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Ahaz's idolatry. pressed by name q rose up, and took the captives, and with the spoil clothed all that were naked among thern, and arrayed them, and shod them, and gave them to eat r and to drink, and anointed them, and carried all the feeble s of them upon asses, and brought them to Jericho, the city to of palm trees, to their brethren : then they returned to Samaria. 16 || At that time u did king Ahaz send unto the kings of Assyria to help him. 17 For again the Edomites v had come and smitten Judah, and carried away 5 captives. 18 The Philistines w also had invaded the cities of the low country, and of the south of Judah, and had taken Beth-shemesh, and Ajalon, and Gederoth, and Shocho with the villages thereof, and Timnah with the villages thereof, Gimzo also and the villages thereof: and they dwelt there. 19 For the LORD brought Judah a low, because of Ahaz king of ISrael; for he made Judah naked, y and transgressed sore against the

ORD.

20 And Tilgath-pilmeser z king of Assyria came unto him, and distressed him, but strengthened him

110t. 21 For Ahaz took away a portion out of the house of the LORD, and out of the house of the king, and of the princes, and gave it unto the king of Assyria; but he helped him

not.

22 "I And in the time of his distress did he trespass, yet more * the LORD : this is that king Ahaz

23 For he sacrificed unto the gods of 6 Damascus, which smote him : and he said, 13ecause the gods of

the kings of Syria help them, there: ; v

fore will I sacrifice to them, that they may help a me. But they were the ruin b of him, and of all Is

raē1. 24 And Ahaz follo. together the vessels of the house of God, and cut in pieces the vessels of the house of God, and shut up c the doors of the house of the LORD, and he made him altars in every corner of Jerusalem. 25. And in every d several city of Judah he made high places to 7 burn incense unto other gods, and provoked to anger the LORD God of his fathers. 26 °s Now the rest of his acts, and of all his ways, first and last, behold, they are written in the book of the kings of Judah and Israel.

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Hezekiah's good reign. 27 And Ahaz slept with his fathers, and they buried him in the city, even, in Jerusalem: but they brought him not into the sepuschres of the kings of Israel; and Hezekiah his son reigned in his stead. CHAPTER XXIX. 1 Hezekiah's good reign; 3 He restoreth religion.

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daughter of Zechariah.b 2 And he did that which was right in the sight of the LORI), according to all that David his father had done. 3 *| He in the first c year of his reign, in the first month, opened d the doors of the house of the LORD, and repaired them. 4 And he brought in the priests and the Levites, and gathered them together into the east, street, 5 And said unto them, Hear me, ye Levites, sanctify e. now yourselves, and sanctify the house of the LORD God of your fathers, and carry forth the filthiness out of the

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o place. 6 For g_our fathers have trespassed, and done that which was evil in the eyes of the LORD our God, and have forsaken him, and h have turned away their faces from the habitation of the LORD, and 1 turned their backs. 7 Also they have shut up i the doors of the porch, and put out the lamps, and have not burned incense nor offered burnt-offerings in the holy place unto the God of Israel. 8 Wherefore k the wrath of the LORD was upon Judah and Jerusalem, and he hath delivered them to 2 trouble, to astonishment, and to hissing, l as ye see with your €VeS. § For, lo, our fathers have fallen m by the sword, and our sons and our daughters and our wives are in captivity for this. . 10 Now it is in mine heart to make a covenant n with the LORD God of Israel, that his fierce wrath may turn away from us. 11 My sons, be not now 3 negligent: for the LORD hath chosen o you to stand before him, to serve him, that ye should minister unto him, and 4 burn incense. . 12. "[Then the Levites arose, Mahath the son of Amasai, and Joel the son of Azariah, of the sons of the Kohathites: p and cf the sons

