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* Hezekiah became king when he was twenty-five years old , and he reigned twenty-nine years in Jerusalem . His mother 's name was Abijah the daughter of Zechariah . * And he did what was right in the sight of the LORD , according to all that his father David had done . * In the first year of his reign , in the first month , he opened the doors of the house of the LORD and repaired them . * Then he brought in the priests and the Levites , and gathered them in the East Square , * and said to them : "Hear me , Levites ! Now sanctify yourselves , sanctify the house of the LORD God of your fathers , and carry out the rubbish from the holy place . * For our fathers have trespassed and done evil in the eyes of the LORD our God ; they have forsaken Him , have turned their faces away from the dwelling place of the LORD , and turned their backs on Him . * They have also shut up the doors of the vestibule , put out the lamps , and have not burned incense or offered burnt offerings in the holy place to the God of Israel . * Therefore the wrath of the LORD fell upon Judah and Jerusalem , and He has given them up to trouble , to desolation , and to jeering , as you see with your eyes . * For indeed , because of this our fathers have fallen by the sword ; and our sons , our daughters , and our wives are in captivity . * "Now it is in my heart to make a covenant with the LORD God of Israel , that His fierce wrath may turn away from us . * My sons , do not be negligent now , for the LORD has chosen you to stand before Him , to serve Him , and that you should minister to Him and burn incense ." * Then these Levites arose : Mahath the son of Amasai and Joel the son of Azariah , of the sons of the Kohathites ; of the sons of Merari , Kish the son of Abdi and Azariah the son of Jehallelel ; of the Gershonites , Joah the son of Zimmah and Eden the son of Joah ; * of the sons of Elizaphan , Shimri and Jeiel ; of the sons of Asaph , Zechariah and Mattaniah ; * of the sons of Heman , Jehiel and Shimei ; and of the sons of Jeduthun , Shemaiah and Uzziel . * And they gathered their brethren , sanctified themselves , and went according to the commandment of the king , at the words of the LORD , to cleanse the house of the LORD . * Then the priests went into the inner part of the house of the LORD to cleanse it , and brought out all the debris that they found in the temple of the LORD to the court of the house of the LORD . And the Levites took it out and carried it to the Brook Kidron . * Now they began to sanctify on the first day of the first month , and on the eighth day of the month they came to the vestibule of the LORD . So they sanctified the house of the LORD in eight days , and on the sixteenth day of the first month they finished . * Then they went in to King Hezekiah and said , "We have cleansed all the house of the LORD , the altar of burnt offerings with all its articles , and the table of the showbread with all its articles . * Moreover all the articles which King Ahaz in his reign had cast aside in his transgression we have prepared and sanctified ; and there they are , before the altar of the LORD ." * Then King Hezekiah rose early , gathered the rulers of the city , and went up to the house of the LORD . * And they brought seven bulls , seven rams , seven lambs , and seven male goats for a sin offering for the kingdom , for the sanctuary , and for Judah . Then he commanded the priests , the sons of Aaron , to offer them on the altar of the LORD . * So they killed the bulls , and the priests received the blood and sprinkled it on the altar . Likewise they killed the rams and sprinkled the blood on the altar . They also killed the lambs and sprinkled the blood on the altar . * Then they brought out the male goats for the sin offering before the king and the assembly , and they laid their hands on them . * And the priests killed them ; and they presented their blood on the altar as a sin offering to make an atonement for all Israel , for the king commanded that the burnt offering and the sin offering be made for all Israel . * And he stationed the Levites in the house of the LORD with cymbals , with stringed instruments , and with harps , according to the commandment of David , of Gad the king 's seer , and of Nathan the prophet ; for thus was the commandment of the LORD by His prophets . * The Levites stood with the instruments of David , and the priests with the trumpets . * Then Hezekiah commanded them to offer the burnt offering on the altar . And when the burnt offering began , the song of the LORD also began , with the trumpets and with the instruments of David king of Israel . * So all the assembly worshiped , the singers sang , and the trumpeters sounded ; all this continued until the burnt offering was finished . * And when they had finished offering , the king and all who were present with him bowed and worshiped . * Moreover King Hezekiah and the leaders commanded the Levites to sing praise to the LORD with the words of David and of Asaph the seer . So they sang praises with gladness , and they bowed their heads and worshiped . * Then Hezekiah answered and said , "Now that you have consecrated yourselves to the LORD , come near , and bring sacrifices and thank offerings into the house of the LORD ." So the assembly brought in sacrifices and thank offerings , and as many as were of a willing heart brought burnt offerings . * And the number of the burnt offerings which the assembly brought was seventy bulls , one hundred rams , and two hundred lambs ; all these were for a burnt offering to the LORD . * The consecrated things were six