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2Chronicles 29:1,2.Hezekiah began to reign when he was five and twenty years old and he reigned nine and twenty years in Jerusalem. And his mother's name was Abijah, the daughter of Zechariah. And he did that which was right in the sight of the Lord, according to all that David his forefather had done.

2Chronicles 29:3-8 He in the first year of his reign, in the first month, opened the doors of the house of the Lord and repaired them. And he brought in the priests and the Levites and gathered them together into the east street, And said unto them, Hear me, you Levites, sanctify now yourselves and sanctify the house of the Lord God of your fathers and carry forth the filthiness out of the holy place. 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. Also they have shut up the doors of the porch and put out the lamps and have not burned incense nor offered burnt offerings in the holy place unto the God of Israel. Wherefore the wrath of the Lord was upon Judah and Jerusalem and he has delivered them to trouble, to astonishment and to hissing, as you see with your eyes.

2Chronicles 29:9-29 For, lo, our fathers have fallen by the sword and our sons and our daughters and our wives are in captivity for this. 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. My sons, be not now negligent, for the Lord has chosen you to stand before him, to serve him and that you should minister unto him and burn incense. Then the Levites arose, Mahath the son of Amasai and Joel the son of Azariah, of the sons of the Kohathites and of the sons of Merari, Kish the son of Abdi and Azariah the son of Jehalelel and of the Gershonites, Joah the son of Zimmah and Eden the son of Joah; And of the sons of Elizaphan, Shimri and Jeiel and of the sons of Asaph, Zechariah and Mattaniah. And of the sons of Heman, Jehiel and Shimei and of the sons of Jeduthun, Shemaiah and Uzziel. 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. 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 of the Lord into the court of the house of the Lord. And the Levites took it, to carry it out abroad into the brook Kidron. 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 sanctified the house of the Lord in eight days and in the sixteenth day of the first month they made an end. 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 shewbread table with all the vessels thereof. 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. Then Hezekiah the king rose early and gathered the rulers of the city and went up to the house of the Lord. And they brought seven bullocks and 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 on the altar of the Lord. 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. And they brought forth the he goats for the sin offering before the king and the congregation and they laid their hands upon them, And the priests killed them and they made reconciliation with their blood upon the altar, to make an atonement for all Israel, for the king commanded that the burnt offering and the sin offering should be made for all Israel. 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 prophet, for so was the commandment of the Lord by his prophets. And the Levites stood with the instruments of David and the priests with the trumpets. And Hezekiah commanded to offer the burnt offering upon the altar. And when the burnt offering began, the song of the Lord began also with the trumpets and with the instruments ordained by David king of Israel. And all the congregation worshipped and the singers sang 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. 

2Chronicles 29:30 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. 

2Chronicles 29:31-36 Then Hezekiah answered and said, Now you have consecrated yourselves unto the Lord, come near and bring sacrifices and thank offerings into the house of the Lord. And the congregation brought in sacrifices and thank offerings and as many as were of a free heart, burnt offerings. 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 were six hundred oxen and three thousand sheep. But the priests were too few, so that they could not flay all the burnt offerings, wherefore their brethren the Levites did help them till the work was ended and until the other priests had sanctified themselves, for the Levites were more upright in heart to sanctify themselves than the priests. And also the burnt offerings were in abundance, with the fat of the peace offerings and the drink offerings for every burnt offering. So the service of the house of the Lord was set in order. And Hezekiah rejoiced and all the people, that God had prepared the people, for the thing was done suddenly.

2Chronicles 30:1-7 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. For the king had taken counsel and his princes and all the congregation in Jerusalem to keep the passover in the second month. For they could not keep it at that time, because the priests had not sanctified themselves sufficiently, neither had the people gathered themselves together to Jerusalem. And the thing pleased the king and all the congregation. So they established a decree to make proclamation throughout all Israel, from Beersheba even to Dan, that they should come to keep the passover unto the Lord God of Israel at Jerusalem, for they had not done it of a long time in such sort as it was written. So the posts went with the letters from the king and his princes throughout all Israel and Judah and according to the commandment of the king, saying, You children of Israel turn again unto the Lord God of Abraham, Isaac and Israel and he will return to the remnant of you that are escaped out of the hand of the kings of Assyria. 

