RSTNE 8th Edition Online – Second Chronicles-Divre HaYamim Bet

Second Chronicles-Divre HaYamim Bet

To Our Forefathers Yisrael

1 And Shlomo the son of Dawid was strengthened in his malchut and 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 his Ahlohim was with him and made him exceedingly great.

2 Then Shlomo spoke to kol Yisrael, to the captains of thousands and of hundreds and to the shophtim and to every leader in kol Yisrael, the heads of the ahvot.

3 So Shlomo and the entire kehilla with him, went to the high place that was at Giveon; for there was the Mishkan of the kehilla of Ahlohim, which Moshe the eved of 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 had made in the wilderness.

4 But the Ark of Ahlohim had Dawid brought up from Kiryath-Yearim to the place that Dawid had prepared for it: for he had camped a tent for it at Yahrushalayim.

5 Moreover the bronze altar, that Betzal-El the son of Uri, the son of Hur, had made, he put before the Mishkan of 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄: and Shlomo and the kehilla sought it.

6 And Shlomo went up there to the bronze altar before 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄, which was at the Mishkan of the kehilla and offered a thousand burnt offerings upon it.

7 In that lyla did Ahlohim appear to Shlomo and said to him, Ask what I shall give you.

8 And Shlomo said to Ahlohim, You have showed great rachamim to Dawid my abba and have made me to reign in his place.

9 Now, O 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 Ahlohim let Your promise to Dawid my abba be established: for You have made me melech over a people like the dust of the earth in multitude.

10 Give me now chochmah and da’at, so that I may go out and come in before this people: for who can judge this Your people, that is so great?

11 And Ahlohim said to Shlomo, Because this was in your lev and you have not asked riches, wealth, or kavod, nor the chayim of your enemies, neither yet have you asked for long chayim for yourself; but have asked chochmah and da’at for yourself, that you may judge My people, over whom I have made you melech:

12 Chochmah and da’at is granted to you; and I will give you riches and wealth and kavod, such as none of the melechim have had that have been before you; neither shall any have after you.

13 Then Shlomo came from his journey to the high place that was at Giveon to Yahrushalayim, from before the Mishkan of the kehilla and reigned over Yisrael.

14 And Shlomo gathered mirkavot and horsemen: and he had a thousand and four hundred mirkavot and twelve thousand horsemen, which he placed in the mirkavah cities and with the melech at Yahrushalayim.

15 And the melech made silver and gold at Yahrushalayim as plenty as stones and cedar eytzim and sycamore eytzim that are in the plains for abundance.

16 And Shlomo had horses brought out of Mitzrayim and Keve: the melech’s merchants bought them from the men of Keve at a price.

17 And they brought forth from Mitzrayim a mirkavah for six hundred shekels of silver and a horse for a hundred fifty: and so they brought out horses for all the melechim of the Hittites and for the melechim of Aram, by their own means.

2 And Shlomo determined to build a Bayit for the Name of 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 and a bayit for his malchut.

2 And Shlomo enrolled seventy thousand men to bear burdens and eighty thousand to cut stone in the mountains and three thousand six hundred to oversee them.

3 And Shlomo sent to Chiram the melech of Tsor, saying, As you did deal with Dawid my abba and did send him cedars to build him a bayit to dwell in, even so deal with me.

4 See, I build a Bayit to the Name of 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 my Ahlohim, to dedicate it to Him and to burn before Him sweet incense and for the continual Lechem ha Panayim and for the burnt offerings for shachrit and maariv and on The Shabbats and on the Chodashim and on the solemn moadeem of 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 our Ahlohim. This is an ordinance le-olam-va-ed to Yisrael.

5 And the Bayit that I build is great: for great is our Ahlohim above all ahlahim.

6 But who is able to build Him a Bayit, seeing the shamayim and the shamayim of shamayim cannot contain Him? Who am I then, that I should build Him a Bayit, except only to burn sacrifice before Him?

7 Send me now a man skilled to work in gold and in silver and in bronze and in iron and in purple and crimson and blue and that can engrave with the skilled men that are with me in Yahudah and in Yahrushalayim, whom Dawid my abba did provide.

8 Send me also cedar eytzim, cypress eytzim and algum eytzim, out of Levanon: for I know that your avadim know how to cut timber in Levanon; and, see, my avadim shall be with your avadim,

9 Even to prepare for me timber in abundance: for the Bayit that I am about to build shall be wonderful and great.

10 And, see, I will give to your avadim, the cutters that cut timber, twenty thousand measures of ground wheat and twenty thousand measures of barley and twenty thousand baths of wine and twenty thousand baths of oil.

11 Then Chiram the melech of Tsor answered in writing, which he sent to Shlomo saying, Because 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 has loved His people, He has made you melech over them.

12 Chiram said moreover, Barchu-et-𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 Ahlohim of Yisrael, that made the shamayim and earth, who has given to Dawid the melech a wise son, endued with chochmah and binah, that he might build a Bayit for 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 and a bayit for his malchut.

13 And now I have sent a skilled man, having binah, of Chiram-Avi,

14 The son of a woman of the daughters of Dan and his abba was a man of Tsor, skillful in working with gold, with silver, with bronze, with iron, with stone, with timber, with purple, with blue and with fine linen and with crimson; also to engrave any kind of engraving and to accomplish any plan given to him, with your skilled men and with the skilled men of my master Dawid your abba.

15 Now therefore the wheat and the barley, the oil and the wine, which my master has spoken of, let him send to his avadim:

16 And we will cut wood out of Levanon, as much as you shall need: and we will bring it to you in rafts by sea to Yapho; and you shall carry it up to Yahrushalayim.

17 And Shlomo numbered all the gerim that were in the land of Yisrael, according to the same numbering that Dawid his abba had numbered them; and they were totaled up to be a hundred fifty three thousand six hundred gerim.

18 And he set seventy thousand of them to be bearers of burdens and eighty thousand to be cutters in the har and three thousand six hundred overseers to make the people work.

3 Then Shlomo began to build the Bayit of 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 at Yahrushalayim on Har Moriyah, where 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 appeared to Dawid his abba, in the place that Dawid had prepared in the threshing floor of Ornan the Yevusite.

2 And he began to build in the second yom of the second chodesh, in the fourth year of his reign.

3 Now these are the foundations that Shlomo laid for the building of the Bayit of Ahlohim. The length by cubits after the first measure was seventy cubits and the width twenty cubits.

4 And the porch that was in the front of the Bayit, the length of it was according to the width of the bayit, twenty cubits and the height was a hundred and twenty: and he covered the inside with pure gold.

5 And the greater bayit he paneled with cypress eytzim, which he covered with fine gold and carved palm eytzim and flowers on it.

6 And he covered the bayit with precious stones for beauty: and the gold was gold of Parvayim.

7 He covered the bayit, the beams, the posts and the walls and the doors, with gold; and carved cheruvim on the walls.

8 And he made the Most Kadosh Bayit, the length was the same as the width of the bayit, twenty cubits and the width twenty cubits: and he covered it with fine gold, amounting to six hundred talents.

9 And the weight of the nails was fifty shekels of gold. And he covered the upper rooms with gold.

10 And in the Most Kadosh Bayit he made two cheruvim of sculptured work and covered them with gold.

11 And the wings of the cheruvim were twenty cubits long: one wing of the one cheruv was five cubits, reaching to the wall of the bayit: and the other wing was likewise five cubits, reaching to the wing of the other cheruv.

12 And one wing of the other cheruv was five cubits, reaching to the wall of the bayit: and the other wing was five cubits also, joining to the wing of the other cheruv.

13 The wings of these cheruvim spread themselves forth twenty cubits: and they stood on their feet and their faces were inward.

14 And he made the veil of blue and purple and crimson and fine linen and worked cheruvim on it.

15 Also he made before the Bayit two pillars thirty-five cubits high and the capital that was on the top of each of them was five cubits.

16 And he made wreaths of chains, as in the speaking place and put them on the heads of the pillars; and made a hundred pomegranates and put them on the chains.

17 And he reared up the pillars before the Hekal, one on the right hand and the other on the left; and called the name of the one on the right hand Yachin and the name of the one on the left Boaz.

4 Moreover he made an altar of bronze, twenty cubits was the length and twenty cubits was the width and ten cubits the height.

2 Also he made a molten basin of ten cubits from brim to brim, all round and five cubits in height; and a line of thirty cubits measured all around.

3 And under it were figures like oxen, all around: ten in a cubit, all the derech around the basin. Two rows of oxen were cast, when it was cast.

4 It stood on twelve oxen, three looking toward the north and three looking toward the west and three looking toward the south and three looking toward the east: and the basin was set above upon them and all their back parts were inward.

5 And the thickness of it was a handbreadth and the brim of it like the work of the brim of a cup, with flowers of lilies; and it received and held three thousand baths.

6 He made also ten basins and put five on the right hand and five on the left, to wash in them: such things as they offered for the burnt offering they washed in them; but the basin was for the kohanim to wash in.

7 And he made ten menorahs of gold according to their form and set them in the Hekal, five on the right hand and five on the left.

8 He made also ten tables and placed them in the Hekal, five on the right side and five on the left. And he made a hundred bowls of gold.

9 Furthermore he made the court of the kohanim and the great court and doors for the court and covered the doors with bronze.

10 And he set the basin on the right side eastward, over against the south.

11 And Chiram made the pots and the shovels and the bowls. And Chiram finished the work that he was to make for melech Shlomo for the Bayit of Ahlohim;

12 The two pillars and the bowl-shaped capitals which were on the top of the two pillars and the two wreaths to cover the two bowl-shaped capitals which were on the top of the pillars;

13 And four hundred pomegranates on the two wreaths; two rows of pomegranates on each wreath, to cover the two bowl-shaped capitals that were upon the pillars.

14 He made also stands and made basins upon the stands;

15 One basin and twelve oxen under it.

16 The pots also and the shovels and the forks and all their instruments, did Chiram his master craftsman make to melech Shlomo for the Bayit of 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 of bright bronze.

17 In the plain of the Yarden did the melech cast them, in the clay ground between Sukkot and Zeredah.

18 So Shlomo made all these vessels in great abundance: for the weight of the bronze could not be discovered.

19 And Shlomo made all the vessels that were for the Bayit of Ahlohim, the golden altar also and the tables on which the Lechem ha Panayim was set;

20 Moreover the menorahs with their lamps of pure gold, that they should burn after the correct manner before the Speaking Place,

21 And the flowers and the lamps and the snuffers, he made of gold, of perfect gold;

22 And the snuffers and the bowls and the spoons and the censers, of pure gold: and the entry of the Bayit, the inner doors for the Most Kadosh-Place and the doors of the Bayit of the Hekal, were of gold.

5 Then all the work that Shlomo made for the Bayit of 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 was finished: and Shlomo brought in all the things that Dawid his abba had dedicated; and the silver and the gold and all the instruments, he put among the treasures of the Bayit of Ahlohim.

2 Then Shlomo assembled the zechanim of Yisrael and all the heads of the tribes, the leaders of the ahvot of the children of Yisrael, to Yahrushalayim, to bring up the Ark of the Testimony of 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 out of the city of Dawid, which is Tzion.

3 Therefore all the men of Yisrael assembled themselves to the melech in the moed that was in the seventh chodesh.

4 And all the zechanim of Yisrael came; and the Lewiym took up the Ark.

5 And they brought up the Ark and the Mishkan of the kehilla and all the kadosh vessels that were in the Mishkan, these did the kohanim and the Lewiym bring up.

