|2 Chronicles 29 |
1 Hezekiah began to reign when he was twenty five years old, and he reigned twenty nine years in Jerusalem. And his mother's name was Abijah, the daughter of Zechariah.
2 He did what was right in the sight of the LORD, according to all that David his ancestor had done.
3 He in the first year of his reign, in the first month, he opened the doors of the house of the LORD and repaired them.
4 He brought in the priests and the Levites, and gathered them together into the east street,
5 And said to them,"Hear me, you Levites, now sanctify yourselves, sanctify the house of the LORD God of your fathers, and get rid of the filthiness out of the holy place.
6 For our fathers have trespassed and done what was evil in the eyes of the LORD our God, and have forsaken him; and they turned away their faces from the habitation of the LORD, and turned their backs.
7 They have shut up the doors of the porch, and put out the lamps, and have not burned incense nor offered burnt offerings in the holy place to the God of Israel.
8 Therefore the wrath of the LORD has been upon Judah and Jerusalem, and he has delivered them to trouble, to astonishment, and to hissing, as you see with your eyes.
9 For, lo, our fathers have fallen by the sword, and our sons and our daughters and our wives are in captivity for this.
10 Now it is in my heart to make a covenant with the LORD God of Israel, that his fierce wrath may turn away from us.
11 My sons, now do not be negligent for the LORD has chosen you to stand before him, to serve him, and that you should minister to him, and burn incense.
12 Then the Levites arose: of the sons of the Kohathites were Mahath the son of Amasai, Joel the son of Azariah; of the sons of Merari were Kish the son of Abdi, and Azariah the son of Jehalelel; of the were Gershonites Joah the son of Zimmah, and Eden the son of Joah;
13 Of the sons of Elizaphan were Shimri and Jeiel; of the sons of Asaph were Zechariah and Mattaniah:
14 Of the sons of Heman were Jehiel and Shimei; and of the sons of Jeduthun were Shemaiah and Uzziel.
15 And they gathered their brothers, and sanctified themselves, and came, according to the commandment of the king, by the words of the LORD, to cleanse the house of the LORD.
16 And the priests went into the inner part of the house of the LORD, to cleanse it, and brought out all the uncleanness that they found in the temple of the LORD into the court of the house of the LORD. And the Levites took all the unclean things and carried them away to the brook Kidron.
17 Now they began on the first day of the first month to sanctify, and on the eighth day of the month they came to the porch of the LORD. So they sanctified the house of the LORD in eight days; and in the sixteenth day of the first month they were finished.
18 Then they went in to Hezekiah the king, and said, "We have cleansed all the house of the LORD, and the altar of burnt offering, with all its vessels, and the show bread table, with all its vessels.
19 In addition all the vessels that king Ahaz in his reign had cast away in his transgression, have been prepared and sanctified, and, behold, they are in front of the altar of the LORD."
20 Then Hezekiah the king rose early, gathered the rulers of the city, and went up to the house of the LORD.
21 With them they brought seven bullocks, seven rams, seven lambs, and seven he goats for a sin offering for the kingdom, for the sanctuary, and for Judah. He commanded the priests, the sons of Aaron, to offer them on the altar of the LORD.
22 So they killed the bullocks, and the priests received the blood and sprinkled it on the altar. Likewise, when they had killed the rams, they sprinkled the blood upon the altar. They also killed the lambs and sprinkled the blood upon the altar.
23 They brought forth the he goats for the sin offering before the king and the congregation; and they laid their hands upon them.
24 And the priests killed them, and they made reconciliation with their blood upon the altar, to make an atonement for all Israel for the king commanded that the burnt offering and the sin offering should be made for all Israel.
25 And Hezekiah assembled the Levites in the house of the LORD with cymbals, with psalteries, and with harps, according to the commandment of David, and of Gad the king's seer, and Nathan the prophet for so was the commandment of the LORD by his prophets.
26 The Levites stood with the instruments of David, and the priests with the trumpets.
27 And Hezekiah commanded to offer the burnt offering upon the altar. And when the burnt offering began, the song of the LORD began also with the trumpets, and with the instruments that had been ordained by David, king of Israel.
28 All the congregation worshipped, the singers sang, and the trumpeters sounded; and all this continued until the burnt offering was finished.
29 When they had made an end of offering, the king and all who were present with him, bowed themselves and worshipped.
30 Moreover Hezekiah the king and the princes commanded the Levites to sing praise to the LORD with the words of David, and of Asaph the seer. And they sang praises with gladness, and they bowed their heads and worshipped.
31 Then Hezekiah answered and said, "Now you have consecrated yourselves to the LORD, come near and bring sacrifices and thank offerings into the house of the LORD." And the congregation brought in sacrifices and thank offerings; and as many as were of a free heart, they brought burnt offerings.
32 And the number of the burnt offerings, which the congregation brought, was seventy bullocks, a hundred rams, and two hundred lambs; all these were for a burnt offering to the LORD.
33 The consecrated things were six hundred oxen and three thousand sheep.
34 But the priests were too few, so that they could not flay all the burnt offerings; therefore their brothers the Levites helped them, until the work was ended, and until the other priests had sanctified themselves for the Levites were more upright in heart to sanctify themselves than the priests.
35 And also the burnt offerings were in abundance, with the fat of the peace offerings, and the drink offerings for every burnt offering. So the service of the house of the LORD was set in order.
36 Then Hezekiah and all the people rejoiced, that God had prepared the people for the thing to have been accomplished so suddenly.
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