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Provision J or arose and blessed the people: and then voice was heard, and tbeirprayercame up to his holy dwelling place, ecct, onto heaven.
NOW when all this was finished all Israel that were present wen! out to the cities of Judah, and brake the images in pieces, and cut down the groves, and threw down the high places and the altars out of all Judah and Benjamin, in Ephraim also and Mauasseh, until they had utterly destroyed them all. Then all the children of Israel returned, every man to his possession, into their own cities.
2 7T And Hezekiah appointed 'he courses of the priests and the Levites after their courses, every man according to his service, the priests and Levites for burn 1-olVerings, and for peaeeollerings, to minister, and to give thanks, and to praise in the gates of the tents of the hoiiu.
3 He appointed also the king's portion of his substance for the buntt-offemig-s t:>
lugs and ill
s for the sabbaths,;
it is written in the law of th
4 Moreover he comrnaadei pie that dwelt in Jerusalem to give the portion of the priests and the Levites, that they might be encouraged in the law of the Lord.
5 TT And as soon as the commandment came abroad, the children of Israel brought in abundance the firstfruits of corn, wine and oil,and houev. 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 (he lithe of oxen and sheep, and the tithe cf 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 m the seventh moutn.
S And when Hezokiah and the princes came and saw the heaps, they blessed the Loud, and his people Israel.
9 Then Hezekiah questioned with the priests and the Levites concerning the
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10 And Azariah the chief priest of the house of Z.'uiok answered him, and said, Since the.people began to bring the offerings into the house of the Lord, we have had enough to eat, and have left plenty: (or the Lord hath blessed his people; and that which is Jell is Hi is great store.
11 TT Then Hezekiah commanded (a prepare chambers in the house of the Lord; and they prepared them,
12 And brought in the ollerings and the tithes and the dedicated things faithfully: over which Couoniah the Levite lvas ruler, and Shiinei his brother wis the next.
13 And Jehiel.aud A/.znziah, and Na hath, and Asahel, and Jerunoth, and Joznbad, and Eliel, and lshmacliiah, and ftlalialh, and Benaiah, were over seers under the baud of Couoniah and Shimei hi* brother, at the command meat of Hezekiah the king, and Azariah the ruler of the house of God.
1-1 And Kore the sou of Imnah the Leviie, the porter toward the east, was over the free-will-offerings of God, to distribute the oblations of tiie Lord, and the most holv things.
15 And next him wre Eden, and Miuiumiu, and Jeshua, and Sheuiaiah, Aiirniah, and Shecaniah, in the cities of the priests, in their set olIice,to give to their brethren by c
17 BoT.li to the genealogy of Ihepriest*by I he house of their lathers, and the. Levites from twenty years old and up ward,in their charges by their courses IS And to the genealogy of all their little ones, their wives, and their sous and their daughters, through all tl.r.
ation: for in their set office they sanctified themselves in holinesss
19 Also the sons of Aaron, the priests, which were in the fields of the suburbs of their cities, in every several city, the men that were expressed by
, to give portions to all the males among the priests, and to all that koncd by genealogies union;; the Levites.
20 1T And thus did Hezekiah through
was good and right and"truth before the Lord His God. 21 And in every work that lie began in the service of the house of G od, in the law, and in the co-ninandme 10 seek bis God, he did it with all his heart, and prospered.
AFTER these things and the establishment thereof.Sennacherib kin^ of Assyria came, and entered into Judah, and encamped against the fenced cities, and thought to win them lot himseif.
2 And when Hezekiah saw that Sennacherib was come, and that he was purposed to light against Jerusalem,
3 He took counsel with his princes and his mighty men to stop the waters of the fountains which were without the city: and they did help him.
-1 So there was gathered much people together, who stopped all the fountains, ami the brook that ran through the midst of the land, saying, Why 6hould the kings of Assyria come, and iind 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 ftlillo in the city of David, and made darts J and shields in abundance.
