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CHRONICLES II / ΠΑΡΑΛΕΙΠΟΜΕΝΩΝ Β

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1 And Ezekias began to reign at the age of twenty-five years, and he reigned twenty-nine years in Jerusalem: and his mother’s name was Abia, daughter of Zacharias. 2 And he did that which was right in the sight of the Lord, according to all that his father David had done. 3 And it came to pass, when he was established over his kingdom, in the first month, he opened the doors of the house of the Lord, and repaired them. 4 And he brought in the priests and the Levites, and put them on the east side, 5 and said to them, Hear, ye Levites: now sanctify yourselves, and sanctify the house of the Lord God of your fathers, and cast out the impurity from the holy places. 6 For our father have revolted, and done that which was evil before the Lord our God, and have forsaken him, and have turned away their face from the tabernacle of the Lord, and have turned [their] back. 7 And they have shut up the doors of the temple, and put out the lamps, and have not burnt incense, and have not offered whole-burnt-offerings in the holy [place] to the God of Israel. 8 And the Lord was very angry with Juda and Jerusalem, and made them an astonishment, and a desolation, and a hissing, as ye see with your eyes. 9 And, behold, your fathers have been smitten with the sword, and your sons and your daughters and your wives are in captivity in a land not their own, as it is even now. 10 Therefore it is now in my heart to make a covenant, a covenant with the Lord God of Israel, that he may turn away his fierce wrath from us. 11 And now be not wanting [to your duty], for the Lord has chosen you to stand before him to minister, and to be ministers and burners of incense to him. 12 Then the Levites rose up, Maath the son of Amasi, and Joel the son of Azarias, of the sons of Caath: and of the sons of Merari, Kis the son of Abdi, and Azarias the son of Haelel: and of the sons of Gedsoni, Jodaad the son of Zemmath, and Joadam: these [were] the sons of Joacha. 13 And of the sons of Elisaphan; Zambri, and Jeiel: and of the sons of Asaph; Zacharias, and Matthanias: 14 and of the sons of Aeman; Jeiel, and Semei: and of the sons of Idithun; Samaisa, and Oziel. 