Cleansing of the temple. of Merari; , Kish the son of Abdi, and Azariah the son of Jehalelel: and of the Gershonites; Joah the son of Zimmah, and Eden the son of Joah : 13 And of the sons of Elizaphan ; Shimri, and Jeiel : and of the sons of Asaph;Zechariah,and Mattaniah: 14 And of the sons of Heman; Jehiel, and Shimei: and of the sons of Jeduthun; Shemaiah, and Uzziel. 15 And they gathered their brethren, and sanctified q themselves, and came, according to the Commandment of the king, 5 by the words of the LORD, to cleanse r 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 S aii the uncleanness that they found in the temple of the LORD into the court of the house of the LORD. And the Levites took it, to carry it out abroad into the brook Kidron. 17 Now they began on the first day of the first month to sanctify, and and on the eighth day of the month came they to the porch t of the LORD : So they sanctified the house of the LORD in eight days; and in the sixteenth day of the first month they made an end. 18.Then they went into Hezekiah the king, and said,We have cleansed all the house of the LORD, and the altar of burnt-offering, with all the vessels thereof, and the show-bread table, with all the vessels thereof. işiţoreover aii the vessels which king Ahaz, in his reign did cast away u in his transgression, have we prepared and sanctified, and, behold, they are before the altar of

the LORD. 20 's Then Hezekiah the king rose

early, and gathered the rulers of the

city, and went up to the house of

the LORD. 21. And they brought seven bullocks, and seven rams, and seven lambs, and seven, he-goats, for a sin-offering v for the kingdom, and for the sanctuary, and for Judah. And 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 sp. ed w it on the altar: likewise, when § had killed the rams, they sprinkled the blood upon the altar: they killeiaiso theianos, and they sprinkled the blood upon the altar. 23 And they brought 6 forth the he-goats for the sin-offering before the §§ the congregation; and they laid their hands upon them:

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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 he set the Levites in the house of the LORD with cymbals, with psalteries, and with harps, according a to the commandment of David, and of Gad y the king's seer, and Nathan the prophet : for z so was the commandment of the LORD 7 by his prophets. 26 And the Levites stood with the instruments a of David, and the priests with the trumpets.b 27 And Hezekiah commanded to offer the burnt-offering upon the altar. 8 And when the burnt-offer. ing began, the c song of the LORD began also with the trumpets, and with the 9 instruments ordained by David king of Israel. 28 And ail the congregation worshipped, and the 10 singers sang, and the trumpeters sounded : and all this continued until the burnt-offering was finished. And when they had made an

end of offering, the king and all that were 11 present with him bowed d themselves, and worshipped. 30 Moreover Hezekiah the king and the princes commanded the Levites to sing praise unto the LORD with the words of David, and of Asaph the seer. And they sang praises with gladness, e and they bowed f their heads and worship

€(i. 31 Then Hezekiah answered and said, Now ye have 12 consecrated yourselves unto the LORD, come near and bring sacrifices and thankofferings g into the house of the LORD. And the congregation brought in sacrifices and thank-offerings; and as many as were of a free heart burnt-offerings. 32 And the number of the burntofferings, which the congregation brought, was threescore and ten bullocks, an hundred rams and two hundred lambs: all these were for a burnt-offering to the LORD. 33 And 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: wherefore , their brethren the Levites 13 did help h them till the work was ended, and until the other priests had sanctified themselves: for i the Levites were more upright k in heart to sanctify themselves than the priests.

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Hezekiah proclaimeth 35 And also the burnt-offerings were in abundance, with the fatl of the peace-offerings, and the drinkofferings m for every burnt-offering. So the service of the house of the RD was set in order. . . 36 And n Hezekiah rejoiced, and all the people, that God had prepared o the so for the thing was done suddenly. CHAPTER XXX. Hezekiah proclaimeth a solemn pass

Over. ND Hezekiah sent to all Israel and Judah, and wrote letters also to Ephraim and Manasseh, that they should come to the house of the LORD at Jerusalem, to keep the pover unto the LORD God of IsTael.

