NASB — 2 Chronicles 31 — KJV

Idols Are Destroyed

1 Now when all this was finished, all Israel who were present went out to the cities of Judah, abroke the pillars in pieces, cut down the IAsherim and pulled down the high places and the altars throughout all Judah and Benjamin, as well as in Ephraim and Manasseh, IIuntil they had destroyed them all. Then all the sons of Israel returned to their cities, each to his possession.

[1] II.e. wooden symbols of a female deity IILit even to completion a2K 18:4

2 ¶ And Hezekiah appointed athe divisions of the priests and the Levites by their divisions, each according to his service, [both] the priests and the Levites, bfor burnt offerings and for peace offerings, to minister and to give thanks and to praise in the gates of the camp of the LORD.

[2] a1Ch 24:1 b1Ch 23:28-31

Reforms Continued

3 [He] also [appointed] athe king’s portion of his goods for the burnt offerings, [namely], for the morning and evening burnt offerings, and the burnt offerings for the sabbaths and for the new moons and for the fixed festivals, bas it is written in the law of the LORD. 4 Also he Icommanded the people who lived in Jerusalem to give athe portion due to the priests and the Levites, that they might devote themselves to bthe law of the LORD. 5 As soon as the Iorder spread, the sons of Israel provided in abundance the first fruits of grain, new wine, oil, honey and of all the produce of the field; and they brought in abundantly athe tithe of all. 6 The sons of Israel and Judah who lived in the cities of Judah also brought in the tithe of oxen and sheep, and athe tithe of Isacred gifts which were consecrated to the LORD their God, and placed [them] in heaps. 7 In the third month they began to Imake the heaps, and finished [them] by the seventh month. 8 When Hezekiah and the rulers came and saw the heaps, they blessed the LORD and aHis people Israel. 9 Then Hezekiah questioned the priests and the Levites concerning the heaps. 10 Azariah the chief priest aof the house of Zadok said to Ihim, “bSince the contributions began to be brought into the house of the LORD, we have had enough to eat with plenty left over, for the LORD has blessed His people, and this great quantity is left over.”

[3] a2Ch 35:7 bNu 28:1-29:40
[4] ILit said to aNu 18:8 bMal 2:7
[5] ILit word aNe 13:12
[6] ILit consecrated things aLv 27:30; Dt 14:28
[7] ILit found
[8] aDt 33:29; Ps 33:12; 144:15
[10] ILit him, and he said a1Ch 6:8, 9 bMal 3:10

11 ¶ Then Hezekiah commanded [them] to prepare arooms in the house of the LORD, and they prepared [them]. 12 They faithfully brought in the contributions and the tithes and the consecrated things; and Conaniah the Levite [was] the officer in charge aof them and his brother Shimei [was] second. 13 Jehiel, Azaziah, Nahath, Asahel, Jerimoth, Jozabad, Eliel, Ismachiah, Mahath and Benaiah [were] overseers Iunder the authority of Conaniah and Shimei his brother by the appointment of King Hezekiah, and aAzariah [was] the [chief] officer of the house of God. 14 Kore the son of Imnah the Levite, the keeper of the eastern [gate, was] over the freewill offerings of God, to apportion the contributions for the LORD and the most holy things. 15 IUnder his authority [were] aEden, Miniamin, Jeshua, Shemaiah, Amariah and Shecaniah in bthe cities of the priests, to distribute faithfully [their portions] to their brothers by divisions, whether great or small, 16 without regard to their genealogical enrollment, to the males from Iathirty years old and upward—everyone who entered the house of the LORD bfor his daily obligations—for their work in their duties according to their divisions; 17 as well as the priests who were enrolled genealogically according to their fathers’ households, and the Levites afrom twenty years old and upwards, by their duties [and] their divisions. 18 The genealogical enrollment [included] Iall their little children, their wives, their sons and their daughters, for the whole assembly, for they consecrated themselves IIfaithfully in holiness. 19 Also for the sons of Aaron the priests [who were] in athe pasture lands of their cities, or in each and every city, b[there were] men who were designated by name to distribute portions to every male among the priests and to everyone genealogically enrolled among the Levites.

