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n Jerusalem at the corner-gate, and at he valrey-gare, and at the turning of he trail, and fortified them.
10 Also he built towers in the desert, tnd digged many wells,.for he had much rattle, both in the low-country, ami in he plains: husbandmen also, and vineIressers in the mountains? snd in Carnet: for he loved husbandry.*
11 Moreover, Uzziah had an host of ighting men, that went out to war'by >ands, according to the number of heir account, by the hand of Jeiel the crlbe, and Maaseiah the ruler, under the hand of Hananiah, one of the kings capains.
Ii The whole number of the chief of he fathers of the mighty men of valour vere two thousand and six hundred.
I j And under their hand was an arny, three hundred thousand and seven housand and five hundred, that made war with mighty power, to help the king tgainft the enemy.
14 And Uzziah prepared for them hroughout all the host, shields, and pears, and helmets, and habergeons, ind bows, and flings to cafl stones.
IJ And hernade in Jerusalem engines invented by canning men, to be on he towers and upon the bulwarks, to hoot arrows and great stones withal: nd his name spread far abroad, for he vas marvellously helped till he was trong. ■
16 f But when he was strong, his cart was listed up to hit destruction: ->r he transgressed against die Lord is God, and went into the temple of ie LoRDto burn incense upon the altar f incense.
17 And Azariahthepriestwentin afr him, and with him fourscore priests f the Lord, that were valiant men:
j8 And they withstood Uzziah the ing, and said unto him, It appertained ■x unto thee, Uzziah, to burn incense no the Lord, but to the priests the ns of Aaron, that are consecrated td irn incense: go out of the sanctuary, r cbou hast trespassed, neither jball it for thine honour from the Lord God. 1$ Thrn Uzziah was wroth, and had renser in his hand, to burn incense: d while he was wroth with the priests, e leprnsie even rose up in his sorehead, sore the priests in the house of the iSj->,from beside the incense-altar. 10 And Azariah the chief priest, and the priests looked upon himj and bett he w lepWus in fiii sorchcsdj'and
rjiey thrust him out from thence, himself hasted also'to go out, beciu die LoRDha i sniirtmhim.
21 And Uzziah the king was a lerii unro rhe day ofhis death, an^ dwelrt a several house bring a leper, for he wl cut oft from the house of the Lord and Jotham his son vas over the kin] housejjudging the peopse of rhe land. ■
22 ^ Now the rest Of the acts of IXj zi ah, first and last, did Isaiah the prophi the son of 1 moz wrire1.
23 o Uzziah slept with his father: and they buried hi-n with his fat' ci in thefielii of the burial "hich belong to the kings: for they said, He u a le per : and Jotham kis (on reigned in hi stead.
C H A P. XXVII, 1 Jotham reigning well-, proj'prreth: r H Jubdueth the Ammonias: 7 His reign 9 Ahaxfxiceeedeth him.
IOtharn was twenty and five years o!( when he began to rrien, andV.c reign ed sixteen years in Jerusalem: his mo: triers name also rvajjerushah, thedaugh ter of Zadok.
2 And he did that which wts right ir the sight os the Lord, according to all that his father Uzziah did : howbeit h( entred not into the temple of the Lord And the peop'edid yer corruptly.
5 He builr the high gate of the hovtli of the Lord, and on the wall of Ophci he built much.
4 Moreover, he built cities in the mountains of Judah, and in the foresti he built castles and towers.
5 T He fought also with the king ol the Ammonites, and prevailed again!) them. And the children of Ammon gave him the fame year, an hundred talents of silver, and ten thousand measures of wheat,and ten thousand of banley. So much did the children of Ammon pay unto him, both the second year, and the third.
6 So Jotham becamemichty,because he prepared bis ways before the Lord his God.
7. f Now the rest of the acts of Jo:ham, and all hiSwars,and his ways, lo, iiey ure written in the book ofthe king) ns Israel and Judah.
