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CHRONICLES II / ΠΑΡΑΛΕΙΠΟΜΕΝΩΝ Β

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1 And Ezekias sent to all Israel and Juda, and wrote letters to Ephraim and Manasse, that they should come into the house of the Lord to Jerusalem, to keep the passover to the Lord God of Israel. 2 For the king, and the princes, and all the congregation in Jerusalem, designed to keep the passover in the second month. 3 For they could not keep it at that time, because a sufficient number of priest had not purified themselves, and the people was not gathered to Jerusalem. 4 And the proposal pleased the king and the congregation. 5 And they established a decree that a proclamation should go through all Israel, from Bersabee to Dan, that they should come and keep the passover to the Lord God of Israel at Jerusalem: for the multitude had not done it lately according to the scripture. 6 And the posts went with the letters from the king and the princes to all Israel and Juda, according to the command of the king, saying, Children of Israel, return to the Lord God of Abraam, and Isaac, and Israel, and bring back them that have escaped [even] those that were left of the hand of the king of Assyria. 7 And be not as your fathers, and your brethren, who revolted from the Lord God of their fathers, and he gave them up to desolation, as ye see. 8 And now harden not your hearts, as your fathers [did]: give glory to the Lord God, and enter into his sanctuary, which he has sanctified for ever: and serve the Lord your God, and he shall turn away [his] fierce anger from you. 9 For when ye turn to the Lord, your brethren and your children shall be pitied before all that have carried them captives, and he will restore [you] to this land: for the Lord our God is merciful and pitiful, and will not turn away his face from you, if we return to him. 10 So the posts went through from city to city in mount Ephraim, and Manasse, and as far as Zabulon: and they as it were laughed them to scorn, and mocked them. 11 But the men of Aser, and [some] of Manasses and of Zabulon, were ashamed, and came to Jerusalem and Juda. 12 And the hand of the Lord was [present] to give them one heart to come, to do according to the commands of the king and of the princes, by the word of the Lord. 13 And a great multitude were gathered to Jerusalem to keep the feast of unleavened bread in the second month, a very great congregation. 