2 Chronicles 29
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Hezekiah Succeeds Ahaz

(2 Kings 18:1-3

1Hezekiah began his reign at the age of 25. He reigned for 29 years in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was Abijah, Zechariah’s daughter. 2He practiced what the LORD considered to be right, following all of the examples set by his ancestor David.

Hezekiah’s Temple Restoration Project

(2 Kings 18:4)

3In the first month of the first year of his reign he repaired and reopened the doors of the LORD’s Temple. 4Then he brought in the priests and descendants of Levi, gathered them into the square in the eastern part of the Temple,a 5and told them,

“Pay attention to me, you descendants of Levi! Consecrate yourselves and the Temple of the LORD God of your ancestors by taking out from the Holy Place whatever is unclean. 6Our ancestors have been unfaithful. They practiced what the LORD considers to be evil, abandoned him, turned their faces away from the place where the LORD resides, and turned their backs to him. 7They shut the doors to the vestibuleb of the Temple,c extinguished its lamps, and have not burned incense or offered burnt offerings to the God of Israel in the Holy Place. 8That’s why the LORD was angry with Judah and Jerusalem and made them an object of terror, horror, and derision, as you’ve seen with your own eyes. 9Now look! Our ancestors have been killed with swords and our sons, daughters, and wives are being held captive because of all of this. 10I’m intending to make a covenant with the LORD God of Israel so his burning anger may turn away from us. 11Please don’t be careless, you descendants of Aaron,d because the LORD has chosen you to minister in his presence, to serve him, to be his ministers, and to burn incense.”

12Here are the names of the descendants of Levi who made themselves available to God: Amasai’s son Mahath and Azariah’s son Joel from the descendants of Kohath; Abdi’s son Kish and Jehallelel’s son Azariah from the descendants of Merari; Zimmah’s son Joah and Joah’s son Eden from the descendants of Gershon; 13Elizaphan’s sons Shimri and Jeiel; Asaph’s sons Zechariah and Mattaniah; 14Heman’s sons Jehiel and Shimei; and Jeduthun’s sons Shemaiah and Uzziel. 15They also brought together their brothers, consecrated themselves, and proceeded to cleanse the LORD’s Temple, just as the king had ordered in accordance with what the LORD had told him. 16The priests entered the inner courts of the LORD’s Temple to cleanse it, and they brought out everything unclean that they found there to the outer court of the LORD’s Temple. Then the descendants of Levi carried everything from there out to the Kidron Valley. 17They began their consecration duties on the first day of the first month and finished at the LORD’s outer vestibulee on the eighth day of the month. Another eight days was used to consecrate the LORD’s Temple, so they completed the work on the sixteenth day of the first month.

18After this, they went to King Hezekiah and told him, “We have cleansed all of the LORD’s Temple, including the altar for burnt offerings, all of its utensils, the table of showbread, and all of its utensils. 19In addition, we have prepared and rededicated all of the utensils that King Ahaz threw away during his unfaithful reign, and now they’re back in service at the LORD’s altar.”

Temple Worship is Restored

20Early the next morning, King Hezekiah got up and assembled the city officials and went up to the LORD’s Temple, 21where they brought seven rams, seven lambs, and seven male goats for a sin offering on behalf of the kingdom, the Holy Place, and Judah. He ordered that the priests, as descendants of Aaron, place the offeringsf on the LORD’s altar. 22So they slaughtered the bulls and the priests sprinkled the blood on the altar. They also slaughtered the rams and sprinkled the blood on the altar, and they also slaughtered the lambs and sprinkled the blood on the altar. 23They brought the male goats for the sin offering to the king within the assembled gathering, laid their hands on them, 24and then the priests slaughtered them and purged the altar with their blood as a sin offering to atone for all Israel, because the king ordered that the burnt offering and the sin offering be made for all Israel.

25Hezekiahg stationed descendants of Levi in the LORD’s Temple to play cymbals and stringed instruments, just as David, Gad the seer,h and Nathan the propheti had directed, because the command to do so was from the LORD through those prophets. 26The descendants of Levi played instruments that had been crafted by David and the priests sounded trumpets.

27Hezekiah gave a command to offer burnt offerings on the altar, and when the burnt offerings began, a song to the LORD also began with trumpets sounding and with the instruments that King David of Israel had crafted. 28Everybody in the assembly worshipped, the singers sang, and the trumpets sounded. They continued doing this until the burnt offering sacrifice was completed. 29When the sacrifices had been offered, the king and everyone else who was present with him bowed down and worshipped. 30King Hezekiah and his officials ordered the descendants of Levi to sing praises to the LORD based on psalms that had been written by David and Asaph the seer.j So they all joyfully sang praises, bowed low, and worshipped.

31After this, Hezekiah announced, “Now that you’ve consecrated yourselves to the LORD, come near and bring your sacrifices and thanksgiving offerings to the LORD’s Temple. So the assembly brought sacrifices and thanksgiving offerings, and everyone who was willing to do so brought burnt offerings. 32The number of burnt offerings brought by the assembly was 70 bulls, 100 rams, and 200 lambs. All of these were burnt offerings to the LORD. 33The consecrated offerings numbered 600 bulls and 3,000 sheep. 34Because there weren’t enough priests, they were unable to prepare all the burnt offerings until other priests came forward after having consecrated themselves, so their descendant of Levi relatives assisted them until the services were complete. (The descendants of Levi had been more conscientious in consecrating themselves than had been the priests.) 35Furthermore, there were also many burnt offerings, fat from peace offerings, and drink offerings. And that’s how the service of the Lord’s Temple was restored. 36Hezekiah and all of the people were ecstatic with joy because of what God had done for the people, since everything had come about so suddenly.

a 29:4 The Heb. lacks part of the temple
b 29:7 Or the outer courtyard
c 29:7 The Heb. lacks of the temple
d 29:11 The Heb. lacks of Aaron
e 29:17 Or courtyard
f 29:21 The Heb. lacks the offerings
g 29:25 Lit. He
h 29:25 Cf. 2Sam 24:11
i 29:25 Cf. 2Sam 7:2
j 29:30 i.e. portions of the book of Psalms; cf. Prov25:1

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