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398 Manassel's quicked reign. II. CHRONICLES. Amon succeedeth him. bassadors of the princes of Babylon, who 10 And the LORD spake to Manasseh, sent imto him to inquire of the wonder and to his people : but they would not that was done in the land, God left him, hearken. to try him, that he might know all that 11 | Wherefore the LORD brought avas in his heart.

upon them the captains of the host of the 32 | Now the rest of the acts of Heze- king of Assyria, which took Manasseh akiah, and his goodness, behold, they are mong the thorns, and bound him with fetwritten in the vision of Isaiah the proph- ters, and carried him to Babylon. et, the son of Amoz, and in the book of 12 And when he was in affliction, he the kings of Judah and Israel.

besought the LORD his God, and hum33 And Hezekiah slept with his fathers, bled himself greatly before the God of his and they buried him in the chiefest of the fathers, sepulchres of the sons of David : and all 13 And prayed unto him : and he was Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem entreated of him, and heard his supplicadid him honour at his death : and Ma- tion, and brought him again to Jerusalem nasseh his son reigned in his stead. into his kingdom. Then Manasseh knew CHAP. XXXIII.

that the LORD he was God. 1 Manassel's wickedreign. 11 Heiscar- 14 Now after this, he built a wall with

ried into Babyion. 12 Ufion his prayer out the city of David, on the west side of he is released. 20 Amon succecdeth him. Gihon, in the valley, even to the enter21 He being slain by his own servants, ing in at the fish-gite, and compassed a25 Josiah guccredeih him.

bout Ophel, and raised it up a very great M of war in all the

when he began to reign, and he fence cities of Judah. reigned fifty and five years in Jerusalem : 15 And he took away the strange gods,

2 But did that which was evil in the land the idol out of the house of the LORD, sight of the Lord, like unto the abomina- 1 and all the altars that he had built in the tions of the heathen, whom the LORD had nount of the house of the Lord, and in cast out before the children of Israel." Jerusalem, and cast them out of the city.

34 For he built again the high places 16 And he repaired the altar of the which Hezekiah his father had broken LORD, and sacrificed thereon peace-offerdown; and he reared up altars for Baaliin, ings and thank-offerings, and commanded and made groves, and worshipped all the Judah to serve the LORD God of Israel. host of heaven, and served them.

17 Nevertheless, the people did sacri4 Also he built altars in the house of fice still in the high places, yet unto the the LORD, whereof the Lord had said, LORD their God only. In Jerusalem shall my name be for ever. 18 , Now the rest of the acts of Manas

5 And he built altars for all the host seh, and his prayer unto his God, and the of heaven in the two courts of the house words of the seers that spake to him in of the LORD.

the name of the Lord God of Israel, be6 And he caused his children to pass hold, they are written in the book of through the fire in the valley of the son of the kings of Israel. Hinnom : also he observed times, and 19 His prayer also, and how God was used enchantments, and used witchcraft, entreated of him, and all his sin, and his and dealt with a familiar spirit, and with trespass, and the places wherein he built wizards : he wrought much evil in the high places, and set up groves and grav. sight of the Lord, to provoke him to an- en images, before he was humbled: beger.

hold, they are written among the sayings 7 And he set a carved image, the idol of the seers. which he had made, in the house of God, 20 g So Manasseh slept with his fathers, of which God harl said to David and to and they buried him in his own house: Solomon his son, In this house, and in Je- and Amon his son reigned in his stead. rusalem, which I have chosen before all 21 Amon was two and twenty years the tribes of Israel, will I put my name old when he began to reign, and reigned for ever:

two years in Jerusalem. 8 Neither will I any more remove the 22 But he did that which was evil in foot of Israel froin out of the land which the sight of the LORD, as did Manasseh I have appointed for your fathers; so that his father: for Amon sacrificed unto ali they will take heed to do all that I have the carved images which Manasseh his commanded them, according to the whole father had made, and served them; law and the statutes and the ordinances 23 And humbled not himself before by the hand of Moses.

the LORD, as Manassch his father had 9 So Marasseh made Judah and the in-humbled liimself; but Amon trespassed habitants of Jerusalem to err, and to do more and more. worse than the heathen, whom the LORD 24. And his servants conspired against haddestroyed before the children of Israel. l! him, and slew him in his own house.

Josiah's good reign.

