1 Misit quoque Ezechias ad omnem Israel et Iudam scri psitque et epistulas ad Ephraim et Manassen, ut venirent ad domum Domini in Ierusalem et facerent Pascha Domino, Deo Israel.
2 Inito quoque consilio regis et principum et universi coetus in Ierusalem, decreverunt, ut facerent Pascha mense secundo.
3 Non enim potuerant facere in tempore suo, quia sacerdotes, qui possent sufficere, sanctificati non fuerant, et populus necdum congregatus erat in Ierusalem.
4 Placuit ergo sermo regi et omni multitudini,
5 et decreverunt, ut mitterent nuntios in universum Israel de Bersabee usque Dan, ut venirent et facerent Pascha Domino, Deo Israel, in Ierusalem; in plurima enim multitudine non fecerant, sicut lege praescriptum est.
6 Perrexeruntque cursores cum epistulis ex regis manu et principum eius in universum Israel et Iudam, iuxta quod rex iusserat, praedicantes: "Filii Israel, revertimini ad Dominum, Deum Abraham et Isaac et Israel, ut revertatur ad reliquias, quae effugerunt manum regum Assyriorum.
7 Nolite fieri sicut patres vestri et fratres, qui recesserunt a Domino, Deo patrum suorum, et tradidit eos in interitum, ut ipsi cernitis.
8 Nolite nunc indurare cervices vestras sicut patres vestri. Tradite manus Domino et venite ad sanctuarium eius, quod sanctificavit in aeternum; servite Domino Deo vestro, ut avertatur a vobis ira furoris eius.
9 Si enim vos reversi fueritis ad Dominum, fratres vestri et filii habebunt misericordiam coram dominis suis, qui illos duxere captivos, et revertentur in terram hanc: misericors enim et clemens est Dominus Deus vester et non avertet faciem suam a vobis, si reversi fueritis ad eum".
10 Igitur cursores pergebant de civitate in civitatem per terram Ephraim et Manasse usque Zabulon, illis irridentibus et subsannantibus eos.
11 Attamen quidam viri ex Aser et Manasse et Zabulon se humiliaverunt et venerunt Ierusalem.
12 In Iuda quoque facta est manus Domini, ut daret eis cor unum, ut facerent praeceptum regis et principum iuxta verbum Domini.
13 Congregatus est ergo in Ierusalem populus multus, ut faceret sollemnitatem Azymorum in mense secundo, ecclesia magna valde.
14 Et surgentes destruxerunt altaria, quae erant in Ierusalem, atque universa thymiamateria subvertentes proiecerunt in torrentem Cedron.
15 Et mactaverunt Pascha quarta decima die mensis secundi; sacerdotes autem atque Levitae confusi sanctificati sunt et attulerunt holocausta in domum Domini.
16 Steteruntque in ordine suo iuxta dispositionem et legem Moysi hominis Dei, sacerdotes vero suscipiebant effundendum sanguinem de manibus Levitarum,
17 eo quod multi in coetu sanctificati non essent; idcirco Levitae mactaverunt victimas Paschae omnibus, qui non erant mundi, ut sanctificarent illas Domino.
18 Valde magna enim pars populi, de Ephraim et Manasse et Issachar et Zabulon, non erant mundati; et comederunt Pascha non iuxta, quod scriptum est. Et oravit pro eis Eze chias dicens: "Dominus bonus propitietur
19 cunctis, qui direxerunt cor suum, ut requirerent Dominum, Deum patrum suorum, quamvis non secundum munditiam sanctuarii".
20 Quem exaudivit Dominus, et placatus est populo.
21 Feceruntque filii Israel, qui inventi sunt in Ierusalem, sollemnitatem Azymorum septem diebus in laetitia magna, laudaverunt Dominum et per singulos dies Levitae et sacerdotes per organa benesonantia.
22 Et locutus est Ezechias ad cor omnium Levitarum, qui habebant intellegentiam bonam super Domino; et compleverunt sollemnitatem septem dierum immolantes victimas pacificorum et laudantes Dominum, Deum patrum suorum.
23 Placuitque universae multitudini, ut celebrarent etiam alios dies septem, quod et fecerunt cum ingenti gaudio.
24 Ezechias enim rex Iudae praebuerat multitudini mille tauros et septem milia ovium; principes vero dederant populo tauros mille et oves decem milia; sanctificata est ergo sacerdotum plurima multitudo.
25 Et hilaritate perfusa est omnis turba Iudae, tam sacerdotum et Levitarum quam universae frequentiae, quae venerat ex Israel, advenae quoque, qui venerant de terra Israel vel habitabant in Iuda.
26 Factaque est grandis laetitia in Ierusalem, qualis a diebus Salomonis filii David regis Israel in ea urbe non fuerat.
27 Surrexerunt autem sacerdotes levitici generis benedicentes populo; et exaudita est vox eorum, pervenitque oratio eorum in habitaculum sanctum eius in caelum.
King James Version
1 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.
2 For the king had taken counsel, and his princes, and all the congregation in Jerusalem, to keep the passover in the second month.
3 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 Jerusalem.
4 And the thing pleased the king and all the congregation.
5 So they established a decree to make proclamation throughout all Israel, from Beer-sheba 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 written.
6 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.
7 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 see.
8 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.
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 through the country of Ephraim and Manasseh even unto Zebulun: but they laughed them to scorn, and mocked them.
11 Nevertheless divers of Asher and Manasseh and of 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 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.
16 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 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 sanctify them unto the LORD.
18 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
19 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.
20 And the LORD hearkened to Hezekiah, and healed the people.
21 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.
22 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.
23 And the whole assembly took counsel to keep other seven days: and they kept other seven days with gladness.
24 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.
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 Judah, rejoiced.
26 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.
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.