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PARALEIPOMENON 2 (CHRONICLES 2)
ΚΑΙ ὡς συνετελέσθη πάντα ταῦτα, ἐξῆλθε πᾶς ᾿Ισραὴλ οἱ εὑρεθέντες ἐν πόλεσιν ᾿Ιούδα καὶ συνέτριψαν τὰς στήλας καὶ ἔκοψαν τά ἄλση καὶ κατέσπασαν τὰ ὑψηλὰ καὶ τοὺς βωμοὺς ἀπὸ πάσης τῆς ᾿Ιουδαίας καὶ Βενιαμίν, καὶ ἐξ ᾿Εφραὶμ καὶ ἀπὸ Μανασσῆ ἕως εἰς τέλος, καὶ ἐπέστρεψαν πᾶς ᾿Ισραὴλ ἕκαστος εἰς τὴν κληρονομίαν αὐτοῦ καὶ εἰς τὰς πόλεις αὐτῶν.
2 καὶ ἔταξεν ᾿Εζεκίας τὰς ἐφημερίας τῶν ἱερέων καὶ τῶν Λευιτῶν καὶ τὰς ἐφημερίας ἑκάστου κατὰ τὴν ἑαυτοῦ λειτουργίαν τοῖς ἱερεῦσι καὶ τοῖς Λευίταις εἰς τὴν ὁλοκαύτωσιν καὶ εἰς τὴν θυσίαν τοῦ σωτηρίου καὶ αἰνεῖν καὶ ἐξομολογεῖσθαι καὶ λειτουργεῖν ἐν ταῖς πύλαις ἐν ταῖς αὐλαῖς οἴκου Κυρίου.
3 καὶ μερὶς τοῦ βασιλέως ἐκ τῶν ὑπαρχόντων αὐτοῦ εἰς τὰς ὁλοκαυτώσεις τὴν πρωϊνὴν καὶ τὴν δειλινὴν καὶ ὁλοκαυτώσεις εἰς τὰ σάββατα καὶ εἰς τὰς νουμηνίας καὶ εἰς τὰς ἑορτὰς τὰς γεγραμμένας ἐν τῷ νόμῳ Κυρίου.
4 καὶ εἶπαν τῷ λαῷ τοῖς κατοικοῦσιν ἐν ῾Ιερουσαλὴμ δοῦναι τὴν μερίδα τῶν ἱερέων καὶ τῶν Λευιτῶν, ὅπως κατισχύσωσιν ἐν τῇ λειτουργίᾳ οἴκου Κυρίου.
5 καὶ ὡς προσέταξε τὸν λόγον, ἐπλεόνασεν ᾿Ισραὴλ ἀπαρχὴν σίτου καὶ οἴνου καὶ ἐλαίου καὶ μέλιτος καὶ πᾶν γέννημα ἀγροῦ, καὶ ἐπιδέκατα πάντα εἰς πλῆθος ἤνεγκαν οἱ υἱοὶ ᾿Ισραὴλ καὶ ᾿Ιούδα.
6 καὶ οἱ κατοικοῦντες ἐν ταῖς πόλεσιν ᾿Ιούδα καὶ αὐτοὶ ἤνεγκαν ἐπιδέκατα μόσχων καὶ προβάτων καὶ ἐπιδέκατα αἰγῶν καὶ ἡγίασαν τῷ Κυρίῳ Θεῷ αὐτῶν καὶ εἰσήνεγκαν καὶ ἔθηκαν σωροὺς σωρούς·
7 ἐν τῷ μηνὶ τῷ τρίτῳ ἤρξαντο οἱ σωροὶ θεμελιοῦσθαι, καὶ ἐν τῷ μηνὶ τῷ ἑβδόμῳ συνετελέσθησαν.
8 καὶ ἦλθεν ᾿Εζεκίας καὶ οἱ ἄρχοντες καὶ εἶδον τοὺς σωροὺς καὶ ηὐλόγησαν τὸν Κύριον καὶ τὸν λαὸν αὐτοῦ ᾿Ισραήλ.
9 καὶ ἐπυνθάνετο ᾿Εζεκίας τῶν ἱερέων καὶ τῶν Λευιτῶν ὑπὲρ τῶν σωρῶν,
10 καὶ εἶπε πρὸς αὐτὸν ᾿Αζαρίας ὁ ἱερεὺς ὁ ἄρχων εἰς οἶκον Σαδὼκ καὶ εἶπεν· ἐξ οὗ ἦρκται ἡ ἀπαρχὴ φέρεσθαι εἰς οἶκον Κυρίου, ἐφάγομεν καὶ ἐπίομεν καὶ κατελίπομεν ἕως εἰς πλῆθος, ὅτι Κύριος ηὐλόγησε τὸν λαὸν αὐτοῦ, καὶ κατελίπομεν ἐπὶ τὸ πλῆθος τοῦτο.
11 καὶ εἶπεν ᾿Εζεκίας ἔτι ἑτοιμάσαι παστοφόρια εἰς οἶκον Κυρίου, καὶ ἡτοίμασαν.
12 καὶ ἤνεγκαν ἐκεῖ τὰς ἀπαρχὰς καὶ τὰ ἐπιδέκατα ἐν πίστει, καὶ ἐπ' αὐτῶν ἐπιστάτης Χωνενίας ὁ Λευίτης, καὶ Σεμεΐ ὁ ἀδελφὸς αὐτοῦ διαδεχόμενος,
13 καὶ ᾿Ιεϊὴλ καὶ ᾿Οζαζίας καὶ Ναὲθ καὶ ᾿Ασαὴλ καὶ ῾Ιεριμὼθ καὶ ᾿Ιωζαβὰδ καὶ ᾿Ελιὴλ καὶ Σαμαχία καὶ Μαὰθ καὶ Βαναΐας καὶ οἱ υἱοὶ αὐτοῦ καθεσταμένοι διὰ Χωνενίου καὶ Σεμεΐ τοῦ ἀδελφοῦ αὐτοῦ, καθὼς προσέταξεν ᾿Εζεκίας ὁ βασιλεὺς καὶ ᾿Αζαρίας ὁ ἡγούμενος οἴκου Κυρίου.
14 καὶ Κωρὴ ὁ τοῦ ᾿Ιεμνὰ ὁ Λευίτης ὁ πυλωρὸς κατὰ ἀνατολὰς ἐπὶ τῶν δομάτων δοῦναι τὰς ἀπαρχὰς Κυρίου καὶ τὰ ἅγια τῶν ἁγίων
15 διὰ χειρὸς ᾿Οδὸμ καὶ Βενιαμὶν καὶ ᾿Ιησοῦς καὶ Σεμεΐ καὶ ᾿Αμαρίας, καὶ Σεχονίας διὰ χειρὸς τῶν ἱερέων ἐν πίστει δοῦναι τοῖς ἀδελφοῖς αὐτῶν κατὰ τὰς ἐφημερίας, κατὰ τὸν μέγαν καὶ τὸν μικρόν,
16 ἐκτὸς τῆς ἐπιγονῆς τῶν ἀρσενικῶν ἀπὸ τριετοῦς καὶ ἐπάνω, παντὶ τῷ εἰσπορευομένῳ εἰς οἶκον Κυρίου, εἰς λόγον ἡμερῶν εἰς ἡμέραν, εἰς λειτουργίαν ἐφημερίαις διατάξεως αὐτῶν.
17 οὗτος ὁ καταλοχισμὸς τῶν ἱερέων κατ' οἴκους πατριῶν, καὶ οἱ Λευῖται ἐν ταῖς ἐφημερίαις αὐτῶν ἀπὸ εἰκοσαετοῦς καὶ ἐπάνω ἐν διατάξει,
18 ἐν καταλοχίαις, ἐν πάσῃ ἐπιγονῇ υἱῶν αὐτῶν καὶ θυγατέρων αὐτῶν εἰς πᾶν πλῆθος, ὅτι ἐν πίστει ἥγνισαν τὸ ἅγιον
19 τοῖς υἱοῖς ᾿Ααρὼν τοῖς ἱερατεύουσι, καὶ οἱ ἀπὸ τῶν πόλεων αὐτῶν ἐν πάσῃ πόλει καὶ πόλει ἄνδρες, οἳ ὠνομάσθησαν ἐν ὀνόματι, δοῦναι μερίδα παντὶ ἀρσενικῷ ἐν τοῖς ἱερεῦσι καὶ παντὶ καταριθμουμένῳ ἐν τοῖς Λευίταις.
20 καὶ ἐποίησεν οὕτως ᾿Εζεκίας ἐν παντὶ ᾿Ιούδᾳ καὶ ἐποίησε τὸ καλὸν καὶ τὸ εὐθὲς ἐναντίον τοῦ Κυρίου Θεοῦ αὐτοῦ.
21 καὶ ἐν παντὶ ἔργῳ, ᾧ ἤρξατο ἐν ἐργασίᾳ ἐν οἴκῳ Κυρίου, καὶ ἐν τῷ νόμῳ καὶ ἐν τοῖς προστάγμασιν ἐξεζήτησε τὸν Θεὸν αὐτοῦ ἐξ ὅλης ψυχῆς αὐτοῦ καὶ ἐποίησε καὶ εὐωδώθη.
ΚΑΙ μετὰ τοὺς λόγους τούτους καὶ τὴν ἀλήθειαν ταύτην ἦλθε Σενναχηρὶμ βασιλεὺς ᾿Ασσυρίων καὶ ἦλθεν ἐπὶ ᾿Ιούδαν καὶ παρενέβαλεν ἐπὶ τὰς πόλεις τὰς τειχήρεις καὶ εἶπε προκαταλαβέσθαι αὐτάς.
2 καὶ εἶδεν ᾿Εζεκίας ὅτι ἥκει Σενναχηρὶμ καὶ τὸ πρόσωπον αὐτοῦ τοῦ πολεμῆσαι ἐπὶ ῾Ιερουσαλήμ,
3 καὶ ἐβουλεύσατο μετὰ τῶν πρεσβυτέρων αὐτοῦ καὶ τῶν δυνατῶν ἐμφράξαι τὰ ὕδατα τῶν πηγῶν, ἃ ἦν ἔξω τῆς πόλεως, καὶ συνεπίσχυσαν αὐτῷ.
4 καὶ συνήγαγε λαὸν πολὺν καὶ ἐνέφραξε τὰ ὕδατα τῶν πηγῶν καὶ τὸν ποταμὸν τὸν διορίζοντα διὰ τῆς πόλεως λέγων· μὴ ἔλθῃ βασιλεὺς ᾿Ασσοὺρ καὶ εὕρῃ ὕδωρ πολὺ καὶ κατισχύσῃ.
5 καὶ κατίσχυσεν ᾿Εζεκίας καὶ ᾠκοδόμησε πᾶν τὸ τεῖχος τὸ κατεσκαμμένον καὶ πύργους καὶ ἔξω προτείχισμα ἄλλο καὶ κατίσχυσε τὸ ἀνάλημμα τῆς πόλεως Δαυὶδ καὶ κατεσκεύασεν ὅπλα πολλά.
6 καὶ ἔθετο ἄρχοντας τοῦ πολέμου ἐπὶ τὸν λαόν, καὶ συνήχθησαν πρὸς αὐτὸν ἐπὶ τὴν πλατεῖαν τῆς πύλης τῆς φάραγγος, καὶ ἐλάλησεν ἐπὶ καρδίαν αὐτῶν λέγων·
7 ἰσχύσατε καὶ ἀνδρίζεσθε καὶ μὴ φοβηθῆτε, μηδὲ πτοηθῆτε ἀπὸ προσώπου βασιλέως ᾿Ασσοὺρ καὶ ἀπὸ προσώπου παντὸς τοῦ ἔθνους τοῦ μετ' αὐτοῦ, ὅτι μεθ' ἡμῶν πλείονες ἢ μετ' αὐτοῦ·
8 μετ' αὐτοῦ βραχίονες σάρκινοι, μεθ' ἡμῶν δὲ Κύριος ὁ Θεὸς ἡμῶν τοῦ σῴζειν καὶ τοῦ πολεμεῖν τὸν πόλεμον ἡμῶν. καὶ κατεθάρσησεν ὁ λαὸς ἐπὶ τοῖς λόγοις ᾿Εζεκίου βασιλέως ᾿Ιούδα.