6 Also melech Shlomo and all the kehilla of Yisrael that were assembled to him before the Ark, sacrificed sheep and oxen, which could not be counted, or numbered for multitude.

7 And the kohanim brought in the Ark of the Testimony of 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 to His place, to the Speaking Place of the Bayit, into the Most Kadosh-Place, even under the wings of the cheruvim:

8 For the cheruvim spread forth their wings over the place of the Ark and the cheruvim covered the Ark and the poles.

9 And they drew out the poles of the Ark, that the ends of the poles were seen from the Ark before the Speaking Place; but they were not seen from outside the veil. And there it is to this yom.

10 There was nothing in the Ark except the two tablets that Moshe put in at Horev, when 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 made a brit with the children of Yisrael, when they came out of Mitzrayim.

11 And it came to pass, when the kohanim were come out of the Kadosh-Place – for all the kohanim that were present were kadosh and did not yet serve by their assigned division

12 Also the Lewiym who were the singers, all of them of Asaph, of Heman, of Yeduthun, with their sons and their brothers, being dressed in white linen, having cymbals and lyres and harps, stood at the east end of the altar and with them a hundred and twenty kohanim sounding with shofars:

13 It came even to pass, as the shofar blowers and singers were as echad, to make one sound to be heard in tehilla and hodu to 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄; when they lifted up their voice with the shofars and cymbals and instruments of music and gave tehilla to 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄, saying, For He is tov; for His chesed endures le-olam-va-ed: that then the Bayit was filled with a cloud, even the Bayit of 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄;

14 So that the kohanim were not able to stand to serve because of the cloud: for the tifereth of 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 filled the Bayit of Ahlohim.

6 Then said Shlomo, 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 has said that He would dwell in the thick darkness.

2 But I have built a Bayit of dwelling for You and a place for Your dwelling le-olam-va-ed.

3 And the melech turned his face and blessed the whole kehilla of Yisrael: and all the kehilla of Yisrael stood.

4 And he said, Barchu-et-𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 Ahlohim of Yisrael, who has with His Hands fulfilled that which He spoke with His mouth to my abba Dawid, saying,

5 Since the yom that I brought forth My people out of the land of Mitzrayim I chose no city among all the tribes of Yisrael to build a Bayit in, that My Name might be there; neither chose I any man to be a ruler over My people Yisrael:

6 But I have chosen Yahrushalayim, that My Name might be there; and have chosen Dawid to be over My people Yisrael.

7 Now it was in the lev of Dawid my abba to build a Bayit for the Name of 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 Ahlohim of Yisrael.

8 But 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 said to Dawid my abba, Since it was in your lev to build a Bayit for My Name, you did well in that it was in your lev:

9 But you shall not build the Bayit; but your son who shall come forth out of your loins, he shall build the Bayit for My Name.

10 Now 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 therefore has performed His Word that He has spoken: for I have risen up in the place of Dawid my abba and am set on the kesay of Yisrael, as 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 promised and have built the Bayit for the Name of 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 Ahlohim of Yisrael.

11 And in it I have put the Ark, in which is the brit of 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄, that He made with the children of Yisrael.

12 And he stood before the altar of 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 in the presence of all the kehilla of Yisrael and spread forth his hands:

13 For Shlomo had made a bronze scaffold, of five cubits long and five cubits wide and three cubits high and had set it in the middle of the court: and upon it he stood and kneeled down upon his knees before all the kehilla of Yisrael and spread forth his hands toward the shamayim,

14 And said, O 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 Ahlohim of Yisrael, there is no ahlahim like You in the shamayim, nor on the earth; who keeps His brit and shows rachamim to Your avadim, that have their halacha before You with all their levavot:

15 You who have kept with Your eved Dawid my abba that which You have promised him; and spoke with Your mouth and have fulfilled it with Your hand, as it is this yom.

16 Now therefore, O 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 Ahlohim of Yisrael, keep with Your eved Dawid my abba that which You have promised him, saying, There shall not cease a man from your lineage in My sight to sit upon the kesay of Yisrael; yet only if your children take heed to their halacha to have their halacha in My Torah, as you have had your halacha before Me.

17 Now then, O 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 Ahlohim of Yisrael, let Your Word be verified, which You have spoken to Your eved Dawid.

18 But will Ahlohim indeed dwell with men on the earth? See, the shamayim and the shamayim of shamayim cannot contain You; how much less this Bayit which I have built!

19 Have respect therefore to the tefillah of Your eved and to his supplication, O 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 my Ahlohim, to listen to the cry and the tefillah that Your eved brings before You:

20 That Your eyes may be open upon this Bayit yom and lyla, upon the place of which You have said that You would put Your Name there; to listen to the tefillah which Your eved prays toward this place.

21 Hear therefore to the supplications of Your eved and of Your people Yisrael, which they shall make toward this place: and hear from Your dwelling place, even from the shamayim; and when You hear, forgive.

22 If a man sins against his neighbor and an oath be laid upon him to make him swear and the oath comes before Your altar in this Bayit;

23 Then hear from the shamayim and do and judge Your avadim, by repaying the wicked, by recompensing his halacha upon his own head; and by justifying the tzadik, by giving him according to his tzedakah.

24 And if Your people Yisrael be smitten before their enemy because they have sinned against You; and shall make teshuvah and confess Your Name, and make tefillah and supplication before You in this Bayit;

25 Then hear from the shamayim and forgive the sin of Your people Yisrael and bring them again to the land which You gave to them and to their ahvot.

26 When the shamayim are shut up and there is no rain because they have sinned against You; yet if they make tefillah toward this place and confess Your Name, and teshuvah from their sin, when You do afflict them;

27 Then hear from the shamayim and forgive the sin of Your avadim and of Your people Yisrael, when You have taught them the tov halacha, in which they should have their halacha; and send rain upon Your land, which You have given to Your people for an inheritance.

28 If there be famine in the land, if there be pestilence, if there be blight, or mildew, locusts, or grasshoppers; if their enemies besiege them in the cities of their land; or if there be any plague, or sickness:

29 Then whatever tefillah, or whatever supplication shall be made by any man, or of all Your people Yisrael, when each one shall know his own plague and his own grief and shall spread forth his hands to this Bayit:

30 Then hear from the shamayim Your dwelling place and forgive and render to every man according to all his halachot, whose lev You alone know; for You alone know the levavot of the children of men:

31 That they may fear You, to have their halacha in Your derachot, so long as they live in the land which You gave to our ahvot.

32 Moreover concerning the ger, which is not of Your people Yisrael, but is come from a far country for Your great Name’s sake, and Your mighty hand and Your outstretched Arm; if they come and make tefillah in this Bayit;

33 Then hear from the shamayim, even from Your dwelling place and do according to all that the ger calls to You for; that all people of the earth may know Your Name, and fear You, as does Your people Yisrael and may know that this Bayit which I have built is called by Your Name.

34 If Your people go out to war against their enemies by the derech that You shall send them and they make tefillah to You toward this city that You have chosen and the Bayit which I have built for Your Name;

35 Then hear from the shamayim their tefillah and their supplication and maintain their cause.

36 If they sin against You, for there is no man which sins not and You are angry with them and deliver them over to their enemies and they carry them away captives to a land far off, or near;

37 Yet if they think of their errors in the land where they are carried captive and make teshuvah and make tefillah to You in the land of their captivity, saying, We have sinned, we have done wrong and have dealt wickedly;

38 If they return to You with all their lev and with all their being in the land of their captivity, where they have been carried captives and make tefillah toward their land, which You gave to their ahvot and toward the city which You have chosen and toward the Bayit which I have built for Your Name:

39 Then hear from the shamayim, even from Your dwelling place, their tefillah and their supplications and maintain their cause and forgive Your people who have sinned against You.

40 Now, my Ahlohim, let, I beg You, Your eyes be open and let Your ears be attentive to the tefillah that is made in this place.

41 Now therefore arise, O 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 Ahlohim, into Your resting place, You and the Ark of Your strength: let Your kohanim, O 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 Ahlohim, be clothed withΒ Yahusha and let Your kidushim gilah in Your tov.

42 O 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 Ahlohim, turn not away the face of Your anointed: remember the chesed of Dawid Your eved.

7 Now when Shlomo had made an end of making tefillah, the fire came down from the shamayim and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices; and the tifereth of 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 filled the Bayit.

2 And the kohanim could not enter into the Bayit of 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 because the tifereth of 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 had filled 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄’s Bayit.

3 And when all the children of Yisrael saw how the fire came down and the tifereth of 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 upon the Bayit, they bowed themselves with their faces to the ground upon the pavement and worshipped and gave tehilla to 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄, saying, For He is tov; for His chesed endures le-olam-va-ed.

4 Then the melech and all the people offered sacrifices before 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄.

5 And melech Shlomo offered a sacrifice of twenty two thousand oxen and a hundred twenty thousand sheep: so the melech and all the people dedicated the Bayit of Ahlohim.

6 And the kohanim waited on their offices: the Lewiym also with the instruments of music for 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄, which Dawid the melech had made to give tehilla to 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 because His chesed endures le-olam-va-ed, when Dawid gave tehilla also by their hands; and the kohanim sounded shofars before them and kol Yisrael stood.

7 Moreover Shlomo set apart the middle of the court that was before the Bayit of 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄: for there he offered burnt offerings and the fat of the shalom offerings because the bronze altar which Shlomo had made was not able to receive the burnt offerings and the meat offerings and the fat.

8 Also at the same time Shlomo kept the moed seven yamim and kol Yisrael with him, a very great kehilla, from the entering in of Hamath to the river of Mitzrayim.

9 And in the eighth yom they made a miqra kodesh: for they kept the dedication of the altar seven yamim and the moed seven yamim.

10 And on the twenty-third yom of the seventh chodesh he sent the people away into their tents, with simcha and happy levavot; for the tov that 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 had showed to Dawid and to Shlomo and to Yisrael His people.

11 So Shlomo finished the Bayit of 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 and the melech’s bayit: and all that entered into Shlomo’s lev to make in the Bayit of 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 and in his own bayit, he prosperously accomplished.

12 And 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 appeared to Shlomo by lyla and said to him,Β I have heard your tefillah and have chosen this place to Myself for a Bayit of sacrifice.

13 If I shut up the shamayim that there is no rain, or if I command the locusts to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among My people;

14 If My people, who are called by My Name, shall humble themselves and make tefillah and seek My face and teshuvah from their wicked derachot; then will I hear from the shamayim and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

15 Now My eyes shall be open and My ears attentive to the tefillah that is made in this place.

16 For now have I chosen and set apart this Bayit, that My Name may be there le-olam-va-ed: and My eyes and My lev shall be there perpetually.

17 And as for you, if you will have your halacha before Me, as Dawid your abba had his halacha before Me and do according to all that I have commanded you and shall observe My chukim and My mishpatim;

18 Then will I establish the kesay of your malchut, as I have covenanted with Dawid your abba, saying, There shall not cease from your lineage a man to be ruler in Yisrael.

19 But if you turn away and forsake My chukim and My mishpatim, which I have set before you and shall go and serve other ahlahim and worship them;

20 Then will I pluck them up by the roots out of My land which I have given them; and this Bayit, which I have set apart for My Name, will I cast out of My sight and will make it to be a mishle and a mockery among all goyim.

