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8 Now be ye not stiff-necked as your Fathers were, but yield yourselves unto the Lord, and enter into his Sanctuary, which he hath fanctified for ever : and serve the LORD your God, that the Fierceness of his Wrath may turn away from you.

9 For if ye turn again unto the LORD, your Brethren, and your Children shall 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 ye return unto him.

10 So the Posts passed from City to City, throughout the Countrey of Ephraim and Manaffeh, even unto Zebulun : but they laughed them to Scorn, and mocked them.

11 Nevertheless, divers of Asher and Manasleh, and Zebulun, humbled themselves, and came to Jerusalem.

12 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."

13 And there assembled at Jerusalem much People to keep the Feast of unleavened Bread in the second Month, a very great Congregation...

14 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.

15 Then they killed the Paffover 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.

16 And they stood in their Places after their Manner, according to the Law of Moses: the Priests sprinkled the Blood which they received of the Hand of the Levites.

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 saretify them unto the LORD.

18 For a multitude of the People, even many of Ephraim, and Manasleh, Islachar, and Zebulun, had not cleANSED themselves, yet did they eat the Passover, otherwise than it was written : but Hezekiah PRAYED for them, saying, The GOOD LORD pardon every one 19 That PREPARETH his HEART to SEEK Gon, the

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LORD God of his Fathers, though he be not CLEANSED according to the PURIFICATION of the Sanctuary.

20 And the LORD hearkened to Hezekiah, and HEALED the People.

21 And the Children of Israel that were present at Jerufalem, 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.

22 And Hezekiah (pake comfortably unto all the Leviteš, that TAUGHT the good KnoW LEDGE of the LORD: and they did eat throughout the Feast seven Days, offering Peaceofferings, and making CONFESSION to the LORD God of their Fathers.

23 And the whole Allembly took Counsel to keep other seven Days : and they kept other seven Days with GLADNESS.

24 For Hezekiah did give to the Congregation a thousand Bullocks, and seven thousand Sheep; and the Prince's gave to the Congregation a thousand Bullocks, and ten thoufand Sheep: and a great Number of Priests fanctified themselves.

25 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 Judali, REJOYCED.

26 So there was great Joy in Jerusalem : for since the TIME of SOLOMON there was not the like in Jerusalem.

27 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.

CH A P. XXXI. 1 The People is forward in destroying Idolatry. 2 Hezekiah

ordereth the Courses of the Priests and Levites, and provideth for their Work and Maintenance. 5 The People's Forward'ness in Offerings and Tithes. i Hezekiah appointeth Offi

cers to dispose of the Tithes. 20 The Sincerity of Hezekiah. Ver. I N O W 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,

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and threw down the high Places and the Altars out of all Judah and Benjamin, in Ephraim also and Manasleh, until they had utterly Destoyed them all. Then all the Children of Israel returned every Man to his Posseslion, into their own Cities.

2 And Hezekiah 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. He appointed also the King's Portion of his Substance for the Burnt-offering, 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 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.

5 And as soon as the Commandment came abroad, the Children of Israel brought in abundance the FIRST-FRUITS of Corn, Wine, and Oyl, and Honey, and of all the Increase of the Field, and the Tithe of all Things brought they in abundantly.

6 And concerning the Children of Israel and Judah, they also brought in the Tithe of Oxen, and Sheep, and the Tithes of holy Things, which were consecrated unto the LORD their God, and laid them by Heaps.

7 In the third Month they began to lay the Foundation of the Heaps, and finished them in the seventh Month.

8 And when Hezekiah and the Princes saw the Hears, they blefled the Lord and his People Israel.

9 Then Hezekiah questioned with the Priests and the Levites concerning the Heaps.

10 And Azariah 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.

1 Then Hezekiah commanded to prepare Chambers in the House of the LORD; and they prepared them. 12 And brought in the Ofcrings, and the Tithes, and

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the dedicate Things faithfully : over which Cononiah the Levite was Ruler. • 13 At the Commandment of Hezekiah the King, and · Azariah the Ruler of the House of God.

19. Also 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.

20 And thus did Hezekiah throughout all Judah, and wrought that which was good and right and Truth before the LORD his God.

21 And 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.

2 KINGS XVIII. 13 Now in the fourteenth Year of King Hezekiah, did Sennacherib King of Aflyria come up against all the fenced Cities of Judah, and took them.

14 And Hezekiah King of Judah sent to the King of Afsyria to Lachish, saying, I have offended, return from me: that which thou puttest on me, I will bear. And the King of Affyria appointed unto Hezekiah King of Judah, three hundred Talents of Silver, and thirty Talents of Gold.

15 And Hezekiah gave him all the Silver that was found in the House of the Lord, and in the Treasures of the King's House.

16 At that time did Hezekiah cut off the Gold from the Doors of the Temple of the LORD, and from the Pillars which Hezekiah King of Judah had overlaid, and gave it to the King of Assyria.

17 And the King of Aflyria sent Tartan, and Rab saris, and Rab-shakeh from Lachish, to King Hezekiah with a great Host against Jerusalem, and they came and stood by the Conduit of the upper Pool, which is in the Highway of the Fuller's Field.

18 And when they had called to the King, there came out to them Eliakim, which was over the Houshold, and Shebna the Scribe, and Joah the Recorder.

19 And Rab-shakeh said unto them, Speak ye now to Hezekiah, Thus faith the great King, the King of Afyrid, What Confidence is this wherein thou trustest?

20 Thou 20 Thou sayest (but they are but yain Words) I have Counsel and Strength for the War: now on whom dost thou trust, that thou rebellest against me?

21 Now behold, thou trustest upon the Staff of this bruised Reed, even upon Egypt, on which if a Man lean, it will go into his Hand, and pierce it : so is Pharaoh King of Egypt, unto all that trust on him.

22 But if ye say unto me, We trust in the LORD our God: is not that he whose high Places, and whose Altars Hezekiah hath taken away, and hath said to Judah and Jerusalem, Ye shall worship before this Altar in Jerusalem?

23 Now therefore, I pray thee, give Pledges to my Lord the King of Assyria, and I will deliver thee two thous sand Horses, if thou be able on thy part to set Riders upon them.

24 How then wilt thou turn away the Face of one Captain of the least of my Master's Servants, and put thy Trust on Egypt for Chariots and for Horsemen?

25 Am I now come up without the LORD against this Place to destroy it? the LORD said to me, Go up against this Land, and destroy it.

26 Then said Eliakim, and Shebna, and Joah, unto Rabo Thakeh, Speak, I pray, thee, to thy Servants in the Syrian Language (for we understand it) and talk not with us in the Jews Language, in the Ears of the People that are on the Wall.

27 But Rab-shakeh said unto them, Hath my Master sent me to thy Master, and to thee, to speak these Words? hath he not sent me to the Men which sit on the Wall, that they may eat their own Dung, and drink their own Piss with

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28 Then Rab-shakeh stood and cried with a loud Voice in the Jews Language, and spake, saying, Hear the Word of the great King, the King of Allyria.

29 Thus saith the King, Let not Hezekiah deceive you, for he shall not be able to deliver you out of his Hand.

30 Neither let Hezekiah make you trust in the LORD, saying, The Lord will surely deliver us, and this City shall not be delivered into the Hand of the King of Assyria.

31 Hcarken not unto Hezekiah : for thus faith the King of Assyria, Make an Agreement with me by a Present, and come out to me, and then eat ye every Man of his own Vine, and every one of his Fig-tree, and drink ye every one of the

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