The Passover Observed Again
1 Then Josiah° acelebrated° the Passover° to the LORD° in Jerusalem°, and bthey slaughtered° the Passover° [animals] on the fourteenth°° [day] of the first° month°. 2 He set° the priests° in their offices° and aencouraged° them in the service° of the house° of the LORD°. 3 He also said° to athe Levites° who taught° all° Israel° [and] who were holy° to the LORD°, “Put° the holy° ark° in the house° which° Solomon° the son° of David° king° of Israel° built°; bit will be a burden° on [your] shoulders° no° longer. Now° serve° the LORD° your God° and His people° Israel°. 4 aPrepare° [yourselves] by your fathers’° households° in your divisions°, according to the writing° of David° king° of Israel° and baccording to the writing° of his son° Solomon°. 5 Moreover, astand° in the holy° place according to the sections° of the fathers’° households° of your brethren° the Ilay° people°, and according to the Levites°, by division° of a father’s° household°. 6 Now aslaughter° the Passover° [animals], bsanctify° yourselves and prepare° for your brethren° to do° according to the word° of the LORD° by Moses°.”
 a2K 23:21 bEx 12:6; Nu 9:3
 a2Ch 29:11
 a2Ch 17:8, 9; Ne 8:7 b1Ch 23:26
 a1Ch 9:10-13 b2Ch 8:14
 ILit sons of the people, and so throughout the ch aEzr 6:18
 a2Ch 35:1 b2Ch 29:5
7 ¶ Josiah° contributed° to the lay° people°, to all° who were present°, flocks° of lambs° and young°° goats°°, all° for the Passover° offerings°, numbering° 30,000°° plus 3,000°° bulls°; these° were from the king’s° possessions°. 8 His officers° also contributed° a freewill° offering° to the people°, the priests° and the Levites°. Hilkiah° and Zechariah° and Jehiel°, athe officials° of the house° of God°, gave° to the priests° for the Passover° offerings° 2,600°°° [from the flocks] and 300°° bulls°. 9 aConaniah° also, and Shemaiah° and Nethanel°, his brothers°, and Hashabiah° and Jeiel° and Jozabad°, the officers° of the Levites°, contributed° to the Levites° for the Passover° offerings° 5,000°° [from the flocks] and 500°° bulls°.
10 ¶ So the service° was prepared°, and athe priests° stood° at their stations° and the Levites° by their divisions° according to the king’s° command°. 11 IaThey slaughtered° the Passover° [animals], and while bthe priests° sprinkled° IIthe blood° [received] from their hand°, cthe Levites° skinned° [them]. 12 Then they removed° the burnt° offerings° that [they] might give° them to the sections° of the fathers’° households° of the lay° people° to present° to the LORD°, as it is written° in the book° of Moses°. [They did] this° also with the bulls°. 13 So athey roasted° the Passover° [animals] on the fire° according to the ordinance°, and they boiled° bthe holy° things° in pots°, in kettles°, in pans°, and carried° [them] speedily° to all° the lay° people°. 14 Afterwards° they prepared° for themselves and for the priests°, because° the priests°, the sons° of Aaron°, [were] offering° the burnt° offerings° and the fat° until° night°; therefore the Levites° prepared° for themselves and for the priests°, the sons° of Aaron°. 15 The singers°, the sons° of Asaph°, [were] also at their stations° aaccording to the command° of David°, Asaph°, Heman°, and Jeduthun° the king’s° seer°; and bthe gatekeepers° at each° gate° did not have° to depart° from their service°, because° the Levites° their brethren° prepared° for them.
 a2Ch 35:5
 II.e. the Levites IISo with Gr a2Ch 35:1, 6 b2Ch 29:22 c2Ch 29:34
 aEx 12:8, 9 bLv 6:28
 a1Ch 25:1 b1Ch 26:12-19
16 ¶ So all° the service° of the LORD° was prepared° on that day° to celebrate° the Passover°, and to offer° burnt° offerings° on the altar° of the LORD° according to the command° of King° Josiah°. 17 Thus athe sons° of Israel° who were present° celebrated° the Passover° at that time°, and the Feast° of Unleavened° Bread° seven° days°. 18 aThere had not been celebrated° a Passover° like° it in Israel° since° the days° of Samuel° the prophet°; nor° had any° of the kings° of Israel° celebrated° such a Passover° as Josiah° did° with the priests°, the Levites°, all° Judah° and Israel° who were present°, and the inhabitants° of Jerusalem°. 19 In the eighteenth°° year° of Josiah’s° reign° this° Passover° was celebrated°.