15 And they gathered their brethren, and they purified themselves according to the king’s command by the order of the Lord, to purify the house of the Lord. 16 And the priests entered into the house of the Lord, to purify [it], and they cast out all the uncleanness that was found in the house of the Lord, even into the court of the house of the Lord: and the Levites received [it] to cast into the brook of Kedron without. 17 And [Ezekias] began on the first day, [even] on the new moon of the first month, to purify, and on the eighth day of the month they entered into the temple of the Lord: and they purified the house of the Lord in eight days; and on the thirteenth day of the first month they finished [the work]. 18 And they went in to king Ezekias, and said, We have purified all the things in the house of the Lord, the altar of whole-burnt-offering, and its vessels, and the table of shew-bread, and its vessels; 19 and all the vessels which king Achaz polluted in his reign, in his apostasy, we have prepared and purified: behold, they are before the altar of the Lord. 20 And kin Ezekias rose early in the morning, and gathered the chief men of the city, and went up to the house of the Lord. 21 And he brought seven calves, seven rams, seven lambs, seven kids of goats for a sin-offering, for the kingdom, and for the holy things, and for Israel: and he told the priests the sons of Aaron to go up to the altar of the Lord. 22 And they slew the calves, and the priests received the blood, and poured it on the altar: and they slew the rams, and poured the blood upon the altar: also they slew the lambs, and poured the blood round the altar. 23 And they brought the goats for a sin-offering before the king and the congregation; and laid their hands upon them. 24 And the priests slew them, and offered their blood as a propitiation on the altar; and they made atonement for all Israel: for the king said, The whole-burnt-offering, and the sin-offering [are] for all Israel. 25 And he stationed the Levites in the house of the Lord with cymbals, and lutes, and harps, according to the commandment of king David, and of Gad the king’s seer, and Nathan the prophet: for by the commandment of the Lord the order [was] in the hand of the prophets. 26 And the Levites stood with the instruments of David, and the priests with the trumpets. 27 And Ezekias told [them] to offer up the whole-burnt-offering on the altar: and when they began to offer the whole-burnt-offering, they began to sing to the Lord, and the trumpets [accompanied] the instrument of David king of Israel. 