1 And Ezekias sent to all Israel and Juda, and wrote letters to Ephraim and Manasse, that they should come into the house of the Lord to Jerusalem, to keep the passover to the Lord God of Israel.
2 For the king, and the princes, and all the congregation in Jerusalem, designed to keep the passover in the second month.
3 For they could not keep it at that time, because a sufficient number of priest had not purified themselves, and the people was not gathered to Jerusalem.
4 And the proposal pleased the king and the congregation.
5 And they established a decree that a proclamation should go through all Israel, from Bersabee to Dan, that they should come and keep the passover to the Lord God of Israel at Jerusalem: for the multitude had not done it lately according to the scripture.
6 And the posts went with the letters from the king and the princes to all Israel and Juda, according to the command of the king, saying, Children of Israel, return to the Lord God of Abraam, and Isaac, and Israel, and bring back them that have escaped those that were left of the hand of the king of Assyria.
7 And be not as your fathers, and your brethren, who revolted from the Lord God of their fathers, and he gave them up to desolation, as ye see.
8 And now harden not your hearts, as your fathers : give glory to the Lord God, and enter into his sanctuary, which he has sanctified for ever: and serve the Lord your God, and he shall turn away fierce anger from you.
9 For when ye turn to the Lord, your brethren and your children shall be pitied before all that have carried them captives, and he will restore to this land: for the Lord our God is merciful and pitiful, and will not turn away his face from you, if we return to him.
10 So the posts went through from city to city in mount Ephraim, and Manasse, and as far as Zabulon: and they as it were laughed them to scorn, and mocked them.
11 But the men of Aser, and of Manasses and of Zabulon, were ashamed, and came to Jerusalem and Juda.
12 And the hand of the Lord was to give them one heart to come, to do according to the commands of the king and of the princes, by the word of the Lord.
13 And a great multitude were gathered to Jerusalem to keep the feast of unleavened bread in the second month, a very great congregation.
14 And they arose, and took away the altars that were in Jerusalem, and all on which they burnt incense to false they tore down and cast into the brook Kedron.
15 Then they killed the passover on the fourteenth day of the second month: and the priests and the Levites repented, and purified , and brought whole-burnt-offerings into the house of the Lord.
16 And they stood at their post, according to their ordinance, according to the commandment of Moses the man of God: and the priests received the blood from the hand of the Levites.
17 For a great part of the congregation was not sanctified; and the Levites were to kill the passover for every one who could not sanctify himself to the Lord.
18 For the greatest part of the people of Ephraim, and Manasse, and Issachar, and Zabulon, had not purified , but ate the passover contrary to the scripture. On this account also Ezekias prayed concerning them, saying,
19 The good Lord be merciful with regard to every heart that sincerely seeks the Lord God of their fathers, and not according to the purification of the sanctuary.
20 And the Lord hearkened to Ezekias, and healed the people.
21 And the children of Israel who were present in Jerusalem kept the feast of unleavened bread seven days with great joy; and they continued to sing hymns to the Lord daily, and the priests and the Levites on instruments to the Lord.
22 And Ezekias encouraged all the Levites, and those that had good understanding of the Lord: and they completely kept the feast of unleavened bread seven days, offering peace-offerings, and confessing to the Lord God of their fathers.
23 And the congregation purposed together to keep other seven days: and they kept seven days with gladness.
24 For Ezekias set apart for Juda, for the congregation, a thousand calves and seven thousand sheep; and the princes set apart for the people a thousand calves and ten thousand sheep: and the holy things of the priests abundantly.
25 And all the congregation, the priests and the Levites, rejoiced, and all the congregation of Juda, and they that were present of Jerusalem, and the strangers that came from the land of Israel, and the dwellers in Juda.
26 And there was great joy in Jerusalem: from the days of Solomon the son of David king of Israel there was not such a feast in Jerusalem.
27 Then the priests the Levites rose up and blessed the people: and their voice was heard, and their prayer came into his holy dwelling-place, into heaven.