2 Chronicles 30

All Israel Invited to the Passover

1Now Hezekiah sent to all Israel and Judah and wrote letters also to Ephraim and Manasseh, that they should come to the house of the  Lord at Jerusalem to
Lit do, so in vv 2, 3, 5, 13, 21, 23
celebrate the Passover to the  Lord God of Israel.
2For the king and his princes and all the assembly in Jerusalem had decided b  to celebrate the Passover in the second month, 3since they could not celebrate it c  at that time, because the priests had not consecrated themselves in sufficient numbers, nor had the people been gathered to Jerusalem. 4Thus the thing was right in the sight of the king and
Lit in the sight of all
all the assembly.
5So they established a decree to circulate a
Lit voice
proclamation throughout all Israel f  from Beersheba even to Dan, that they should come to celebrate the Passover to the  Lord God of Israel at Jerusalem. For they had not celebrated it in great numbers as it was
Lit written
6 h  The
Lit runners
couriers went throughout all Israel and Judah with the letters from the hand of the king and his princes, even according to the command of the king, saying, “O sons of Israel, return to the  Lord God of Abraham, Isaac and Israel, that He may return to those of you who escaped and are left from j  the
Lit palm
hand of the kings of Assyria.
7 l  Do not be like your fathers and your brothers, who were unfaithful to the  Lord God of their fathers, so that m  He made them a horror, as you see. 8Now do not n  stiffen your neck like your fathers, but
Lit give a hand
yield to the  Lord and enter His sanctuary which He has consecrated forever, and serve the  Lord your God, p  that His burning anger may turn away from you.
9“For q  if you return to the  Lord, your brothers and your sons will find compassion before those who led them captive and will return to this land. r  For the  Lord your God is gracious and compassionate, and will not turn His face away from you if you return to Him.”

10So the
Lit runners
couriers passed from city to city through the country of Ephraim and Manasseh, and as far as Zebulun, but t  they laughed them to scorn and mocked them.
11Nevertheless u  some men of Asher, Manasseh and Zebulun humbled themselves and came to Jerusalem. 12The v  hand of God was also on Judah to give them one heart to do what the king and the princes commanded by the word of the  Lord.

Passover Reinstituted

13Now many people were gathered at Jerusalem to celebrate the Feast of Unleavened Bread w  in the second month, a very large assembly. 14They arose and removed the altars which were in Jerusalem; they also x  removed all the incense altars and y  cast them into the brook Kidron. 15Then z  they slaughtered the Passover lambs on the fourteenth of the second month. And aa  the priests and Levites were ashamed of themselves, and consecrated themselves and brought burnt offerings to the house of the  Lord. 16 ab  They stood at their stations after their custom, according to the law of Moses the man of God; the priests sprinkled the blood which they received from the hand of the Levites. 17For there were many in the assembly who had not consecrated themselves; therefore, ac  the Levites were over the slaughter of the Passover lambs for everyone who was unclean, in order to consecrate them to the  Lord. 18For a multitude of the people ad  even many from Ephraim and Manasseh, Issachar and Zebulun, had not purified themselves, ae  yet they ate the Passover af  otherwise than
Lit written
prescribed. For Hezekiah prayed for them, saying, “May the good  Lord pardon
19 ah  everyone who prepares his heart to seek God, the  Lord God of his fathers, though not according to the purification rules of the sanctuary.” 20So the  Lord heard Hezekiah and ai  healed the people. 21The sons of Israel present in Jerusalem aj  celebrated the Feast of Unleavened Bread for seven days with great joy, and the Levites and the priests praised the  Lord day after day with loud instruments to the  Lord. 22Then Hezekiah ak  spoke
Lit to the heart of
encouragingly to all the Levites who showed good insight in the things of the  Lord. So they ate for the appointed seven days, sacrificing peace offerings and am  giving thanks to the  Lord God of their fathers.

23Then the whole assembly an  decided to celebrate the feast another seven days, so they celebrated the seven days with joy. 24For ao  Hezekiah king of Judah had contributed to the assembly 1,000 bulls and 7,000 sheep, and the princes had contributed to the assembly 1,000 bulls and 10,000 sheep; and ap  a large number of priests consecrated themselves. 25All the assembly of Judah rejoiced, with the priests and the Levites and aq  all the assembly that came from Israel, both the sojourners who came from the land of Israel and those living in Judah. 26So there was great joy in Jerusalem, because there was nothing like this in Jerusalem ar  since the days of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel. 27Then as  the Levitical priests arose and at  blessed the people; and their voice was heard and their prayer came to au  His holy dwelling place, to heaven.
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