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Idolatry is destroyed. CHAP. XXXI, XXXII. Hezekiah's sincerity. for since the time of Solomon the son of 11 | Then Hezekiah commanded to David king of Israel there was not the like prepare chambers in the house of the in Jerusalem.

LORD ; and they prepared them, 27 | Then the priests the Levites arose 12 And brought in the offerings and the and blessed the people: and their voice tithes, and the dedicated things faithfully: was heard, and their prayer came up to over which Conaniah the Levite was ruler, his holy dwelling-place, even unto heaven. and Shimei bis brother was the next. CHAP. XXXI.

13 And Jehiel, and Azaziah, and NaTOW when all this was finished, all hath, and Asahel, and Jerimoth, and Jothe cities of Judah, and brake the images hath, and Benaiah, were overseers under in pieces, and cut down the groves, and the hand of Conaniah and Shimei his threw down the high places and the altars brother, at the commandment of Heze. out of all Judah and Benjamin, in Ephraim kiah the king, and Azariah the ruler of also and Manasseh, until they had utterly the house of God. destroyed them all. Then all the children 14 And Kore the son of Imnab the Leof Israel returned, every man to his pos- vite, the porter toward the east, was over session into their own cities.

the free-will-offerings of God, to distribute 21 And Hezekiah appointed the courses the oblations of the LORD, and the most of the priests and the Levites after their holy things. courses, every man according to his ser- 15 And next him were Eden, and Mivice, the priests and Levites for burnt- niamin, and Jeshua, and Shemaiah, Amaofferings and for peace-offerings, to minis- riah, and Shecaniah, in the cities of the ter, and to give thanks, and to praise in priests, in their set office, to give to their the gates of the tents of the LORD. brethren by courses, as well to the great

3 He appointed also the king's portion as to the small. of his substance for the burnt-offerings, to 16 Besides their genealogy of males, wit, for the morning and evening burnt- from three years old and upward, even offerings, and the burnt-offerings for the unto every one that entereth into the house sabbaths, and for the new-moons, and for of the Lord, his daily portion for their the set feasts, as it is written in the law of service in their charges according to their the LORD.

courses ; 4 Moreover, he commanded the people 17 Both to the genealogy of the priests that dwelt in Jerusalem to give the portion by the house of their fathers, and the Leof the priests and the Levites, that they vites from twenty years old and upward, might be encouraged in the law of thc in their charges, bg their courses ; LORD..

18 And to the genealogy of all their lit5 And as soon as the commandment tle ones, their wives, and their sons, and came abroad, the children of Israel brought their daughters, through all the congrega: in abundance the first-fruits of corn, wine, tion: for in their set office they sanctified and oil, and honey, and of all the increase themselves in holiness: of the field; and the titbe of all things 19 Also of the sons of Aaron the priests, brought they in abundantly.

which were in the fields of the suburbs of 6 And concerning the children of Israel their cities, in every several city, the men and Judah, that dwelt in the cities of Ju- that were expressed by name, to give, por. dah, they also brought in the tithe of oxentions to all the males among the priests, and sheep, and the tithe of holy things and to all that were reckoned by genealowhich were consecrated unto the LORD gies among the Levites. their God, and laid them by heaps.

20 T And thus did Hezekiah throughout 7 In the third month they began to lay all Judah, and wrought that which was good the foundation of the heaps, and finished and right and truth before the Lord his God. them in the seventh month.

21 And in every work that be began in 8 And when Hezekiah and the princes the service of the house of God, and in the came and saw the beaps, they blessed the law, and in the commandments, to seek Lord, and his people Israel.

his God, he did it with all his heart, and 9 Then Hezekiah questioned with the prospered. priests and the Levítes concerning the

CHAP. XXXII. heaps. house of Zadok answered him, and said, Assyria came, and entered into Judah,

10 And Azariah the chief priest of the AFTER these things, and the establishSince the people began to bring the offer- and encamped against the fenced cities, ing into the house of the LORD, we have and thoughtto win them for himself. had enough to eat, and have left plenty: 2 And when Hezekiah saw that Senna. for the Lord hath blessed his people; and cherib was come, and that he was purthat wbich is left is this great store. posed to fight against Jerusalem,

Sennacherib invades Judah. II. CHRONICLES. The Assyrians destroyed.

