2 Chronicles 30
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2 Chronicles 30
Hezekiah Celebrates the Passover...
And Hizqiyahu sent to all Yisra`el and Yehudah, and he also wrote letters to Ephrayim and Menashsheh, to come to the House of YHWH at Yerushalayim, to perform the Passover to YHWH Elohim of Yisra`el.
But the sovereign and his leaders and all the assembly in Yerushalayim had taken counsel to perform the Passover in the second month.
For they were unable to perform it at its time, because not enough priests had set themselves apart, and the people had not gathered at Yerushalayim.
And the matter was right in the eyes of the sovereign and in the eyes of all the assembly.
And they settled the matter, to send a call to all Yisra'el, from Be'ersheba to Dan, to come to perform a Passover to YHWH Elohim of Yisra'el at Yerushalayim, since they had not done it for a long time, as it is written.
And the runners went to all Yisra'el and Yehudah with the letters from the sovereign and his leaders, and spoke according to the command of the sovereign, 'Children of Yisra'el, turn back to YHWH Elohim of Abraham, Yitshaq, and Yisra'el, so that He returns to the remnant of you who have escaped from the hand of the sovereigns of Ashshur.
'And do not be like your fathers and like your brothers, who trespassed against YHWH Elohim of their fathers, so that He gave them up to ruin, as you see.
'Now do not stiffen your neck, like your fathers, stretch forth the hand to YHWH, and come to His set-apart place, which He has set apart forever, and serve YHWH your Elohim, so that His burning wrath turns away from you.
'For if you turn back to YHWH, your brothers and your children shall be shown compassion by their captors, even to return to this land. For YHWH your Elohim shows favour and compassion, and does not turn His face from you if you turn back to Him.'
And the runners passed from city to city throughout the land of Ephrayim and Menashsheh, as far as Zebulun. But they were laughing at them and mocking them.
Some from Asher and Menashsheh and from Zebulun, however, humbled themselves and came to Yerushalayim.
Also the hand of Elohim was on Yehudah to give them one heart to do the command of the sovereign and the rulers, at the word of YHWH.
And many people, a very great assembly, gathered at Yerushalayim to perform the Festival of Unleavened Bread in the second month.
And they rose up and removed the altars that were in Yerushalayim, and they removed all the incense altars and threw them into the wadi Qidron.
Then they slaughtered the Passover on the fourteenth day of the second month. And the priests and the Lewites were ashamed, and set themselves apart, and brought the burnt offerings to the House of YHWH.
And they stood in their place according to their right-ruling. According to the Torah of Mosheh, the man of Elohim, the priests sprinkled the blood from the hand of the Lewites.
For many in the assembly had not set themselves apart. Therefore the Lewites were over the slaughter of the Passover for everyone who was not clean, to set them apart to YHWH.
For many of the people, many from Ephrayim and Menashsheh, Yissaskar and Zebulun, had not been cleansed, yet they ate the Passover contrary to what was written. But Hizqiyahu prayed for them, saying, ' YHWH who is good, provide atonement for everyone
who has prepared his heart to seek Elohim, YHWH Elohim of his fathers, though he is not cleansed according to the cleansing of the set-apart place.'
And YHWH listened to Hizqiyahu and healed the people.
And the children of Yisra'el who were in Yerushalayim performed the Festival of Unleavened Bread seven days with great joy. And the Lewites and the priests praised YHWH day by day, with instruments of praise before YHWH.
And Hizqiyahu spoke to the heart of all the Lewites, those having good understanding concerning YHWH. So they ate what was appointed, seven days, slaughtering peace offerings and making confession to YHWH Elohim of their fathers.
And all the assembly took counsel to perform another seven days, and they performed it another seven days with joy.
For Hizqiyahu sovereign of Yehudah presented to the assembly a thousand bulls and seven thousand sheep, and the rulers presented to the assembly a thousand bulls and ten thousand sheep. And a great number of priests set themselves apart.
And all the assembly of Yehudah rejoiced, and the priests and Lewites, and all the assembly who had come from Yisra'el, and the sojourners who came from the land of Yisra'el, and those who dwelt in Yehudah.
And there came to be great joy in Yerushalayim, for since the days of Shelomoh son of Dawid, the sovereign of Yisra'el, the like of this had not been in Yerushalayim.
And the priests, the Lewites, rose and blessed the people, and their voice was heard. And their prayer came up to His set-apart dwelling place, to heaven.
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