Great(i) 1 And Hezekia sent to all Israell and Iuda, and wrote letters to Ephraim & Manasse, that they shulde come to the house of the Lorde at Ierusalem, and offer Passeouer vnto the Lord God of Israel. 2 And the kynge helde a councell with his Lordes and all the congregacion of Ierusalem to kepe the feast of Passeouer in the seconde moneth. 3 For they coulde not kepe it at that tyme: because the prestes were not sanctifyed sufficiently, nether was the people gathered together to Ierusalem. 4 And the thynge pleased the kynge and al the congregacion. 5 And they decreed that it shulde be proclaymed thorowe out all Israel from Bersabe to Dan, that they shulde come, & holde the feast of Passeouer vnto the Lord God of Israel at Ierusalem: for they had not done it of a greate season as they shuld haue done by the lawe. 6 So the postes wente with letters of the hande of the kyng, & of his Lordes thorowe out all Israell and Iuda: & at the commaundement of the kynge they sayd: Ye children of Israel, turne agayne vnto the Lord God of Abraham, Isahac & Israel, and let euery one returne to the remnaunt that are escaped you out of the hande of the kynges of Assur. 7 And be not ye lyke your fathers, & your brethren which trespaced agaynst the Lorde God of theyr fathers, which gaue them vp to be destroyed, as ye se. 8 And nowe be not ye stiffenecked, lyke as were your fathers, but yelde your selues vnto the Lorde, & entre into his holy place, which he hath sanctified for euer and serue the Lorde your God, & the fearcenesse of his wrath shal turne awaye from you. 9 For yf ye turne agayne vnto the Lord, then shall your brethren and your children fynde compassion in the presence of them that toke them captyue, and they shall come agayne vnto this land: for the Lord your God is gracious & mercyfull and wil not turne awaye his face from you, yf ye conuerte vnto hym. 10 And so the postes went from cytie to cytie in the lande of Ephraim & Manasse, euen vnto Zabulon. But they laughed them to skorne & mocked them. 11 Neuerthelesse, yet dyuerse of Asser, Manasse and of Zabulon submytted them selues, and came to Ierusalem. 12 And the hande of God was in Iuda, so that he gaue them one hert, to do the commaundement of the kyng and of the rulers, accordyng to the worde of the Lorde. 13 And there assembled to Ierusalem moch people, and there was present a myghtye great congregacion, to holde the feast of swete bread in the second moneth. 14 And they arose, & remoued the aulters that were in Ierusalem. And all the vessels of incense dyd they awaye, and cast them into the broke Cedron. 15 And they slue Passeouer the fourtenth daye of the second moneth. And the preastes and Leuites. which were ashamed, sanctifyed them selues, and brought in the burnt offerynges into the house of the Lorde. 16 And they stode in theyr offyce after theyr maner, and accordynge to the lawe of Moses the man of God. And the preastes sprinkled the bloude, which they receaued of the hande of the Leuites. 17 For there were many in the congregacion, that were not sanctifyed: & the Leuites dyd sley Passeouer for al that were not cleane, & that myght not execute the holy worke of the Lorde. 18 For many of the people, and very many: out of Ephraim, Manasse, Isakar and Zabulon were not cleansed, & yet dyd eate Passeouer agaynst the lawe apoynted. Wherfore Hezekia prayed for them, and sayd: the good Lorde 19 be mercyful vnto them: For he set hys whole hert, to seke the Lorde God euen the God of his fathers: but all the other dyd not so accordyng to vnfayned holynesse. 20 And the Lorde hearde Hezekia, and healed the people. 21 And the chyldren of Israel that were present at Ierusalem, helde the feast of swete bread seuen dayes with great gladnesse, and the Leuites and the preastes praysed, and magnifyed the power of the Lorde daye by daye, vpon instrumentes. 22 And Hezekia spake hertely vnto all the Leuites that had vnderstandyng and were of a good mynde toward the Lorde. And they dyd eate thorowe out that feast, seuen dayes longe, & offered peaceofferynges, & thanked the Lorde God of theyr fathers. 23 And the hole assemble toke councell, to do so other seuen dayes, and they helde those seuen dayes with gladnesse. 24 For Hezekia kinge of Iuda toke out (from amonge his catel) for the congregacion, a thousande yonge oxen, and seuen thousande shepe. And the Lordes gaue out to the congregacion a thousande yonge oxen, and ten thousande shepe. And a greate nombre of the preasts were sanctifyed. 25 And all the congregacyon of Iuda wyth the preastes & Leuites, & al the congregacion that came out of Israel, and the straungers that came out of the lande of Israel, and that dwelt in Iuda, reioysed: 26 & there was great gladnesse in Ierusalem. For sence the tyme of Salomon the sonne of Dauid kynge of Israel there was no soche ioye in Ierusalem. 27 And the preastes and the Leuites arose, and blessed the people, and theyr voyce was hearde of the Lord, and theyr prayer came vp vnto heauen, his holy dwellynge place.