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The Story So Far

(Category 13 of 16)

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CHAPTER 35 References

1 a2 Kin.
23:21, 22 bEx.
12:6; Num.
9:3; Ezra 6:19
2 a2 Chr.
23:18; Ezra
6:18 b2 Chr.
29:5–15
3 aDeut. 33:10;
2 Chr. 17:8, 9;
Neh. 8:7
b2 Chr. 34:14
cEx. 40:21;
2 Chr. 5:7
d1 Chr. 23:26
4 a1 Chr.
9:10–13 b1
Chr. 23—26
c2 Chr. 8:14
1households
5 aPs. 134:1
6 a2 Chr. 29:5,
15
7 a2 Chr. 30:24
b2 Chr. 31:3
8 aNum. 7:2
9 a2 Chr. 31:12
10 aEzra 6:18;
Heb. 9:6
b2 Chr. 5:12;
7:6; 8:14, 15;
13:10;
29:25–34
11 aEx. 12:22;
2 Chr. 29:22
b2 Chr. 29:34
12 aLev. 3:3;
Ezra 6:18
13 aEx. 12:8, 9;
Deut. 16:7

Josiah Keeps the Passover

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1 Now aJosiah kept a Passover to the LORD in Jerusalem, and they slaughtered the Passover lambs on the bfourteenth day of the first month.
2 And he set the priests in their aduties and bencouraged them for the service of the house of the LORD.
3 Then he said to the Levites awho taught all Israel, who were holy to the LORD: b“Put the holy ark cin the house which Solomon the son of David, king of Israel, built. dIt shall no longer be a burden on your shoulders. Now serve the LORD your God and His people Israel.
4 “Prepare yourselves aaccording to your fathers’ 1houses, according to your divisions, following the bwritten instruction of David king of Israel and the cwritten instruction of Solomon his son.
5 “And astand in the holy place according to the divisions of the fathers’ houses of your brethren the lay people, and according to the division of the father’s house of the Levites.
6 “So slaughter the Passover offerings, aconsecrate yourselves, and prepare them for your brethren, that they may do according to the word of the LORD by the hand of Moses.”
7 Then Josiah agave the lay people lambs and young goats from the flock, all for Passover offerings for all who were present, to the number of thirty thousand, as well as three thousand cattle; these were from the king’s bpossessions.
8 And his aleaders gave willingly to the people, to the priests, and to the Levites. Hilkiah, Zechariah, and Jehiel, rulers of the house of God, gave to the priests for the Passover offerings two thousand six hundred from the flock, and three hundred cattle.
9 Also aConaniah, his brothers Shemaiah and Nethanel, and Hashabiah and Jeiel and Jozabad, chief of the Levites, gave to the Levites for Passover offerings five thousand from the flock and five hundred cattle.
10 So the service was prepared, and the priests astood in their places, and the bLevites in their divisions, according to the king’s command.
11 And they slaughtered the Passover offerings; and the priests asprinkled the blood with their hands, while the Levites bskinned the animals.
12 Then they removed the burnt offerings that they might give them to the divisions of the fathers’ houses of the lay people, to offer to the LORD, as it is written ain the Book of Moses. And so they did with the cattle.
13 Also they aroasted the Passover

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offerings with fire according to the ordinance; but the other holy offerings they bboiled in pots, in caldrons, and in pans, and divided them quickly among all the lay people.
14 Then afterward they prepared portions for themselves and for the priests, because the priests, the sons of Aaron, were busy in offering burnt offerings and fat until night; therefore the Levites prepared portions for themselves and for the priests, the sons of Aaron.
15 And the singers, the sons of Asaph, were in their places, according to the acommand of David, Asaph, Heman, and Jeduthun the king’s seer. Also the gatekeepers bwere at each gate; they did not have to leave their position, because their brethren the Levites prepared portions for them.
16 So all the service of the LORD was prepared the same day, to keep the Passover and to offer burnt offerings on the altar of the LORD, according to the command of King Josiah.
17 And the children of Israel who were present kept the Passover at that time, and the Feast of aUnleavened Bread for seven days.
18 aThere had been no Passover kept in Israel like that since the days of Samuel the prophet; and none of the kings of Israel had kept such a Passover as Josiah kept, with the priests and the Levites, all Judah and Israel who were present, and the inhabitants of Jerusalem.
19 In the eighteenth year of the reign of Josiah this Passover was kept.