8 He was five and twenty years oM ••hen he began to reign, and reigned lxcecn years in Jerusalem.
9 f And Jotham slept with his fahers, ancT they buried him in the cir; >f David : and Ahaz his son reigned i» lis stead. •
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C.H A P. AAVIU.
Jfhax. reigning wickedly , is afjUBed iy the Syrians: 16 He dying, Hcz.e,-Atah J'ucceedeth him. A ila! nas twenty yearsold when he IX began to rcign,and he reigned sixteen years in Jiruialcra: but he did not •hat which tias right in die sight of the Lord like David hu father.
a For he walked in the ways of the kings of Israel, and made also molten Images for Baalim. ,
3 Moreover, he burnt incense in the valley of the son of Hinnom, and burnt bis children in the fire, after the abominations of the heathen whom the Lord had cast out before the children of Israel.
4 He sacrificed also and burnt incense in the high places, and on the hills, and under every green tree,
5 Wherefore the Lord his God delivered him into die hand of the king of Syria, and they smote him, and carried -away a great multitude of them captives, And brought them to Damascus: and he was also delivered into the hand of the king of Israel, who smote him with a Crcatslaughter.
6 ^ For Pckah the son of Remaliah Slew in Judah an hundred and twenty thousand in one day, which w«r«.all valiant men; because they had forsaken she Xoso God of their fathers.
7 And Zichri a mighty man of E.phraim, stew Maafeiah the kings son, and Azrikam the governor of the house, and Elkanah that no* next to the king.
2 And the children of Israel carried away captive of their brethren, two hundred thousand women, sons and •daughters, and took also away much spoil from them, and brought the spoil to Samaria.
9 But a prophet of the Lo RD was (there, whose name ttas Odcd^ and he went out before the host rliat came to Samaria, and said unto them, Behold, 'because the Lord God of your fathers was wroth with Judah, he ham delivered them into yout hand, and ye have slain them in a rage that reacheth up •unto heaven.
10 And now ye purpose to keep un<Jer dpe children of Judah and Jerusalem for bond-men, ana bond-women unto you: but are there not with you, even -with jou, sins against the Lo &s your Gods
11 Now heat me therefore, and •sMivct the captives again, which .ye
for the fierce wrath of the Loin is upc
11 Then certain of the heads c die children of Ephraim, Azariah th son of Johanani Berechiah the son c Mcfhillemoth, and Jehizkiab the so of Shallum, and Amasa the son c iHadlai, stood up against them chat cant j from the war,
13 And (aid unto them, Ye shall no bring in the captives hither: for where as we have offended against the Leu already, yc intend to add mart to oui sins and to our trespass: for our nesral! is great, and that is fierce wrath againf Israel. ... ,
• 14 So the armed men left the captivci and the spoil, before the princes and ail the congregation.
1J And the men which were expressed by name rose up, and took the captives, and with the spoil clothed all that were naked among them, and a rayed them, and shod them, and gave them to ca: and to drink, and anointed them, ami carried all the feeble of them upon as;'.. and brought them to Jericho the city ot palm-trees, to their brethren: dientfcj returned to Samaria.
16 f At that time did king Abaz fend unto the kings of Assyria to help him.
17 For again the Edomires had corr.t and smitten Judah, and carried ana] captives.
18 The Philistines also bad invaded the cities of the low-country, and of, the south of Judah, and had taken Bethfhemelh, and Ajalon, and Gederotb,and' Shocho with the villages thereof, and; Timnah with the villages thereof, Gim-j zo also and the villages thereof: .-Jthey dwelt there.
1 19 Foe the Lord brought Judah lo* because of Ahaz king of Israel; sot made Judah naked, and transgresice sot ;ainst the Lord.
20 And Tilgarh-pilnczcr king of Assyria came unto him, and dictiesled hio^ but strengthned him not.
a 1 For Ahaz took away a portion of the house of the Lord, and eut of house of the king, and of the print and gave it unto the king of Alt]' but he helped him not.