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and his princes, and all the congregation in Jerusalem, to keep the passover in the second a month. 3 For they could not keep it at that time, b because the priests had not c sanctified themselves sufficiently, neither had the people gathered themselves together to Jerusalem. 4 And the thing 1 pleased the king and all the congregation. 5 So they established a decree, to make proclamation throughout all Israel, from Beer-sheba even to Dam, that they should come to keep the passover unto the LORD God of Israel at Jerusalem : for they had not done it of a long time in such sort as it was written.d 6 So the posts went with the letters 2 from the king and his princes throughout all Israel and Judah, and according to the commandment of the king, saying, Ye children of Israel, turn e again unto the LORD God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, and he will return to the remnant f of you that are escaped out of the hand of the kings of As

Syria. 7 And be not ye like your fathers, g and like your brethren, which trespassed against the LORD God of their fathers, who therefore gave them up h to desolation, as ye see. 8 Now 3 he ye not stiff-necked, i as your fathers were, but 4 yield k yourselves unto the LORD, and enter, into his sanctuary, which he hath sanctified for ever : and serve the LORD your God, that the fierceness l of his wrath may turn away from you. 9 For if ye turn again unto the LORD, yourbrethren and your childroom S find compassion before them m that lead them captive, so that they shall come again into this

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a solemn passover. land: for the LORD your God is gracious n and merciful, and will not turn away his face from you, if ye return o unto him. 10 So the posts passed from city to city through the country of Ephraim and Manasseh, even unto Zebulun: p but they laughed them to scorn, and mocked them. 11 Nevertheless divers q of Asher and Manasseh and of Zebulun humbled themselves, and came to Jerusalem. 12 Also in Judah the hand of God r was to give them one heart to do the commandment of the king and of the princes, by s the word of the LORD. 13 *|| And there assembled at t Jerusalem much people to keep the feast of unleavened bread in the second month, a very great congregation. 14 And they arose and took away the altars u that were in Jerusalem, and all the altars for incense took they away, and cast them into the brook Kidron. 15 Then they killed the passover on the fourteenth day of the second month: and the priests v and the Levites were ashamed, and sanctified themselves, and brought in the burnt-offerings into the house of the LORD. 16 And they stood in their place after their manner, according to the law of Moses the man of God: the priests sprinkled the blood which they received of the hand O the Levites. 17 For there were many in the congregation that were not sanctified : therefore the Levites had the charge of the killing of the passovers for every one that was not clean, to sanctify them unto the LORD. 18 For w a multitude of the people, even many of Ephraim and Mamasseh, Issachar and Zebulum, had not cleansed a themselves, yet did they eat the passover, otherwise than it was written. But Hezekiah rayed for them, saying, The good ORD pardon every one 19. That prepareth y his heart to seek God, the LORD God of his fathers, though he be not cleansed according to the purification of the sanctuary. 20 And the LORD hearkened z to Hezekiah, and healed the people. 21 And the children of Israel that were 6 present at Jerusalem kept the feast of unleavened bread seven days with §: gladness: and the Levites and the priests praised the LORD day by day, singing with 7 loud instruments unto the LORD

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22 And Hezekiah spake 8 comfortably unto all the Levites that a taught the good knowledge of the LoRD: and they did eat throughout the feast seven days, offering peace-offerings, and making b confession to the LORD God of their fathers. 23 And the whole assembly took counsel to keep other seven days : and they kept other seven days with gladness. 24 For Hezekiah king of Judah 9 did give to the congregation a thousand bullocks and seven thousand sheep; and the princes gave to the congregation a thousand bullocks and ten thousand sheep: an a great number of priests sanctified themselves. 25 And all the congregation of Judah, with the priests and the Levites, and all the congregation that came out of Israel, and the strangers that came out of the land of Israel, and that dwelt in Judah, rejoiced. 26 So there was great joy in Jerusalem : for since the time of Solomon the son of David king of Israel there was not the like in Jerusalem. 27 * Then the priests the Levites arose and blessed the o and their voice was heard, and their prayer came up to 10 his holy dwelling-place, even unto heaven. CHAPTER XXXI. The people forward in destroying

dolatry. OW when all this was finished, all Israel that were 1 present went out to the cities of Judah, and brake the 2 images in pieces, a and cut down the groves, and threw down the high places and the altars b out of all Judah and Benjamin, in Ephraim also and Manasseh, until 3 they had utterly destroyed them all. Then all the children of Israel returned, every man to his possession, into their own cities. 2 *s And Hezekiah appointed the c courses of the priests and the Levites after their courses, every man according to his service, the priests and Levites d for burnt-offerings and for peace-offerings, to minister, and to give thanks, and to praise in the gates of the tents of the LORD. 3 He appointed also the king's portion of his substance for the burntofferings, to wit, for the morning and evening burnt-offerings, an the burnt-offerings for the sabbaths, and for the new moons, and for the set feasts, as it is written e in the law of the flood. 4 Moreover, he commanded the people that dwelt in Jerusalem to

