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22 And Hezekiah spake 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.
2 CHRONICLES, XXXI.
23 And the whole assembly took counsel to keep other seven days: and they kept other seven days with gladness.
8 to the heart
of all, Is.40.2.
b Ezr. 10.11.
9 lifted up,
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: and a great number of priests sanctified themselves.
a 2Ki. 18.4.
25 And all the congregation of Judah, with the priests and the Le- b ch.30.14. vites, and all the congregation that came out of Israel, and the strangers 3 to make an
The people forward in destroying idolatry.
all this was
brake forth. h Ex.22.29.
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 al5 or, dates. tars b out of all Judah and Benja-i Le.27.30. min, in Ephraim also and Manas-| seh, until 3 they had utterly de- 6 heaps, stroyed them all. Then all the heaps. children of Israel returned, every k Le.23.16, man to his possession, into their own cities.
Mal.3.10. or, store
2 T 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 burnt8 at. offerings, to wit, for the morning o Ne. 13. 13. and evening burnt-offerings, and 9 at his 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 LORD.
n 2Ki. 12. 15.
4 Moreover he commanded the people that dwelt in Jerusalem to
that came out of the land of Israel,
25 So there was great joy in Jeru-
10 And Azariah the chief priest of the house of Zadok answered him, and said, Since the people began to bring the offerings into the house of the LORD, we have had enough
prayer came up to 10 his holy dwell-f Nu. 18.8,&c. to eat, and have left m plenty: for ing-place, even unto heaven.
the LORD hath blessed his people:
in destroying idolatry. give the ƒ portion of the priests and the Levites, that they might be encouraged g in the law of the LORD. 5 And as soon as the commandment 4 came abroad, the children of Israel brought in abundance the first-fruits h of corn, wine, and oil, and 5 honey, and of all the increase of the field; and the tithe of all things brought they in abundantly. 6 And concerning the children of Israel and Judah, that dwelt in the cities of Judah, they also brought in the tithe of oxen and sheep, and the tithe i of holy things which were consecrated unto the LORD their God, and laid them 6 by heaps. 7 In the third k month they began to lay the foundation of the heaps, and finished them in the seventh month.
10 or, trust,
8 And when Hezekiah and the princes came and saw the heaps, they blessed the LORD, and his people Israel.
9 Then Hezekiah questioned with the priests and the Levites concerning the heaps.
11 Then Hezekiah commanded to prepare 7 chambers in the house of the LORD; and they prepared them,
12 And brought in the offerings and the tithes, and the dedicated things n faithfully: over which Cononiah the Levite was ruler, and Shimei his brother was the next
13 And Jehiel, and Azazi, and Nahath, and Asahel, and moth. and Jozabad, and Eliel, and Ismachiah, and Mahath, and Bensinh, were overseers 8 under the hand of Cononiah and Shimei his brother, at the commandment of Hezekiah the king, and Azariah the ruler of the house of God.
14 And Kore the son of Imnah the Levite, the porter toward the east, was over the free-will offerings of the LORD, and the most holy things God, to o distribute the oblations of
15 And next him were Eden, and Miniamin, and Jeshua, and Shemaiah, Amariah, and Shechanish, in the cities p of the priests, in ther 10 set office, to give to their tre thren by courses, as well to the great as to the small:
16 Beside their genealogy of males from three years old and upward,
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
17 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
2 CHRONICLES, XXXII. Sennacherib's blasphemy. B. C. 726. gate of the city, and spake 5 comfortably to them, saying,
7 Bee strong and courageous, be f not afraid nor dismayed for the king of Assyria, nor for all the multitude that is with him; for there g be inore with us than with him:
s ver. 12-15.
18 And to the genealogy of all their t 2Ki.20.3. 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:
Jno. 1.47. A c.21.16. 1Th.2.10. 3Jno.5.
CHAPTER XXXII Sennacherib invading Judah, Hezekiah fortifieth himself.
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 he was purposed to fight against Jerusalem,
11 or, trust.
r Le.25.34. Nu.35.2.
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 began in the service of the house of God, and in the law, u and in the commandments, to seek his God, he did it with all his heart, and prospered.v
6 And he set captains of war over The people, and gathered them together to him in the street of the
u Ps. 1.2,3.
v ch.26.5. Jos. 1.7,8. Mat.6.33. 7.24.27.
(CHAP. 32.) a 2Ki.18.13,
Is.36.1,&c. break them
his face was
d 28.5.9. IKI.9.24.
or, swords, or, weapons.
5 to their heart. ch.30.22.
3 He took counsel with his princes fch.20.15. and his mighty men to stop the g 2Ki.6.16. waters b of the fountains which were without the city: and they h Je.17.5. and help him. i ch.13.12. Ro.S.31. 1Jno.4.4.
4 So there was gathered much people together, who stopped all the fountains, and the brook that
ran through the midst of the land, saying, Why should the kings of k Pr. 12.25. 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.