21 And this Bayit, which is high, shall be an astonishment to everyone that passes by it; so that they shall say, Why has 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 done this to this land and to this Bayit?

22 And it shall be answered, Because they forsook 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 Ahlohim of their ahvot, who brought them forth out of the land of Mitzrayim and laid hold on other ahlahim and worshipped them and served them: therefore has He brought all this evil upon them.

8 And it came to pass at the end of twenty years, that Shlomo had built the Bayit of 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 and his own bayit,

2 That the cities that Chiram had restored to Shlomo, Shlomo built them and caused the children of Yisrael to dwell there.

3 And Shlomo went to Hamath-Tzovah and prevailed against it.

4 And he built Tadmor in the wilderness and all the storage cities, which he built in Hamath.

5 Also he built Beth-Horon the upper and Beth-Horon the lower, fortified cities, with walls, gates and bars;

6 And Baalath and all the storage cities that Shlomo had and all the mirkavah cities and the cities of the horsemen and all that Shlomo desired to build in Yahrushalayim and in Levanon, and throughout all the lands of his rule.

7 As for all the people that were left of the Hittites and the Amorites and the Perizzites and the Hivites and the Yevusites, who were not of Yisrael,

8 But of their children, who were left after them in the land, whom the children of Yisrael did not destroy, Shlomo made them compulsory labor until this yom.

9 But of the children of Yisrael did Shlomo make no avadim for his work; but they were men of war and heads of his captains and captains of his mirkavot and horsemen.

10 And these were the rulers of melech Shlomo’s officers, even two hundred fifty, that ruled over the people.

11 And Shlomo brought up the daughter of Pharaoh out of the city of Dawid to the bayit that he had built for her: for he said, My isha shall not dwell in the bayit of Dawid melech of Yisrael because the place is kadosh, where the Ark of 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 has come to rest.

12 Then Shlomo offered burnt offerings to 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 on the altar of 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄, that he had built before the porch,

13 Even according to the daily requirement, offering according to the mishpatim of Moshe, on The Shabbats and on the Chodashim and on the shalosh regalim, three times in the year, even in the moed of Pesach and in the moed of Shavuot and in the moed of Sukkot.

14 And he appointed, according to the order of Dawid his abba, the courses of the kohanim to their service and the Lewiym to their charges, to give tehilla and serve before the kohanim, as the duty of each yom required: the gatekeepers also by their courses at every gate: for so had Dawid the man of Ahlohim commanded.

15 And they departed not from the commandment of the melech to the kohanim and Lewiym concerning any matter, or concerning the treasures.

16 Now all the work of Shlomo was prepared from the yom of the foundation of the Bayit of 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄, until it was finished. So the Bayit of 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 was perfected.

17 Then went Shlomo to Etzyon-Gever and to Eloth, at the seaside in the land of Edom.

18 And Chiram sent him by the hands of his avadim ships and avadim that had da’at of the sea; and they went with the avadim of Shlomo to Ophir, and took from there four hundred fifty talents of gold and brought them to melech Shlomo.

9 And when the Malka of Sheva heard of the fame of Shlomo, she came to prove Shlomo with hard questions at Yahrushalayim, with a very great company, and camels that carried spices and gold in abundance and precious stones: and when she was come to Shlomo, she communed with him all that was in her lev.

2 And Shlomo answered all her questions: and there was nothing hidden from Shlomo which he told her not.

3 And when the Malka of Sheva had seen the chochmah of Shlomo and the Bayit that he had built,

4 And the food of his shulchan and the sitting of his avadim and the service of his waiters and their attire; his cupbearers also and their attire; and the ascent by which he went up into the Bayit of 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄; there was no more ruach in her.

5 And she said to the melech, It was a emet report which I heard in my own land of your acts and of your chochmah:

6 But I believed not their words, until I came and my eyes have seen it: and, see, not even half of the greatness of your chochmah was told to me: for you far exceed the fame that I heard.

7 Blessed are your men and blessed are these your avadim that stand continually before you and hear your chochmah.

8 Blessed be 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 your Ahlohim, who delighted in you to set you on His kesay, to be melech for 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 your Ahlohim: because your Ahlohim loved Yisrael, to establish them le-olam-va-ed, therefore He made you melech over them, to do mishpat and justice.

9 And she gave the melech a hundred twenty talents of gold and of spices great abundance and precious stones: neither was there any other similar spices as the kind the Malka of Sheva gave melech Shlomo.

10 And the avadim also of Chiram and the avadim of Shlomo, who brought gold from Ophir, brought algum eytzim and precious stones.

11 And the melech made from the algum eytzim stairs to the Bayit of 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 and to the melech’s palace and harps and lyres for singers: and there were none such as these seen before in the land of Yahudah.

12 And melech Shlomo gave to the Malka of Sheva all her desires, whatever she asked, beside that which she had brought to the melech. So she returned and went away to her own land, she and her avadim.

13 Now the weight of gold that came to Shlomo in one year was six hundred sixty six talents of gold;

14 Beside that which traders and merchants brought. And all the melechim of Arabia and rulers of the countries brought gold and silver to Shlomo.

15 And melech Shlomo made two hundred shields of beaten gold: six hundred shekels of beaten gold went into one shield.

16 And three hundred shields he made of beaten gold: three hundred shekels of gold went into one shield. And the melech put them in the bayit of the forest of Levanon.

17 Moreover the melech made a great kesay of ivory and covered it with pure gold.

18 And there were six steps to the kesay, with a footstool of gold, which were fastened to the kesay and armrests on each side of the sitting place and two lions standing by the armrests:

19 And twelve lions stood there on the one side and on the other upon the six steps. There was not made its like in any malchut.

20 And all the drinking vessels of melech Shlomo were of gold and all the vessels of the bayit of the forest of Levanon were of pure gold: none were of silver; for silver had little value in the yamim of Shlomo.

21 For the melech’s ships went to Tarshish with the avadim of Chiram: once every three years came the ships of Tarshish bringing gold and silver, ivory and apes and peacocks.

22 And melech Shlomo passed all the melechim of the earth in riches and chochmah.

23 And all the melechim of the earth sought the presence of Shlomo, to hear the chochmah that Ahlohim had put in his lev.

24 And they brought every man his present, vessels of silver and vessels of gold and clothing, armor and spices, horses and mules, year by year.

25 And Shlomo had four thousand stalls for horses and mirkavot and twelve thousand horsemen; whom he stationed in the mirkavah cities and with the melech at Yahrushalayim.

26 And he reigned over all the melechim from the river even to the land of the Plishtim and to the border of Mitzrayim.

27 And the melech made silver in Yahrushalayim as stones and cedar eytzim he made as plenty as the sycamore eytzim that are in the low plains.

28 And they brought to Shlomo horses out of Mitzrayim and out of all lands.

29 Now the rest of the acts of Shlomo, first and last, are they not written in the Scroll of Natan the navi, and in the prophecy of Achiyah the Shilonite and in the visions of Iddo the seer against Yahravam the son of Nevat?

30 And Shlomo reigned in Yahrushalayim over kol Yisrael for forty years.

31 And Shlomo slept with his ahvot and he was buried in the city of Dawid his abba: and Rechavam his son reigned in his place.

10 And Rechavam went to Shechem: for to Shechem kol Yisrael had come to make him melech.

2 And it came to pass, when Yahravam the son of Nevat, who was in Mitzrayim, where he had fled from the presence of Shlomo the melech, heard it, that Yahravam returned out of Mitzrayim.

3 And they sent and called him. So Yahravam and kol Yisrael came and spoke to Rechavam, saying,

4 Your abba made our yoke hard: now therefore lighten the hard service of your abba and his heavy yoke that he put upon us and we will serve you.

5 And he said to them, Return to me after three yamim. And the people departed.

6 And melech Rechavam took counsel with the elderly men that had stood before Shlomo his abba while he yet lived, saying, What counsel do you give me to return an answer to this people?

7 And they spoke to him, saying, If you are kind to this people and please them and speak tov words to them, they will be your avadim le-olam-va-ed.

8 But he forsook the counsel that the elderly men gave him and took counsel with the young men that were brought up with him, that stood before him.

9 And he said to them, What advice do you give me so I can return an answer to this people, who have spoken to me, saying, Lighten the yoke that your abba did put upon us?

10 And the young men that were brought up with him spoke to him, saying, This shall you answer the people that spoke to you, saying, Your abba made our yoke heavy, but you make it light for us; Say my little finger shall be thicker than my abba’s loins.

11 Now my abba put a heavy yoke upon you, I will surely add to your yoke: my abba chastised you with whips, but I will chastise you with scorpions.

12 So Yahravam and all the people came to Rechavam on the third yom, as the melech commanded, saying, Come again to me on the third yom.

13 And the melech answered them harshly; and melech Rechavam forsook the counsel of the elderly men,

14 And answered them after the advice of the young men, saying, My abba made your yoke heavy, but I will add to it: my abba chastised you with whips, but I will chastise you with scorpions.

15 So the melech listened not to the people: for the cause and turn of events was from Ahlohim, so that 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 might perform His Word, which He spoke by the hand of Achiyah the Shilonite to Yahravam the son of Nevat.

16 And when kol Yisrael saw that the melech would not listen to them, the people answered the melech, saying, What portion have we in Dawid? And we have no inheritance in the son of Yishai: every man to your tents, O Yisrael: and now, Dawid, see to your own bayit. So kol Yisrael went to their tents.

17 But as for the children of Yisrael that dwelt in the cities of Yahudah, Rechavam reigned over them.

18 Then melech Rechavam sent Hadoram that was over the compulsory labor; and the children of Yisrael stoned him with stones, that he died. But melech Rechavam rushed to get up to his mirkavah, to flee to Yahrushalayim.

19 And Yisrael rebelled against Beit Dawid to this yom.

11 And when Rechavam had come to Yahrushalayim, he gathered from Beit Yahudah and Benyamin a hundred eighty thousand chosen men, who were warriors, to fight against Yisrael, that he might bring back the malchut again to Rechavam.

2 But The Word of 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 came to Shemayah the man of Ahlohim, saying,

3 Speak to Rechavam the son of Shlomo, melech of Yahudah and to kol Yisrael in Yahudah and Benyamin, saying,

4 This says 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄, You shall not go up, nor fight against your brothers: return every man to his bayit: for this matter of the division is from Me. And they obeyed the Words of 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 and returned from going against Yahravam.

5 And Rechavam dwelt in Yahrushalayim and built cities for defense in Yahudah.

6 He built even Beth-Lechem and Etam and Tekoa,

7 And Beth-Zur and Shoco and Adullam,

8 And Gat and Mareshah and Zif,

9 And Adoraim and Lachish and Azekah,

10 And Tzorach and Ayalon and Chebron, which are fortified cities in Yahudah and in Benyamin.

11 And he fortified the strongholds and put captains in them and storages of food and oil and wine.

12 And in every city he put shields and spears and made them exceedingly strong, having Yahudah and Benyamin on his side.

13 And the kohanim and the Lewiym that were in kol Yisrael resorted to him out of all their coasts.

14 For the Lewiym left their suburbs and their possession and came to Yahudah and Yahrushalayim: for Yahravam and his sons had ordered them to cease from executing the kohen’s office to 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄:

15 And he ordained for himself kohanim for the high places and for the goats and for the calves that he had made.

16 And after them out of all the tribes of Yisrael such as set their levavot to seek 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 Ahlohim of Yisrael came to Yahrushalayim, to sacrifice to 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 Ahlohim of their ahvot.

