In the morning he went out and stood there. Then he said to all the people, “You are innocent. I conspired against my master and killed him. But who struck down all of these men?
He restored the border of Israel from Lebo Hamath in the north to the sea of the Arabah in the south, 1 in accordance with the word of the Lord God of Israel announced through 2 his servant Jonah son of Amittai, the prophet from Gath Hepher.
Your claim to have a strategy and military strength is just empty talk. 1 In whom are you trusting that you would dare to rebel against me?
I will add fifteen years to your life and rescue you and this city from the king of Assyria. I will shield this city for the sake of my reputation and because of my promise to David my servant.”’” 1
The Lord sent against him Babylonian, Syrian, Moabite, and Ammonite raiding bands; he sent them to destroy Judah, as he had warned he would do through his servants the prophets. 1
But Aaron and his descendants offered sacrifices on the altar for burnt offerings and on the altar for incense as they had been assigned to do in the most holy sanctuary. 1 They made atonement for Israel, just as God’s servant Moses had ordered. 2
Here are the divisions of the priests and Levites who will perform all the service of God’s temple. All the willing and skilled men are ready to assist you in all the work and perform their service. 1 The officials and all the people are ready to follow your instructions.” 2
The Lord has kept the promise he made. I have taken my father David’s place and have occupied the throne of Israel, as the Lord promised. I have built this temple for the honor of the Lord God of Israel
listen from heaven and make a just decision about your servants’ claims. Condemn the guilty party, declare the other innocent, and give both of them what they deserve. 1
then I will remove you 1 from my land I have given you, 2 I will abandon this temple I have consecrated with my presence, 3 and I will make you 4 an object of mockery and ridicule 5 among all the nations.
At that time Hanani the prophet 1 visited King Asa of Judah and said to him: “Because you relied on the king of Syria and did not rely on the Lord your God, the army of the king of Syria has escaped from your hand.
King Hezekiah 1 stationed the Levites in the Lord’s temple with cymbals and stringed instruments, just as David, Gad the king’s prophet, 2 and Nathan the prophet had ordered. (The Lord had actually given these orders through his prophets.)
Who among all the gods of these nations whom my predecessors annihilated was able to rescue his people from my power? 1
When the builders established the Lord’s temple, the priests, ceremonially attired and with their clarions, 1 and the Levites (the sons of Asaph) with their cymbals, stood to praise the Lord according to the instructions left by 2 King David of Israel. 3
Therefore let us enact 1 a covenant with our God to send away all these women and their offspring, in keeping with your counsel, my lord, 2 and that of those who respect 3 the commandments of our God. And let it be done according to the law.