22 ^ And in the time of his
did he trespass jet more against Lun D: this is that king Ahaz.
2; For he & of Damascus)
c Card, Because rhegodsof the kings of Lydia help them, therefore will I sacrl ice to them, that they may help me out they were the mine of him and of ill Israel.'
14 And Ahaz gathered together the vessels of the house of God, and cut in pieces the vessels of the house of God, ind flue up the doors of the house of he Lord, and he made him altars in :very comer of Jerusalem.
15 And in every several city of Judah he made high places to burn incense unto other gods, and provoked to anger the LoRD God of his fathers.
16 q Nowtherestof his acts, and of all his ways, first and last, behold, they are written in the book of the kings'of Judah and Israel.
17 And Ahaz flept with his fathers, and the, buried him in the city, even in Jerusalem: but they brought him noc In to the sepulchres of the kings of Israel: andHezekiah his son reigned in hisstead.
CHAP. "XXIX. I Jfaietfahsgttiriign: 2 He refloreth religion. 11 The house of God cleansed.^ F I Ezekiah began to reign when he vat JTjL five and twenty years old, and he reigned nine and twenty years in Jerusalem: and his mothers name Wm Abijah the daughter of Zechariah.
2 And he did that which was right in the sight of the Loud, according to all that David his father had done.
3 < He, in the first year of his reign, in the first month, opened the doors of the house of the Lord, and repaired them.
4 And he brought in the priests, and the Levites, and gathered them together into the east-street,'
J And said unto them, Hear me, ye Levites, sanctify now your selves, and sanctified the house of the Lord God of your fathers, and carry forth the filthiness out of the holy place.
6 For our fathers have trespassed, and done that which was evil in the eyes of the Lord our God, and have forsaken him, and have turned away their faces from the habitation of the Lord, and turned their backs.
7 Also they have shut up the doors of the porch, and put out the lamps, and have not burnt incense , nor offered burnt-offerings in the bbly place, unto the God of Israel.
8 Wherefore the wrath of the Lord was upon Judah and Jerusalem, and he hath delivered them to trouble, to a
stoni(hment,and to hissing, asyesee with your eyes.
9 For lo, our fathers have fallen by the sword, and our sons, and our daughters, and our wives erre in captivity for this.
10 Now it is in mine heart to make a covenant with the Lord God of Israel, that his fierce wrath may turn away from us.
11 My sons, be not now negligent: for the Lord hath chosen you to stand before him, to serve him, and that you should minister unto him, and burn incense.
ii- q Then the Levites arose, Mas hath the son of Amasai, and Joel the son of Azariah, of the sons of the Kohathites: and of the sons of Mcrari; Kilh rhe son of Abdi, and Azatiah the son of Jehalelel: and of theGerlhonites; Joah the son of Zimmah, and Eden the son of Joah:
13 And of the sons of Elizaphan; Shimri and ]eiel: and-of the sons of Asaph; Zechariah, and Mattaniah:
14 And ofthe sons of Heman ; Jehiel, and Shimel: and of the sons of Jada- thun; Shemaiah, and Uzziel.
15 And they gathered their brethren, and sanctified themselves, and came, according to the commandment of the king, by the words of the Lord, to cleanse the house of the Lord.
ifS And the priests went into the inner part of the house of the Lord, to cleanse it, and brought out all the uncleanness that they found in the temple ofthe Lord, into the court of the house of the Lord, And the Levites took it, to carry it out abroad into the brook Kidton.
17 Now they began on the first day of the first month to sanctify, and on the eighth day of the month came they to the porch of the Lord : so they sanctifieded the house of the Lord in eight days, and in the sixteenth day of the first month they made an end.
18 Then they went in to Hezekiah the king, and said,We have cleansed all the house of the Lord, and the altar of burnt-offering, with all the vessels thereof, and the (hew- bread table, with all the vessels theteof.