CHAP. XXXIV. He repaireth the temple. $99 25 But the people of the land slew ber for couplings, and to floor the houses all them that had conspired against king which the kings of Judah had destroyed. Amon; and the people of the land made 12 And the men did the work faithfulJosiah his son king in his stend.

ly; and the overseers of them were JaCHAP. XXXIV.

hath and Obadialı, the Levites, of the sons 1 Josiah's good reign. - He destroyeth of Merari ; and Zechariah and Meshul

idolatry. 8 He repuireth the temple, lam, of the sons of the Kohathites, to set 29 and causing the law to be read, re- it forward ; and other of the Levites, all mewelh the covenant with God.

that could skill of instruments of musick. J

13 Also they were over the bearers of began to reign, and he reigned in Je- burdens, and were overseers of all that rusalein one and thirty years.

wrought the work in any manner of ser2 And he did that which was right in vice : and of the Levites there were the sight of the LORD, and walked in the scribes, and officers, and porters. ways of David his father, and declined 14 | And when they brought out the riiher to the right hand, nor to the left. money that was brought into the house of

3 f For in the eighth year of his reign, the Lord, Hilkiah the priest found a book while he was yet young, he began to seek of the law of the Lord given by Moses. after the God of David his father: and 15 And Illkiah answered and said to in the twelfth year he began to purge Ju- Shaphan the scribe, I have found the book dah and Jerusalem from the high places, of the law in the house of the Lord. And and the groves, and the carved images, Hilkiah delivered the book to Shaphan. and the molten images.

16 And Shaphan carried the book to 4 And they brake down the altars of the king, and brought the king word Baalim in his presence; and the images, back again, saying, All that was comthat were on high above them, he cut mitted to thy servants, they do it. down; and the groves, and the carved 17 And they have gathered together images, and the molten images, he brake the money that was found in the house of in pieces, and made dust of them, and the LORD, and have delivered it into the strewed it upon the graves of them that hand of the overseers, and to the hand of had sacrificed unto them.

the workmen. 5 And he burnt the bones of the priests 18 Then Shaphan the scribe told the upon their altars, and cleansed Judah and king, saying, Hilkiah the priest hath givJerusalem.

en me a book. And Shaphan read it be 6 And so did he in the cities of Manas- fore the king seh, and Ephraim, and Simeon, even un- 19 And it came to pass when the king to Naphtali, with their mattocks round had heard the words of the law, that he about.

rent his clothes. 7 And when he had broken down the 20 And the king commanded Hilkiah, altars and the groves, and had beaten the and Ahikam the son of Shaphan, 2nd AUgraven images into powder, and cut down don the son of Micah, and Shaphan the all the itlols

throughout all the land of Is- scribe, and Asaiah a servant of the king's, Lael, he returned to Jerusalem.

saying, 8 S Now in the eighteenth year of his 21 Go, inquire of the LORD for me, and reign, when he had purged the land, and for them that are left in Israel, and in Juthe house, he sent Shaphan the son of Az- dah, concerning the words of the book that aliah, and Maaseiah the governor of the is found: for great is the wrath of the city, and Joah the son of Joahaz the 1.- LORD that is poured out upon us, because corder, to repair the house of the LORD our fathers have not kept the word of the his God.

LORD, to do after all that is written in 9 And when they came to Hilkiah the this book. high priest, they delivered the money 22 And Hilkiah, and they that the king that was brought into the house of God, I had appointed, went to Huldah the prophwhich the Levites that kept the doors etess, the wife of Shallum the sou of Tik. had gathered of the hand of Manasseh vath, the son of Hasrah, keeper of the and Ephraim, and of all the remnant of wardrobe; (now she dwelt in Jerusalen: Israel, and of all Judah and Benjamin ; l in the college :) and they spake to her to and they returned to Jerusalem.

that effect. 10 And they put it in the hand of the 23 | And she answered them, Thus workmen that had the oversight of the saith the Lord God of Israel, Tell ye house of the LORD, and they gave it to

the man that sent you to me, the workmen that wrought in the house 24 'Thus saith the LORD, Behold, I will of the LORD, to repair and men the bring evil upon this place, and upon the house :

inhabitants thercof, even all the curses 11 Even to the artificers and builders that are written in the book which they gure they it, to buy hewn stone, and in- ! lave read before the king of Judah ;

