31:5 When the edict was issued, 1 the Israelites freely contributed 2 the initial portion of their grain, wine, olive oil, honey, and all the produce of their fields. They brought a tenth of everything, which added up to a huge amount. 31:6 The Israelites and people of Judah 3 who lived in the cities of Judah also contributed a tenth of their cattle and sheep, as well as a tenth of the holy items consecrated to the Lord their God. They brought them and placed them in many heaps. 4 31:7 In the third month they began piling their contributions in heaps 5 and finished in the seventh month. 31:8 When Hezekiah and the officials came and saw the heaps, they praised the Lord and pronounced blessings on his people Israel. 6
31:9 When Hezekiah asked the priests and Levites about the heaps, 31:10 Azariah, the head priest from the family of Zadok, said to him, “Since the contributions began arriving in the Lord’s temple, we have had plenty to eat and have a large quantity left over. For the Lord has blessed his people, and this large amount remains.”
1 tn Heb “and when the word spread out.”
2 tn Heb “the sons of Israel multiplied.”
3 tn Heb “and the sons of Israel and Judah.”
4 tn Heb “heaps, heaps.” Repetition of the noun draws attention to the large number of heaps.
5 tn Heb “they began the heaps, to establish.”
6 tn Heb “they blessed the