3 He took counsel with his princes and 16 And his servants spake yet moro his mighty men to stop the waters of the against the LORD God, and against his fountains which were without the city : servant Hezekiah. and they did help him.

17 He wrote also letters to rail on the 4 So there was gathered much people Lord God of Israel, and to speak against together, who stopped all the fountains, him, saying, As the gods of the nations of and the brook that ran through the midst other lands have not delivered their peoof the land, saying, Why should the kings ple out of my hand, so shall not the God of Assyria come, and find much water? of Hezekiah deliver his people out of my

5 Also he strengthened himself, and hand. built up all the wall that was broken, and 18 Then they cried with a loud voice,in raised it up to the towers, and another the Jews' speech, unto the people of Jeru. wall without, and repaired Millo in the salem that were on the wall, to affright city of David, and made darts and shields them, and to trouble them; that they in abundance.

inight take the city. 6 And he set captains of war over the 19 And they spake against the God of people, and gathered them together to Jerusalem, as against the gods of the peo him in the street of the gate of the city, ple of the earth, which were the work of and spake comfortably to them, saying, The hands of man.

7 Be strong and courageous, be not 20 And for this cause Hezekiah the king, afraid nor dismayed for the king of Assy- and the prophet Isaiah the son of Amož, ria,norforall the multitude that is with bim: prayed and cried to heaven. for there be more with us than with him. 21|| And the Lord sent an angel, which

8 With him is an arm of flesh ; but with cut off all the mighty men of valour, and us is the Lord our God to belp us, and to the leaders and captains in the camp of fight our battles. And the people rested the king of Assyria. So he returned with themselves upon the words of Hezekiah shame of face to his own land. And when king of Judah.

he was come into the house of his god, they 9After this did Sennacherib king of that came forth of his own bowels slew Assyria send his servants to Jerusalem, him there with the sword. (but he himself laid siege against Lachish, 22 Thus the LORD saved Hezekiah and and all his power with him,) unto Heze-the inhabitants of Jerusalem from the hand kiah king of Judah, and unto all Judah of Sennacherib the king of Assyria, and that were at Jerusalem, saying,

from the hand of all other, and guided them 10 Thus saith Sennacherib king of As- on every side. syria, Whereon do ye trust, that ye abide 23 And many brought gists unto the in the siege in Jerusalem ?

Lord to Jerusalem, and presents to Heze11 Doth not Hezekiah persuade you to biah king of Judah: so that he was mag. give over yourselves to die by famine and nified in the sight of all nations from by thirst, saying, The LORD our God shall thenceforth. deliver us out of the hand of the king of 24 T In those days Hezekiah was sick Assyria?

to the death, and prayed unto the Lord: 12 Hath not the same Hezekiah taken and he spake unto him, and he gave away his high places, and his altars, and a sign. commanded Judah and Jerusalem, saying, 25 But Hezekiah rendered not again Ye shall worship before one altar, and according to the benefit done unto him; burn incense upon it?

for his heart was lifted up: therefore there 13 Know ye not what I and my fathers was wrath upon him, and upon Judab and have done unto all the people of other Jerusalem. lands? were the gods of the nations of 26 Notwithstanding, Hezekiah humbled those lands any ways able to deliver their hinuself for the pride of his heart, both he lands out of

and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, so that 14 Who was there among all the gods the wrath of the Lord came not upon them of those nations that my fathers utterly in the days of Hezekiah, destroyed, that could deliver his people 277 And Hezekiah had exceeding much out of my hand, that your God should riches and honour: and he made himself be able to deliver you out of my band ? treasuries for silver, and for gold, and for

15 Now therefore let not Hezekiah de- precious stones, and for spices, and for ceive you, nor persuade you on this man-shields, and for all manner of pleasant ner, neither yet believe him: for no god jewels : of any nation or kingdom was able to de- 28 Storehouses also for the increase of liver his people out of my hand, and outcom, and wine, and oil; and stalls for all of the hand of my fathers : how much less manner of beasts, and cotes for docks. shall your God deliver you out of my

29 Moreover, he provided him cities, hand!

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Manasseh's wicked reign.


