Page images
PDF
[ocr errors][merged small][merged small][merged small]

smitten Judah, and carried away captives.

18 The Philistines 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 Low D brought Judah low because of Ahaz king of Israel: for he made Judah naked, and transgressed sore against the Lof D. 20 And Tilgath-pilneser king of Assyria came unto him, and distressed him, but strengthened him not. 21 For Ahaz took away a portion out of the house of the Lon D, and out of the house of the king, and of the princes, and #. it unto the king of Assyria: but he elped him not. 22 T And in the time of his distress did he trespass yet more against the Lord: this is that king Ahaz. 23 For he sacrificed unto the gods of Damascus, which smote him : and he said, Because the gods of the kings of Syria help them, therefore will I sacrifice to them, that they may help me. But they were the ruin of him, and of all Israel. 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 the doors of the house of the LoRD, and he made him altars in every corner of Jerusalem. 25 And in every several city of Judah he made high places to burn incense un

[ocr errors]

LoRD God of his foothers. 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. –27 AndAbaz siept with his fathers, and

CHAP.

[merged small][merged small][ocr errors]

Hezekiah his son reigned in his stead.

CHAP, XXIX. 1 Hezekiah’s good reign. 3. He restoreth religion, 12 The house of God cleansed, Ho! 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. 2 And he did that which was right in the sight of the Lon D, according to all that David his father had done. 3 || He, in the first year of his o: in the first month, opened 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 now yourselves, and $94 House of God cleansed. II. CHRONICLES.

sanctify the house of the LoRD God of your fathers, and carry forth the filthiness out of the holy fiace. 6 l'or our fathers have trespassed, and done that which was evil in the eyes of the Lok D our God, and have forsaken him, and have turned away their faces from the habitation of the LoRD, and turned their backs. 7 Also they have shut up the doors of the porch, and put out the lamps, and have not burned incense nor offered burnt-offerings in the holy filace unto the God of Israel. 8 Wherefore the wrath of the Lord. was upon Judah and Jerusalem, and he

hath delivered them to trouble, to aston

ishment, and to hissing, as ye see with your cy ce. 9 For lo, our fathers have fallen 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 with the Lord God of Israel, that his fierce wrath may turn away from us. 11 My sons, be not now negligent; for the Lost D hath chosen you to stand be: fore him, to serve him, and that ye should minister unto him, and burn incense. 12 || Then the Levites arose, Mahath the son of Amasai, and Joel the son of Azariah, of the sons of the Kohathites: and of the sons 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 ; Zachariah, and Mattaniah: 14 And of the sons of Heman; Jehiel,

[ocr errors][merged small]

and sanctified themselves, and came, ac

Hezekiah's sacrifice. 27 And Hezekiah commanded to offer

cording to the commandment of the king, the burnt-offering upon the altar. And

by the words of the LoRD, to cleanse the house of the LoRD. 16 And the priests went into the inner rt of the house of the Lord, to cleanse it, and brought out all the uncleanness that they found in the temple of the Lord into the court of the house of the Lor D. 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 on the eighth day of the month came they to the porch of the LoR D : 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 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 shew-bread table, with all the vessels thereof. 19 Moreover all the vessels, which king Ahaz in his reign did cast away in his transgression, have we prepared and sanctified, and behold, they are before the altar of the LORD. 20 of Then Hezekiah the * 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 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 riests received the blood, and sprinkled t on the altar: likewise, when they had killed the rams, they sprinkled the blood upon the altar: Kimbs, and they sprinkled the blood upon the altar. 23. And they broughtforth the he-goats for the sin-offering before the king and the congregation; and they laid their hands upon them : 24 And the priests killed them, and they made reconciliation with their blood u 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 Lond with cymbals, with psalteries, and with harps, according to the commandment of David, and of Gad the

king's seer, and Nathan the prophet: for so was the commandment .# the Lok D by his prophets.

26 And the Levites stood with the in

they killed also the

when the burnt-offering began, the song of the Lord began also with the trumets, and with the instruments ordained y David king of Israel. 28 And all the congregation worshipped, and the 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 present with him bowed themselves, and worshippol. 30 Moreover, Hezekiah the king and the princes commanded the Levites to sing praise unto the Lok D with the words of David, and of Asaph the seer. And they sang praises with gladness, and they bowed their heads and worshipped. 31 Then Hezekiah answered and said, Now ye have consecrated yourselves unto the Low D, come near and bring sacrifices and thank-offerings into the house of the Lord. And the con tion brought in sacrifices and thank-offerings; and, as many as were of a free heart, burnt-offerings. 32 And the number of the burnt-offerings, 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 P. were too few, so that they could not slay all the burnt-offerings: wherefore their brethren the Levites did help them, till the work was ended, and until the other priests had sanctified themselves: for the Levites overe more upright in heart to sanctify themselves than the priests. 35 And also the burnt-offerings were in abundance, with the fat of the peaceofferings, and the drink-offerings for every

burnt-offering. So the service of the house

people, that God had prepared the pcoCHAP. XXX.

