1 Igitur Ezechias regnare coepit, cum viginti quinque esset annorum, et viginti novem annis regnavit in Ierusalem. Nomen matris eius Abi filia Zachariae.
2 Fecitque, quod erat placitum in conspectu Domini, iuxta omnia, quae fecerat David pater eius.
3 Ipse anno et mense primo regni sui aperuit valvas domus Domini et instauravit eas.
4 Adduxitque sacerdotes atque Levitas et congregavit eos in plateam orientalem
5 dixitque ad eos: "Audite me, Levitae! Nunc sanctificamini; mundate domum Domini, Dei patrum vestrorum, et auferte omnem immunditiam de sanctuario.
6 Peccaverunt patres nostri et fecerunt malum in conspectu Domini Dei nostri derelinquentes eum; averterunt facies suas a tabernaculo Domini et praebuerunt dorsum.
7 Insuper clauserunt ostia, quae erant in porticu, et exstinxerunt lucernas incensumque non adoleverunt et holocausta non obtulerunt in sanctuario Deo Israel.
8 Concitatus est itaque furor Domini super Iudam et Ierusalem; tradiditque eos in commotionem et in stuporem et in sibilum, sicut ipsi cernitis oculis vestris.
9 En, corruerunt patres nostri gladiis, filii nostri et filiae nostrae et coniuges captivae ductae sunt propter hoc scelus.
10 Nunc igitur placet mihi, ut ineam foedus cum Domino, Deo Israel, et avertat a nobis furorem irae suae.
11 Filii mei, nolite neglegere; vos enim elegit Dominus, ut stetis coram eo et ministretis illi colatisque eum et adoleatis".
12 Surrexerunt ergo Levitae, Mahath filius Amasai et Ioel filius Azariae de filiis Caath; porro de filiis Merari Cis filius Abdi et Azarias filius Iallelel; de filiis autem Gerson Ioah filius Zimma et Eden filius Ioah;
13 at vero de filiis Elisaphan Semri et Iehiel; de filiis quoque Asaph Zacharias et Matthanias;
14 necnon de filiis Heman Iahiel et Semei; sed et de filiis Idithun Semeias et Oziel.
15 Congregaveruntque fratres suos et sanctificati sunt et ingressi iuxta mandatum regis et imperium Domini, ut expiarent domum Dei.
16 Sacerdotes quoque ingressi intra templum Domini, ut mundarent illud, extulerunt omnem immunditiam, quam intro reppererant in vestibulum domus Domini, quam tulerunt Levitae et asportaverunt ad torrentem Cedron foras.
17 Coeperunt autem prima die mensis primi sanctificare et in die octava eiusdem mensis ingressi sunt porticum templi Domini et sanctificaverunt templum Domini diebus octo; et in die sexta decima mensis eiusdem, quod coeperant, impleverunt.
18 Ingressi quoque sunt ad Ezechiam regem et dixerunt ei: "Mundavimus omnem domum Domini et altare holocausti vasaque eius necnon et mensam propositionis cum omnibus vasis suis
19 cunctamque templi supellectilem, quam removerat rex Achaz in regno suo in praevaricatione sua, restituimus et sanctificavimus. Ecce exposita sunt omnia coram altari Domini".
20 Consurgensque diluculo Ezechias rex adunavit principes civitatis et ascendit domum Domini.
21 Attuleruntque simul tauros septem, arietes septem, agnos septem et hircos septem pro peccato, pro regno, pro sanctuario, pro Iuda; dixit quoque sacerdotibus filiis Aaron, ut offerrent super altare Domini.
22 Mactaverunt igitur tauros et susceperunt sacerdotes sanguinem et fuderunt illum super altare; mactaverunt etiam arietes et illorum sanguinem super altare fuderunt; immolaverunt agnos et fuderunt super altare sanguinem.
