2 Chronicles 29
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2 Chronicles 29
Hezekiah Purifies the Temple...
Hizqiyahu began to reign when he was twenty-five years old, and he reigned twenty-nine years in Yerushalayim. And his mother`s name was Abiyah the daughter of Zekaryahu.
And he did what was right in the eyes of YHWH, according to all that his father Dawid did.
In the first year of his reign, in the first month, he opened the doors of the House of YHWH and repaired them,
and brought in the priests and the Lewites, and gathered them in the open place to the east.
And he said to them, 'Listen to me, O Lewites! Now set yourselves apart, set apart the House of YHWH Elohim of your fathers, and remove the uncleanness from the set-apart place.
'For our fathers have trespassed and have done evil in the eyes of YHWH our Elohim, and have forsaken Him, and have turned their faces away from the Dwelling Place of YHWH, and have given their backs.
'And they have shut the doors of the porch, and put out the lamps, and they have not burned incense or offered burnt offerings in the set-apart place to the Elohim of Yisra'el.
'Therefore the wrath of YHWH fell upon Yehudah and Yerushalayim, and He has given them up for a trembling, for an astonishment, and for a hissing, as you see with your eyes.
'And see, because of this our fathers have fallen by the sword. And our sons, and our daughters, and our wives are in captivity for this.
'Now it is in my heart to make a covenant with YHWH Elohim of Yisra'el, so that the heat of His wrath turns away from us.
'My sons, do not be slack, for YHWH has chosen you to stand before Him, to serve Him, and to be attendants for Him and burn incense.'
And the Lewites rose up: Mahath son of Amasai and Yo'el son of Azaryahu, of the sons of the Qehathites; and of the sons of Merari, Qish son of Abdi and Azaryahu son of Yehallel'el; and of the Gereshonites, Yo'ah son of Zimmah and Eden son of Yo'ah;
and of the sons of Elitsaphan, Shimri and Ye'i'el; and of the sons of Asaph, Zekaryahu and Mattanyahu;
and of the sons of Heman, Yehi'el and Shim'i; and of the sons of Yeduthun, Shemayah and Uzzi'el.
And they gathered their brothers, and set themselves apart, and went according to the command of the sovereign, at the words of YHWH, to cleanse the House of YHWH.
And the priests came into the inner part of the House of YHWH to cleanse it, and brought out all the uncleanness they found in the Hekal of YHWH to the courtyard of the House of YHWH. Then the Lewites received it to take it outside to the wadi Qidron.
And they began to set apart on the first day of the first month, and on the eighth day of the month they came to the porch of YHWH. And they set apart the House of YHWH in eight days, and on the sixteenth day of the first month they had finished.
Then they came in to Sovereign Hizqiyahu and said, 'We have cleansed all the House of YHWH, and the altar of burnt offerings with all its utensils, and the table of the showbread with all its utensils.
'And all the utensils which Sovereign Ahaz in his reign had pushed aside, when he trespassed, we have prepared and set apart. And see, they are before the altar of YHWH.'
And Sovereign Hizqiyahu rose up early, and gathered the heads of the city, and went up to the House of YHWH.
And they brought seven bulls, and seven rams, and seven lambs, and seven male goats for a sin offering for the reign, for the set-apart place, and for Yehudah. And he said to the priests, the sons of Aharon, to offer them on the altar of YHWH.
So they slaughtered the bulls, and the priests received the blood and sprinkled it on the altar. And they slaughtered the rams and sprinkled the blood on the altar. And they slaughtered the lambs and sprinkled the blood on the altar.
And they brought out the male goats of the sin offering before the sovereign and the assembly, and they laid their hands on them,
and the priests slaughtered them, and with their blood made a sin offering on the altar, to make an atonement for all Yisra'el, for the sovereign said that the burnt offering and the sin offering is for all Yisra'el.
And he appointed the Lewites in the House of YHWH with cymbals, with harps, and with lyres, according to the command of Dawid, and of Gad, seer of the sovereign, and of Nathan the prophet, for the command was by the hand of YHWH, by the hand of His prophets.
And the Lewites stood with the instruments of Dawid, and the priests with the trumpets.
And Hizqiyahu gave the order to offer the burnt offering on the altar. And when the burnt offering began, the singing unto YHWH began, with the trumpets and with the instruments of Dawid sovereign of Yisra'el.
And all the assembly were bowing, and the singers singing, and the trumpeters blowing - all this until the burnt offering was completed.
And at the completion of the offering, the sovereign and all who were present with him bowed and worshipped.
And Sovereign Hizqiyahu and the rulers ordered the Lewites to sing praise to YHWH with the words of Dawid and of Asaph the seer. And they sang praises with gladness, and they bowed their heads and worshipped.
And Hizqiyahu responded and said, 'Now that you have ordained yourselves to YHWH, come near, and bring slaughterings and thank offerings into the House of YHWH.' And the assembly brought in slaughterings and thank offerings, and all those whose hearts were so moved brought burnt offerings.
And the number of the burnt offerings which the assembly brought was seventy bulls, one hundred rams, two hundred lambs - all these for a burnt offering to YHWH.
And the set-apart gifts were six hundred bulls and three thousand sheep.
Only, the priests were too few, and were unable to skin all the burnt offerings, so their brothers the Lewites helped them until the work was completed and until the other priests had set themselves apart, for the Lewites were more upright of heart to set themselves apart, than the priests.
And there were also many burnt offerings, with the fat of the peace offerings and with the drink offerings for every burnt offering. Thus the service of the House of YHWH was re-established.
And Hizqiyahu and all the people rejoiced that Elohim had prepared the people, because the matter came about so suddenly.
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