He stationed the Levites in the temple of the LORD with cymbals, harps and lyres in the way prescribed by David1 and Gad2 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,3 and the priests with their trumpets.427
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 instruments5 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 offering6 was completed.
When the offerings were finished, the king and everyone present with him knelt down and worshiped.730
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 sacrifices8 and thank offerings to the temple of the LORD." So the assembly brought sacrifices and thank offerings, and all whose hearts were willing9 brought burnt offerings.
The number of burnt offerings10 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;11 so their kinsmen the Levites helped them until the task was finished and until other priests had been consecrated,12 for the Levites had been more conscientious in consecrating themselves than the priests had been.
There were burnt offerings in abundance, together with the fat13 of the fellowship offeringsa14 and the drink offerings15 that accompanied the burnt offerings. So the service of the temple of the LORD was reestablished.