17 So they strengthened the malchut of Yahudah and made Rechavam the son of Shlomo strong for three years: for three years they had their halacha in the derech of Dawid and Shlomo.

18 And Rechavam took Mahalath the daughter of Yerimoth the son of Dawid to be his isha and Abihayil the daughter of Eliav the son of Yishai;

19 Who bore him children; Yeush and Shamaryah and Zaham.

20 And after her he took Maachah the daughter of Avshalom; who bore him Aviyah and Attai and Ziza and Shelomith.

21 And Rechavam loved Maachah the daughter of Avshalom above all his wives and his concubines: for he took eighteen wives and sixty concubines; and begat twenty-eight sons and sixty daughters.

22 And Rechavam made Aviyah the son of Maachah the head, to be ruler among his brothers: for he thought about making him melech.

23 And he dealt wisely and dispersed from among all his children throughout all the countries of Yahudah and Benyamin, to every fortified city: and he gave them food in abundance. And he sought many wives for them.

12 And it came to pass, when Rechavam had established the malchut and had strengthened himself, he forsook the Torah of 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 and kol Yisrael with him.

2 And it came to pass, that in the fifth year of melech Rechavam Shishak melech of Mitzrayim came up against Yahrushalayim because they had transgressed against 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄,

3 With twelve hundred mirkavot and sixty thousand horsemen: and the people were without number that came with him out of Mitzrayim; the Luvims, the Sukkiims and the Ethiopians.

4 And he captured the fortified cities that pertained to Yahudah and came to Yahrushalayim.

5 Then came Shemayah the navi to Rechavam and to the rulers of Yahudah, that were gathered together to Yahrushalayim because of Shishak and said to them, This says 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄,Β You have forsaken Me and therefore have I also left you in the hand of Shishak.

6 Then the rulers of Yisrael and the melech humbled themselves; and they said,𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 is tzadik.

7 And when 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 saw that they humbled themselves, The Word of 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 came to Shemayah, saying,Β They have humbled themselves; therefore I will not destroy them, but I will grant them some deliverance; and My wrath shall not be poured out upon Yahrushalayim by the hand of Shishak.

8 Nevertheless they shall be his avadim; that they may know My service and the service of the malchutim of the countries.

9 So Shishak melech of Mitzrayim came up against Yahrushalayim and took away the treasures of the Bayit of 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 and the treasures of the melech’s bayit; he took all: and carried away also the shields of gold which Shlomo had made.

10 And then melech Rechavam made shields of bronze to replace them and committed them to the hands of the head of the guard, that guarded the entrance of the melech’s bayit.

11 And when the melech entered into the Bayit of 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄, the guard came and fetched them and brought them again into the guard chamber.

12 And when he humbled himself, the wrath of 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 turned from him that he would not destroy him altogether: and also in Yahudah things went well.

13 So melech Rechavam strengthened himself in Yahrushalayim and reigned: for Rechavam was forty-one years old when he began to reign and he reigned seventeen years in Yahrushalayim, the city which 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 had chosen out of all the tribes of Yisrael, to put His Name there. And his emma’s name was Naamah an Ammonitess.

14 And he did evil because he prepared not his lev to seek 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄.

15 Now the acts of Rechavam, the first and last, are they not written in the Scroll of Shemayah the navi and of Iddo the seer concerning genealogies? And there were wars between Rechavam and Yahravam continually.

16 And Rechavam slept with his ahvot and was buried in the city of Dawid: and Aviyah his son reigned in his place.

13 Now in the eighteenth year of melech Yahravam began Aviyah to reign over Yahudah.

2 He reigned three years in Yahrushalayim. His emma’s name also was Michayah the daughter of Uriel of Givat. And there was war between Aviyah and Yahravam.

3 And Aviyah joined the battle with an army of brave men of war, even four hundred thousand chosen men: Yahravam also set the battle against him with eight hundred thousand chosen men, being mighty men of bravery.

4 And Aviyah stood up upon Har Zemarayim, which is in the mountains of Efrayim and said, Shema to me, Yahravam and kol Yisrael;

5 Don’t you know that 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 Ahlohim of Yisrael gave the malchut over Yisrael to Dawid le-olam-va-ed, even to him and to his sons by a brit of salt?

6 Yet Yahravam the son of Nevat, the eved of Shlomo the son of Dawid, has risen up and has rebelled against his master.

7 And there are gathered to him vain men, the children of Beliya-al and have strengthened themselves against Rechavam the son of Shlomo,

when Rechavam was young and tenderhearted and could not withstand them.

8 And now you think to withstand the malchut of 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 in the hand of the sons of Dawid; because you are a great multitude and there are with you golden calves, which Yahravam made for you as your ahlahim.

9 Have you not cast out the kohanim of 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄, the sons of Aharon and the Lewiym and have made for yourselves kohanim after the manner of the goyim of other lands? So that whoever comes to consecrate himself with a young bullock and seven rams, the same may be a kohen for them that are not ahlahim.

10 But as for us,𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 is our Ahlohim and we have not forsaken Him; and the kohanim, who serve 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄, are the sons of Aharon and the Lewiym wait upon their service:

11 And they burn to 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 every shachrit and every maariv burnt sacrifices and sweet incense: the Lechem ha Panayim also they set in order upon the pure shulchan; and the menorah of gold with its lamps, to burn every maariv: for we keep the charge of 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 our Ahlohim; but you have forsaken Him.

12 And, see, Ahlohim Himself is with us as our Captain and His kohanim with sounding shofars to sound the alarm against you. O children of Yisrael, fight not against 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 Ahlohim of your ahvot; for you shall not prosper.

13 But Yahravam caused an ambush to come about behind them: so they were before Yahudah and the ambush was behind them.

14 And when Yahudah looked back, see, the battle was before and behind: and they cried to 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 and the kohanim sounded with the shofars.

15 Then the men of Yahudah gave a shout: and as the men of Yahudah shouted, it came to pass, that Ahlohim struck Yahravam and kol Yisrael before Aviyah and Yahudah.

16 And the children of Yisrael fled before Yahudah: and Ahlohim delivered them into their hand.

17 And Aviyah and his people killed them with a great slaughter: so there fell down slain of Yisrael five hundred thousand chosen men.

18 So the children of Yisrael were humbled at that time and the children of Yahudah prevailed because they relied upon 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 Ahlohim of their ahvot.

19 And Aviyah pursued after Yahravam and took cities from him, Beth-El with its towns and Yeshnah with its towns and Ephron with its towns.

20 Neither did Yahravam recover his strength again in the yamim of Aviyah: and 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 struck him and he died.

21 But Aviyah grew mighty and married fourteen wives and begat twenty-two sons and sixteen daughters.

22 And the rest of the acts of Aviyah and his derachot and his sayings, are written in the Scroll of the Navi Iddo.

14 So Aviyah slept with his ahvot and they buried him in the city of Dawid: and Asa his son reigned in his place. In his yamim the land was quiet ten years.

2 And Asa did that which was tov and right in the eyes of 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 his Ahlohim:

3 For he took away the altars of the strange ahlahim and the idol temples and broke down the images and cut down the Asherim:

4 And commanded Yahudah to seek 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 Ahlohim of their ahvot and to do the Torah and the mishpatim.

5 Also he took away out of all the cities of Yahudah the idol temples and the images: and the malchut was quiet before him.

6 And he built fortified cities in Yahudah: for the land had rest and he had no war in those years; because 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 had given him rest.

7 Therefore he said to Yahudah, Let us build these cities and make around them walls and towers, gates and bars, while the land is yet before us; because we have sought 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 our Ahlohim, we have sought Him and He has given us rest on every side. So they built and prospered.

8 And Asa had an army of men that bore shields and spears, out of Yahudah three hundred thousand; and out of Benyamin, that bore shields and drew bows, two hundred eighty thousand: all these were mighty men of bravery.

9 And there came out against them Zerach the Ethiopian with an army of a million men and three hundred mirkavot; and came to Mareshah.

10 Then Asa went out against him and they set the battle in the Valley of Tzephathah at Mareshah.

11 And Asa cried to 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 his Ahlohim and said,𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄, it is nothing for You to help, whether with many, or with them that have no power: help us, O 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 our Ahlohim; for we rest on You and in Your Name we go against this multitude. O 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄, You are our Ahlohim; let not man prevail against You.

12 So 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 killed the Ethiopians before Asa and before Yahudah; and the Ethiopians fled.

13 And Asa and the people that were with him pursued them to Gerar: and the Ethiopians were overthrown, that they could not recover themselves; for they were destroyed before 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 and before His army; and they carried away very much spoil.

14 And they smote all the cities all around Gerar; for the fear of 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 came upon them: and they plundered all the cities; for there was very much spoil in them.

15 They smote also the tents of cattle and carried away sheep and camels in abundance and returned to Yahrushalayim.

15 And The Ruach of Ahlohim came upon Azaryahu the son of Oved:

2 And he went out to meet Asa and said to him, Shema to me, Asa and all Yahudah and Benyamin;𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 is with you, while you be with Him; and if you seek Him, He will be found of you; but if you forsake Him, He will forsake you.

3 Now for a long season Yisrael has been without the emet Ahlohim and without a teaching kohen and without Torah.

4 But when they in their trouble did teshuvah to 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 Ahlohim of Yisrael and sought Him, He was found of them.

5 And in those times there was no shalom to him that went out, nor to him that came in, but great vexations were upon all the inhabitants of the countries.

6 They were beaten down nation-by-nation and city-by-city: for Ahlohim did vex them with all adversity.

7 Be strong therefore and let not your hands be weak: for your work shall be rewarded.

8 And when Asa heard these words and the prophecy of Oved the navi, he took courage and put away the abominable idols out of all the land of Yahudah and Benyamin and out of the cities which he had taken from Har Efrayim and renewed the altar of 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄, that was before the porch of 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄.

9 And he gathered all Yahudah and Benyamin and the gerim with them out of Efrayim and Menasheh, and out of Shimon: for they came over to him out of Yisrael in abundance, when they saw that 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 his Ahlohim was with him.

10 So they gathered themselves together at Yahrushalayim in the third chodesh, in the fifteenth year of the reign of Asa.

11 And they offered to 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 the same time, from the spoil that they had brought, seven hundred oxen and seven thousand sheep.

12 And they entered into a brit to seek 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 Ahlohim of their ahvot with all their lev and with all their being;

13 That whoever would not seek 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 Ahlohim of Yisrael should be put to death, whether small, or great, whether man, or woman.

14 And they swore to 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 with a loud voice and with shouting and with shofars and with cornets.

15 And all Yahudah had gilah at the oath: for they had sworn with all their lev and sought Him with their whole desire; and He was found by them: and 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 gave them rest all round.

16 And also concerning Maachah the emma of Asa the melech, he removed her from being malka because she had made an idol in an Asherah: and Asa cut down her idol and stamped it and burned it at the brook Kidron.

17 But the idol temples were not taken away out of Yisrael: nevertheless the lev of Asa was perfect all his yamim.

18 And he brought into the Bayit of Ahlohim the things that his abba had dedicated and that he himself had dedicated, silver and gold and vessels.

19 And there was no more war to the thirty-fifth year of the reign of Asa.

16 In the thirty-sixth year of the reign of Asa, Baasha Melech of Yisrael came up against Yahudah and rebuilt Ramah, with the intent that he might let no one go out, or come in to Asa melech of Yahudah.