Amon succeeds him. dance: for God had given him substance worse than the heathen, whom the LORD

bad destroyed before the children of 30 This same Hezekiah, also stopped Israed. the upper water-course of Gihon, and 10 And the LORD spake to Manasseh, brought it straight down to the west side and to his people: but they would not of the city of David. And Hezekiah pros- bearken. pered in all his works.

11 | Wherefore the LORD brought upon 31 T Howbeit, in the business of the am- them the captains of the host of the king bassadors of the princes of Babylon, who of Assyria, which took Manasseh among sent unto him to inquire of the wonder the thorns, and bound him with fetters, that was done in the land, God left bim, and carried him to Babylon. to try him, that he might know all that 12 And when he was in affliction, he was in his heart.

besought the LORD his God, and humbled 32 | Now the rest of the acts of Heze-himself greatly before the God of his kiah, and his goodness, behold, they are fathers, written in the vision of Isaiah the prophet, 13 And prayed unto him: and he was the son of Amoz, and in the book of the entreated of him, and heard his supplicakings of Judah and Israel.

tion, and brought him again to Jerusalem 33 And Hezekiah slept with his fathers, into his kingdom. Then Manasseh knew and they buried bim in the chiefest of the that the Lord he was God. sepulchres of the sons of David : and all 14 Now after this, he built a wall withJudah anıl the inhabitants of Jerusalem out the city of David, on the west side of did bim honour at bis death: and Manas- Gihon, in the valley, even to the entering seb his son reigned in his stead. in at the fish-gate, and compassed about CHAP. XXXIII.

Ophel, and raised it up a very great height, ANASSEH was twelve years old and put captains of war in all the fenced

when he began to reign, and be cities of Judah. reigned fifty and five years in Jerusalem : 15 And he took aw, the strange gods,

2 But did that which was evil in the sight and the idol out of the house of the LORD, of the Lord, like unto the abominations and all the altars that he had built in the of the heathen, whom the Lord had cast mount of the house of the LORD, and in out before the children of Israel.

Jerusalem, and cast them out of the city. 3 | For he built again the high places 16 And he repaired the altar of the which Hezekiah his father bad broken LORD, and sacrificed thereon peace-offerdown; and he reared up altars for Baalim, ings and thank-offerings, and commanded and made groves, and worshipped all the Judah to serve the Lord God of Israel. host of heaven, and served them.

17 Nevertheless, the people did sacri4 Also he built altars in the house of the fice still in the high places, yet unto the LORD, whereof the LORD had said, In Je- LORD their God only. rusalem shall my name be for ever. 18 | Now the rest of the acts of Ma

5 And he built altars for all the host of nasseh, and bis prayer unto his God, and beaven in the two courts of the house of the words of the seers that spake to him in the LORD.

the name of the Lord God of Israel, be6 And he caused his children to pass hold, they are written in the book of the through the fire in the valley of the son of kings of Israel. Hinnom: also he observed times, and used 19 His prayer also, and how God was enchantments, and used witchcraft, and entreated of him, and ail his sin, and his dealt with a' familiar spirit, and with trespass, and the places wherein he built wizards: be wrought much evil in the high places, and set up groves and graven sightof the Lord, to provoke him to anger, images, before he was humbled: behold,

7 And he set a carved image, the idol they are written among the sayings of the which he had made, in the house of God, seers. oi which God had said to David and to So- 20 T So Manasseh slept with his fathers, lomon his son, In this house and in Jeru- and they buried him in his own house : and salem, which I have chosen before all the Amon his son reigned in his stead. tribes of Israel, will I put my name for ever: 21 | Amon wus two and twenty years

8 Neither will I any more remove the old when he began to reign, and reigned foot of Israel from out of the land which I two years in Jerusalem. have appointed for your fathers; so that 22 But he did that which was evil in the they will take heed to do all that I have sight of the LORD, as did Manasseh his commanded them, according to the whole father: for Amo: sacrificed unto all the law and the statutes and the ordinances by carved images which Manasseh his father the band of Moses.

bad made, and served them; 9 So Manasseh made Judah and the in- 23 And humbled not himself before the babitants of Jerusalem to err, and to do LORD, as Manasseh his father bad bumbled