1 Hex

ND Hezekiah sent to all Israel and

come to the house of the Lon p at Jerusa. , 2 For the king had taken coensel, and second month.

[blocks in formation]

of the Lok D was set in order. 36 And Hezekiah rejoiced, and all the ple: for the thing was dang suddenly. | ekiah froclaimeth a fiassover. 137he assembly destroy the altars of idolatry. Judah, and wrote letters also to iophraim and Manasseh, that they should lem, to keep the passover unto the Loan God of Israel. his princes, and all the congregation in jerusalem, to keep the passover in the 3 For they could not keep it at that time. because the priests hau not saiactio

[ocr errors]
[ocr errors]

fied themselves sufficiently, neither had the people gathered themselves together to Jerusalem. 4 And the thing pleased the king and all the congregation. 5 So they established a decree to make lamation o all Israel, from r-sheba even to Dan, 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. 6 So the posts went with the letters 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 again unto the LoRD God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, and he will return to the remnant of you that are escaped out of the hand of the kings of Assyria. 7 And be not ye like your fathers, and like your brethren, which trespassed against the Lord God of their fathers, who therefore gave them up to desolation, as ye see. 8 Now beyenot stiff-necked, as your fathers overe, but yield yourselves unto the LoRD, and enter into his sanctuary, which he hath sanctified for ever: and serve the LoRD your God, that the fierceness of his wrath may turn away from you. 9 For if ye turn again unto the Lord, your brethren and your children shall Jind compassion before them that lead them captive, so that they shall come a8. into this land: for the Lord your God is gracious and merciful, and will not turn away his face from you, if ye return§§ him. d f 10 So the posts passed from city to city through the J. of Ephraim § Manasseh even unto Zebulun : but they laughed them to scorn, and mocked them. 11 Nevertheless, divers of Asher and Manasseh and of Zebulun humbled themselves, and came to Jerusalem. 12 Also in Judah the hand of God was to give them one heart to do the commandment of the king and of the princes, by the word of the Lón D. 13 of And there assembled at 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 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 and the Levites were ashamed, and sanctified themselves, and brought in the burnt-offerings into the house of the Lorp. 16 And they stood in their place after

It is solemnly kept. 395 their manner, according to the law of Moses the man of God : the priests sprinkled the blood, which they received of the hand of the Levites. 17 For there were many in the congregation that were not sanctified : thereore the Levites had the charge of the killing of the passovers for every one that was not clean, to sanctify them unto the Lon D. 18 For a multitude of the people, even many of Ephraim, and Manasseh, Issachar, and Zebulun, had not cleansed 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 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 to Hezékiah, and healed the people. 21 And the children of Isracl that were resent at Jerusalem kept the feast of uneavened bread seven days with great gladness; and the Levites and the priests praised the LoRD day by day, singing with loud instruments unto the Lord. 22 And Hezekiah, spake comfortably into all the Levites that taught the knowledge of the Lord : and they did eat throughout the feast seven days, of fering peace-offerings, and making confession to the Lor D 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 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. 25 And all the o tion 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 Sothere 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 M Then the priests the Levites arost and blessed the people: and their voice was heard, and their prayer came us to his holy dwelling-place, even unto heaven, CHAP. XXXI. 1 The feofile forward in destroying idolatry. 11 liezekiah affiointeth officers to disfiose of the tithrs. 20 His o's No. when all this was finished, | Israel that overe present went out to the cities of Judah, and brake the ima596 Idolatry destroyed.

II. CHRONICLES.

Hezekiah's sincerity.

t ges in pieces, and cut down the groves, der the hand of Conaniah and Shimei his

and threw down the high places and the altars out of all Judah and Benjamin, in Ephraim also and Manasseh, until they had utterly destroyed them all. Then all the children of Israel returned every man. to his possession into their own cities.

2 of M. Hezekiah |. the courses of the priests and the Levites after their

courses, every man according to his ser- ||

vice, the priests and Levites for burntofferings and for peace-offerings, to minister, and to give thanks, and to praise in the gates of the tents of the Lord. 5 He appointed also the king's portion

of his substance for the burnt-offerings,

to suit, for the morning and evening burnt-offerings, and the burnt-offerings for the sabbaths, and for the new-moons, and for the set feasts, as it is written in the law of the Lord.

4 Moreover, he commanded the peo- |

ple that dwelt in Jerusalem to give the portion of the priests and the Levites, that they might be encouraged in the law of the 1,0R D. 5 *s And as soon as the commandment came abroad, the children of Israel brought in abundance the first-fruits of corn, wine, and oil, and 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 of holy things which were consecrated unto the Lord their God, and laid them by heaps. 7 In the third month they began to lay the foundation of the heaps, and finished them in the seventh month. 8 And when Hezekiah and the princes came and saw the heaps, they blessed the Lorn, and his people Israel. 9 Then Hezekiah questioned with the ricsts and the Levites concerning the eaps. 10 And Azariah the chief priest of the house of Zadok answered him, and said, Since the fieofile began to bring the offerings into the house of the Lord, we have had enough to eat, and have left plenty: for the Lord hath blessed his people; and that which is left is this great store. 11 * Then Hezekiah cominanded to repare chambers in the house of the or D : and they prepared them, 2. And brought in the offerings, and | tities, and the dedicated things faithully : ovus ruler, and Shimei his brother was the next. 13 And Jehiel, and Azaziah, and Nahath, and Asothol, and Jerimoth, and Jozobad, and Eliel, and Ismachiah, and Mallath, and Benaiah, were overseers un

