31 And when all this was finished, all Israel who were to be found in the cities of Judah went out and broke up the obelisks and chopped down the asherahs and pulled down the heights and the altars out of all Judah and Benjamin, and in Ephraim and Manasseh, till they had finished. And all the sons of Israel went back to their cities to their properties. 2 * And Hezekiah assigned the divisions of the priests and the Levites by their divisions suitably to each one’s service, the priests and Levites for burnt-offering and welfare-sacrifice, to officiate and to thank and praise Jehovah with songs. 3 And the king’s allowance out of his chattels was for the burnt-offerings, the morning and evening burnt-offerings and the burnt-offerings for the sabbaths and the new moons and the anniversaries, as is written in Jehovah’s code; 4 and he told the people, the inhabitants of Jerusalem, to give the allowance of the priests and the Levites, in order that they might hold fast to Jehovah’s code. 5 And when the news broke, the sons of Israel gave plenty of the first of grain, grape-juice, and oil and honey and all produce of the range, and brought the tithe of everything in large quantity; 6 and the sons of Israel and Judah who lived in the cities of Judah also brought tithe of cattle and sheep and goats and tithe of sacred things consecrated to their God Jehovah, and laid them by heaps. 7 * It was in the third month they started the heaps, and in the seventh month they finished them; 8 and Hezekiah and the generals came and saw the heaps, and blessed Jehovah and his people Israel. 9 And Hezekiah inquired of the priests and Levites about the heaps; 10 * and ʽAzariah the head priest of the family of Sadok told him “Since the contribution began to come in to Jehovah’s house there has been eating and taking our fill and leaving over in large quantity, because Jehovah has blessed his people; and we have this accumulation left.” 11 And Hezekiah told them to get ready vestry-rooms in Jehovah’s house; and they got them ready, 12 and brought in the contribution and the tithe and the sacred things faithfully. And over them were Conaniah the Levite as warden, and his brother Shimei as second; 13 and Jehiel and ʽAzaziah and Nahath and ʽAsahel and Jerimoth and Jozabad and Eliel and Ismakiah and Mahath and Benajah were committee subordinate to Conaniah and his brother Shimei by appointment of King Hezekiah and of ʽAzariah the warden of the house of God. 14 And Kore the son of Imnah the Levite, the gateman on the east, was over the voluntary gifts to God, to give out Jehovah’s contribution and the holiest of the holy; 15 and under his direction were Gheden and Minjamin and Jeshuaʽ and Shemaʽiah, Amariah and Shecaniah, in the cities of the priests, entrusted with giving out to their brothers by divisions, great and small alike, 16 besides keeping their genealogical records by males from three years old up, everybody who was to go into Jehovah’s house for daily functions, for their service in their charges by their divisions, 17 and the genealogical records of the priests by families, and the Levites, from twenty years old up, by their charges by their divisions, 18 and genealogical records with all dependents, their wives and sons and daughters, every aggregation, when on honor they were hallowed as sacred; 19 and for the sons of Aaron, the priests, in the glebe lands of their cities there were in each and every city men designated by name to give portions to every male among the priests, and for all of genealogical record among the Levites. 20 And Hezekiah did the like in all Judah, and did what was good and right and loyal before his God Jehovah; 21 and in every work he initiated in the service of God’s house and in giving rulings and giving orders for devotion to his God, he acted whole-souledly and was successful.
^ 31:2 Codd. thank and praise in the gates of Jehovah’s camps Var. welfare-sacrifices, to thank and praise and officiate in the gates in the courts of Jehovah’s house
^ 31:7 Lit. began to found the heaps
^ 31:10 Codd. Since the beginning of bringing in the contribution to