2 Chronicles 30

CHAPTER 30

Hezekiah Observes the Passover

And Hezekiah sent unto all Israel and Judah, and [2letters 1he wrote] unto Ephraim and Manasseh to come into the house of the  lord in Jerusalem, to observe the passover to the  lord God of Israel. And [3planned 1the 2king], and the rulers, and all the assembly in Jerusalem to observe the passover in the [2month 1second], [3not 1for 2they were] able to observe it in that time, for the priests were not sanctified enough, and the people were not gathered in Jerusalem. And [3was pleasing 1the 2matter] before the king, and before the assembly. And they established a communication to go through by proclamation in all Israel, from Beer-sheba unto Dan, to come and to observe the passover to the  lord God of Israel in Jerusalem. For the multitude did not do according to the scripture. And [3went 1the ones 2running] with the letters from the king and from the rulers, into all Israel and Judah, according to the order of the king, saying, Sons of Israel, return to the  lord God of Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob! and he will return to the ones having escaped, surviving from the hand of the king of Assyria. And do not be as your fathers and your brethren! the ones who revolted from the  lord God of their fathers, and he delivered them into desolation, as you see. And do not harden your necks as your fathers! Give glory to the  lord God, and enter into his sanctuary! which he sanctified into the eon. And serve to the  lord your God! and he will turn from you the rage of his anger. For in your turning to the  lord, your brethren and your children will be shown compassions before all the ones taking them captive, and he will return them to this land; for merciful and pitying is the  lord our God, and he will not turn his face from us, if we should return to him. 10 And [3were 1the 2runners] traveling city by city in mount Ephraim and Manasseh, and unto Zebulun. And they became as victims of ones ridiculing them and deriding them. 11 But men from Asher, and Manasseh, and from Zebulun felt shame, and they came unto Jerusalem. 12 And in Judah [3came 1the hand 2of God] to give them [2heart 1one] to come and to do according to the order of the king and of the rulers, by the word of the  lord. 13 And [3gathered 4in 5Jerusalem 2people 1many] to observe the holiday of the unleavened breads in the [2month 1second] -- [3assembly 2vast 1an exceedingly]. 14 And they rose up and demolished the altars in Jerusalem; and all in which they burned incense to the lying idols they tore down and tossed into the rushing stream Kidron. 15 And they sacrificed the passover on the fourteenth of the [2month 1second]. And the priests and the Levites felt shame, and they sanctified themselves, and they offered whole burnt-offerings in the house of the  lord. 16 And they stood at their station according to their responsibility, according to the commandment of Moses the man of God. And the priests received the blood from out of the hand of the Levites. 17 For a multitude of the assembly was not purified. And the Levites were to sacrifice the passover to all not able to be purified to the  lord. 18 For the vast part of the people from Ephraim, and Manasseh, and Issachar, and Zebulun, were not purified; but even they ate the passover not according to the scripture. And Hezekiah prayed for them, saying, The  lord, the good God atone for all! 19 [2the heart 1even straightening out] for them to inquire of the  lord God of their fathers, even not purified as according to the purity of the holy things. 20 And the  lord heeded Hezekiah, and healed the people. 21 And [7observed 1the 2sons 3of Israel 4being found 5in 6Jerusalem] the holiday of the unleavened breads seven days with [2gladness 1great]. And they sang praise to the  lord day by day, even the priests and the Levites with instruments of strength to the  lord. 22 And Hezekiah spoke unto the heart of all of the Levites, and of the ones perceiving [2understanding 1with good] in the  lord. And they completed the holiday of the unleavened breads in seven days, sacrificing a sacrifice of deliverance, and making acknowledgment to the  lord God of their fathers. 23 And [4counseled 1all 2the 3assembly] to observe [2seven 3days 1another]. And they observed another seven days with gladness. 24 For Hezekiah the king of Judah dedicated to all the assembly a thousand calves, and seven thousand sheep. And the rulers dedicated for the people [2calves 1a thousand], and [3sheep 1ten 2thousand], and were sanctified of the priests in multitude. 25 And [5was glad 1all 2the 3assembly 4of Judah], and the priests, and the Levites, and all the assembly coming from Israel, and the foreigners coming from the land of Israel, and the ones dwelling Judah. 26 And there was [2gladness 1great] in Jerusalem, for from the days of Solomon son of David king of Israel there was not such a holiday in Jerusalem. 27 And [5rose up 1the 2priests 3the 4Levites] and blessed the people, and [2was heeded 1their voice], and [2came 1their prayer] into [2home 1his sacred] in the heaven.
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