28 And all the congregation worshipped, and the psalm-singers [were] singing, and the trumpets sounding, until the whole-burnt-sacrifice had been completely offered. 29 And when they had done offering [it], the king and all that were present bowed, and worshipped. 30 And king Ezekias and the princes told the Levites to sing hymns to the Lord in the words of David, and of Asaph the prophet: and they sang hymns with gladness, and fell down and worshipped. 31 Then Ezekias answered and said, Now ye have consecrated yourselves to the Lord, bring near and offer sacrifices of praise in the house of the Lord. And the congregation brought sacrifices and thank-offerings into the house of the Lord; and every one who was ready in his heart [brought] whole-burnt-offerings. 32 And the number of the whole-burnt-offerings which the congregation brought, was seventy calves, a hundred rams, two hundred lambs: all these [were] for a whole-burnt-offering to the Lord. 33 And the consecrated calves were six hundred, [and] the sheep three thousand. 34 But the priests were few, and could not flay the whole-burnt-offering, so their brethren the Levites helped them, until the work was finished, and until the priests had purified themselves: for the Levites [more] zealously purified [themselves] than the priests. 35 And the whole-burnt-offering [was] abundant, with the fat of the complete peace-offering, and the drink-offerings of the whole-burnt-sacrifice. So the service was established in the house of the Lord. 36 And Ezekias and all the people rejoiced, because God has prepared the people: for the thing was done suddenly. ΚΑΙ ᾿Εζεκίας ἐβασίλευσεν ὢν εἴκοσι καὶ πέντε ἐτῶν καὶ εἴκοσιν ἐννέα ἔτη ἐβασίλευσεν ἐν ῾Ιερουσαλήμ, καὶ ὄνομα τῇ μητρὶ αὐτοῦ ᾿Αββὰ θυγάτηρ Ζαχαρίου. 2 καὶ ἐποίησε τὸ εὐθὲς ἐνώπιον Κυρίου κατὰ πάντα, ὅσα ἐποίησε Δαυὶδ ὁ πατὴρ αὐτοῦ. 3 καὶ ἐγένετο ὡς ἔστη ἐπὶ τῆς βασιλείας αὐτοῦ, ἐν τῷ μηνὶ τῷ πρώτῳ ἀνέῳξε τὰς θύρας οἴκου Κυρίου καὶ ἐπεσκεύασεν αὐτάς. 4 καὶ εἰσήγαγε τοὺς ἱερεῖς καὶ τοὺς Λευίτας καὶ κατέστησεν αὐτοὺς εἰς τὸ κλῖτος τὸ πρὸς ἀνατολὰς καὶ εἶπεν αὐτοῖς· 5 ἀκούσατε, οἱ Λευῖται, νῦν ἁγνίσθητε καὶ ἁγνίσατε τὸν οἶκον Κυρίου Θεοῦ τῶν πατέρων ὑμῶν καὶ ἐκβάλετε τὴν ἀκαθαρσίαν ἐκ τῶν ἁγίων· 6 ὅτι ἀπέστησαν οἱ πατέρες ἡμῶν καὶ ἐποίησαν τὸ πονηρὸν ἐναντίον Κυρίου Θεοῦ ἡμῶν καὶ ἐγκατέλιπαν αὐτὸν καὶ ἀπέστρεψαν τὸ πρόσωπον αὐτῶν ἀπὸ τῆς σκηνῆς Κυρίου καὶ ἔδωκαν αὐχένα 7 καὶ ἀπέκλεισαν τὰς θύρας τοῦ ναοῦ καὶ ἔσβεσαν τοὺς λύχνους καὶ θυμίαμα οὐκ ἐθυμίασαν καὶ ὁλοκαυτώματα οὐ προσήνεγκαν ἐν τῷ ἁγίῳ Θεῷ ᾿Ισραήλ. 