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2 Chronicles 35

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 1 Moreover Josiah kept a passover to the LORD in Jerusalem; and they killed the passover lambs on the fourteenth day of the first month.

 2 And he set the priests in their duties, and encouraged them to the service of the house of the LORD,

 3 He said to the Levites who taught all Israel, who were holy to the LORD, "Put the holy ark in the house which Solomon the son of David king of Israel built; it shall not be a burden upon your shoulders. Now serve the LORD your God, and his people Israel,

 4 And prepare yourselves by the houses of your fathers, after your divisions, according to the writing of king David of Israel and according to the writing of his son Solomon.

 5 Stand in the holy place according to the divisions of the families of the fathers of your brothers the people, and after the division of the families of the Levites.

 6 So kill the passover, and sanctify yourselves, and prepare your brothers, 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 wealth.

 8 And his princes gave willingly to the people, to the priests, and to the Levites. Hilkiah, Zechariah, and Jehiel, rulers of the house of God, gave to the priests for the passover offerings two thousand and six hundred small cattle and three hundred oxen.

 9 Also Conaniah, Shemaiah and Nethaneel, his brothers, and Hashabiah and Jeiel and Jozabad, chief of the Levites, gave to 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 divisions, according to the king's commandment.

 11 They killed the passover lambs, and the priests sprinkled the blood from their hands, and the Levites flayed them.

 12 They removed the burnt offerings, that they might give according to the divisions of the families of the people, to offer to the LORD, as it is written in the book of Moses. They did the same with the oxen.

 13 They roasted the passover with fire according to the ordinance; but the other holy offerings they put in pots, in caldrons, and in pans to be quickly divided 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 brothers 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.

 20 After all this, when Josiah had prepared the temple, Necho, king of Egypt, came up to fight against Charchemish by Euphrates; and Josiah went out against him.

 21 But Nechho sent ambassadors to him, saying, "What have I to do with you, you king of Judah? I come not against you this day, but against the house with which I have war. For God commanded me to make haste. Cease from meddling with God, who is with me, so that he does not destroy.

 22 Nevertheless Josiah would not turn his face from him, but disguised himself, that he might fight with him, and did not listen to 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, "Take me away for I am sorely 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 sepulchers of his fathers. And all Judah and Jerusalem mourned for Josiah.

 25 Jeremiah lamented for Josiah. And all the singing men and the singing women spoke 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.


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