the second month. Normally, the Unleavened Bread and Passover feasts were to be observed in the first month (Ex. 12:2, 6; Deut. 16:1–8; cf. 2 Chr. 35:1). However, exceptions were made for those who were traveling or were unclean (Num. 9:9–13). Hezekiah applied the exception generously to the entire nation (v. 3).