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Uzziah reigneth well.
2 CHRONICLES, XXVI. He waxeth proud. Amaziah, first and last, behold, are B. C. 810. Hananiah, one of the king's capthey not written in the book of the kings of Judah and Israel?
27 Nowr after the time that Amaziah did turn away from 11 following the LORD they 12 made a conspiracy against him in Jerusalem; and he fled to Lachish: but they sent to Lachish after him, and slew him there.
28 And they brought him upon horses, and buried him with his fathers in 13 the city of Judah. CHAPTER XXVI. Uzziah invadeth the priest's office, and is smitten.
HEN a all the people of Judah was sixteen years old, and made him king in the room of his father Amaziah. 2 He built Eloth, and restored it to Judah, after that the king slept with his fathers.
5 And he sought God in the days b of Zechariah, who had understanding in the 2 visions of God: and as long c as he sought the LORD, God made him to prosper.
And he went forth, and warred] against the Philistines, and brake down the wall of Gath, and the wall of Jabneh, and the wall of Ashdod, and built cities 3 about Ashdod, and among the Philistines. 7 And God helped him against d the Philistines, e and against the Arabimus that dwelt in Gur-baal, and the Mehunims.
8 And the Ammonites gave gifts f to Uab and his name 4 spread abroad even to the entering in of Egypt; for he strengthened himself exceedingly.
13 i. e. the
3 Sixteen years old was Uzziah when he began to reign, and he reigned fifty and two years in Jeru-d salem. His mother's name also was Jecoliah of Jerusalem.
4 And he did that which was right in the sight of the LORD, according to all that his father Amaziah did.
1 or, Azariah.
e ch.21. 16.
9 the power
k 2Ki. 16. 12,
9 Moreover Uzziah built towers 1Ch.6.10. in Jerusalem at the corner-gate, 9 m Nu. 16.40. and at the valley-gate, and at the 18.7. turning of the wall, and 5 fortified n Ex.30.7,8.
10 Also he built towers in the de-o 1C0.5.5. sert, and digged many wells: for p 1Sa.2.30. he had much cattle, both in the 7 ch.25. 16. low country and in the plains; hus- Nu. 12.10. bandmen also, and vine-dressers in the mountains, and in 7 Carmel: for he loved husbandry.
11 Moreover Uzziah had an host
t 2Ki. 15.5.
12 The whole number of the chief of the fathers of the mighty men of valour were two thousand and six hundred.
13 And under their hand was 9 an army, three hundred thousand and seven thousand and five hundred, that made war with mighty power, to help the king against the enemy. 14 And Uzziah prepared for them throughout all the host, shields, and spears, and helmets, and habergeons, and bows, and 10 slings to cast stones.
15 And he made in Jerusalem engines, invented by cunning men, to be on the towers and upon the bulwarks, to shoot arrows and great stones withal: and his name 11 spread far abroad; for he was marvellously helped till he was
16 T Buth when he was strong, his heart was lifted up to his destruction: i for he transgressed against the LORD his God, and went k into the temple of the LORD to burn incense upon the altar of incense.
17 And Azariah the priest went in after him, and with him fourScore priests of the LORD, that were valiant men:
18 And they withstood Uzziah the king, and said unto him. It appertaineth not m unto thee, Uzziah, to burn incense unto the LORD, but to the priests the sons of Aaron, that are consecrated n to burn incense: go out o of the sanctuary; shall it be for thine honour p from for thou hast trespassed; neither
the LORD God.
19 Then Uzziah was wroth, q and had a censer in his hand to burn incense; and while r he was wroth with the priests, the leprosy even rose up in his forehead before the priests in the house of the LORD, from beside the incense-altar. 20 And Azariah the chief priest, and all the priests, looked upon him, and, behold, he was leprous in his forehead, and they thrust him out from thence; yea, himself s hasted also to go out, because the LORD had smitten him.
21 And t Uzziah the king was a leper unto the day of his death, and dwelt in a 12 several house, u being a leper; for he was cut off from the house of the LORD and Jotham his son was over the king's house, judging the people of the land.
22 T Now the rest of the acts of Uzziah, first and last, did Isaiah v the prophet, the son of Amoz, write.
Jotham reigneth well. 2 CHRONICLES, XXVII, XXVIII.
B. C. 741.
23 So w Uzziah slept with his fathers, and they buried him with his fathers in the field of the burial which belonged to the kings; for they said, He is a leper and Jo- (CHAP. 27.) tham his son reigned in his stead. a 2Ki. 15.32, CHAPTER XXVII.
1 Jotham reigneth well. 9 Ahaz suc-1 the tower, ceedeth him. Ne.3.26,27.
a was twenty and five] years old when he began to reign, and he reigned sixteen years in Jerusalem. His mother's name also was Jerushah, the daughter of Zadok.