Josiah Dies in Battle
20 ¶ aAfter° all° this°, when° Josiah° had set° the Itemple° in order°, Neco° king° of Egypt° came° up to make° war° at bCarchemish° on the Euphrates°, and Josiah° went° out to engage° him. 21 But INeco sent° messengers° to him, saying°, “aWhat° have we to do with each other, O King° of Judah°? [I am] not [coming] against° you today° but against° the house° with which I am at war°, and God° has ordered° me to hurry°. Stop° for your own sake from [interfering with] God° who° is with me, so° that He will not destroy° you.” 22 However, Josiah° would not turn° Iaway° from him, but adisguised° himself in order to make° war° with him; nor° did he listen° to the words° of Neco° bfrom the mouth° of God°, but came° to make° war° on the plain° of cMegiddo°. 23 The archers° shot° King° Josiah°, and the king° said° to his servants°, “Take° me away°, for I am badly° wounded°.” 24 So his servants° took° him out of the chariot° and carried° him in the second° chariot° which° he had, and brought° him to Jerusalem° Iwhere he died° and was buried° in the tombs° of his fathers°. aAll° Judah° and Jerusalem° mourned° for Josiah°. 25 Then aJeremiah° chanted° a lament° for Josiah°. And all° the male and female singers° speak° about° Josiah° in their lamentations° to this day°. And they made° them an ordinance° in Israel°; behold°, they are also written° in the Lamentations°. 26 Now the rest° of the acts° of Josiah° and his deeds° of devotion° as written° in the law° of the LORD°, 27 and his acts°, first° to last°, behold°, they are written° in the Book° of the Kings° of Israel° and Judah°.
 ILit house a2K 23:29, 30 bIs 10:9; Jr 46:2
 ILit he a2Ch 25:19
 ILit his face a2Ch 18:29 b2Ch 35:21 cJg 5:19
 ILit and aZc 12:11
 aJr 22:10; Lm 4:20
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Josiah keepeth a most solemn Passover.
1 ¶ Moreover Josiahº keptºª a passoverº unto the LORDº in Jerusalem:º and they killedºª the passoverº on the fourteenthºº [day] of the firstº month.º 2 And he setºª the priestsº in² their charges,º and encouragedºª them to the serviceº of the houseº of the LORD,º 3 And saidºª unto the Levitesº that taughtº¹ªª all² Israel,º which were holyº unto the LORD,º Putºª² the holyº arkº in the houseº which² Solomonº the sonº of Davidº kingº of Israelº did build;ºª [it shall] not² [be] a burdenº upon [your] shoulders:º serveºª now²² the LORDº your God,º and his peopleº Israel,º 4 And prepareºªªª [yourselves] by the housesº of your fathers,º after your courses,º according to the writingº of Davidº kingº of Israel,º and according to the writingº of Solomonº his son.º 5 And stand² in¹ª the holyº [place] according to the divisionsº of the familiesº of the fathersº of your brethrenº the people,ºº and [after] the divisionº of the familiesºº of the Levites.º 6 So killºª the passover,º and sanctify¹ª yourselves,² and prepareºª your brethren,º that [they] may doºª according to the wordº of the LORDº by the handº of Moses.º 7 And Josiahº gaveºª to the people,ºº of the flock,º lambsº and kids,ºº all² for the passover offerings,º for all² that were present,ºª to the numberº of thirtyº thousand,º and threeº thousandº bullocks:º these² [were] of the king'sº substance.