2 Chronicles 35

CHAPTER 35

Josiah Observes the Passover

And Josiah observed the passover in Jerusalem to the  lord his God. And he sacrificed the passover on the fourteenth of the [2month 1first]. And he stationed the priests at their watches, and he strengthened them for the works of the house of the  lord. And he spoke to the Levites, to the mighty ones in all Israel, to sanctify themselves to the  lord, and to put the [2ark 1holy] in the house of the  lord. And they put the [2ark 1holy] in the house which [7built 1Solomon 2son 3of David 4the 5king 6of Israel]. And [3said 1the 2king], It is not for you to lift [2upon 3your shoulders 1anything]. Now then, you officiate to the  lord your God, and to his people Israel! And be prepared according to the houses of your families, and according to your daily rotations, according to the writing of David king of Israel, and by the hand of Solomon his son! And stand in the house according to the divisions of the houses of your families, of your brethren, the sons of the people, and the portion of the house of the family to the Levites! And sacrifice the passover, and [2the 3holy things 1prepare] for your brethren! to observe according to the word of the  lord by the hand of Moses. And Josiah dedicated for the sons of the people -- sheep, and lambs, and kids from the sons of the goats, all for the passover, to everyone being found -- in number thirty thousand, and [3calves 1three 2thousand]. These were of the substance of the king. And his rulers dedicated to the people, and to the priests, and to the Levites; and Helkiah and Zechariah and Jeiel the rulers of the house of God gave to the priests for the passover -- sheeps and lambs and kids -- two thousand and six hundred, and [2calves 1three hundred]. And Conaniah, and Shemaiah, and Nethaneel his brother, and Hashabiah, and Jehiel, and Jozabad, rulers of the Levites, dedicated to the Levites for the passover -- [2sheep 1five thousand], and [2calves 1five hundred]. 10 And [3was set up 1the 2ministration], and [3stood 1the 2priests] at their station, and the Levites in their divisions, according to the commandment of the king. 11 And they sacrificed the passover. And [3poured 1the 2priests] the blood from out of their hand, and the Levites flayed. 12 And they prepared the whole burnt-offering, to deliver them according to the division, according to the houses of the families to the sons of the people, to offer to the  lord, as it is written in the book of Moses. And so it was into the morning. 13 And they roasted the passover in fire according to the ordinance. And the holy pieces they boiled in the brass cauldrons, and in the kettles. And the way prospered, and they ran it to all the sons of the people. 14 And after this they prepared for themselves, and for the priests (for the priests, the sons of Aaron, in offering of the whole burnt-offerings and of the fat,) until night. And the Levites prepared for themselves, and for their brethren the sons of Aaron. 15 And the psalm singers, the sons of Asaph were at their station, according to the commands of David, and Asaph, and Heman, and Jeduthun of the prophets of the king; and the rulers, and the gatekeepers, were stationed gate by gate; it was not for them to move from their ministration, for their brethren the Levites prepared for them. 16 And [5was set up 1all 2the 3ministration 4of the  lord] in that day, to observe the passover, and to offer the whole burnt-offerings upon the altar of the  lord, according to the command of king Josiah. 17 And [5observed 1the 2sons 3of Israel 4being found present] the passover at that time, and the holiday of the unleavened breads seven days. 18 And there was not a passover likened to it in Israel from the days of Samuel the prophet; for all kings of Israel did not do the passover which Josiah did, and the priests, and the Levites, and all Judah and Israel, the ones being found, and the ones dwelling in Jerusalem, to the  lord. 19 In the eighteenth year of the kingdom of Josiah [2was observed 1this passover]. 20 And after all these things which Josiah prepared for the house, [5ascended up 1Pharaoh 2Necho 3king 4of Egypt] against the king of the Assyrians at the river Euphrates, to wage war against him at Carchemish. And [3went 1king 2Josiah] to meet against him. 21 And he sent to him messengers, saying, What is it to me and to you, O king of Judah? [2not 3against 4you 1I come] today to make war, but only against the place of my war; and God told me to hasten. You take heed of the God, of the one with me, lest he ruin you. 22 And [2did not 3turn 1Josiah] his face from him, but he fortified himself to wage war against him. And he did not hearken concerning the words of Pharaoh Necho by the mouth of God. And he came to wage war in the plain of Megiddo.

Josiah Wounded in Battle

23 And [3shot 1the 2bowmen] unto king Josiah. And [3said 1the 2king] to his servants, Lead me out! for I am in pain exceedingly. 24 And [2led 3him 1his servants] from the chariot, and hauled him upon the [2chariot 1second] which was his; and they led him to Jerusalem, and he died, and he was entombed with his fathers. And all Judah and Jerusalem mourned over Josiah. 25 And Jeremiah lamented over Josiah. And [7spoke 1all 2the 3rulers 4and 5the 6ones in control] a lamentation over Josiah spoken until today. And they appointed it as an order unto Israel, and behold, it is written in the lamentations. 26 And [7were 1the 2rest 3of the words 4of Josiah 5and 6his hope] being written in the law of the  lord. 27 And his words, the first and the last, behold, they are written upon the scroll of the kings of Israel and Judah.
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