9 καὶ μετὰ ταῦτα ἀπέστειλε Σενναχηρὶμ βασιλεὺς ᾿Ασσυρίων τοὺς παῖδας ἑαυτοῦ ἐπὶ ῾Ιερουσαλήμ, καὶ αὐτὸς ἐπὶ Λαχὶς καὶ πᾶσα ἡ στρατιὰ μετ' αὐτοῦ, καὶ ἀπέστειλε πρὸς ᾿Εζεκίαν βασιλέα ᾿Ιούδα καὶ πρὸς πάντα ᾿Ιούδα τὸν ἐν ῾Ιερουσαλὴμ λέγων·
10 οὕτως λέγει Σενναχηρὶμ βασιλεὺς ᾿Ασσυρίων· ἐπὶ τί ὑμεῖς πεποίθατε καὶ καθήσεσθε ἐν τῇ περιοχῇ ἐν ῾Ιερουσαλήμ;
11 οὐχὶ ᾿Εζεκίας ἀπατᾷ ὑμᾶς τοῦ παραδοῦναι ὑμᾶς εἰς θάνατον καὶ εἰς λιμὸν καὶ εἰς δίψαν λέγων· Κύριος ὁ Θεὸς ἡμῶν σώσει ἡμᾶς ἐκ χειρὸς βασιλέως ᾿Ασσούρ;
12 οὐχ οὗτός ἐστιν ᾿Εζεκίας, ὃς περιεῖλε τὰ θυσιαστήρια αὐτοῦ καὶ τὰ ὑψηλὰ αὐτοῦ καὶ εἶπε τῷ ᾿Ιούδᾳ καὶ τοῖς κατοικοῦσιν ἐν ῾Ιερουσαλὴμ λέγων· κατέναντι τοῦ θυσιαστηρίου τούτου προσκυνήσετε καὶ ἐπ' αὐτῷ θυμιάσατε;
13 οὐ γνώσεσθε ὅ,τι ἐποίησα ἐγὼ καὶ οἱ πατέρες μου πᾶσι τοῖς λαοῖς τῶν χωρῶν; μὴ δυνάμενοι ἠδύναντο θεοὶ τῶν ἐθνῶν πάσης τῆς γῆς σῶσαι τὸν λαὸν αὐτῶν ἐκ χειρός μου;
14 τίς ἐν πᾶσι τοῖς θεοῖς τῶν ἐθνῶν τούτων, οὓς ἐξωλόθρευσαν οἱ πατέρες μου; μὴ ἐδύναντο σῶσαι τὸν λαὸν αὐτῶν ἐκ χειρός μου, ὅτι δυνήσεται ὁ Θεὸς ὑμῶν σῶσαι ὑμᾶς ἐκ χειρός μου;
15 νῦν οὖν μὴ ἀπατάτω ὑμᾶς ᾿Εζεκίας καὶ μὴ πεποιθέναι ὑμᾶς ποιείτω κατὰ ταῦτα, καὶ μὴ πιστεύετε αὐτῷ· ὅτι οὐ μὴ δύνηται ὁ Θεὸς παντὸς ἔθνους καὶ βασιλείας τοῦ σῶσαι τὸν λαὸν αὐτοῦ ἐκ χειρός μου καὶ ἐκ χειρὸς πατέρων μου, ὅτι ὁ Θεὸς ὑμῶν οὐ μὴ σώσει ὑμᾶς ἐκ χειρός μου.
16 καὶ ἔτι ἐλάλησαν οἱ παῖδες αὐτοῦ ἐπὶ τὸν Κύριον Θεὸν καὶ ἐπὶ ᾿Εζεκίαν παῖδα αὐτοῦ.
17 καὶ βιβλίον ἔγραψεν ὀνειδίζειν τὸν Κύριον Θεὸν ᾿Ισραὴλ καὶ εἶπε περὶ αὐτοῦ λέγων· ὡς οἱ θεοὶ τῶν ἐθνῶν τῆς γῆς οὐκ ἐξείλαντο λαοὺς αὐτῶν ἐκ χειρος μου, οὕτως οὐ μὴ ἐξέληται ὁ Θεὸς ᾿Εζεκίου λαὸν αὐτοῦ ἐκ χειρός μου,
18 καὶ ἐβόησε φωνῇ μεγάλῃ ᾿Ιουδαϊστὶ ἐπὶ τὸν λαὸν ῾Ιερουσαλὴμ τὸν ἐπὶ τοῦ τείχους, τοῦ φοβῆσαι αὐτοὺς καὶ κατασπάσαι, ὅπως προκαταλάβωνται τὴν πόλιν.
19 καὶ ἐλάλησεν ἐπὶ Θεὸν ῾Ιερουσαλήμ, ὡς καὶ ἐπὶ θεοὺς λαῶν τῆς γῆς, ἔργα χειρῶν ἀνθρώπων.
20 καὶ προσηύξατο ᾿Εζεκίας ὁ βασιλεὺς καὶ ῾Ησαΐας υἱὸς ᾿Αμὼς ὁ προφήτης περὶ τούτων καὶ ἐβόησαν εἰς τὸν οὐρανόν.
21 καὶ ἀπέστειλε Κύριος ἄγγελον, καὶ ἐξέτριψε πάντα δυνατὸν πολεμιστὴν καὶ ἄρχοντα καὶ στρατηγὸν ἐν τῇπαρεμβολῇ βασιλέως ᾿Ασσούρ, καὶ ἀπέστρεψε μετὰ αἰσχύνης προσώπου εἰς τὴν γῆν ἑαυτοῦ. καὶ ἦλθεν εἰς οἶκον Θεοῦ αὐτοῦ, καὶ τῶν ἐξελθόντων ἐκ κοιλίας αὐτοῦ κατέβαλον αὐτὸν ἐν ρομφαίᾳ.
22 καὶ ἔσωσε Κύριος τὸν ᾿Εζεκίαν καὶ τοὺς κατοικοῦντας ἐν ῾Ιερουσαλὴμ ἐκ χειρὸς Σενναχηρὶμ βασιλέως ᾿Ασσοὺρ καὶ ἐκ χειρὸς πάντων καὶ κατέπαυσεν αὐτοὺς κυκλόθεν.
23 καὶ πολλοὶ ἔφερον δῶρα τῷ Κυρίῳ εἰς ῾Ιερουσαλὴμ καὶ δόματα τῷ ᾿Εζεκίᾳ βασιλεῖ ᾿Ιούδα, καὶ ὑπερήρθη κατ' ὀφθαλμοὺς πάντων τῶν ἐθνῶν μετὰ ταῦτα.
24 ᾿Εν ταῖς ἡμέραις ἐκείναις ἠρρώστησεν ᾿Εζεκίας ἕως θανάτου· καὶ προσηύξατο πρὸς Κύριον, καὶ ἐπήκουσεν αὐτῷ, καὶ σημεῖον ἔδωκεν αὐτῷ.
25 καὶ οὐ κατὰ τὸ ἀνταπόδομα, ὃ ἔδωκεν αὐτῷ ἀνταπέδωκεν ᾿Εζεκίας, ἀλλὰ ὑψώθη ἡ καρδία αὐτοῦ, καὶ ἐγένετο ἐπ' αὐτὸν ὀργὴ καὶ ἐπὶ ᾿Ιούδαν καὶ ῾Ιερουσαλήμ.
26 καὶ ἐταπεινώθη ᾿Εζεκίας ἀπὸ τοῦ ὕψους τῆς καρδίας αὐτοῦ αὐτὸς καὶ οἱ κατοικοῦντες ῾Ιερουσαλήμ, καὶ οὐκ ἐπῆλθεν ἐπ' αὐτοὺς ὀργὴ Κυρίου ἐν ταῖς ἡμέραις ᾿Εζεκίου.
27 καὶ ἐγένετο τῷ ᾿Εζεκίᾳ πλοῦτος καὶ δόξα πολλὴ σφόδρα, καὶ θησαυροὺς ἐποίησεν αὐτῷ ἀργυρίου καὶ χρυσίου καὶ τοῦ λίθου τοῦ τιμίου καὶ εἰς τὰ ἀρώματα καὶ ὁπλοθήκας καὶ εἰς σκεύη ἐπιθυμητὰ
28 καὶ πόλεις εἰς τὰ γεννήματα τοῦ σίτου καὶ οἴνου καὶ ἐλαίου καὶ κώμας καὶ φάτνας παντὸς κτήνους καὶ μάνδρας εἰς τὰ ποίμνια
29 καὶ πόλεις, ἃς ᾠκοδόμησεν αὐτῷ, καὶ ἀποσκευὴν προβάτων καὶ βοῶν εἰς πλῆθος, ὅτι ἔδωκεν αὐτῷ Κύριος ἀποσκευὴν πολλὴν σφόδρα.
30 αὐτὸς ᾿Εζεκίας ἐνέφραξε τὴν ἔξοδον τοῦ ὕδατος Γιὼν τὸ ἄνω καὶ κατηύθυνεν αὐτὰ κάτω πρὸς λίβα τῆς πόλεως Δαυίδ· καὶ εὐωδώθη ᾿Εζεκίας ἐν πᾶσι τοῖς ἔργοις αὐτοῦ.
31 καὶ οὕτως τοῖς πρεσβευταῖς τῶν ἀρχόντων ἀπὸ Βαβυλῶνος τοῖς ἀποσταλεῖσι πρὸς αὐτὸν πυθέσθαι παρ' αὐτοῦ τό τέρας, ὃ ἐγένετο ἐπὶ τῆς γῆς, ἐγκατέλιπεν αὐτὸν Κύριος τοῦ πειράσαι αὐτόν, εἰδέναι τὰ ἐν τῇ καρδίᾳ αὐτοῦ.
32 καὶ τὰ λοιπὰ τῶν λόγων ᾿Εζεκίου καὶ τὸ ἔλεος αὐτοῦ ἰδοὺ γέγραπται ἐν τῇ προφητείᾳ ῾Ησαΐου υἱοῦ ᾿Αμὼς τοῦ προφήτου καὶ ἐπὶ βιβλίου βασιλέων ᾿Ιούδα καὶ ᾿Ισραήλ.
33 καὶ ἐκοιμήθη ᾿Εζεκίας μετὰ τῶν πατέρων αὐτοῦ, καὶ ἔθαψαν αὐτὸν ἐν ἀναβάσει τάφων υἱῶν Δαυίδ, καὶ δόξαν καὶ τιμὴν ἔδωκαν αὐτῷ ἐν τῷ θανάτῳ αὐτοῦ πᾶς ᾿Ιούδα καὶ οἱ κατοικοῦντες ἐν ῾Ιερουσαλήμ· καὶ ἐβασίλευσε Μανασσῆς υἱὸς αὐτοῦ ἀντ' αὐτοῦ.
ΩΝ δεκαδύο ἐτῶν Μανασσῆς ἐν τῷ βασιλεῦσαι αὐτὸν καὶ πεντηκονταπέντε ἔτη ἐβασίλευσεν ἐν ῾Ιερουσαλήμ.
2 καὶ ἐποίησε τὸ πονηρὸν ἐναντίον Κυρίου ἀπὸ πάντων τῶν βδελυγμάτων τῶν ἐθνῶν, οὓς ἐξωλόθρευσε Κύριος ἀπὸ προσώπου τῶν υἱῶν ᾿Ισραήλ.
3 καὶ ἐπέστρεψε καὶ ᾠκοδόμησε τὰ ὑψηλά, ἃ κατέσπασεν ᾿Εζεκίας ὁ πατὴρ αὐτοῦ, καὶ ἔστησε στήλας τοῖς Βααλὶμ καὶ ἐποίησεν ἄλση καὶ προσεκύνησε πάσῃ τῇ στρατιᾷ τοῦ οὐρανοῦ καὶ ἐδούλευσεν αὐτοῖς.
4 καὶ ᾠκοδόμησε θυσιαστήρια ἐν οἴκῳ Κυρίου, οὗ εἶπε Κύριος· ἐν ῾Ιερουσαλὴμ ἔσται τὸ ὄνομά μου εἰς τὸν αἰῶνα.
5 καὶ ᾠκοδόμησε θυσιαστήρια πάσῃ τῇ στρατιᾷ τοῦ οὐρανοῦ ἐν ταῖς δυσὶν αὐλαῖς οἴκου Κυρίου.
6 καὶ αὐτὸς διήγαγε τὰ τέκνα αὐτοῦ ἐν πυρὶ ἐν Γεβενεννὸμ καὶ ἐκληδονίζετο καὶ οἰωνίζετο καὶ ἐφαρμακεύετο καὶ ἐποίησεν ἐγγαστριμύθους καὶ ἐπᾳοιδούς· καὶ ἐπλήθυνε τοῦ ποιῆσαι τὸ πονηρὸν ἐναντίον Κυρίου τοῦ παροργίσαι αὐτόν.
