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2 Chronicles 31:1-21

31  And as soon as they finished all this, all the Israelites+ that were found [there] went out to the cities of Judah,+ and they proceeded to break up the sacred pillars+ and cut down the sacred poles*+ and pull down the high places+ and the altars+ out of all Judah+ and Benjamin and in E′phra·im+ and Ma·nas′seh+ until they had finished; after which all the sons of Israel returned to their cities, each one to his own possession.  Then Hez·e·ki′ah set the divisions+ of the priests and of the Levites+ in their divisions, each one in accordance with its service for the priests+ and for the Levites+ as regards the burnt offering+ and the communion sacrifices+ to minister+ and to give thanks+ and praise+ in the gates of the camps of Jehovah.  And there was a portion of the king from his own goods+ for the burnt offerings,+ for the burnt offerings of the morning+ and the evening, and also the burnt offerings for the sabbaths+ and for the new moons+ and for the festival seasons,+ according to what is written in the law of Jehovah.+  Furthermore, he said to the people, the inhabitants of Jerusalem, to give the portion of the priests+ and of the Levites,+ in order that they might adhere+ strictly to the law of Jehovah.+  And as soon as the word broke forth, the sons of Israel+ increased the firstfruits of the grain,+ new wine,+ and oil+ and honey+ and all the produce of the field,+ and the tenth of everything they brought in abundantly.+  And the sons of Israel and of Judah that were dwelling in the cities of Judah,+ even they themselves [brought in]* the tenth of cattle and sheep and the tenth of the holy things,+ the things sanctified to Jehovah their God. They brought in and so gave heaps upon heaps.  In the third+ month they started the heaps by laying the lowest layer, and in the seventh+ month they finished.  When Hez·e·ki′ah and the princes+ came and saw the heaps, they proceeded to bless+ Jehovah and his people Israel.+  In time Hez·e·ki′ah inquired of the priests and the Levites concerning the heaps.+ 10  Then Az·a·ri′ah*+ the chief priest of the house of Za′dok+ said to him, yes, he said: “From the time they started to bring the contribution+ into the house of Jehovah there has been an eating and getting satisfied+ and having a surplus in abundance;+ for Jehovah himself has blessed his people,+ and what has been left over is this great plenty.”* 11  At this Hez·e·ki′ah said to prepare dining rooms+ in the house of Jehovah. Accordingly they prepared [them]. 12  And they kept bringing in the contribution+ and the tenth+ and the holy things in faithfulness;+ and Con·a·ni′ah* the Levite was in charge of them as leader, and Shim′e·i his brother was second. 13  And Je·hi′el and Az·a·zi′ah* and Na′hath and As′a·hel and Jer′i·moth and Jo′za·bad and E′li·el and Is·ma·chi′ah* and Ma′hath and Be·nai′ah* were commissioners at the side of Con·a·ni′ah and Shim′e·i his brother, by the order of Hez·e·ki′ah the king, and Az·a·ri′ah+ was the leading one of the house of the [true] God. 14  And Ko′re the son of Im′nah the Levite was the gatekeeper+ to the east,+ in charge of the voluntary+ offerings of the [true] God, to give Jehovah’s contribution+ and the most holy things.+ 15  And under his control there were E′den and Mi·ni′a·min and Jesh′u·a* and She·mai′ah,* Am·a·ri′ah* and Shec·a·ni′ah,* in the cities of the priests,+ in office of trust,+ to give to their brothers in the divisions,+ equally to great and small;+ 16  apart from their genealogical+ enrollment of the males from three years of age upward,+ of all those coming to the house of Jehovah as a daily matter of course, for their service by their obligations according to their divisions. 17  This is* the genealogical enrollment of the priests by the house of their fathers+ and also of the Levites,+ from the age of twenty+ years upward, by their obligations in their divisions;+ 18  both for the genealogical enrollment among all their little ones, their wives and their sons and their daughters, for all the congregation, because in their office of trust+ they proceeded to sanctify+ themselves for what was holy; 19  and for the sons of Aaron,+ the priests, in the fields+ of pasture ground of their cities. In all the different cities there were men that had been designated by [their] names, to give portions to every male among the priests and to the entire genealogical enrollment among the Levites. 20  And Hez·e·ki′ah proceeded to do like this in all Judah, and he continued to do what was good+ and right+ and faithful+ before Jehovah his God. 21  And in every work that he started in the service+ of the house of the [true] God and in the law+ and in the commandment to search+ for his God, it was with all his heart+ that he acted, and he proved successful.+


Or, “the Asherim.”
“Brought in,” LXXVg; M omits.
“Azariah.” Heb., ʽAzar·ya′hu.
“Blessed his people, and we still have this quantity (great number; multitude) left,” LXX. This difficult passage in M appears to read: “blessed his people and the remainder (ones left over), even this crowd.”
“Conaniah.” Heb., Kow·nan·ya′hu.
“And Azaziah.” Heb., wa·ʽAzaz·ya′hu.
“And Ismachiah.” Heb., weYis·makh·ya′hu.
“And Benaiah.” Heb., u·Vena·ya′hu.
“And Jeshua.” Heb., weYe·shu′aʽ; LXX, “Jesus.” See Ge 49:18 ftn, “You.”
“And Shemaiah.” Heb., u·Shema·ʽeya′hu.
“Amariah.” Heb., ʼAmar·ya′hu.
“And Shecaniah.” Heb., u·Shekhan·ya′hu.
“This is,” LXX; M, “And [they had].”