2 Then Asa brought out silver and gold out of the treasures of the Bayit of 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 and of the melech’s bayit and sent to Ben-Hadad melech of Aram, that dwelt at Dameshek, saying,

3 There is a brit between me and you, as there was between my abba and your abba: see, I have sent you silver and gold; go, break your brit with Baasha melech of Yisrael, that he may depart from me.

4 And Ben-Hadad listened to melech Asa and sent the captains of his armies against the cities of Yisrael; and they smote Iyon and Dan and Avel-Mayim and all the storage cities of Naphtali.

5 And it came to pass, when Baasha heard it, that he stopped the rebuilding of Ramah and let his work cease.

6 Then Asa the melech took all Yahudah; and they carried away the stones of Ramah and its timber, with which Baasha was building; and he built with it Geva and Mitzpah.

7 And at that time Hanani the seer came to Asa melech of Yahudah and said to him, Because you have relied on the melech of Aram and not relied on 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 your Ahlohim, therefore the army of the melech of Aram has escaped out of your hand.

8 Were not the Ethiopians and the Luvims a huge army, with very many mirkavot and horsemen? Yet because you did rely on 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄, He delivered them into your hand.

9 For the eyes of 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on the behalf of those whose lev is perfect toward Him. In this matter you have done foolishly: therefore from now on you shall have wars.

10 Then Asa was angry with the seer and put him in a prison; for he was in a rage with him because of this thing. And Asa oppressed some of the people at the same time.

11 And, see, the acts of Asa, first and last, see, they are written in the Scroll of The Melechim of Yahudah and Yisrael.

12 And Asa in the thirty-ninth year of his reign was diseased in his feet, until his disease was exceedingly great: yet in his disease he looked not to 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄, but to the physicians.

13 And Asa slept with his ahvot and died in the forty-first year of his reign.

14 And they buried him in his own tomb, which he had made for himself in the city of Dawid and laid him in the bed which was filled with sweet odors and diverse kinds of spices prepared by the perfumers skill: and they made a very great burnt offering for him.

17 And Yahushaphat his son reigned in his place and strengthened himself against Yisrael.

2 And he placed forces in all the fortified cities of Yahudah and set watch-posts in the land of Yahudah and in the cities of Efrayim, which Asa his abba had taken.

3 And 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 was with Yahushaphat because he had his halacha in the first derachot of his abba Dawid and sought not any Ba’alim;

4 But looked to 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 Ahlohim of his abba and had his halacha in His mishpatim and not after the doings of Yisrael.

5 Therefore 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 established the malchut in his hand; and all Yahudah brought to Yahushaphat presents; and he had riches and kavod in great abundance.

6 And his lev was encouraged in the derachot of 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄: moreover he took away the idol temples and Asherim out of Yahudah.

7 Also in the third year of his reign he sent to his rulers, Ben-Hail and Ovadyah and Zacharyah and Natan-El and Michayah, to teach in the cities of Yahudah.

8 And with them he sent Lewiym, even Shemayah and Nethanyahu and Zevadyahu and Asah-El and Shemiramoth and Yehonathan and Adoniyahu and Toviyahu and Tov-Adoniyah, Lewiym; and with them Elishama and Yahuram, kohanim.

9 And they taught in Yahudah and had the scroll of the Torah of 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 with them and went around throughout all the cities of Yahudah and taught the people.

10 And the fear of 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 fell upon all the malchutim of the lands that were all around Yahudah, so that they made no war against Yahushaphat.

11 Also some of the Plishtim brought Yahushaphat presents and compulsory labor and silver; and the Arabians brought him flocks, seven thousand seven hundred rams and seven thousand seven hundred male goats.

12 And Yahushaphat grew great exceedingly; and he built in Yahudah castles and cities of storage.

13 And he had much business in the cities of Yahudah: and the men of war, mighty men of bravery, were in Yahrushalayim.

14 And these are their numbers according to the bayit of their ahvot: Of Yahudah, the captains of thousands; Adnah the head and with him mighty men of bravery three hundred thousand.

15 And next to him was Yahuchanan the captain and with him two hundred eighty thousand.

16 And next to him was Amatsyah the son of Zichri, who willingly offered himself to 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄; and with him two hundred thousand mighty men of bravery.

17 And of Benyamin; Elyada a mighty man of bravery and with him armed men with bow and shield two hundred thousand.

18 And next to him was Yahuzavad and with him a hundred eighty thousand ready prepared for the war.

19 These served the melech, beside those whom the melech put in the fortified cities throughout all Yahudah.

18 Now Yahushaphat had riches and kavod in abundance and was aligned with Achav by marriage.

2 And after certain years he went down to Achav to Shomron. And Achav killed sheep and oxen for him in abundance and for the people that he had with him and persuaded him to go up with him to Ramot-Gilad.

3 And Achav melech of Yisrael said to Yahushaphat melech of Yahudah, Will you go with me to Ramot-Gilad? And he answered him, I am as you are and my people as your people; and we will be with you in the war.

4 And Yahushaphat said to the melech of Yisrael, Inquire, I ask you, for The Word of 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 today.

5 Therefore the melech of Yisrael gathered together four hundred men of the neviim and said to them, Shall we go to Ramot-Gilad to battle, or shall I refrain? And they said, Go up; for Ahlohim will deliver it into the melech’s hand.

6 But Yahushaphat said, Is there not here a navi of 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 besides these that we might inquire of him?

7 And the melech of Yisrael said to Yahushaphat, There is yet one man, by whom we may inquire of 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄: but I hate him; for he never prophesied tov to me, but always evil: he is Michayah the son of Yimla. And Yahushaphat said, Let not the melech say such things.

8 And the melech of Yisrael called for one of his officers and said, Fetch quickly Michayah the son of Imla.

9 And the melech of Yisrael and Yahushaphat melech of Yahudah sat both on their thrones, clothed in their robes and they sat in an open place at the entrance of the gate of Shomron; and all the neviim prophesied before them.

10 And Tzidkiyahu the son of Chenanyah had made for himself horns of iron and said, This says 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄, With these you shall push Aram until they be consumed.

11 And all the neviim prophesied likewise, saying, Go up to Ramot-Gilad and prosper: for 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 shall deliver it into the hand of the melech.

12 And the messenger that went to call Michayah spoke to him, saying, See, the words of the neviim declare tov to the melech with one accord; let your word therefore, I beg you, be like one of theirs and speak tov.

13 And Michayah said, As 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 lives, even what my Ahlohim says, that will I speak.

14 And when he had come to the melech, the melech said to him, Michayah, shall we go to Ramot-Gilad to battle, or shall I refrain? And he said, Go up and prosper: and they shall be delivered into your hand.

15 And the melech said to him, How many times shall I admonish you that you say nothing but the emet to me in the Name of 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 ?

16 Then he said, I did see kol Yisrael scattered upon the mountains, as sheep that have no shepherd: and 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 said,Β These have no master; let them return therefore each man to his bayit in shalom.

17 And the melech of Yisrael said to Yahushaphat, Did I not tell you that he would not prophesy tov to me, but evil?

18 Again he said, Therefore hear The Word of 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄; I saw 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 sitting upon His kesay and all the armies of the shamayim standing on His Right Hand and on His left.

19 And 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 said,Β Who shall entice Achav melech of Yisrael, so that he may go up and fall at Ramot-Gilad?Β And one spoke saying after this manner; and another saying after another manner.

20 Then there came out a ruach and stood before 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 and said, I will entice him. And 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 said to him, In what derech?

21 And he said, I will go out and be a lying ruach in the mouth of all his neviim. And 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 said,Β You shall entice him and you shall also prevail: go out and do so.

22 Now therefore, see, 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 has put a lying ruach in the mouth of these your neviim and 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 has spoken evil against you.

23 Then Tzidqiyahu the son of Chenanyah came near and smote Michayah upon the cheek and said, Which derech went The Ruach of 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 from me to speak to you?

24 And Michayah said, See, you shall see on that yom when you shall go into an inner chamber to hide yourself.

25 Then the melech of Yisrael said, Take Michayah and carry him back to Amon the leader of the city and to Yoash the melech’s son;

26 And say, This says the melech, Put this fellow in the prison and feed him with the lechem of affliction and with mayim of affliction, until I return in shalom.

27 And Michayah said, If you certainly return in shalom, then 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 has not spoken by me. And he said, Shema, all you people.

28 So the melech of Yisrael and Yahushaphat the melech of Yahudah went up to Ramot-Gilad.

29 And the melech of Yisrael said to Yahushaphat, I will disguise myself and will go to the battle; but put on your robes. So the melech of Yisrael disguised himself; and they went to the battle.

30 Now the melech of Aram had commanded the captains of the mirkavot that were with him, saying, Fight not against small, or great, except only against the melech of Yisrael.

31 And it came to pass, when the captains of the mirkavot saw Yahushaphat, that they said, It is the melech of Yisrael. Therefore they circled around him to fight: but Yahushaphat cried out and 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 helped him; and Ahlohim moved them to depart from him.

32 For it came to pass, that, when the captains of the mirkavot perceived that it was not the melech of Yisrael, they turned back again from pursuing him.

33 And a certain man drew a bow unwittingly and killed the melech of Yisrael between the joints of the harness: the melech said to his mirkavah man, Turn around, that you may take me out of the battle; for I am wounded.

34 And the battle increased that yom: but the melech of Yisrael stayed in his mirkavah against the Arameans until the evening: and about the time of the sundown he died.

19 And Yahushaphat the melech of Yahudah returned to his bayit in shalom to Yahrushalayim.

2 And Yahu the son of Hanani the seer went out to meet him and said to melech Yahushaphat, Should you help the wicked and love them that hate 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 ? Therefore wrath is upon you from 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄.

3 Nevertheless there are tov things found in you, in that you have taken away the Asherim out of the land and have prepared your lev to seek Ahlohim.

4 And Yahushaphat dwelt at Yahrushalayim: and he went out again throughout the people from Be-er-Sheva to Har Efrayim and brought them back to 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 Ahlohim of their ahvot.

5 And he set shophtim in the land throughout all the fortified cities of Yahudah, city by city,

6 And said to the shophtim, Take heed what you do: for you judge not for man, but for 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄, who is with you in the mishpat.

7 And now let the fear of 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 be upon you; take heed and do it: for there is no iniquity with 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 our Ahlohim, or partiality of persons, or taking any gifts.

8 Moreover in Yahrushalayim did Yahushaphat set up the Lewiym and the kohanim and the heads of the ahvot of Yisrael, to administer the mishpatim of 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 and to settle disputes, when they returned to Yahrushalayim.

9 And he charged them, saying, This shall you do in the fear of 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄, faithfully and with a perfect lev.

10 And whatever cause shall come to you from your brothers that dwell in their cities, between dahm and dahm, between Torah and mitzvah, chukim and mishpatim, you shall even warn them that they trespass not against 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 and so wrath come upon you and upon your brothers: this do and you shall not trespass.

11 And, see, Amariyahu the head kohen is over you in all matters of 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄; and Tzevadyahu the son of Yishmael, the ruler of Beit Yahudah, for all the melech’s matters: also the Lewiym shall be officers before you. Deal courageously and 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 shall be with the tov.

20 It came to pass after this also, that the children of Moav and the children of Ammon and with them others beside the Ammonites, came against Yahushaphat to battle.

2 Then there came some that told Yahushaphat, saying, There comes a great multitude against you from beyond the sea on this side of Aram; and, see, they are in Hazazon-Tamar, which is En-Gedi.

