2 Chronicles 30
1Then Hezekiah sent word to all Israel and Judah, and sent letters to Ephraim and Manasseh, requesting them to come to the house of the Lord at Jerusalem, to keep the Passover to the Lord, the God of Israel.
2For the king, after discussion with his chiefs and all the body of the people in Jerusalem, had made a decision to keep the Passover in the second month.
3It was not possible to keep it at that time, because not enough priests had made themselves holy, and the people had not come together in Jerusalem.
4And the thing was right in the eyes of the king and all the people.
5So it was ordered that word was to be sent out through all Israel, from Beer-sheba to Dan, that they were to come to keep the Passover to the Lord, the God of Israel, at Jerusalem: because they had not kept it in great numbers in agreement with the law.
6So runners went with letters from the king and his chiefs through all Israel and Judah, by the order of the king, saying, O children of Israel, come back again to the Lord, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, so that he may come again to that small band of you which has been kept safe out of the hands of the kings of Assyria.
7Do not be like your fathers and your brothers, who were sinners against the Lord, the God of their fathers, so that he made them a cause of fear, as you see.
8Now do not be hard-hearted, as your fathers were; but give yourselves to the Lord, and come into his holy place, which he has made his for ever, and be the servants of the Lord your God, so that the heat of his wrath may be turned away from you.
9For if you come back to the Lord, those who took away your brothers and your children will have pity on them, and let them come back to this land: for the Lord your God is full of grace and mercy, and his face will not be turned away from you if you come back to him.
10So the runners went from town to town through all the country of Ephraim and Manasseh as far as Zebulun: but they were laughed at and made sport of.
11However, some of Asher and Manasseh and Zebulun put away their pride and came to Jerusalem.
12And in Judah the power of God gave them one heart to do the orders of the king and the captains, which were taken as the word of the Lord.
13So a very great number of people came together at Jerusalem to keep the feast of unleavened bread in the second month.
14And they got to work and took away all the altars in Jerusalem, and they put all the vessels for burning perfumes into the stream Kidron.
15Then on the fourteenth day of the second month they put the Passover lambs to death: and the priests and the Levites were shamed, and made themselves holy and took burned offerings into the house of the Lord.
16And they took their places in their right order, as it was ordered in the law of Moses, the man of God: the priests draining out on the altar the blood given them by the Levites.
17For there were still a number of the people there who had not made themselves holy: so the Levites had to put Passover lambs to death for those who were not clean, to make them holy to the Lord.
18For a great number of the people from Ephraim and Manasseh, Issachar and Zebulun, had not made themselves clean, but they took the Passover meal, though not in the right way. For Hezekiah had made prayer for them, saying, May the good Lord have mercy on everyone
19Who, with all his heart, is turned to God the Lord, the God of his fathers, even if he has not been made clean after the rules of the holy place.
20And the Lord gave ear to Hezekiah, and made the people well.
21So the children of Israel who were present in Jerusalem kept the feast of unleavened bread for seven days with great joy: and the Levites and the priests gave praise to the Lord day by day, making melody to the Lord with loud instruments.
22And Hezekiah said kind words to the Levites who were expert in the ordering of the worship of the Lord: so they kept the feast for seven days, offering peace-offerings and praising the Lord, the God of their fathers.
23And by the desire of all the people, the feast went on for another seven days, and they kept the seven days with joy.
24For Hezekiah, king of Judah, gave to the people for offerings, a thousand oxen and seven thousand sheep; and the rulers gave a thousand oxen and ten thousand sheep; and a great number of priests made themselves holy.
25And all the people of Judah, with the priests and the Levites, and those who had come from Israel, and men from other lands who had come from Israel or who were living in Judah, were glad with great joy.
26So there was great joy in Jerusalem: for nothing like this had been seen in Jerusalem from the time of Solomon, the son of David, king of Israel.
27Then the priests and the Levites gave the people a blessing: and the voice of their prayer went up to the holy place of God in heaven.
A Prayer. Of David.
1 Let your ears be open to my voice, O Lord, and give me an answer; for I am poor and in need.
2Keep my soul, for I am true to you; O my God, give salvation to your servant, whose hope is in you.
3Have mercy on me, O Lord; for my cry goes up to you all the day.