2Chronicles 30:7 And be not like your fathers and like your brethren, which trespassed against the Lord God of their fathers, who therefore gave them up to desolation, as you see.

2Chronicles 30:8 Now be you not stiff-necked, as your fathers were, but yield yourselves unto the Lord and enter into his sanctuary.(how? where?), which he has sanctified for ever and serve the Lord your God, that the fierceness of his wrath may turn away from you.

2Chronicles 30:9 For if you turn your brethren and your children again unto the Lord, you'll find compassion before them that lead them captive, so that they shall come again into this land, for the Lord your God is gracious and merciful and will not turn away his face from you, if you return unto him.(?).

2Chronicles 30:10-15 So the posts passed from city to city through the country of Ephraim and Manasseh even unto Zebulun, but they laughed them to scorn.(Hosea 4:17).and mocked them. Nevertheless divers.(some of them).of Asher and Manasseh and of Zebulun humbled themselves and came to Jerusalem. Also in Judah the hand of God was to give them one heart to do the commandment of the king and of the princes, by the word of the Lord. And there assembled at Jerusalem much people to keep the feast of unleavened bread in the second month, a very great congregation. And they arose and took away the altars that were in Jerusalem and all the altars for incense took they away and cast them into the brook Kidron. Then they killed the passover on the fourteenth day of the second month and the priests and the Levites were ashamed and sanctified themselves and brought in the burnt offerings into the house of the Lord.

2Chronicles 30:16 And they stood in their place after their manner according to the law of Moses the man of God. The priests sprinkled the blood which they received of the hand of the Levites.

2Chronicles 30:17 For there were many in the congregation that were not sanctified, therefore the Levites had the charge of the killing of the passovers for every one that was not clean, to sanctify them unto the Lord.

2Chronicles 30:18 For a multitude of the people, even many of Ephraim and Manasseh, Issachar and Zebulun, had not cleansed themselves, yet did they eat the passover otherwise than it was written.

2Chronicles 30:19 But Hezekiah prayed for them, saying, The good Lord pardon every one that prepares his heart to seek God the Lord God of his fathers, though he be not cleansed according to the purification of the sanctuary.

2Chronicles 30:20 And the Lord hearkened to Hezekiah and healed the people.

2Chronicles 30:21-27 And the children of Israel that were present at Jerusalem kept the feast of unleavened bread.(*).seven days with great gladness and the Levites and the priests praised the Lord day by day, singing with loud instruments unto the Lord. And Hezekiah spake comfortably unto all the Levites that taught the good knowledge of the Lord and they did eat throughout the feast seven days, offering peace offerings and making confession to the Lord God of their fathers. And the whole assembly took counsel to keep other seven days and they kept other seven days with gladness. For Hezekiah king of Judah did give to the congregation a thousand bullocks and seven thousand sheep and the princes gave to the congregation a thousand bullocks and ten thousand sheep and a great number of priests sanctified themselves. And all the congregation of Judah, with the priests and the Levites and all the congregation that came out of Israel and the strangers that came out of the land of Israel and that dwelt in Judah, rejoiced. So there was great joy in Jerusalem, for since the time of Solomon the son of David king of Israel there was not the like in Jerusalem. Then the priests the Levites arose and blessed the people and their voice was heard and their prayer came up to his holy dwelling place, even unto heaven.

2Chronicles 32:1-5 After these things and the establishment thereof, Sennacherib king of Assyria came and entered into Judah and encamped against the fenced cities and thought to win them for himself. And when Hezekiah saw that Sennacherib was come and that he was purposed to fight against Jerusalem, he took counsel with his princes and his mighty men to stop the waters of the fountains which were without the city and they did help him. So there was gathered much people together, who stopped all the fountains and the brook that ran through the midst of the land, saying, Why should the kings of Assyria come and find much water? Also he strengthened 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.

