Hezekiah having consulted his nobles about keeping the passover the
second month, and determined upon it, sent messengers throughout
Israel and Judah, to acquaint them with it, at which some mocked, and
others seriously attended to it, \\#2Ch 30:1-12\\ so it was
celebrated in a solemn manner, though some were not qualified for it
according to the law, and for whose pardon Hezekiah prayed, and it
was granted, \\#2Ch 30:13-20\\, also the feast of unleavened bread
was kept seven days, and a festival of seven days more was likewise
observed with great joy and gladness, \\#2Ch 30:21-27\\.

messengers to them, not only to the subjects of his own kingdom,
Judah, but to all the Israelites that dwelt in it, who were come
thither for the sake of religion, and the worship of God:

\\and wrote letters also to Ephraim and Manasseh\\; which are put for all
the ten tribes, as appears from \\#2Ch 30:10,11\\ and are distinguished
from Israel in the preceding clause:

\\that they should come to the house of the Lord at Jerusalem\\; not that
he laid his commands upon them to come, they not being his subjects,
namely, those of the ten tribes; but he hereby admonished them of their
duty, and gave them a kind invitation, signifying the doors of the
temple were open for them, and they were welcome to come thither:

\\to keep the passover unto the Lord God of Israel\\; to the glory of his
name, who was the common Lord of them all, and whose command it was to
keep the passover, and that at Jerusalem, and nowhere else, see
\\#De 16:1-6\\.