Z Is. 10.14. Da.5. 19. m Da.3.15.
n 2Ki. 19.9.
dominion. 8 or, strong
8 With him is an h arm of flesh; but with us i is the LORD 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 laul 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 that ye abide in the 8 siege in Jeof Assyria, Whereon do ye trust,
11 Doth not Hezekiah persuade you to give over yourselves to die The LORD our God shall deliver us by famine and by thirst, saying, out of the hand of the king of Assyria?
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 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?
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 able to deliver you out of mine hand?
15 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?
16 And his servants spake yet more against the LORD God, 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 gods of the nations of other lands have 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
Assyrian host destroyed. 2 CHRONICLES, XXXIII. Manasseh's wicked reign.
B. C. 710.
voice, in the Jews' speech unto the people of Jerusalem that were on the wall, to affright o them, and to trouble them; that they might take the city.
19 And p they spake against the God of Jerusalem as against the gods of the people of the earth, which were the work of the hands of man.
21 Ands the LORD sent an angel, which cut off all the mighty men of valour, and the leaders and captains, in the camp of the king of Assyria. So he returned with shame of face to his own land, And when he was come into the house of his god, they that came forth of his own bowels 9 slew him there with the sword.
Gihon, and brought it straight down
31 T Howbeit in the business of the 14 ambassadors of the princes of Babylon, who sent f unto him to Is.37.1,&c. inquire of the wonder that was done in the land; God left him to tryg him, that he might know all that was in his heart.
20 And 9 for this cause Hezekiah the king, and the prophet Isaiah the son of Amoz, prayed r and cried
22 Thus u the LORD saved Hezekiah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem from the hand of Sennacherib the king of Assyria, and from the hand of all other, and v guided them on every side.
23 And many brought gifts unto the LORD to Jerusalem, and 10 presents to Hezekiah king of Judah: so that he was magnified in the sight of all nations from thenceforth.
r Ps.50. 15.
9 made him
v Ps.48. 14.
71.20,21. 10 precious things. w2Ki.20.1,
&c. Is.38. 1,&c.
21 T In w those days Hezekiah was sick to the death, and prayed unto the LORD and he spake unto him, and he 11 gave him a sign.
25 But Hezekiah rendered a not
27 And c Hezekiah had exceeding much riches and honour and he made himself treasuries for sil-16 or, highest. ver, and for gold, and for preciousk Pr. 10.7. stones, and for spices, and for (CHAP. 33.) shields, and for all manner of a 2Kİ.21.1. 13 pleasant jewels; b ch.28.3.
28 Storehouses also for the in-1 returned crease of corn, and wine, and oil; and built. c ch.30. 14. and stalls for all manner of beasts, 31.1; 32.12. and cotes for flocks. d De. 16.21.
e De. 17.3.
29 Moreover he provided him cities, and possessions of flocks d and herds in abundance: for God had given him substance very much.g 30 This same Hezekiah also stopped the upper water-course e of
32 Now the rest of the acts of Hezekiah, and his 15 goodness, behold, they are written in the vision of Isaiah h the prophet, the son of Amoz, and in the book of the kings i of Judah and Israel.
33 And Hezekiah slept with his fathers, and they buried him in the 16 chiefest of the sepulchres of the sons of David and all Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem did him honour k at his death. And Manasseh his son reigned in his stead.
Josiah's good reign.
2 CHRONICLES, XXXIV. land which I have appointed for B. C. 610. own house: and Amon his son your fathers: so that they will take reigned in his stead. heed to do all that I have com- 2 which were manded them, according to the the king's. whole law and the statutes and the ordinances by the hand of Moses. 9 So Manasseh made Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem to err, and to do worse than the heathen, whom the LORD had destroyed before the children of Israel.
21 Amon t was two and twenty years old when he began to reign, and reigned two years in Jerusalem. 22 But he did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD, as did Manasseh his father: for Amon sacrificed unto all the carved u images which Manasseh his father had made, and served them;
23 And humbled not himself before the LORD, as Manasseh his father had humbled himself; but Amon 6 trespassed more v and more.
24 And his servants conspired against him, and slew him in his own house.
25 But the people of the land slew w all them that had conspired against king Amon; and the people of the land made Josiah his son king in his stead.
10 And the LORD spake to Manasseh, and to his people: but they would not hearken.
11 ¶ Wherefore the LORD brought upon them the captains of the host 2 of the king of Assyria, which took Manasseh among the thorns, h and bound i him with 3 fetters, and carried him to Babylon.
12 And when he was in affliction, he besought the LORD his God, and k humbled himself greatly before the God of his fathers. 13 And prayed unto him: and he was entreated of him, and heard his supplication, and brought him again to Jerusalem into his kingdom. Then m Manasseh knew that the LORD he was God.
15 And he took away the strange n gods, and the idol out of the house of the LORD, and all the altars that he had built in the mount of the house of the LORD, and in Jerusalem, and cast them out of the city. 16 And he repaired the altar of the LORD, and sacrificed thereon peaceofferings, and thank-offerings, o and commanded Judah to serve the LORD God of Israel.
3 or, chains.
17 Nevertheless, p the people did sacrifice still in the high places, yet unto the LORD their God only. 18 Now the rest of the acts of Manasseh, and his prayer unto his God, and the words of the seers that spake to him in the name of the LORD God of Israel, behold, they are written in the book of the kings of Israel.
