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TrovTswn for the priestt. II. Chr ofticlct.

Officers for the triin.

images in pieces, & cut down the groves,
and threw down the high places, an<( the
altars out of all Judah and Benjamin, in
Ephraim also a id Manasseh, until they
had utterly destroyed them all. Then all
the children of Israel returned every
man to his possession into their own cities
i 1 And Hezekiah appointed the
courses of the priests and the Levites
after their courses, every man according
to his service, the priests and Levites
for burnt-offerings, and for peace-offer-
ings, to minister and to give thanks, and i

the tithes, and thededicare things fMt fully: over which Cononiah the Lerfct svai ruler, and Shimei his brother %-m is next.

13 And Jehiel, and Azaziah, and Nihath, and Asahel, and Jerlmcl', i'. Jozabad, andEliel, and Isinachiah,aad Maharh, and Benaiah, vtrt oversees under the hand of Cononiah and Shins , his brother, at the commandment oFHezekiah the king, and Azariah therein

of the house of God.

^ 14 And Kore the son ofTmnaHfc

to praise in the gates of the tents of the Levite, the porter toward the east « Lord. • over the free-will-offerings of God, cc |

? Ho appointed also the kings portion jdestribute the oblations of die Lots,

and the most holy things.

15 And next him were Eden, and M:.

of his substance, forthebiirni-offerings, to wit, for the morning and evening burnt-offerings, and the burnt-offerings

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for the sabbaths, and for the new-moons, Amariah, and-Shecaniah, in the cirio

and for the set feasts, 3^ it is written in the law of the Lord.

4 Moreover, he commanded the people that dwelt in Jerusalem, to give the portion of the priests, and the Levites, that they might be encouraged in the law of the Lord.

of the priests, in their set office, to ert

to their brethren by courses, as vselia

the great as to the.lmall.

16 Beside their genealogy of ma!&

from three years old and upward, r.r

unto.every one that enrxetft into ic

house of the Lord, his daily perries c 1 _i_ r • • 1 . ■ 1

J f And as soon as the command- for their service in their charges, actor

ment came abroad, the children of Israel brought in abundance the firstfruits of corn, wine, andoyl, and hony, land of all the increase of the field, and the tithe of all things brought they in abundantly.

6 And concerning the children of IsIrael and Judah,that dwelt in the cities of j Judah, they also brought in the tithe of jexen and sheep, and the tithe of holy (things, which were consecrated unto the Lo RD their God, and laid them by heaps.

ding to their courses:

17 Both to the genealogy of A: priests by rhe house of their fathers, m» the Levites, from twenty years old and up vard, in their charges by thci courses:

18 And to the genealogy of all their little ones, their wives, a 11J their' and their daughters, through all the congregation: for in their set office thq sanSified themselves in holiness.

19 Also of the sons of Aaron t>t

7 In the third month they began to priests, which were in the fields of ex

lay the foundation of the heaps, and finilhed them in rhe seventh month.

8 And when Hezekiah and the prinjees came and saw the heaps, they blessed the Lo RD and his people Israel,

suburbs of their cities, in evety several city, the men that were exprtss'd bj name, to give portions to all the miles among the priests, and to all that were eckoned by genealogies among the Lc

9 Then Hezekiah questioned with the vites. jpriests and the Levites concerning the 10 ^ And thus did Hezekiah thrcnigfiheaps. !out all Judah, and wrought that which

10 And Azariah the chief priest of the house of Zadok, answered him, and ;satd, Since the people began to bring the offerings into the house of the Lord,

Wm good and right and truth before the Lord his God.

11 And in every work that he bepn in the service of the house of God, and

we have had enough to eat, and have; in the law and In the commandments to Heft plenty : for the Lord hath blessed - seek his God, he did «> with all his heart. Stt^ V~t^-^t -—u—^ «srt, «! ana prolpered. this great store.

