2 Chronicles 29
began to reign when he was five and twenty years old, and he reigned nine and twenty years in Jerusalem. And his mother's
name was Abijah, the daughter of Zechariah.
he did that which was right in the sight of the LORD, according to all that David his father had done.
3He in the first year of his reign, in the first month, opened the doors of the
house of the LORD, and repaired them.
he brought in the priests and the Levites, and gathered them together into the east street,
5And said unto them, Hear me, ye Levites, sanctify now yourselves, and sanctify
the house of the LORD God of your fathers, and carry forth the filthiness out of the holy place.
6For our fathers have trespassed, and done that which was evil in the eyes of the
LORD our God, and have forsaken him, and have turned away their faces from the habitation of the LORD, and turned their backs.
7Also they have shut up the doors of the porch,
and put out the lamps, and have not burned incense nor offered burnt offerings in the holy place unto the God of Israel.
8Wherefore the wrath of the LORD was upon Judah and Jerusalem, and he hath delivered
them to trouble, to astonishment, and to hissing, as ye see with your eyes.
9For, lo, our fathers have fallen by the sword, and our sons and our daughters and our wives are in
captivity for this.
10Now it is in mine heart
to make a covenant with the LORD God of Israel, that his fierce wrath may turn away from us.
11My sons, be not now negligent: for the LORD hath chosen you to stand before him,
to serve him, and that ye should minister unto him, and burn incense.
12Then the Levites arose, Mahath the son of Amasai, and Joel the son of Azariah, of the sons of the
Kohathites: and of the sons of Merari, Kish the son of Abdi, and Azariah the son of Jehalelel: and of the Gershonites; Joah
the son of Zimmah, and Eden the son of Joah:
of the sons of Elizaphan; Shimri, and Jeiel: and of the sons of Asaph; Zechariah, and Mattaniah:
14And of the sons of Heman; Jehiel, and Shimei: and of the sons of Jeduthun; Shemaiah,
15And they gathered their brethren,
and sanctified themselves, and came, according to the commandment of the king, by the words of the LORD, to cleanse the house
of the LORD.
16And the priests went into the
inner part of the house of the LORD, to cleanse it, and brought out all the uncleanness that they found in the temple of the
LORD into the court of the house of the LORD. And the Levites took it, to carry it out abroad into the brook Kidron.
17Now they began on the first day of the first month to sanctify, and on the eighth
day of the month came they to the porch of the LORD: so they sanctified the house of the LORD in eight days; and in the sixteenth
day of the first month they made an end.
they went in to Hezekiah the king, and said, We have cleansed all the house of the LORD, and the altar of burnt offering,
with all the vessels thereof, and the shewbread table, with all the vessels thereof.
19Moreover all the vessels, which king Ahaz in his reign did cast away in his transgression,
have we prepared and sanctified, and, behold, they are before the altar of the LORD.
20Then Hezekiah the king rose early, and gathered the rulers of the city, and went
up to the house of the LORD.
21And they brought
seven bullocks, and seven rams, and seven lambs, and seven he goats, for a sin offering for the kingdom, and for the sanctuary,
and for Judah. And he commanded the priests the sons of Aaron to offer them on the altar of the LORD.
22So they killed the bullocks, and the priests received the blood, and sprinkled
it on the altar: likewise, when they had killed the rams, they sprinkled the blood upon the altar: they killed also the lambs,
and they sprinkled the blood upon the altar.
they brought forth the he goats for the sin offering before the king and the congregation; and they laid their hands upon
24And the priests killed them, and they
made reconciliation with their blood upon the altar, to make an atonement for all Israel: for the king commanded that the
burnt offering and the sin offering should be made for all Israel.
25And he set the Levites in the house of the LORD with cymbals, with psalteries, and with harps, according
to the commandment of David, and of Gad the king's seer, and Nathan the prophet: for so was the commandment of the LORD by
26And the Levites stood with
the instruments of David, and the priests with the trumpets.
Hezekiah commanded to offer the burnt offering upon the altar. And when the burnt offering began, the song of the LORD began
also with the trumpets, and with the instruments ordained by David king of Israel.
28And all the congregation worshipped, and the singers sang, and the trumpeters sounded: and all this
continued until the burnt offering was finished.
when they had made an end of offering, the king and all that were present with him bowed themselves, and worshipped.
30Moreover Hezekiah the king and the princes commanded the Levites to sing praise
unto the LORD with the words of David, and of Asaph the seer. And they sang praises with gladness, and they bowed their heads
31Then Hezekiah answered and
said, Now ye have consecrated yourselves unto the LORD, come near and bring sacrifices and thank offerings into the house
of the LORD. And the congregation brought in sacrifices and thank offerings; and as many as were of a free heart burnt offerings.
32And the number of the burnt offerings, which
the congregation brought, was threescore and ten bullocks, an hundred rams, and two hundred lambs: all these were for a burnt
offering to the LORD.
33And the consecrated
things were six hundred oxen and three thousand sheep.
the priests were too few, so that they could not flay all the burnt offerings: wherefore their brethren the Levites did help
them, till the work was ended, and until the other priests had sanctified themselves: for the Levites were more upright in
heart to sanctify themselves than the priests.
also the burnt offerings were in abundance, with the fat of the peace offerings, and the drink offerings for every burnt offering.
So the service of the house of the LORD was set in order.
Hezekiah rejoiced, and all the people, that God had prepared the people: for the thing was done suddenly.