The priests then slaughtered the goats and presented their blood on the altar for a sin offering to atone1 for all Israel, because the king had ordered the burnt offering and the sin offering for all Israel.225
He stationed the Levites in the temple of the LORD with cymbals, harps and lyres in the way prescribed by David3 and Gad4 the king's seer and Nathan the prophet; this was commanded by the LORD through his prophets.
So the Levites stood ready with David's instruments,5 and the priests with their trumpets.627
Hezekiah gave the order to sacrifice the burnt offering on the altar. As the offering began, singing to the LORD began also, accompanied by trumpets and the instruments7 of David king of Israel.
The whole assembly bowed in worship, while the singers sang and the trumpeters played. All this continued until the sacrifice of the burnt offering8 was completed.
When the offerings were finished, the king and everyone present with him knelt down and worshiped.930
King Hezekiah and his officials ordered the Levites to praise the LORD with the words of David and of Asaph the seer. So they sang praises with gladness and bowed their heads and worshiped.
Then Hezekiah said, "You have now dedicated yourselves to the LORD. Come and bring sacrifices10 and thank offerings to the temple of the LORD." So the assembly brought sacrifices and thank offerings, and all whose hearts were willing11 brought burnt offerings.
The number of burnt offerings12 the assembly brought was seventy bulls, a hundred rams and two hundred male lambs--all of them for burnt offerings to the LORD.
The animals consecrated as sacrifices amounted to six hundred bulls and three thousand sheep and goats.
The priests, however, were too few to skin all the burnt offerings;13 so their kinsmen the Levites helped them until the task was finished and until other priests had been consecrated,14 for the Levites had been more conscientious in consecrating themselves than the priests had been.