Ezr. 8.23. m Ps.9.16. Da.4.34,35.
P 2Ki. 15.4.
14 Now after this he built a wall 5 or, Hosai. without the city of David, on the west side of Gihon, in the valley, even to the entering in at the fish-t 2Ki.21.19, gate, and compassed about 4 Ophel, and put captains of war in all the and raised it up a very great height, u Is.44. 13,&c.
fenced cities of Judah.
$ Ps. 119.67,
19 His prayer also, and how God
4 to make
face of the
g IKi. 13.2.
2 And he did that which was right in the sight of the LORD, and walked in the ways of David his father, and declined neither b to the right hand, nor to the left.
began to seek after the God of Da-
vid his father: and in the twelfth
A book of the law found.
2 CHRONICLES XXXIV. seiah the governor of the city, and B. C. 624. Joah the son of Joahaz the recorder, to repair the house of the LORD his i 2Ki. 12.4. God. 5 or, rafter. 9 And when they came to Hilkiah k ch.31.12. the high priest, they delivered i the Ne.7.2. money that was brought into the ICo.4.2. house of God, which the Levites 7 ch.2.18. that kept the doors had gathered of Ne.4.10. the hand of Manasseh and Ephraim, m 1Ch.23.4, and of all the remnant of Israel, and of all Judah and Benjamin; n De. 17. 18, and they returned to Jerusalem.
19. Jos. 1.8.
10 And they put it in the hand of the workmen that had the oversight of the house of the LORD, and they gave it to the workmen that wrought in the house of the LORD, to repair and amend the house:
11 Even to the artificers and builders gave they it, to buy hewn stone, and timber for couplings, and to 5 floor the houses which the kings of Judah had destroyed.
12 And the men did the work k faithfully and the overseers of them were Jahath and Obadiah, the Levites, of the sons of Merari; and Zechariah and Meshullam, of the sons of the Kohathites, to set it forward; and other of the Levites, all that could skill of instruments of
18 Then Shaphan the scribe told the king, saying, Hilkiah the priest hath given me a book. And Shaphan read 9 it before the king.
19 And it came to pass, when the king had heard p the words of the law, that he rent his clothes.
20 And the king commanded Hil-| kiah, and Ahikam the son of Sha-l
9 in it.
The elders assembled.
phan, and 10 Abdon the son of Micah, and Shaphan the scribe, and Asaiah a servant of the king's, saying,
21 Go, inquire q of the LORD for me, and for them that are left r in Israel and in Judah, concerning the words of the book that is found: for great s is the wrath of the LORD that is poured out upon us, because our fathers have not kept the word of the LORD, to do after all that is written in this book.
w Ja.4.6, 10.
22 And Hilkiah, and they that the king had appointed, went to Huldah the prophetess, the wife of Shallum the son of Tikvath, the son of 11 Hasrah, keeper of the 12 wardrobe; (now she dwelt in Jerusalem in the 13 college :) and they spake to her to that effect.
23 T And she answered them, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, Tell ye the man that sent you to me, 24 Thus saith the LORD, Behold, It will bring evil upon this place, and upon the inhabitants thereof, even all the curses that are written in the book which they have read before the king of Judah:
10 or, Achbor, 2K1.22.12. q Je.21.2.
Eze. 14. 1,
25 Because they have forsaken me, and have burned incense unto other gods, that they might provoke me to anger with all the works of their hands; therefore my wrath 29.18-28. shall be poured out u upon this 30. 17-19. place, and shall not be quenched. 31,16-22. 26 And as for the king of Judah, 32.15-25. who sent you to inquire of the LORD, so shall ye say unto him, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, concerning the words which thou hast heard;
13 Also they were over the bearers 7 of burdens, and were overseers of all that wrought the work in any manner of service: and m of the Levites there were scribes, and officers, and porters.
14 T And when they brought out the money that was brought into the house of the LORD, Hilkiah the priest found a book n of the law of the LORD given 6 by Moses.
15 And Hilkiah answered and said to Shaphan the scribe, I have found the book of the law in the house! of the LORD. And Hilkiah deliver-t ed the book to Shaphan.
2.8-12. 11 or, Harhas, 2Ki.22.14. 12 garments. 13 or, school, or, second part. Je.6.19. 19.3,15. 35.17.
27 Because thine heart was v tender, and thou didst humble to thyself before God, when thou heardest his words against this place, and against the inhabitants thereof, and humbledst thyself before me, and didst rend thy clothes, and weep before me; I have even heard theez also, saith the LORD.
16 And Shaphan carried o the book
17 And they have 8 gathered to-v
28 Behold, I will gather thee to thy fathers, and thou shalt be gatherch.33.12,13. ed to thy grave in peace, neithery Ps.34.18. shall thine eyes see all the evil that 51.17. I will bring upon this place, and Is.57.15. upon the inhabitants of the same. 66.2. So they brought the king word Eze.9.4. again.
29 Then z the king sent and gathered together all the elders of Judah and Jerusalem.
30 And the king went up into the house of the LORD, and all the men of Judah, and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and the priests, and the Levites, and all the people, 14 great and small: and he read in their