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2 Chronicles 31

The people is forward in destroying idolatry.

2 Chronicles 31:1 And when all these thynges were fynysshed, all they of Israel that were present in the cyties of Iuda, went out and brake the ymages, and cut downe the Idoles groues, & al to brake the hye places, and aulters, thorow out all Iuda and Beniamin, in Ephraim also and Manasse, vntyll they had vtterly destroyed them al. And all the children of Israel returned euery man to his possessions & to their awne cyties.

Hezekiah ordereth the courses of the priests and Levites, and provideth for their work and maintenance.

2 Chronicles 31:2 And Hezekia appoynted sondrye companies of the preastes and Leuites after the dyuersyte of their ministracions, euery man accordynge to his office: both preastes and Leuites, for the burntofferinge & peace offeringes, to ministre, & to geue thankes & prayse in the gates of the host of the Lord. 2 Chronicles 31:3 And the kynges porcion of his substaunce þt he gaue, were dayly burntofferinges in themorning and euening, & burntofferinges for the Saboth dayes, newmones, & solempne feastes, accordynge as it is written in the lawe of the Lorde. 2 Chronicles 31:4 And he bade þe people that dwelt in Ierusalem, geue the parte to the preastes & Leuites, that they might substauncially applye them selues to the lawe of the Lord.

The people's forwardness in offerings and tithes.

2 Chronicles 31:5 And as sone as the kynges commaundement came abroad, the children of Israel brought aboundaunce of first frutes, of corne, wyne, oyle, honye, & of all maner of frutes of the felde, & the tythes of all maner of thynges brought they in plenteously. 2 Chronicles 31:6 And þe chyldren of Israel and Iuda that dwelt in the cyties of Iuda, they also brought in the tythes of oxen and shepe, and other holy tythes which were consecrate vnto the Lorde theyr God, they dyd offre, and brought them all by heapes. 2 Chronicles 31:7 In the thyrd moneth they beganne to laye the heapes (in maner of a foundacion) and finisshed them in the seuenth moneth. 2 Chronicles 31:8 And when Hezekia and the Lordes came and sawe the heapes, they blessed þe Lorde & his people Israel. 2 Chronicles 31:9 And Hezekia questioned with the preastes & the Leuites concernyng the heapes. 2 Chronicles 31:10 And Azaria the chefe preaste of the house of Zadock, answered him, & sayde: sense the people beganne to bryng the heaue offerynges into the house of the Lord, we also haue had ynough to eate, there remayned so moch: for þe Lorde hath blessed his people and this heape is left.

Hezekiah appointeth officers to dispose of the tithes.

2 Chronicles 31:11 And Hezekia bad prepare the chambres in the house of the Lord. And they dyd prepare them, 2 Chronicles 31:12 & caryed in the first frutes, the tythes, and the dedicat thynges, faythfully. Ouer which Chonaniahu the Leuite had the rule, and Semei his brother next to him. 2 Chronicles 31:13 And Iehiel, Asaziahu, Nahath, Asael, Ierimoth, Iosabad, Eliel, Iesmachiahu, Mahath & Banaiahu were ouer sears ordeyned by Chonaniahu, & Semei his brother was an offycer of Hezekia the kyng, and Azaria was the ruler of the house of God. 2 Chronicles 31:14 And Chore the sonne of Imna the Leuite and porter of þe East dore, had the ouersyght of the thinges that were offred of a frewill vnto God (and were geuen in maner seuerally vnto the Lorde) and ouer the thynges most holy. 2 Chronicles 31:15 And vnder his hand were Eden, Miniamin, Iesua, Semeiahu, Amariahu, and Sechaniahu in the cities of the preastes appoynted of theyr fydelyte to geue to their brethren theyr porcions, as wel to the small as to the greate. 2 Chronicles 31:16 Except that to the males that were reckened from thre yere & aboue (amonge al that went into the house of the Lord) they shuld geue daye by daye, for theyr ministracion, & for theyr geuyng attendaunce, & for their diuerse waytinges by course. 2 Chronicles 31:17 And to the preastes & Leuites thorowe out the housholde of theyr fathers, from twentye yere & aboue to wayte when their courses came. 2 Chronicles 31:18 And to the families of all their babes, wyues, sonnes & daughters thorowe all the congregacion. For vpon the fydelyte of them were the holy thynges bestowed. 2 Chronicles 31:19 And to the chyldren of Aaron, the preastes, whych were in the feldes & suburbes of their cyties, cytie by cytie the men (whose names were expressed afore) shulde geue porcions, euen to all the males amonge the preastes, and to all the Leuites accordynge to theyr nombre.

The sincerety of Hezekiah.

2 Chronicles 31:20 And of thys maner dyd Hezekia thorowe out all Iuda, & wrought it that is good, and ryght and true, before the Lorde hys God. 2 Chronicles 31:21 And in all the worckes þt he beganne for the seruice of the house of God, for the lawe, and for the commaundementes, he sought his God, & that dyd he with all his hert, & prospered.

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