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  • That is why the LORD's anger has fallen upon Judah and Jerusalem. He has made us an object of dread, horror, and ridicule, as you can so plainly see. - 2 Chronicles 29:8

  • King Hezekiah now sent word to all Israel and Judah, and he wrote letters of invitation to Ephraim and Manasseh. He asked everyone to come to the Temple of the LORD at Jerusalem to celebrate the Passover of the LORD, the God of Israel. - 2 Chronicles 30:1

  • The king, his officials, and all the community of Jerusalem decided to celebrate Passover a month later than usual.*1 - 2 Chronicles 30:2

  • They were unable to celebrate it at the regular time because not enough priests could be purified by then, and the people had not yet assembled at Jerusalem. - 2 Chronicles 30:3

  • So they sent a proclamation throughout all Israel, from Beersheba in the south to Dan in the north, inviting everyone to come to Jerusalem to celebrate the Passover of the LORD, the God of Israel. The people had not been celebrating it in great numbers as prescribed in the law. - 2 Chronicles 30:5

  • However, some from Asher, Manasseh, and Zebulun humbled themselves and went to Jerusalem. - 2 Chronicles 30:11

  • And so a huge crowd assembled at Jerusalem in midspring* to celebrate Passover and the Festival of Unleavened Bread.3 - 2 Chronicles 30:13

  • They set to work and removed the pagan altars from Jerusalem. They took away all the incense altars and threw them into the Kidron Valley. - 2 Chronicles 30:14

  • So the people of Israel who were present in Jerusalem celebrated the Festival of Unleavened Bread for seven days with great joy. Each day the Levites and priests sang to the LORD, accompanied by loud instruments.*5 - 2 Chronicles 30:21

  • There was great joy in the city, for Jerusalem had not seen a celebration like this one since the days of Solomon, King David's son. - 2 Chronicles 30:26

  • In addition, he required the people in Jerusalem to bring the prescribed portion of their income to the priests and Levites, so they could devote themselves fully to the law of the LORD. - 2 Chronicles 31:4

  • When Hezekiah realized that Sennacherib also intended to attack Jerusalem, - 2 Chronicles 32:2

  • Then King Sennacherib of Assyria, while still besieging the town of Lachish, sent officials to Jerusalem with this message for Hezekiah and all the people in the city: - 2 Chronicles 32:9

  • "This is what King Sennacherib of Assyria says: What are you trusting in that makes you think you can survive my siege of Jerusalem? - 2 Chronicles 32:10

  • Surely you must realize that Hezekiah is the very person who destroyed all the LORD's shrines and altars. He commanded Judah and Jerusalem to worship at only the one altar at the Temple and to make sacrifices on it alone. - 2 Chronicles 32:12

  • These officials talked about the God of Jerusalem as though he were one of the pagan gods, made by human hands. - 2 Chronicles 32:19

  • That is how the LORD rescued Hezekiah and the people of Jerusalem from King Sennacherib of Assyria and from all the others who threatened them. So there was peace at last throughout the land. - 2 Chronicles 32:22
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    New Living Translation Bible used with permission Tyndale House Publishers.

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