450 The covenani renewed. II. CHRONICLES. Joiali's solomin frassover.

25 Because they have forsaken me, and charges, and encouraged them to the lave burned incense unto other gods, that, srice of the house GI t.. LORD, ther night provoke me to anger with all and suiciunto de Levites that taught the works of their hands; therefore my all Israel, which were hoiv unto the LORD, writh shall be poured out upon this Put the nuly ark in the house which som place, and shall not be quenched. mon the son of avid king of Isr ei dd

26 And as for the king of Judah, who build; it shall not be a burden upon our sent you to inquire of the LORD, so shall shoulders: erre now the Lord your ye say unto him, Thus saith the LORD Gul, and his people Israel, God of Israel concerning the words which 4. And prepare yourselves by the houses thou bast heard;

of your fathers after your courses, ac27 Because thine heart was tender, I cording to the writing of David king of and thou didst humble thyself before Israel, and according to the writing of God, when thou heardest his words a- Solomon his son. gainst this place, and against the inhabi- 5 And stand in the holy place according tants thereof, and humbledst thyself be- to the divisions of the families of the faforc me, and didst rend thy clothes, and thers ofvour brethren the people,and after weep before me; I have even heard thee the divisioon of the families of the Levices. also, saith the LORD.

6 So kill the passover, and sanctify 28 Behold, I will gather thee to thy yourselves, and prepare your brethren, fathers, and thou shalt be gathered to thy that they may do according to the word grave in peace, neither shall thine eyes of the LORD by the hand of Moses. see all tine evil that I will bring upon this 7 And Josiah gave to the people, of place, and upon the inhabitants of the the fiock, lambs and kids, all for the same. So they brought the king word passover-offerings, for all that were presagain.

ent, to the number of thirty thousand, 29 Then the king sert and gathered and three thousand bullocks: these were together all the elders of Judah and Je- of the king's substance. l'usalein.

8 And his princes gave willingly unto 30 And the king went up into the house the people, to the priests, and to the Leof the LORD, and all the men of Judah vites: Hikiah and Zechariah and Jchiand the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and the el, rulers of the house of God, gave unto priests, and the Levites, and all the peo- the priests for the passover-offerings two ple, great and small: and he read in their thousand and six hundred smail catrie, cars all the words of the book of the cov- and three hundred oxen. enant that was found in the house of the 9 Conaniah also, and Shemaiah, and LORD.

Nethaneel, his brethren, and Hashabiah 31 And the king stood in his place, and Jchiel and Jozabad, chief of the Leand made a covenant before the LORD, to vites, gave unto the Levites for passoverwalk af.er the Lord, and to keep his com- oferings five thousand small caitle, and mandments, and his testimonies, and his five hundred oxen. statutes, with all his heart, and with all 10 So the service was prepared, and his soul, to perform the words of the cov- the priests stood in their place, and the enant which are written in this book. Levites in their courses, according to the

32 And he caused all that were present | king's commandment. in Jerusalem and Benjamin to stand to it. 11 And they killed the passover, and And the inhabitants of Jerusalem did ac- the priests sprinkled the bivod from their cording to the covenant of God, the God hands, and the Levites faved them. of thcir fathers.

12 And they removed ihe burnt-offer33. Aud Josiah took away all the a- ings, tint they might give according to bominations out of all the countries the divisions of the families of the people, that pertained to the children of Israel, 1 to offer unto the LORD, as it is written and made all that were present in Israel in the book of Moses. And so did they to seric, (ven to serve the LORD their with the oxen. Gd. And all his days they departed not 13 And they roasted the passover withi from following the LORD), the God of fire according to the ortlinance : but the their fathers.

other holy offerings so they in pots, and CE AP. XXXV.

in caklions, and in pans, and divided them 1 Josiah keepoth a solemn massover. 20 He, speedily among the people. provoking Pharaoh-necho, is slain at 14. And afterward iney inade ready

Virgiddo. 25 Lamentations for him. for themselves, and for the priests: bés MOREOVER, Josiah kept lepas sement

cause the priests the sons of Aaron were unto the Lorn in Jerusalem : and busira in offering of burnt-offerings and they killed tlie passover on the fourteenth the fat until night; therefore thic i evites day of the first month.

prepareci for themselves, and for the 2 And he set the priests in their pricists the sons of Airon.

was

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Josiah is sluin.