11 ^ Then Hezekiah commanded to prepare chambers in the house of the Lord; and they prepared them, i» And brought in (he offerings and

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/"\, ment thereof, Sennacherib king of Pislvria came, and entred into Judah, md encamped against the fenced cities, and chonght to win them for himself.

2 And when Hczekiah saw that Sennacherib was come, and that he was purposed to fight against Jerusalem;

5 He took counsel with his princes, and his mighty men, to stop the waters of die fountains which ftert without the tiry: and they did help him.

4 So there was gathered much people together, who stopt all the fountains, and the brook that ran through die midst of the land, saying. Why should the kings of Assyria come, and find much water?

5 Also he strengthned himself, and built up all the wall that was broken, and raised it up to the towers, and another wall without, and repaired Millo in the city of David, and made darts and shields in abundance.

6 And he set captains of war over the people, and gathered them together to him in the street of the gate of the city, and (pake comfortably to them, saying,

7 Be strong and eouragious, be not afraid nor dismayed for the king of Assyria, nor for all the multitude that it with him: for thire be more with us, than with him.

8 With him a an arm of flesh, but with us «the Lord our God,to help us, and to fight our battles. And the people rested themselves upon the words of Hezekiah king of Juda!-.

9 <T After this did Sennacherib king of Assyria fend his servants to Jerusalem ( but he himfelfliidjie%e against Lachish, and all his power with him) unto Hezekiah king of Judah, and unto all Judah, thatw/w at Jerusalem, saying,

10 Thus faith Sennacherib king of Assyria, Whereon do ye trust, that ye abide in the siege in Jerusalem?

11 Doth not Hezekiah perswadeyou to give over your selves ro die by famine and by thirst, faying, Tbe Lord Out God (hall deliver us out of the hand of the king of Assyria >

n Ha:h not the fame Hezekiah taken away his high places, and his altars, and commanded Judah and Jerusalem, saying, Ye shall worship before one altar, and burn incense upon it? 13 Knowyenot what I and my faple of


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their lands out of mine hand?

14 Who ttM there among all the gods of those nations, that my fathers utterly destroyed, that could deliver his people out of mine hand, that your God should be able to deliver you out of mine hand }

1J Now therefore let not Hezekiah deceive you, nor perfwade you on this manner, neither yet believe him? for no god of any nation or kingdom was able to deliver his people out of mine hand, and out of the hand of my fathers: how much less shall your God deliver you out of mine hand t

16 And his servants spake yet mere against the Lord Gcd, and against his servant Hezekiah.

17 He wrote also letters to raile on the Lord God of Israel, and to speak against him, faying, As the gods of the nations of ether lands have not delivered their people out of mine hand, so shall not the God of Hezekiah deliver his people out of mine hand.

18 Then they cried with a loud voice in the Jews speech unto the people of Jerusalem that were on the wall, to affright diem, and to trouble them, that they might take the city.

19 And they spake against the God of Jerusalem, as against the gods of the people of the earth which were the work of the hands of man.

20 And for this cauje Hezekiah the king, and the prophet Isaiah the son of Anioz, prayed and cried to heaven.

21 s And the Lord sent an angel which cut ofTall the mighty men of valour, and the leaders and captains in the camp of the king of Assyria: so he re* Iturned wirh shame of face to his own Band. And when he was come into the [house of his god, they that came forth of his own bowels, slew him there with the sword.

21 Thus the LoUD saved Hezekiah, and the inhabitants of Jerusalem from the hand of Sennacherib the king of Assyria, and from me hand of all other, and guided them on every fide.

23 And many brought gifts unto the Lo Rd to Jerusalem, and presents to Hezekiah king of Judah: so that he was magnified in the sight of all nations, from thenceforth.

24 ^ In those days Hezekiah was sick to the death, and prayed unto the Lo R u

he spake unto him, and he gav a-sign. '■


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ere was wrath upon him, and upon idah and Jerusalem.

26 Notwithstanding, Hezekiah hum'cd hims If for the pride of his heart •oih he and the inhabitants of Jerusa:m) so that the wrath of the Lord came ot upon them in the days of Hezekiah.

