1 Hezekiah sent messengers to all Israel and Judah, and also wrote letters to Ephraim and Manasseh, bidding them come to the Temple of Yahweh in Jerusalem to celebrate the Passover in honour of Yahweh, God of Israel.
1Cor 5:7-8 2Chr 11:13 2Chr 11:16 2Chr 25:7 2Chr 30:10-11 2Chr 35:6 Deut 16:2-6
2 For the king and his officials and the whole congregation in Jerusalem had agreed to celebrate the Passover in the second month,
Num 9:10-11 1Chr 13:1-3 2Chr 30:13 2Chr 30:15 Eccl 4:13 Prov 11:14 Prov 15:22
3 having been unable to celebrate it at the proper time, since the priests had not purified themselves in sufficient number, and the people were not assembled in Jerusalem.
2Chr 29:34 Exod 12:6 Exod 12:18 2Chr 29:17
4 And since this arrangement seemed fitting to the king and the whole congregation,
5 they resolved to send a proclamation throughout Israel, from Dan to Beersheba, calling on the people to come to Jerusalem and celebrate a Passover in honour of Yahweh, God of Israel, since they had not celebrated it in a body as prescribed.
Judg 20:1 1Cor 11:2 2Chr 24:9 2Chr 35:18 2Chr 36:22 Dan 4:1-33 Dan 6:8
6 So, by order of the king, courtiers set out with letters from the king and his officials for every part of Israel and Judah, saying, 'Israelites, return to Yahweh, God of Abraham, Isaac and Israel, and he will return to those of you who are left and have escaped the grasp of the kings of Assyria.
Esth 8:14 Jer 51:31 2Chr 28:20 2Kgs 15:19 2Kgs 15:29 Jer 4:1 Job 9:25
7 Do not be like your fathers and brothers who were unfaithful to Yahweh, God of their ancestors; he brought them to ruin, as you can see.
2Chr 29:8 Ezek 20:13-18 Zech 1:3-4
8 Do not be stubborn like your ancestors. Submit to Yahweh, come to his sanctuary which he has consecrated for ever, and serve Yahweh your God, so that his fierce anger may turn away from you.
2Chr 29:10 Exod 32:9 Deut 10:16 1Chr 29:24 2Chr 28:11 2Chr 28:13 2Chr 36:13
9 For if you return to Yahweh, your brothers and your sons will be treated mercifully by their captors and be allowed to return to this country; for Yahweh your God is gracious and merciful and will not turn his face away from you, if you return to him.'
Mic 7:18 Ps 106:46 1Kgs 8:50 Exod 34:6-7 Deut 30:2-4 Isa 55:7 2Chr 7:14
10 The courtiers went from town to town through the territory of Ephraim and Manasseh and as far as Zebulon but the people laughed and scoffed at them;
2Chr 36:16 2Chr 30:6 Acts 17:32 Esth 3:13 Esth 3:15 Esth 8:10 Esth 8:14
11 even so, some people from Asher and Manasseh and Zebulon were humble enough to come to Jerusalem,
2Chr 30:18 2Chr 30:21 2Chr 30:25 1Pet 5:6 2Chr 11:16 2Chr 12:6-7 2Chr 12:12
12 while in Judah the hand of God was also at work inspiring a unanimous desire to obey the order of the king and the officials in accordance with the word of Yahweh.
Phil 2:13 Jer 32:39 1Chr 29:18-19 1Thess 4:2 2Chr 29:25 2Chr 29:36 2Thess 2:13-14
13 A huge crowd assembled in Jerusalem to celebrate the feast of Unleavened Bread in the second month. An immense crowd
2Chr 30:2 Ps 84:7
14 set to work removing the altars then in Jerusalem; they also removed all the incense altars and threw them into the Kidron Valley.
2Chr 28:24 2Chr 15:16 2Chr 29:16 2Sam 15:23 2Chr 34:4 2Chr 34:7 2Kgs 18:22
15 They then slaughtered the Passover victims on the fourteenth day of the second month. Ashamed of themselves, the priests and Levites had in the meanwhile sanctified themselves and brought burnt offerings to the Temple of Yahweh,
2Chr 29:34 2Chr 5:11 2Chr 29:15 2Chr 30:24 2Chr 31:18 Exod 19:10 Exod 19:22
16 so they now stood in their positions prescribed in the Law of Moses man of God, the priests sprinkling the blood handed to them by the Levites.
2Chr 35:15 Deut 33:1 2Chr 35:10-11 2Kgs 11:14 Heb 11:28 Lev 1:5
17 Since many people in the congregation had not sanctified themselves, the Levites took care of the slaughter of the Passover victims to consecrate them to Yahweh for all who were not clean.
2Chr 29:34 2Chr 35:3-6 Exod 12:6
18 For a great many people, especially from Ephraim, Manasseh, Issachar and Zebulon, had not purified themselves, since they did not eat the Passover as prescribed. But Hezekiah prayed for them as follows, 'May Yahweh in his goodness pardon
1Cor 11:28 2Chr 6:21 2Chr 30:25 Dan 9:19 Jas 5:15-16 1John 5:16 2Chr 30:11
19 everyone whose heart is set on seeking God, Yahweh, God of his ancestors, even if he has not been purified as holy things demand.'
2Chr 19:3 1Chr 29:18 2Chr 20:33 Ezra 7:10 Job 11:13 Ps 10:17 Prov 23:26
20 Yahweh listened to Hezekiah and left the people unharmed.
Exod 15:26 Jas 5:15-16 Ps 103:3
21 Amid great rejoicing, the Israelites present in Jerusalem celebrated the feast of Unleavened Bread for seven days, while day after day the Levites and the priests praised Yahweh with all their might.
Exod 12:15 Exod 13:6 1Cor 5:7-8 2Chr 7:10 2Chr 20:21 2Chr 29:25-27 2Chr 30:26
22 Hezekiah then encouraged all the Levites who had such understanding of Yahweh. Having finished the seven-day festival, during which they sacrificed communion sacrifices and praised Yahweh, God of their ancestors,
2Chr 32:6 Neh 9:3 Ezra 10:11 2Chr 15:3 2Chr 17:9 2Chr 35:3 2Cor 4:6
23 the whole congregation decided to celebrate for a further seven days. So they joyfully celebrated for another seven days,
1Kgs 8:65 2Chr 7:9
24 Hezekiah king of Judah contributing a thousand bulls and seven thousand sheep for the congregation, and the officials another thousand bulls and ten thousand sheep. And a large number of priests sanctified themselves.
2Chr 29:34 2Chr 35:7-8 1Chr 29:3-9 2Chr 30:3 Eph 4:8 Ezek 45:17
25 The whole congregation of Judah, the priests, the Levites, the whole congregation coming from Israel and the foreigners coming from the territory of Israel as well as those resident in Judah, rejoiced.
2Chr 30:11 2Chr 30:18 1Chr 16:10-11 Exod 12:43-49 Ps 92:4 Ps 104:34
26 There was great rejoicing in Jerusalem, for since the days of Solomon son of David, king of Israel, nothing comparable had ever occurred in Jerusalem.
27 The levitical priests then stood up and blessed the people and their voice was heard, and their prayer reached his holy dwelling in heaven.
Deut 26:15 Ps 68:5 2Chr 23:18 Num 6:23-26 1Kgs 8:30 1Kgs 8:39 Acts 10:4