hundred bulls and three thousand sheep . * But the priests were too few , so that they could not skin all the burnt offerings ; therefore their brethren the Levites helped them until the work was ended and until the other priests had sanctified themselves , for the Levites were more diligent in sanctifying themselves than the priests . * Also the burnt offerings were in abundance , with the fat of the peace offerings and with the drink offerings for every burnt offering . So the service of the house of the LORD was set in order . * Then Hezekiah and all the people rejoiced that God had prepared the people , since the events took place so suddenly . * And Hezekiah sent to all Israel and Judah , and also wrote letters 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 . * For the king and his leaders and all the assembly in Jerusalem had agreed to keep the Passover in the second month . * For they could not keep it at the regular time , because a sufficient number of priests had not consecrated themselves , nor had the people gathered together at Jerusalem . * And the matter pleased the king and all the assembly . * So they resolved to make a proclamation throughout all Israel , from Beersheba to Dan , that they should come to keep the Passover to the LORD God of Israel at Jerusalem , since they had not done it for a long time in the prescribed manner . * Then the runners went throughout all Israel and Judah with the letters from the king and his leaders , and spoke according to the command of the king : "Children of Israel , return to the LORD God of Abraham , Isaac , and Israel ; then He will return to the remnant of you who have escaped from the hand of the kings of Assyria . * And do not be like your fathers and your brethren , who trespassed against the LORD God of their fathers , so that He gave them up to desolation , as you see . * Now do not be stiff-necked , as your fathers were , but yield yourselves to the LORD ; and enter His sanctuary , which He has sanctified forever , and serve the LORD your God , that the fierceness of His wrath may turn away from you . * For if you return to the LORD , your brethren and your children will be treated with compassion by those who lead them captive , so that they may come back to this land ; for the LORD your God is gracious and merciful , and will not turn His face from you if you return to Him ." * So the runners passed from city to city through the country of Ephraim and Manasseh , as far as Zebulun ; but they laughed at them and mocked them . * Nevertheless some from Asher , Manasseh , and Zebulun humbled themselves and came to Jerusalem . * Also the hand of God was on Judah to give them singleness of heart to obey the command of the king and the leaders , at the word of the LORD . * Now many people , a very great assembly , gathered at Jerusalem to keep the Feast of Unleavened Bread in the second month . * They arose and took away the altars that were in Jerusalem , and they took away all the incense altars and cast them into the Brook Kidron . * Then they slaughtered the Passover lambs on the fourteenth day of the second month . The priests and the Levites were ashamed , and sanctified themselves , and brought the burnt offerings to the house of the LORD . * They stood in their place according to their custom , according to the Law of Moses the man of God ; the priests sprinkled the blood received from the hand of the Levites . * For there were many in the assembly who had not sanctified themselves ; therefore the Levites had charge of the slaughter of the Passover lambs for everyone who was not clean , to sanctify them to the LORD . * For a multitude of the people , many from Ephraim , Manasseh , Issachar , and Zebulun , had not cleansed themselves , yet they ate the Passover contrary to what was written . But Hezekiah prayed for them , saying , "May the good LORD provide atonement for everyone * who prepares his heart to seek God , the LORD God of his fathers , though he is not cleansed according to the purification of the sanctuary ." * And the LORD listened to Hezekiah and healed the people . * So the children of Israel who 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 to the LORD , accompanied by loud instruments . * And Hezekiah gave encouragement to all the Levites who 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 . * Then the whole assembly agreed to keep the feast another seven days , and they kept it another seven days with gladness . * For Hezekiah king of Judah gave to the assembly a thousand bulls and seven thousand sheep , and the leaders gave to the assembly a thousand bulls and ten thousand sheep ; and a great number of priests sanctified themselves . * The whole assembly of Judah rejoiced , also the priests and Levites , all the assembly that came from Israel , the sojourners who came from the land of Israel , and those who dwelt in Judah . * So there was great joy in Jerusalem , for since the time of Solomon the son of David , king of Israel , there had been nothing like this in Jerusalem . * Then the priests , the Levites , arose and blessed the people , and their voice was heard ; and their prayer came up to His holy dwelling place , to heaven . * Now when all this was finished , all Israel who were present went out to the cities of Judah and broke the sacred pillars in pieces , cut down the wooden images , and threw down the high places and the altars--from all Judah , Benjamin , Ephraim , and Manasseh--until they had utterly destroyed them all . Then all the children of Israel returned to their own cities , every man to his possession .

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