Second Chronicles 30


30:1 And 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 keep the passover to the
 LORD God of Israel.
30:2 For the king had taken counsel, and his princes, and all
 the congregation in Jerusalem, to keep the passover in the
 second month.
30:3 For they could not keep it at that time, because the
 priests had not sanctified themselves sufficiently, neither had
 the people assembled themselves at Jerusalem.
30:4 And the thing pleased the king and all the congregation.
30:5 So they established a decree to make proclamation
 throughout all Israel, from Beer-sheba even to Dan, that they
 should come to keep the passover to the LORD God of Israel at
 Jerusalem: for they had not done [it] of a long [time in the
 manner] as it was written.
30:6 So the posts went with the letters from the king and his
 princes throughout all Israel and Judah, and according to the
 commandment of the king, saying, Ye children of Israel, turn
 again to the LORD God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, and he
 will return to the remnant of you that have escaped from the
 hand of the kings of Assyria.
30:7 And be not ye like your fathers, and like your brethren,
 who trespassed against the LORD God of their fathers, [who]
 therefore gave them up to desolation, as ye see.
30:8 Now be ye not stiff-necked, as your fathers [were], [but]
 yield yourselves to the LORD, and enter into his sanctuary,
 which he hath sanctified for ever: and serve the LORD your God,
 that the fierceness of his wrath may turn away from you.
30:9 For if ye turn again to the LORD, your brethren and your
 children [will find] compassion before them that lead them
 captive, so that they will return into this land: for the LORD
 your God [is] gracious and merciful, and will not turn away
 [his] face from you, if ye return to him.
30:10 So the posts passed from city to city through the country
 of Ephraim and Manasseh even to Zebulun: but they laughed them
 to scorn, and mocked them.
30:11 Nevertheless, divers of Asher and Manasseh and of Zebulun
 humbled themselves, and came to Jerusalem.
30:12 Also in Judah the hand of God was to give them one heart
 to do the commandment of the king and of the princes, by the
 word of the LORD.
30:13 And there assembled at Jerusalem many people to keep the
 feast of unleavened bread in the second month, a very great
 congregation.
30:14 And they arose and took away the altars that [were] in
 Jerusalem, and all the altars for incense they took away, and
 cast [them] into the brook Kidron.
30:15 Then they killed the passover on the fourteenth [day] of
 the second month: and the priests and the Levites were ashamed,
 and sanctified themselves, and brought in the burnt-offerings
 into the house of the LORD.
30:16 And they stood in their place after their manner,
 according to the law of Moses the man of God: the priests
 sprinkled the blood, [which they received] from the hand of the
 Levites.
30:17 For [there were] many in the congregation that were not
 sanctified: therefore the Levites had the charge of the killing
 of the passovers for every one [that was] not clean, to
 sanctify [them] to the LORD.
30:18 For a multitude of the people, [even] many of Ephraim, and
 Manasseh, Issachar, and Zebulun, had not cleansed themselves,
 yet they ate the passover otherwise than it was written. But
 Hezekiah prayed for them, saying, The good LORD pardon every
 one,
30:19 [That] prepareth his heart to seek God, the LORD God of
 his fathers, though [he is] not [cleansed] according to the
 purification of the sanctuary.
30:20 And the LORD hearkened to Hezekiah, and healed the people.
30:21 And the children of Israel [that were] present at
 Jerusalem kept the feast of unleavened bread seven days with
 great gladness: and the Levites and the priests praised the
 LORD day by day, [singing] with loud instruments to the LORD.
30:22 And Hezekiah spoke comfortably to all the Levites that
 taught the good knowledge of the LORD: and they ate throughout
 the feast seven days, offering peace-offerings, and making
 confession to the LORD God of their fathers.
30:23 And the whole assembly took counsel to keep other seven
 days: and they kept [other] seven days with gladness.
30:24 For Hezekiah king of Judah gave to the congregation a
 thousand bullocks and seven thousand sheep; and the princes
 gave to the congregation a thousand bullocks and ten thousand
 sheep: and a great number of priests sanctified themselves.
30:25 And all the congregation of Judah, with the priests and
 the Levites, and all the congregation that came out of Israel,
 and the strangers that came from the land of Israel, and that
 dwelt in Judah, rejoiced.
30:26 So there was great joy in Jerusalem: for since the time of
 Solomon the son of David king of Israel [there was] not the
 like in Jerusalem.
30:27 Then the priests the Levites arose and blessed the people:
 and their voice was heard, and their prayer ascended to his
 holy dwelling-place, [even] to heaven.
 
 

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