º² 8 And his princesº gaveºª willinglyº unto the people,º to the priests,º and to the Levites:º Hilkiahº and Zechariahº and Jehiel,º rulersº of the houseº of God,º gaveºª unto the priestsº for the passover offeringsº two thousandº and sixº hundredº [small cattle], and threeº hundredº oxen.º 9 Conaniahº also, and Shemaiahº and Nethaneel,º his brethren,º and Hashabiahº and Jeielº and Jozabad,º chiefº of the Levites,º gaveºª unto the Levitesº for passover offeringsº fiveº thousandº [small cattle], and fiveº hundredº oxen.º 10 So the serviceº was prepared,ºª and the priestsº stoodºª in² their place,º and the Levitesº in² their courses,º according to the king'sº commandment.º 11 And they killedºª the passover,º and the priestsº sprinkledºª [the blood] from their hands,º² and the Levitesº flayedºª [them]. 12 And they removedºª the burnt offerings,º that they might giveºª according to the divisionsº of the familiesºº of the people,ºº to offerºª unto the LORD,º as [it is] writtenºª in the bookº of Moses.º And so² [did they] with the oxen.º 13 And they roastedºª the passoverº with fireº according to the ordinance:º but the [other] holyº [offerings] sodºª they in pots,º and in caldrons,º and in pans,º and divided [them] speedilyºª among all² the people.ºº 14 And afterwardº they made readyºª for themselves, and for the priests:º because² the priestsº the sonsº of Aaronº [were busied] in offeringºª of burnt offeringsº and the fatº until² night;º therefore the Levitesº preparedºª for themselves, and for the priestsº the sonsº of Aaron.º 15 And the singersºª the sonsº of Asaphº [were] in² their place,º according to the commandmentº of David,º and Asaph,º and Heman,º and Jeduthunº the king'sº seer;º and the portersº [waited] at every gate;º they might not² departºª from²² their service;º for² their brethrenº the Levitesº preparedºª for them. 16 So all² the serviceº of the LORDº was preparedºª the same² day,º to keepºª the passover,º and to offerºª burnt offeringsº upon² the altarº of the LORD,º according to the commandmentº of kingº Josiah.º 17 And the childrenº of Israelº that were presentºª keptºª² the passoverº at that² time,º and the feastº of unleavened breadº sevenº days.º 18 And there was no² passoverº like¹ to² that keptºª in Israelº from the daysº² of Samuelº the prophet;º neither² didºª all² the kingsº of Israelº keepºª such a passoverº as² Josiahº kept,ºª and the priests,º and the Levites,º and all² Judahº and Israelº that were present,ºª and the inhabitantsºª of Jerusalem.º 19 In the eighteenthºº yearº of the reignº of Josiahº was this² passoverº kept.ºª
 Ex 12:6; Nu 9:3; Dt 16:1; 2K 23:21; 2Ch 30:1; Ezr 6:19; Ezk 45:21.
 Nu 18:5; 1Ch 22:19; 24:1; 2Ch 23:8, 18; 29:5; 31:2; Ezr 6:18.
 Nu 4:15; 8:19; 16:9; Dt 33:10; 1Ch 23:26; 2Ch 5:7; 8:11; 17:8; 30:22; 34:14; Ne 8:7; Mal 2:7; 2Co 4:5.
 1Ch 9:10; 23:1; 2Ch 8:14; Ne 11:10.
 Ps 134:1; 135:2.
 Gn 35:2; Ex 12:6, 21; 19:10, 15; Nu 19:11; 2Ch 29:5, 15, 34; 30:3, 15; Ezr 6:20; Jb 1:5; Ps 51:7; Jol 2:16; He 9:13.
 1K 8:63; 1Ch 29:3; 2Ch 7:8; 30:24; Is 32:8; Ezk 45:17.
 1Ch 9:20; 24:4; 29:6, 17; 2Ch 29:31; 34:14; Ezr 1:6; 2:68; 7:16; 8:25; Ne 7:70; Ps 45:12; Jr 29:25; Ac 2:44; 4:1, 34; 5:26; 2Co 8:12; 9:7.