7 καὶ ἔθηκε τὸ γλυπτὸν καὶ τὸ χωνευτόν, εἰκόνα ἣν ἐποίησεν, ἐν οἴκῳ Θεοῦ, οὗ εἶπε Θεὸς πρὸς Δαυὶδ καὶ πρὸς Σαλωμὼν υἱὸν αὐτοῦ· ἐν τῷ οἴκῳ τούτῳ καὶ ῾Ιερουσαλήμ, ἣν ἐξελεξάμην ἐκ πασῶν φυλῶν ᾿Ισραήλ, θήσω τὸ ὄνομά μου εἰς τὸν αἰῶνα·
8 καὶ οὐ προσθήσω σαλεῦσαι τὸν πόδα ᾿Ισραὴλ ἀπὸ τῆς γῆς, ἧς ἔδωκα τοῖς πατράσιν αὐτῶν, πλὴν ἐὰν φυλάσσωνται τοῦ ποιῆσαι πάντα, ἃ ἐνετειλάμην αὐτοῖς, κατὰ πάντα τὸν νόμον καὶ τὰ προστάγματα καὶ τὰ κρίματα ἐν χειρὶ Μωϋσῆ.
9 καὶ ἐπλάνησε Μανασσῆς τὸν ᾿Ιούδαν καὶ τοὺς κατοικοῦντας ἐν ῾Ιερουσαλὴμ τοῦ ποιῆσαι τὸ πονηρὸν ὑπὲρ πάντα τὰ ἔθνη, ἃ ἐξῇρε Κύριος ἀπὸ προσώπου υἱῶν ᾿Ισραήλ.
10 καὶ ἐλάλησε Κύριος ἐπὶ Μανασσῆ καὶ ἐπὶ τὸν λαὸν αὐτοῦ, καὶ οὐκ ἐπήκουσαν.
11 καὶ ἤγαγε Κύριος ἐπ' αὐτοὺς τοὺς ἄρχοντας τῆς δυνάμεως τοῦ βασιλέως ᾿Ασσούρ, καὶ κατέλαβον τὸν Μανασσῆ ἐν δεσμοῖς καὶ ἔδησαν αὐτὸν ἐν πέδαις καὶ ἤγαγον εἰς Βαβυλῶνα.
12 καὶ ὡς ἐθλίβη, ἐζήτησε τὸ πρόσωπον Θεοῦ τοῦ Κυρίου αὐτοῦ καὶ ἐταπεινώθη σφόδρα ἀπὸ προσώπου Θεοῦ πατέρων αὐτοῦ.
13 καὶ προσηύξατο πρὸς αὐτόν, καὶ ἐπήκουσεν αὐτοῦ· καὶ ἐπήκουσε τῆς βοῆς αὐτοῦ καὶ ἐπέστρεψεν αὐτὸν εἰς ῾Ιερουσαλὴμ ἐπὶ τὴν βασιλείαν αὐτοῦ· καὶ ἔγνω Μανασσῆς, ὅτι Κύριος αὐτός ἐστι Θεός.
14 καὶ μετὰ ταῦτα ᾠκοδόμησε τεῖχος ἔξω τῆς πόλεως Δαυὶδ ἀπὸ λιβὸς κατὰ Γιὼν ἐν τῷ χειμάρρῳ καὶ κατὰ τὴν εἴσοδον τὴν διὰ τῆς πύλης τῆς ἰχθυϊκῆς ἐκπορευομένων τὴν πύλην τὴν κυκλόθεν καὶ εἰς ᾿Οφλὰ καὶ ὕψωσε σφόδρα. καὶ κατέστησεν ἄρχοντας τῆς δυνάμεως ἐν πάσαις ταῖς πόλεσι ταῖς τειχήρεσιν ἐν ᾿Ιούδᾳ
15 καὶ περιεῖλε τοὺς θεοὺς τοὺς ἀλλοτρίους καὶ τὸ γλυπτὸν ἐξ οἴκου Κυρίου καὶ πάντα τὰ θυσιαστήρια, ἃ ᾠκοδόμησεν ἐν ὄρει οἴκου Κυρίου καὶ ἐν ῾Ιερουσαλὴμ καὶ ἔξωθεν τῆς πόλεως.
16 καὶ κατώρθωσε τὸ θυσιαστήριον Κυρίου καὶ ἐθυσίασεν ἐπ' αὐτὸ θυσίαν σωτηρίου καὶ αἰνέσεως καὶ εἶπε τῷ ᾿Ιούδᾳ τοῦ δουλεύειν Κυρίῳ Θεῷ ᾿Ισραήλ·
17 πλὴν ἔτι ὁ λαὸς ἐπὶ τῶν ὑψηλῶν ἐθυσίαζε, πλὴν Κύριος ὁ Θεὸς αὐτῶν.
18 καὶ τὰ λοιπὰ τῶν λόγων Μανασσῆ καὶ ἡ προσευχὴ αὐτοῦ ἡ πρὸς τὸν Θεὸν καὶ λόγοι τῶν ὁρώντων τῶν λαλούντων πρὸς αὐτὸν ἐπ' ὀνόματι Θεοῦ ᾿Ισραὴλ
19 ἰδοὺ ἐπὶ λόγων προσευχῆς αὐτοῦ, ὡς καὶ ἐπήκουσεν αὐτοῦ, καὶ πᾶσαι αἱ ἁμαρτίαι αὐτοῦ καὶ ἀποστάσεις αὐτοῦ καὶ οἱ τόποι, ἐφ' οἷς ᾠκοδόμησεν ἐν αὐτοῖς τὰ ὑψηλὰ καὶ ἔστησεν ἐκεῖ ἄλση καὶ γλυπτά, πρὸ τοῦ ἐπιστρέψαι, ἰδοὺ γέγραπται ἐπὶ τῶν λόγων τῶν ὁρώντων.
20 καὶ ἐκοιμήθη Μανασσῆς μετὰ τῶν πατέρων αὐτοῦ, καὶ ἔθαψαν αὐτὸν ἐν παραδείσῳ οἴκου αὐτοῦ· καὶ ἐβασίλευσεν ἀντ' αὐτοῦ ᾿Αμὼν υἱὸς αὐτοῦ.
21 ῍Ων ἐτῶν εἴκοσι καὶ δύο ᾿Αμὼν ἐν τῷ βασιλεύειν αὐτὸν καὶ δύο ἔτη ἐβασίλευσεν ἐν ῾Ιερουσαλήμ.
22 καὶ ἐποίησε τὸ πονηρὸν ἐνώπιον Κυρίου, ὡς ἐποίησε Μανασσῆς ὁ πατὴρ αὐτοῦ, καὶ πᾶσι τοῖς εἰδώλοις, οἷς ἐποίησε Μανασσῆς ὁ πατὴρ αὐτοῦ, ἔθυεν ᾿Αμὼν καὶ ἐδούλευσεν αὐτοῖς.
23 καὶ οὐκ ἐταπεινώθη ἐναντίον Κυρίου, ὡς ἐταπεινώθη Μανασσῆς ὁ πατὴρ αὐτοῦ, ὅτι υἱὸς αὐτοῦ ᾿Αμὼν ἐπλήθυνε πλημμέλειαν.
24 καὶ ἐπέθεντο αὐτῷ οἱ παῖδες αὐτοῦ καὶ ἐπάταξαν αὐτὸν ἐν οἴκῳ αὐτοῦ.
25 καὶ ἐπάταξεν ὁ λαὸς τῆς γῆς τοὺς ἐπιθεμένους ἐπὶ τὸν βασιλέα ᾿Αμών, καὶ ἐβασίλευσεν ὁ λαὸς τῆς γῆς τὸν ᾿Ιωσίαν υἱὸν αὐτοῦ ἀντ' αὐτοῦ.
ΩΝ ὀκτὼ ἐτῶν ᾿Ιωσίας ἐν τῷ βασιλεῦσαι αὐτὸν καὶ τριάκοντα καὶ ἓν ἔτος ἐβασίλευσεν ἐν ῾Ιερουσαλήμ.
2 καὶ ἐποίησε τὸ εὐθὲς ἐναντίον Κυρίου καὶ ἐπορεύθη ἐν ὁδοῖς Δαυὶδ τοῦ πατρὸς αὐτοῦ καὶ οὐκ ἐξέκλινε δεξιὰ καὶ ἀριστερά.
3 καὶ ἐν τῷ ὀγδόῳ ἔτει τῆς βασιλείας αὐτοῦ -καὶ αὐτὸς ἔτι παιδάριον- ἤρξατο τοῦ ζητῆσαι Κύριον τὸν Θεὸν Δαυὶδ τοῦ πατρὸς αὐτοῦ. καὶ ἐν τῷ δωδεκάτῳ ἔτει τῆς βασιλείας αὐτοῦ ἤρξατο τοῦ καθαρίσαι τὸν ᾿Ιούδαν καὶ τὴν ῾Ιερουσαλὴμ ἀπὸ τῶν ὑψηλῶν καὶ τῶν ἄλσεων καὶ ἀπὸ τῶν περιβωμίων καὶ ἀπὸ τῶν χωνευτῶν.
4 καὶ κατέσπασε τὰ κατὰ πρόσωπον αὐτοῦ θυσιαστήρια τῶν Βααλὶμ καὶ τὰ ὑψηλὰ τὰ ἐπ' αὐτῶν καὶ ἔκοψε τὰ ἄλση καὶ τὰ γλυπτὰ καὶ τὰ χωνευτὰ συνέτριψε καὶ ἐλέπτυνε καὶ ἔρριψεν ἐπὶ πρόσωπον τῶν μνημάτων τῶν θυσιαζόντων αὐτοῖς
5 καὶ ὀστᾶ ἱερέων κατέκαυσεν ἐπὶ τὰ θυσιαστήρια· καὶ ἐκαθάρισε τὸν ᾿Ιούδαν καὶ τὴν ῾Ιερουσαλήμ.
6 καὶ ἐν πόλεσι Μανασσῆ καὶ ᾿Εφραὶμ καὶ Συμεὼν καὶ Νεφθαλὶ καὶ τοῖς τόποις αὐτῶν κύκλῳ
7 καὶ κατέσπασε τὰ θυσιαστήρια καὶ τὰ ἄλση, καὶ εἴδωλα κατέκοψε λεπτὰ καὶ πάντα τὰ ὑψηλὰ ἔκοψεν ἀπὸ πάσης τῆς γῆς ᾿Ισραήλ, καὶ ἀπέστρεψεν εἰς ῾Ιερουσαλήμ.
8 Καὶ ἐν τῷ ἔτει τῷ ὀκτωκαιδεκάτῳ τῆς βασιλείας αὐτοῦ τοῦ καθαρίσαι τὴν γῆν καὶ τὸν οἶκον ἀπέστειλε τὸν Σαφὰν υἱὸν ᾿Εσελία καὶ τὸν Μαασὰ ἄρχοντα τῆς πόλεως καὶ τὸν ᾿Ιουὰχ υἱὸν ᾿Ιωάχαζ τὸν ὑπομνηματογράφον αὐτοῦ κραταιῶσαι τὸν οἶκον Κυρίου τοῦ Θεοῦ αὐτοῦ.
9 καὶ ἦλθον πρὸς Χελκίαν τὸν ἱερέα τὸν μέγαν καὶ ἔδωκαν τὸ ἀργύριον τὸ εἰσενεχθὲν εἰς οἶκον Θεοῦ, ὃ συνήγαγον οἱ Λευῖται φυλάσσοντες τὴν πύλην ἐκ χειρὸς Μανασσῆ καὶ ᾿Εφραὶμ καὶ τῶν ἀρχόντων καὶ ἀπὸ παντὸς καταλοίπου ἐν ᾿Ισραὴλ καὶ υἱῶν ᾿Ιούδα καὶ Βενιαμὶν καὶ οἰκούντων ἐν ῾Ιερουσαλήμ,
10 καὶ ἔδωκαν αὐτὸ ἐπὶ χεῖρα ποιούντων τὰ ἔργα οἱ καθεσταμένοι ἐν οἴκῳ Κυρίου καὶ ἔδωκαν αὐτὸ ποιοῦσι τὰ ἔργα, οἳ ἐποίουν ἐν οἴκῳ Κυρίου, ἐπισκευάσαι καὶ κατισχῦσαι τὸν οἶκον.
