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2 Chronicles 30:1-6

Hezekiah Observes the Passover

30:1 Hezekiah sent messages throughout Israel and Judah; he even wrote letters to Ephraim and Manasseh, summoning them to come to the Lord’s temple in Jerusalem 1  and observe a Passover celebration for the Lord God of Israel. 30:2 The king, his officials, and the entire assembly in Jerusalem decided to observe the Passover in the second month. 30:3 They were unable to observe it at the regular 2  time because not enough priests had consecrated themselves and the people had not assembled in Jerusalem. 30:4 The proposal seemed appropriate to 3  the king and the entire assembly. 30:5 So they sent an edict 4  throughout Israel from Beer Sheba to Dan, summoning the people 5  to come and observe a Passover for the Lord God of Israel in Jerusalem, for they had not observed it on a nationwide scale as prescribed in the law. 6  30:6 Messengers 7  delivered the letters from the king and his officials throughout Israel and Judah.

This royal edict read: 8  “O Israelites, return to the Lord God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, so he may return 9  to you who have been spared from the kings of Assyria. 10 

1 map For location see Map5 B1; Map6 F3; Map7 E2; Map8 F2; Map10 B3; JP1 F4; JP2 F4; JP3 F4; JP4 F4.

2 tn Heb “at that time.”

3 tn Heb “and the thing was proper in the eyes of.”

4 tn Heb “and they caused to stand a word to cause a voice to pass through.”

5 tn The words “summoning the people” are supplied in the translation for stylistic reasons.

6 tn Heb “because not for abundance had they done as written.”

7 tn Heb “the runners.”

8 tn Heb “and according to the command of the king, saying.”

9 tn The jussive with vav conjunctive indicates purpose/result after the preceding imperative.

10 tn Heb “to the survivors who are left to you from the palm of the kings of Assyria.”

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