3 And Yahushaphat feared and set himself to seek 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 and proclaimed a fast throughout all Yahudah.

4 And Yahudah gathered themselves together, to ask help from 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄: even out of all the cities of Yahudah they came to seek 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄.

5 And Yahushaphat stood in the kehilla of Yahudah and Yahrushalayim, in the Bayit of 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄, before the new court,

6 And said, O 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 Ahlohim of our ahvot, are not You Ahlohim in the shamayim? And don’t You rule over all the malchutim of the goyim? And in Your hand is there not Power and might, so that none is able to withstand You?

7 Are not You our Ahlohim, who did drive out the inhabitants of this land before Your people Yisrael and gave it to the zera of Avraham Your chaver le-olam-va-ed?

8 And they dwelt in it and have built You a Kadosh-Place in it for Your Name, saying,

9 If, when evil comes upon us, as the sword, mishpat, or pestilence, or famine, if we stand before You in this Bayit and in Your presence, for Your Name is in this Bayit, and cry to You in our affliction, then You will hear and help.

10 And now, see, the children of Ammon and Moav and Har Seir, whom You would not let Yisrael invade, when they came out of the land of Mitzrayim, but they turned from them and destroyed them not;

11 See, look, how they reward us, to come and to cast us out of Your possession, which You have given us to inherit.

12 O our Ahlohim, will You not judge them? For we have no might against this great company that comes against us; neither know we what to do: but our eyes are upon You.

13 And all Yahudah stood before 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄, with their little ones, their wives and their children.

14 Then upon Yahazi-El the son of Zacharyahu, the son of Benyahu, the son of Yei-El, the son of Mattanyah, a Lewite of the sons of Asaph, came The Ruach of 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 in the middle of the kehilla;

15 And he said, Shema, all Yahudah and you inhabitants of Yahrushalayim and you, melech Yahushaphat, This says 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 to you,Β Be not afraid nor dismayed by reason of this great multitude; for the battle is not yours, but Ahlohim’s.

16 Tomorrow go down against them: see, they come up by the cliff of Tziz; and you shall find them at the end of the brook, before the wilderness of Yeru-El.

17 You shall not need to fight in this battle: position yourselves and stand still and see theΒ YAHUSHA of 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 with you, O Yahudah and Yahrushalayim: fear not, nor be dismayed; tomorrow go out against them: for 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 will be with you.

18 And Yahushaphat bowed his head with his face to the ground: and all Yahudah and the inhabitants of Yahrushalayim fell before 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄, worshipping 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄.

19 And the Lewiym, of the children of the Kohathites and of the children of the Korachites, stood up to give tehilla to 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 Ahlohim of Yisrael with a loud voice on high.

20 And they rose early in the boker and went forth into the wilderness of Tekoa: and as they went forth, Yahushaphat stood and said, Shema to me, O Yahudah and you inhabitants of Yahrushalayim; Believe in 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 your Ahlohim, so shall you be established; believe His neviim, so shall you prosper.

21 And when he had consulted with the people, he appointed singers to 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄, who should give tehilla to the beauty of set apartness; as they went out before the army and to say, Give tehilla to 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄, ke le-olam-chasdo.

22 And when they began to sing and to give tehilla,𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 set ambushes against the children of Ammon, Moav and Har Seir, who were coming against Yahudah; and they were killed.

23 For the children of Ammon and Moav stood up against the inhabitants of Har Seir, utterly to kill and destroy them: and when they had made an end of the inhabitants of Seir, each one helped to destroy one another.

24 And when Yahudah came toward the watchtower in the wilderness, they looked to the multitude and, see, there were dead bodies fallen to the earth and none escaped.

25 And when Yahushaphat and his people came to take away the spoil from them, they found among them an abundance of riches with the dead bodies and precious jewels, which they stripped off for themselves, more than they could carry away: and they spent three yamim gathering the spoil, it was so much.

26 And on the fourth yom they assembled themselves in the Valley of Berach-YAH; for there they blessed 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄: therefore the name of the same place is called, The Valley of Berach-YAH, to this yom.

27 Then they returned, every man of Yahudah and Yahrushalayim and Yahushaphat in front of them, to go again to Yahrushalayim with simcha; for 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 had made them to gilah over their enemies.

28 And they came to Yahrushalayim with lyres and harps and shofars to the Bayit of 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄.

29 And the fear of Ahlohim was on all the malchutim of those countries, when they had heard that 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 fought against the enemies of Yisrael.

30 So the realm of Yahushaphat was quiet: for his Ahlohim gave him rest all around.

31 And Yahushaphat reigned over Yahudah: he was thirty-five years old when he began to reign and he reigned twenty-five years in Yahrushalayim. And his emma’s name was Azuvah the daughter of Shilhi.

32 And he had his halacha in the derech of Asa his abba and departed not from it, doing that which was right in the sight of 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄.

33 But the idol temples were not taken away: for as yet the people had not prepared their levavot towards the Ahlohim of their ahvot.

34 Now the rest of the acts of Yahushaphat, the first and last, see, they are written in the Scroll of Yahu the son of Hanani, who is mentioned in the Scroll of The Melechim of Yisrael.

35 And after this did Yahushaphat melech of Yahudah join with Ahazyah melech of Yisrael and did wickedly in doing so:

36 And he joined himself with him to make ships to go to Tarshish: and they made the ships in Etzyon-Gever.

37 Then Eli-Ezer the son of Dodavah of Mareshah prophesied against Yahushaphat, saying, Because you have joined yourself with Achazyahu,𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 has broken your works. And the ships were broken, so that they were not able to go to Tarshish.

21 Now Yahushaphat slept with his ahvot and was buried with his ahvot in the city of Dawid. And Yahuram his son reigned in his place.

2 And he had brothers the sons of Yahushaphat, Azaryah and Yehi-El and Zacharyah and Azaryah and Micha-El and Shephatyah: all these were the sons of Yahushaphat melech of Yisrael.

3 And their abba gave them great gifts of silver and of gold and of precious things, with fortified cities in Yahudah: but the malchut he gave to Yahuram; because he was the bachor.

4 Now when Yahuram had risen up over the malchut of his abba, he strengthened himself and killed all his brothers with the sword and others also of the rulers of Yisrael.

5 Yahuram was thirty-two years old when he began to reign and he reigned eight years in Yahrushalayim.

6 And he had his walk in the derech of the melechim of Yisrael, like the deeds of Beit Achav; for he had the daughter of Achav as his isha and he worked that which was evil in the eyes of 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄.

7 Yet 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 would not destroy Beit Dawid because of the brit that He had made with Dawid and as He promised to give an ohr to him and to his sons le-olam-va-ed.

8 In his yamim the Edomites revolted from under the rule of Yahudah and made themselves a melech.

9 Then Yahuram went forth with his rulers and all his mirkavot with him: and he rose up by lyla and killed the Edomites who surrounded him and the captains of the mirkavot.

10 So the Edomites revolted from under the hand of Yahudah to this yom. The same time also did Livnah revolt from under his hand; because he had forsaken 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 Ahlohim of his ahvot.

11 Moreover he made idol temples in the mountains of Yahudah and caused the inhabitants of Yahrushalayim to commit fornication and led Yahudah astray.

12 And there came a written parchment to him from Eliyahu the navi, saying,Β This says 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 Ahlohim of Dawid your abba, Because you have not had your halacha in the derachot of Yahushaphat your abba, nor in the derachot of Asa melech of Yahudah,

13 But have had your halacha in the derech of the melechim of Yisrael, and have made Yahudah and the inhabitants of Yahrushalayim to go whoring, like the whoredoms of Beit Achav and also have slain your brothers from your abba’s bayit, who were better than you:

14 See, with a great plague 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 will smite your people and your children and your wives and all your goods:

15 And you shall have great sickness by disease of your intestines, until your intestines fall out by reason of the sickness yom by yom.

16 Moreover 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 stirred up against Yahuram the ruach of the Plishtim and of the Arabians, that were near the Ethiopians:

17 And they came up into Yahudah and broke into it and carried away all the substance that was found in the melech’s bayit and his sons also and his wives; so that there was not one son left to him, except Yahuachaz, the youngest of his sons.

18 And after all this 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 smote him in his intestines with an incurable disease.

19 And it came to pass, that in process of time, after the end of two years, his intestines fell out by reason of his sickness: so he died of a serious disease. And his people made no burning funeral for him like the burning funeral for his ahvot.

20 Thirty-two years old was he when he began to reign and he reigned in Yahrushalayim eight years and departed without being desired by anyone. But they buried him in the city of Dawid, but not in the tombs of the melechim.

22 And the inhabitants of Yahrushalayim made Achazyahu his youngest son melech in his place: for the raiding band of men that came with the Arabians to the camp had slain all the older sons. So Achazyahu the son of Yahuram melech of Yahudah reigned.

2 Forty-two years old was Achazyahu when he began to reign and he reigned one year in Yahrushalayim. His emma’s name also was Athalyahu the daughter of Omri.

3 He also had his halacha in the derachot of Beit Achav: for his emma was his counselor to do wickedly.

4 And he did evil in the sight of 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 like Beit Achav: for they were his counselors to his destruction after the death of his abba.

5 He had his halacha also after their counsel and went with Yahuram the son of Achav melech of Yisrael to war against Haza-El melech of Aram at Ramot-Gilad: and the Arameans wounded Yoram.

6 And he returned to be healed in Yezreel because of the wounds that were given him at Ramah, when he fought with Haza-El melech of Aram. And Azaryah the son of Yahuram melech of Yahudah went down to see Yahuram the son of Achav at Yezre-El because he was sick.

7 And the destruction of Achazyahu was from Ahlohim by coming to Yoram: for when he was come, he went out with Yahuram against Yahu the son of Nimshi, whom 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 had anointed to cut off Beit Achav.

8 And it came to pass, that, when Yahu was executing mishpat upon Beit Achav and found the rulers of Yahudah and the sons of the brothers of Achazyahu, that served Achazyahu, he killed them.

9 And he sought for Achazyahu: and they caught him, for he was hidden in Shomron and brought him to Yahu: and when they had slain him, they buried him properly: Because, they said, he is the son of Yahushaphat, who sought 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 with all his lev. So the bayit of Achazyahu had no power to still keep the malchut.

10 But when Athalyah the emma of Achazyahu saw that her son was dead, she arose and destroyed all the malchut zera of Beit Yahudah.

11 But Yahushaphat, the daughter of the melech, took Yoash the son of Achazyahu and stole him from among the melech’s sons that were slain and put him and his nurse in a bedroom. So Yahushaphat, the daughter of melech Yahuram, the isha of Yahuyadah the kohen, for she was the sister of Achazyahu, hid him from Athalyah, so that she killed him not.

12 And he was with them hidden in the Bayit of Ahlohim six years: and Athalyah reigned over the land.

23 And in the seventh year Yahuyadah strengthened himself and took the captains of hundreds, Azaryahu the son of Yeroham and Yishmael the son of Yahochanan and Azaryahu the son of Oved and Maaseyah the son of Adayah and Elishaphat the son of Zichri into brit with him.

2 And they went about in Yahudah and gathered the Lewiym out of all the cities of Yahudah and the heads of the ahvot of Yisrael and they came to Yahrushalayim.

3 And the entire kehilla made a brit with the melech in the Bayit of Ahlohim. And he said to them, See, the melech’s son shall reign, as 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 has said of the sons of Dawid.

