NASB — 2 Chronicles 30 — KJV

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.”

[1] ILit do, so in vv 2, 3, 5, 13, 21, 23
[2] aNu 9:10, 11; 2Ch 30:13, 15
[3] a2Ch 29:17, 34
[4] ILit in the sight of all
[5] ILit voice IILit written aJg 20:1
[6] ILit runners IILit palm aEs 8:14; Jb 9:25; Jr 51:31 b2Ch 28:20
[7] aEzk 20:13 b2Ch 29:8
[8] ILit give a hand aEx 32:9 b2Ch 29:10
[9] 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.

[10] ILit runners a2Ch 36:16
[11] a2Ch 30:18, 21, 25
[12] a2Co 3:5; Php 2:13; He 13:20, 21

Passover Reinstituted

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.

[13] a2Ch 30:2
[14] a2Ch 28:24 b2Ch 29:16
[15] a2Ch 30:2, 3 b2Ch 29:34
[16] a2Ch 35:10, 15
[17] a2Ch 29:34
[18] ILit written a2Ch 30:11, 25 bNu 9:10 cEx 12:43-49
[19] a2Ch 19:3
[20] aJm 5:16
[21] aEx 12:15; 13:6
[22] 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.

[23] a1K 8:65
[24] a2Ch 35:7, 8 b2Ch 29:34; 30:3
[25] a2Ch 30:11, 18
[26] a2Ch 7:8-10
[27] 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 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 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 Beersheba 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 escaped out of the hand of the kings of Assyria. 7 And be not ye like your fathers, and like your brethren, which trespassed against the LORD God of their fathers, [who] therefore gave them up to desolation, as ye see. 8 Now be ye not stiffnecked, 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 fierceness of his wrath may turn away from you. 9 For if ye turn again unto the LORD, your brethren and your children [shall find] compassion before them that lead them captive, so that they shall come again into this land: for the LORD your God [is] gracious and merciful, and will not turn away [his] face from you, if ye return unto him. 10 So the posts passed from city to city through 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 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.

[1] 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.
[2] Nu 9:10; 1Ch 13:1; Pv 11:14; 15:22; Ec 4:13.
[3] Ex 12:6, 18; 2Ch 29:34.
[4] 1Ch 13:4.
[5] 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.
[6] 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.
[7] 2Ch 29:8; Ezk 20:13; Zc 1:3.
[8] 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.
[9] 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.
[10] 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.
[11] 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.
[12] 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 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 Levites were ashamed, and sanctified themselves, and brought in the burnt offerings into the house of the LORD. 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, [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 of 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, Issachar, and Zebulun, had not cleansed themselves, yet did they eat the passover otherwise than it was written. But Hezekiah prayed for them, saying, The good LORD pardon every one 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. 20 And the LORD hearkened to Hezekiah, and healed the people. 21 And the children of Israel that were present at Jerusalem kept the feast of unleavened bread seven days with great gladness: and the Levites and the priests praised the LORD day by day, [singing] 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 confession to the LORD God of their fathers. 23 And the whole assembly took counsel to keep other seven days: and they kept [other] seven days with gladness. 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 since the time of Solomon the son of David king of Israel [there was] not the like in Jerusalem.

[13] 2Ch 30:2; Ps 84:7.
[14] 2S 15:23; 2K 18:22; 23:12; 2Ch 15:16; 28:24; 29:16; 34:4, 7; Is 2:18; Jn 18:1.
[15] Ex 19:10, 22; 2Ch 5:11; 29:15, 34; 30:24; 31:18; Ezk 16:61; 43:10.
[16] Lv 1:5; Dt 33:1; 2K 11:14; 2Ch 35:10, 15; He 11:28.
[17] Ex 12:6; 2Ch 29:34; 35:3.
[18] 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.
[19] 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.
[20] Ex 15:26; Ps 103:3; Jm 5:15.
[21] 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.
[22] 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.
[23] 1K 8:65; 2Ch 7:9; 30:2.
[24] 1Ch 29:3; 2Ch 29:34; 35:7; Ezk 45:17; Ep 4:8.
[25] Ex 12:43; 1Ch 16:10; 2Ch 30:11, 18; Ps 92:4; 104:34.
[26] 2Ch 7:9.

The priests and Levites bless the people.

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, [even] unto heaven.

[27] Nu 6:23; Dt 10:8; 26:15; 1K 8:30, 39; Ps 68:5; Is 57:15; 63:15; 66:1; Ac 10:4.


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