27 ^ And Hezekiah had exceeding luch riches and honour: and he made himself treasuries for silver, and for old, and for precious stones, and for bices, and for shields, and for all maner of pleasant jewels;

18 Storerhouscs also for the increa'e iFcorn, and wine, and oil; and stallsfor II manner ofb:asts,ants cotes for flocks.

29 Moreover, he provided him cities, ind posleffions of flocks, and herds in abundance : for God had given him subtance very much.

30 This fame Hezekiah also stopped he upper watercourse of Gihon, and >brought it straight down to the west-side >f the city of David, and Hezekiah propered in all his works.

;t % Howbelt, in the business of the imbassadgrs of the princes of Babylon, -who sent unto him to enquire of the wonder that was done in the land, God eft him to try him, that he might know ill that ra in his heart.

II ^ Now the rest of the acts of He tekiah, and his goodness, behold, rhey we written in the vision of Isaiah the gopher, the son of Amoz, and in the >ook of the kings of Judah a A Ifiacl.

1 i And Hezekiah ft. p- with his sailers, and they buried him in the chief, stos the sepulchres of the sons of Daid : and all Judah and the inhabitants if Jerusalem did him honour at his lead, : and Manasseh his son reigned in lis stead.

CHAP. XXXIU. Manafseh his wicked reign: j 1 He is carried into Babylon: 1 2 Upon his prayer he is released' 20 A r,pn succeedeth him: 24 He biin&.Jtiin b his own firww, 25 Jefiahsucceed th. him. V /f Anasseh. iiuitwelvc years old when VJ. he teganio rejgVi, a'aJ he reigned ity and five years in Jerusalem: ,

2 But did that which leas evil in the ght of the Lord , like, unto the aboinations of the heathen, whom the Lord had cast out before the children r Isael.

* Forte built again chebigb place*

which Hezekiah his father had broken down, and he reared up altars for Baa 11m, and made groves, and worshipper all the host of heaven, and served them 4 Also he built altars in the house 0 the Lord, wh reof the Lord had said In Jerusalem shall my name be for ever, J And he built altars for all the hell of heaven, in the two courts of the hour of the Lord,

6 And he caused his children to pa': through the fire in the valley of the son osHinnom: also he observed times, and usedinehantments, and used witchcraft, and dealt with a familiar (pirir, and with wizards: he wrought much evil in the sight of the Lord, to provoke him to anger.

7 And he set a carved irrage { rre idol which he had made ) in the house of God, of which God had said to David, and to Solomon his son, In this house, and in Jerusalem, which I have chosen beforeall the tribes of Ifrael,will I put my name for ever.

8 Neither will I any more remove the foot of Israel from out of the land which I have appointed for your fathers; so that they will take heed to do all that I have commanded them, according to the whole law, and the statutes, and the ordinances by the hand of Moses.

9 So Manasseh made Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem to err, and to do worse than the heathen, whom the Lord had destroyed before the children of Israel.

10 And the Lord spake to Manasseh, and to his people : but they would not hearken.

11 ^ Wherefore the LoR D brought upon them the captains ofthe host of the king of Assyria, which took Manasseh among the thorns, and bound him wii fetters, and carried him to Babylon.

12 And when he was in affliction, he besought the Lord his God, and bumbled himself greatly before the God of his fathers,

15 And prayed unto him, and he was entreated of him, and heard his fupplication, and brought him again to Jerusalem into his kingdom. ThcnManaueh knew that the Lord he Sv.k God.

14 Now after this he built a wall without the city osDavid, on the westsideofÆihon, in thevalley, evento" cntrir.g in of the fish-gate, andcompa fed about Ophel, and raised it up a very great height, and put captains ofvyait|

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in al' the fenced cities of Judah. ?f For in the eighth year ofhis reign, j 5" And he took away the strange while Jie was yet_ young, he began to »cds, and the idol out of the house of

die I.o«d, aud all the altars that he had built in the mount of the house of the Lord, and in Jerusalem, and cast than out of the city.

it5 And he repaired the altar of the Lo»n, and sacrificed thereon peaceofferings, and thank-offerings, and commanded Judah to serve the Lord God of Israel.

