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31 Now when all this was finished, all Israel that were †present went out to the cities of Judah, and abrake the †images in pieces, and cut down the groves, and threw down the high places and the altars out of all Judah and Benjamin, in Ephraim also and Manasseh, †until they had utterly destroyed them all. Then all the children of Israel returned, every man to his possession, into their own cities. 2 And Hezekiah appointed bthe courses of the priests and the Levites after their courses, every man according to his service, the priests and Levites cfor burnt offerings and for peace offerings, to minister, and to give thanks, and to praise in the gates of the tents of the Lord. 3 He appointed also the king’s portion of his substance for the burnt offerings, to wit, for the dmorning and evening burnt offerings, and the burnt offerings for the esabbaths, and for the fnew moons, and for the gset feasts, as it is written in the law of the Lord. 4 Moreover he commanded the people that dwelt in Jerusalem to give the hportion of the priests and the Levites, that they might be iencouraged in jthe law of the Lord. 5 And as soon as the commandment †came abroad, the children of Israel brought in abundance the firstfruits kof corn, wine, and oil, and ||honey, and of all the increase of the field; and the tithe of all things brought they in abundantly. 6 And concerning the children of Israel and Judah, that dwelt in the cities of Judah, they also brought in the tithe of oxen and sheep, and the ltithe of holy things which were consecrated unto the Lord their God, and laid them †by heaps. 7 In the third month they began to lay the foundation of the heaps, and finished them in the seventh month. 8 And when Hezekiah and the princes came and saw the heaps, they blessed the Lord, and his people Israel. 9 Then Hezekiah questioned with the priests and the Levites concerning the heaps. 10 And mAzariah the chief priest of nthe house of Zadok answered him, and said, Since the people began to bring the offerings into the house of the Lord, we have had enough to eat, and have left plenty: for othe Lord hath blessed his people; and that which is left is this great store. 11 Then Hezekiah commanded to prepare ||chambers in the house of the Lord; and they prepared them, 12 And brought in pthe offerings and the tithes and qthe dedicated things faithfully: rover which Cononiah the Levite was ruler, and sShimei his brother was the next. 13 And sJehiel, and Azaziah, and Nahath, and Asahel, and Jerimoth, and Jozabad, and Eliel, and Ismachiah, and sMahath, and Benaiah, were overseers †under the hand of Cononiah and sShimei his brother, at the commandment of Hezekiah the king, and tAzariah the ruler of the house of God. 14 And Kore the son of Imnah the Levite, the porter toward the east, was over the freewill offerings of God, to distribute pthe oblations of the Lord, and uthe most holy things. 15 And †next him were sEden, and Miniamin, and Jeshua, and sShemaiah, Amariah, and Shecaniah, in xthe cities of the priests, in their ||set office, to give to their brethren by courses, as well to the great as to the small: 16 Beside their genealogy of males, from three years old and upward, even unto every one that entereth into the house of the Lord, his ydaily portion for their service in their charges according to their courses; 17 Both to the genealogy of the priests by the house of their fathers, and the Levites zfrom twenty years old and upward, in their charges by their courses; 18 And to the genealogy of all their little ones, their wives, and their sons, and their daughters, through all the congregation: for in their ||set office they sanctified themselves in holiness: 19 Also of the sons of Aaron the priests, which were in athe fields of the suburbs of their cities, in every several city, the men bthat were expressed by name, to give portions to all the males among the priests, and to all that were reckoned by genealogies among the Levites. 20 And thus did Hezekiah throughout all Judah, and cwrought that which was good and right and truth before the Lord his God. 21 And in 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 prospered.
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