Now manypeople were gathered at Jerusalem to celebrate the Feast of UnleavenedBread1in the secondmonth, a verylargeassembly.
They arose and removed the altarswhich were in Jerusalem ; they also 2removedall the incensealtars and 3cast them into the brookKidron.
Then 4they slaughtered the Passover lambs on the fourteenth of the secondmonth. And 5the priests and Levites were ashamed of themselves, and consecrated themselves and broughtburntofferings to the house of the LORD.
166They stood at their stations after their custom, according to the law of Moses the man of God ; the priestssprinkled the blood which they received from the hand of the Levites.
For there were many in the assemblywho had not consecrated themselves; therefore, 7the Levites were over the slaughter of the Passover lambs for everyone who was unclean , in order to consecrate them to the LORD.
For a multitude of the people, 8even many from Ephraim and Manasseh, Issachar and Zebulun, had not purified themselves, 9yet they ate the Passover10otherwise than aprescribed. For Hezekiahprayed for them, saying, "May the goodLORDpardon1911everyone who prepares his heart to seekGod, the LORDGod of his fathers, though not according to the purification rules of the sanctuary."
So the LORDheardHezekiah and 12healed the people.
The sons of Israelpresent in Jerusalem13celebrated the Feast of UnleavenedBread for sevendays with greatjoy, and the Levites and the priestspraised the LORDday after day with loudinstruments to the LORD.
Then Hezekiah14spokebencouragingly to all the Levites who showedgoodinsight in the things of the LORD. So they ate for the appointedsevendays, sacrificingpeaceofferings and 15givingthanks to the LORDGod of their fathers.
Then the wholeassembly16decided to celebrate the feast anothersevendays, so they celebrated the sevendays with joy.
For 17Hezekiahking of Judah had contributed to the assembly1,000bulls and 7,000sheep, and the princes had contributed to the assembly1,000bulls and 10,000sheep ; and 18a largenumber of priestsconsecrated themselves.
25All the assembly of Judahrejoiced, with the priests and the Levites and 19all the assembly that came from Israel, both the sojourners who came from the land of Israel and those living in Judah.
So there was greatjoy in Jerusalem, because there was nothing like this in Jerusalem20since the days of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel.
Then 21the Leviticalpriestsarose and 22blessed the people ; and their voice was heard and their prayercame to 23His holydwellingplace, to heaven.