3 or, estab-
a 2Ki. 16.2,
Ahaz's wicked reign
4 He sacrificed also and burnt in cense in the high places, and on the hills, and under every green tree. 5 Wherefore f the LORD his God delivered him into the hand of the king of Syria; and they smote him, and carried away a great multitude of them captives, and brought them to 2 Damascus. And he was also delivered into the hand of the king of Israel, who smote him with a great slaughter.
2 And he did that which was right in the sight of the LORD, according to all that his father Uzziah did: howbeit he entered not into the temple of the LORD. And the people did yet corruptly.
3 He built the high gate of the house of the LORD, and on the wall of Ophel he built much.
4 Moreover he built cities in the
6 So Jotham became mighty, b be-2 Darmesek. cause he 3 prepared c his ways be- g 2K1.15.27. fore the LORD his God. 3 song of Now the rest of the acts of valour. Jotham, and all his wars, and hish De.31. 16, ways, lo, they are written in the book of the kings of Israel and Judah.
8 He was five and twenty years old when he began to reign, and the second. reigned sixteen years in Jerusalem. 9 And Jotham slept with his fathers, and they buried him in the city of David: and Ahaz his son reigned in his stead.
12 Then certain of the heads of Je.50.17,18. the children of Ephraim, Azariah Eze.25.12. the son of Johanan, Berechiah the son of Meshillemoth, and Jehizkiah the son of Shallum, and Amasa the son of Hadlai stood up against them that came from the war,
6 For Pekah the son of Remaliah slew in Judah an hundred and twenty thousand in one day, which were all 3 valiant men; because h they had forsaken the LORD God of their fathers.
7 And Zichri, a mighty man of Ephraim, slew Maaseiah the king's son, and Azrikam the governor of the house, and Elkanah that was 4 next to the king.
8 And the children of Israel carried away captive of their brethren: two hundred thousand women, sons, and daughters, and took also away much spoil from thein, and brought the spoil to Samaria.
9 But a prophet of the LORD was there, whose name was Oded: and he went out before the host that came to Samaria, and said unto them, Behold, because the LORD God of your fathers was wroth with Judah, he hath delivered them into your hand, and ye k have slain them in a rage that reacheth / up
10 And now ye purpose to keep under the children of Judah and Jerusalem for bondmen m and bond women unto you: but are there not with you, even n with you, sins against the LORD your 11 Now hear me, there deliver o the captives ag ye have taken captive of thren forp the fierce wi LORD is upon you.
Ahaz is afflicted by the Syrians. HAZ a was twenty years old when he began to reign, and he reigned sixteen years in Jerusalem: but he did not that which was right in the sight of the LORD, like David his father:
17. 26.2.3. Ob.10,&c. Zec. 1.15.
13 And said unto them, Ye shall not bring in the captives hither: for whereas we have offended
2 For he walked in the ways of m Le.25.39, against the LORD already, ye intend the kings of Israel, and made also molten b images for Baalim.c
to add more to our sins and our trespass: for our trespass is great, and there is fierce wrath against Israel.
3 Moreover he 1 burnt incense in the valley d of the son of Hinnom, and e burnt his children in the fire, o Is.58.6. after the abominations of the heaJe.34.14. then whom the LORD had cast out P Ja.2.13. before the children of Israel.
14 So the armed men left the captives and the spoil before the princes and all the congregation.
15 And the men which were ex
pressed by name a rose up, and took the captives, and with the spoil clothed all that were naked among them, and arrayed them, and shod them, and gave them to eatr and to drink, and anointed them, and carried all the feeble s of them upon asses, and brought them to Jericho, the city t of palm trees, to their brethren: then they returned to Samaria.
send unto the kings of Assyria to 16 At that time u did king Ahaz help him.
17 For again the Edomites v had come and smitten Judah, and car-x Ps. 106.43. ried 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 z low, because of Ahaz king of Israel; for he made Judah naked, y and transgressed sore against the LORD.
2 CHRONICLES, XXIX. B. C. 741.
Hezekiah's good reign.
27 And Ahaz slept with his fathers, and they buried him in the q ver. 12. city, even in Jerusalem: but they 2Ki.6.22. brought him not into the sepulPr.25.21,22. chres of the kings of Israel: and Lu.8.27,35. Hezekiah his son reigned in his stead.
8 Ro. 15.1.
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
22 And in the time of his distress did he trespass yet more against the LORD: this is that king Aba24
t De.34.3. Ju. 1. 16.
24 And Ahaz gathered 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.
u 2Ki. 16.7.
a captivity. w Eze. 16.27,
y Ex.32.25. Re.3.17,18.
20 And Tilgath-pilneser z king of Assyria came unto him, and dis- (CHAP. 29.) tressed him, but strengthened him a 2Ki. 18.1,
&c. b ch.26.5.
c Ps. 101.3.
z 2Ki. 15.29.
a Je. 10.5.
44.17-28. b Is.1.28.
d Je.11.13. offer.
d ver. 7. e ch.35.6.
f Eze.S.3,9, &c. g Ne.9.16.
