2 Chronicles 31

Hezekiah Organizes the Priests

1Now when all this was finished, all Israel who were present went out to the cities of Judah and abroke in pieces the bpillars and cut down cthe Asherim and broke down the high places and the altars throughout all Judah and Benjamin, and in Ephraim and Manasseh, until they had destroyed them all. Then all the people of Israel returned to their cities, every man to his possession.

2And Hezekiah appointed dthe divisions of the priests and of the Levites, division by division, each according to his service, the priests and the Levites, efor burnt offerings and peace offerings, to minister in the gates of the camp of the  Lord and to give thanks and praise. 3 fThe contribution of the king from his own possessions was for the burnt offerings: the burnt offerings of morning and evening, and the burnt offerings for the Sabbaths, the new moons, and the appointed feasts gas it is written in the Law of the  Lord. 4And he commanded the people who lived in Jerusalem to give hthe portion due to the priests and the Levites, that they might give themselves to the Law of the  Lord. 5As soon as the command was spread abroad, the people of Israel gave in abundance the firstfruits of grain, wine, oil, honey, and of all the produce of the field. And they brought in abundantly ithe tithe of everything. 6And the people of Israel and Judah who lived in the cities of Judah also brought in the tithe of cattle and sheep, and jthe tithe of the dedicated things that had been dedicated to the  Lord their God, and laid them in heaps. 7In the third month they began to pile up the heaps, and finished them in the seventh month. 8When Hezekiah and the princes came and saw the heaps, they blessed the  Lord and his people Israel. 9And Hezekiah questioned the priests and the Levites about the heaps. 10Azariah the chief priest, who was kof the house of Zadok, answered him, “Since they began to bring the contributions into the house of the  Lord, we have eaten and had enough and have plenty left lfor the  Lord has blessed his people, so that we have this large amount left.”

11Then Hezekiah commanded them to prepare mchambers in the house of the  Lord, and they prepared them. 12And they faithfully brought in the contributions, the tithes, and the dedicated things. The chief officer nin charge of them was Conaniah the Levite, with oShimei his brother as second, 13 pwhile Jehiel, Azaziah, Nahath, Asahel, Jerimoth, Jozabad, Eliel, Ismachiah qMahath, and Benaiah were overseers assisting Conaniah and Shimei his brother, by the appointment of Hezekiah the king and rAzariah the chief officer of the house of God. 14And Kore the son of Imnah the Levite, keeper of the east gate, was over the freewill offerings to God, to apportion the contribution reserved for the  Lord and the most holy offerings. 15 sEden, Miniamin, Jeshua, Shemaiah, Amariah, and Shecaniah were faithfully assisting him in tthe cities of the priests, to distribute the portions to their brothers, old and young alike, by divisions, 16except those enrolled by genealogy, males from three years old and upwardall who entered the house of the  Lord uas the duty of each day required—for their service according to their offices, by their divisions. 17The enrollment of the priests was according to their fathershouses; that of the Levites vfrom twenty years old and upward was according to their offices, by their divisions. 18They were enrolled with all their little children, their wives, their sons, and their daughters, the whole assembly, for they were faithful in keeping themselves holy. 19And for the sons of Aaron, the priests, who were in the fields of common land belonging to their cities, there were men in the several cities who were wdesignated by name to distribute portions to every male among the priests and to everyone among the Levites who was enrolled.

20Thus Hezekiah did throughout all Judah xand he did what was good and right and faithful before the  Lord his God. 21And every work that he undertook in the service of the house of God and in accordance with the law and the commandments, seeking his God, he did with all his heart, and prospered.

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