1 Cumque haec fuissent rite celebrata, egressus est omnis Israel, qui inventus fuerat in urbibus Iudae, et fregerunt simulacra succideruntque palos, demoliti sunt excelsa et altaria destruxerunt non solum de universo Iuda et Beniamin, sed et de Ephraim quoque et Manasse, donec penitus everterent. Reversique sunt omnes filii Israel in possessiones et civitates suas.
2 Ezechias autem constituit turmas sacerdotales et leviticas per divisiones suas, unumquemque in officio proprio tam sacerdotum videlicet quam Levitarum, ad holocausta et pacifica, ut ministrarent et confiterentur canerentque laudes in portis castrorum Domini.
3 Pars autem regis erat, ut de propria eius substantia offerretur holocaustum mane semper et vespere, sabbatis quoque et calendis et sollemnitatibus ceteris, sicut scriptum est in lege Moysi.
4 Praecepit etiam populo habitanti Ierusalem, ut darent partes sacerdotibus et Levitis, ut possent vacare legi Domini.
5 Quod cum percrebruisset in auribus multitudinis, plurimas obtulere primitias filii Israel frumenti, vini et olei, mellis quoque et omnium, quae gignit humus, et decimas obtulerunt de omnibus abundanter.
6 Sed et filii Israel et Iudae, qui habitabant in urbibus Iudae, obtulerunt decimas boum et ovium decimasque sanctorum, quae sanctificabant Domino Deo suo; atque universa portantes fecerunt acervos plurimos.
7 Mense tertio coeperunt acervorum iacere fundamenta et mense septimo compleverunt eos.
8 Cumque ingressi fuissent Ezechias et principes, viderunt acervos et benedixerunt Domino ac populo Israel.
9 Interrogavitque Ezechias sacerdotes et Levitas, cur ita iacerent acervi.
10 Respondit illi Azarias sacerdos primus de stirpe Sadoc dicens: "Ex quo coeperunt offerre donationem in domum Domini, comedimus et saturati sumus, et remanserunt plurima, eo quod benedixerit Dominus populo suo; reliquiarum autem copia est ista, quam cernis".
11 Praecepit igitur Ezechias, ut praepararent cellas in domo Domini. Quod cum fecissent,
12 intulerunt tam donationem quam decimas et quaecumque sanctificaverant fideliter. Fuit autem praefectus eorum Chonenias Levita et Semei frater eius secundus,
13 post quem Iahiel et Azazias et Nahath et Asael et Ierimoth, Iozabad quoque et Eliel et Iesmachias et Mahath et Banaias praepositi sub manibus Choneniae et Semei fratris eius ex imperio Ezechiae regis et Azariae pontificis domus Dei.
14 Core vero filius Iemna Levites et ianitor orientalis portae praepositus erat iis, quae sponte offerebantur Domino, ad distribuendum donationem Domini et sanctissima.
15 Et sub cura eius Eden et Beniamin, Iesua et Semeias, Amarias quoque et Sechenias in civitatibus sacerdotum, ut fideliter distribuerent fratribus suis tam maioribus quam minoribus in divisionibus suis,
16 dummodo recensiti essent mares ab annis tribus et supra, cuncti qui ingrediebantur templum Domini, ut singulorum dierum ministeria observarent iuxta divisiones suas.
17 Sacerdotes recensiti erant per familias, et Levitae a vicesimo anno et supra per ministeria et turmas suas.
18 Et recensita erat universa familia omnis turmae, tam pro uxoribus quam liberis eorum utriusque sexus, quia in fidelitate servitii ipsorum sanctificati erant omnes.
19 Porro pro filiis Aaron, sacerdotibus in agris et suburbanis urbium singularum dispositi erant nominatim viri, qui partes distribuerent universo sexui masculino de sacerdotibus et omni, qui recensitus erat inter Levitas.
20 Fecit ergo Ezechias secundum haec in omni Iuda operatusque est bonum et rectum et verum coram Domino Deo suo.
21 Et in universo opere, quod coepit in servitio domus Dei, et iuxta legem et praeceptum volens requirere Deum suum, in toto corde suo operatus et prosperatus est.
King James Version
1 Now 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 Ephraim also and Manasseh, until they had utterly destroyed them all. Then all the children of Israel returned, every man to his possession, 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 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 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 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.
6 And 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.
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 came and saw the heaps, they blessed 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.
11 ¶ Then Hezekiah commanded to prepare chambers in the house of the LORD; and they prepared them,
12 And brought in the offerings and the tithes and the dedicated things faithfully: over which Cononiah the Levite was ruler, and Shimei his brother was the next.
13 And Jehiel, and Azaziah, and Nahath, and Asahel, and Jerimoth, and Jozabad, and Eliel, and Ismachiah, and Mahath, and Benaiah, were overseers under the hand of Cononiah and Shimei his brother, at the commandment of Hezekiah the king, and Azariah the ruler of the house of God.
14 And 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.
15 And next him were Eden, and Miniamin, and Jeshua, and Shemaiah, Amariah, and Shecaniah, 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:
16 Beside 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;
17 Both 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;
18 And 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:
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.