14 And they arose, and took away the altars that were in Jerusalem, and all on which they burnt incense to false [gods] they tore down and cast into the brook Kedron. 15 Then they killed the passover on the fourteenth day of the second month: and the priests and the Levites repented, and purified [themselves], and brought whole-burnt-offerings into the house of the Lord. 16 And they stood at their post, according to their ordinance, according to the commandment of Moses the man of God: and the priests received the blood from the hand of the Levites. 17 For a great part of the congregation was not sanctified; and the Levites were [ready] to kill the passover for every one who could not sanctify himself to the Lord. 18 For the greatest part of the people of Ephraim, and Manasse, and Issachar, and Zabulon, had not purified [themselves], but ate the passover contrary to the scripture. On this account also Ezekias prayed concerning them, saying, 19 The good Lord be merciful with regard to every heart that sincerely seeks the Lord God of their fathers, and [is] not [purified] according to the purification of the sanctuary. 20 And the Lord hearkened to Ezekias, and healed the people. 21 And the children of Israel who were present in Jerusalem kept the feast of unleavened bread seven days with great joy; and they continued to sing hymns to the Lord daily, and the priests and the Levites [played] on instruments to the Lord. 22 And Ezekias encouraged all the Levites, and those that had good understanding of the Lord: and they completely kept the feast of unleavened bread seven days, offering peace-offerings, and confessing to the Lord God of their fathers. 23 And the congregation purposed together to keep other seven days: and they kept seven days with gladness. 24 For Ezekias set apart for Juda, [even] for the congregation, a thousand calves and seven thousand sheep; and the princes set apart for the people a thousand calves and ten thousand sheep: and the holy things of the priests abundantly. 25 And all the congregation, the priests and the Levites, rejoiced, and all the congregation of Juda, and they that were present of Jerusalem, and the strangers that came from the land of Israel, and the dwellers in Juda. 26 And there was great joy in Jerusalem: from the days of Solomon the son of David king of Israel there was not such a feast in Jerusalem. 