23 Applicaverunt hircos pro peccato coram rege et universa multitudine imposueruntque manus suas super eos,
24 et immolaverunt illos sacerdotes et asperserunt sanguinem eorum super altare pro piaculo universi Israelis; pro omni quippe Israel praeceperat rex, ut holocaustum fieret et pro peccato.
25 Constituit quoque Levitas in domo Domini cum cymbalis et psalteriis et citharis secundum dispositionem David et Gad videntis regis et Nathan prophetae; siquidem Domini praeceptum fuit per manum prophetarum eius.
26 Steteruntque Levitae tenentes organa David, et sacerdotes tubas.
27 Et iussit Ezechias, ut offerrent holocaustum super altare; cumque offerretur holocaustum, coeperunt laudes canere Domino et clangere tubis atque in diversis organis David regis Israel concrepare.
28 Omni autem turba adorante, cantores et ii, qui tenebant tubas, erant in officio suo, donec compleretur holocaustum.
29 Cumque finita esset oblatio, incurvatus est rex et omnes, qui erant cum eo, et adoraverunt.
30 Praecepitque Ezechias et principes Levitis, ut laudarent Dominum verbis David et Asaph videntis; qui laudaverunt eum magna laetitia et curvato genu adoraverunt.
31 Ezechias autem etiam haec addidit: "Nunc, impletis manibus vestris Domino, accedite et afferte victimas et sacrificia pro gratiarum actione in domo Domini". Attulit ergo universa multitudo hostias et sacrificia pro gratiarum actione, et omnis voluntarius et proni animi holocausta.
32 Porro numerus holocaustorum, quae attulit multitudo, hic fuit: tauros septuaginta, arietes centum, agnos ducentos, in holocaustum Domino omnia haec.
33 Sanctificaveruntque Domino boves sescentos et oves tria milia.
34 Sacerdotes vero pauci erant nec poterant sufficere, ut pelles holocaustorum detraherent; unde et Levitae fratres eorum adiuverunt eos, donec impleretur opus, et sanctificarentur sacerdotes; Levitae quippe recti corde, ut sanctificarentur magis quam sacerdotes.
35 Fuerunt igitur holocausta plurima, adipes pacificorum et libamina, quae pertinebant ad holocausta. Restitutus est ita cultus domus Domini.
36 Laetatusque est Ezechias et omnis populus de eo, quod paravit Dominus populo; repente quippe hoc factum est.
King James Version
1 Hezekiah began to reign when he was five and twenty years old, and he reigned nine and twenty years in Jerusalem. And his mother's name was Abijah, the daughter of Zechariah.
2 And he did that which was right in the sight of the LORD, according to all that David his father had done.
3 ¶ He in the first year of his reign, in the first month, opened the doors of the house of the LORD, and repaired them.
4 And he brought in the priests and the Levites, and gathered them together into the east street,
5 And said unto them, Hear me, ye Levites, sanctify now yourselves, and sanctify the house of the LORD God of your fathers, and carry forth the filthiness out of the holy place.
6 For our fathers have trespassed, and done that which was evil in the eyes of the LORD our God, and have forsaken him, and have turned away their faces from the habitation of the LORD, and turned their backs.
7 Also they have shut up the doors of the porch, and put out the lamps, and have not burned incense nor offered burnt offerings in the holy place unto the God of Israel.
8 Wherefore the wrath of the LORD was upon Judah and Jerusalem, and he hath delivered them to trouble, to astonishment, and to hissing, as ye see with your eyes.
9 For, lo, our fathers have fallen by the sword, and our sons and our daughters and our wives are in captivity for this.
10 Now it is in mine heart to make a covenant with the LORD God of Israel, that his fierce wrath may turn away from us.
11 My sons, be not now negligent: for the LORD hath chosen you to stand before him, to serve him, and that ye should minister unto him, and burn incense.
