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Hezekiah Reopens the Temple / 2 Chronicles 29:3-17 / 716 BC
In the very first month of the first year of his reign, Hezekiah reopened the
doors of the Temple of the LORD and repaired them. 4He summoned the priests
and Levites to meet him at the courtyard east of the Temple. 5He said to them,
“Listen to me, you Levites! Purify yourselves, and purify the Temple of the LORD,
the God of your ancestors. Remove all the defiled things from the sanctuary.
Our ancestors were unfaithful and did what was evil in the sight of the LORD our
God. They abandoned the LORD and his dwelling place; they turned their backs
on him. 7 They also shut the doors to the Temple’s entry room, and they snuffed
out the lamps. They stopped burning incense and presenting burnt offerings at
the sanctuary of the God of Israel.
“ That is why the LORD’s anger has fallen upon Judah and Jerusalem. He has
made them an object of dread, horror, and ridicule, as you can see with your own
eyes. 9Because of this, our fathers have been killed in battle, and our sons and
daughters and wives have been captured. 10But now I will make a covenant with
the LORD, the God of Israel, so that his fierce anger will turn away from us. 11My
sons, do not neglect your duties any longer! The LORD has chosen you to stand in
his presence, to minister to him, and to lead the people in worship and present
offerings to him.”
Then these Levites got right to work:
From the clan of Kohath: Mahath son of Amasai and Joel son of Azariah.
From the clan of Merari: Kish son of Abdi and Azariah son of Jehallelel.
From the clan of Gershon: Joah son of Zimmah and Eden son of Joah.
From the family of Elizaphan: Shimri and Jeiel.
From the family of Asaph: Zechariah and Mattaniah.
From the family of Heman: Jehiel and Shimei.
From the family of Jeduthun: Shemaiah and Uzziel.