2 Chronicles 29 1599 Geneva Bible (GNV)
29 3, 5 Hezekiah repaireth the Temple, and advertiseth the Levites of the corruption of religion. 12 The levites prepare the Temple. 20 The king and his princes sacrifice in the Temple. 25 The Levites sing praises. 31 The oblation of the people.
1 Hezekiah began to reign, when he was five and twenty years old, and reigned nine and twenty years in Jerusalem: and his mother’s name was [a]Abijah the daughter of Zechariah.
2 And he did uprightly in the sight of the Lord, according to all that David his father had done.
4 And he brought in the Priests and the Levites, and gathered them into the East street,
5 And said unto them, Hear me, ye Levites: sanctify now yourselves, and sanctify the house of the Lord God of your fathers, and carry forth [d]the filthiness out of the Sanctuary.
6 For our fathers have trespassed and done evil in the eyes of the Lord our God, and have forsaken him, and turned away their faces from the Tabernacle of the Lord, and turned their backs.
7 They have also shut the doors of the porch, and quenched the lamps, and have neither burnt incense, nor offered burnt offerings in the Sanctuary unto the God of Israel.
9 For lo, our fathers are fallen by the sword, and our sons, and our daughters, and our wives are in captivity for the same cause.
11 Now my sons, be not deceived: for the Lord hath chosen you to stand before him, to serve him, and to be his ministers, and to burn incense.
12 ¶ Then the Levites arose, Mahath the son of Amasai, and Joel the son of Azariah of the sons of the Kohathites: and of the sons of Merari, Kish the son of Abdi, and Azariah the son of Jehallelel: and of the Gershonites, Joah the son of Zimmah, and Eden the son of Joah:
13 And of the sons of Elizaphan, Shimri, and Jeiel: and of the sons of Asaph, Zechariah, and Mattaniah:
14 And of the sons of Heman, Jehiel, and Shimei: and of the sons of Jeduthun, Shemaiah and Uzziel.
15 And they gathered their brethren, and sanctified themselves and came according to the commandment of the king, and [i]by the words of the Lord, for to cleanse the house of the Lord.
16 And the Priests went into the inner parts of the house of the Lord, to [j]cleanse it and brought out all the uncleanness that they found in the Temple of the Lord, into the court of the house of the Lord: and the Levites took it, to carry it out unto the brook Kidron.
17 They began the first day of the [k]first month to sanctify it, and the eight day of the month came they to the porch of the Lord: so they sanctified the house of the Lord in eight days, and in the sixteenth day of the first month, they made an end.
18 ¶ Then they went in to Hezekiah the king and said, We have cleansed all the house of the Lord, and the altar of burnt offering, with all the vessels thereof, and the [l]showbread table, with all the vessels thereof:
19 And all the vessels which King Ahaz had cast aside when he reigned, and transgressed, have we prepared and sanctified: and behold, they are before the altar of the Lord.
20 ¶ And Hezekiah the king [m]rose early, and gathered the princes of the city, and went up to the house of the Lord.
21 And they brought seven bullocks, and seven rams, and seven lambs, and seven he goats for a sin offering for the kingdom, and for the sanctuary, and for Judah. And he commanded the Priests the sons of Aaron, to offer them on the altar of the Lord.
22 So they slew the bullocks, and the Priests received the blood, and [n]sprinkled it upon the altar: they slew also the rams, and sprinkled the blood upon the altar, and they slew the lambs, and they sprinkled the blood upon the altar.
23 Then they brought the he goats for the sin offering before the king and the Congregation, [o]and they laid their hands upon them.
24 And the Priests slew them, and with the blood of them they cleansed the altar to reconcile all Israel: for the king had commanded for all Israel the burnt offering, and the sin offering.
25 He appointed also the Levites in the house of the Lord with cymbals, with viols, and with harps, according to the commandment of David, and Gad the King’s Seer, and Nathan the Prophet: for the [p]commandment was by the hand of the Lord, and by the hand of his Prophets.
26 And the Levites stood with the instruments of David, and the priests with the trumpets.
27 And Hezekiah commanded to offer the burnt offering upon the altar: and when the burnt offering began, the song of the [q]Lord began with the trumpets, and the instruments [r]of David king of Israel.
28 And all the congregation worshipped, singing a song, and they blew the trumpets: all this continued until the burnt offering was finished.
29 And when they had made an end of offering, the king and all that were present with him, bowed themselves, and worshipped.
30 ¶ Then Hezekiah the king and the princes commanded the Levites to praise the Lord with the [s]words of David, and of Asaph the Seer. So they praised with joy, and they bowed themselves, and worshipped.
31 And Hezekiah spake, and said, Now ye have [t]consecrated yourselves to the Lord: come near and bring the sacrifices and offerings of praise into the house of the Lord. And the Congregation brought sacrifices and offerings of praises, and every man that was willing in heart offered burnt offerings.
32 And the number of the burnt offerings, which the Congregation brought, was seventy bullocks, an hundred rams, and two hundred lambs: all these were for a burnt offering to the Lord:
33 And for [u]sanctification six hundred bullocks, and three thousand sheep.
34 But the Priests were too few, and were not able to flay all the burnt offerings: therefore their brethren the Levites did help them, till they had ended the work, and until other Priests were sanctified: for the Levites were [v]more upright in heart to sanctify themselves than the Priests.
35 And also the burnt offerings were many, with the fat of the peace offerings and the drink offerings for the burnt offering: so the service of the house of the Lord was set in order.
36 Then Hezekiah rejoiced, and all the people, that God had made the people so [w]ready: for the thing was done suddenly.
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