NASB — 2 Chronicles 35 — KJV

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.”

[1] a2K 23:21 bEx 12:6; Nu 9:3
[2] a2Ch 29:11
[3] a2Ch 17:8, 9; Ne 8:7 b1Ch 23:26
[4] a1Ch 9:10-13 b2Ch 8:14
[5] ILit sons of the people, and so throughout the ch aEzr 6:18
[6] 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.

[8] a2Ch 31:13
[9] a2Ch 31:12

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.

[10] a2Ch 35:5
[11] II.e. the Levites IISo with Gr a2Ch 35:1, 6 b2Ch 29:22 c2Ch 29:34
[13] aEx 12:8, 9 bLv 6:28
[15] 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.

[17] aEx 12:1-20; 2Ch 30:21
[18] a2K 23:21; 2Ch 30:5

Josiah Dies in Battle

20aAfter 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.

[20] ILit house a2K 23:29, 30 bIs 10:9; Jr 46:2
[21] ILit he a2Ch 25:19
[22] ILit his face a2Ch 18:29 b2Ch 35:21 cJg 5:19
[24] ILit and aZc 12:11
[25] aJr 22:10; Lm 4:20


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Josiah keepeth a most solemn Passover.

1 ¶ Moreover Josiah kept a passover unto the LORD in Jerusalem: and they killed the passover on the fourteenth [day] of the first month. 2 And he set the priests in their charges, and encouraged them to the service of the house of the LORD, 3 And said unto the Levites that taught all Israel, which were holy unto the LORD, Put the holy ark in the house which Solomon the son of David king of Israel did build; [it shall] not [be] a burden upon [your] shoulders: serve now the LORD your God, and his people Israel, 4 And prepare [yourselves] by the houses of your fathers, after your courses, according to the writing of David king of Israel, and according to the writing of Solomon his son. 5 And stand in the holy [place] according to the divisions of the families of the fathers of your brethren the people, and [after] the division of the families of the Levites. 6 So kill the passover, and sanctify yourselves, and prepare your brethren, that [they] may do according to the word of the LORD by the hand of Moses. 7 And Josiah gave to the people, of the flock, lambs and kids, all for the passover offerings, for all that were present, to the number of thirty thousand, and three thousand bullocks: these [were] of the king's substance. 8 And his princes gave willingly unto the people, to the priests, and to the Levites: Hilkiah and Zechariah and Jehiel, rulers of the house of God, gave unto the priests for the passover offerings two thousand and six hundred [small cattle], and three hundred oxen. 9 Conaniah also, and Shemaiah and Nethaneel, his brethren, and Hashabiah and Jeiel and Jozabad, chief of the Levites, gave unto the Levites for passover offerings five thousand [small cattle], and five hundred oxen. 10 So the service was prepared, and the priests stood in their place, and the Levites in their courses, according to the king's commandment. 11 And they killed the passover, and the priests sprinkled [the blood] from their hands, and the Levites flayed [them]. 12 And they removed the burnt offerings, that they might give according to the divisions of the families of the people, to offer unto the LORD, as [it is] written in the book of Moses. And so [did they] with the oxen. 13 And they roasted the passover with fire according to the ordinance: but the [other] holy [offerings] sod they in pots, and in caldrons, and in pans, and divided [them] speedily among all the people. 14 And afterward they made ready for themselves, and for the priests: because the priests the sons of Aaron [were busied] in offering of burnt offerings and the fat until night; therefore the Levites prepared for themselves, and for the priests the sons of Aaron. 15 And the singers the sons of Asaph [were] in their place, according to the commandment of David, and Asaph, and Heman, and Jeduthun the king's seer; and the porters [waited] at every gate; they might not depart from their service; for their brethren the Levites prepared for them. 16 So all the service of the LORD was prepared the same day, to keep the passover, and to offer burnt offerings upon the altar of the LORD, according to the commandment of king Josiah. 17 And the children of Israel that were present kept the passover at that time, and the feast of unleavened bread seven days. 18 And there was no passover like to that kept in Israel from the days of Samuel the prophet; neither did all the kings of Israel keep such a passover as Josiah kept, and the priests, and the Levites, and all Judah and Israel that were present, and the inhabitants of Jerusalem. 19 In the eighteenth year of the reign of Josiah was this passover kept.

[1] Ex 12:6; Nu 9:3; Dt 16:1; 2K 23:21; 2Ch 30:1; Ezr 6:19; Ezk 45:21.
[2] Nu 18:5; 1Ch 22:19; 24:1; 2Ch 23:8, 18; 29:5; 31:2; Ezr 6:18.
[3] 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.
[4] 1Ch 9:10; 23:1; 2Ch 8:14; Ne 11:10.
[5] Ps 134:1; 135:2.
[6] 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.
[7] 1K 8:63; 1Ch 29:3; 2Ch 7:8; 30:24; Is 32:8; Ezk 45:17.
[8] 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.
[9] Is 1:10; Jr 3:10; 7:21; Mi 6:6.
[10] 2Ch 30:16; 35:4; Ezr 6:18.
[11] Lv 1:5; Nu 18:3, 7; 2Ch 29:22, 34; 30:16; He 9:21.
[12] Lv 3:3, 5, 9, 14.
[13] Ex 12:8; Lv 6:28; Nu 6:19; Dt 16:7; 1S 2:13; Ps 22:14; Lm 1:12; Ro 12:11.
[14] Ac 6:2.
[15] 1Ch 9:17; 16:41; 23:5; 25:1; 26:14; 2Ch 29:25; Ps 77:1; 78:1; 79:1.
[17] 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.
[18] 2K 23:21; 2Ch 30:5, 26.

He, provoking Pharaoh-necho, is slain at Megiddo.

20 ¶ After all this, when Josiah had prepared the temple, Necho king of Egypt came up to fight against Carchemish by Euphrates: and Josiah went out against him. 21 But he sent ambassadors to him, saying, What have I to do with thee, thou king of Judah? [I come] not against thee this day, but against the house wherewith I have war: for God commanded me to make haste: forbear thee from [meddling with] God, who [is] with me, that he destroy thee not. 22 Nevertheless Josiah would not turn his face from him, but disguised himself, that he might fight with him, and hearkened not unto the words of Necho from the mouth of God, and came to fight in the valley of Megiddo. 23 And the archers shot at king Josiah; and the king said to his servants, Have me away; for I am sore wounded. 24 His servants therefore took him out of that chariot, and put him in the second chariot that he had; and they brought him to Jerusalem, and he died, and was buried in [one of] the sepulchres of his fathers. And all Judah and Jerusalem mourned for Josiah.

[20] 2K 23:29; Is 10:9; Jr 46:2.
[21] 2S 16:10; 2K 18:25; 2Ch 25:19; Is 36:10; Mt 8:29; Jn 2:4.
[22] 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.
[23] Gn 49:23; 1K 22:34; 2K 8:29; 9:24; 2Ch 18:33; Lm 3:13.
[24] 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 Jeremiah lamented for Josiah: and all the singing men and the singing women spake of Josiah in their lamentations to this day, and made them an ordinance in Israel: and, behold, they [are] written in the lamentations. 26 Now the rest of the acts of Josiah, and his goodness, according to [that which was] written in the law of the LORD, 27 And his deeds, first and last, behold, they [are] written in the book of the kings of Israel and Judah.

[25] Jb 3:8; Ec 12:5; Jr 9:17; 22:10, 20; Lm 4:20; Mt 9:23.
[26] 2Ch 31:20; 32:32.
[27] 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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