Thomson(i) 1 And when all this was finished, all Israel who were present went out through the cities of Juda, and broke in pieces the pillars, and cut down the arbours, and demolished the high places, and the mounts, throughout all Judea and Benjamin, and out of all Ephraim and Manasses, till they were utterly destroyed. Then all Israel returned, every one to his possession and to their cities. 2 And Ezekias re-established the courses of the priests, and of the Levites and the courses of each individual among the priests and the Levites, "according to his particular service for the burnt offerings, and for the sacrifices of thanksgiving, and to praise and give thanks, and to attend at the gates in the courts of the house of the Lord. 3 And the king assigned a part of his substance for the morning and evening whole burnt offerings, and for the whole burnt offerings on the sabbaths, and at the new moons, and at the festivals prescribed in the law of the Lord. 4 And the people who dwelt in Jerusalem were ordered to give the portion which belonged to the priests and the Levites, that they might be enabled to attend to the service of the house of the Lord. 5 And soon as he published the order, Israel brought, in abundance, dedications of corn and wine, and oil and honey. Both the children of Israel and of Juda, brought abundantly the productions of the field, and all the tythes. 6 And they who dwelt in the cities of Juda brought the tythe of cattle and sheep, and the tythe of goats, and dedicated them to the Lord their God. And what they brought was stored up in heaps. 7 The heaping was begun in the third month and finished in the seventh. 8 And when Ezekias came with the chiefs, and saw the heaps, they blessed the Lord and his people Israel. 9 Then Ezekias questioned the priests and the Levites, touching the heaps; 10 and Azarias the priest, the head of the house of Sadok, answered him and said, From the time the dedications began to be brought to the house of the Lord, we have eaten and drunk, and left in great abundance. Because the Lord hath blessed his people, therefore we have this great superabundance left. 11 Thereupon Ezekias ordered them to prepare store houses for the house of the Lord. And when they had prepared them, 12 they stored up therein the dedications and the tythes for a common stock. And over them Chonenias the Levite, was overseer, and his brother Semei was his deputy. 13 And Jeiel and Ozias, and Naeth and Asuel, and Jerimoth and Jozabad, and Eliel and Samachia, and Maath and Banaias, with his sons, were appointed store keepers, by Chonenias and his brother Semei, as Ezekias the king and Azarias the ruler of the house of the Lord commanded 14 And Kore, the son of Jemna the Levite, the keeper of the eastern gate, was over the free will offerings, to distribute by the agency of Edom, the oblations to the Lord, and the most holy things. 15 And Benjamin and Jesus, and Semei and Amarias, and Sechonias, were, by the agency of trusty priests, to distribute to their brethren, according to their courses, both to great and small, excepting infants, 16 to every male from three years old and upwards; to every one who went into the house of the Lord, a stated portion every day for the service in the courses of their appointment; 17 this being the enrollment of the priests according to their genealogy: but to the Levites, who in their courses were enrolled from twenty years old and upwards, 18 distribution was to be made to the whole multitude, including infants, both male and female, because they had faithfully purified the sanctuary. 19 And of the Aaronites, who officiated as priests, there were some men of their cities, expressly nominated in every city, to distribute a portion to every male among the priests, and to every one numbered among the Levites. 20 Thus did Ezekias through all Juda, and he did what was right in the sight of the Lord his God. 21 And in every work which he undertook in the service of the house of the Lord, and in the law and in the statutes, he sought his God with his whole heart, and did it and prospered.