1Now when all this was finished, all Israel that were present went out to the cities of Judah, and brake the images in pieces, and cut down the groves, and threw down the high places and the altars out of all Judah and Benjamin, in E´phra-im also and Manas´seh, until they had utterly destroyed them all. Then all the children of Israel returned, every man to his possession, into their own cities.
Hezekiah's Provision for the Priests and Levites
2And Hezeki´ah appointed the courses of the priests and the Levites after their courses, every man according to his service, the priests and Levites for burnt offerings and for peace offerings, to minister, and to give thanks, and to praise in the gates of the tents of the Lord. 3#Num 28.1—29.39 He appointed also the king's portion of his substance for the burnt offerings, to wit, for the morning and evening burnt offerings, and the burnt offerings for the sabbaths, and for the new moons, and for the set feasts, as it is written in the law of the Lord. 4#Num 18.121321 Moreover he commanded the people that dwelt in Jerusalem to give the portion of the priests and the Levites, that they might be encouraged in the law of the Lord. 5And as soon as the commandment came abroad, the children of Israel brought in abundance the firstfruits of corn, wine, and oil, and honey, and of all the increase of the field; and the tithe of all things brought they in abundantly. 6And concerning the children of Israel and Judah, that dwelt in the cities of Judah, they also brought in the tithe of oxen and sheep, and the tithe of holy things which were consecrated unto the Lord their God, and laid them by heaps. 7In the third month they began to lay the foundation of the heaps, and finished them in the seventh month. 8And when Hezeki´ah and the princes came and saw the heaps, they blessed the Lord, and his people Israel. 9Then Hezeki´ah questioned with the priests and the Levites concerning the heaps. 10And Azari´ah the chief priest of the house of Zadok answered him, and said, Since the people began to bring the offerings into the house of the Lord, we have had enough to eat, and have left plenty: for the Lord hath blessed his people; and that which is left is this great store.
11Then Hezeki´ah commanded to prepare chambers in the house of the Lord; and they prepared them, 12and brought in the offerings and the tithes and the dedicated things faithfully: over which Conani´ah the Levite was ruler, and Shim´e-i his brother was the next. 13And Jehi´el, and Azazi´ah, and Nahath, and As´ahel, and Jer´imoth, and Joz´abad, and El´i-el, and Ismachi´ah, and Mahath, and Benai´ah, were overseers under the hand of Conani´ah and Shim´e-i his brother, at the commandment of Hezeki´ah the king, and Azari´ah the ruler of the house of God. 14And Kore the son of Imnah the Levite, the porter toward the east, was over the freewill offerings of God, to distribute the oblations of the Lord, and the most holy things. 15And next him were Eden, and Mini-a´min, and Jesh´u-a, and Shemai´ah, Amari´ah, and Shecani´ah, in the cities of the priests, in their set office, to give to their brethren by courses, as well to the great as to the small: 16besides their genealogy of males, from three years old and upward, even unto every one that entereth into the house of the Lord, his daily portion for their service in their charges according to their courses; 17both to the genealogy of the priests by the house of their fathers, and the Levites from twenty years old and upward, in their charges by their courses; 18and to the genealogy of all their little ones, their wives, and their sons, and their daughters, through all the congregation: for in their set office they sanctified themselves in holiness: 19also of the sons of Aaron the priests, which were in the fields of the suburbs of their cities, in every several city, the men that were expressed by name, to give portions to all the males among the priests, and to all that were reckoned by genealogies among the Levites.
20And thus did Hezeki´ah throughout all Judah, and wrought that which was good and right and truth before the Lord his God. 21And in every work that he began in the service of the house of God, and in the law, and in the commandments, to seek his God, he did it with all his heart, and prospered.