(5 And he set captains of war over the people, and gathered them together to him in the street of the gate of the city, and spake comfortably to them, saying,
7 Ee strong and courageous, be not afraid nor dismayed for the kiDg of Assyria, nor for all the multitude that is with him: for there be more with us than with him:
S 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 IT After this did Sennacherib king of Assyria send his servants to Jerusalem, (but he himself laid siege against Laehish, and all his power with him,) unto Hezekiah king of Judah, and unto all Judah that tuere at Jerusalem, saying, .
10 Thus saith Sennacherib king of Assyria, Whereoc do ye trust, that
Doth not Hezekiah persuade you to give over yourselves to die by fim'ne and by thirst, saying, The Lord our God shall deliver us out of Ihe hand of the king of Assyria?
12 Hath not the same Hezekiah taken away his high places and his altars, and commandedJudah and Jerusalem, saying, Ye shall^ worship before one altar, and burn incense upon it?
13 Know ye not what 1 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 my hand?
l-l Who was t'tere among all the gods of those nations that my fathers utterly destroyed, that could deliver his people out of my hand, that your God should be able to deliveryou out of my hand?
15 JNTow therefore let not Hezekiah deceive you, nor persuade you on this
anner, neither yet believe him ; for no god of any nation or kingdom was able to deliver his people out of my hand, and out of the hand of my fathers; how much less shall your God deliver you out of my hand?
16 And his servants spake yet more against the Lord God, and against his servantHezekiah.
17 He wrote also letters to rail on the Lord God of Israel, and to speak against him, saying, As the gods of the
alions of other hinds have not delivered their people out of my hand, so shall not the God of Hezekiah deliver
is people ou t of my hand.
IS Then th*y cried with a loud voice
n the Jews' speech unto the people ol Jerusalem that were on the wall, to affright 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
he people of the earth, which wert. .he work of the hands of man.
-20 And fortius cause Hezekiah the king, and the prophet Isaiah, the sou of Amoz, prayed and cried toneaveu.
31 And the Lord sent an angel, which cut off all the mighty men of valor, and the leaders and captains in the camp of the king of Assyria. So
; returned with shame of face to his
wit hind. And when he was come
ito the house of his god, they that
came forth of his own bowels slewhim
23 And many brought gifts unto the Lord to .Jerusalem, and presents Hezekiah king of Judah: so that he was magnified in the sight of all lions from thenceforth.
24 IT In those days Hezekiah was sick to the death, and prayed unto the Lord: and he spake unto him, and he gave him a sign.
26 But Hezekiah rendered not again according to the benefit done tin to him; lor his heart was lifted up: therefore there was wrath upon him, and upon J udah and Jerusalem.
26 Notwithstanding Hezekiah hummed himself for the pride of his heart, Oolk he and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, so that the wrath of the Lord I ame not upon them in the days of Hezekiah.
27 11 And Hezekiah had exceeding much riches and honour: and he made himself tteasuries for silver, and for gold, and for precious stones, and for apices, and for shields, and for all manner of pleasant jewels:
•28 Storehouses alsofor the increase of| corn, and wine, and oil ; and stalls for all manner of beasta, and cotes for Docks.
29 Moreover he provided him cities, and possessions of flocks and herds in abundance: (or God had given him substance very much.
30 This same Hezekiah also stopped the upper water-course of Gihon, and brought it straight down to the west side of the cily of David. And Hezekiah prospered in all his works.
31 U Howbeit in the business of the ambassadors of the princes of Babylon, who sent unto him to inquire of the wonder that was done in the land, God iefl him, to try him, that he might /enow all that was in his heart.
32 IT Now the rest ofthe aetsof He: ckiah, and his goodness, behold, they! are written in the vision of Isaiah the prophet, the son of Amoz, and in the book ofthe kings of Judah and Israel.
33 And Hezekiah slep - ■ - thers, and they buried hi in the chief-1
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est oftlm sepulchres ofthe sonsofDavid : and all J udah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem did him honour at his death. And Manasseh his son reigu-iJ in his stead.
MANASSEH was twelve years old when he began to reign, and ha reigned fifty and five years m Jerusalem:
'2 But did that tuhich was evil in the ight ofthe Lord, like unto the abom inations of the heathen, whom the Lord had cast out before the children of Israel.
