2 Chronicles 30
Hezekiah proclaimeth a solemn Passover on the second month for Judah and Israel.
2 Chronicles 30:1 And Hezekiah sent to all Israel and Iuda: and therto wrote letters to Ephraim & Manasseh, that they should come to the house of the Lorde at Ierusalem, to offer passeouer vnto the Lorde God of Israel. 2 Chronicles 30:2 And the kynge helde a councell wyth hys Lordes and all the congregacyon at Ierusalem to kepe the feast of passeouer in the seconde moneth. 2 Chronicles 30:3 For they coulde not kepe yt at þe time: for there were not preastes ynowe sanctifyed, nether was the people geathered to geather to Ierusalem. 2 Chronicles 30:4 And the thynge pleased the kynge and all the congregacion. 2 Chronicles 30:5 And they decreed that yt should be proclaymed thorow out all Israel from Bersabe to Dan, that they should come and holde the feast of passeouer vnto the Lorde God of Israel at Ierusalem: for they had not often done yt, as yt is written how they shoulde. 2 Chronicles 30:6 And the messengers went wyth letters of the hande of the kynge and of his Lordes thorou out all Israel and Iuda, at the commaundement of the kyng which sayde: chyldren of Israel, turne agayne vnto the Lorde God of Abram, Isaac and Israel, and so wil he turne to the remnaunt of you that are escaped out of the handes of the kynge of Assur. 2 Chronicles 30:7 And be ye not lyke youre fathers and youre brethren which trespaced agaynst the Lorde of youre fathers, whyche therfore gaue them vp that they are wasted as ye se. 2 Chronicles 30:8 Wherfore be not styffenecked lyke vnto youre fathers, but yelde youre selues vnto the Lord, & come to hys holye place whiche he hath sanctified for euer, and serue the Lord youre God, that hys wrath maye turne from you. 2 Chronicles 30:9 For yf ye turne vnto the Lorde, then youre brethren & youre children shall fynde compassion in the presence of them that holde them captyue, þt they maye come agayne vnto this lande: for the Lorde youre God is full of mercye and compassyon, and wyll not turne hys face from you, yf ye turne agayne to hym. 2 Chronicles 30:10 And the postes went from cytie to cytye thorou oute the lande of Ephraim and Manasseh and euen vnto Zabulon. But they laughed them to skorne & moked them. 2 Chronicles 30:11 Neuerthelesse yet dyuerse of Asser, Manasseh and of Zabulon meakened themselues and came to Ierusalem. 2 Chronicles 30:12 And therto the hand of God was in Iuda, to make them of one accorde to do the commaundement of the kynge and the capitaynes, whiche was accordynge to the worde of the Lorde.
The assembly, having destroyed the altars of idolatry, keep their feast fourteen days.
2 Chronicles 30:13 And so there assembled to Ierusalem moche people and a myghtie great congregacion, to holde the feast of swete breade in the seconde moneth. 2 Chronicles 30:14 And they arose and put awaye the aulters that were in Ierusalem. And therto all the incense they dyd awaye and cast them into the broke Cedron. 2 Chronicles 30:15 And they slue passeouer the fourtene daye of the second moneth. And the preastes and Leuites sanctifyed them selues for shame, and brought in the burntofferynges into the house of þe Lorde. 2 Chronicles 30:16 And they stode in theyr standynge after theyre maner accordynge to the law of Moses the man of God. And the preastes sprynkled the bloude receyuynge yt of the handes of the leuites. 2 Chronicles 30:17 And because there were manye in the congregacyon that were not sanctifyed: and therfore dyd the Leuites sley passeouer for all that were not cleane to sanctifye them to the Lorde. 2 Chronicles 30:18 There was verye moche people out of Ephraim, Manasseh, Isakar and Zabulon that were not cleane, and therfore dyd eate passeouer otherwyse then wrytynge specyfyeth. But Hezekiah prayed for them & sayd: the good Lorde 2 Chronicles 30:19 be mercyfull to all that sett theyr hertes to seke the God that is the Lord God of theyr fathers, though they do yt not accordynge to the clennesse of the holy place. 2 Chronicles 30:20 And the Lorde heard Hezekiah and healed the people. 2 Chronicles 30:21 And so the chyldren of Israel that were founde at Ierusalem, helde the feast of swete breade seuen dayes wyth great gladnesse, and the Leuites and the preastes praysed the Lorde daye by daye with lowde instrumentes. 2 Chronicles 30:22 And Hezekiah spake hertely vnto the Leuites that had good vnderstandyng of the Lord. And they dyd eate that feast seuen dayes long and offered peace offerynges and thanked the Lorde God of theyr fathers. 2 Chronicles 30:23 And the hoale assemble toke councell to kepe seuen dayes mo: and they helde those seuen dayes with gladnesse. 2 Chronicles 30:24 For Hezekiah kynge of Iuda gaue for heaue offrynges to the congregacion a thousand oxen and seuen thousand shepe. And the Lorde gaue to the congregacyon for heaueoffrynges a thousand oxen and ten thousand shepe. And the preastes sanctifyed them selues, that they were ynowe. 2 Chronicles 30:25 And all the congregacion of Iuda with the preastes and Leuites, and all the congregacyon that came out of Israel and the straungers, both that came out of the lande of Israel and the dwelt in Iuda, 2 Chronicles 30:26 reioysed: and there was great ioye in Ierusalem. For sence the tyme of Salomon the sonne of Dauid kynge of Israel yt happened not so in Ierusalem.
The priests and Levites bless the people.
2 Chronicles 30:27 And the preastes and the Leuites arose and blessed the people, and theyr voce was hearde and theyr prayer went vp vnto hys holye dwellyng place heauen.