17 Nevertheless, the people did sacrifice still in the high places, yes unto the Loud their God only.

18 f Now the rest of the acts of MaInasseh, and his prayer unto his God, : and the words of the seers that spake to him in the name of the Lokd God of IsTael, behold, they are written in the book of die kings of Israel.

'19 His prayer also, and how Gad was 'entreated of him, and all his sin, and |his trespass, and the places wherein he } built high places, and set up groves and Jgraven images before he was numbled:

behold, they are written among the i sayings of the seers.

20 f So Manasseh fleptwith his fathers,

and they buried .him in his own house:

and Amon his son teigned in his stead. 21% Amon WÆttwo and twenty years

old when he began to reign, and reign

ed two years in Jerusalem. I 22 But he did that which was evil in 'the sight of the Lord, as did Manasseh Jhis father: for Amon sacrificed unto all j the carved ima es which Manassch his

father had made, and served them;

, 13 And humbled not himself before

the Lord, as Manasseh his father had

humbled himself i but Amon ttespassed

mote and more.

24 And his servants conspired against him, and slew him in his own house.

25 % But the people of the land slew all them that had conspired against king Amon. and the people of the land made Josiah his son king in his stead.


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seek afrer the God ofDavid his father: and In the twelfth year he began to purge Judah and Jerusalem from the high places, and the groves, and the carved images, and the molten images.

4. And they brake down the altars of Baalim in hisptefence ; and theimaf es, that -here on high above them, he cur. down, and die groves, and the carved images, and the molten images he brake in pieces, and made dust of them, and strowed it upon die graves of them that had sacrificed unto them.

5 And he burntthe bones of the priestsupon their altars, and cleansed Judah and Jerusalem.

6 And so did he in the cities of Manasseh, and Ephraim, and Simeon, even unto Naphtali, with their mattocks, round about.

7 And when he had broken down the altars and the groves, and bad beaten the graven imagesinto powder, and cut down all (he idols throughout all the land of Israel, he teturned 10 Jerusalem.

8 T Now in the eighteen* year of his reign, when he had purged the land, and the house, he sent Sbaphan the son of Azaliah, and Maaseiah the governor of the city, and Joah the sen of JoahaZ the recorder, to repair the house of the Lord his God.

9 And when they cametoHilkiah the high priest, they delivered the money that teas brought into the house of God, which die Levites that kept the doors, had gathered of the hand of Manasseh, and Ephraim, and of all the remnant of Israel, and of all Judah, and Benjamin, and they returned to Jerusalem.

10 And they put it in the hand o! the workmen, that had die oversight of the house of the Lord, and they gave it to the workmen that wrought in the house of the Lord, to tepait and mend die house:

11 Even to the artificers and builder! gave they it, to buy hewen stone, anc1 timber for couplings, and to floor th< houses, which the tint,s of Judah bac

8 hie repaireth the temple, 29 and caw
Jiirg the law to be read, reneweth the co-
venant with God.

JOfiali Wm eight years old whin he be-
gan t6 feign, and he reigned in Je-
rusalem one and thirty years,
j 1 And he did that which WM right in

Ithe sight of the Lord, and walked in the
ways of David his father, and declined
neither (Q.the!ligUt band not t« the left., fttuments o{ ojusick,

12 And die men d'd the work faith.' fully: and the overseers of d?em wer, Jahath, and Obadiah, the Tevites, o: the tons ofMerari; andZechariah, an< Mefliullam, of the sons of the Koha thites, to set it forward ; and other 0 the Levites,_all that could skill of in

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13 Also iwr< over die bearers of burdens, and win overseers of all rhac wrought die work in any manner of service : and of the Levites there vert scribe-, and officers, and porters. ! 14 ^ And when they brought out the money that vat brought into the ;house of the Lord, Hilkiah the priest found a book of the law of the Lord, £iy?n by Moses.

