All Israel Invited to the Passover
1 Now 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 Icelebrate° the Passover° to the LORD° God° of Israel°. 2 For the king° and his princes° and all° the assembly° in Jerusalem° had decided° ato celebrate° the Passover° in the second° month°, 3 since° they could° not celebrate° it aat that time°, because° the priests° had not consecrated° themselves in sufficient° numbers°, nor° had the people° been gathered° to Jerusalem°. 4 Thus the thing° was right° in the sight° of the king° and Iall° the assembly°. 5 So they established° a decree° to circulate° a Iproclamation° throughout all° Israel° afrom Beersheba° even to Dan°, that they should come° to celebrate° the Passover° to the LORD° God° of Israel° at Jerusalem°. For they had not celebrated° [it] in great° numbers° as it was IIprescribed°. 6 aThe Icouriers° went° throughout all° Israel° and Judah° with the letters° from the hand° of the king° and his princes°, even according to the command° of the king°, saying°, “O sons° of Israel°, return° to the LORD° God° of Abraham°, Isaac° and Israel°, that He may return° to those of you who° escaped° [and] are left° from bthe IIhand° of the kings° of Assyria°. 7 aDo not be like your fathers° and your brothers°, who° were unfaithful° to the LORD° God° of their fathers°, so that bHe made° them a horror°, as you see°. 8 Now° do not astiffen° your neck° like your fathers°, but Iyield°° to the LORD° and enter° His sanctuary° which° He has consecrated° forever°, and serve° the LORD° your God°, bthat His burning° anger° may turn° away° from you. 9 For aif you return° to the LORD°, your brothers° and your sons° [will find] compassion° before° those who led° them captive° and will return° to this° land°. bFor the LORD° your God° is gracious° and compassionate°, and will not turn° [His] face° away° from you if° you return° to Him.”
 ILit do, so in vv 2, 3, 5, 13, 21, 23
 aNu 9:10, 11; 2Ch 30:13, 15
 a2Ch 29:17, 34
 ILit in the sight of all
 ILit voice IILit written aJg 20:1
 ILit runners IILit palm aEs 8:14; Jb 9:25; Jr 51:31 b2Ch 28:20
 aEzk 20:13 b2Ch 29:8
 ILit give a hand aEx 32:9 b2Ch 29:10
 aDt 30:2 bEx 34:6, 7; Mi 7:18
10 ¶ So the Icouriers° passed° from city° to city° through the country° of Ephraim° and Manasseh°, and as far° as Zebulun°, but athey laughed° them to scorn° and mocked° them. 11 Nevertheless° asome° men° of Asher°, Manasseh° and Zebulun° humbled° themselves and came° to Jerusalem°. 12 The ahand° of God° was also° on Judah° to give° them one° heart° to do° what° the king° and the princes° commanded° by the word° of the LORD°.
13 ¶ Now many° people° were gathered° at Jerusalem° to celebrate° the Feast° of Unleavened° Bread° ain the second° month°, a very° large° assembly°. 14 They arose° and removed° the altars° which° [were] in Jerusalem°; they also aremoved° all° the incense° altars° and bcast° [them] into the brook° Kidron°. 15 Then athey slaughtered° the Passover° [lambs] on the fourteenth°° of the second° month°. And bthe priests° and Levites° were ashamed° of themselves, and consecrated° themselves and brought° burnt° offerings° to the house° of the LORD°. 16 aThey stood° at their stations° after their custom°, according to the law° of Moses° the man° of God°; the priests° sprinkled° the blood° [which they received] from the hand° of the Levites°. 17 For [there were] many° in the assembly° who° had not consecrated° themselves; therefore, athe Levites° [were] over° the slaughter° of the Passover° [lambs] for everyone° who [was] unclean°°, in order to consecrate° [them] to the LORD°. 18 For a multitude° of the people°, a[even] many° from Ephraim° and Manasseh°, Issachar° and Zebulun°, had not purified° themselves, byet° they ate° the Passover° cotherwise° than Iprescribed°. For Hezekiah° prayed° for them, saying°, “May the good° LORD° pardon° 19 aeveryone° who prepares° his heart° to seek° God°, the LORD° God° of his fathers°, though not according to the purification° [rules] of the sanctuary°.” 20 So the LORD° heard° Hezekiah° and ahealed° the people°. 21 The sons° of Israel° present° in Jerusalem° acelebrated° the Feast° of Unleavened° Bread° [for] seven° days° with great° joy°, and the Levites° and the priests° praised° the LORD° day° after day° with loud° instruments° to the LORD°. 22 Then Hezekiah° aspoke° Iencouragingly°° to all° the Levites° who showed° good° insight° [in the things] of the LORD°. So they ate° for the appointed° seven° days°, sacrificing° peace° offerings° and bgiving° thanks° to the LORD° God° of their fathers°.