[11] a1K 6:5, 8
[12] a2Ch 35:9
[13] ILit from the hand of a2Ch 31:10
[15] ILit under his hand a2Ch 29:12 bJsh 21:9-19
[16] IHeb three a1Ch 23:3 bEzr 3:4
[17] a1Ch 23:24
[18] ILit with all IILit in their faithfulness
[19] aLv 25:34; Nu 35:2-5 b2Ch 31:12-15

20 ¶ Thus Hezekiah did throughout all Judah; and ahe did what [was] good, right and true before the LORD his God. 21 Every work which he began in the service of the house of God in law and in commandment, seeking his God, he did with all his heart and aprospered.

[20] a2K 20:3; 22:2
[21] aDt 29:9; Pv 3:9, 10


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The people is forward in destroying idolatry.

1 ¶ Now when all this was finished, all Israel that were present went out to the cities of Judah, and brake the images in pieces, and cut down the groves, and threw down the high places and the altars out of all Judah and Benjamin, in Ephraim also and Manasseh, until they had utterly destroyed them all. Then all the children of Israel returned, every man to his possession, into their own cities.

[1] Gn 19:15; Ex 23:24; Dt 7:5; 1K 18:38; 2K 17:2; 18:4; 23:2, 15; 2Ch 14:3; 23:17; 30:1, 14, 18; 32:12; 34:3, 6; Es 4:16.

Hezekiah ordereth the courses of the priests and Levites, and provideth for their work and maintenance.

2 ¶ And Hezekiah appointed the courses of the priests and the Levites after their courses, every man according to his service, the priests and Levites for burnt offerings and for peace offerings, to minister, and to give thanks, and to praise in the gates of the tents of the LORD. 3 [He appointed] also the king's portion of his substance for the burnt offerings, [to wit], for the morning and evening burnt offerings, and the burnt offerings for the sabbaths, and for the new moons, and for the set feasts, as [it is] written in the law of the LORD. 4 Moreover he commanded the people that dwelt in Jerusalem to give the portion of the priests and the Levites, that they might be encouraged in the law of the LORD.

[2] 1Ch 16:4, 37, 40, 41; 23:1, 30; 25:1; 2Ch 5:11; 8:14; 23:8; 29:24; Ezr 6:18; Ne 11:17; Ps 134:1; 135:1; Jr 33:11; Lk 1:5.
[3] Ex 29:38; Lv 23:2; Nu 28:3, 9, 11; 29:1; Dt 16:1; 1Ch 26:26; 2Ch 30:24; Ps 81:1; Ezk 45:17; 46:4, 12; Col 2:16.
[4] Lv 27:30; Nu 18:8, 26; 2Ch 31:16; Ne 13:10; Mal 2:7; 3:8; 1Co 9:9; Ga 6:6.

The people's forwardness in offerings and tithes.

5 ¶ And as soon as the commandment came abroad, the children of Israel brought in abundance the firstfruits of corn, wine, and oil, and honey, and of all the increase of the field; and the tithe of all [things] brought they in abundantly. 6 And [concerning] the children of Israel and Judah, that dwelt in the cities of Judah, they also brought in the tithe of oxen and sheep, and the tithe of holy things which were consecrated unto the LORD their God, and laid [them] by heaps. 7 In the third month they began to lay the foundation of the heaps, and finished [them] in the seventh month. 8 And when Hezekiah and the princes came and saw the heaps, they blessed the LORD, and his people Israel. 9 Then Hezekiah questioned with the priests and the Levites concerning the heaps. 10 And Azariah the chief priest of the house of Zadok answered him, and said, Since [the people] began to bring the offerings into the house of the LORD, we have had enough to eat, and have left plenty: for the LORD hath blessed his people; and that which is left [is] this great store.