11 καὶ ἔδωκαν τοῖς τέκτοσι καὶ τοῖς οἰκοδόμοις ἀγοράσαι λίθους τετραπέδους καὶ ξύλα εἰς δοκοὺς στεγάσαι τοὺς οἴκους, οὓς ἐξωλόθρευσαν βασιλεῖς ᾿Ιούδα·
12 καὶ οἱ ἄνδρες ἐν πίστει ἐπὶ τῶν ἔργων, καὶ ἐπ' αὐτῶν ἐπίσκοποι ᾿Ιὲθ καὶ ᾿Αβδίας οἱ Λευῖται ἐξ υἱῶν Μεραρὶ καὶ Ζαχαρίας καὶ Μοσολλὰμ ἐκ τῶν υἱῶν Καὰθ ἐπισκοπεῖν καὶ πᾶς Λευίτης καὶ πᾶς συνιὼν ἐν ὀργάνοις ᾠδῶν.
13 καὶ ἐπὶ τῶν νωτοφόρων καὶ ἐπὶ πάντων τῶν ποιούντων τὰ ἔργα ἐργασία καὶ ἐργασία, καὶ ἀπὸ τῶν Λευιτῶν γραμματεῖς καὶ κριταὶ καὶ πυλωροί.
14 καὶ ἐν τῷ ἐκφέρειν αὐτοὺς τὸ ἀργύριον τὸ εἰσοδιασθὲν εἰς οἶκον Κυρίου εὗρε Χελκίας ὁ ἱερεὺς βιβλίον νόμου Κυρίου διὰ χειρὸς Μωυσῆ.
15 καὶ ἀπεκρίθη Χελκίας καὶ εἶπε πρὸς Σαφὰν τὸν γραμματέα· βιβλίον νόμου εὗρον ἐν οἴκῳ Κυρίου· καὶ ἔδωκε Χελκίας τὸ βιβλίον τῷ Σαφάν.
16 καὶ εἰσήνεγκε Σαφὰν τὸ βιβλίον πρὸς τὸν βασιλέα καὶ ἀπέδωκεν ἔτι τῷ βασιλεῖ λόγον· πᾶν τὸ δοθὲν ἀργύριον ἐν χειρὶ τῶν παίδων σου τῶν ποιούντων τὸ ἔργον,
17 καὶ ἐχώνευσαν τὸ ἀργύριον τὸ εὑρεθὲν ἐν οἴκῳ Κυρίου καὶ ἔδωκαν ἐπὶ χεῖρα τῶν ἐπισκόπων καὶ ἐπὶ χεῖρα τῶν ποιούντων τὴν ἐργασίαν.
18 καὶ ἀπήγγειλε Σαφὰν ὁ γραμματεὺς τῷ βασιλεῖ λόγον λέγων· βιβλίον δέδωκέ μοι Χελκίας ὁ ἱερεύς· καὶ ἀνέγνω αὐτὸ Σαφὰν ἐναντίον τοῦ βασιλέως.
19 καὶ ἐγένετο ὡς ἤκουσεν ὁ βασιλεὺς τοὺς λόγους τοῦ νόμου, καὶ διέρρηξε τὰ ἱμάτια αὐτοῦ.
20 καὶ ἐνετείλατο βασιλεὺς τῷ Χελκίᾳ καὶ τῷ ᾿Αχικὰμ υἱῷ Σαφὰν καὶ τῷ ᾿Αβδὼν υἱῷ Μιχαία καὶ τῷ Σαφὰν τῷ γραμματεῖ καὶ τῷ ᾿Ασαΐᾳ παιδὶ τοῦ βασιλέως λέγων·
21 πορεύθητε ζητήσατε τὸν Κύριον περὶ ἐμοῦ καὶ περὶ παντὸς τοῦ καταλειφθέντος ἐν ᾿Ισραὴλ καὶ ᾿Ιούδᾳ περὶ τῶν λόγων τοῦ βιβλίου τοῦ εὑρεθέντος, ὅτι μέγας ὁ θυμὸς Κυρίου ἐκκέκαυται ἐν ἡμῖν, διότι οὐκ εἰσήκουσαν οἱ πατέρες ἡμῶν τῶν λόγων Κυρίου τοῦ ποιῆσαι κατὰ πάντα τὰ γεγραμμένα ἐν τῷ βιβλίῳ τούτῳ.
22 καὶ ἐπορεύθη Χελκίας καὶ οἷς εἶπεν ὁ βασιλεὺς πρὸς ῎Ολδαν τὴν προφῆτιν γυναῖκα Σελλὴμ υἱοῦ Θεκωὲ υἱοῦ ᾿Αρὰς φυλάσσουσαν τὰς ἐντολάς -καὶ αὕτη κατῴκει ἐν ῾Ιερουσαλὴμ ἐν μασαναί- καὶ ἐλάλησαν αὐτῇ κατὰ ταῦτα.
23 καὶ εἶπεν αὐτοῖς· οὕτως εἶπε Κύριος ὁ Θεὸς ᾿Ισραήλ· εἴπατε τῷ ἀνδρὶ τῷ ἀποστείλαντι ὑμᾶς πρός με.
24 οὕτω λέγει Κύριος· ἰδοὺ ἐγὼ ἐπάγω ἐπὶ τὸν τόπον τοῦτον κακά, τοὺς πάντας λόγους τοὺς γεγραμμένους ἐν τῷ βιβλίῳ τῷ ἀνεγνωσμένῳ ἐναντίον τοῦ βασιλέως ᾿Ιούδα,
25 ἀνθ' ὧν ἐγκατέλιπόν με καὶ ἐθυμίασαν θεοῖς ἀλλοτρίοις, ἵνα παροργίσωσί με ἐν πᾶσι τοῖς ἔργοις τῶν χειρῶν αὐτῶν· καὶ ἐξεκαύθη ὁ θυμός μου ἐν τῷ τόπῳ τούτῳ καὶ οὐ σβεσθήσεται.
26 καὶ ἐπὶ βασιλέα ᾿Ιούδα τὸν ἀποστείλαντα ὑμᾶς τοῦ ζητῆσαι τὸν Κύριον οὕτως ἐρεῖτε αὐτῷ· οὕτω λέγει Κύριος ὁ Θεὸς ᾿Ισραήλ· τοὺς λόγους, οὓς ἤκουσας,
27 καὶ ἐνετράπη ἡ καρδία σου καὶ ἐταπεινώθης ἀπὸ προσώπου μου ἐν τῷ ἀκοῦσαί σε τοὺς λόγους μου ἐπὶ τὸν τόπον τοῦτον καὶ ἐπὶ τοὺς κατοικοῦντας αὐτὸν καὶ ἐταπεινώθης ἐναντίον μου καὶ διέρρηξας τὰ ἱμάτιά σου καὶ ἔκλαυσας κατεναντίον μου, καὶ ἐγὼ ἤκουσα, φησὶ Κύριος·
28 ἰδοὺ προστίθημί σε πρὸς τοὺς πατέρας σου, καὶ προστεθήσῃ πρὸς τὰ μνήματά σου ἐν εἰρήνῃ, καὶ οὐκ ὄψονται οἱ ὀφθαλμοί σου ἐν πᾶσι τοῖς κακοῖς, οἷς ἐγὼ ἐπάγω ἐπὶ τὸν τόπον τοῦτον καὶ ἐπὶ τοὺς κατοικοῦντας αὐτόν. καὶ ἀπέδωκαν τῷ βασιλεῖ λόγον,
29 καὶ ἀπέστειλεν ὁ βασιλεὺς καὶ συνήγαγε τοὺς πρεσβυτέρους ᾿Ιούδα καὶ ῾Ιερουσαλήμ.
30 καὶ ἀνέβη ὁ βασιλεὺς εἰς οἶκον Κυρίου καὶ πᾶς ᾿Ιούδα καὶ οἱ κατοικοῦντες ῾Ιερουσαλὴμ καὶ οἱ ἱερεῖς καὶ οἱ Λευῖται καὶ πᾶς ὁ λαὸς ἀπὸ μικροῦ ἕως μεγάλου· καὶ ἀνέγνω ἐν ὠσὶν αὐτῶν πάντας λόγους βιβλίου τῆς διαθήκης τοὺς εὑρεθέντας ἐν οἴκῳ Κυρίου.
31 καὶ ἔστη ὁ βασιλεὺς ἐπὶ τὸν στῦλον καὶ διέθετο διαθήκην ἐναντίον Κυρίου τοῦ πορευθῆναι ἐνώπιον Κυρίου τοῦ φυλάσσειν τὰς ἐντολὰς αὐτοῦ καὶ μαρτύρια καὶ προστάγματα αὐτοῦ ἐν ὅλῃ καρδίᾳ καὶ ἐν ὅλῃ ψυχῇ, ὥστε ποιεῖν τοὺς λόγους τῆς διαθήκης τοὺς γεγραμμένους ἐπὶ τῷ βιβλίῳ τούτῳ.
32 καὶ ἔστησε πάντας τοὺς εὑρεθέντας ἐν ῾Ιερουσαλὴμ καὶ Βενιαμίν, καὶ ἐποίησαν οἱ κατοικοῦντες ῾Ιερουσαλὴμ διαθήκην ἐν οἴκῳ Κυρίου Θεοῦ πατέρων αὐτῶν.
33 καὶ περιεῖλεν ᾿Ιωσίας τὰ πάντα βδελύγματα ἐκ πάσης τῆς γῆς, ἣ ἦν υἱῶν ᾿Ισραήλ, καὶ ἐποίησε πάντας τοὺς εὑρεθέντας ἐν ῾Ιερουσαλὴμ καὶ ἐν ᾿Ισραὴλ τοῦ δουλεύειν Κυρίῳ Θεῷ αὐτῶν πάσας τὰς ἡμέρας αὐτοῦ· οὐκ ἐξέκλινεν ἀπὸ ὄπισθεν Κυρίου Θεοῦ πατέρων αὐτοῦ.
ΚΑΙ ἐποίησεν ᾿Ιωσίας τὸ φασὲκ τῷ Κυρίῳ Θεῷ αὐτοῦ, καὶ ἔθυσε τὸ φασὲκ τῇ τεσσαρεσκαιδεκάτῃ ἡμέρᾳ τοῦ μηνὸς τοῦ πρώτου.
2 καὶ ἔστησε τοὺς ἱερεῖς ἐπὶ τὰς φυλακὰς αὐτῶν καὶ κατίσχυσεν αὐτοὺς εἰς τὰ ἔργα οἴκου Κυρίου.
3 καὶ εἶπε τοῖς Λευίταις τοῖς δυνατοῖς ἐν παντὶ ᾿Ισραὴλ τοῦ ἁγιασθῆναι αὐτοὺς τῷ Κυρίῳ, καὶ ἔθηκαν τὴν κιβωτὸν τὴν ἁγίαν εἰς τὸν οἶκον, ὃν ᾠκοδόμησε Σαλωμὼν υἱὸς Δαυὶδ τοῦ βασιλέως ᾿Ισραήλ. καὶ εἶπεν ὁ βασιλεύς· οὐκ ἔστιν ὑμῖν ἐπ' ὤμων ἆραι οὐδέν· νῦν οὖν λειτουργήσατε τῷ Κυρίῳ Θεῷ ὑμῶν καὶ τῷ λαῷ αὐτοῦ ᾿Ισραὴλ
4 καὶ ἑτοιμάσθητε κατ' οἴκους πατριῶν ὑμῶν καὶ κατὰ τὰς ἐφημερίας ὑμῶν κατὰ τὴν γραφὴν Δαυὶδ βασιλέως ᾿Ισραὴλ καὶ διὰ χειρὸς Σαλωμὼν υἱοῦ αὐτοῦ
5 καὶ στῆτε ἐν τῷ οἴκῳ κατὰ τὰς διαιρέσεις οἴκων πατριῶν ὑμῶν τοῖς ἀδελφοῖς ὑμῶν υἱοῖς τοῦ λαοῦ, καὶ μερὶς οἴκου πατριᾶς τοῖς Λευίταις,
6 καὶ θύσατε τὸ φασὲκ καὶ ἑτοιμάσατε τοῖς ἀδελφοῖς ὑμῶν τοῦ ποιῆσαι κατὰ τὸν λόγον Κυρίου διὰ χειρὸς Μωυσῆ.
7 καὶ ἀπήρξατο ᾿Ιωσίας τοῖς υἱοῖς τοῦ λαοῦ πρόβατα καὶ ἀμνοὺς καὶ ἐρίφους ἀπὸ τῶν τέκνων τῶν αἰγῶν, πάντα εἰς τὸ φασέκ, καὶ πάντας τοὺς εὑρεθέντας εἰς ἀριθμὸν τριάκοντα χιλιάδας καὶ μόσχων τρεῖς χιλιάδας· ταῦτα ἀπὸ τῆς ὑπάρξεως τοῦ βασιλέως.