 a2Ch 30:2
 a2Ch 28:24 b2Ch 29:16
 a2Ch 30:2, 3 b2Ch 29:34
 a2Ch 35:10, 15
 a2Ch 29:34
 ILit written a2Ch 30:11, 25 bNu 9:10 cEx 12:43-49
 a2Ch 19:3
 aJm 5:16
 aEx 12:15; 13:6
 ILit to the heart of a2Ch 32:6 bEzr 10:11
23 ¶ Then the whole° assembly° adecided° to celebrate° [the feast] another° seven° days°, so they celebrated° the seven° days° with joy°. 24 For aHezekiah° king° of Judah° had contributed° to the assembly° 1,000° bulls° and 7,000°° sheep°, and the princes° had contributed° to the assembly° 1,000° bulls° and 10,000°° sheep°; and ba large° number° of priests° consecrated° themselves. 25 All° the assembly° of Judah° rejoiced°, with the priests° and the Levites° and aall° the assembly° that came° from Israel°, both the sojourners° who came° from the land° of Israel° and those living° in Judah°. 26 So there was great° joy° in Jerusalem°, because° there was nothing° like this° in Jerusalem° asince° the days° of Solomon° the son° of David°, king° of Israel°. 27 Then athe Levitical° priests° arose° and bblessed° the people°; and their voice° was heard° and their prayer° came° to cHis holy° dwelling° place°, to heaven°.
 a1K 8:65
 a2Ch 35:7, 8 b2Ch 29:34; 30:3
 a2Ch 30:11, 18
 a2Ch 7:8-10
 a2Ch 23:18 bNu 6:23 cDt 26:15; Ps 68:5
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Hezekiah proclaimeth a solemn Passover on the second month for Judah and Israel.
1 ¶ And Hezekiahº sentºª to² all² Israelº and Judah,º and wroteºª lettersº also² to² Ephraimº and Manasseh,º that they should comeºª to the houseº of the LORDº at Jerusalem,º to keepºª the passoverº unto the LORDº Godº of Israel.º 2 For the kingº had taken counsel,ºª and his princes,º and all² the congregationº in Jerusalem,º to keepºª the passoverº in the secondº month.º 3 For² they couldºª not² keepºª it at that² time,º because² the priestsº had not² sanctified¹ª themselves² sufficiently,ºª¹ neither² had the peopleº gathered themselves togetherºª to Jerusalem.º 4 And the thingº pleasedººª the kingº and all² the congregation.º 5 So they establishedºª a decreeº to make proclamationººª throughout all² Israel,º from Beershebaº² even to² Dan,º that they should comeºª to keepºª the passoverº unto the LORDº Godº of Israelº at Jerusalem:º for² they had not² doneºª [it] of a longº [time in such sort] as it was written.ºª 6 So the postsºª went¹ª² with the lettersº fromº² the kingº and his princesº throughout all² Israelº and Judah,º and according to the commandmentº of the king,º saying,ºª Ye childrenº of Israel,º turn againºª unto² the LORDº Godº of Abraham,º Isaac,º and Israel,º and he will returnºª to² the remnantºª of you, that are escapedº out of the handº² of the kingsº of Assyria.º 7 And be² not² ye like your fathers,º and like your brethren,º which² trespassedºª against the LORDº Godº of their fathers,º [who] therefore gave them upºª to desolation,º as² ye² see.ºª 8 Now² be ye not stiffnecked,ººª² as your fathersº [were, but] yieldºª² yourselves¹ unto the LORD,º and enterºª into his sanctuary,º which² he hath sanctifiedºª for ever:º and serveºª² the LORDº your God,º that the fiercenessº of his wrathº may turn awayºª from² you. 9 For² if ye turn againºª unto² the LORD,º your brethrenº and your childrenº [shall find] compassionº beforeº them that lead them captive,ºª so that they shall come againºª into this² land:º for² the LORDº your Godº [is] graciousº and merciful,º and will not² turn awayºª [his] faceº from² you, if² ye returnºª unto² him. 10 So the postsºª passedºª² from cityº² to cityº through the countryº of Ephraimº and Manassehº even unto² Zebulun:º but they laughed them to scorn,ºª²² and mockedºª them. 11 Nevertheless² divers¹² of Asherº² and Manassehº and of Zebulunº² humbled¹ª themselves,² and cameºª to Jerusalem.º 12 Also² in Judahº the handº of Godº was² to giveºª them oneº heartº to doºª the commandmentº of the kingº and of the princes,º by the wordº of the LORD.º
 Ex 12:3; Dt 16:2; 2Ch 11:13, 16; 25:7; 30:10; 35:6; Ho 5:4; 7:8; 11:8; 1Co 5:7.