19 Moreover, all the vessels which king Ahaz in his reign did cast away in his transgression, have we prepared and sanctified, and behold, they are before the altar of the Lord.
23 ^ Then Hezekiah the king rose early, and gathered the rulers of the Tj ejtjk
(city, and went up to the house of the jloRD.
ai And they brought seven bullocks, bind seven rams, and seven lambs, and seven he-goats, for a sin-offering for the kingdom, and for the sanctuary, and for Judah: and he commanded the priests the sons of Aaron to offer them en the altar of the Lord.
21 So they killed the bullocks, and the priests received the blood, and sprinkled it on the altar: likewise when they had killed the rams, they sprinkled the blood upon the altar: they killed also the lambs, and they sprinkled the blood upon the altar.
23 And they brought forth the hegoats for d.e sin-offering, before the king and the congregation, and they laid their hands upon them:
24 And the priests killed them, and they made reconciliation with their blood upon the altar, to make an atone fment for all Israel: for the king comjmanded that the burnt-offering and the
mdd be made for all I fracl.
\ 15, And he set the Levites in the house of the Lord with cymbals, with psalteries, and with harps, according to the commandment of David, and of Gad the king's seer, and Nathan the.prophct for so Ixm the commandment of the Lord by his prophets. , 26 And the Levites stood with, the instruments of David, and the priests yVith the trumpets. ,
27 And Hezekiah commanded to offet the burnt-offering upon the altar; and'when the burnt-offering began, the Jong of the Lord began also with the trumpets, and with the instruments ordained by David.king of Israel. , 28 And all the congregation worshipped, and the singers fang, and the trumpeters sounded : and all this continued until the burnt-offering was finished. .' And when they had made an end of offering, the king and all that were present with him, bowed themselves and Worshipped.
30 Moreover, Hezekiah the king, and the princes commanded the Levites to sing praise unto the Lord, with the words of David, and of Asaph the seer: and they sang praises with gladness, and they bowed their heads and worshipped.
. J J Then Hezekiah answered and said, Now ye have consecrated your selves 'unto the Lord, come near and bring sacrifices, and dank-offerings into the
house of the, Lord. And rhe congregai on brought in sacrifices and thank- offerings, and as many as were of a free heart, burnt-offerings.
32 And the number of the burnt-offerings which the congregation brought,' was threescore and ten bullocks > an hundred rams, and two hundred lambs: all these were for a burnt-offering to the Lord.
?} And the consecrated things vert six hundred oxen, and three thousand sheep.
34 But the priests were roo few, so that they could not flay all the burnt offerings : wherefore their brethren the Levites did help them, till the work was ended, ana until the other priests had sanctified themselves: for the Levites were more upright in heart, tousctifie themselves, than the priests.
35 And also the burnt-offerings vert in abundance, with the sac of the peaceofferings, and the drink-offerings, sortvery burnt-offering. So the service of the house of the Lord was set in order.
36 And Hezekiah rejoyced,and all the people, that God had prepared the people: for the thing was done suddenly.
CHAP. XXX. I Hezjkidhprodaimeih a paffovtr. i; The assembly destroying the altars of idtlatrj keep thejeaft fourteen days.
And Hezekiah sent to all Israel and Judah, and wrote letters also to Ephraim and Manasseh, that they should come to the house of the Lord at Jerusalem, to keep the passover unto the Lord God of Israel.
2 For the king had taken counsel, and his princes, and all the congregation in Jerusalem, to keep the passover in the second month.
3 For they could not keep it at that time, because the priests had notsan6ified themselves sufficiently, neither had the people gathered themselves together to Jerusalem.
4 And the thing pleased the king, and all the congregation.
5 So they cstablislied a decree, to make proclamation throughout all Israel,from
j Becr-sheba even to Dan,that they should come to keep the paslbver unto the Lord God oslsrael at Jerusalem : for they had not done it of a long time in such sort as it was written.