4Make glad the soul of your servant; for it is lifted up to you, O Lord.
5You are good, O Lord, and full of forgiveness; your mercy is great to all who make their cry to you.
6O Lord, give ear to my prayer; and take note of the sound of my requests.
7In the day of my trouble I send up my cry to you; for you will give me an answer.
8There is no god like you, O Lord; there are no works like your works.
9Let all the nations whom you have made come and give worship to you, O Lord, giving glory to your name.
10For you are great, and do great works of wonder; you only are God.
11Make your way clear to me, O Lord; I will go on my way in your faith: let my heart be glad in the fear of your name.
12I will give you praise, O Lord my God, with all my heart; I will give glory to your name for ever.
13For your mercy to me is great; you have taken my soul up from the deep places of the underworld.
14O God, men of pride have come up against me, and the army of violent men would take my life; they have not put you before them.
15But you, O Lord, are a God full of pity and forgiveness, slow to get angry, great in mercy and wisdom.
16O be turned to me and have mercy on me: give your strength to your servant, and your salvation to the son of her who is your servant.
17Give me a sign for good; so that my haters may see it and be shamed; because you, Lord, have been my help and comfort.
16So then he gave him up to them to be put to death on the cross. And they took Jesus away;
17And he went out with his cross on him to the place which is named Dead Man’s Head (in Hebrew, Golgotha):
18Where they put him on the cross with two others, one on this side and one on that, and Jesus in the middle.
19And Pilate put on the cross a statement in writing. The writing was: JESUS THE NAZARENE, THE KING OF THE JEWS.
20The writing was seen by a number of the Jews, for the place where Jesus was put to death on the cross was near the town; and the writing was in Hebrew and Latin and Greek.
21Then the chief priests of the Jews said to Pilate, Do not put, The King of the Jews, but, He said, I am the King of the Jews.
22But Pilate made answer, What I have put in writing will not be changed.
23And when Jesus was nailed to the cross, the men of the army took his clothing, and made a division of it into four parts, to every man a part, and they took his coat: now the coat was without a join, made out of one bit of cloth.
24So they said among themselves, Let this not be cut up, but let us put it to the decision of chance and see who gets it. (They did this so that the Writings might come true, which say, They made a distribution of my clothing among them, and my coat they put to the decision of chance.) This was what the men of the army did.
25Now by the side of the cross of Jesus were his mother, and his mother’s sister Mary, the wife of Cleopas, and Mary Magdalene.
26So when Jesus saw his mother and the disciple who was dear to him, he said to his mother, Mother, there is your son!
27Then he said to the disciple, There is your mother! And from that hour the disciple took her to his house.
28After this, being conscious that all things had now been done so that the Writings might come true, Jesus said, Give me water.
29Now there was a vessel ready, full of bitter wine, and they put a sponge full of it on a stick and put it to his mouth.
30So when Jesus had taken the wine he said, All is done. And with his head bent he gave up his spirit.
31Now it was the day of getting ready for the Passover, and so that the bodies might not be on the cross on the Sabbath (because the day of that Sabbath was a great day), the Jews made a request to Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away.
32So the men of the army came, and the legs of the first were broken and then of the other who was put to death on the cross with Jesus:
33But when they came to Jesus, they saw that he was dead by this time, and so his legs were not broken;
34But one of the men made a wound in his side with a spear, and straight away there came out blood and water.
35And he who saw it has given witness (and his witness is true; he is certain that what he says is true) so that you may have belief.
36These things came about so that the Writings might be true, No bone of his body will be broken.
37And again another verse says, They will see him who was wounded by their spears.
38After these things, Joseph of Arimathaea, who was a disciple of Jesus, but secretly for fear of the Jews, made a request to Pilate to let him take away the body of Jesus: and Pilate said he might do so. So he went and took away his body.
39And Nicodemus came (he who had first come to Jesus by night) with a roll of myrrh and aloes mixed, about a hundred pounds.
40Then they took the body of Jesus, folding linen about it with the spices, as is the way of the Jews when they put the dead to rest.
41Now there was a garden near the cross, and in the garden a new place for the dead in which no man had ever been put.
42So they put Jesus there, because it was the Jews’ day of getting ready for the Passover, and the place was near.