3 IT For he built again the high places ivbich Hezekiah his father had broken lown, ami he reared up altars for Baalim, and made groves,and worshipped all the host of heaven, and served thcin.
4 Also he built altars in the house o> he Lord, whereof the Lord had said,
In Jerusalem shall my name be for ever.
5 And he built altars for all thehost of heaven in the two courts of the house of the Lord.
6 And he caused his children to pass hrough the fire in the valley of the
son oi"Hinuom: also he observed times, and used enchantments, and used -raft, and dealt with a familiar and with wizards: he wrought evil in the eight ofthe Lord, to provoke him to anger.
7 And he set a carved image, the idol vhich he had made, in the house of God, of which God had said to David and to Solomon his son, In this house,
il in Jerusalem, which I have chosen fore all the tribes of Israel, will I put my name forever:
8 Neither will I any more remove the foot of Israel from out of the land which lhave appointed for your fathers; so that they will take heed to do all that I have commanded them, according to the 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 oflsrael.
10 And t he Lord spake to Manasseh, and to his people: but they would not hearken.
11 Tf Wherefore the Lord broi^M
fllatiafisch's death. CHAP, upon them the captains of the host of the king of Asyiia, which look Ma nasseh among the thorns, add bound him with fetters, and carried him to liabylon.
12 And when he was inaftliction, lie besought the Lord bis God,mid humbled himself greatly before the God of his fathers,
13 And prayed unto him: and he was entreated of him, and heard his sup plication, and brought him again to .Jerusalem into bis kingdom. Then Manasseh knew that the Lord be urn God.
14 Now after this he built a wall without the city of David,on the west eide of Gihon, in the valley, even to the entering in at the fish-gate, and rompassed about Ophel, and raised it up a very great height, and put captains of war in all Uhe fenced cities of ..'udah.
15 And he tookawaythe strange gods, Riid 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 cn&uhem i r ut of the city.
iG And he repaired the altar of the Lord, and sacrificed thereon peaceollenngsnnd I hank-offerings,and commanded Judali to serve the Lord God of Israel.
17 Nevertheless the people did sacrilice still in the high places, yd unto the Lord their God only.
18 TT Now the rest of the acts of Ma- , nasseh, and his prayer unto his God, and the words of the seers that spake lo him in the name of the Lord God cf Israel, behold, they arc written m the book of the Kings of Israel.
19 His prayer also,aiid liow God was untreated of him, ajid all his sin, and his trespasH,and the places wherein he built lrighplaces,and set up groves and graven images, before he was humbled, behold, they are written among the sayings of the seers.
CO TT So Manasseh slept with his fathers, and they buried him in bis own house: and Anion his son reigned in his stead.
21 Amon was two anJ twenty years oid when he began to reign,and reigntwo years in Jerusalem.
22 But he did that which was evil in the sight of the Lord, asilid Manasseh
XXXLV. Josiah's good reign. his father: I ir Amon sacrificed unto all the carved images which Manasseh his father had made,and served them: > 23 And humbled not "oimself before the Lord, as Manasseh his father had humbled himself; but Anion trespassed more and more. 2-1 And his servauis conspired against him, and slew him in his own house, ; 2o IF But the people of the land slew all them that had conspired against Icing Amon: and the people ofl.be land made Josiah his eon king in his stead.
JOSIAIi was eight years old when lie began to reign: and he reigned in Jerusalem one and thirty years.
2 And he did that rvhich ivas light in the sight of the Lord, and walked in the ways of David bis Hither; and declined neither to the right hand nor to the left.
3 U For in the eighth year of his reign, while he was yet young, he began to seek after the God of David hi3 lather; and in the twelfth year he began to purge Judah and Jerusalem from the high places, and the groves, and the carved images, and the mollev\ iiniiges.
4 And they brake down the altars of Ear.lim in his presence; and the images that were on high above them, he cut down; and the groves, and the carved images, and the molten images, he brake in pieces, and made dust of f/ie»i,and stiewed it upon the graves of them that had sacriliced unto them.