2Chronicles 32:6 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 spake comfortably to them, saying, 

2Chronicles 32:7,8 Be strong and courageous, be not afraid nor dismayed for the king of Assyria, nor for all the multitude that is with him, for there be more with us than with him. With him is an arm of flesh, but with us is the Lord our God to help us and to fight our battles.(and God did too, many times). And the people rested themselves upon the words of Hezekiah king of Judah.

2Chronicles 32:9.Sennacherib himself and all his power with him laid siege against Lachish, while at the same time he sent his servants to Jerusalem unto Hezekiah king of Judah and unto all Judah that were at Jerusalem, saying

2Chronicles 32:10-14 Thus says Sennacherib king of Assyria, Whereon do you trust, that you abide in the siege in Jerusalem? Does not Hezekiah persuade you to give over yourselves to die by famine and by thirst, saying, The Lord our God shall deliver us out of the hand of the king of Assyria? Has not the same Hezekiah taken away his high places and his altars and commanded Judah and Jerusalem, saying, You shall worship before one altar and burn incense upon it? Know you not what I and my fathers have done unto all the people of other lands? were the gods of the nations of those lands any ways able to deliver their lands out of mine hand? Who was 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? Now therefore let not Hezekiah deceive you, nor persuade 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?"

2Chronicles 32:15-19 Now therefore let not Hezekiah deceive you, nor persuade 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? And his servants spake yet more against the Lord God and against his servant Hezekiah. He wrote also letters to rail on the Lord God of Israel and to speak against him, saying, As the gods of the nations of other lands have not delivered their people out of mine hand, so shall not the God of Hezekiah deliver his people out of mine hand. Then they cried with a loud voice in the Jews' speech unto the people of Jerusalem that were on the wall, to affright them, and to trouble them, that they might take the city. 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.(spoke of the true Creator as they would of the 'gods' they made with their own hands).

2Chronicles 32:20 And for this cause Hezekiah the king and the prophet Isaiah the son of Amoz prayed and cried to heaven.

2Chronicles 32:21 And the Lord sent an angel, which cut off all the mighty men of valour and the leaders and captains in the camp of the king of Assyria.(how God did it). So he returned with shame of face to his own land. 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.(2Kings 19:37).

2Chronicles 32:22 Thus the Lord saved Hezekiah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem from the hand of Sennacherib the king of Assyria and from the hand of all other and guided them on every side.
From.Barnes Notes:."The author of Chronicles compresses into these past 13 verses {verses 9-22} the history which occupies in the book of 2Kings a chapter and a half":.2Kings 18:19-20:21.
2Chronicles 32:23 And many brought gifts unto the Lord to Jerusalem and presents to Hezekiah king of Judah so that he was magnified in the sight of all nations from thenceforth.

2Chronicles 32:24 In those days Hezekiah was sick to the death and prayed unto the Lord. And he spake unto him and he gave him a sign.

2Chronicles 32:25-30 But Hezekiah rendered not again according to the benefit done unto him, for his heart was lifted up. Therefore there was wrath upon him and upon Judah and Jerusalem. Notwithstanding Hezekiah humbled himself for the pride of his heart, both he and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, so that the wrath of the Lord came not upon them in the days of Hezekiah. And Hezekiah had exceeding much riches and honour and he made himself treasuries for silver and for gold and for precious stones and for spices and for shields and for all manner of pleasant jewels. Storehouses also for the increase of corn and wine and oil and stalls for all manner of beasts and cotes.(pens or enclosures).for flocks. Moreover he provided him cities and possessions of flocks and herds in abundance, for God had given him substance very much. This same Hezekiah also stopped the upper watercourse of Gihon and brought it straight down to the west side of the city of David. And Hezekiah prospered in all his works. 

