The Bible in Its Traditions

2 Chronicles 29:20–36

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20  Then Hezekiah the king arose early, and gathered the princes of the city, and went up to the house of YHWH.

20  And king Ezekias rose early in the morning, and gathered the chief men of the city, and went up to the house of the Lord.

20  And rising up at first light, king Hezekiah joined as one all the leaders of the city, and they ascended to the house of the Lord.

21  And they brought seven bullocks, and seven rams, and seven lambs, and seven he-goats, for a sin-offering for the kingdom and for the sanctuary and for Judah. And he commanded the priests the sons of Aaron to offer them on the altar of YHWH.

21  And he brought seven calves, seven rams, seven lambs, seven kids of goats for a sin-offering, for the kingdom, and for the holy things, and for Israel: and he told the priests the sons of Aaron to go up to the altar of the Lord.

21  And together they offered seven bulls and seven rams, seven lambs and seven he-goats, for sin, for the kingdom, for the Sanctuary, for Judah. And he spoke to the priests, the sons of Aaron, so that they would offer these upon the altar of the Lord.

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22  So they killed the bullocks, and the priests received the blood, and dashed it against the altar; and they killed the rams, and dashed the blood against the altar; they killed also the lambs, and dashed the blood against the altar.

22  And so they slaughtered the bulls. And the priests took up the blood, and they poured it upon the altar. Then they also slaughtered the rams, and they poured their blood upon the altar. And they immolated the lambs, and they poured the blood upon the altar.

22  And to kill the bullocks, and commanded the priests to receive the blood and sprinkle it on the horns of the altar;

23  And they brought near the he-goats for the sin-offering before the king and the congregation, and they laid their hands upon them;

23  They brought the he-goats for sin before the king and the entire multitude. And they laid their hands upon them.

23  And to bring forth the he-goats before the LORD and before the king and before the congregation of Israel, and to lay hands upon them;

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24  and the priests killed them, and they made a sin-offering with their blood upon the altar, to make atonement for all Israel; for the king commanded that the burnt-offering and the sin-offering should be made for all Israel.

24  And that the priests should kill them and sprinkle their blood upon the horns of the altar to make an atonement for all Israel; for the king had commanded that all Israel should bring burnt offerings and sacrifices.

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25  And he set the Levites in the house of YHWH with cymbals, with psalteries, and with harps, according to the commandment of David, and of Gad the king's seer, and Nathan the prophet; for the commandment was of the YHWH by His prophets.

25  Also, he situated the Levites in the house of the Lord, with cymbals, and psalteries, and harps, according to the disposition of king David, and of the seer Gad, and of the prophet Nathan. For indeed, this was the precept of the Lord, by the hand of his prophets.

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26  And the Levites stood with the instruments of David, and the priests with the trumpets.

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27  And Hezekiah commanded to offer the burnt-offering upon the altar. And when the burnt-offering began, the song of YHWH began also, and the trumpets, together with the instruments of David king of Israel.

27  And Hezekiah ordered that they should offer holocausts upon the altar. And when the holocausts were being offered, they began to sing praises to the Lord, and to sound the trumpets, and to play various musical instruments, which David, the king of Israel, had prepared.

28  And all the congregation prostrated themselves, and the singers sang, and the trumpeters sounded; all this continued until the burnt-offering was finished.

28  Then the entire crowd was adoring, and the singers and those who were holding the trumpeters were exercising their office, until the holocaust was completed.

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29  And when they had made an end of offering, the king and all that were present with him bowed themselves and prostrated themselves.

29  And when they had done offering it, the king and all that were present bowed, and worshipped.

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30  Moreover Hezekiah the king and the princes commanded the Levites to sing praises unto YHWH with the words of David, and of Asaph the seer. And they sang praises with gladness, and they bowed their heads and prostrated themselves.

30  And king Ezekias and the princes told the Levites to sing hymns to the Lord in the words of David, and of Asaph the prophet: and they sang hymns with gladness, and fell down and worshipped.

30  And Hezekiah and the rulers instructed the Levites to praise the Lord with the words of David, and of Asaph, the seer. And they praised him with great joy, and kneeling down, they adored.

31  Then Hezekiah answered and said: 'Now ye have consecrated yourselves unto YHWH, come near and bring sacrifices and thank-offerings into the house of the YHWH.' And the congregation brought in sacrifices and thank-offerings; and as many as were of a willing heart brought burnt-offerings.

31  Then Ezekias answered and said, Now ye have consecrated yourselves to the Lord, bring near and offer sacrifices of praise in the house of the Lord. And the congregation brought sacrifices and thank-offerings into the house of the Lord; and every one who was ready in his heart brought whole-burnt-offerings.

31  And now Hezekiah also added: “You have filled your hands for the Lord. Draw near, and offer victims and praises in the house of the Lord.” Therefore, the entire multitude offered victims and praises and holocausts, with devout intention.

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32  And the number of the burnt-offerings, which the congregation brought, was threescore and ten bullocks, a hundred rams, and two hundred lambs; all these were for a burnt-offering to YHWH.

32  Now the number of the holocausts that the multitude offered was seventy bulls, one hundred rams, two hundred lambs.

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33  And the consecrated things were six hundred oxen and three thousand sheep.

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34  But the priests were too few, so that they could not flay all the burnt-offerings; wherefore their brethren the Levites did help them, till the work was ended, and until the priests had sanctified themselves; for the Levites were more upright in heart to sanctify themselves than the priests.

34  Truly, the priests were few; neither were they sufficient to remove the pelts from the holocausts. Therefore, the Levites, their brothers, also assisted them, until the work was completed, and the priests, who were of higher rank, were sanctified. For indeed, the Levites are sanctified with an easier ritual than the priests.

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35  And also the burnt-offerings were in abundance, with the fat of the peace-offerings, and the drink-offerings for every burnt- offering. So the service of the house of YHWH was firmly established.

35  And the whole-burnt-offering was abundant, with the fat of the complete peace-offering, and the drink-offerings of the whole-burnt-sacrifice. So the service was established in the house of the Lord.

35  Thus, there were very numerous holocausts, with the fat of the peace offerings and the libations of the holocausts. And the service of the house of the Lord was completed.

36  And Hezekiah rejoiced, and all the people, because of that which God had prepared for the people; for the thing was done suddenly.

36  And Ezekias and all the people rejoiced, because God has prepared the people: for the thing was done suddenly.

36  And Hezekiah and all the people were joyful because the ministry of the Lord was accomplished. For certainly, it had pleased them to do this suddenly.