[5] Gn 43:11; Ex 22:29; 23:19; 34:22, 26; 35:5, 20; 36:5; Nu 18:12; 2Ch 24:10; Ne 10:35; 12:44; 13:12, 31; Pv 3:9; 1Co 15:20; 2Co 8:2; Jm 1:18; Rv 14:4.
[6] Lv 27:30; Dt 14:28; 2Ch 11:16.
[7] Lv 23:16.
[8] Gn 14:19, 20; Jg 5:9; 2S 6:18; 1K 8:14, 55; 1Ch 29:10; 2Ch 6:3; Ezr 7:27; 2Co 8:16; Ep 1:3; Php 4:10, 19; 1Th 3:9; 1P 1:3.
[10] Gn 26:12; 30:27; 39:5, 23; Lv 25:21; 26:4; Dt 28:8; 1K 2:35; 2K 4:43; 1Ch 6:8, 14; 2Ch 26:17; Pv 3:9; 10:22; Ezk 44:15; Hg 2:18; Mal 3:10; Mt 15:37; 2Co 9:8; Php 4:18; 1Ti 4:8.

Hezekiah appointeth officers to dispose of the tithes.

11 ¶ Then Hezekiah commanded to prepare chambers in the house of the LORD; and they prepared [them], 12 And brought in the offerings and the tithes and the dedicated [things] faithfully: over which Cononiah the Levite [was] ruler, and Shimei his brother [was] the next. 13 And Jehiel, and Azaziah, and Nahath, and Asahel, and Jerimoth, and Jozabad, and Eliel, and Ismachiah, and Mahath, and Benaiah, [were] overseers under the hand of Cononiah and Shimei his brother, at the commandment of Hezekiah the king, and Azariah the ruler of the house of God. 14 And Kore the son of Imnah the Levite, the porter toward the east, [was] over the freewill offerings of God, to distribute the oblations of the LORD, and the most holy things. 15 And next him [were] Eden, and Miniamin, and Jeshua, and Shemaiah, Amariah, and Shecaniah, in the cities of the priests, in [their] set office, to give to their brethren by courses, as well to the great as to the small: 16 Beside their genealogy of males, from three years old and upward, [even] unto every one that entereth into the house of the LORD, his daily portion for their service in their charges according to their courses; 17 Both to the genealogy of the priests by the house of their fathers, and the Levites from twenty years old and upward, in their charges by their courses; 18 And to the genealogy of all their little ones, their wives, and their sons, and their daughters, through all the congregation: for in their set office they sanctified themselves in holiness: 19 Also of the sons of Aaron the priests, [which were] in the fields of the suburbs of their cities, in every several city, the men that were expressed by name, to give portions to all the males among the priests, and to all that were reckoned by genealogies among the Levites.

[11] Ne 10:38; 13:5, 12.
[12] 2K 12:15; 1Ch 26:20.
[13] 1Ch 9:11; 24:5; 2Ch 30:12; 31:4, 10, 11; Ne 11:11.
[14] Lv 2:10; 6:16; 7:1; 10:12; 22:18; 23:38; 27:28; Nu 29:39; Dt 12:6, 17; 16:10; 1Ch 26:12, 14, 17; Ezr 1:4; 3:5; 7:16; Ne 13:13; Ps 119:108.
[15] Jsh 21:9; 1Ch 6:54; 9:22; 25:8; 2Ch 31:13.
[16] Lv 21:22.
[17] Nu 3:15, 20; 4:3, 38, 42, 46; 8:24; 17:2; 1Ch 23:24, 27; 24:20; 25:1; 2Ch 31:2; Ezr 2:59.
[18] 1Ch 9:22; 2Ch 31:15; Is 5:16; Ro 15:16.
[19] Lv 25:34; Nu 35:2; 1Ch 6:54, 60; 2Ch 28:15; 31:12, 15.

The sincerety of Hezekiah.

20 ¶ And thus did Hezekiah throughout all Judah, and wrought [that which was] good and right and truth before the LORD his God. 21 And in every work that he began in the service of the house of God, and in the law, and in the commandments, to seek his God, he did [it] with all his heart, and prospered.

[20] 1K 15:5; 2K 20:3; 22:2; Jn 1:47; Ac 24:16; 1Th 2:10; 3Jn 1:5.
[21] Dt 6:5; 10:12; Jsh 1:7; 1K 2:4; 1Ch 22:13, 19; 2Ch 14:7; 20:26; 26:5; Ps 1:2, 3; Ec 9:10; Jr 29:13; Mt 6:33; 7:24.


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