2 Chronicles 30:13-27 (New American Standard)

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Passover Reinstituted

13 Now many people were gathered at Jerusalem to celebrate the Feast of Unleavened Bread 1in the second month, a very large assembly. 14 They arose and removed the altars which were in Jerusalem ; they also 2removed all the incense altars and 3cast them into the brook Kidron. 15 Then 4they slaughtered the Passover lambs on the fourteenth of the second month. And 5the priests and Levites were ashamed of themselves, and consecrated themselves and brought burnt offerings to the house of the LORD. 16 6They stood at their stations after their custom, according to the law of Moses the man of God ; the priests sprinkled the blood which they received from the hand of the Levites. 17 For there were many in the assembly who 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. 18 For a multitude of the people, 8even many from Ephraim and Manasseh, Issachar and Zebulun, had not purified themselves, 9yet they ate the Passover 10otherwise than aprescribed. For Hezekiah prayed for them, saying, "May the good LORD pardon 19 11everyone who prepares his heart to seek God, the LORD God of his fathers, though not according to the purification rules of the sanctuary." 20 So the LORD heard Hezekiah and 12healed the people. 21 The sons of Israel present in Jerusalem 13celebrated the Feast of Unleavened Bread for seven days with great joy, and the Levites and the priests praised the LORD day after day with loud instruments to the LORD. 22 Then Hezekiah 14spoke bencouragingly to all the Levites who showed good insight in the things of the LORD. So they ate for the appointed seven days, sacrificing peace offerings and 15giving thanks to the LORD God of their fathers. 23 Then the whole assembly 16decided to celebrate the feast another seven days, so they celebrated the seven days with joy. 24 For 17Hezekiah king of Judah had contributed to the assembly 1,000 bulls and 7,000 sheep, and the princes had contributed to the assembly 1,000 bulls and 10,000 sheep ; and 18a large number of priests consecrated themselves. 25 All the assembly of Judah rejoiced, 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. 26 So there was great joy in Jerusalem, because there was nothing like this in Jerusalem 20since the days of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel. 27 Then 21the Levitical priests arose and 22blessed the people ; and their voice was heard and their prayer came to 23His holy dwelling place, to heaven.
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