; Ps 101:3; Ec 9:10; Mt 6:33; Ga 1:16.
 2Ch 32:6; Ne 3:29; Jr 19:2.
He exhorteth the Levites.
5 And saidºª unto them, Hearºª me, ye Levites,º sanctify¹ª now yourselves,²² and sanctifyºª² the houseº of the LORDº Godº of your fathers,º and carry forthºª² the filthinessº out of² the holyº [place]. 6 For² our fathersº have trespassed,ºª and doneºª [that which was] evilº in the eyesº of the LORDº our God,º and have forsakenºª him, and have turned awayºª their facesº from the habitationº² of the LORD,º and turnedºª [their] backs.º 7 Also² they have shut upºª the doorsº of the porch,º and put outºª² the lamps,º and have not² burnedºª incenseº nor² offeredºª burnt offeringsº in the holyº [place] unto the Godº of Israel.º 8 Wherefore the wrathº of the LORDº was² upon² Judahº and Jerusalem,º and he hath deliveredºª them to trouble,ºª¹ to astonishment,º and to hissing,º as² ye² seeºª with your eyes.º 9 For, lo,² our fathersº have fallenºª by the sword,º and our sonsº and our daughtersº and our wivesº [are] in captivityº for² this.² 10 Now² [it is] in² mine heartº to makeºª a covenantº with the LORDº Godº of Israel,º that his fierceº wrathº may turn awayºª from² us. 11 My sons,º be not² now² negligent:ºª for² the LORDº hath chosenºª you to standºª beforeº him, to serveºª him, and that ye should ministerºª² unto him, and burn incense.ºª
 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.
 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.
 Lv 24:2; 2K 16:17; 2Ch 28:24; 29:3; Mal 1:10.
 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.
 Lv 26:17; 2Ch 28:5, 17; Lm 5:7.
 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.
 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 Levitesº arose,ºª Mahathº the sonº of Amasai,º and Joelº the sonº of Azariah,º of² the sonsº of the Kohathites:º and of² the sonsº of Merari,º Kishº the sonº of Abdi,º and Azariahº the sonº of Jehalelel:º and of² the Gershonites;º Joahº the sonº of Zimmah,º and Edenº the sonº of Joah:º 13 And of² the sonsº of Elizaphan;º Shimri,º and Jeiel:º and of² the sonsº of Asaph;º Zechariah,º and Mattaniah:º 14 And of² the sonsº of Heman;º Jehiel,º and Shimei:º and of² the sonsº of Jeduthun;º Shemaiah,º and Uzziel.º 15 And they gatheredºª² their brethren,º and sanctified¹ª themselves,² and came,ºª according to the commandmentº of the king,º by the wordsº of the LORD,º to cleanseºª the houseº of the LORD.º 16 And the priestsº wentºª into the inner partº of the houseº of the LORD,º to cleanseºª [it], and brought outºª² all² the uncleannessº that² they foundºª in the templeº of the LORDº into the courtº of the houseº of the LORD.º And the Levitesº tookºª [it], to carry [it] outºª abroadº into the brookº Kidron.º 17 Now they beganºª on the firstº [day] of the firstº monthº to sanctify,ºª and on the eighthº dayº of the monthº cameºª they to the porchº of the LORD:º so they sanctifiedºª² the houseº of the LORDº in eightº days;º and in the sixteenthºº day² of the firstº monthº they made an end.ºª 18 Then they wentºª inº to² Hezekiahº the king,º and said,ºª We have cleansedºª² all² the houseº of the LORD,º and the altarº of burnt offering,º with all² the vesselsº thereof, and the shewbreadº table,º with² all² the vesselsº thereof. 19 Moreover all² the vessels,º which² kingº Ahazº in his reignº did cast awayºª in his transgression,º have we preparedºª and sanctified,ºª and, behold,² they [are] beforeº the altarº of the LORD.º
 Ex 6:16; Nu 4:2; 1Ch 6:16, 17, 19, 20, 44; 15:5, 6, 7; 23:7, 12, 21.
 Lv 10:4; 1Ch 6:39; 15:8, 17; 25:2.
 1Ch 6:33; 15:19; 25:1, 3, 6.
 1Ch 23:28; 2Ch 29:5; 30:12.
 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.
 Ex 12:2; 1K 6:3; 1Ch 28:11; 2Ch 3:4; 29:7.
 2Ch 4:1, 7, 8; 13:11.
 2Ch 28:24.
Hezekiah offereth solemn sacrifices, wherein the Levites were more forward than the priests.