8 καὶ ὠργίσθη ὀργῇ Κύριος ἐπὶ τὸν ᾿Ιούδαν καὶ τὴν ῾Ιερουσαλὴμ καὶ ἔδωκεν αὐτοὺς εἰς ἔκστασιν καὶ εἰς ἀφανισμὸν καὶ εἰς συρισμόν, ὡς ὑμεῖς ὁρᾶτε τοῖς ὀφθαλμοῖς ὑμῶν. 9 καὶ ἰδοὺ πεπλήγασιν οἱ πατέρες ὑμῶν ἐν μαχαίρᾳ, καὶ οἱ υἱοὶ ὑμῶν καὶ αἱ θυγατέρες ὑμῶν καὶ αἱ γυναῖκες ὑμῶν ἐν αἰχμαλωσίᾳ ἐν γῇ οὐκ αὐτῶν, ὃ καὶ νῦν ἐστιν. 10 ἐπὶ τούτοις νῦν ἐστιν ἐπὶ καρδίας διαθέσθαι διαθήκην Κυρίου Θεοῦ ᾿Ισραήλ, καὶ ἀποστρέψει τὴν ὀργὴν τοῦ θυμοῦ αὐτοῦ ἀφ’ ἡμῶν. 11 καὶ νῦν μὴ διαλίπητε, ὅτι ἐν ὑμῖν ᾑρέτικε Κύριος στῆναι ἐναντίον αὐτοῦ λειτουργεῖν καὶ εἶναι αὐτῷ λειτουργοῦντας καὶ θυμιῶντας. 12 καὶ ἀνέστησαν οἱ Λευῖται, Μαὰθ ὁ τοῦ ᾿Αμασὶ καὶ ᾿Ιωὴλ ὁ τοῦ ᾿Αζαρίου ἐκ τῶν υἱῶν Καὰθ καὶ ἐκ τῶν υἱῶν Μεραρὶ Κὶς ὁ τοῦ ᾿Αβδὶ καὶ ᾿Αζαρίας ὁ τοῦ ᾿Ιαλλελήλ, καὶ ἀπὸ τῶν υἱῶν Γεδσωνὶ ᾿Ιωδαὰδ ὁ τοῦ Ζεμμὰθ καὶ ᾿Ιωαδὰμ ὁ τοῦ ᾿Ιωαχά, 13 καὶ τῶν υἱῶν ᾿Ελισαφὰν Ζαμβρὶ καὶ ᾿Ιεϊήλ, καὶ τῶν υἱῶν ᾿Ασὰφ Ζαχαρίας καὶ Ματθανίας, 14 καὶ τῶν υἱῶν Αἰμὰν ᾿Ιεϊὴλ καὶ Σεμεΐ, καὶ τῶν υἱῶν ᾿Ιδιθοὺν Σαμαίας καὶ ᾿Οζιήλ, 15 καὶ συνήγαγον τοὺς ἀδελφοὺς αὐτῶν καὶ ἡγνίσθησαν κατὰ τὴν ἐντολὴν τοῦ βασιλέως διὰ προστάγματος Κυρίου καθαρίσαι τὸν οἶκον Κυρίου. 16 καὶ εἰσῆλθον οἱ ἱερεῖς ἔσω εἰς τὸν οἶκον Κυρίου ἁγνίσαι καὶ ἐξέβαλον πᾶσαν τὴν ἀκαθαρσίαν τὴν εὑρεθεῖσαν ἐν τῷ οἴκῳ Κυρίου καὶ εἰς τὴν αὐλὴν οἴκου Κυρίου, καὶ ἐδέξαντο οἱ Λευῖται ἐκβαλεῖν εἰς τὸν χειμάρρουν Κέδρων ἔξω. 17 καὶ ἤρξαντο τῇ ἡμέρᾳ τῇ πρώτῃ νουμηνίᾳ τοῦ πρώτου μηνὸς ἁγνίσαι καὶ τῇ ἡμέρᾳ τῇ ὀγδόῃ τοῦ μηνὸς εἰσῆλθαν εἰς τὸν ναὸν Κυρίου καὶ ἥγνισαν τὸν οἶκον Κυρίου ἐν ἡμέραις ὀκτὼ καὶ τῇ ἡμέρᾳ τῇ τρισκαιδεκάτῃ τοῦ μηνὸς τοῦ πρώτου συνετέλεσαν. 18 καὶ εἰσῆλθαν ἔσω πρὸς ᾿Εζεκίαν τὸν βασιλέα καὶ εἶπαν· ἡγνίσαμεν πάντα τὰ ἐν οἴκῳ Κυρίου, τὸ θυσιαστήριον τῆς ὁλοκαυτώσεως καὶ τὰ σκεύη αὐτοῦ καὶ τὴν τράπεζαν τῆς προθέσεως καὶ τὰ σκεύη αὐτῆς· 19 καὶ πάντα τὰ σκεύη, ἃ ἐμίανεν ὁ βασιλεὺς ῎Αχαζ ἐν τῇ βασιλείᾳ αὐτοῦ ἐν τῇ ἀποστασίᾳ αὐτοῦ, ἡτοιμάκαμεν καὶ ἡγνίκαμεν, ἰδού ἐστιν ἐναντίον τοῦ θυσιαστηρίου Κυρίου. 20 καὶ ὤρθρισεν ᾿Εζεκίας ὁ βασιλεὺς καὶ συνήγαγε τοὺς ἄρχοντας τῆς πόλεως καὶ ἀνέβη εἰς οἶκον Κυρίου 21 καὶ ἀνήνεγκε μόσχους ἑπτά, κριοὺς ἑπτά, ἀμνοὺς ἑπτά, χιμάρους αἰγῶν ἑπτὰ περὶ ἁμαρτίας, περὶ τῆς βασιλείας καὶ περὶ τῶν ἁγίων καὶ περὶ ᾿Ισραὴλ καὶ εἶπε τοῖς υἱοῖς ᾿Ααρὼν τοῖς ἱερεῦσιν ἀναβαίνειν ἐπὶ τὸ θυσιαστήριον Κυρίου. 