Hezekiah1 was twenty-five years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem twenty-nine years. His mother's name was Abijah daughter of Zechariah.
He did what was right in the eyes of the LORD, just as his father David2 had done.
In the first month of the first year of his reign, he opened the doors of the temple of the LORD and repaired3 them.
He brought in the priests and the Levites, assembled them in the square on the east side
and said: "Listen to me, Levites! Consecrate4 yourselves now and consecrate the temple of the LORD, the God of your fathers. Remove all defilement from the sanctuary.
Our fathers5 were unfaithful;6 they did evil in the eyes of the LORD our God and forsook him. They turned their faces away from the LORD's dwelling place and turned their backs on him.
They also shut the doors of the portico and put out the lamps. They did not burn incense7 or present any burnt offerings at the sanctuary to the God of Israel.
Therefore, the anger of the LORD has fallen on Judah and Jerusalem; he has made them an object of dread and horror8 and scorn,9 as you can see with your own eyes.
This is why our fathers have fallen by the sword and why our sons and daughters and our wives are in captivity.1010
Now I intend to make a covenant11 with the LORD, the God of Israel, so that his fierce anger12 will turn away from us.
My sons, do not be negligent now, for the LORD has chosen you to stand before him and serve him,13 to minister14 before him and to burn incense."