The Reforms of Hezekiah
1Now when all this was finished, all Israel who were present went out to the cities of Judah and #2 Kin. 18:4broke the sacred pillars in pieces, cut down the wooden images, and threw down the high places and the altars—from all Judah, Benjamin, Ephraim, and Manasseh—until they had utterly destroyed them all. Then all the children of Israel returned to their own cities, every man to his possession.
2And Hezekiah appointed #1 Chr. 23:6; 24:1the divisions of the priests and the Levites according to their divisions, each man according to his service, the priests and Levites #1 Chr. 23:30, 31for burnt offerings and peace offerings, to serve, to give thanks, and to praise in the gates of the camp of the Lord. 3The king also appointed a portion of his #2 Chr. 35:7possessions for the burnt offerings: for the morning and evening burnt offerings, the burnt offerings for the Sabbaths and the New Moons and the set feasts, as it is written in the #Num. 28:1—29:40Law of the Lord.
4Moreover he commanded the people who dwelt in Jerusalem to contribute #Num. 18:8; 2 Kin. 12:16; Neh. 13:10; Ezek. 44:29support for the priests and the Levites, that they might devote themselves to #Mal. 2:7the Law of the Lord.
5As soon as the commandment was circulated, the children of Israel brought in abundance #Ex. 22:29; Neh. 13:12the firstfruits of grain and wine, oil and honey, and of all the produce of the field; and they brought in abundantly the #(Lev. 27:30); Deut. 14:28; 26:12, 13tithe of everything. 6And the children of Israel and Judah, who dwelt in the cities of Judah, brought the tithe of oxen and sheep; also the #(Lev. 27:30); Deut. 14:28tithe of holy things which were consecrated to the Lord their God they laid in heaps.
7In the third month they began laying them in heaps, and they finished in the seventh month. 8And when Hezekiah and the leaders came and saw the heaps, they blessed the Lord and His people Israel. 9Then Hezekiah questioned the priests and the Levites concerning the heaps. 10And Azariah the chief priest, from the #1 Chr. 6:8, 9house of Zadok, answered him and said, #(Mal. 3:10)“Since the people began to bring the offerings into the house of the Lord, we have had enough to eat and have plenty left, for the Lord has blessed His people; and what is left is this great #Ex. 36:5abundance.”
11Now Hezekiah commanded them to #1 Kin. 6:5–8prepare rooms in the house of the Lord, and they prepared them. 12Then they faithfully brought in the offerings, the tithes, and the dedicated things; #2 Chr. 35:9; Neh. 13:13Cononiah the Levite had charge of them, and Shimei his brother was the next. 13Jehiel, Azaziah, Nahath, Asahel, Jerimoth, Jozabad, Eliel, Ismachiah, Mahath, and Benaiah were overseers under the hand of Cononiah and Shimei his brother, at the commandment of Hezekiah the king and Azariah the #1 Chr. 9:11; Jer. 20:1ruler of the house of God. 14Kore the son of Imnah the Levite, the keeper of the East Gate, was over the #Deut. 23:23; 2 Chr. 35:8freewill offerings to God, to distribute the offerings of the Lord and the most holy things. 15And under him were #2 Chr. 29:12Eden, Miniamin, Jeshua, Shemaiah, Amariah, and Shecaniah, his faithful assistants in #Josh. 21:1–3, 9the cities of the priests, to distribute #1 Chr. 9:26allotments to their brethren by divisions, to the great as well as the small.
16Besides those males from three years old and up who were written in the genealogy, they distributed to everyone who entered the house of the Lord his daily portion for the work of his service, by his division, 17and to the priests who were written in the genealogy according to their father’s house, and to the Levites #1 Chr. 23:24, 27from twenty years old and up according to their work, by their divisions, 18and to all who were written in the genealogy—their little ones and their wives, their sons and daughters, the whole company of them—for in their faithfulness they sanctified themselves in holiness.
19Also for the sons of Aaron the priests, who were in #Lev. 25:34; Num. 35:1–4the fields of the common-lands of their cities, in every single city, there were men who were #2 Chr. 31:12–15designated by name to distribute portions to all the males among the priests and to all who were listed by genealogies among the Levites.
20Thus Hezekiah did throughout all Judah, and he #2 Kin. 20:3; 22:2did what was good and right and true before the Lord his God. 21And in every work that he began in the service of the house of God, in the law and in the commandment, to seek his God, he did it with all his heart. So he #2 Chr. 26:5; 32:30; Ps. 1:3prospered.