8 καὶ οἱ ἄρχοντες αὐτοῦ ἀπήρξαντο τῷ λαῷ καὶ τοῖς ἱερεῦσι καὶ τοῖς Λευίταις· ἔδωκε δὲ Χελκίας καὶ Ζαχαρίας καὶ ᾿Ιιὴλ οἱ ἄρχοντες τοῖς ἱερεῦσιν οἴκου Θεοῦ καὶ ἔδωκεν εἰς τὸ φασὲκ πρόβατα καὶ ἀμνοὺς καὶ ἐρίφους δισχίλια ἑξακόσια καὶ μόσχους τριακοσίους.
9 καὶ Χωνενίας καὶ Βαναίας καὶ Σαμαίας καὶ Ναθαναὴλ ἀδελφὸς αὐτοῦ καὶ ᾿Ασαβίας καὶ ᾿Ιιὴλ καὶ ᾿Ιωζαβὰδ ἄρχοντες τῶν Λευιτῶν ἀπήρξαντο τοῖς Λευίταις εἰς τὸ φασὲκ πρόβατα πεντακισχίλια καὶ μόσχους πεντακοσίους.
10 καὶ κατωρθώθη ἡ λειτουργία, καὶ ἔστησαν οἱ ἱερεῖς ἐπὶ τὴν στάσιν αὐτῶν καὶ οἱ Λευῖται ἐπὶ τὰς διαιρέσεις αὐτῶν κατὰ τὴν ἐντολὴν τοῦ βασιλέως
11 καὶ ἔθυσαν τὸ φασέκ, καὶ προσέχεαν οἱ ἱερεῖς τὸ αἷμα ἐκ χειρὸς αὐτῶν, καὶ οἱ Λευῖται ἐξέδειραν.
12 καὶ ἡτοίμασαν τὴν ὁλοκαύτωσιν παραδοῦναι αὐτοῖς κατὰ τὴν διαίρεσιν κατ' οἴκους πατριῶν τοῖς υἱοῖς τοῦ λαοῦ τοῦ προσάγειν τῷ Κυρίῳ, ὡς γέγραπται ἐν βίβλῳ Μωυσῆ, καὶ οὕτως εἰς τὸ πρωΐ.
13 καὶ ὤπτησαν τὸ φασὲκ ἐν πυρὶ κατὰ τὴν κρίσιν καὶ τὰ ἅγια ὕψησαν ἐν τοῖς χαλκείοις καὶ ἐν τοῖς λέβησι· καὶ εὐωδώθη, καὶ ἔδραμον πρὸς πάντας τοὺς υἱοὺς τοῦ λαοῦ.
14 καὶ μετὰ τὸ ἑτοιμάσαι αὐτοῖς καὶ τοῖς ἱερεῦσιν, ὅτι οἱ ἱερεῖς ἐν τῷ ἀναφέρειν τὰ ὁλοκαυτώματα καὶ τὰ στέατα ἕως νυκτός, καὶ οἱ Λευῖται ἡτοίμασαν αὐτοῖς καὶ τοῖς ἀδελφοῖς αὐτῶν υἱοῖς ᾿Ααρών.
15 καὶ οἱ ψαλτῳδοὶ υἱοὶ ᾿Ασὰφ ἐπὶ τῆς στάσεως αὐτῶν κατὰ τὰς ἐντολὰς Δαυὶδ καὶ ᾿Ασὰφ καὶ Αἰμὰν καὶ ᾿Ιδιθὼμ οἱ προφῆται τοῦ βασιλέως καὶ οἱ ἄρχοντες καὶ οἱ πυλωροὶ πύλης καὶ πύλης, οὐκ ἦν αὐτοῖς κινεῖσθαι ἀπὸ τῆς λειτουργίας τῶν ἁγίων, ὅτι ἀδελφοὶ αὐτῶν οἱ Λευῖται ἡτοίμασαν αὐτοῖς.
16 καὶ κατωρθώθη καὶ ἡτοιμάσθη πᾶσα ἡ λειτουργία Κυρίου ἐν τῇ ἡμέρᾳ ἐκείνῃ τοῦ ποιῆσαι τὸ φασὲκ καὶ ἐνεγκεῖν τὰ ὁλοκαυτώματα ἐπὶ τὸ θυσιαστήριον Κυρίου κατὰ τὴν ἐντολὴν τοῦ βασιλέως ᾿Ιωσίου.
17 καὶ ἐποίησαν οἱ υἱοὶ ᾿Ισραὴλ οἱ εὑρεθέντες τὸ φασὲκ ἐν τῷ καιρῷ ἐκείνῳ καὶ τὴν ἑορτὴν τῶν ἀζύμων ἑπτὰ ἡμέρας.
18 καὶ οὐκ ἐγένετο φασὲκ ὅμοιον αὐτῷ ἐν ᾿Ισραὴλ ἀπὸ ἡμερῶν Σαμουὴλ τοῦ προφήτου καὶ παντὸς βασιλέως ᾿Ισραὴλ οὐκ ἐποίησαν τὸ φασέκ, ὃ ἐποίησεν ᾿Ιωσίας καὶ οἱ ἱερεῖς καὶ οἱ Λευῖται καὶ πᾶς ᾿Ιούδα καὶ ᾿Ισραὴλ ὁ εὑρεθεὶς καὶ οἱ κατοικοῦντες ἐν ῾Ιερουσαλὴμ τῷ Κυρίῳ.
19 τῷ ὀκτωκαιδεκάτῳ ἔτει τῆς βασιλείας ᾿Ιωσίου ἐποιήθη τὸ φασὲκ τοῦτο.
19α καὶ τοὺς ἐγγαστριμύθους καὶ τοὺς γνώστας καὶ τὰ θεραφὶν καὶ τὰ εἴδωλα καὶ τὰ καρησίμ, ἃ ἦν ἐν γῇ ᾿Ιούδα καὶ ἐν ῾Ιερουσαλὴμ ἐνεπύρισεν ὁ βασιλεὺς ᾿Ιωσίας, ἵνα στήσῃ τοὺς λόγους τοῦ νόμου τοὺς γεγραμμένους ἐπὶ τοῦ βιβλίου, οὗ εὗρε Χελκίας ὁ ἱερεὺς ἐν τῷ οἴκῳ Κυρίου.
19β ὅμοιος αὐτῷ οὐκ ἐγενήθη ἔμπροσθεν αὐτοῦ, ὃς ἐπέστρεψε πρὸς Κύριον ἐν ὅλῃ καρδίᾳ αὐτοῦ καὶ ἐν ὅλῃ ψυχῇ αὐτοῦ καὶ ἐν ὅλῃ τῇ ἰσχύϊ αὐτοῦ κατὰ πάντα τὸν νόμον Μωυσῆ, καὶ μετ' αὐτὸν οὐκ ἀνέστη ὅμοιος αὐτῷ·
19γ πλὴν οὐκ ἀπεστράφη Κύριος ἀπὸ ὀργῆς θυμοῦ αὐτοῦ τοῦ μεγάλου, οὗ ὠργίσθη θυμῷ Κύριος ἐν τῷ ᾿Ιούδᾳ, ἐπὶ πάντα τὰ παροργίσματα αὐτοῦ, ἃ παρώργισε Μανασσῆς.
19δ καὶ εἶπε Κύριος· καί γε τὸν ᾿Ιούδαν ἀποστήσω ἀπὸ προσώπου μου, καθὼς ἀπέστησα τὸν ᾿Ισραήλ, καὶ ἀπωσάμην τὴν πόλιν, ἣν ἐξελεξάμην τὴν ῾Ιερουσαλήμ, καὶ τὸν οἶκον ὃν εἶπα· ἔσται τὸ ὄνομά μου ἐκεῖ.
20 Καὶ ἀνέβη φαραὼ Νεχαὼ βασιλεὺς Αἰγύπτου ἐπὶ τὸν βασιλέα ᾿Ασσυρίων ἐπὶ τὸν ποταμὸν Εὐφράτην, καὶ ἐπορεύθη βασιλεὺς ᾿Ιωσίας εἰς συνάντησιν αὐτῷ.
21 καὶ ἀπέστειλε πρὸς αὐτὸν ἀγγέλους λέγων· τί ἐμοὶ καὶ σοί, βασιλεῦ ᾿Ιούδα; οὐκ ἐπὶ σὲ ἥκω σήμερον πόλεμον πολεμῆσαι, καὶ ὁ Θεὸς εἶπε τοῦ κατασπεῦσαί με· πρόσεχε ἀπὸ τοῦ Θεοῦ τοῦ μετ' ἐμοῦ μὴ καταφθείρῃ σε.
22 καὶ οὐκ ἀπέστρεψεν ᾿Ιωσίας τὸ πρόσωπον αὐτοῦ ἀπ' αὐτοῦ, ἀλλ' ἢ πολεμεῖν αὐτὸν ἐκραταιώθη καὶ οὐκ ἤκουσε τῶν λόγων Νεχαὼ διά στόματος Θεοῦ καὶ ἦλθε τοῦ πολεμῆσαι ἐν τῷ πεδίῳ Μαγεδδώ.
23 καὶ ἐτόξευσαν οἱ τοξόται ἐπὶ βασιλέα ᾿Ιωσίαν· καὶ εἶπεν ὁ βασιλεὺς τοῖς παισὶν αὐτοῦ· ἐξαγάγετέ με, ὅτι ἐπόνεσα σφόδρα.
24 καὶ ἐξήγαγον αὐτὸν οἱ παῖδες αὐτοῦ ἀπὸ τοῦ ἅρματος καὶ ἀνεβίβασαν αὐτὸν ἐπὶ τὸ ἅρμα τὸ δευτεραῖον, ὃ ἦν αὐτῷ, καὶ ἤγαγον αὐτὸν εἰς ῾Ιερουσαλήμ· καὶ ἀπέθανε καὶ ἐτάφη μετὰ τῶν πατέρων αὐτοῦ. καὶ πᾶς ᾿Ιούδα καὶ ῾Ιερουσαλὴμ ἐπένθησαν ἐπὶ ᾿Ιωσίαν,
25 καὶ ἐθρήνησεν ῾Ιερεμίας ἐπὶ ᾿Ιωσίαν, καὶ εἶπαν πάντες οἱ ἄρχοντες καὶ αἱ ἄρχουσαι θρῆνον ἐπὶ ᾿Ιωσίαν ἕως τῆς σήμερον· καὶ ἔδωκαν αὐτὸν εἰς πρόσταγμα ἐπὶ ᾿Ισραήλ, καὶ ἰδοὺ γέγραπται ἐπὶ τῶν θρήνων.
26 καὶ ἦσαν οἱ λοιποὶ λόγοι ᾿Ιωσίου καὶ ἡ ἐλπὶς αὐτοῦ γεγραμμένα ἐν νόμῳ Κυρίου·
27 καὶ οἱ λόγοι αὐτοῦ οἱ πρῶτοι καὶ οἱ ἔσχατοι ἰδοὺ γεγραμμένοι ἐπὶ βιβλίῳ βασιλέων ᾿Ισραὴλ καὶ ᾿Ιούδα.
ΚΑΙ ἔλαβεν ὁ λαὸς τῆς γῆς τὸν ᾿Ιωάχαζ υἱὸν ᾿Ιωσίου καὶ ἔχρισαν αὐτόν, καὶ κατέστησαν αὐτὸν ἀντὶ τοῦ πατρὸς αὐτοῦ εἰς βασιλέα ἐπὶ ᾿Ιερουσαλήμ.
2 υἱὸς εἴκοσι καὶ τριῶν ἐτῶν ᾿Ιωάχαζ ἐν τῷ βασιλεύειν αὐτὸν καὶ τρίμηνον ἐβασίλευσεν ἐν ῾Ιερουσαλήμ,
2α καὶ ὄνομα τῆς μητρὸς αὐτοῦ ᾿Αμιτὰλ θυγάτηρ ῾Ιερεμίου ἐκ Λοβενά.
2β καὶ ἐποίησε τὸ πονηρὸν ἐνώπιον Κυρίου κατὰ πάντα, ἃ ἐποίησαν οἱ πατέρες αὐτοῦ.
2γ καὶ ἔδησεν αὐτὸν φαραὼ Νεχαὼ ἐν Δεβλαθὰ ἐν γῇ Αἰμάθ, τοῦ μὴ βασιλεύειν αὐτὸν ἐν ῾Ιερουσαλήμ,
3 καὶ μετήγαγεν αὐτὸν ὁ βασιλεὺς εἰς Αἴγυπτον, καὶ ἐπέβαλε φόρον ἐπὶ τὴν γῆν ἑκατὸν τάλαντα ἀργυρίου καὶ τάλαντον χρυσίου.