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Josiah's good reign:

II. CHRONICLES. He repairs the temple. himself; but Amon trespassed more and ber för couplings, and to floor the houses

which the kings of Judah had destroyed. 24 And his servants conspired against 12 And the men did the work faith. him, and slew him in his own house. fully : and the overseers of them were

25 | But the people of the land slew Jabath and Ohadiah, the Levites, of the all them that bad conspired against king sons of Merari ; and Zechariah and MeAmon; and the people of the land made shullam, of the sons of the Kohathites, to Josiah his son king in his stead.

set it forward ; and other of the Levites, all CHAP. XXXIV.

that could skill of instruments of music. TOSIAH was eight years old when he 13 Also they were over the bearers of

began to reign, and he reigned in Je- burdens, and were overseers of all that rusalem one and thirty years.

wrought the work in any manner of ser2 And he did that which was right in the vice: and of the Levites there were scribes, sight of the Lord, and walked in the ways and officers, and porters. of David his father, and declined neither 14 | And when they brought out the to the right hand, nor to the left. money that was brought into the house of

3.1 For in the eighth year of his reign, the Lord, Hilkiah the priest found a book while he was yet young, he began to seek of the law of the Lord given by Moses. after the God of David his father: and in 15 And Hilkiah answered and said to the twelfth year he began to purge Judah Shaphan the scribe, I have found the book and Jerusalem from the high places, and of the law in the house of the Lord. And the groves, and the carved images, and the Hilkiah delivered the book to Shaphan. molten images.

16 And Shaphan carried the book to 4 And they brake down the altars of the king, and brought the king word back Baalim in his presence; and the images, again, saying, All that was committed to that were on high above them, hecut down; thy servants, they do it. and the groves, and the carved images, 17 And they have gathered together the and the molten imes, he brake in pieces, money that was found in the house of the and made dust of them, and strewed it up- Lord, and have delivered it into the hand graves

of them that had sacrificed of the overseers, and to the hand of the unto them.

workmen. 5 And he burnt the bones of the priests 18 Then Shaphan the scribe told the upon their altars, and cleansed Judah and king, saying, Hilkiah the priest hath given Jerusalem.

me a book. And Shaphan read it before 6 And so did he in the cities of Ma- the king. nasseh, and Ephraim, and Simeon, even 19 And it came to pass when the unto Naphtali, with their mattocks round king had heard the words of the law, that about.

be rent his clothes. 7 And when he bad broken down the al- 20 And the king commanded Hilkiah, tars and the groves, and had beaten the and Ahikam the son of Shaphan, and Abdon graven images into powder, and cut down the son of Micah, and Shaphan the scribe, all the idols throughout all the land of Is- and Asaiah a servant of the king's, saying, rael, he returned to Jerusalem.

21 Go, inquire of the Lord for me, and 8 | Now in the eighteenth year of his for them that are left in Israel, and in Jureign, when he had purged the land, and dah, concerning the words of the book that the house, he sent Shaphan the son of is found : for great is the wrath of the Azaliah, and Maaseiah the governor of the LORD that is poured out upon us, because city, and Joab the son of Joabaz the re- our fathers have not kept the word of the corder, to repair the house of the LORD LORD, to do after all that is written in this his God.

book. 9 And when they came to Hilkiah the 22 And Hilkiah, and they that the king high priest, they delivered the money that had appointed, went to Huidah the prowas brought into the house of God, which phetess, the wife of Shallum the 'son of the Levites that kept the doors had ga- Tikvath, the son of Hasrah, keeper of the thered of the hand of Manasseh and wardrobe ; (now she dwelt in Jerusalem Ephraim, and of all the remnant of Israel, in the college :) and they spake to her io and of all Judah and Benjamin ; and they that effect. returned to Jerusalem.

23 | And she answered them, Thus 10 And they put it in the hand of the saith the LORD God of Israel, Tell ye the workmen that had the oversight of the man that sent you to me, house of the LORD, and they gave it to the 24 Thus saith the LORD, Behold, I will workmen that wrought in the house of the bring evil upon this place, and upon the LORD, to repair and mend the house : inhabitants thereof, even all the curses

11 Even to the artificers and builders that are written in the book which they gave they it, to buy hewn stone, and tim-, have read before the king of Judah:

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The covenant renewed. CHAP. XXXV.

