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SECOND CHRONICLES XXIX-THE TEMPLE CLEANSED

LORD, to cleanse it, and brought out all the uncleanness that they found in the temple of the Lord into the court of the house of the LORD. And the Levites took it, to carry it out abroad into the brook Kidron.

17 Now they began on the first day of the first month to sanctify, and on the eighth day of the month came they to the porch of the LORD: so they sanctified the house of the Lord in eight days; and in the sixteenth day of the first month they made an end.

18 Then they went in to Hezekiah the king, and said, We have cleansed all the house of the LORD, and the altar of burnt offering, with all the vessels thereof, and the shewbread table, with all the vessels thereof.

19 Moreover all the vessels, which king Ahaz in his reign did cast away in his transgression, have we prepared and sanctified, and, behold, they are before the altar of the LORD.

20 | Then Hezekiah the king rose early, and gathered the rulers of the city, and went up to the house of the LORD.

21 And they brought seven bullocks, and seven rams, and seven lambs, and seven he goats, for a sin offering for the kingdom, and for the sanctuary, and for Judah. And he commanded the priests the sons of Aaron to offer them on the altar of the LORD.

22 So they killed the bullocks, and the priests received the blood, and sprinkled it on the altar: likewise, when they had killed the rams, they sprinkled the blood upon the altar: they killed also the lambs, and they sprinkled the blood upon the altar.

23. And they brought forth the he goats for the sin offering before the king and the congregation; and they laid their hands upon them:

24 And the priests killed them, and they made reconciliation with their blood upon the altar, to make an atonement for all Israel: for the king commanded that the burnt offering and the sin offering should be made for all Israel.

25 And he set the Levites in the house of the LORD with cymbals, with: psalteries, and with harps, according to the commandment of David, and of Gad the king's seer, and Nathan the prophet: for so was the commandment of the Lord by his prophets.

26 And the Levites stood with the instruments of David, and the priests with the trumpets.

27 And Hezekiah commanded to offer the burnt offering upon the altar. And when the burnt offering began, the song of the LORD began also with the trumpets, and with the instruments ordained by David king of Israel.

28 And all the congregation worshipped, and the singers sang, and the trumpeters sounded; and all this continued until the burnt offering was finished.

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Rehoboam Seeks Counsel

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But he forsook the counsel which the old men gave him, and took counsel with the young men that were brought up with him."-11. Chron., 10, 8.

Y SOLOMON'S death, he was succeeded without

protest by his son, Rehoboam, whom the Bible

calls young, as if in apology of his folly; for he was about forty when he was crowned. He had at once to face a serious difficulty. The people had grown much dissatisfied under Solomon. In his later years they had felt the yoke of his haughty kingship lie heavily upon them. They who had always been a free people, were now servants, groaning under heavy taxation. The warnings of the prophet Samuel, when he had urged the nation against having a king, were come sadly true.

Jeroboam the Ephraimite chieftain returned from his exile; and, under his lead, the people went to King Rehoboam, who was apparently visiting Ephraim's city of Shechem. They demanded redress for their grievances. The king took counsel of “the old men" his father's counsellors; and these urged him to satisfy the people, and thus win their love forever. Rehoboam listened; but then he sought the advice also of his own comrades, “the young men,” with whom he had grown up. These were clamorous for a reign of earthly splendor and overbearing tyranny.

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