 Is 1:10; Jr 3:10; 7:21; Mi 6:6.
 2Ch 30:16; 35:4; Ezr 6:18.
 Lv 1:5; Nu 18:3, 7; 2Ch 29:22, 34; 30:16; He 9:21.
 Lv 3:3, 5, 9, 14.
 Ex 12:8; Lv 6:28; Nu 6:19; Dt 16:7; 1S 2:13; Ps 22:14; Lm 1:12; Ro 12:11.
 Ac 6:2.
 1Ch 9:17; 16:41; 23:5; 25:1; 26:14; 2Ch 29:25; Ps 77:1; 78:1; 79:1.
 Ex 12:15; 13:6; 23:15; 34:18; Lv 23:5; Nu 28:16; Dt 16:3, 8; 2Ch 30:21; 1Co 5:7.
 2K 23:21; 2Ch 30:5, 26.
He, provoking Pharaoh-necho, is slain at Megiddo.
20 ¶ Afterº all² this,² when² Josiahº had preparedºª² the temple,º Nechoº kingº of Egyptº came upºª to fightºª against Carchemishº by² Euphrates:º and Josiahº went outºª againstºª him. 21 But he sentºª ambassadorsº to² him, saying,ºª What² have I to do with thee, thou kingº of Judah?º [I come] not² against² thee² this day,º but² against² the houseº wherewith I have war:º for Godº commandedºª me to make haste:ºª forbearºª thee from [meddling with] God,º² who² [is] with² me, that he destroyºª thee not.² 22 Nevertheless Josiahº would not² turnºª his faceº from² him, but² disguised¹ª himself,² that he might fightºª with him, and hearkenedºª not² unto² the wordsº of Nechoº from the mouthº² of God,º and cameºª to fightºª in the valleyº of Megiddo.º 23 And the archersºª shotºª at kingº Josiah;º and the kingº saidºª to his servants,º Have me away;ºª for² I am sore¹ wounded.ºª² 24 His servantsº therefore tookºª him out of² that chariot,º and putºª him in² the secondº chariotº that² he had; and they brought¹ª² him to Jerusalem,º and he died,ºª and was buriedºª in [one of] the sepulchresº of his fathers.º And all² Judahº and Jerusalemº mournedºª for² Josiah.º
 2K 23:29; Is 10:9; Jr 46:2.
 2S 16:10; 2K 18:25; 2Ch 25:19; Is 36:10; Mt 8:29; Jn 2:4.
 Jsh 9:14; Jg 5:19; 1K 14:2; 22:30, 34; 2K 9:27; 23:30; 2Ch 18:4, 29; 26:6; 35:21; Zc 12:11; Rv 16:16.
 Gn 49:23; 1K 22:34; 2K 8:29; 9:24; 2Ch 18:33; Lm 3:13.
 Gn 41:43; 2K 23:30; 2Ch 34:28; Ps 36:6; Ec 8:14; 9:1; Zc 12:11.
Lamentations for Josiah.
25 ¶ And Jeremiahº lamentedºª for² Josiah:º and all² the singing menºª and the singing womenºª spakeºª of² Josiahº in their lamentationsº to² this day,º and madeºª them an ordinanceº in² Israel:º and, behold,² they [are] writtenºª in² the lamentations.º 26 Now the restº of the actsº of Josiah,º and his goodness,º according to [that which was] writtenºª in the lawº of the LORD,º 27 And his deeds,º firstº and last,º behold,² they [are] writtenºª in² the bookº of the kingsº of Israelº and Judah.º
 Jb 3:8; Ec 12:5; Jr 9:17; 22:10, 20; Lm 4:20; Mt 9:23.
 2Ch 31:20; 32:32.
 2K 10:34; 16:19; 20:20; 21:25; 2Ch 20:34; 24:27; 25:26; 26:22; 32:32; 33:19.
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