4 καὶ κατέστησε φαραὼ Νεχαὼ τὸν ᾿Ελιακὶμ υἱὸν ᾿Ιωσίου βασιλέα ἐπὶ ᾿Ιούδα ἀντὶ ᾿Ιωσίου τοῦ πατρὸς αὐτοῦ καὶ μετέστρεψε τὸ ὄνομα αὐτοῦ ᾿Ιωακίμ· καὶ τὸν ᾿Ιωάχαζ ἀδελφὸν αὐτοῦ ἔλαβε φαραὼ Νεχαώ, καὶ εἰσήγαγεν αὐτὸν εἰς Αἴγυπτον, καὶ ἀπέθανεν ἐκεῖ.
4α καὶ τὸ ἀργύριον καὶ τὸ χρυσίον ἔδωκε τῷ φαραῷ· τότε ἤρξατο ἡ γῆ φορολογεῖσθαι τοῦ δοῦναι τὸ ἀργύριον ἐπὶ στόμα φαραώ, καὶ ἕκαστος κατὰ δύναμιν ἀπῄτει τὸ ἀργύριον καὶ τὸ χρυσίον παρὰ τοῦ λαοῦ τῆς γῆς δοῦναι φαραῷ Νεχαῷ.
5 ῍Ων εἴκοσι καὶ πέντε ἐτῶν ᾿Ιωακὶμ ἐν τῷ βασιλεύειν αὐτὸν καὶ ἕνδεκα ἔτη ἐβασίλευσεν ἐν ῾Ιερουσαλήμ, καὶ ὄνομα τῆς μητρὸς αὐτοῦ Ζεχωρὰ θυγάτηρ Νηρίου ἐκ Ραμά. καὶ ἐποίησε τὸ πονηρὸν ἐναντίον Κυρίου κατὰ πάντα ὅσα ἐποίησαν οἱ πατέρες αὐτοῦ.
5α ἐν ταῖς ἡμέραις αὐτοῦ ἦλθε Ναβουχοδονόσορ ὁ βασιλεὺς Βαβυλῶνος εἰς τὴν γῆν, καὶ ἦν αὐτῷ δουλεύων τρία ἔτη καὶ ἀπέστη ἀπ' αὐτοῦ.
5β καὶ ἀπέστειλε Κύριος ἐπ' αὐτοὺς τοὺς Χαλδαίους καὶ λῃστήρια Σύρων καὶ λῃστήρια Μωαβιτῶν καὶ υἱῶν ᾿Αμμὼν καὶ τῆς Σαμαρείας, καὶ ἀπέστησαν μετὰ τὸν λόγον τοῦτον κατὰ τὸν λόγον Κυρίου ἐν χειρὶ τῶν παίδων αὐτοῦ τῶν προφητῶν.
5γ πλὴν θυμὸς Κυρίου ἦν ἐπὶ ᾿Ιούδαν τοῦ ἀποστῆναι αὐτὸν ἀπὸ προσώπου αὐτοῦ διὰ τὰς ἁμαρτίας Μανασσῆ ἐν πᾶσιν, οἷς ἐποίησε,
5δ καὶ ἐν αἵματι ἀθῴῳ, ᾧ ἐξέχεεν ᾿Ιωακὶμ καὶ ἔπλησε τὴν ῾Ιερουσαλὴμ αἵματος ἀθῴου, καὶ οὐκ ἠθέλησε Κύριος ἐξολοθρεῦσαι αὐτούς.
6 καὶ ἀνέβη ἐπ' αὐτὸν Ναβουχοδονόσορ βασιλεὺς Βαβυλῶνος καὶ ἔδησεν αὐτὸν ἐν χαλκαῖς πέδαις καὶ ἀπήγαγεν αὐτὸν εἰς Βαβυλῶνα.
7 καὶ μέρος τῶν σκευῶν οἴκου Κυρίου ἀπήνεγκεν εἰς Βαβυλῶνα καὶ ἔθηκεν αὐτὰ ἐν τῷ ναῷ αὐτοῦ ἐν Βαβυλῶνι.
8 καὶ τὰ λοιπὰ τῶν λόγων ᾿Ιωακὶμ καὶ πάντα, ἃ ἐποίησεν, οὐκ ἰδοὺ ταῦτα γεγραμμένα ἐν βιβλίῳ λόγων τῶν ἡμερῶν τοῖς βασιλεῦσιν ᾿Ιούδα; καὶ ἐκοιμήθη ᾿Ιωακὶμ μετὰ τῶν πατέρων αὐτοῦ καὶ ἐτάφη ἐν Γανοζὰ μετά τῶν πατέρων αὐτοῦ, καὶ ἐβασίλευσεν ᾿Ιεχονίας υἱὸς αὐτοῦ ἀντ' αὐτοῦ.
9 ᾿Οκτὼ ἐτῶν ᾿Ιεχονίας ἐν τῷ βασιλεύειν αὐτὸν καὶ τρίμηνον καὶ δέκα ἡμέρας ἐβασίλευσεν ἐν ῾Ιερουσαλὴμ καὶ ἐποίησε τὸ πονηρὸν ἐνώπιον Κυρίου.
10 καὶ ἐπιστρέφοντος τοῦ ἐνιαυτοῦ ἀπέστειλεν ὁ βασιλεὺς Ναβουχοδονόσορ καὶ εἰσήνεγκεν αὐτὸν εἰς Βαβυλῶνα μετὰ τῶν σκευῶν τῶν ἐπιθυμητῶν οἴκου Κυρίου καὶ ἐβασίλευσε Σεδεκίαν ἀδελφὸν τοῦ πατρὸς αὐτοῦ ἐπὶ ᾿Ιούδαν καὶ ῾Ιερουσαλήμ.
11 ᾿Ετῶν εἴκοσιν υἱὸς καὶ ἑνὸς ἔτους Σεδεκίας ἐν τῷ βασιλεύειν αὐτὸν καὶ ἕνδεκα ἔτη ἐβασίλευσεν ἐν ῾Ιερουσαλήμ.
12 καὶ ἐποίησε τὸ πονηρὸν ἐνώπιον Κυρίου Θεοῦ αὐτοῦ, οὐκ ἐνετράπη ἀπὸ προσώπου ῾Ιερεμίου τοῦ προφήτου καὶ ἐκ στόματος Κυρίου
13 ἐν τῷ τὰ πρὸς τὸν βασιλέα Ναβουχοδονόσορ ἀθετῆσαι, ἃ ὥρκισεν αὐτὸν κατὰ τοῦ Θεοῦ καὶ ἐσκλήρυνε τὸν τράχηλον αὐτοῦ καὶ τὴν καρδίαν αὐτοῦ κατίσχυσε τοῦ μὴ ἐπιστρέψαι πρὸς Κύριον Θεὸν ᾿Ισραήλ.
14 καὶ πάντες οἱ ἔνδοξοι ᾿Ιούδα καὶ οἱ ἱερεῖς καὶ ὁ λαὸς τῆς γῆς ἐπλήθυναν τοῦ ἀθετῆσαι ἀθετήματα βδελυγμάτων ἐθνῶν καὶ ἐμίαναν τὸν οἶκον Κυρίου τὸν ἐν ῾Ιερουσαλήμ.
15 καὶ ἐξαπέστειλε Κύριος ὁ Θεὸς τῶν πατέρων αὐτῶν ἐν χειρὶ τῶν προφητῶν αὐτοῦ ὀρθρίζων καὶ ἀποστέλλων τοὺς ἀγγέλους αὐτοῦ, ὅτι ἦν φειδόμενος τοῦ λαοῦ αὐτοῦ καὶ τοῦ ἁγιάσματος αὐτοῦ·
16 καὶ ἦσαν μυκτηρίζοντες τοὺς ἀγγέλους αὐτοῦ καὶ ἐξουθενοῦντες τοὺς λόγους αὐτοῦ καὶ ἐμπαίζοντες ἐν τοῖς προφήταις αὐτοῦ, ἕως ἀνέβη ὁ θυμὸς Κυρίου ἐν τῷ λαῷ αὐτοῦ, ἕως οὐκ ἦν ἴαμα.
17 καὶ ἤγαγεν ἐπ' αὐτοὺς βασιλέα Χαλδαίων, καὶ ἀπέκτεινε τοὺς νεανίσκους αὐτῶν ἐν ρομφαίᾳ ἐν οἴκῳ ἁγιάσματος αὐτοῦ καὶ οὐκ ἐφείσατο τοῦ Σεδεκίου καὶ τὰς παρθένους αὐτῶν οὐκ ἠλέησε καὶ τοὺς πρεσβυτέρους αὐτῶν ἀπήγαγον· τὰ πάντα παρέδωκεν ἐν χερσίν αὐτῶν.
18 καὶ πάντα τὰ σκεύη οἴκου τοῦ Θεοῦ τά μεγάλα καὶ τὰ μικρὰ καὶ τοὺς θησαυροὺς οἴκου Κυρίου καὶ πάντας τοὺς θησαυροὺς τοῦ βασιλέως καὶ τῶν μεγιστάνων, πάντα εἰσήνεγκεν εἰς Βαβυλῶνα.
19 καὶ ἐνέπρησε τὸν οἶκον Κυρίου καὶ κατέσκαψε τὸ τεῖχος ῾Ιερουσαλὴμ καὶ τὰς βάρεις αὐτῆς ἐνέπρησεν ἐν πυρὶ καὶ πᾶν σκεῦος ὡραῖον εἰς ἀφανισμόν.
20 καὶ ἀπῴκισε τοὺς καταλοίπους εἰς Βαβυλῶνα, καὶ ἦσαν αὐτῷ καὶ τοῖς υἱοῖς αὐτοῦ εἰς δούλους ἕως βασιλείας Μήδων
21 τοῦ πληρωθῆναι λόγον Κυρίου διὰ στόματος ῾Ιερεμίου ἕως τοῦ προσδέξασθαι τὴν γῆν τὰ σάββατα αὐτῆς σαββατίσαι· πάσας τὰς ἡμέρας ἐρημώσεως αὐτῆς ἐσαββάτισεν εἰς συμπλήρωσιν ἐτῶν ἑβδομήκοντα.
22 ῎Ετους πρώτου Κύρου βασιλέως Περσῶν, μετὰ τὸ πληρωθῆναι ρῆμα Κυρίου διὰ στόματος ῾Ιερεμίου, ἐξήγειρε Κύριος τὸ πνεῦμα Κύρου βασιλέως Περσῶν καὶ παρήγγειλε κηρύξαι ἐν πάσῃ τῇ βασιλείᾳ αὐτοῦ ἐν γραπτῷ λέγων·
λέγει Κῦρος βασιλεὺς Περσῶν πάσαις ταῖς βασιλείαις τῆς γῆς· ἔδωκέ μοι
Κύριος ὁ Θεὸς τοῦ οὐρανοῦ, καὶ αὐτὸς ἐνετείλατό μοι οἰκοδομῆσαι οἶκον
αὐτῷ ἐν ῾Ιερουσαλὴμ ἐν τῇ ᾿Ιουδαίᾳ. τίς ἐξ ὑμῶν ἐκ παντὸς τοῦ λαοῦ αὐτοῦ;
ἔσται Θεὸς αὐτοῦ μετ' αὐτοῦ, καὶ ἀναβήτω.
And when all these things were finished, all Israel that were found in the cities of Juda went out, and broke in pieces the pillars, and cut down the groves, and tore down the high places and the altars out of all Judea and Benjamin, also of Ephraim and Manasse, till they made an end: and all Israel returned, every one to his inheritance, and to their cities.
2 And Ezekias appointed the courses of the priests and the Levites, and the courses of each one according to his ministry, to the priests and to the Levites, for the whole-burnt-offering, and for the peace-offering, and to praise, and to give thanks, and to minister in the gates, and in the courts of the house of the Lord.
3 And the king’s proportion out of his substance was appointed for the whole-burnt-offerings, the morning and the evening one, and the whole-burnt-offerings for the sabbaths, and for the new moons, and for the feasts that were ordered in the law of the Lord.
4 And they told the people who dwelt in Jerusalem, to give the portion of the priests and the Levites, that they might be strong in the ministry of the house of the Lord.
5 And as he gave the command, Israel brought abundantly first-fruits of corn, and wine, and oil, and honey, and every fruit of the field: and the children of Israel and Juda brought tithes of everything abundantly.
