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2 Chronicles

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 unto the LORD God of Is­rael. 2 For the king had tak­en coun­sel, and his princes, and all the con­gre­ga­tion in Jerusalem, to keep the passover in the sec­ond month. 3 For they could not keep it at that time, be­cause the priests had not sanc­ti­fied them­selves suf­fi­cient­ly, nei­ther had the peo­ple gath­ered them­selves to­geth­er to Jerusalem. 4 And the thing pleased the king and all the con­gre­ga­tion. 5 So they es­tab­lished a de­cree to make procla­ma­tion through­out all Is­rael, from Beer­she­ba even to Dan, that they should come to keep the passover unto the LORD God of Is­rael at Jerusalem: for they had not done it of a long ­time in such sort as it was writ­ten. 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 unto the LORD God of Abra­ham, Isaac, and Is­rael, and he will re­turn to the rem­nant of you, that are es­caped out of the hand of the kings of As­syr­ia. 7 And be not ye like your fa­thers, and like your brethren, which tres­passed against the LORD God of their fa­thers, who there­fore gave them up to des­o­la­tion, as ye see. 8 Now be ye not stiff­necked, as your fa­thers were, but yield your­selves unto 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. 9 For if ye turn again unto the LORD, your brethren and your chil­dren shall find com­pas­sion be­fore them that lead them cap­tive, so that they shall come again into this land: for the LORD your God is gra­cious and mer­ci­ful, and will not turn away his face from you, if ye re­turn unto him. 10 So the posts passed from city to city through the coun­try of Ephraim and Man­asseh even unto Ze­bu­lun: but they laughed them to scorn, and mocked them. 11 Nev­er­the­less divers of Ash­er and Man­asseh and of Ze­bu­lun hum­bled them­selves, and came to Jerusalem. 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. 13 And there as­sem­bled at Jerusalem much peo­ple to keep the feast of un­leav­ened bread in the sec­ond month, a very great con­gre­ga­tion. 14 And they arose and took away the al­tars that were in Jerusalem, and all the al­tars for in­cense took they away, and cast them into the brook Kidron. 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. 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 of the hand of the Levites. 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 unto the LORD. 18 For a mul­ti­tude of the peo­ple, even many of Ephraim, and Man­asseh, Is­sachar, and Ze­bu­lun, had not cleansed them­selves, yet did they eat the passover oth­er­wise than it was writ­ten. But Hezeki­ah prayed for them, say­ing, The good LORD par­don ev­ery one 19 That pre­pareth his heart to seek God, the LORD God of his fa­thers, though he be not cleansed ac­cord­ing to the pu­rifi­ca­tion of the sanc­tu­ary. 20 And the LORD hear­kened to Hezeki­ah, and healed the peo­ple. 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 unto the LORD. 22 And Hezeki­ah spake com­fort­ably unto all the Levites that taught the good knowl­edge of the LORD: and they did eat through­out the feast sev­en days, of­fer­ing peace of­fer­ings, and mak­ing con­fes­sion to the LORD God of their fa­thers. 23 And the whole as­sem­bly took coun­sel to keep oth­er sev­en days: and they kept other sev­en days with glad­ness. 24 For Hezeki­ah king of Ju­dah did give 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. 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 out of the land of Is­rael, and that dwelt in Ju­dah, re­joiced. 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. 27 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, even unto heav­en.