2 Chronicles 29
Hezekiah his good reign.
2 Chronicles 29:1 Ezechias was fyue & twentye yeare olde whan he was made kynge, & reigned nyne & twentye yeares at Ierusalem. His mothers name was Abia ye doughter of Zachary. 2 Chronicles 29:2 And he dyd that which was right in the sight of the LORDE, as did his father Dauid.
He restoreth religion.
2 Chronicles 29:3 He opened the dores of ye house of the LORDE in the first moneth of ye first yeare of his raigne, & made them stronge, 2 Chronicles 29:4 & brought in the prestes and Leuites, and gathered them together vnto the East streate
He exhorteth the Levites.
2 Chronicles 29:5 and sayde vnto them: Herken vnto me ye Leuites, sanctifye youre selues now, yt ye maye halowe the house of the LORDE God of yor fathers, and put fylthines out of the Sanctuary: 2 Chronicles 29:6 for oure fathers haue trespaced, and done yt which was euell in the sighte of the LORDE oure God, and haue forsaken him. For they turned their faces from the habitacio of ye LORDE oure God, & turned their backes on it, 2 Chronicles 29:7 and shut the dores of the Porche, and put out the lampes, and brent no incense, & offred no burntsacrifyces in the Sanctuary vnto the God of Israel. 2 Chronicles 29:8 Therfore is the wrath of the LORDE come ouer Iuda and Ierusalem, and he hath geuen them ouer to be scatred abrode, desolate and to be hyssed at, as ye se with yor eies. 2 Chronicles 29:9 For beholde, euen for the same cause fell oure fathers thorow the swerde, oure sonnes doughters and wyues were caryed awaye captyue. 2 Chronicles 29:10 Now am I mynded to make a couenaunt with the LORDE God of Israel, yt he maye turne awaie from vs his wrath & indignacion. 2 Chronicles 29:11 Now my sonnes, be not ye negligent: for the LORDE hath chosen you to stode before him, and to be his mynisters and to burne incense vnto him.
They sanctify themselves, and cleanse the house of God.
2 Chronicles 29:12 Then rose the Leuites: Mahath the sonne of Amasai, and Ioel the sonne of Asaria of the children of the Kahathites. Of the children of Merari: Cis the sonne of Abdi, & Asaria the sonne of Iehaleleel. Of the children of the Gersonites: Ioah the sonne of Simma, and Eden the sonne of Ioah. 2 Chronicles 29:13 And of the childre of Elizaphan: Simri & Ieiel. And of the childre of Assaph: Sachary and Mathama. 2 Chronicles 29:14 And of the chidren of Heman: Iehiel and Simei. And of the children of Iedithun: Semaia and Vsiel. 2 Chronicles 29:15 And they gathered their brethren together, and were sanctified, and wente in acordinge to the kynges commaundement at the worde of the LORDE, to clense the house of ye LORDE. 2 Chronicles 29:16 And the prestes entred within in the house of the LORDE to purifye, and put out all the vnclennes that was founde in the teple of the LORDE, in the courte of the LORDES house: and the prestes toke it vp, and caryed it out in to the broke Cedron. 2 Chronicles 29:17 The fyrst daye of the fyrst moneth beganne they to sanctifye them selues, and on the eight daye of the moneth wente they in to the porche of the LORDE, and halowed the house of ye LORDE eight dayes, and fynished it on the sixtenth daye of the fyrst moneth. 2 Chronicles 29:18 And they wete in to the kynge Ezechias, and sayde: We haue clensed all the house of the LORDE, the altare of burntofferynges, and all his vessels, the table of the shewbred and all the apparell therof: 2 Chronicles 29:19 and all the ornamentes that kynge Achas cast awaye wha he was kynge, what tyme as he transgressed, those haue we prepared and halowed. Beholde, they are before the altare of the LORDE.
Hezekiah offereth solemn sacrifices, wherein the Levites were more forward than the priests.
2 Chronicles 29:20 The the kynge Ezechias gat him vp early, and gathered together the Elders of the cite, and wete vp vnto the house of the LORDE, 2 Chronicles 29:21 and they broughte seuen bullockes, seuen rammes, seuen lambes, and seuen he goates to be the synofferynge, for the Sanctuary, & for Iuda. And he spake vnto the prestes the children of Aaron, that they shulde offre vpon the altare of the LORDE. 2 Chronicles 29:22 So they slewe the bullockes, and the prestes toke the bloude, and sprenkled it vpon ye altare: and slewe the rammes, and sprenkled the bloude vpon the altare: and slewe the labes, and sprenkled the bloude vpon the altare. 2 Chronicles 29:23 And ye goates to ye synofferynge brought they before the kynge and the congregacio, and layed their handes vpon them: 2 Chronicles 29:24 and the prestes slewe them, and sprenkled their bloude vpon the altare to make attonemet for all Israel: for the kynge commaunded to offre burntsacrifyces and sinofferinges for all Israel. 2 Chronicles 29:25 And he set the Leuites in the house of the LORDE with Cymbales, Psalteries and harpes, as Dauid had commaunded, and Gad the kynges Seer, and the prophet Nathan for it was the commaundement of the LORDE by his prophetes. 2 Chronicles 29:26 And the Leuites stode with the musicall instrumentes of Dauid, & the prestes with the trompettes. 2 Chronicles 29:27 And Ezechias commaunded them to offre burntsacrifyces vpon the altare. And aboute the tyme that the burntsacrifyce begane to be offred the songe of the LORDE beganne also, and ye trompettes, and dyuerse instrumentes of Dauid the kynge of Israel 2 Chronicles 29:28 and all the congregacion gaue praise & thankes: and the songe of the Musicians, and ye blowynge of the trompetters, endured all tyll the burntofferynge was fynished. 2 Chronicles 29:29 Now whan the burntofferynge was perfourmed, the kynge and all they that were with him, bowed them selues, and gaue praise and thankes. 2 Chronicles 29:30 And Ezechias the kynge wt the rulers commaunded the Leuites to prayse the LORDE with the songes of Dauid and Assaph the Seer. And they gaue prayse tyll they were ioyfull, and they bowed them selues, and worshipped. 2 Chronicles 29:31 And Ezechias answered and saide: Now haue ye fylled youre hades vnto the LORDE steppe forth, and brynge hither ye sacrifyces and thankofferynges vnto the house of the LORDE. And the congregacion broughte sacrifyces and thankofferynges, and euery ma of a fre wyllinge hert brought burntofferynges. 2 Chronicles 29:32 And the nombre of the burntofferynges that the congregacion broughte, was thre score bullockes and ten, an hundreth rames, and two hundreth lambes, and all these for the burntofferynge vnto the LORDE, 2 Chronicles 29:33 and they sanctifyed sixe hundreth bullockes, and thre thousande shepe. 2 Chronicles 29:34 But the prestes were to fewe, and coulde not pluck of the skynnes of all the burnt offerynges, therfore toke they their brethren the Leuites, tyll the worke was fynished, and tyll the prestes were halowed (for the Leuites are easier to be halowed then the prestes) 2 Chronicles 29:35 and many of the burnt offerynges were with the fat of the thankofferynges and drynkofferynges to the burntsacrifices. Thus was the ministracion of the house of the LORDE prepared. 2 Chronicles 29:36 And Ezechias reioysed with all the people, that they were prepared with God: for it was done righte haistely.