Josiah's solemn passover. 25 Because they have forsaken me, and all Israel, which were holy unto the LORD have burned incense unto other gods, that Put the holy ark in the house which Solothey might provoke me to anger with all mon the son of David king of Israel did the works of their hands; therefore my build: it shall not be a burden upon your wrath shall be poured out upon this place, shoulders: serve now the LORD your God, and shall not be quenched.

and his people Israel, 26 And as for the king of Judah, who 4 And prepare yourselves by the houses sent you to inquire of the Lord, so shall of your fathers after your courses, accordye say unto him, Thus saith the LORD Goding to the writing of David king of Israel, of Israel concerning the words which thou and according to the writing of Solomon hast heard;

27 Because thy heart was tender, and 5 And stand in the holy place according thou didst humble thyself before God to the divisions of the families of the fac when thou heardest his words against this thers of your brethren the people, and after place, and against the inhabitants thereof, the division of the families of the Levites. and humbledst thyself before me, and 6 So kill the passover, and sanctify didst rend thy clothes, and weep before yourselves, and prepare your brethren, me; I have even heard thee also,saith the that they may do according to the word of LORD.

the Lord by the band of Moses. 28 Behold, I will gather thee to thy 7. And Josiah gave to the people, of the fathers, and thou shalt be gathered to thy flock, lambs and kids, all for the passovergrave in peace, neither shall thine eyes offerings, for all that were present, to the see all the evil that I will bring upon this number of thirty thousand, and three thouplace, and upon the inhabitants of the sand bullocks: these were of the king's same. So they brought the king word substance. again.

8 And bis princes gave willingly unto 29 T Then the king sent and gathered the people, to the priests, and to the Letogether all the elders of Judah and Jeru- vites: Hilkiah and Zechariah and Jehiel, salem.

rulers of the house of God, gave unto the 30 And the king went up into the house priests for the passover-offerings two thou; of the LORD, and all the men of Jud sand and six hundred small cattle, an and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and the three hundred oxen. priests, and the Levites, and all the peo- 9 Conaniah also, and Shemaiah, and Neple, great and small: and he read in their thaneel,his brethren,and Hashabiah,and Jeears all the words of the book of the cove-iel, and Jozabad, chief of the Levites, gave nant that was found in the house of the unto the Levites for passover-offerings five LORD.

thousand small cattle, and five hundredoxen. 31 And the king stood in his place, and 10 So the service was prepared, and the made a covenant before the LORD, to walk priests stood in their place, and the Levites after the Lord, and to keep his command- in their courses, according to the king's ments, and bis testimonies, and his sta-commandment. tutes, with all his heart, and with all his 11 And they killed the passover, and soul, to perform the words of the cove- the priests sprinkled the blood from their nant which are written in this book. bands, and the Levites flayed them.

32 And he caused all that were present 12 And they removed the burnt-offerin Jerusalem and Benjamin to stand to it. ings, that they might give according to And the inhabitants of Jerusalem did

ac- the divisions of the families of the people, cording to the covenant of God, the God to offer unto the LORD, as it is written in of their fathers.

the book of Moses. And so did they with 33 And Josiah took away all the abomi- the oxen. nations out of all the countries that pertain- 13 And they roasted the passover with ed to the children of Israel, and made all fire according to the ordinance : but the that were present in Israel to serve, even other holy offerings sod they in pots, and to serve the Lord their God. And all his in caldrons, and in pans, and divided them days they departed not from following the speedily among all the people. LORD, the God of their fathers.

14 And afterward they made ready for CHAP. XXXV.

themselves, and for the priests: because MORE

OREOVER, Josiah kept a passover the priests the sons of Aaron were busied

unto the Lord in Jerusalem: and in offering of burnt-offerings and the fat they killed the passover on the fourteenth until night; therefore the Levites prepared day of the first month.

for themselves, and for the priests the 2 And he set the priests in their charges, sons of Aaron. and encouraged them to the service of the 15 And the singers the sons of Asaph house of the LORD,

were in their place, according to the com3 And said unto the Levites that taught mandment of David, and Asaph, and He

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