When all this had ended, the Israelites who were there went out to the towns of Judah, smashed the sacred stones and cut down1 the Asherah poles. They destroyed the high places and the altars throughout Judah and Benjamin and in Ephraim and Manasseh. After they had destroyed all of them, the Israelites returned to their own towns and to their own property.
Hezekiah2 assigned the priests and Levites to divisions3--each of them according to their duties as priests or Levites--to offer burnt offerings and fellowship offerings,a to minister,4 to give thanks and to sing praises5 at the gates of the LORD's dwelling.63
The king contributed7 from his own possessions for the morning and evening burnt offerings and for the burnt offerings on the Sabbaths, New Moons and appointed feasts as written in the Law of the LORD.84
He ordered the people living in Jerusalem to give the portion9 due the priests and Levites so they could devote themselves to the Law of the LORD.
As soon as the order went out, the Israelites generously gave the firstfruits10 of their grain, new wine,11 oil and honey and all that the fields produced. They brought a great amount, a tithe of everything.
The men of Israel and Judah who lived in the towns of Judah also brought a tithe12 of their herds and flocks and a tithe of the holy things dedicated to the LORD their God, and they piled them in heaps.137
They began doing this in the third month and finished in the seventh month.148
When Hezekiah and his officials came and saw the heaps, they praised the LORD and blessed15 his people Israel.
Hezekiah asked the priests and Levites about the heaps;
and Azariah the chief priest, from the family of Zadok,16 answered, "Since the people began to bring their contributions to the temple of the LORD, we have had enough to eat and plenty to spare, because the LORD has blessed his people, and this great amount is left over."1711
Hezekiah gave orders to prepare storerooms in the temple of the LORD, and this was done.
Then they faithfully brought in the contributions, tithes and dedicated gifts. Conaniah,18 a Levite, was in charge of these things, and his brother Shimei was next in rank.
Jehiel, Azaziah, Nahath, Asahel, Jerimoth, Jozabad,19 Eliel, Ismakiah, Mahath and Benaiah were supervisors under Conaniah and Shimei his brother, by appointment of King Hezekiah and Azariah the official in charge of the temple of God.
Kore son of Imnah the Levite, keeper of the East Gate, was in charge of the freewill offerings given to God, distributing the contributions made to the LORD and also the consecrated gifts.
Eden,20 Miniamin, Jeshua, Shemaiah, Amariah and Shecaniah assisted him faithfully in the towns21 of the priests, distributing to their fellow priests according to their divisions, old and young alike.
In addition, they distributed to the males three years old or more whose names were in the genealogical records22--all who would enter the temple of the LORD to perform the daily duties of their various tasks, according to their responsibilities and their divisions.
And they distributed to the priests enrolled by their families in the genealogical records and likewise to the Levites twenty years old or more, according to their responsibilities and their divisions.
They included all the little ones, the wives, and the sons and daughters of the whole community listed in these genealogical records. For they were faithful in consecrating themselves.
As for the priests, the descendants of Aaron, who lived on the farm lands around their towns or in any other towns,23 men were designated by name to distribute portions to every male among them and to all who were recorded in the genealogies of the Levites.
This is what Hezekiah did throughout Judah, doing what was good and right and faithful24 before the LORD his God.
In everything that he undertook in the service of God's temple and in obedience to the law and the commands, he sought his God and worked wholeheartedly. And so he prospered.25