And Hezekiahsent to all Israel and Judah, and wroteletters also to Ephraim and Manasseh, that they should come to the house of the LORD at Jerusalem, to keep the passover unto the LORDGod of Israel.2
For the king had taken counsel , and his princes, and all the congregation in Jerusalem, to keep the passover in the secondmonth.3
For they could not keep it at that time, because the priests had not sanctified themselves sufficiently , neither had the people gathered themselves together to Jerusalem.4
And the thingpleaseda the king and all the congregation.5
So they established a decree to make proclamation throughout all Israel, from Beersheba even to Dan, that they should come to keep the passover unto the LORDGod of Israel at Jerusalem: for they had not done it of a long time in such sort as it was written .
So the postswent with the lettersfromb the king and his princes throughout all Israel and Judah, and according to the commandment of the king,saying , Ye children of Israel, turn again unto the LORDGod of Abraham,Isaac, and Israel, and he will return to the remnant of you, that are escaped out of the hand of the kings of Assyria.7
And be not ye like your fathers, and like your brethren, which trespassed against the LORDGod of their fathers, who therefore gave them up to desolation, as ye see .
Now be ye not stiffnecked , as your fathers were, but yieldyourselves unto the LORD, and enter into his sanctuary, which he hath sanctified for ever: and serve the LORD your God, that the fierceness of his wrath may turn away from you.
For if ye turn again unto the LORD, your brethren and your children shall find compassionbefore them that lead them captive , so that they shall come again into this land: for the LORD your God is gracious and merciful, and will not turn away his face from you, if ye return unto him.
So the postspassed from city to city through the country of Ephraim and Manasseh even unto Zebulun: but they laughed them to scorn , and mocked them.
Nevertheless divers of Asher and Manasseh and of Zebulunhumbled themselves, and came to Jerusalem.12
Also in Judah the hand of God was to give them oneheart to do the commandment of the king and of the princes, by the word of the LORD.13
And there assembled at Jerusalemmuchpeople to keep the feast of unleavened bread in the secondmonth, a verygreatcongregation.14
And they arose and took away the altars that were in Jerusalem, and all the altars for incense took they away , and cast them into the brookKidron.15
Then they killed the passover on the fourteenthday of the secondmonth: and the priests and the Levites were ashamed , and sanctified themselves, and brought in the burnt offerings into the house of the LORD.16
And they stood in their placec after their manner, according to the law of Moses the man of God: the priestssprinkled the blood, which they received of the hand of the Levites.17
For there were many in the congregation that were not sanctified : therefore the Levites had the charge of the killing of the passovers for every one that was not clean, to sanctify them unto the LORD.18
For a multitude of the people, even many of Ephraim, and Manasseh,Issachar, and Zebulun, had notcleansed themselves, yet did they eat the passover otherwise than it was written . But Hezekiahprayed for them, saying , The goodLORDpardon every one
That prepareth his heart to seekGod, the LORDGod of his fathers, though he be not cleansed according to the purification of the sanctuary.20
And the LORDhearkened to Hezekiah, and healed the people.21
And the children of Israel that were presentd at Jerusalemkept the feast of unleavened breadsevendays with greatgladness: and the Levites and the priestspraised the LORDday by day, singing with loudinstruments unto the LORD.22
And Hezekiahspakecomfortablye unto all the Levites that taught the goodknowledge of the LORD: and they did eat throughout the feastsevendays,offeringpeaceofferings, and making confession to the LORDGod of their fathers.23
And the whole assembly took counsel to keepothersevendays: and they kept other sevendays with gladness.24
For Hezekiahking of Judah did givef to the congregation a thousandbullocks and seventhousandsheep; and the princesgave to the congregation a thousandbullocks and tenthousandsheep: and a great number of priestssanctified themselves.
And all the congregation of Judah, with the priests and the Levites, and all the congregation that came out of Israel, and the strangers that came out of the land of Israel, and that dwelt in Judah,rejoiced .
So there was greatjoy in Jerusalem: for since the time of Solomon the son of Davidking of Israel there was not the like in Jerusalem.27
Then the priests the Levitesarose and blessed the people: and their voice was heard , and their prayercame up to his holyg dwelling place, even unto heaven.