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unto the LORD, Put the holy ark in cording to the king's commandthe house which Solomon the son of ment. David king of Israel did build; it 11 And they killed the passover, shall not be a burden upon your and the priests sprinkled the blood shoulders: serve now the LORD from their hands, and the Levites your God, and his people Israel, flayed them.

4 And prepare yourselves by the 12 And they removed the burnt houses of your fathers, after your offerings, that they might give accourses, according to the writing of cording to the divisions of the famiDavid king of Israel, and accord lies of the people, to offer unto the ing to the writing of Solomon his LORD, as it is written in the book son.

of Moses. And so did they with 5 And stand in the holy place ac the oxen. cording to the divisions of the fami 13 And they roasted the passover lies of the fathers of your brethren with fire according to the ordinance: the people, and after the division of but the other holy offerings sod they the families of the Levites.

in pots, and in caldrons, and in pans, 6 So kill the passover, and sanc and divided them speedily among all tify yourselves, and prepare your the people. brethren, that they may do accord 14 And afterward they made ready ing to the word of the Lord by the for themselves, and for the priests: band of Moses.

because the priests the sons of Aaron 7 And Josiah gave to the people, were busied in offering of burnt offerof the flock, lambs and kids, all for ings and the fat until night; therethe passover offerings, for all that fore the Levites prepared for themwere present, to the number of thirty selves, and for the priests the sons thousand, and three thousand bul of Aaron. locks: these were of the king's sub 15 And the singers the sons of stance.

Asaph were in their place, accord8 And his princes gave willingly ing to the commandment of David, unto the people, to the priests, and and Asaph, and Heman, and Jeduto the Levites: Hilkiah and Zecha thun the king's seer; and the porters riah and Jebiel, rulers of the house waited at every gate; they might of God, gave unto the priests for not depart from their service; for the passover offerings two thousand their brethren the Levites prepared and six hundred small cattle, and for them. three hundred oxen.

16 So all the service of the LORD 9 Conaniah also, and Shemaiah was prepared the same day, to keep and Nethaneel, his brethren, and the passover, and to offer burnt ofHashabiah and Jeiel and Jozabad, ferings upon the altar of the LORD, chief of the Levites, gave unto the according to the commandment of Levites for passover offerings five king Josiah. thousand small cattle, and five hun 17 And the children of Israel that dred oxen.

were present kept the passover at 10 So the service was prepared, that time, and the feast of unleavenand the priests stood in their place, ed bread seven days. and the Levites in their courses, ac 18 And there was no passover like

and made them an ordinance in Israel: and, behold, they are written in the lamentations.

26 Now the rest of the acts of Josiah, and his goodness, according to that which was written in the law of the Lord,

27 And his deeds, first and last, behold, they are written in the book of the kings of Israel and Judah.

CHAP. XXXVI.

to that kept in Israel from the days of Samuel the prophet; neither did all the kings of Israel keep such a passover as Josiah kept, and the priests, and the Levites, and all Judah and Israel that were present, and the inhabitants of Jerusalem.

19 In the eighteenth year of the reign of Josiah was this passover kept.

20 After all this, when Josiah had prepared the temple, Necho king of Egypt came up to fight against Carchemish by Euphrates: and Josiah went out against him.

21 But he sent ambassadors to him, saying, What have I to do with thee, thou king of Judah? I come not against thee this day, but against the house wherewith I have war: for God commanded me to make haste: forbear thee from meddling with God, who is with me, that he destroy thee not.

22 Nevertheless Josiah would not turn his face from him, but disguised himself, that he might fight with him, and hearkened not unto the words of Necho from the mouth of God, and came to fight in the valley of Megiddo.

23 And the archers shot at king Josiah; and the king said to his servants, Have me away; for I am sore wounded.

24 His servants therefore took him out of that chariot, and put him in the second chariot that he had; and they brought him to Jerusalem, and he died, and was buried in one of the sepulchres of his fathers. And all Judah and Jerusalem mourned for Josiah.

25 And Jeremiah lamented for Josiah: and all the singing men and the singing women spake of Josiah in their lamentations to this day,

THEN the people of the land took Jehoahaz the son of Josiah, and made him king in his father's stead in Jerusalem.

2 Jehoahaz was twenty and three years old when he began to reign, and he reigned three months in Jerusalem.

3 And the king of Egypt put him down at Jerusalem, and condemned the land in an hundred talents of silver and a talent of gold.

4 And the king of Egypt made Eliakim his brother king over Judah and Jerusalem, and turned his name to Jehoiakim. And Necho took Jehoahaz his brother, and carried him to Egypt.

5 Jehoiakim was twenty and five years old when he began to reign, and he reigned eleven years in Jerusalem: and he did that which was evil in the sight of the Lord his God.

6 Against him came up Nebu chadnezzar king of Babylon, and bound him in fetters, to carry him to Babylon.

7 Nebuchadnezzar also carried of the vessels of the house of the LORD to Babylon, and put them in his temple at Babylon.

8 Now the rest of the acts of Jehoiakim, and his abominations which

he did, and that which was found in him, behold, they are written in the book of the kings of Israel and Judah: and Jehoiachin his son reigned in his stead.

9 Jehoiachin was eight years old when he began to reign, and he reigned three months and ten days in Jerusalem: and he did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD.

10 And when the year was expired, king Nebuchadnezzar sent, and brought him to Babylon, with the goodly vessels of the house of the Lord, and made Zedekiah his brother king over Judah and Jerusalem.

11 Zedekiah was one and twenty years old when he began to reign, and reigned eleven years in Jerusalem.

12 And he did that which was evil in the sight of the Lord bis God, and humbled not himself before Jeremiah the prophet speaking from the mouth of the LORD.

13 And he also rebelled against king Nebuchadnezzar, who bad made him swear by God: but he stiffened bis neck, and hardened his heart from turning unto the LORD God of Israel.

14 Moreover all the chief of the priests, and the people, transgressed very much after all the abominations of the heathen; and polluted the house of the LORD which he had hallowed in Jerusalem.

15 And the LORD God of their fathers sent to them by his messengers, rising up betimes, and sending; because he had compassion on his people, and on his dwelling place :

16 But they mocked the messengers of God, and despised his words, and misused his prophets, until the wrath of the LORD arose against his people, till there was no remedy.

17 Therefore he brought upon them the king of the Chaldees, who slew their young men with the sword in the house of their sanctuary, and, had no compassion upon young man or maiden, old man, or him that stooped for age: he gave them all into his band.

18 And all the vessels of the house of God, great and small, and the treasures of the house of the LORD, and the treasures of the king, and of his princes; all these he brought to Babylon.

19 And they burnt the house of God, and brake down the wall of Jerusalem, and burnt all the palaces thereof with fire, and destroyed all the goodly vessels thereof.

20 And them that had escaped froin the sword carried be away to Babylon; where they were servants to him and his sons until the reign of the kingdom of Persia:

21 To fulfil the word of the LORD by the mouth of Jeremiah, until the land bad enjoyed her sabbaths: for as long as she lay desolate she kept sabbath, to fulfil threescore and ten years.

22 Now in the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, that the word of the LORD spoken by the mouth of Jeremiah might be accomplished, the LORD stirred up the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia, that he made a proclamation throughout all his kingdom, and put it also in writing, saying,

23 Thus saith Cyrus king of Persia, All the kingdoms of the earth hath the LORD God of heaven given me; and he hath charged me to build him an house in Jerusalem, which is in Judah. Who is there among you of all his people? The Lord his God be with him, and let him go up.

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