20 ¶ Then Hezekiahº the kingº rose early,ºª and gatheredºª² the rulersº of the city,º and went upºª to the houseº of the LORD.º 21 And they broughtºª sevenº bullocks,º and sevenº rams,º and sevenº lambs,º and sevenº he¹ goats,º² for a sin offeringº for² the kingdom,º and for² the sanctuary,º and for² Judah.º And he commandedºª the priestsº the sonsº of Aaronº to offerºª [them] on² the altarº of the LORD.º 22 So they killedºª the bullocks,º and the priestsº receivedºª² the blood,º and sprinkledºª [it] on the altar:º likewise, when they had killedºª the rams,º they sprinkledºª the bloodº upon the altar:º they killedºª also the lambs,º and they sprinkledºª the bloodº upon the altar.º 23 And they brought forthºª² the he goatsº [for] the sin offeringº beforeº the kingº and the congregation;º and they laidºª their handsº upon² them: 24 And the priestsº killedºª them, and they made reconciliationºª with² their bloodº upon the altar,º to make an atonementºª for² all² Israel:º for² the kingº commandedºª [that] the burnt offeringº and the sin offeringº [should be made] for all² Israel.º 25 And he setºª² the Levitesº in the houseº of the LORDº with cymbals,º with psalteries,º and with harps,º according to the commandmentº of David,º and of Gadº the king'sº seer,º and Nathanº the prophet:º for² [so was] the commandmentº of¹ the LORDº byº his prophets.º 26 And the Levitesº stoodºª with the instrumentsº of David,º and the priestsº with the trumpets.º 27 And Hezekiahº commandedºª to offerºª the burnt offeringº upon the altar.º And whenº the burnt offeringº began,ºª the songº of the LORDº beganºª [also] with the trumpets,º and with² the instrumentsº² [ordained] by¹ Davidº kingº of Israel.º 28 And all² the congregationº worshipped,ºª and the singersº sang,ºª and the trumpetersº sounded:ºªªª [and] all² [this continued] until² the burnt offeringº was finished.ºª 29 And when they had made an endºª of offering,ºª the kingº and all² that were presentºª with² him bowedºª themselves, and worshipped.ºª 30 Moreover Hezekiahº the kingº and the princesº commandedºª the Levitesº to sing praiseºª unto the LORDº with the wordsº of David,º and of Asaphº the seer.º And they sang praisesºª with² gladness,º and they bowed their headsºª and worshipped.ºª 31 Then Hezekiahº answeredºª and said,ºª Now² ye have consecratedººª yourselves unto the LORD,º come nearºª and bringºª sacrificesº and thank offeringsº into the houseº of the LORD.º And the congregationº brought inºª sacrificesº and thank offerings;º and as many as² were of a freeº heartº burnt offerings.º 32 And the numberº of the burnt offerings,º which² the congregationº brought,ºª was² threescore and tenº bullocks,º an hundredº rams,º [and] two hundredº lambs:º all² these² [were] for a burnt offeringº to the LORD.º 33 And the consecrated thingsº [were] sixº hundredº oxenº and threeº thousandº sheep.º 34 But² the priestsº were² too few,º so that they couldºª not² flayºª² all² the burnt offerings:º wherefore their brethrenº the Levitesº did helpºª them, till² the workº was ended,ºª and until² the [other] priestsº had sanctified¹ª themselves:² for² the Levitesº [were] more uprightº in heartº to sanctify¹ª themselves² than the priests.º² 35 And also² the burnt offeringsº [were] in abundance,º with the fatº of the peace offerings,º and the drink offeringsº for [every] burnt offering.º So the serviceº of the houseº of the LORDº was set in order.ºª 36 And Hezekiahº rejoiced,ºª and all² the people,º that² Godº had preparedºª the people:º for² the thingº was² [done] suddenly.º
 Gn 22:3; Ex 24:4; Jsh 6:12; Jr 25:4.
 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.
 Lv 1:5; 4:7, 18, 34; 8:14, 19, 24; He 9:21.
 Lv 1:4; 4:15, 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.
 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.
 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.
 2Ch 7:3; 20:21; 23:18; Ps 136:1; 137:3.
 Ps 68:24; 89:15; Rv 5:8.
 1Ch 29:20; 2Ch 20:18; Ps 72:11; Ro 14:11; Php 2:10.
 2S 23:1; 1Ch 16:7; Ps 32:11; 33:1; 95:1, 6; 100:1; 149:2; Php 4:4.
 Lv 1:1, 3; 7:12; 23:38; 2Ch 13:9; Ezr 1:4.
 1K 3:4; 8:63; 1Ch 29:21; Ezr 6:17.
 2Ch 29:31.
 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.
 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.
 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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