Josiah Dies in Battle

20 aAfter all this, when Josiah had prepared the temple, Necho king of Egypt came up to fight against bCarchemish by the Euphrates; and Josiah went out against him.
21 But he sent messengers to him, saying, “What have I to do with you, king of Judah? I have not come against you this day, but against the house with which I have war; for God commanded me to make haste. Refrain from meddling with God, who is with me, lest He destroy you.”
22 Nevertheless Josiah would not turn his face from him, but adisguised himself so that he might fight with him, and did not heed the words of Necho from the mouth of God. So he came to fight in the Valley of Megiddo.
23 And the archers shot King Josiah; and the king said to his servants, “Take me away, for I am severely wounded.”
24 aHis servants therefore took him out of that chariot and put him in the second chariot that he had, and they brought him to Jerusalem. So he died, and was buried in one of

13 b1 Sam.
2:13–15
15 a1 Chr.
25:1–6 b1 Chr.
9:17, 18
17 aEx. 12:15;
13:6; 2 Chr.
30:21
18 a2 Kin.
23:22, 23
20 a2 Kin.
23:29 bIs. 10:9;
Jer. 46:2
22 a1 Kin.
22:30; 2 Chr.
18:29
24 a2 Kin.
23:30 b1 Kin.
14:18; Zech.
12:11
25 aLam. 4:20
bJer. 22:10, 11
cMatt. 9:23
dJer. 22:20

CHAPTER 36 References

1 a2 Kin.
23:30–34
2 1MT Joahaz
4 1Lit. his 2MT
Joahaz
5 a2 Kin.
23:36, 37;
1 Chr. 3:15
b[Jer.
22:13–19] 6 a2 Kin. 24:1;
Hab. 1:6
b[Deut.
29:22–29];
2 Chr. 33:11;
Jer. 36:30
1chains
7 a2 Kin.
24:13; Dan.
1:1, 2
8 1Or Jeconiah
9 a2 Kin.
24:8–17 1Heb.
mss., LXX,
Syr. eighteen
and 2 Kin.
24:8
10 a2 Kin.
24:10–17
bDan. 1:1, 2

2 CHRONICLES 36:10

the tombs of his fathers. And ball Judah and Jerusalem mourned for Josiah.
25 Jeremiah also alamented for bJosiah. And to this day call the singing men and the singing women speak of Josiah in their lamentations. dThey made it a custom in Israel; and indeed they are written in the Laments.
26 Now the rest of the acts of Josiah and his goodness, according to what was written in the Law of the LORD,
27 and his deeds from first to last, indeed they are written in the book of the kings of Israel and Judah.

The Reign and Captivity of Jehoahaz

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1 Then athe people of the land took Jehoahaz the son of Josiah, and made him king in his father’s place in Jerusalem.
2 1Jehoahaz was twenty-three years old when he became king, and he reigned three months in Jerusalem.
3 Now the king of Egypt deposed him at Jerusalem; and he imposed on the land a tribute of one hundred talents of silver and a talent of gold.
4 Then the king of Egypt made 1Jehoahaz’s brother Eliakim king over Judah and Jerusalem, and changed his name to Jehoiakim. And Necho took 2Jehoahaz his brother and carried him off to Egypt.

The Reign and Captivity of Jehoiakim

5 aJehoiakim was twenty-five years old when he became king, and he reigned eleven years in Jerusalem. And he did bevil in the sight of the LORD his God.
6 aNebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came up against him, and bound him in 1bronze fetters to bcarry him off to Babylon.
7 aNebuchadnezzar also carried off some of the articles from the house of the LORD to Babylon, and put them in his temple at Babylon.
8 Now the rest of the acts of Jehoiakim, the abominations which he did, and what was found against him, indeed they are written in the book of the kings of Israel and Judah. Then 1Jehoiachin his son reigned in his place.

The Reign and Captivity of Jehoiachin

9 aJehoiachin was 1eight years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem three months and ten days. And he did evil in the sight of the LORD.
10 At the turn of the year aKing Nebuchadnezzar summoned him and took him to Babylon, bwith the costly articles from the house of the

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2 CHRONICLES 36:11

LORD, and made cZedekiah,1 2Jehoiakim’s brother, king over Judah and Jerusalem.

Zedekiah Reigns in Judah

11 aZedekiah was twenty-one years old when he became king, and he reigned eleven years in Jerusalem.
12 He did evil in the sight of the LORD his God, and adid not humble himself before Jeremiah the prophet, who spoke from the mouth of the LORD.
13 And he also arebelled against King Nebuchadnezzar, who had made him swear an oath by God; but he bstiffened his neck and hardened his heart against turning to the LORD God of Israel.
14 Moreover all the leaders of the priests and the people transgressed more and more, according to all the abominations of the nations, and defiled the house of the LORD which He had consecrated in Jerusalem.