CHAP. XXXVI.

Jehoahaz deposed. 401 15 And the singers the sons of Asaph | they are written in the book of the kings were in their place, according to the com- of Israel and Judah. mandment of David, and Asaph, and

CHAP. XXXVI. Heman, and Jeduthun the king's seer; 1 Jehoahaz is deposed by Pharaoh. 5 and the porters waited at every gate ; Jehoiakim reigning ill is carried unto they might not depart from their service; Babylon. 9 Jehoiuchin succeedeth. 11 for their brethren the Levites prepared Zedekiah's ill reign. 22 The proclafor them.

mation of Cyrus. 16 So all the service of the Lor

'HEN the people of the land took prepared the same day, to keep the pass- Jehoahaz the son of Josiah, and over, and to offer burnt-offerings upon made him king in his father's stead in the altar of the LORD, according to the Jerusalem. commandment of king Josial.

2 Jehoahaz was twenty and three years 17 And the children of Israel that were old when he began to reign, and he reignpresent kept the passover at that time, cd three months in Jerusalem. and the feast of unleavened bread seven 3 And the king of Egypt put him down days.

at Jerusalem, and condemned the land 18 And there was no passover like to in an hundred talents of silver and a talthat kept in Israel from the days of Sam- ent of gold. uel the prophet; neither did all the kings 4. And the king of Egypt made Eliakim of Israel keep such a passover as Jo- | his brother king over Juliah and Jerusasiah kept, and the priests, and the Le- lem, and turned his name to Jehoiakim. vites, and all Judah and Israel tliat were And Necho took Jehoahaz his brother, present, and the inhabitants of Jeru- and carried him to Egypt. salein.

5 Jehoiakim was twenty and five 19 In the eighteenth year of the reign years old when he began to reign, and of Josiah was this passover kept.. he reigned eleven years in Jerusalem:

20 q After all this, when Josiah had | and he did that which was evil in the prepared the temple, Necho king of E-sight of the Lord his God. sypt came up to fight against Charche- 6 Against him came up

Nebuchadnezmish by Euphrates: and Josialı went out zar king of Babylon, and bound him in against him.

fetters, to carry him to Babylon. 21 But he sent ambassadors to him, 7 Nebuchadnezzar also carried of the saying, What have I to do with thec, || vessels of the house of the LORD toBabylon, thou king of Judah? I come not against and put them in his temple at Babylon. thee this day, but against the house where- 8 Now the rest of the acts of Jehoiawith I have war: for God commanded || kim, and his abominations which he did, me to make haste: forbear thee from and that which was found in him, behold, meddling with God, who is with me, they are written in the book of the kings that he destroy thee not.

of Ísrael and Judah. And Jehoiachin liis 22 Nevertheless Josiah would not turn son reigned in his stead. his face from him, but disguised himself 9 9 Jehoiachin was eight years old when that he inight fight with him, and heark- he began to reign, and he reigned three ened not unto the words of Nocho from months and ten days in Jerusalem : and the mouth of God, and came to fight in he did that which svas evil in the sight of the valley of Megiddo.

the LORD. 23 And the archers shot at king Josiah; 10 And when the year was expired, and the king said to his servants, Have king Nebuchadnezzar sent, and brought me away; for I am sore wounded. hiin to Babylon, with the goodly vessels

24 His servants therefore took him out of the liouse of the Lord, and made Zeof that chariot, and put him in the dekiah his brother king over Judah and second chariot that he had; and they | Jerusalem. brought him to Jerusalem, and he died, 11 | Zedekiah was one and twenty and was buried in one of the sepulchres || years old when he began to reign, and of his fathers. And all Judah and Jeru- | reigned eleven years in Jerusalem. salem mourned for Josiah.