6 So the posts went with the letters froovth.e king and his princes throughout all Israel andjudah,and according to 'the commandment of the king, saying
Ye children of Israel, turn again unto die Lord God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, and he will return to the remnant of you, that are escaped out of die hand of the kings of Assyria.
7 And be not ye like your fathers, and like your brethren, which trefpasleq against the Lean God ef their fathers, who therefore gave them up to desolation, as ye fee.
8 Now be ye not stiff-necked as your fathers Here, but yield your selves unto the Lord, and enter into his sanctuary-, which he.hath sanctified forever: and serve the Lord your God, that the fierceness of bis wrath may turn away from you.
9 For if ye turn again unto the Lord, your brethren and your children Jhall find compalfion before them that lead them captive, (b chat they shall come again into this land: for the Lord your God a gracious and merciful, and will not turn away his face from you, if ye return unto him.
10 So the posts passed from city to city, through the country of Ephraim and Manasleh, even unto Zcbulun : bac they laughed them to scorn, and mocked them.
11 Nevetthelefs divers of Aflier and Manasseb, and of Zebulun humbled themselves, and came to Jerusalem.
ii Also in Judah, the hand of God was to- give them one heart ro do the commandment of the king and of the prinops, by the. word of the Lord.
J 3 1 And there assembled at Jerusalem much people, to keep the feast of unleavened bread in the second month, a very great congregation.
14 And they arose, and took away the altars that were in Jerusalem, and ill the altars for incense took they away, and cast them into the brook Kidron.
15 Then they killed thepassover on the fourteenth day of the second mondi: and the priests and the Levites were a(hamed, and sanctified themselves, and brought in the burnt-offerings into the house of the Lord.
16 And they stood in their place after their manner, according to the law of Moses the man of-<God : the priests sprlnkKJ tliv uio„J, „>.:.'■ —1 of the hand Qf the Levites.
lf Foe, there vere many in the conr gregarion cjtat were not sanctified: therefor^.the Levites had the charge of the killing of the paffovers, for every
one that was not clean, to sanctifie them unto the Lord.
18 for a multitude of the people, even many of Ephraim and Manasleh, Issachat and Zcbulun, had not cleansed themselves, yet did theyeat the passover, otherwise than-it was written: but Hezckiah prayed for them, saying, The good Lord pardon every one
IS That prepareth his heart to seete God, the Lord God of his fathers , though he be not cleansed according ca the purification of the sanctuary.
10 And the Lord hearkned to Hezekiah, and healed the people.
21 And the children of Israel that Here present at Jerusalem, kept the feast of unleavened bread seven days with great gladness: and the Levites, and the priests ptaised the Lord day by day*! singing with loud instruments unto the Lord.
. zz And Hezckiah spake comfortably! unto all the Levites, that taught the! good knowledge of the Lord: and! they did cat throughout the feast sever* days, offering peace-offerings, and making confession to the Lord God of their: fathers.
23 And the whole assembly tookcotm-. fel to keep other seven days: and they kept other seven days with gladness. _ 14 For Hezckiah king of Judah did
five to the congregation a thousandu! locks, and seven thousand (beep; and the princes gave tothe congregation a thousand bullocks, and ten thousand sheep -. and a gtcat number of priests sanctified themselves.
a J And all the congregation of Judah, withthepriefts and the Levites, andalfj the congregation that came out of Israel,] and the strangers that came out of the land of Israel, and that dwelt in Judah jrejoyced. -.. -a
2<> So. there was great joy in Jerusalem* for since the time of Solomon the son of David king of Israel, there HM not the like in Jerusalem.
27 % Then the priests the Levites aroie, and blessed the people: and their voice «as heard, and their prayer came up to his holy dwelling-place, even heaven.
5 tn offerings ana I)this. 10 the pnee-.