6 And they that dwelt in the cities of Juda themselves also brought tithes of calves and sheep, and tithes of goats, and consecrated them to the Lord their God, and they brought them and laid them in heaps.
7 In the third month the heaps began to be piled, and in the seventh month they were finished.
8 And Ezekias and the princes came and saw the heaps, and blessed the Lord, and his people Israel.
9 Then Ezekias enquired of the priests and the Levites concerning the heaps.
10 And Azarias the priest, the chief over the house of Sadoc, spoke to him, and said, From the time that the first-fruits began to be brought into the house of the Lord, we have eaten and drunk, and left even abundantly; for the Lord has blessed his people, and we have left to this amount.
11 And Ezekias told them yet farther to prepare chambers for the house of the Lord; and they prepared them,
12 and they brought thither the first-fruits and the tithes faithfully: and Chonenias the Levite was superintendent over them, and Semei his brother was next.
13 and Jeiel, and Ozias, and Naeth, and Asael, and Jerimoth, and Jozabad, and Eliel, and Samachia, and Maath, and Banaias, and his sons, were appointed by Chonenias and Semei his brother, as Ezekias the king, and Azarias who was over the house of the Lord commanded.
14 And Core, the son of Jemna the Levite, the porter eastward, was over the gifts, to distribute the first-fruits of the Lord, and the most holy things,
15 by the hand of Odom, and Benjamin, and Jesus, and Semei, and Amarias, and Sechonias, by the hand of the priests faithfully, to give to their brethren according to the courses, as well to great as small;
16 besides the increase of males from three years old and upward, to every one entering into the house of the Lord, a portion according to a daily rate, for service in the daily courses of their order.
17 This is the distribution of the priests according to the houses of their families; and the Levites in their daily courses from twenty years old and upward were in their order,
18 to assign stations for all the increase of their sons and their daughters, for the whole number: for they faithfully sanctified the holy place.
19 As for the sons of Aaron that executed the priests’ office, —even those from their cities the men in each several city who were named expressly, —were appointed to give a portion to every male among the priests, and to every one reckoned among the Levites.
20 And Ezekias did so through all Juda, and did that which was good and right before the Lord his God.
21 And in every work which he began in service in the house of the Lord, and in the law, and in the ordinances, he sought his God with all his soul, and wrought, and prospered.
And after these things and this faithful dealing, came Sennacherim king of the Assyrians, and he came to Juda, and encamped against the fortified cities, and intended to take them for himself.
2 And Ezekias saw that Sennacherim was come, and that his face was set to fight against Jerusalem.
3 And he took counsel with his elders and his mighty men to stop the wells of water which were without the city: and they helped him.
4 And he collected many people, and stopped the wells of water, and the river that flowed through the city, saying, Lest the king of Assyria come, and find much water, and strengthen himself.
5 And Ezekias strengthened himself, and built all the wall that had been pulled down, and the towers, and another wall in front without, and fortified the strong place of the city of David, and prepared arms in abundance.
6 And he appointed captains of war over the people, and they were gathered to meet him to the open place of the gate of the valley, and he encouraged them, saying,
7 Be strong and courageous, and fear not, neither be dismayed before the King of Assyria, and before all the nation that is with him: for there are more with us than with him.
8 With him are arms of flesh; but with us is the Lord our God to save us, and to fight our battle. And the people were encouraged at the words of Ezekias king of Juda.
9 And afterward Sennacherim king of the Assyrians sent his servants to Jerusalem; and he went himself against Lachis, and all his army with him, and sent to Ezekias king of Juda, and to all Juda that was in Jerusalem, saying,
10 Thus says Sennacherim king of the Assyrians, On what do ye trust, that ye will remain in the siege in Jerusalem?
11 Does not Ezekias deceive you, to deliver you to death and famine and thirst, saying, The Lord our God will deliver us out of the hand of the king of Assyria?
12 Is not this Ezekias who has taken down his altars and his high places and has spoken to Juda and the dwellers in Jerusalem, saying, Ye shall worship before this altar and burn incense upon it?
13 Know ye not what I and my fathers have done to all the nations of the countries? Could the gods of the nations of all the earth at all rescue their people out of my hand?
14 Who is there among all the gods of those nations whom my fathers utterly destroyed, worthy of trust? Could they deliver their people out of my hand, that your God should deliver you out of my hand?
15 Now then, let not Ezekias deceive you, and let him not make you thus confident, and believe him not: for no god of any kingdom or nation is at all able to deliver his people out of my hand, or the hand of my fathers: therefore your God shall not deliver you out of my hand.
16 And his servants continued to speak against the Lord God, and against his servant Ezekias.
17 And he wrote a letter to reproach the Lord God of Israel, and spoke concerning him, saying, As the gods of the nations of the earth have not delivered their people out of my hand, so the God of Ezekias shall by no means deliver his people out of my hand.
18 And he cried with a loud voice in the Jews’ language to the people of Jerusalem on the wall, calling them to assist them, and pull down the walls, that they might take the city.
19 And he spoke against the God of Jerusalem, even as against the gods of the nations of the earth, the works of the hands of men.
20 And king Ezekias and Esaias the prophet the son of Amos prayed concerning these things, and they cried to heaven.
21 And the Lord sent an angel, and he destroyed every mighty man and warrior, and leader and captain in the camp of the king of Assyria: and he returned with shame of face to his own land and came into the house of his god: and some of them that came out of his bowels slew him with the sword.
22 So the Lord delivered Ezekias and the dwellers in Jerusalem out of the hand of Sennacherim King of Assyria, and out of the hand of all his enemies, and gave them rest round about.
23 And many brought gifts to the Lord to Jerusalem, and presents to Ezekias king of Juda; and he was exalted in the eyes of all the nations after these things.
24 In those days Ezekias was sick even to death, and prayed to the Lord: and he hearkened to him, and gave him a sign.
25 But Ezekias did not recompense the Lord according to the return which he made him, but his heart was lifted up: and wrath came upon him, and upon Juda and Jerusalem.
26 And Ezekias humbled himself after the exaltation of his heart, he and the dwellers in Jerusalem; and the wrath of the Lord did not come upon them in the days of Ezekias.
27 And Ezekias had wealth and very great glory: and he made for himself treasuries of gold, and silver, and precious stones, also for spices, and stores for arms, and for precious vessels;
28 and cities for the produce of corn, and wine, and oil; and stalls and mangers for every kind of cattle, and folds for flocks;
29 and cities which he built for himself, and store of sheep and oxen in abundance, for the Lord gave him a very great store.
30 The same Ezekias stopped up the course of the water of Gion above, and brought the water down straight south of the city of David. And Ezekias prospered in all his works.
31 Notwithstanding, in regard to the ambassadors of the princes of Babylon, who were sent to him to enquire of him concerning the prodigy which came upon the land, the Lord left him, to try him, to know what was in his heart.
32 And the rest of the acts of Ezekias, and his kindness, behold, they are written in the prophecy of Esaias the son of Amos the prophet, and in the book of the kings of Juda and Israel.
33 And Ezekias slept with his fathers, and they buried him in a high place among the sepulchres of the sons of David: and all Juda and the dwellers in Jerusalem gave him glory and honour at his death. And Manasses his son reigned in his stead.
Manasses was twelve years old when he began to reign, and he reigned fifty-five years in Jerusalem.
2 And he did that which was evil in the sight of the Lord, according to all the abominations of the heathen, whom the Lord destroyed from before the face of the children of Israel.
3 And he returned and built the high places, which his father Ezekias had pulled down, and set up images to Baalim, and made groves, and worshipped all the host of heaven, and served them.
4 And he built altars in the house of the Lord, concerning which the Lord said, In Jerusalem shall be my name for ever.
5 And he built altars to all the host of heaven in the two courts of the house of the Lord.
6 He also passed his children through the fire in the valley of Benennom; and he divined, and used auspices, and sorceries, and appointed those who had divining spirits, and enchanters, and wrought abundant wickedness before the Lord, to provoke him.
7 And he set the graven image, the molten statue, the idol which he made, in the house of God, of which God had said to David and to Solomon his son, In this house, and Jerusalem, which I have chosen out of all the tribes of Israel, I will put my name for ever;
8 and I will not again remove the foot of Israel from the land which I gave to their fathers, if only they will take heed to do all things which I have commanded them, according to all the law and the ordinances and the judgments given by the hand of Moses.
9 So Manasses led astray Juda and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, to do evil beyond all the nations which the Lord cast out from before the children of Israel.
10 And the Lord spoke to Manasses, and to his people: but they hearkened not.
11 And the Lord brought upon them the captains of the host of the king of Assyria, and they took Manasses in bonds, and bound him in fetters, and brought him to Babylon.
12 And when he was afflicted, he sought the face of the Lord his God, and was greatly humbled before the face of the God of his fathers;
13 and he prayed to him: and he hearkened to him, and listened to his cry, and brought him back to Jerusalem to his kingdom: and Manasses knew that the Lord he is God.
14 And afterward he built a wall without the city of David, from the southwest southward in the valleys and at the entrance through the fish-gate, as men go out by the gate round about, even as far as Opel: and he raised it much, and set captains of the host in all the fortified cities in Juda.
15 And he removed the strange gods, and the graven image out of the house of the Lord, and all the altars which he had built in the mount of the house of the Lord, and in Jerusalem, and without the city.
16 And he repaired the altar of the Lord, and offered upon it a sacrifice of peace-offering and thank-offering, and he told Juda to serve the Lord God of Israel.
17 Nevertheless the people still sacrificed on the high places, only to the Lord their God.
18 And the rest of the acts of Manasses, and his prayer to God, and the words of the seers that spoke to him in the name of the God of Israel,
19 behold, they are in the account of his prayer; and God hearkened to him. And all his sins, and his backslidings, and the spots on which he built the high places, and set there groves and graven images, before he repented, behold, they are written in the books of the seers.
20 And Manasses slept with his fathers, and they buried him in the garden of his house: and Amon his son reigned in his stead.
21 Amon was twenty and two years old when he began to reign, and he reigned two years in Jerusalem.
22 And he did that which was evil in the sight of the Lord, as his father Manasses did: and Amon sacrificed to all the idols which his father Manasses had made, and served them.
23 And he was not humbled before the Lord as his father Manasses was humbled; for his son Amon abounded in transgression.
24 And his servants conspired against him, and slew him in his house.
25 And the people of the land slew the men who had conspired against king Amon; and the people of the land made Josias his son king in his stead.
Josias was eight years old when he began to reign, and he reigned thirty-one years in Jerusalem.
2 And he did that which was right in the sight of the Lord, and walked in the ways of his father David, and turned not aside to the right hand or to the left.
3 And in the eighth year of his reign, and he being yet a youth, he began to seek the Lord God of his father David: and in the twelfth year of his reign he began to purge Juda and Jerusalem from the high places, and the groves, and the ornaments for the altars, and the molten images.
4 And he pulled down the altars of Baalim that were before his face, and the high places that were above them; and he cut down the groves, and the graven images, and broke in pieces the molten images, and reduced them to powder, and cast it upon the surface of the tombs of those who had sacrificed to them.
5 And he burnt the bones of the priests upon the altars, and purged Juda and Jerusalem.
6 And he did so in the cities of Manasse, and Ephraim, and Symeon, and Nephthali, and the places round about them.
7 And he pulled down the altars and the groves, and he cut the idols in small pieces, and cut off all the high places from all the land of Israel, and returned to Jerusalem.
8 And in the eighteenth year of his reign, after having cleansed the land, and the house, he sent Saphan the son of Ezelias, and Maasa prefect of the city, and Juach son of Joachaz his recorder, to repair the house of the Lord his God.
9 And they came to Chelcias the high priest, and gave the money that was brought into the house of God, which the Levites who kept the gate collected of the hand of Manasse and Ephraim, and of the princes, and of every one that was left in Israel, and of the children of Juda and Benjamin, and of the dwellers in Jerusalem.
10 And they gave it into the hand of the workmen, who were appointed in the house of the Lord, and they gave it to the workmen who wrought in the house of the Lord, to repair and strengthen the house.
11 They gave it also to the carpenters and builders, to buy squared stones, and timber for beams to cover the houses which the kings of Juda had destroyed.
12 And the men were faithfully engaged in the works: and over them were superintendents, Jeth and Abdias, Levites of the sons of Merari, and Zacharias and Mosollam, of the sons of Caath, appointed to oversee; and every Levite, and every one that understood how to play on musical instruments.
13 And overseers were over the burden-bearers, and over all the workmen in the respective works; and of the Levites were appointed scribes, and judges, and porters.