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Sincerity of Hezekiah. even unto every one that entereth into the house of the LORD, his daily portion for their service in their charges, according to their COUlrSe:S : i; Both to the genealogy of the priests by the house of their fathers, and the Levites from q twenty years old and upward, in their charges by their courses; 18 And to the genealogy of all their little ones, their wives, and their sons, and their daughters, through all the congregation : for in their 11 set office they sanctified themselves in holiness: 19 Also of the sons of Aaron the priests, which were in the fields r of the suburbs of their cities, in every several city, the men that were expressed by name, s to give portions to all the males among the priests, and to all that were reckoned by genealogies among the Levites, 20 *| And thus did Hezekiah throughout all Judah, and wrought that which was good t and right and truth before the LORD his God. 21 And in every work that he ben in the service of the house of }od, and in the law, u and in the Commandments, to seek his God he did it with "ali his heart, and prospered.v CHAPTER XXXII. Sennachcrib invading Judah, Hezekiah fortifieth himself. Aoi. these things, and the establishment thereof, Sennacherib king of Assyria came, and entered into Judah, and encamped against the fenced cities, and thought to 1 win them for himself. 2 And when Hezekiah saw that Sennacherib was come, and that 2 he was purposed to fight against Jerusalem, 3 He took counsel with his princes and his mighty men to stop the waters b of the fountains which were without the city: and they did help him. 4 So there was gathered much people together, who stopped all the fountains, and the brook that 3 ran through the midst of the land, saying, Why should the kings of Assyria come, and find much water! 5 Also he strengthened himself, and built up all the wall c that was broken, and raised it up to the towers, and another wall without, and repaired Millo d in the city of David, and made 4 darts and shields in abundance. 6 And he set captains of war over the people, and gathered them together to him in the street of the

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gate of the city, and spake 5 coul.” fortably to them, saying, 7 Bee strong and courageous, bef not afraid nor dismayed for the king of Assyria, nor for all the multitude that is with him; for there g be more with us than with him : 8 With him is an h arm of flesh: but with usi is the fond our God to help us, and to fight our battles. And the people 6 rested themselves upon the k words of Hezekiah king of Judah. 9 *|| After this did Sennacherib king of Assyria send his servants to Jerusalem, (but he himself laid siege against Lachish, and all his 7 power with him,) unto Hezekiah king of Judah, and unto all Judah that were at Jerusalem, saying, 10 Thus saith Sennacherib king of Assyria, Whereon do ye trust, that ye abide in the 8 siege in Jerusalem : ll Doth not Hezekiah persuade you to give over yourselves to die by famine and by thirst, saying, The LoRD our God shall deliver us out of the hand of the king of AsSyria 3 12 Hath not the same Hezekiah taken away his high places and his altars, and commanded Judah and Jerusalem, saying, Ye shall worship before one altar, and burn incense upon it ! 13 Know ye not what I and my fathers have done l unto all the people of other lands ! were the gods of the nations of those lands any ways able to deliver their lands out of mine hand 1 14 Who was there among all the gods of those nations that my fathers utterly destroyed, that could deliver his people out of mine hand, that your God should be a le to deliver you out of mine hand 1 H5. Now therefore let not Hezekiah deceive you, nor persuade you on this manner, neither yet believe him : for no god of any nation or kingdom was able to deliver his people out of mine hand, and out of the hand of my fathers ; how much m less shall your God deliver you out of mine hand 7 16And his servants spake yet more against the LORD § and against his servant Hezekiah. > 17 He wrote also letters n to rail on the LORD God of Israel, and to speak against him, saying, As the ods of the nations of other lands ave not delivered their people out of mine hand, so shall not the God of Hezekiah deliver his people out of mine hand. 18 Then they cried with a loud

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