12 And he did that which was evil in the 25 | And Jeremiah lamented for Jo- sight of the Lord his God, and humbled siah: and all the singing-men and the sing- | not himself before Jeremiah the prophet ing-women spake of Josiah in their lam- | speaking from the mouth of the Lord. entations to this day, and made them an 13 And he also rebelled against king ordinance in Israel: and behold, they are Nebuchadnezzar, who had made him written in the lamentations.

swear by God: but he stiffened his neck, 26 Now the rest of the acts of Josiah, land hardened his heart from turning unto and his goodness, according to that which the Lord God of Israel. quas written in the law of the LORD, 149 Moreover,all the chief of the priests, 27 And his deeds, first and last, behold, II and the people, transgressed very much 402 The proclamation of Cyrus. EZRA. He restoreth the vessels of the tempie. after all the abominations of the heatlien; y and burnt all the palaces thereof with and polluted the house of the LORD which fire, and destroyed all the goudly vesse's

15. And the Lord God of their fathers 20 And them that Iiad escaped from the sent to them by his messengers, rising up sworci carried he away to Babylon; where betimes, and sending; because he had they were servants to him and his sons unicompassion on his people, and on his til the reign of the kingdom of Persia: dwelling-place:

21 To fulfil the word of the LORD by 16 But they mocked the messengers of the mouth of Jeremiah, until the land had God, and despised his words, and mis- enjoyed her sabbaths : for as long as she used his prophets, until the wrath of the lay desolate she kept sabbath, to fulfil Lord arose against his people, till there threescore and ten ears. was no remedy.

22 9 Now in the first year of Cyrus king 17 Therefore he brought upon them of Persia, that the word of the LORD juk the king of the Chaldees, who slew their en by the mouth of Jeremiah might be young men with the sword in the liouse of accomplished, the Lord stirred up the their sanctuary, and had no compassion spirit of Cyrus king of Persia, that he made upon young man or maiden, old man, or a proclamation throughout all his kinghim that stooped for age: he gave them dom, and put it also in writing, saying, all into his hand.

23 Thus saith Cyrus king of Persia, 18 And all the vessels of the house of All the kingdoms of the earth hath the God, great and small, and the treasures Lord God of heaven given me; and he of the house of the Lord, and the treas- hath charged me to build him an house in ures of the king, and of his princes; all jerusalem, which is in Judlah. Who is these he brought to Babylon.

there among you of all his people? The 19 And they burnt the house of God, LORD his God be with him, and let him and brake down the wall of Jerusalem, I go up.

EZRA.
CHAP. I.

6 And all they that were about them 1 The firoclamation of Cyrus for the build- strengthened their hands with vessels of

ing of the temple. 5 The people provide silver, with gold, with goods, and with for their reiurn. 7 Cyrus restoreth the beasts, and with precious things, beside

vessels of the temple to Sheshbazzar. all that was willingly offered. NOWY

OW in the first year of Cyrus king 7 1 Also Cyrus the king brought forth

of Persia, that the word of the LORD the vessels of the house of the LORD, by the mouth of Jeremiah might be ful- which Nebuchadnezzarlad brought forth filled, the LORD stirred up the spirit of out of Jerusalem, and had put them in the Cyrus king of Persia, that he made a house of his gols; proclamation throughout all his kingdom, 8 Even those did Cyrus king of Persia and fiut it also in writing, saying, bring forth by the hand of Mithredath

2 Thus saith Cyrus king of Persia, the treasurer, and numbered them unto The LORD God of heaven hath given me Sheshbazzar, the prince of Judah. all the kingdoms of the earth; and he 9 And this is the number of tliem: hath charged me to build him an house thirty chargers of gold, a thousand chargat Jerusalem, which is in Judah.

ers of silver, nine and twenty knives, 3 Who is there among you of all his 10 Thirty basons of gold, silver basons people? his God be with him, and let him of a second sort four hundred and ten, go up to Jerusalem, which is in Judah, and other vessels a thousand. and build the house of the Lord God of 11 All the vessels of gold and of silver Israel, (he is the God,) which is in Je- were five thousand and four hundred. rusalem.

All these did Sheshbazzar bring up with 4 And whosoever remaineth in any them of the captivity that were brought place where he sojourneth, let the men up from Babylon unto Jerusalem. of his place help him with silver, and

CHAP. II. with gold, and with goods, and with 11lho returned from Babylon. 64 Their beasts, beside the free will-offering for number and substance.68 Their oblations. the house of God that is in Jerusalem.

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province that went up out of the thers of Judah and Benjamin, and the captivity, of those which had been carpriests, and the Levites, with all them ried away, whom Nebuchadnezzar the whose spirit God had raised, to go up to king of Babylon had carried away unto build the house of the LORD which is in Babylon, and came again unto Jerusalem Jerusalem.

and Judah, every one unto his city;

5 Then rose up the chief of the fa- Now these ure the children of the

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