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
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
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, Ye 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.
And be not ye like your fathers, and like your brethren, which trespassed against
the LORD God of their fathers, who therefore gave them up to desolation, as ye
Now be ye not stiffnecked, as your fathers were, but yield yourselves unto the
LORD, and enter into his sanctuary, which he hath sanctified for ever: and serve the
LORD your God, that the fierceness of his wrath may turn away from you.
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.
So the posts passed from city to city through the country of Ephraim and Manasseh
even unto Zebulun: but they laughed them to scorn, and mocked them.
Nevertheless divers 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.
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
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.
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. But Hezekiah prayed for them, saying, The good LORD pardon every one
That prepareth his heart to seek God, the LORD God of his fathers, though he be not
cleansed according to the purification of the sanctuary.
And the LORD hearkened to Hezekiah, and healed the people.
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.