 Nu 9:10; 1Ch 13:1; Pv 11:14; 15:22; Ec 4:13.
 Ex 12:6, 18; 2Ch 29:34.
 1Ch 13:4.
 Lv 23:2, 4; Dt 12:32; Jg 20:1; 2Ch 24:9; 35:18; 36:22; Ezr 6:8; Es 3:12; 8:8; 9:20; Dn 4:1; 6:8; 1Co 11:2.
 2K 15:19, 29; 1Ch 5:26; 2Ch 28:20; Es 8:14; Jb 9:25; Is 1:9; 6:13; 55:6; Jr 4:1; 51:31; Lm 5:21; Ezk 33:11; Ho 14:1; Jol 2:12; Jm 4:8.
 2Ch 29:8; Ezk 20:13; Zc 1:3.
 Ex 32:9; Dt 6:13, 17; 10:16; Jsh 24:15; 2K 23:26; 1Ch 29:24; 2Ch 28:11, 13; 29:10; 36:13; Ezr 10:19; Ps 63:2; 68:24, 31; 73:17; 78:49; 132:13; Mt 4:10; Jn 12:26; Ro 6:13, 22; 10:21; Col 3:22; Rv 7:15.
 Ex 34:6; Lv 26:40; Dt 30:2; 1K 8:50; 2Ch 7:14; 15:2; Ne 9:17, 31; Ps 86:5, 15; 106:46; 111:4; 145:7; Pv 28:13; Is 55:7; Jr 18:17; 29:12; 31:27; Ezk 18:30; Jna 4:2; Mi 7:18.
 Gn 19:14; 2Ch 30:6; 36:16; Ne 2:19; Es 3:13, 15; 8:10, 14; Jb 9:25; 12:4; Lk 8:53; 16:14; 22:63; 23:35; Ac 17:32; He 11:36.
 Ex 10:3; Lv 26:41; 2Ch 11:16; 12:6, 12; 30:18, 21; 33:12, 19, 23; 34:27; Dn 5:22; Lk 14:11; 18:14; Ac 17:34; Jm 4:10; 1P 5:6.
 Dt 4:2, 5; 1Ch 29:18; 2Ch 29:25, 36; Ezr 7:27; Ps 110:3; Jr 24:7; 32:39; Ezk 36:26; Ac 4:19; Php 2:13; 1Th 4:2; 2Th 2:13.
The assembly, having destroyed the altars of idolatry, keep their feast fourteen days.