over which Conaniah the Levite

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 freewill-offerings of God, to distribute the oblations of the LoRD, and the most holy things. 15 And next him were Eden, and Miniamin, and Jeshua, and Shemaiah, Amariah, and Shecaniah, in the cities of the |. in their set office, to give to their brethren by courses, as well to the great | as to the small: 16 Beside then genealogy of males, from three years old and upward, even unto every one that entereth into the house of the Lord, his daily portion for their service in their charges according to their courses; 17 Both to the genealogy of the priests by the house of their fathers, and the Leyites from 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 set office they sanctified themselves in holiness: 19 Also of the sons of Aaron the priests, quhich were in the fields of the suburbs of their cities, in every several city, the men that were expressed by name, 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 through: out all Judah, and wrought that which was good and right and truth before the LoR D his God. 21 And in every work that he began in the service of the house of God, and in the law, and in the commandments, to seek his God, he did it with all his heart, and prospered. CHAP. XXXII. 1 Sennacheriö invadeth Judah. 21.4namget destroyeth the Assyrians. 24 Ho: zekiah's sickness, and recovery. .32 He diving, . Manasseh succeedeth him. FTER these things, and the estab: lishment thereof, Sennacheri) king of Assyria came, and entered into Judah, and encamped against the fenced cities and thought to win them for himself. 2 And when Hezekiah saw that Seir nacherib was come, and that he was pur| posed to fight against Jerusalem, 3 He took counsel with his princes and his mighty men to stop the waters of ho fountains which overe without the city: and they did help him. t 4 Sothere was gathered much people together, who stopped all the fountail. "and the brook that ran through the mo

Sennacherib's blashhemy. CHAP.

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 that was broken, and raised it up to the towers, and another wall without, and repaired Millo in the city of David, and made darts and shields in abundance. 6 And he set captains of war over the o and gathered them together to lim in the street of the gate of the city, and spake comfortably to them, saying, 7 Be strong and courageous, be not afraid nor dismayed for the king of Assyria, nor for all the multitude, that is with him : for there be more with us than with him : 8 With him is an arm of flesh ; but with us is the Lord our God to help us, and to fight our battles. And the people rested themselves upon the 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 power with him,) unto Hezekiah king of Judah, and unto all Judah that overe at Jerusalem, saying, 10 Thus saith Sennacherib king of Assyria, Whereon do ye trust, that ye abide in the siege in Jerusalem * 11 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 2 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 nine hand, that your God should be able to deliver you oot of mine hand 2 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 louch less shall your God deliver you out of mine hand 2 . * 16 And his servants spake yet more against the Lor D God, and against his servant Hezekiah. 17 He wrote also letters to rail on the LoRD God of Israel, and to speak against

xxx II. His son slayeth him. 397

people oot of mine hand, so shall not the God of Hezekiah deliver his people out - of mino hand. 18 Then they cried with a loud voice in the Jews speech unto the people of Jerusalem that were on the wall, to astright them, and to trouble them; that they might take the city. 19 And they spake against the God of Jerusalem, as against the gods of the people of the earth, which were the work of the hounds of man. 20 And for this cott so Hezekiah the king, and the prophet Isaiah the son of Amoz, prayed and cried to heaven. 21, " And 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 slew him there with the sword. 22 Thus the I.ORD saved Hezekiah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem from the hand of Sennacherib the king of Assyria, and from the hand of all other, and guided them on every side. 23 Aud many brought gifts unto the LoRD to Jerusalem, and presents to Hezekiah king of Judah: so that he was magnified in the sight of all nations from thenceforth. 24 || In those days Hezekiah was sick to

the death, and prayed unto theilor D: and

he spake unto him,and he gave him a sign. 25 But Hezekiah rendered not again according to the benefit done unto him ; for his o was lified up : therefore there was wrath upon him, and upon udah and Jerusalem. 26 Notwithstanding, Hezekiah humbled himself for the pride of his heart, both he and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, so that the wrath of the LoRD came not upon them in the days of Hezekiah. 27 And Hezekiah had exceeding much riches and honour: and he made É. treasuries for silver, and for gold, and for precious stones, and for spices, and for shields, and for all manner of pleasant jewels: 28 Store-houses also for the increase of corn, and wine, and oil; and stalls for all manner of beasts, and cotes for flocks. 29 Moreover, he provided him cities, and possessions of flocks and herds in abundance: for God had given him substance very much. 30 This same Hezekiah also stopped the upper water-course of Gihon, and irought it straight down to the west side of the city of David. And Hezekial

im, saying, As the gods of the nations of other laids have iot delivered their

prospered in all his works. 31 liowbeit, in the business of theam

« PreviousContinue »