4 This is the thing that you shall do; A third part of you entering on The Shabbat, from the kohanim and of the Lewiym, shall be gatekeepers for the doors;

5 And a third part shall be at the melech’s bayit; and a third part at the Foundation Gate: and all the people shall be in the courts of the Bayit of 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄.

6 But let none come into the Bayit of 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄, except the kohanim and those that serve from the Lewiym; they shall go in, for they are kadosh: but all the people shall guard the charge of 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄.

7 And the Lewiym shall surround the melech all round, every man with his weapons in his hand; and whoever else comes into the bayit, he shall be put to death: but you be with the melech when he comes in and when he goes out.

8 So the Lewiym and all Yahudah did according to all things that Yahuyadah the kohen had commanded and took every man his men that were to come in on The Shabbat, with them that were to go out on The Shabbat: for Yahuyadah the kohen did not dismiss the priestly divisions.

9 Moreover Yahuyadah the kohen delivered to the captains of hundreds spears and large shields and smaller shields, that had been melech Dawid’s, which were in the Bayit of Ahlohim.

10 And he set all the people, every man having his weapon in his hand, from the right side of the Bayit, to the left side of the Bayit, along by the altar and the Bayit, by the melech all around.

11 Then they brought out the melech’s son and put upon him the keter and gave him the testimony and made him melech. And Yahuyadah and his sons anointed him and said, Let the melech live!

12 Now when Athalyahu heard the noise of the people running and praising the melech, she came to the people into the Bayit of 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄:

13 And she looked and, see, the melech stood at his pillar at the entering in and the rulers and the shofars by the melech: and all the people of the land had gilah and sounded with shofars, also the singers with instruments of music and such as taught to sing and offer tehilla. Then Athalyahu tore her clothes and said, Treason, Treason.

14 Then Yahuyadah the kohen brought out the captains of hundreds that were set over the army and said to them, Take her forth from the ranks: and whoever follows her, let him be slain with the sword. For the kohen said, Slay her not in the Bayit of 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄.

15 So they laid hands on her; and when she came to the entering of the Horse Gate by the melech’s bayit, they killed her there.

16 And Yahuyadah made a brit between him and between all the people and between the melech that they should be 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄’s people.

17 Then all the people went to the bayit of Ba’al and broke it down and broke his altars and his images in pieces and killed Mattan the kohen of Ba’al before the altars.

18 Also Yahuyadah appointed the offices of the Bayit of 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 by the hand of the kohanim the Lewiym, whom Dawid had distributed in the Bayit of 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄, to offer the burnt offerings of 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄, as it is written in the Torah of Moshe, with gilah and with shirim, as Dawid ordained it.

19 And he set the gatekeepers at the gates of the Bayit of 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄, that none who were unclean in any derech should enter in.

20 And he took the captains of hundreds and the nobles and the rulers of the people and all the people of the land and brought down the melech from the Bayit of 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄: and they came through the high gate into the melech’s bayit and set the melech upon the kesay of the malchut.

21 And all the people of the land had gilah: and the city was quiet, after they had slain Athalyahu with the sword.

24 Yoash was seven years old when he began to reign and he reigned forty years in Yahrushalayim. His emma’s name also was Tzivyah of Be-er-Sheva.

2 And Yoash did that which was right in the sight of 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 all the yamim of Yahuyadah the kohen.

3 And Yahuyadah took for him two wives; and he begat sons and daughters.

4 And it came to pass after this, that Yoash decided to repair the Bayit of 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄.

5 And he gathered together the kohanim and the Lewiym and said to them, Go out to the cities of Yahudah and gather from kol Yisrael money to repair the Bayit of your Ahlohim from year to year and see that you go quickly to the matter. But the Lewiym did not hurry to do it.

6 And the melech called for Yahuyadah the kohen and said to him, Why have you not required of the Lewiym to bring out of Yahudah and out of Yahrushalayim the collection, according to the commandment of Moshe the eved of 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 and of the kehilla of Yisrael, for the Mishkan of witness?

7 For the sons of Athalyahu, that wicked woman, had broken up the Bayit of Ahlohim; and also all the dedicated things of the Bayit of 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 did they offer to Ba’alim.

8 And at the melech’s commandment they made a chest and set it outside at the gate of the Bayit of 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄.

9 And they made a proclamation throughout Yahudah and Yahrushalayim, to bring in to 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 the collection that Moshe the eved of Ahlohim laid upon Yisrael in the wilderness.

10 And all the rulers and all the people had gilah and brought in and cast into the chest, until they had made an end of giving.

11 Now it came to pass, at that time that the chest was brought to the melech’s office by the hand of the Lewiym and when they saw that there was much money, the melech’s Sopher and the Kohen HaGadol’s officer came and emptied the chest and took it and carried it back to its place again. This they did every yom and gathered money in abundance.

12 And the melech and Yahuyadah gave it to such as did the work of the service of the Bayit of 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 and they hired masons and carpenters to repair the Bayit of 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 and also such as worked with iron and bronze to fix the Bayit of 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄.

13 So the workmen labored and the work was finished by them and they set the Bayit of Ahlohim in its proper form and strengthened it.

14 And when they had finished it, they brought the rest of the money before the melech and Yahuyadah, from which were made vessels for the Bayit of 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄, even vessels to serve and to offer with and spoons and vessels of gold and silver. And they offered burnt offerings in the Bayit of 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 continually all the yamim of Yahuyadah.

15 But Yahuyadah grew older and was full of yamim when he died; a hundred thirty years old he was when he died.

16 And they buried him in the city of Dawid among the melechim because he had done tov in Yisrael, both toward Ahlohim and toward His Bayit.

17 Now after the death of Yahuyadah came the rulers of Yahudah and bowed before the melech. Then the melech listened to them.

18 And they left the Bayit of 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 Ahlohim of their ahvot and served Asherim and idols: and wrath came upon Yahudah and Yahrushalayim for their trespass.

19 Yet He sent neviim to them, to bring them back again to 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄; and they testified against them: but they would not listen.

20 And The Ruach of Ahlohim came upon Zacharyah the son of Yahuyadah the kohen, who stood above the people and said to them, This says Ahlohim,Β Why do you transgress the mishpatim of 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄, that you cannot prosper? Because you have forsaken 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄, He has also forsaken you.

21 And they conspired against him and stoned him with stones at the commandment of the melech in the court of the Bayit of 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄.

22 So Yoash the melech remembered not the kindness which Yahuyadah Zacharyah’s abba had done to him, but killed his son. And when he died, he said,𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 look upon it and repay it!

23 And it came to pass at the end of the year, that the army of Aram came up against him: and they came to Yahudah and Yahrushalayim and destroyed all the rulers of the people from among the people and sent all their spoil to the melech of Dameshek.

24 For the army of the Arameans came with a small company of men and 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 delivered a very great army into their hand because they had forsaken 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 Ahlohim of their ahvot. So they executed mishpat against Yoash.

25 And when they had departed from him – for they left him very sick – his own avadim conspired against him for the dahm of the sons of Yahuyadah the kohen and killed him on his bed and he died: and they buried him in the city of Dawid but they buried him not in the tombs of the melechim.

26 And these are they that conspired against him; Zavad the son of Shimeath an Ammonitess and Yahuzavad the son of Shimrith a Moavitess.

27 Now concerning his sons and the others that conspired against him and the repairing of the Bayit of Ahlohim, see, they are written in the Scroll of The Melechim. And Amatzyahu his son reigned in his place.

25 Amatzyahu was twenty-five years old when he began to reign and he reigned twenty-nine years in Yahrushalayim. And his emma’s name was Yahuaddan of Yahrushalayim.

2 And he did that which was right in the sight of 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄, but not with a perfect lev.

3 Now it came to pass, when the malchut was established to him, that he killed the avadim that had killed the melech his abba.

4 But he did not kill their children, but did as it is written in the Torah in the scroll of Moshe, where 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 commanded, saying, The ahvot shall not die for the children, neither shall the children die for the ahvot, but every man shall die for his own sin.

5 Moreover Amatzyahu gathered Yahudah together and made them captains over thousands and captains over hundreds, according to the houses of their ahvot, throughout all Yahudah and Benyamin: and he numbered them from twenty years older and above and found them to be three hundred thousand choice men, able to go forth to war, that could handle the spear and shield.

6 He hired also a hundred thousand mighty men of bravery out of Yisrael for a hundred talents of silver.

7 But there came a man of Ahlohim to him, saying, O melech, let not the army of Yisrael go with you; for 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 is not with Yisrael, with all the children of Efrayim.

8 But if you will go, do it, be strong for the battle: Ahlohim shall make you fall before the enemy: for Ahlohim has Power to help and to cast down.

9 And Amatzyahu said to the man of Ahlohim but what shall we do about the hundred talents that I have given to the army of Yisrael? And the man of Ahlohim answered,𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 is able to give you much more than this.

10 Then Amatzyahu separated the army that had come to him out of Efrayim, to go home again: therefore their anger was greatly lit against Yahudah and they returned home in great anger.

11 And Amatzyahu strengthened himself and led forth his people and went to the Valley of Salt and killed of the children of Seir ten thousand.

12 And another ten thousand left alive did the children of Yahudah carry away captive and brought them to the top of the rock and cast them down from the top of the rock, that they all were broken in pieces.

13 But the soldiers of the army which Amatzyahu sent back, that they should not go with him to battle, fell upon the cities of Yahudah, from Shomron even to Beth-Horon and killed three thousand of them and took much spoil.

14 Now it came to pass, after that Amatzyahu returned from the slaughter of the Edomites, that he brought the ahlahim of the children of Seir and set them up to be his ahlahim and bowed down himself before them and burned incense to them.

15 Therefore the anger of 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 was lit against Amatzyahu and He sent to him a navi, who said to him, Why have you sought after the ahlahim of the very people, who could not deliver their own people out of your hand?

16 And it came to pass, as he talked with him, that the melech said to him, Are you appointed to give the melech counsel? Stop! Why should you be killed? Then the navi stopped and said, I know that Ahlohim has determined to destroy you because you have done this and have not listened to my counsel.

17 Then Amatzyahu melech of Yahudah took advice and sent to Yoash, the son of Yahuachaz, the son of Yahu, melech of Yisrael, saying, Come, let us see one another face to face.

18 And Yoash melech of Yisrael sent to Amatzyahu melech of Yahudah, saying, The thistle that was in Levanon sent to the cedar that was in Levanon, saying, Give your daughter to my son as an isha: and there passed by a wild beast that was in Levanon and trampled the thistle.

19 You have said, See, I have killed the Edomites; and your lev lifted you up to boast: stay now at home; why should you meddle with me to your own hurt, that you should fall, even you and all of Yahudah with you?

20 But Amatzyahu would not listen; for it came from Ahlohim, that He might deliver them into the hand of their enemies because they sought after the ahlahim of Edom.

21 So Yoash the melech of Yisrael went up; and they saw one another face to face, both he and Amatzyahu melech of Yahudah, at Beth-Shemesh, which belongs to Yahudah.

22 And Yahudah was killed before Yisrael and they fled every man to his tent.

23 And Yoash the melech of Yisrael took Amatzyahu melech of Yahudah, the son of Yoash, the son of Yahuachaz, at Beth-Shemesh and brought him to Yahrushalayim and broke down the wall of Yahrushalayim from the Gate of Efrayim to the corner gate, four hundred cubits

24 And he took all the gold and the silver and all the vessels that were found in the Bayit of Ahlohim with Oved-Edom and the treasures of the melech’s bayit, the hostages also and returned to Shomron.

