Hezekiah spoke encouragingly to all the Levites, who showed good understanding of the service of the LORD. For the seven days they ate their assigned portion and offered fellowship offeringsa and praised the LORD, the God of their fathers.
The whole assembly then agreed to celebrate1 the festival seven more days; so for another seven days they celebrated joyfully.
Hezekiah king of Judah provided2 a thousand bulls and seven thousand sheep and goats for the assembly, and the officials provided them with a thousand bulls and ten thousand sheep and goats. A great number of priests consecrated themselves.
The entire assembly of Judah rejoiced, along with the priests and Levites and all who had assembled from Israel3, including the aliens who had come from Israel and those who lived in Judah.
There was great joy in Jerusalem, for since the days of Solomon4 son of David king of Israel there had been nothing like this in Jerusalem.
The priests and the Levites stood to bless5 the people, and God heard them, for their prayer reached heaven, his holy dwelling place.