11Hezekiahbecameking when he was twenty-fiveyearsold ; and he reignedtwenty-nineyears in Jerusalem. And his mother'sname was Abijah, the daughter of Zechariah.
22He didright in the sight of the LORD, according to all that his fatherDavid had done.
In the firstyear of his reign, in the firstmonth, he 3opened the doors of the house of the LORD and repaired them.
He brought in the priests and the Levites and gathered them into the square on the east.
Then he said to them, "Listen to me, O Levites. 4Consecrate yourselves now, and consecrate the house of the LORD, the God of your fathers, and carry the uncleanness out from the holy place.
"For our fathers have beenunfaithful and have doneevil in the sight of the LORD our God, and have forsaken Him and 5turned their facesaway from the dwellingplace of the LORD, and have aturned their backs.
"They have also6shut the doors of the porch and put out the lamps, and have not burnedincense or offeredburntofferings in the holy place to the God of Israel.
"Therefore 7the wrath of the LORD was againstJudah and Jerusalem, and He has made them an object of terror, of horror, and of 8hissing, as you see with your own eyes.
"For behold, 9our fathers have fallen by the sword, and our sons and our daughters and our wives are in captivity for this.
10"Now it is in my heart10to make a covenant with the LORDGod of Israel, that His burninganger may turnaway from us.
"My sons, do not be negligentnow, for 11the LORD has chosen you to standbefore Him, to minister to Him, and to be His ministers and burnincense."
Then the Levitesarose : 12Mahath, the son of Amasai and Joel the son of Azariah, from the sons of 13the Kohathites ; and from the sons of Merari, Kish the son of Abdi and Azariah the son of Jehallelel ; and from the Gershonites, Joah the son of Zimmah and Eden the son of Joah ;
and from the sons of Elizaphan, Shimri and bJeiel ; and from the sons of Asaph, Zechariah and Mattaniah ;
and from the sons of Heman, cJehiel and Shimei ; and from the sons of Jeduthun, Shemaiah and Uzziel.
They assembled their brothers, 14consecrated themselves, and went in 15to cleanse the house of the LORD, according to the commandment of the king16by the words of the LORD.
So the priestswent in to the innerpart of the house of the LORD to cleanse it, and everyuncleanthingwhich they found in the temple of the LORD they brought out to the court of the house of the LORD. Then the Levitesreceived it to carry out to 17the Kidrondvalley.
Now they beganethe consecration18on the first day of the firstmonth, and on the eighthday of the month they entered the porch of the LORD. Then they consecrated the house of the LORD in eightdays, and finished on the sixteenthday of the firstmonth.
Then they went in to KingHezekiah and said, "We have cleansed the wholehouse of the LORD, the altar of burntoffering with all of its utensils, and the table of showbread with all of its utensils.
"Moreover, 19all the utensilswhichKingAhaz had discarded during his reign in his unfaithfulness, we have prepared and consecrated ; and behold, they are before the altar of the LORD."
Then KingHezekiaharoseearly and assembled the princes of the city and went up to the house of the LORD.
They broughtsevenbulls, sevenrams, sevenlambs and sevenmalegoats20for a sinoffering for the kingdom, the sanctuary, and Judah. And he ordered the priests, the sons of Aaron, to offer them on the altar of the LORD.
So they slaughtered the bulls, and the prieststook the blood and sprinkled it on the altar. They also slaughtered the rams and sprinkled the blood on the altar ; they slaughtered the lambs also and 21sprinkled the blood on the altar.
Then they brought the malegoats of the sinofferingbefore the king and the assembly, and 22they laid their hands on them.
The priestsslaughtered them and purged the altar with their blood23to atone for allIsrael, for the kingordered the burntoffering and the sinoffering for allIsrael.
2524He then stationed the Levites in the house of the LORD with cymbals, with harps and with lyres, 25according to the command of David and of 26Gad the king'sseer, and of 27Nathan the prophet ; for the command was from the LORDthrough His prophets.
The Levitesstood with 28the musical instruments of David, and 29the priests with the trumpets.
Then Hezekiahgave the order to offer the burntoffering on the altar. When the burntofferingbegan, 30the song to the LORD also began with the trumpets, faccompanied by the instruments of David, king of Israel.
While the wholeassemblyworshiped, the singers also sang and the trumpetssounded ; all this continued until the burntoffering was finished.
Now at the completion of the burntofferings, 31the king and all who were present with him boweddown and worshiped.
Moreover, KingHezekiah and the officialsordered the Levites to singpraises to the LORD with the words of David and Asaph the seer. 32So they sangpraises with joy, and boweddown and worshiped.
Then Hezekiahsaid, "33Now that you have gconsecratedyourselves to the LORD, comenear and bringsacrifices and thankofferings to the house of the LORD." And the assemblybroughtsacrifices and thankofferings, and 34all those who were hwilling brought burntofferings.
The number of the burntofferingswhich the assemblybrought was 70bulls, 100rams, and 200lambs ; allthese were for a burntoffering to the LORD.
The consecratedthings were 600bulls and 3,000sheep.
But the priests were too few, so that they were unable to skinall the burntofferings ; 35therefore their brothers the Leviteshelped them until the work was completed and until the other priests had consecrated themselves. For 36the Levites were moreiconscientious to consecrate themselves than the priests.
There were alsoj37manyburntofferings with 38the fat of the peaceofferings and with 39the libations for the burntofferings. Thus the service of the house of the LORD was established again.
Then Hezekiah and all the peoplerejoicedover what God had prepared for the people, because the thingcame about suddenly.