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2 Chronicles

1 More­over Josi­ah kept a passover unto the LORD in Jerusalem: and they killed the passover on the four­teenth day of the first month. 2 And he set the priests in their charges, and en­cour­aged them to the ser­vice of the house of the LORD, 3 And said unto the Levites that taught all Is­rael, which were holy unto the LORD, Put the holy ark in the house which Solomon the son of David king of Is­rael did build; it shall not be a bur­den upon your shoul­ders: serve now the LORD your God, and his peo­ple Is­rael, 4 And pre­pare yourselves by the hous­es of your fa­thers, af­ter your cours­es, ac­cord­ing to the writ­ing of David king of Is­rael, and ac­cord­ing to the writ­ing of Solomon his son. 5 And stand in the holy place ac­cord­ing to the di­vi­sions of the fam­i­lies of the fa­thers of your brethren the peo­ple, and after the di­vi­sion of the fam­i­lies of the Levites. 6 So kill the passover, and sanc­ti­fy your­selves, and pre­pare your brethren, that they may do ac­cord­ing to the word of the LORD by the hand of Moses. 7 And Josi­ah gave to the peo­ple, of the flock, lambs and kids, all for the passover of­fer­ings, for all that were pre­sent, to the num­ber of thir­ty thou­sand, and three thou­sand bul­locks: these were of the king's sub­stance. 8 And his princes gave will­ing­ly unto the peo­ple, to the priests, and to the Levites: Hilki­ah and Zechari­ah and Je­hiel, rulers of the house of God, gave unto the priests for the passover of­fer­ings two thou­sand and six hun­dred s­mall cattle, and three hun­dred ox­en. 9 Co­na­ni­ah al­so, and She­ma­iah and Netha­neel, his brethren, and Hashabi­ah and Jeiel and Joz­abad, chief of the Levites, gave unto the Levites for passover of­fer­ings five thou­sand s­mall cattle, and five hun­dred ox­en. 10 So the ser­vice was pre­pared, and the priests stood in their place, and the Levites in their cours­es, ac­cord­ing to the king's com­mand­ment. 11 And they killed the passover, and the priests sprin­kled the blood from their hands, and the Levites flayed them. 12 And they re­moved the burnt of­fer­ings, that they might give ac­cord­ing to the di­vi­sions of the fam­i­lies of the peo­ple, to of­fer unto the LORD, as it is writ­ten in the book of Moses. And so ­did they with the ox­en. 13 And they roast­ed the passover with fire ac­cord­ing to the or­di­nance: but the other holy offerings sod they in pots, and in cal­drons, and in pans, and di­vid­ed them speed­i­ly among all the peo­ple. 14 And af­ter­ward they made ready for them­selves, and for the priests: be­cause the priests the sons of Aaron were busied in of­fer­ing of burnt of­fer­ings and the fat un­til night; there­fore the Levites pre­pared for them­selves, and for the priests the sons of Aaron. 15 And the singers the sons of As­aph were in their place, ac­cord­ing to the com­mand­ment of David, and As­aph, and He­man, and Je­duthun the king's seer; and the porters waited at ev­ery gate; they might not de­part from their ser­vice; for their brethren the Levites pre­pared for them. 16 So all the ser­vice of the LORD was pre­pared the same day, to keep the passover, and to of­fer burnt of­fer­ings upon the al­tar of the LORD, ac­cord­ing to the com­mand­ment of king Josi­ah. 17 And the chil­dren of Is­rael that were pre­sent kept the passover at that time, and the feast of un­leav­ened bread sev­en days. 18 And there was no passover like to that kept in Is­rael from the days of Samuel the prophet; nei­ther did all the kings of Is­rael keep such a passover as Josi­ah kept, and the priests, and the Levites, and all Ju­dah and Is­rael that were pre­sent, and the in­hab­i­tants of Jerusalem. 19 In the eigh­teenth year of the reign of Josi­ah was this passover kept. 20 Af­ter all this, when Josi­ah had pre­pared the tem­ple, Ne­cho king of Egypt came up to fight against Car­chem­ish by Eu­phrates: and Josi­ah went out against him. 21 But he sent am­bas­sadors to him, say­ing, What have I to do with thee, thou king of Ju­dah? I come not against thee this day, but against the house where­with I have war: for God com­mand­ed me to make haste: for­bear thee from med­dling with God, who is with me, that he de­stroy thee not. 22 Nev­er­the­less Josi­ah would not turn his face from him, but dis­guised him­self, that he might fight with him, and hear­kened not unto the words of Ne­cho from the mouth of God, and came to fight in the val­ley of Megid­do. 23 And the archers shot at king Josi­ah; and the king said to his ser­vants, Have me away; for I am sore wound­ed. 24 His ser­vants there­fore took him out of that char­i­ot, and put him in the sec­ond char­i­ot that he had; and they brought him to Jerusalem, and he died, and was buried in one of the sepul­chres of his fa­thers. And all Ju­dah and Jerusalem mourned for Josi­ah. 25 And Jeremi­ah lament­ed for Josi­ah: and all the singing men and the singing wom­en spake of Josi­ah in their lamen­ta­tions to this day, and made them an or­di­nance in Is­rael: and, be­hold, they are writ­ten in the lamen­ta­tions. 26 Now the rest of the acts of Josi­ah, and his good­ness, ac­cord­ing to that which was writ­ten in the law of the LORD, 27 And his deeds, first and last, be­hold, they are writ­ten in the book of the kings of Is­rael and Ju­dah.