Hezekiah Reigns in Judah
1Hezekiah #2 Kin. 18:1; 2 Chr. 32:22, 33became king when he was twenty-five years old, and he reigned twenty-nine years in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was Abijah the daughter of Zechariah. 2And he did what was right in the sight of the Lord, according to all that his father David had done.
Hezekiah Cleanses the Temple
3In the first year of his reign, in the first month, he #2 Chr. 28:24; 29:7opened the doors of the house of the Lord and repaired them. 4Then he brought in the priests and the Levites, and gathered them in the East Square, 5and said to them: “Hear me, Levites! Now sanctify yourselves, #1 Chr. 15:12; 2 Chr. 29:15, 34; 35:6sanctify the house of the Lord God of your fathers, and carry out the rubbish from the holy place. 6For our fathers have trespassed and done evil in the eyes of the Lord our God; they have forsaken Him, have #(Is. 1:4); Jer. 2:27; Ezek. 8:16turned their faces away from the dwelling place of the Lord, and turned their backs on Him. 7#2 Chr. 28:24They have also shut up the doors of the vestibule, put out the lamps, and have not burned incense or offered burnt offerings in the holy place to the God of Israel. 8Therefore the #2 Chr. 24:18wrath of the Lord fell upon Judah and Jerusalem, and He has #2 Chr. 28:5given them up to trouble, to desolation, and to #1 Kin. 9:8; Jer. 18:16; 19:8; 25:9, 18; 29:18jeering, as you see with your #Deut. 28:32eyes. 9For indeed, because of this #Deut. 28:25; 2 Chr. 28:5–8, 17our fathers have fallen by the sword; and our sons, our daughters, and our wives are in captivity.
10“Now it is in my heart to make #2 Chr. 15:12; 23:16a covenant with the Lord God of Israel, that His fierce wrath may turn away from us. 11My sons, do not be negligent now, for the Lord has #Num. 3:6; 8:14; 18:2, 6; 2 Chr. 30:16, 17chosen you to stand before Him, to serve Him, and that you should minister to Him and burn incense.”
12Then these Levites arose: #2 Chr. 31:13Mahath the son of Amasai and Joel the son of Azariah, of the sons of the #Num. 3:19, 20Kohathites; of the sons of Merari, Kish the son of Abdi and Azariah the son of Jehallelel; of the Gershonites, Joah the son of Zimmah and Eden the son of Joah; 13of the sons of Elizaphan, Shimri and Jeiel; of the sons of Asaph, Zechariah and Mattaniah; 14of the sons of Heman, Jehiel and Shimei; and of the sons of Jeduthun, Shemaiah and Uzziel.
15And they gathered their brethren, #2 Chr. 29:5sanctified themselves, and went according to the commandment of the king, at the words of the Lord, #1 Chr. 23:28to cleanse the house of the Lord. 16Then the priests went into the inner part of the house of the Lord to cleanse it, and brought out all the debris that they found in the temple of the Lord to the court of the house of the Lord. And the Levites took it out and carried it to the Brook #2 Chr. 15:16; 30:14Kidron.
17Now they began to sanctify on the first day of the first month, and on the eighth day of the month they came to the vestibule of the Lord. So they sanctified the house of the Lord in eight days, and on the sixteenth day of the first month they finished.
18Then they went in to King Hezekiah and said, “We have cleansed all the house of the Lord, the altar of burnt offerings with all its articles, and the table of the showbread with all its articles. 19Moreover all the articles which King Ahaz in his reign had #2 Chr. 28:24cast aside in his transgression we have prepared and sanctified; and there they are, before the altar of the Lord.”
Hezekiah Restores Temple Worship
20Then King Hezekiah rose early, gathered the rulers of the city, and went up to the house of the Lord. 21And they brought seven bulls, seven rams, seven lambs, and seven male goats for a #Lev. 4:3–14sin offering for the kingdom, for the sanctuary, and for Judah. Then he commanded the priests, the sons of Aaron, to offer them on the altar of the Lord. 22So they killed the bulls, and the priests received the blood and #Lev. 8:14, 15, 19, 24; Heb. 9:21sprinkled it on the altar. Likewise they killed the rams and sprinkled the blood on the altar. They also killed the lambs and sprinkled the blood on the altar. 23Then they brought out the male goats for the sin offering before the king and the assembly, and they laid their #Lev. 4:15, 24; 8:14hands on them. 24And the priests killed them; and they presented their blood on the altar as a sin offering #Lev. 14:20to make an atonement for all Israel, for the king commanded that the burnt offering and the sin offering be made for all Israel.
25#1 Chr. 16:4; 25:6And he stationed the Levites in the house of the Lord with cymbals, with stringed instruments, and with harps, #1 Chr. 23:5; 25:1; 2 Chr. 8:14according to the commandment of David, of #2 Sam. 24:11Gad the king’s seer, and of Nathan the prophet; #2 Chr. 30:12for thus was the commandment of the Lord by His prophets. 26The Levites stood with the instruments #1 Chr. 23:5; Amos 6:5of David, and the priests with #Num. 10:8, 10; 1 Chr. 15:24; 16:6; 2 Chr. 5:12the trumpets. 27Then Hezekiah commanded them to offer the burnt offering on the altar. And when the burnt offering began, #2 Chr. 23:18the song of the Lord also began, with the trumpets and with the instruments of David king of Israel. 28So all the assembly worshiped, the singers sang, and the trumpeters sounded; all this continued until the burnt offering was finished. 29And when they had finished offering, #2 Chr. 20:18the king and all who were present with him bowed and worshiped. 30Moreover King Hezekiah and the leaders commanded the Levites to sing praise to the Lord with the words of David and of Asaph the seer. So they sang praises with gladness, and they bowed their heads and worshiped.
31Then Hezekiah answered and said, “Now that you have consecrated yourselves to the Lord, come near, and bring sacrifices and #Lev. 7:12thank offerings into the house of the Lord.” So the assembly brought in sacrifices and thank offerings, and as many as were of a #Ex. 35:5, 22willing heart brought burnt offerings. 32And the number of the burnt offerings which the assembly brought was seventy bulls, one hundred rams, and two hundred lambs; all these were for a burnt offering to the Lord. 33The consecrated things were six hundred bulls and three thousand sheep. 34But the priests were too few, so that they could not skin all the burnt offerings; therefore #2 Chr. 35:11their brethren the Levites helped them until the work was ended and until the other priests had sanctified themselves, #2 Chr. 30:3for the Levites were #Ps. 7:10more diligent in #2 Chr. 29:5sanctifying themselves than the priests. 35Also the burnt offerings were in abundance, with #Lev. 3:15, 16the fat of the peace offerings and with #Num. 15:5–10the drink offerings for every burnt offering.
So the service of the house of the Lord was set in order. 36Then Hezekiah and all the people rejoiced that God had prepared the people, since the events took place so suddenly.