2 the sacrificed unto the gods of mascus, which smote him: Baid, Because the gods of themes of Syria help them, there-i fore will I sacrifice to them, that they may help a me. But they were the ruin 6 of him, and of all Is-k ch.24.18.
1 given the
n ch. 15.12.
25 And in every d several city of Judah he made high places to 7 burn incense unto other gods, and 3 or,deceived. provoked to anger the LORD God o Nu.3.6,7. of his fathers.
26 Now the rest of his acts, and 4 or, offer saof all his ways, first and last, be- crifice. hold, they are written in the book p Nu.4.2,&c. of the kings of Judah and Israel.
1 Hezekiah's good reign; 3 He restoreth religion.
HEZEKIAH a began to reign
when he was five and twenty years old, and he reigned nine and twenty years in Jerusalem. And his mother's name was Abijah, the daughter of Zechariah.b
2 And he did that which was right in the sight of the LORD, 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,
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, as ye see with your 2 eyes.
9 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, and 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 of the sons
Cleansing of the temple.
2 CHRONICLES, XXIX. of Merari; Kish the son of Abdi, B. C. 726. 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 cleanser 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 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 it, to carry it out abroad into the brook Kidron.
5 or, in the business.
23 And they brought 6 forth the he-goats for the sin-offering before the king and the congregation; and they laid their hands upon them:
1Ch. 16.4. 23.5.
17 Now they began on the first day of the first month to sanctify, and
and on the eighth day of the month y 2Sa.24.11. came they to the porch t of the z ch.30.12. 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.
7 by the hand of. a 1Ch.23.5.
Ps.87.7. 150.3-5. Is.38.20.
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 the vessels thereof, and the show-bread table, with all the vessels thereof.
19 Moreover all 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.
s In the time.
c ch.23.18. Ps. 137.3,4.
20 Then Hezekiah the king rose early, and gathered the rulers of the 10 song. city, and went up to the house of 11 found. the LORD. 21 And they brought seven bul- d ch.20.18. locks, and seven rams, and seven Ps.72.11. ambs, 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.
e Ps. 100.2.
12 or, filled your hand,
22 So they killed the bullocks, and the priests received the blood, and g Le.7.12. sprinkled w it on the altar: likewise, when they had killed the rams, they sprinkled the blood upon the altar: they killed also the lambs, h ch.35.11. and they sprinkled the blood upon the altar.
k Ps.26.6. 94.15.
Hezekiah's solemn sacrifices.
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-offering began, the c song of the LORD began also with the trumpets, and with the instruments ordained by David king of Israel.
28 And all the congregation wor
shipped, and the 10 singers sang, and the trumpeters sounded: and all this continued until the burnt-offering was finished.
29 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 worshipped.
31 Then Hezekiah answered and said, Now ye have 12 consecrated yourselves unto the LORD, come near and bring sacrifices and tirankofferings g into the house of the LORD. And the congregation brought in sacrifices and the-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.
2 CHRONICLES, XXX. 35 And also the burnt-offerings B. C. 726. were in abundance, with the fat of the peace-offerings, and the drink-1 Le.3. 16. offerings m for every burnt-offering. mNu. 15.5-10. So the service of the house of the n Ezr.6.22. LORD was set in order.
36 And n Hezekiah rejoiced, and all the people, that God had prepared o the people: for the thing was done suddenly.
Hezekiah proclaimeth a solemn pass
o Ps. 10.17.
1 was right
Hezekiah sent to all Israel
and Judah, and wrote letters also to Ephraim and Manasseh,that d they should come to the house of the LORD at Jerusalem, to keep the passover unto the LORD God of Israel.
1 Cor. 11.2.
2 For the king had taken counsel, 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, because the priests had
not c sanctified themselves sufficiently, neither had the people gathered themselves together to Jerusalem.
Eze.20.13, He.3.7-11. h ch.29.8.
4 And the thing 1 pleased the king and all the congregation.
5 So they established a decree, to
m Ps. 106.46.
i De. 10. 16.
6 So the posts went with the let-
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. t Ps. 84.7. 8 Now 3 be ye not stiff-necked, iu ch.28.24. as your fathers were, but 4 yield v ch.29.34. yourselves unto the LORD, and en-s standing. ter into his sanctuary, which he w ver. 11. hath sanctified for ever and server Nu.9.10,&c. the LORD your God, that the fierceness of his wrath may turn away y ch.19.3. from you. 9 For if ye turn again unto the found. LORD, your brethren and your child-instruren shall find compassion before them m that lead them captive, so that they shall come again into this!
z Ja.5. 15.
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.
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 Manasseh, Issachar and Zebulun, had not cleansed x themselves, yet did they eat the passover otherwise than it was written. But Hezekiah prayed for them, saying, The good LORD 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 great gladness: and the Levites and the priests praised the LORD day by day, singing with 7 loud instruments unto the LORD.