5 And he burnt the bones of the priests upon their altars,and cleansed Judah anil Jerusalem.
6 And so did he in the cities of Manasseh, and Epluaim, and Simeou, even unto Naphtali, with their mattocks round about.
7 And when he had broken down the altars and the groves, and had beater, the graven images into powder, and cut down alJ the idols throughout alt the land of Israel, he returned to Jerusalem.
311 Now in the eighteenth year of his reign, when he had purged I he land, and the house,he sent Sbaphan the son of Azaliab, and Maaseiah the governor of the city, ami Joah the son of Joahaz the recorder, to repair the house of t he I Ip.d his God.
lh»* high priest, they delivered the money that was brought into the house of God", which the Levites that kept the doors had gathered of the hand of Manasseh and Ephraim, and ofall the remnant oflsrael, and of all Judah and Benjamin; and they returned to Jerusalem.
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 lo lhe workmen that wrought in the house of the Loud,to repair and mend the house:
11 Even to the artificers and builders gave they it, to buy hewn stone, and timber lor couplings, and to fioor the house which the kings of Judah had destroyed.
12 And the men did the work faithfull}*: and the overseers of them to«v Jahath and Obadiah, the Levites, of | the sous of Merari; and Zechariah and Meshullam, of Lhe sons of the Kohathites, to set it forward; and other oj the Levites, all that could skill of instruments of music.
13 Also they were over the bearers of burdens, and were overseers of all that wrought the work in any manne service: and of the Levites i/tere u scribes, and officers, and porters.
14 IT And when they brought out the! money that was brought into the house of the LoTiD,Hilkiah the priest found a book of the law of the Lord given by Moses.
15 And Hilkiah answered and said lo Shaphan the scribe, I have found the book of the law in the house of the Lord. And Hilkiah delivered the oook to Shapli
16 Aud Shaphan carried the book to the king, and brought the king wore pack again, saying, All that was com piitled fo thy servants, they do it.
17 And they have gathered together the money thai teas found in the house of the L>rd, and have delivered it into the u<uid of the overseers, and to) the hand of the workmen.
IS Then Shaphan the scribe told the king, saying, Hilkiah the priest hath jriven me a book. And Shaphan read jtbefore the king.
19 And itcame to pass,when the king nad heard the words of the law, that he rent his clothes.
and Aliikain the son of Shaphan, and Abdon the son ofMicah, ami Shaphan the scribe, and Asaiah aservantof the king's, saying,
21 Go, inquire of the Loud for me, and for them that are left in Israel and in Judah, concerning the words of the book that is found: for great 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.
22 And, Hilkiah, and c/iey that the k'utg/iad appointed, went lo Huldah the prophetess, the wife of Shalluiu the sonofTikvath, lhe son ofllasrah, keeper of the wardrobe: (now she dwelt in Jerusalem in the college:) and Ihey spake to her to that ejfec.t.
23 TI And she answered them,Thus saith the Lord God oflsrael, Tell ye the man that sent you to me,
24 Thus saith the Lord, Behold, I will bring evil upon tin's place, and upon the inhabitants thereof, even all the curses that are written in the book which they have read before the king ofJudah:
2r> Because they have forsaken me and have burned incense unto other gods, that thev might provoke me lo auger with all the works of their hands; therefore my wrath shall be poured- out upon this place, and shal not be quenched.
26 And as for the king of Jud;\h,wbo 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;
27 Because thy heart was tender,and thou didst humble thyself before God, when thou heardest his words against this place, and against the inhabitants thereof, and huinbledst thyself before nie, and didst rend thy clothes, ami weep before me; I have even heard thee also, saith the Lord.
28 Behold, 1 will gather thee to thy lathers, and thou shalt be gathered lo thy grave in peace, neither shall thine eyes see all the evil that 1 will bring upon this place, and upon the inhabit ants of the same. So they brought toe king word again.
29 IT Then the king sent and gathered together all the elders of Judah and Jerusalem.