1Now when all this was finished, all Israel who were present went
out to the cities of Judah, and broke in pieces the pillars, and hewed down
the Asherim, and broke down the high places and the altars out of all Judah
and Benjamin, in Ephraim also and Manasseh, until they had destroyed them
all. Then all the children of Israel returned, every man to his possession,
into their own cities.
2Hezekiah appointed the divisions of the priests
and the Levites after their divisions, every man according to his service,
both the priests and the Levites, for burnt offerings and for
peace offerings, to minister, and to give thanks, and to praise in the gates
of the camp of Yahweh.
3He 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 Yahweh.
4Moreover he commanded the people who lived in Jerusalem to give the
portion of the priests and the Levites, that they might give themselves to
the law of Yahweh.
5As soon as the commandment came abroad, the children
of Israel gave in abundance the first fruits of grain, new wine, and oil, and
honey, and of all the increase of the field; and the tithe of all things
brought they in abundantly.
6The children of Israel and Judah, who lived
in the cities of Judah, they also brought in the tithe of oxen and sheep, and
the tithe of dedicated things which were consecrated to Yahweh their God, and
laid them by heaps.
7In the third month they began to lay the foundation
of the heaps, and finished them in the seventh month.
8When Hezekiah and
the princes came and saw the heaps, they blessed Yahweh, and his people
9Then Hezekiah questioned the priests and the Levites concerning
10Azariah the chief priest, of the house of Zadok, answered
him and said, Since the people began to bring the offerings into the
house of Yahweh, we have eaten and had enough, and have left plenty: for
Yahweh has blessed his people; and that which is left is this great store.
11Then Hezekiah commanded to prepare chambers in the house of Yahweh; and
they prepared them.
12They brought in the offerings and the tithes and
the dedicated things faithfully: and over them Conaniah the Levite was ruler,
and Shimei his brother was second.
13Jehiel, and Azaziah, and Nahath, and
Asahel, and Jerimoth, and Jozabad, and Eliel, and Ismachiah, and Mahath, and
Benaiah, were overseers under the hand of Conaniah and Shimei his brother, by
the appointment of Hezekiah the king, and Azariah the ruler of the house of
14Kore the son of Imnah the Levite, the porter at the east
gate, was over the freewill offerings of God, to distribute the
offerings of Yahweh, and the most holy things.
15Under him were Eden, and
Miniamin, and Jeshua, and Shemaiah, Amariah, and Shecaniah, in the cities of
the priests, in their office of trust, to give to their brothers by
divisions, as well to the great as to the small:
16besides those who were
reckoned by genealogy of males, from three years old and upward, even
everyone who entered into the house of Yahweh, as the duty of every day
required, for their service in their offices according to their divisions;
17and those who were reckoned by genealogy of the priests by their
fathers’ houses, and the Levites from twenty years old and upward, in their
offices by their divisions;
18and those who were reckoned by genealogy of
all their little ones, their wives, and their sons, and their daughters,
through all the congregation: for in their office of trust they sanctified
themselves in holiness.
19Also for the sons of Aaron the priests, who
were in the fields of the suburbs of their cities, in every city, there were
men who were mentioned by name, to give portions to all the males among the
priests, and to all who were reckoned by genealogy among the Levites.
20Thus did Hezekiah throughout all Judah; and he worked that which was
good and right and faithful before Yahweh his God.
21In 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