27 Then the priests the Levites rose up and blessed the people: and their voice was heard, and their prayer came into his holy dwelling-place, [even] into heaven. ΚΑΙ ἀπέστειλεν ᾿Εζεκίας ἐπὶ πάντα ᾿Ισραὴλ καὶ ᾿Ιούδα καὶ ἐπιστολὰς ἔγραψαν ἐπὶ τὸν ᾿Εφραὶμ καὶ Μανασσῆ ἐλθεῖν εἰς οἶκον Κυρίου εἰς ῾Ιερουσαλὴμ ποιῆσαι τὸ φασὲκ τῷ Κυρίῳ Θεῷ ᾿Ισραήλ. 2 καὶ ἐβουλεύσατο ὁ βασιλεὺς καὶ οἱ ἄρχοντες καὶ πᾶσα ἡ ἐκκλησία ἐν ῾Ιερουσαλὴμ ποιῆσαι τὸ φασὲκ τῷ μηνὶ τῷ δευτέρῳ· 3 οὐ γὰρ ἠδυνάσθησαν ποιῆσαι αὐτὸ ἐν τῷ καιρῷ ἐκείνῳ, ὅτι οἱ ἱερεῖς οὐχ ἡγνίσθησαν ἱκανοί, καὶ ὁ λαὸς οὐ συνήχθη εἰς ῾Ιερουσαλήμ. 4 καὶ ἤρεσεν ὁ λόγος ἐναντίον τοῦ βασιλέως καὶ ἐναντίον τῆς ἐκκλησίας. 5 καὶ ἔστησαν λόγον διελθεῖν κήρυγμα ἐν παντὶ ᾿Ισραὴλ ἀπὸ Βηρσαβεὲ ἕως Δάν, ἐλθόντας ποιῆσαι τὸ φασὲκ Κυρίῳ Θεῷ ᾿Ισραὴλ εἰς ῾Ιερουσαλήμ, ὅτι πλῆθος οὐκ ἐποίησε κατά τὴν γραφήν. 6 καὶ ἐπορεύθησαν οἱ τρέχοντες σὺν ταῖς ἐπιστολαῖς παρὰ τοῦ βασιλέως καὶ τῶν ἀρχόντων εἰς πάντα ᾿Ισραὴλ καὶ ᾿Ιούδαν κατὰ τὸ πρόσταγμα τοῦ βασιλέως λέγοντες· οἱ υἱοὶ ᾿Ισραὴλ ἐπιστρέψατε πρὸς Κύριον Θεὸν ῾Αβραὰμ καὶ ᾿Ισαὰκ καὶ ᾿Ισραήλ, καὶ ἐπιστρέψει τοὺς ἀνασεσωσμένους τοὺς καταλειφθέντας ἀπὸ χειρὸς βασιλέως ᾿Ασσούρ· 7 καὶ μὴ γίνεσθε καθὼς οἱ πατέρες ὑμῶν καὶ οἱ ἀδελφοὶ ὑμῶν, οἳ ἀπέστησαν ἀπὸ Κυρίου Θεοῦ πατέρων αὐτῶν, καὶ παρέδωκεν αὐτοὺς εἰς ἐρήμωσιν, καθὼς ὑμεῖς ὁρᾶτε. 8 καὶ νῦν μὴ σκληρύνητε τὰς καρδίας ὑμῶν ὡς οἱ πατέρες ὑμῶν· δότε δόξαν Κυρίῳ τῷ Θεῷ καὶ εἰσέλθετε εἰς τὸ ἁγίασμα αὐτοῦ, ὃ ἡγίασεν εἰς τὸν αἰῶνα, καὶ δουλεύσατε τῷ Κυρίῳ Θεῷ ὑμῶν, καὶ ἀποστρέψει ἀφ’ ὑμῶν θυμὸν ὀργῆς. 9 ὅτι ἐν τῷ ἐπιστρέφειν ὑμᾶς πρὸς Κύριον οἱ ἀδελφοὶ ὑμῶν καὶ τὰ τέκνα ὑμῶν ἔσονται ἐν οἰκτιρμοῖς ἔναντι πάντων τῶν αἰχμαλωτισάντων αὐτούς, καὶ ἀποστρέψει εἰς τὴν γῆν ταύτην, ὅτι ἐλεήμων καὶ οἰκτίρμων Κύριος ὁ Θεὸς ἡμῶν, καὶ οὐκ ἀποστρέψει τὸ πρόσωπον αὐτοῦ ἀφ’ ὑμῶν, ἐάν ἐπιστρέψωμεν πρὸς αὐτόν. 10 καὶ ἦσαν οἱ τρέχοντες διαπορευόμενοι πόλιν ἐκ πόλεως ἐν τῷ ὄρει ᾿Εφραὶμ καὶ Μανασσῆ καὶ ἕως Ζαβουλών, καὶ ἐγένοντο ὡς καταγελῶντες αὐτῶν καὶ καταμωκώμενοι· 11 ἀλλὰ ἄνθρωποι ᾿Ασὴρ καὶ ἀπὸ Μανασσῆ καὶ ἀπὸ Ζαβουλὼν ἐνετράπησαν καὶ ἦλθον εἰς ῾Ιερουσαλὴμ καὶ εἰς ᾿Ιούδα. 12 καὶ ἐγένετο χεὶρ Κυρίου δοῦναι αὐτοῖς καρδίαν μίαν ἐλθεῖν τοῦ ποιῆσαι κατὰ τὰ προστάγματα τοῦ βασιλέως καὶ τῶν ἀρχόντων ἐν λόγῳ Κυρίου, 13 καὶ συνήχθησαν εἰς ῾Ιερουσαλὴμ λαὸς πολὺς τοῦ ποιῆσαι τὴν ἑορτὴν τῶν ἀζύμων ἐν τῷ μηνὶ τῷ δευτέρῳ, ἐκκλησία πολλὴ σφόδρα. 