Early the next morning King Hezekiah gathered the city officials together and went up to the temple of the LORD.
They brought seven bulls, seven rams, seven male lambs and seven male goats1 as a sin offering2 for the kingdom, for the sanctuary and for Judah. The king commanded the priests, the descendants of Aaron, to offer these on the altar of the LORD.
So they slaughtered the bulls, and the priests took the blood and sprinkled it on the altar; next they slaughtered the rams and sprinkled their blood on the altar; then they slaughtered the lambs and sprinkled their blood3 on the altar.
The goats4 for the sin offering were brought before the king and the assembly, and they laid their hands5 on them.
The priests then slaughtered the goats and presented their blood on the altar for a sin offering to atone6 for all Israel, because the king had ordered the burnt offering and the sin offering for all Israel.725
He stationed the Levites in the temple of the LORD with cymbals, harps and lyres in the way prescribed by David8 and Gad9 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,10 and the priests with their trumpets.1127
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 instruments12 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 offering13 was completed.
When the offerings were finished, the king and everyone present with him knelt down and worshiped.1430
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 sacrifices15 and thank offerings to the temple of the LORD." So the assembly brought sacrifices and thank offerings, and all whose hearts were willing16 brought burnt offerings.
The number of burnt offerings17 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;18 so their kinsmen the Levites helped them until the task was finished and until other priests had been consecrated,19 for the Levites had been more conscientious in consecrating themselves than the priests had been.
There were burnt offerings in abundance, together with the fat20 of the fellowship offeringsa21 and the drink offerings22 that accompanied the burnt offerings. So the service of the temple of the LORD was reestablished.
Hezekiah and all the people rejoiced at what God had brought about for his people, because it was done so quickly.23