If you return1 to the LORD, then your brothers and your children will be shown compassion2 by their captors and will come back to this land, for the LORD your God is gracious and compassionate.3 He will not turn his face from you if you return to him."
The couriers went from town to town in Ephraim and Manasseh, as far as Zebulun, but the people scorned and ridiculed4 them.
Nevertheless, some men of Asher, Manasseh and Zebulun humbled5 themselves and went to Jerusalem.612
Also in Judah the hand of God was on the people to give them unity7 of mind to carry out what the king and his officials had ordered, following the word of the LORD.
A very large crowd of people assembled in Jerusalem to celebrate the Feast of Unleavened Bread8 in the second month.
They removed the altars9 in Jerusalem and cleared away the incense altars and threw them into the Kidron Valley.1015
They slaughtered the Passover lamb on the fourteenth day of the second month. The priests and the Levites were ashamed and consecrated11 themselves and brought burnt offerings to the temple of the LORD.
Then they took up their regular positions12 as prescribed in the Law of Moses the man of God. The priests sprinkled the blood handed to them by the Levites.
Since many in the crowd had not consecrated themselves, the Levites had to kill13 the Passover lambs for all those who were not ceremonially clean and could not consecrate [their lambs] to the LORD.
Although most of the many people who came from Ephraim, Manasseh, Issachar and Zebulun had not purified themselves,14 yet they ate the Passover, contrary to what was written. But Hezekiah prayed for them, saying, "May the LORD, who is good, pardon everyone
who sets his heart on seeking God--the LORD, the God of his fathers--even if he is not clean according to the rules of the sanctuary."