2 Chronicles 35

Josiah Restores the Passover

Then Josiah celebrated the Passover to the LORD in Jerusalem, and the Passover lamb was slaughtered on the fourteenth day of the first month. He appointed the priests to their duties and encouraged them in the service of the house of the LORD. To the Levites who taught all Israel and were holy to the LORD, [Josiah] said: “Put the holy ark in the temple built by Solomon son of David king of Israel. It is not to be carried around on your shoulders. Now serve the LORD your God and His people Israel. Prepare [yourselves] by your families in your divisions, according to the instructions written by David king of Israel and his son Solomon. Moreover, stand in the Holy Place by the divisions of the families of your fellow countrymen, the lay people, and [according to] the divisions of the houses of the Levites. Slaughter the Passover lambs, consecrate yourselves, and make preparations for your fellow countrymen to carry out the word of the LORD [given] by
Hebrew by the hand of
Moses.”
From his own flocks [and herds] , Josiah contributed 30,000 {} lambs and goats plus 3,000 bulls for the Passover offerings for all the people who were present. His officials also contributed willingly to the people and priests and Levites. Hilkiah, Zechariah, and Jehiel, the administrators of the house of God, gave the priests 2,600 Passover [offerings] and 300 bulls. Additionally, Conaniah and his brothers Shemaiah and Nethanel, as well as Hashabiah, Jeiel, and Jozabad, officers of the Levites, donated to the Levites 5,000 {} Passover offerings and 500 bulls. 10  So the service was prepared; the priests stood in their places and the Levites in their divisions according to the king's command. 11  And they slaughtered the Passover lambs, while the priests sprinkled the blood handed to them and the Levites skinned [the animals] . 12  They set aside the burnt offerings to be given to the divisions of the families of the lay people to offer to the LORD, as is written in the Book of Moses; and they did the same with the bulls. 13  They roasted the Passover [animals] on the fire according to regulation, and they boiled the [other] holy [offerings] in pots, kettles, and bowls and quickly brought them to the lay people. 14  Afterward, they made preparations for themselves and for the priests, since the priests, the descendants of Aaron, [were] offering up burnt offerings and fat until nightfall. So the Levites made preparations for themselves and for the priests, the descendants of Aaron. 15  The singers, the descendants of Asaph, were at their stations according to the command of David, Asaph, Heman, and Jeduthun the king’s seer. And the gatekeepers at each gate did not need to leave their position, because their fellow Levites made preparations for them. 16  So on that day the entire service of the LORD was carried out for celebrating the Passover and offering burnt offerings on the altar of the LORD, according to the command of King Josiah. 17  The Israelites who were present also observed the Passover at that time, as well as the Feast of Unleavened Bread for seven days. 18  No such Passover had been observed in Israel since the days of Samuel the prophet. None of the kings of Israel ever observed a Passover like the one that Josiah observed with the priests, the Levites, all Judah, the Israelites who were present, and the people of Jerusalem. 19  In the eighteenth year of the reign of Josiah, this Passover was observed.

The Death of Josiah

20  After all this, when Josiah had set the temple {in order} , Neco king of Egypt marched up to fight at Carchemish by the Euphrates, and Josiah went out to confront him. 21  But Neco sent messengers to him, saying, “What is the issue between you and me , O king of Judah? I have not come against you today, but I am fighting another dynasty. God told me to hurry; so stop opposing God, who is with me, or He will destroy you!” 22  Josiah, however, did not turn away from him; instead, in order to engage him in battle , he disguised himself. He did not listen to Neco’s words from the mouth of God, but went to fight him on the Plain of Megiddo. 23  There the archers shot King Josiah, who said to his servants, “Take me away, for I am severely wounded!” 24  So his servants took him out of his chariot, put him in his second chariot, and brought him to Jerusalem, where he died. And [Josiah] was buried in the tomb of his fathers, and all Judah and Jerusalem mourned for [him] .

Laments for Josiah

25  Then Jeremiah lamented over Josiah, and to this day all the choirs of men and women sing laments over Josiah. They established them as a statute for Israel, and indeed they are written in the Book of Laments. 26  As for the rest of the acts of Josiah, along with his deeds of loving devotion according to what is written in the Law of the LORD, 27  and his words, from beginning to end, they are indeed written in the Book of the Kings of Israel and Judah.
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