12 ¶ Then the Levites arose, Mahath the son of Amasai, and Joel the son of Azariah, of the sons of the Kohathites: and of the sons of Merari, Kish the son of Abdi, and Azariah the son of Jehalelel: and of the Gershonites; Joah the son of Zimmah, and Eden the son of Joah:
13 And of the sons of Elizaphan; Shimri, and Jeiel: and of the sons of Asaph; Zechariah, and Mattaniah:
14 And of the sons of Heman; Jehiel, and Shimei: and of the sons of Jeduthun; Shemaiah, and Uzziel.
15 And they gathered their brethren, and sanctified themselves, and came, according to the commandment of the king, by the words of the LORD, to cleanse the house of the LORD.
16 And the priests went into the inner part of the house of the LORD, to cleanse it, and brought out all the uncleanness that they found in the temple of the LORD into the court of the house of the LORD. And the Levites took it, to carry it out abroad into the brook Kidron.
17 Now they began on the first day of the first month to sanctify, and on the eighth day of the month came they to the porch of the LORD: so they sanctified the house of the LORD in eight days; and in the sixteenth day of the first month they made an end.
18 Then they went in to Hezekiah the king, and said, We have cleansed all the house of the LORD, and the altar of burnt offering, with all the vessels thereof, and the shewbread table, with all the vessels thereof.
19 Moreover all the vessels, which king Ahaz in his reign did cast away in his transgression, have we prepared and sanctified, and, behold, they are before the altar of the LORD.
20 ¶ Then Hezekiah the king rose early, and gathered the rulers of the city, and went up to the house of the LORD.
21 And they brought seven bullocks, and seven rams, and seven lambs, and seven he goats, for a sin offering for the kingdom, and for the sanctuary, and for Judah. And he commanded the priests the sons of Aaron to offer them on the altar of the LORD.
22 So they killed the bullocks, and the priests received the blood, and sprinkled it on the altar: likewise, when they had killed the rams, they sprinkled the blood upon the altar: they killed also the lambs, and they sprinkled the blood upon the altar.
23 And they brought forth the he goats for the sin offering before the king and the congregation; and they laid their hands upon them:
24 And the priests killed them, and they made reconciliation with their blood upon the altar, to make an atonement for all Israel: for the king commanded that the burnt offering and the sin offering should be made for all Israel.
25 And he set the Levites in the house of the LORD with cymbals, with psalteries, and with harps, according to the commandment of David, and of Gad the king's seer, and Nathan the prophet: for so was the commandment of the LORD by his prophets.
26 And the Levites stood with the instruments of David, and the priests with the trumpets.
27 And Hezekiah commanded to offer the burnt offering upon the altar. And when the burnt offering began, the song of the LORD began also with the trumpets, and with the instruments ordained by David king of Israel.
28 And all the congregation worshipped, and the singers sang, and the trumpeters sounded: and all this continued until the burnt offering was finished.
29 And when they had made an end of offering, the king and all that were present with him bowed themselves, and worshipped.
30 Moreover Hezekiah the king and the princes commanded the Levites to sing praise unto the LORD with the words of David, and of Asaph the seer. And they sang praises with gladness, and they bowed their heads and worshipped.
31 Then Hezekiah answered and said, Now ye have consecrated yourselves unto the LORD, come near and bring sacrifices and thank offerings into the house of the LORD. And the congregation brought in sacrifices and thank offerings; and as many as were of a free heart burnt offerings.
32 And the number of the burnt offerings, which the congregation brought, was threescore and ten bullocks, an hundred rams, and two hundred lambs: all these were for a burnt offering to the LORD.
33 And the consecrated things were six hundred oxen and three thousand sheep.
34 But the priests were too few, so that they could not flay all the burnt offerings: wherefore their brethren the Levites did help them, till the work was ended, and until the other priests had sanctified themselves: for the Levites were more upright in heart to sanctify themselves than the priests.
35 And also the burnt offerings were in abundance, with the fat of the peace offerings, and the drink offerings for every burnt offering. So the service of the house of the LORD was set in order.
36 And Hezekiah rejoiced, and all the people, that God had prepared the people: for the thing was done suddenly.