22 καὶ ἔθυσαν τοὺς μόσχους, καὶ ἐδέξαντο οἱ ἱερεῖς τὸ αἷμα καὶ προσέχεαν ἐπὶ τὸ θυσιαστήριον· καὶ ἔθυσαν τοὺς κριούς, καὶ προσέχεαν τὸ αἷμα ἐπὶ τὸ θυσιαστήριον· καὶ ἔθυσαν τοὺς ἀμνούς, καὶ περιέχεον τὸ αἷμα τῷ θυσιαστηρίῳ· 23 καὶ προσήγαγον τοὺς χιμάρους τοὺς περὶ ἁμαρτίας ἐναντίον τοῦ βασιλέως καὶ τῆς ἐκκλησίας, καὶ ἐπέθηκαν τὰς χεῖρας αὐτῶν ἐπ’ αὐτούς, 24 καὶ ἔθυσαν αὐτοὺς οἱ ἱερεῖς καί ἐξιλάσαντο τὸ αἷμα αὐτῶν πρὸς τὸ θυσιαστήριον καὶ ἐξιλάσαντο περὶ παντὸς ᾿Ισραήλ, ὅτι εἶπεν ὁ βασιλεύς, περὶ παντὸς ᾿Ισραὴλ ἡ ὁλοκαύτωσις καὶ τὰ περὶ ἁμαρτίας. 25 καὶ ἔστησε τοὺς Λευίτας ἐν οἴκῳ Κυρίου ἐν κυμβάλοις καί ἐν νάβλαις καὶ ἐν κινύραις κατὰ τὴν ἐντολὴν Δαυὶδ τοῦ βασιλέως καὶ Γὰδ τοῦ ὁρῶντος τῷ βασιλεῖ καὶ Νάθαν τοῦ προφήτου, ὅτι διὰ ἐντολῆς Κυρίου τὸ πρόσταγμα ἐν χειρὶ τῶν προφητῶν. 26 καὶ ἔστησαν οἱ Λευῖται ἐν ὀργάνοις Δαυὶδ καὶ οἱ ἱερεῖς ταῖς σάλπιγξι. 27 καὶ εἶπεν ᾿Εζεκίας ἀνενέγκαι τὴν ὁλοκαύτωσιν ἐπὶ τὸ θυσιαστήριον· καὶ ἐν τῷ ἄρξασθαι ἀναφέρειν τὴν ὁλοκαύτωσιν ἤρξαντο ᾄδειν Κυρίῳ, καὶ σάλπιγγες πρὸς τὰ ὄργανα Δαυὶδ βασιλέως ᾿Ισραήλ. 28 καὶ πᾶσα ἡ ἐκκλησία προσεκύνει, καὶ οἱ ψαλτῳδοὶ ᾄδοντες, καὶ σάλπιγγες σαλπίζουσαι, ἕως οὗ συνετελέσθη ἡ ὁλοκαύτωσις. 29 καὶ ὡς συνετέλεσαν ἀναφέροντες, ἔκαμψεν ὁ βασιλεὺς καὶ πάντες οἱ εὑρεθέντες καὶ προσεκύνησαν. 30 καὶ εἶπεν ᾿Εζεκίας ὁ βασιλεὺς καὶ οἱ ἄρχοντες τοῖς Λευίταις ὑμνεῖν τὸν Κύριον ἐν λόγοις Δαυὶδ καὶ ᾿Ασὰφ τοῦ προφήτου· καὶ ὕμνουν ἐν εὐφροσύνῃ καὶ ἔπεσον καὶ προσεκύνησαν. 31 καὶ ἀπεκρίθη ᾿Εζεκίας καὶ εἶπε· νῦν ἐπληρώσατε τὰς χεῖρας ὑμῶν Κυρίῳ, προσαγάγετε καί φέρετε θυσίας αἰνέσεως εἰς οἶκον Κυρίου· καὶ ἀνήνεγκεν ἡ ἐκκλησία θυσίας καὶ αἰνέσεις εἰς οἶκον Κυρίου καὶ πᾶς πρόθυμος τῇ καρδίᾳ ὁλοκαυτώσεις. 32 καὶ ἐγένετο ὁ ἀριθμὸς τῆς ὁλοκαυτώσεως, ἧς ἀνήνεγκεν ἡ ἐκκλησία, μόσχοι ἑβδομήκοντα, κριοὶ ἑκατόν, ἀμνοὶ διακόσιοι· εἰς ὁλοκαύτωσιν Κυρίῳ πάντα ταῦτα. 33 καὶ οἱ ἡγιασμένοι μόσχοι ἑξακόσιοι, πρόβατα τρισχίλια. 34 ἀλλ’ ἢ οἱ ἱερεῖς ἦσαν ὀλίγοι καὶ οὐκ ἠδύναντο ἐκδεῖραι τὴν ὁλοκαύτωσιν, καὶ ἀντελάβοντο αὐτῶν οἱ ἀδελφοὶ αὐτῶν οἱ Λευῖται, ἕως οὗ συνετελέσθη τὸ ἔργον καὶ ἕως οὗ ἡγνίσθησαν οἱ ἱερεῖς, ὅτι οἱ Λευῖται προθύμως ἥγνισαν παρὰ τοὺς ἱερεῖς. 35 καὶ ἡ ὁλοκαύτωσις πολλὴ ἐν τοῖς στέασι τῆς τελειώσεως τοῦ σωτηρίου καὶ τῶν σπονδῶν τῆς ὁλοκαυτώσεως· καὶ κατωρθώθη τὸ ἔργον ἐν οἴκῳ Κυρίου. 36 καὶ ηὐφράνθη ᾿Εζεκίας καὶ πᾶς ὁ λαὸς διὰ τὸ ἡτοιμακέναι τὸν Θεὸν τῷ λαῷ, ὅτι ἐξάπινα ἐγένετο ὁ λόγος.

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