The Fall of Jerusalem

15 aAnd the LORD God of their fathers sent warnings to them by His messengers, rising up early and sending them, because He had compassion on His people and on His dwelling place.
16 But athey mocked the messengers of God, bdespised His words, and cscoffed at His prophets, until the dwrath of the LORD arose against His people, till there was no remedy.
17 aTherefore He brought against them the king of the Chaldeans, who bkilled their young men with the sword in the house of their sanctuary, and had no compassion on young man or virgin, on the aged or

10 cJer. 37:1
1Or Mattaniah
2Lit. his
brother, 2
Kin. 24:17
11 aJer. 52:1
12 aJer. 21:3–7;
44:10
13 aEzek.
17:15 b2 Kin.
17:14
15 aJer. 7:13;
25:3, 4
16 aJer. 5:12,
13 b[Prov.
1:24–32] cJer.
38:6 dPs. 79:5
17 a2 Kin. 25:1
bPs. 74:20
18 a2 Kin.
25:13–15
19 a2 Kin. 25:9
20 a2 Kin.
25:11 bJer.
17:4; 27:7
21 aJer.
25:9–12;
27:6–8; 29:10
bLev. 26:34–43
cLev. 25:4, 5
22 aEzra 1:1–3
bJer. 29:10 cIs.
44:28; 45:1
23 aEzra 1:2, 3
1Temple

the weak; He gave them all into his hand.
18 aAnd all the articles from the house of God, great and small, the treasures of the house of the LORD, and the treasures of the king and of his leaders, all these he took to Babylon.
19 aThen they burned the house of God, broke down the wall of Jerusalem, burned all its palaces with fire, and destroyed all its precious possessions.
20 And athose who escaped from the sword he carried away to Babylon, bwhere they became servants to him and his sons until the rule of the kingdom of Persia,
21 to fulfill the word of the LORD by the mouth of aJeremiah, until the land bhad enjoyed her Sabbaths. As long as she lay desolate cshe kept Sabbath, to fulfill seventy years.

The Proclamation of Cyrus

22 aNow in the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, that the word of the LORD by the mouth of bJeremiah might be fulfilled, the LORD stirred up the spirit of cCyrus king of Persia, so that he made a proclamation throughout all his kingdom, and also put it in writing, saying,

23 aThus says Cyrus king of Persia: All the kingdoms of the earth the LORD God of heaven has given me. And He has commanded me to build Him a 1house at Jerusalem which is in Judah.Who is among you of all His people? May the LORD his God be with him, and let him go up!

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PSALM 80

Prayer for Israel’s Restoration

To the Chief Musician. aSet to 1“The Lilies.” A 2Testimony of Asaph. A Psalm.

1 GIVE ear, O Shepherd of Israel, aYou who lead Joseph blike a flock; You who dwell between the cherubim, cshine forth!
2 Before aEphraim, Benjamin, and Manasseh, Stir up Your strength, And come and save us!

3 aRestore us, O God; bCause Your face to shine, And we shall be saved!

4 O LORD God of hosts, aHow long will You be angry Against the prayer of Your people?
5 aYou have fed them with the bread of tears, And given them tears to drink in great measure.
6 You have made us a strife to our neighbors, And our enemies laugh among themselves.

7 Restore us, O God of hosts; Cause Your face to shine, And we shall be saved!

8 You have brought aa vine out of Egypt; bYou have cast out the 1nations, and planted it.

PSALM 80 References

title aPs. 45:
title 1Heb.
Shoshannim
2Heb. Eduth
1 a[Ex.
25:20–22];
1 Sam. 4:4;
2 Sam. 6:2
bPs. 77:20
cDeut. 33:2
2 aPs. 78:9, 67
3 aLam. 5:21
bNum. 6:25;
Ps. 4:6
4 aPs. 79:5
5 aPs. 42:3; Is.
30:20
8 a[Is. 5:1, 7];
Jer. 2:21;
Ezek. 15:6;
17:6; 19:10
bPs. 44:2; Acts
7:45 1Gentiles
10 aLev. 23:40
1Lit. cedars of
God
11 1The
Mediterranean
2The
Euphrates
12 aIs. 5:5;
Nah. 2:2
1walls or
fences
14 aIs. 63:15
15 a[Is. 49:5] 16 a[Ps. 39:11] 17 aPs. 89:21

9 You prepared room for it, And caused it to take deep root, And it filled the land.
10 The hills were covered with its shadow, And the 1mighty cedars with its aboughs.
11 She sent out her boughs to 1the Sea, And her branches to 2the River.

12 Why have You abroken down her 1hedges, So that all who pass by the way pluck her fruit?
13 The boar out of the woods uproots it, And the wild beast of the field devours it.

14 Return, we beseech You, O God of hosts; aLook down from heaven and see, And visit this vine
15 And the vineyard which Your right hand has planted, And the branch that You made strong afor Yourself.
16 It is burned with fire, it is cut down; aThey perish at the rebuke of Your countenance.
17 aLet Your hand be upon the man of Your right hand, Upon the son of man whom You made strong for Yourself.
18 Then we will not turn back from You; Revive us, and we will call upon Your name.

19 Restore us, O LORD God of hosts; Cause Your face to shine, And we shall be saved!

 
 

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