14 And when they brought forth the money that had been brought into the house of the Lord, Chelcias the priest found a book of the law of the Lord given by the hand of Moses.
15 And Chelcias answered and said to Saphan the scribe, I have found a book of the law in the house of the Lord. And Chelcias gave the book to Saphan.
16 And Saphan brought in the book to the king, and moreover gave an account to the king, saying, This is all the money given into the hand of thy servants that work.
17 And they have collected the money that was found in the house of the Lord, and given it into the hand of the overseers, and into the hand of them that do the work.
18 And Saphan the scribe brought word to the king, saying, Chelcias the priest has given me a book. And Saphan read it before the king.
19 And it came to pass, when the king heard the words of the law, that he rent his garments.
20 And the king commanded Chelcias, and Achicam the son of Saphan, and Abdom the son of Michaias, and Saphan the scribe, and Asia the servant of the king, saying,
21 Go, enquire of the Lord for me, and for every one that is left in Israel and Juda, concerning the words of the book that is found: for great is the wrath of the Lord which has been kindled amongst us, because our fathers have not hearkened to the words of the Lord, to do according to all the things written in this book.
22 And Chelcias went, and the others whom the king told, to Olda the prophetess, the wife of Sellem son of Thecoe, son of Aras, who kept the commandments; and she dwelt in Jerusalem in the second quarter: and they spoke to her accordingly.
23 And she said to them, Thus has the Lord God of Israel said, Tell the man who sent you to me,
24 Thus saith the Lord, Behold, I bring evil upon this place, even all the words that are written in the book that was read before the king of Juda:
25 because they have forsaken me, and burnt incense to strange gods, that they might provoke me by all the works of their hands; and my wrath is kindled against this place, and it shall not be quenched.
26 And concerning the king of Juda, who sent you to seek the Lord, —thus shall ye say to him, Thus saith the Lord God of Israel, As for the words which thou has heard,
27 forasmuch as thy heart was ashamed, and thou was humbled before me when thou heardest my words against this place, and against the inhabitants of it, and thou wast humbled before me, and didst rend thy garments, and didst weep before me; I also have heard, saith the Lord.
28 Behold, I will gather thee to thy fathers, and thou shalt be gathered to thy grave in peace, and thine eyes shall not look upon all the evils which I am bringing upon this place, and upon the inhabitants of it. And they brought back word to the king.
29 And the king sent and gathered the elders of Juda and Jerusalem.
30 And the king went up to the house of the Lord, he and all Juda, and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and the priests, and the Levites, and all the people great and small: and he read in their ears all the words of the book of the covenant that were found in the house of the Lord.
31 And the king stood at a pillar, and made a covenant before the Lord, to walk before the Lord, to keep his commandments and testimonies, and his ordinances, with all his heart and with all his soul, so as to perform the words of the covenant that were written in this book.
32 And he caused all that were found in Jerusalem and Benjamin to stand; and the inhabitants of Jerusalem made a covenant in the house of the Lord God of their fathers.
33 And Josias removed all the abominations out of the whole land which belonged to the children of Israel, and caused all that were found in Jerusalem and in Israel, to serve the Lord their God all his days: he departed not from following the Lord God of his fathers.
And Josias kept a passover to the Lord his God; and sacrificed the passover on the fourteenth day of the first month.
2 And he appointed the priests at their charges, and encouraged them for the services of the house of the Lord.
3 And he told the Levites that were able to act in all Israel, that they should consecrate themselves to the Lord: and they put the holy ark in the house which Solomon the son of David king of Israel built: and the king said, Ye must not carry anything on your shoulders: now then minister to the Lord your God, and to his people Israel.
4 And prepare yourselves according to the houses of your families, and according to your daily courses, according to the writing of David king of Israel, and the order by the hand of his son Solomon.
5 And stand ye in the house according to the divisions of the houses of your families for your brethren the sons of the people; so also let there be for the Levites a division of the house of their family.
6 And kill ye the passover, and prepare it for your brethren, to do according to the word of the Lord, by the hand of Moses.
7 And Josias gave as an offering to the children of the people, sheep, and lambs, and kids of the young of the goats, all for the passover, even for all that were found, in number amounting to thirty thousand, and three thousand calves, these were of the substance of the king.
8 And his princes gave an offering to the people, and to the priests, and to the Levites: and Chelcias and Zacharias and Jeiel the chief men gave to the priests of the house of God, they even gave for the passover sheep, and lambs, and kids, two thousand six hundred, and three hundred calves.
9 And Chonenias, and Banaeas, and Samaeas, and Nathanael his brother, and Asabias, and Jeiel, and Jozabad, heads of the Levites, gave an offering to the Levites for the passover, of five thousand sheep and five hundred calves.
10 And the service was duly ordered, and the priests stood in their place, and the Levites in their divisions, according to the command of the king.
11 And they slew the passover, and the priests sprinkled the blood from their hand, and the Levites flayed the victims.
12 And they prepared the whole-burnt-offering to give to them, according to the division by the houses of families, even to the sons of the people, to offer to the Lord, as it is written in the book of Moses. And thus they did till the morning.
13 And they roasted the passover with fire according to the ordinance; and boiled the holy pieces in copper vessels and caldrons, and the feast went on well, and they quickly served all the children of the people.
14 And after they had prepared for themselves and for the priests, for the priests were engaged in offering the whole-burnt-offerings and the fat until night, then the Levites prepared for themselves, and for their brethren the sons of Aaron.
15 And the sons of Asaph the psalm-singers were at their post according to the commands of David, and Asaph, and Æman, and Idithom, the prophets of the king: also, the chiefs and the porters of the several gates; —it was not for them to stir from the service of the holy things, for their brethren the Levites prepared for them.
16 So all the service of the Lord was duly ordered and prepared in that day, for keeping the passover, and offering the whole-burnt-sacrifices on the altar of the Lord, according to the command of king Josias.
17 And the children of Israel that were present kept the passover at that time, and the feast of unleavened bread seven days.
18 And there was no passover like it in Israel from the days of Samuel the prophet, or any king of Israel: they kept not such a passover as Josias, and the priests, and the Levites, and all Juda and Israel that were present, and the dwellers in Jerusalem, kept to the Lord.
19 In the eighteenth year of the reign of Josias this passover was kept,
19a And those who had in them a divining spirit, and the wizards, and the images, and the idols, and the sodomites which were in the land of Juda and in Jerusalem, that he might confirm the words of the law that were written in the book which Chelcias the priest found in the house of the Lord.
19b There was no king like him before him, who turned to the Lord with all his heart, and all his soul, and all his strength, according to all the law of Moses, and after him there rose up none like him.
19c Nevertheless the Lord turned not from the anger of his fierce wrath, wherewith the Lord was greatly angry against Juda, for all the provocations wherewith Manasses provoked him:
19d and the Lord said, I will even remove Juda also from my presence, as I have removed Israel, and I have rejected the city which I chose, even Jerusalem, and thehouse of which I said, My name shall be there.
20 And Pharao Nechao king of Egypt went up against the king of the Assyrians to the river Euphrates, and king Josias went to meet him.
21 And he sent messengers to him, saying, What have I to do with thee, O king of Juda? I am not come to-day to war against thee; and God has told me to hasten: beware of the God that is with me, lest he destroy thee.
22 However, Josias turned not his face from him, but strengthened himself to fight against him, and hearkened not to the words of Nechao by the mouth of God, and he came to fight in the plain of Mageddo.
23 And the archers shot at king Josias; and the king said to his servants, Take me away, for I am severely wounded.
24 And his servants lifted him out of the chariot, and put him in the second chariot which he had, and brought him to Jerusalem; and he died, and was buried with his fathers: and all Juda and Jerusalem lamented over Josias.
25 And Jeremias mourned over Josias, and all the chief men and chief women uttered a lamentation over Josias until this day: and they made it an ordinance for Israel, and, behold, it is written in the lamentations.
26 And the rest of the acts of Josias, and his hope, are written in the law of the Lord.
27 And his acts, the first and the last, behold, they are written in the book of the kings of Israel and Judah.
And the people of the land took Joachaz the son of Josias, and anointed him, and made him king over Jerusalem in the room of his father.
2 Joachaz was twenty-three years old when he began to reign, and he reigned three months in Jerusalem:
2a and his mother’s name was Amital, daughter of Jeremias of Lobna.
2b And he did that which was evil in the sight of the Lord, according to all that his fathers had done.
2c And Pharao Nechao bound him in Deblatha in the land of Æmath, that he might not reign in Jerusalem.
3 And the king brought him over to Egypt; and imposed a tribute on the land, a hundred talents of silver and a talent of gold.
4 And Pharao Nechao made Eliakim the son of Josias king over Juda in the room of his father Josias, and changed his name to Joakim. And Pharao Nechao took his brother Joachaz and brought him into Egypt, and he died there:
4a but he had given the silver and gold to Pharao. At that time the land began to be taxed to give the money at the command of Pharao; and every one as he could borrowed the silver and the gold of the people of the land, to give to Pharao Nechao.
5 Joachim was twenty-five years old when he began to reign, and he reigned eleven years in Jerusalem: and his mother’s name was Zechora, daughter of Nerias of Rama. And he did that which was evil in the sight of the Lord, according to all that his fathers did.
5a In his days came Nabuchodonosor king of Babylon into the land, and he served him three years, and then revolted from him.
5b And the Lord sent against them the Chaldeans, and plundering parties of Syrians, and plundering parties of the Moabites, and of the children of Ammon, and of Samaria; but after this they departed, according to the word of the Lord by the hand of his servants the prophets.
5c Nevertheless the wrath of the Lord was upon Juda, so that they should be removed from his presence, because of the sins of Manasses in all that he did, and for the innocent blood which Joakim shed, for he had filled Jerusalem with innocent blood; yet the Lord would not utterly destroy them.
6 And Nabuchodonosor king of Babylon came up against him, and bound him with brazen fetters, and carried him away to Babylon.
7 And he carried away a part of the vessels of the house of the Lord to Babylon, and put them in his temple in Babylon.
8 And the rest of the acts of Joakim, and all that he did, behold, are not these things written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Juda? And Joakim slept with his fathers, and was buried with his fathers in Ganozae: and Jechonias his son reigned in his stead.
9 Jechonias was eight years old when he began to reign, and he reigned three months and ten days in Jerusalem, and did that which was evil in the sight of the Lord.
10 And at the turn of the year, king Nabuchodonosor sent, and brought him to Babylon, with the precious vessels of the house of the Lord, and made Sedekias his father’s brother king over Juda and Jerusalem.
11 Sedekias was twenty-one years old when he began to reign, and be reigned eleven years in Jerusalem.
12 And he did that which was evil in the sight of the Lord his God: he was not ashamed before the prophet Jeremias, nor because of the word of the Lord;
13 in that he rebelled against king Nabuchodonosor, which he adjured him by God not to do: but he stiffened his neck, and hardened his heart, so as not to return to the Lord God of Israel.
14 And all the great men of Juda, and the priests, and the people of the land transgressed abundantly in the abominations of the heathen, and polluted the house of the Lord which was in Jerusalem.
15 And the Lord God of their fathers sent by the hand of his prophets; rising early and sending his messengers, for he spared his people, and his sanctuary.
16 Nevertheless they sneered at his messengers, and set at nought his words, and mocked his prophets, until the wrath of the Lord rose up against his people, till there was no remedy.
17 And he brought against them the king of the Chaldeans, and slew their young men with the sword in the house of his sanctuary, and did not spare Sedekias, and had no mercy upon their virgins, and they led away their old men: he delivered all things into their hands.
18 And all the vessels of the house of God, the great and the small, and the treasures of the house of the Lord, and all the treasures of the king and the great men; he brought all to Babylon.
19 And he burnt the house of the Lord, and broke down the wall of Jerusalem, and burnt its palaces with fire, and utterly destroyed every beautiful vessel.
20 And he carried away the remnant to Babylon; and they were servants to him and to his sons until the establishment of the kingdom of the Medes.
21 That the word of the Lord by the mouth of Jeremias might be fulfilled, until the land should enjoy its sabbaths in resting and sabbath keeping all the days of its desolation, till the accomplishment of seventy years.
22 In the first year of Cyrus king of the Persians, after the fulfillment of the word of the Lord by the mouth of Jeremias, the Lord stirred up the spirit of Cyrus king of the Persians, and told him to make proclamation in writing throughout all his kingdom, saying,
23 Thus says Cyrus king of the Persians to all the
kingdoms of the earth, The Lord God of heaven has given me power, and he
has commanded me to build a house to him in Jerusalem, in Judea. Who is
there of you of all his people? His God shall be with him, and let him