13 ¶ And there assembledºª at Jerusalemº muchº peopleº to keepºª² the feastº of unleavened breadº in the secondº month,º a veryº greatº congregation.º 14 And they aroseºª and took awayºª² the altarsº that² [were] in Jerusalem,º and all² the altars for incenseº took they away,ºª and castºª [them] into the brookº Kidron.º 15 Then they killedºª the passoverº on the fourteenthºº [day] of the secondº month:º and the priestsº and the Levitesº were ashamed,ºª and sanctified¹ª themselves,² and brought inºª the burnt offeringsº into the houseº of the LORD.º 16 And they stoodºª in² their placeº after their manner,º according to the lawº of Mosesº the manº of God:º the priestsº sprinkledºª² the blood,º [which they received] of the handº² of the Levites.º 17 For² [there were] manyº in the congregationº that² were not² sanctified:ºª therefore the Levitesº had the charge of² the killingº of the passoversº for every one² [that was] not² clean,º to sanctifyºª [them] unto the LORD.º 18 For² a multitudeº of the people,º [even] manyº of Ephraim,º² and Manasseh,º Issachar,º and Zebulun,º had notº cleansed¹ª themselves,² yet² did they eatºª² the passoverº otherwise² than it was written.ºª But² Hezekiahº prayedºª for² them, saying,ºª The goodº LORDº pardonºª every one² 19 [That] preparethºª his heartº to seekºª God,º the LORDº Godº of his fathers,º though [he be] not² [cleansed] according to the purificationº of the sanctuary.º 20 And the LORDº hearkenedºª to² Hezekiah,º and healedºª² the people.º 21 And the childrenº of Israelº that were presentºª at Jerusalemº keptºª² the feastº of unleavened breadº sevenº daysº with greatº gladness:º and the Levitesº and the priestsº praisedºª the LORDº dayº by day,º [singing] with loudº instrumentsº unto the LORD.º 22 And Hezekiahº spakeºª comfortablyº² unto all² the Levitesº that taughtºª the goodº knowledgeº of the LORD:º and they did eatºª throughout² the feastº sevenº days,º offeringºª peaceº offerings,º and making confessionºª to the LORDº Godº of their fathers.º 23 And the whole² assemblyº took counselºª to keepºª otherº sevenº days:º and they keptºª [other] sevenº daysº with gladness.º 24 For² Hezekiahº kingº of Judahº did giveºª to the congregationº a thousandº bullocksº and sevenº thousandº sheep;º and the princesº gaveºª to the congregationº a thousandº bullocksº and tenº thousandº sheep:º and a great numberº of priestsº sanctified¹ª themselves.² 25 And all² the congregationº of Judah,º with the priestsº and the Levites,º and all² the congregationº that came² out¹ª of Israel,º² and the strangersº that came² out¹ª of the landº² of Israel,º and that dweltºª in Judah,º rejoiced.ºª 26 So there was² greatº joyº in Jerusalem:º for² since the timeº² of Solomonº the sonº of Davidº kingº of Israelº [there was] not² the like² in Jerusalem.º
 2Ch 30:2; Ps 84:7.
 2S 15:23; 2K 18:22; 23:12; 2Ch 15:16; 28:24; 29:16; 34:4, 7; Is 2:18; Jn 18:1.
 Ex 19:10, 22; 2Ch 5:11; 29:15, 34; 30:24; 31:18; Ezk 16:61; 43:10.
 Lv 1:5; Dt 33:1; 2K 11:14; 2Ch 35:10, 15; He 11:28.
 Ex 12:6; 2Ch 29:34; 35:3.
 Gn 20:7, 17; Ex 12:43; 34:6; Nu 9:10; 14:18; 19:20; 2Ch 6:21; 30:11; Jb 42:8; Ps 25:8; 36:5; 86:5; 119:68; Dn 9:19; 1Co 11:28; Jm 5:15; 1Jn 5:16.
 Lv 12:4; 15:31; 21:17; 22:3; Nu 9:6; 19:13; 1S 7:3; 1Ch 29:18; 2Ch 19:3; 20:33; Ezr 7:10; Jb 11:13; Ps 10:17; Pv 23:26.
 Ex 15:26; Ps 103:3; Jm 5:15.
 Ex 12:15; 13:6; Lv 23:6; Dt 12:7, 12; 16:14; 2Ch 7:10; 20:21; 29:25; 30:26; Ne 8:10; Ps 150:3; Lk 22:1, 7; Ac 2:46; 1Co 5:7; Php 4:4.
 Dt 26:3; 33:10; 2Ch 15:3; 17:9; 32:6; 35:3; Ezr 7:10, 25; 10:11; Ne 8:7, 18; 9:3; Pv 2:6; 8:6; Is 40:1; Ho 2:14; Jn 17:3; 2Co 4:6; Php 3:8; 2Ti 4:2.
 1K 8:65; 2Ch 7:9; 30:2.
 1Ch 29:3; 2Ch 29:34; 35:7; Ezk 45:17; Ep 4:8.
 Ex 12:43; 1Ch 16:10; 2Ch 30:11, 18; Ps 92:4; 104:34.
 2Ch 7:9.
The priests and Levites bless the people.
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