[ is And Hilkiah answered and said Ho Shaphan the scribe, 1 have found the jbook of the law in the house os the Ilord. And Hilkiah delivered the book to Shaphan:

I 16 And Shaphan carried the book to the king, and brought the king word back again, saying, All that was committed to thy servants, they do it.

17 And they l ave garnered together 'the money that was found in the nousc !of the Lord, and have delivered it into :the hand of the overseers, and to the jhand of the workmen, j 18 Then Shaphan the scribe told the iking, saying, Hilkiah the priest hath

fiven me a book. And Shaphan read it efore the king. I 19 And it came to pass when the king jliad heard the words of the law, that he rent his clothes.

i 20 And the king commanded Hilkiah, jand Ahikam the son of Shaphan, and ;Abdon rhe son of Micah, and Shaphan ithe scribe, and Asaiah a servant of the ikings, saying,

21 Go enquire of the Lord for me, and for them that are left in Israel, and in Judah, concerning the words of the 'book that is found: for great is the math of the Lord that is poured out upon us, because our fathers have not kept rhe word of the Lord, to do after all that U written in this book.

22 And Hilkiah, and they that the king had appointed, went to Huldah the prophetess, the wife of Shallum the son of Tikvath, die lbn of Haftah, keepet of the wardrobe; ( now slie dwelt in Jerusalem in thecollcdgc)and they (pake to her to that rfjed.

23 f And (he answered them, Thus faith the Lord God of Israel, Tell ye rhe man thar sent you to me,

24 Thussairh the Lord, Behold, I will brinn evil upon chit place, and upon the inhabitants thereof, even all the curses that are written in the book which they have read before the king of Juiiah:

J S Because they have forsaken me, and burned incense onto other gods,

that they might provoke me to anger with all the works of their hands ; therefore my wrath shall be poured out upon this place, and (hall not be quenched.

16 And as for the king of Judah, who sent you to enquire of the LoR r>. so (hall ye fay unto him, Thus faith the Lord God of Israel, concerning the words which thou hast heard,

27 Because rhine hearc was tender, and thou didst humble thy self before God, when thou heardst his words against this place, and against the inhabitants thereof, and humbledst thy self before me, and didst rend rhy clothes, and weepbefore me; I have even heard thee also, faith the Lord.

28 Behold, I will gather thee to thy fathers, and thou (halt be gathered to rhy j grave in peace, neither stiall chine eyes fee all the evil that I will bring upon this place,& upon the inhabitants of the (ame. So they brought the king word again.

191 Then die king sent, and gathered together all the ciders of Judah and Jerusalem.

30 And the king went up into the house of the Lord, and all the men of Judah, and the inhabitants of Jerusalem,

I and the priests, and rhe Levites, and all the people great and small: and he read in their ears all the words of the book of rhe covenant that vat sound in tit house of die Lord.

31 And the king stood in his place, and made a covenant before the Lord, to walk after the Lord, and to keep his

I commandments,flnd his testimonies, and his statutes, with all his hearc and with all his foul, to perform the words of the covenant which are written in this book.

32 And he caused all that vert present in Jerusalem and Benjamin to stand it h. And the inhabitants of Jerusalem did1 according to the covenant of God, the God of rheir fathers.

33 And josiah took away all die abominations out of all the countries that pertained to the children of Israel, and made all that Here present in Israel to serve, even to serve rhe Lord their God. AndM his days rhey departed not from following the Lord, the God of their fathers.

CHAP. XXXV. I Josiah ketpeih a solemn paffover: to He provok}n£ Pharath-nccht u slain at Mr j^iddo: 25 "Lamentations for him.

MOteover, Josiah kept a paslovet unto the Lord in Jerusalem: arid chev killed the JiUsoYcf on the

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