14 καὶ ἀνέστησαν καὶ καθεῖλαν τὰ θυσιαστήρια τὰ ἐν ῾Ιερουσαλήμ καὶ πάντα, ἐν οἷς ἐθυμίων τοῖς ψευδέσι, κατέσπασαν καὶ ἔρριψαν εἰς τὸν χειμάρρουν Κέδρων. 15 καὶ ἔθυσαν τὸ φασὲκ τῇ τεσσαρεσκαιδεκάτῃ τοῦ μηνὸς τοῦ δευτέρου· καὶ οἱ ἱερεῖς καὶ οἱ Λευῖται ἐνετράπησαν καὶ ἡγνίσθησαν καὶ εἰσήνεγκαν ὁλοκαυτώματα ἐν οἴκῳ Κυρίου. 16 καὶ ἔστησαν ἐπὶ τὴν στάσιν αὐτῶν κατὰ τὸ κρίμα αὐτῶν, κατὰ τὴν ἐντολὴν Μωυσῆ ἀνθρώπου τοῦ Θεοῦ, καὶ οἱ ἱερεῖς ἐδέχοντο τὰ αἵματα ἐκ χειρὸς τῶν Λευιτῶν· 17 ὅτι πλῆθος τῆς ἐκκλησίας οὐχ ἡγνίσθη, καὶ οἱ Λευῖται ἦσαν τοῦ θύειν τὸ φασὲκ παντὶ τῷ μὴ δυναμένῳ ἁγνισθῆναι τῷ Κυρίῳ. 18 ὅτι τὸ πλεῖστον τοῦ λαοῦ ἀπὸ ᾿Εφραὶμ καὶ Μανασσῆ καὶ ᾿Ισσάχαρ καὶ Ζαβουλὼν οὐχ ἡγνίσθησαν, ἀλλ’ ἔφαγον τὸ φασὲκ παρὰ τὴν γραφήν. καὶ προσηύξατο ᾿Εζεκίας περὶ αὐτῶν λέγων· Κύριος ἀγαθὸς ἐξιλασάσθω 19 ὑπὲρ πάσης καρδίας κατευθυνούσης ἐκζητῆσαι Κύριον τὸν Θεὸν τῶν πατέρων αὐτῶν καὶ οὐ κατὰ τὴν ἁγνείαν τῶν ἁγίων. 20 καὶ ἐπήκουσε Κύριος τῷ ᾿Εζεκίᾳ καὶ ἰάσατο τὸν λαόν. 21 καὶ ἐποίησαν οἱ υἱοὶ ᾿Ισραὴλ οἱ εὑρεθέντες ἐν ῾Ιερουσαλὴμ τὴν ἑορτὴν τῶν ἀζύμων ἑπτὰ ἡμέρας ἐν εὐφροσύνῃ μεγάλῃ καὶ καθυμνοῦντες τῷ Κυρίῳ ἡμέραν καθ’ ἡμέραν καὶ οἱ ἱερεῖς καὶ οἱ Λευῖται ἐν ὀργάνοις τῷ Κυρίῳ. 22 καὶ ἐλάλησεν ᾿Εζεκίας ἐπὶ πᾶσαν καρδίαν τῶν Λευιτῶν καὶ τῶν συνιόντων σύνεσιν ἀγαθὴν τῷ Κυρίῳ· καὶ συνετέλεσαν τὴν ἑορτὴν τῶν ἀζύμων ἑπτὰ ἡμέρας θύοντες θυσίαν σωτηρίου καὶ ἐξομολογούμενοι τῷ Κυρίῳ Θεῷ τῶν πατέρων αὐτῶν. 23 καὶ ἐβουλεύσατο ἡ ἐκκλησία ἅμα ποιῆσαι ἑπτὰ ἡμέρας ἄλλας· καὶ ἐποίησαν ἑπτὰ ἡμέρας ἐν εὐφροσύνῃ. 24 ὅτι ᾿Εζεκίας ἀπήρξατο τῷ ᾿Ιούδᾳ τῇ ἐκκλησίᾳ χιλίους μόσχους καὶ ἑπτακισχίλια πρόβατα, καὶ οἱ ἄρχοντες ἀπήρξαντο τῷ λαῷ μόσχους χιλίους καὶ πρόβατα δέκα χιλιάδας, καὶ τὰ ἅγια τῶν ἱερέων εἰς πλῆθος. 25 καὶ ηὐφράνθη πᾶσα ἡ ἐκκλησία, οἱ ἱερεῖς καὶ οἱ Λευῖται καὶ πᾶσα ἡ ἐκκλησία ᾿Ιούδα καὶ οἱ εὑρεθέντες ἐξ ῾Ιερουσαλὴμ καὶ οἱ προσήλυτοι οἱ ἐλθόντες ἀπὸ γῆς ᾿Ισραὴλ καὶ οἱ κατοικοῦντες ᾿Ιούδα. 26 καὶ ἐγένετο εὐφροσύνη μεγάλη ἐν ῾Ιερουσαλήμ· ἀπὸ ἡμερῶν Σαλωμὼν υἱοῦ Δαυὶδ βασιλέως ᾿Ισραὴλ οὐκ ἐγένετο τοιαύτη ἑορτὴ ἐν ῾Ιερουσαλήμ. 27 καὶ ἀνέστησαν οἱ ἱερεῖς οἱ Λευῖται καὶ εὐλόγησαν τὸν λαόν· καὶ ἐπηκούσθη ἡ φωνὴ αὐτῶν, καὶ ἦλθεν ἡ προσευχὴ αὐτῶν εἰς τὸ κατοικητήριον τὸ ἅγιον αὐτοῦ εἰς τὸν οὐρανόν.

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