2Chronicles 32:31 Howbeit in the business of the ambassadors of the princes of Babylon, who sent unto him to enquire of the wonder that was done in the land, God left him to try him.(*), that he might know all that was in his heart.
The story:.2Kings 20:12-21.
2Chronicles 32:32 Now the rest of the acts of Hezekiah and his goodness, behold, they are written in the vision of Isaiah.(Isaiah 1:1).the prophet, the son of Amoz and in the book of the kings of Judah and Israel.

2Chronicles 32:33 And Hezekiah slept with his fathers and they buried him in the chiefest of the sepulchres of the sons of David and all Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem did him honour at his death. And Manasseh his son reigned in his stead.

2Chronicles 33:1-3.Manasseh was twelve years old when he began to reign and he reigned fifty and five years in Jerusalem; But did that which was evil in the sight of the Lord, like unto the abominations of the heathen, whom the Lord had cast out before the children of Israel. For he built again the high places which Hezekiah his father had broken down and he reared up altars for Baalim and made groves and worshipped all the host of heaven and served them.
In their worship of the gods they made as representation of every possible thing they noticed in the sky, the people back then used sacrifices and burnt incense figuring their prayers to these gods they created with their own hands would waft up to them with the scent in the smoke of the incense used:.2Kings 14:4.
2Chronicles 33:6 And he caused his children to pass through the fire in the valley of the son of Hinnom. Also he observed times and used enchantments and used witchcraft and dealt with a familiar spirit and with wizards. He wrought much evil in the sight of the Lord, to provoke him to anger.

2Chronicles 33:7 And he set a carved image, the 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 before all the tribes of Israel, will I put my name for ever.

2Chronicles 33:8 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.

2Chronicles 33:9 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. 

2Chronicles 33:10 And the Lord spake to Manasseh and to his people, but they would not hearken.

2Chronicles 33:11 Wherefore the Lord brought upon them the captains of the host of the king of Assyria, which took Manasseh among the thorns and bound him with fetters and carried him to Babylon.

2Chronicles 33:12,13 And when he was in affliction, he besought the Lord his God and humbled himself greatly before the God of his fathers, And prayed unto him and intreated him and he heard his supplication and brought him again to Jerusalem into his kingdom. Then Manasseh knew that the Lord, he was God.

2Chronicles 33:14 Now after this he built a wall without the city of David, on the west side of Gihon, in the valley, even to the entering in at the fish gate and compassed about Ophel and raised it up a very great height and put captains of war in all the fenced cities of Judah.

2Chronicles 33:15-17 And he took away the strange gods and the idol out of the house of the Lord and all the altars that he had built in the mount of the house of the Lord and in Jerusalem and cast them out of the city. And he repaired the altar of the Lord and sacrificed thereon peace offerings and thank offerings and commanded Judah to serve the Lord God of Israel. Nevertheless the people did sacrifice still in the high places, yet unto the Lord their God only.

2Chronicles 33:18 Now the rest of the acts of Manasseh and his prayer unto his God and the words of the seers that spake to him in the name of the Lord God of Israel, behold, they are written in the book.(?).of the kings of Israel.

2Chronicles 33:19 His prayer also and how God was intreated of him and all his sin and his trespass and the places wherein he built high place and set up groves and graven images, before he was humbled, behold, they are written among the sayings.(?).of the seers.

2Chronicles 33:20 So Manasseh slept with his fathers and they buried him in his own house and Amon his son reigned in his stead.

2Chronicles 33:21.Amon was two and twenty years old when he began to reign and reigned two years in Jerusalem.

2Chronicles 33:22-25 But he did that which was evil in the sight of the Lord, as did Manasseh his father.(what about his mother?.2Kings 21:19-26), for Amon sacrificed unto all the carved images which Manasseh his father had made and served them and humbled not himself before the Lord, as Manasseh his father had humbled himself, but Amon trespassed more and more. And his servants conspired against him and slew him in his own house. 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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