25 And Amatzyahu the son of Yoash melech of Yahudah lived after the death of Yoash son of Yahuachaz melech of Yisrael fifteen years.

26 Now the rest of the acts of Amatzyahu, the first and last, see, are they not written in the Scroll of The Melechim of Yahudah and Yisrael?

27 Now from the time that Amatzyahu turned away from following 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 they made a conspiracy against him in Yahrushalayim; and he fled to Lachish: but they sent to Lachish after him and killed him there.

28 And they brought him upon horses and buried him with his ahvot in the city of Yahudah.

26 Then all the people of Yahudah took Uziyahu, who was sixteen years old and made him melech in the place of his abba Amatzyahu.

2 He built Eloth and restored it to Yahudah, after the melech slept with his ahvot.

3 Sixteen years old was Uziyahu when he began to reign and he reigned fifty-two years in Yahrushalayim. His emma’s name also was Yecholyah of Yahrushalayim.

4 And he did that which was right in the sight of 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄, according to all that his abba Amatzyahu did.

5 And he sought Ahlohim in the yamim of Zacharyah, who had binah in the visions of Ahlohim: and as long as he sought 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄, Ahlohim made him to prosper.

6 And he went forth and warred against the Plishtim and broke down the wall of Gat and the wall of Yavneh and the wall of Ashdod and built cities around Ashdod and among the Plishtim.

7 And Ahlohim helped him against the Plishtim and against the Arabians that dwelt in Gur-Ba’al and the Mehunims.

8 And the Ammonites gave gifts to Uziyahu: and his name spread abroad even to the entrance of Mitzrayim; for he strengthened himself exceedingly.

9 Moreover Uziyahu built towers in Yahrushalayim at the Corner Gate and at the Valley Gate and at the turning of the wall and fortified them.

10 Also he built towers in the desert and dug many wells: for he had much cattle, both in the low country and in the plains: farmers also and vine dressers in the mountains and in Carmel: for he loved the soil.

11 Moreover Uziyahu had an army of fighting men, that went out to war by divisions, according to the number of their account by the hand of Yei-El the Sopher and Maaseyahu the ruler, under the hand of Chananyahu, one of the melech’s captains.

12 The whole number of the head of the ahvot of the mighty men of bravery was two thousand six hundred.

13 And under their hand there was an army, three hundred seven thousand five hundred, that made war with mighty power, to help the melech against the enemy.

14 And Uziyahu prepared for them throughout all the army shields and spears and helmets and gooff armor and bows and slings to cast stones.

15 And he made in Yahrushalayim machines, invented by skilled men, to be on the towers and upon the corners, to shoot arrows and great stones with. And his name spread far abroad; for he was marvelously helped, until he became strong.

16 But when he was strong, his lev was lifted up to his own destruction: for he transgressed against 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 his Ahlohim and went into the Hekal of 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 to burn incense upon the altar of incense.

17 And Azaryahu the kohen went in after him and with him eighty kohanim of 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄, that were brave men:

18 And they withstood Uziyahu the melech and said to him, This has nothing to do with you Uziyahu, to burn incense to 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄, but only for the kohanim the sons of Aharon, that are kadosh to burn incense: go out of the Kadosh-Place; for you have trespassed; neither shall it be for your kavod before 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 Ahlohim.

19 Then Uziyahu was angry and had a censer in his hand to burn incense: and while he was angry with the kohanim, the leprosy even rose up in his forehead before the kohanim in the Bayit of 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄, from beside the incense altar.

20 And Azaryahu the head kohen and all the kohanim, looked upon him and, see, he was leprous in his forehead and they threw him out from there; he himself hurried to get out because 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 had struck him.

21 And Uziyahu the melech was a leper to the yom of his death and dwelt in a separate bayit, being a leper; for he was cut off from the Bayit of 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄: and Yotam his son was over the melech’s bayit, giving mishpat to the people of the land.

22 Now the rest of the acts of Uziyahu, the first and last, was recorded by Yeshayahu the navi, the son of Amotz.

23 So Uziyahu slept with his ahvot and they buried him with his ahvot in the field of the burial that belonged to the melechim; for they said, He is a leper: and Yotam his son reigned in his place.

27 Yotam was twenty-five years old when he began to reign and he reigned sixteen years in Yahrushalayim. His emma’s name also was Yerushah, the daughter of Tzadok.

2 And he did that which was right in the sight of 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄, according to all that his abba Uziyahu did: however, he entered not into the Hekal of 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄.And the people did still act corruptly.

3 He built the High Gate of the Bayit of 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 and on the wall of Ophel he built much.

4 Moreover he built cities in the mountains of Yahudah and in the forests he built castles and towers.

5 He fought also with the melech of the Ammonites and prevailed against them. And the children of Ammon gave him in that same year a hundred talents of silver and ten thousand measures of wheat and ten thousand of barley. So much did the children of Ammon pay to him, both the second year and the third.

6 So Yotam became mighty because he prepared his halachot before 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 his Ahlohim.

7 Now the rest of the acts of Yotam and all his wars and his halacha, see, they are written in the Scroll of The Melechim of Yisrael and Yahudah.

8 He was twenty-five years old when he began to reign and reigned sixteen years in Yahrushalayim.

9 And Yotam slept with his ahvot and they buried him in the city of Dawid: and Achaz his son reigned in his place.

28 Achaz was twenty years old when he began to reign and he reigned sixteen years in Yahrushalayim: but he did not do that which was right in the sight of 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄, like Dawid his abba:

2 For he had his halacha in the derech of the melechim of Yisrael, and made also molten images for the Ba’alim.

3 Moreover he burned incense in the Valley of the son of Hinnom, and burned his children in the fire, after the abominations of the goyim whom 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 had cast out before the children of Yisrael.

4 He sacrificed also and burned incense in the idol temples and on the hills and under every green eytz.

5 Therefore 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 his Ahlohim delivered him into the hand of the melech of Aram; and they killed him and carried away a great multitude of them captive and brought them to Dameshek. And he was also delivered into the hand of the melech of Yisrael, who killed him with a great slaughter.

6 For Pekach the son of Remalyahu killed in Yahudah a hundred twenty thousand in one yom, who were all brave men; because they had forsaken 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 Ahlohim of their ahvot.

7 And Zichri, a mighty man of Efrayim, killed Maaseyahu the melech’s son and Azricham the leader of the bayit and Elchanah that was next to the melech.

8 And the children of Yisrael carried away captive their brothers two hundred thousand including women, sons and daughters and took also away much spoil from them and brought the spoil to Shomron.

9 But a navi of 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 was there, whose name was Oved: and he went out before the army that came to Shomron and said to them, See because 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 Ahlohim of your ahvot was angry with Yahudah, He has delivered them into your hand and you have slain them in a rage that reaches up to the shamayim.

10 And now you desire to keep under the children of Yahudah and Yahrushalayim for bondmen and bondwomen to you: but are there not with you, your own sins against 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 your Ahlohim ?

11 Now listen to me therefore and return the captives again, which you have taken captive of your brothers: for the fierce wrath of 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 is upon you.

12 Then certain of the heads of the children of Efrayim, Azaryahu the son of Yahuchanan, Berechyahu the son of Meshillemoth and Yechizkiyahu the son of Shallum and Amatsa the son of Hadlai, stood up against them that came from the war,

13 And said to them, You shall not bring in the captives here: for whereas we have offended against 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 already, you intend to add more to our sins and to our trespass: for our trespass is great and there is fierce wrath against Yisrael.

14 So the armed men left the captives and the spoil before the rulers and the entire kehilla.

15 And the men which were designated by name rose up and took the captives and the spoil and clothed all that were naked among them and dressed them and gave them sandals and gave them to eat and to drink and anointed them and carried all their feeble upon donkeys and brought them to Yericho, the city of palm eytzim, to their brothers: then they returned to Shomron.

16 At that time did melech Achaz send to the melechim of Ashshur to help him.

17 For again the Edomites had come and smote Yahudah and carried away captives.

18 The Plishtim also had invaded the cities of the low country and of the south of Yahudah and had taken Beth-Shemesh and Ayalon and Gederoth and Shocho with its villages and Timnah with its villages, Gimzo also with its villages: and they dwelt there.

19 For 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 brought Yahudah low because of Achaz melech of Yisrael; for he made Yahudah, transgress heavily against 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄.

20 And Tilgath-Pilneser melech of Ashshur came to him and distressed him, but did not help him.

21 For Achaz took away a portion out of the Bayit of 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 and out of the bayit of the melech and from the rulers and gave it to the melech of Ashshur: but it did not help him.

22 And in the time of his distress did he trespass even more against 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄: this is that melech Achaz.

23 For he sacrificed to the ahlahim of Dameshek, who killed him: and he said, Because the ahlahim of the melechim of Aram helps them, therefore will I sacrifice to them, that they may help me. But they were his ruin and of kol Yisrael.

24 And Achaz gathered together the vessels of the Bayit of Ahlohim and cut in pieces the vessels of the Bayit of Ahlohim and closed the doors of the Bayit of 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 and he made pagan altars in every corner of Yahrushalayim.

25 And in every city of Yahudah he made idol temples to burn incense to other ahlahim and provoked 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 Ahlohim of his ahvot to anger.

26 Now the rest of his acts and of all his derachot, the first and last, see, they are written in the Scroll of The Melechim of Yahudah and Yisrael.

27 And Achaz slept with his ahvot and they buried him in the city, even in Yahrushalayim: but they brought him not into the tombs of the melechim of Yisrael: and Hizqiyahu his son reigned in his place.

29 Hizqiyahu began to reign when he was twenty-five years old and he reigned twenty-nine years in Yahrushalayim. And his emma’s name was Aviyah, the daughter of Zacharyahu.

2 And he did that which was right in the sight of 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄, according to all that Dawid his abba had done.

3 He in the first year of his reign, in the first chodesh, opened the doors of the Bayit of 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 and repaired them.

4 And he brought in the kohanim and the Lewiym and gathered them together into the East Street,

5 And said to them, Shema to me, you Lewiym, set yourselves apart and set apart the Bayit of 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 Ahlohim of your ahvot and carry out the filth still in the Kadosh-Place.

6 For our ahvot have trespassed and done that which was evil in the eyes of 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 our Ahlohim and have forsaken Him and have turned away their faces from the dwelling of 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 and turned their backs.

7 Also they have shut up the doors of the porch and put out the lamps and have not burned incense nor offered burnt offerings in the Kadosh-Place to the Ahlohim of Yisrael.

8 Therefore the wrath of 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 was upon Yahudah and Yahrushalayim and He has delivered them to trouble, to astonishment and to hissing, as you see with your eyes.

9 For, see, our ahvot have fallen by the sword and our sons and our daughters and our wives are in captivity for this.

10 Now it is in my lev to make a brit with 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 Ahlohim of Yisrael, that His fierce wrath may turn away from us.

11 My sons; be not now negligent: for 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 has chosen you to stand before Him, to serve Him and that you should serve Him and burn incense.

12 Then the Lewiym arose, Mahath the son of Amatsai and Yoel the son of Azaryahu, of the sons of the Kohathites: and of the sons of Merari, Kish the son of Avdi and Azaryahu the son of Yehalel-El: and of the Gershonites; Yoah the son of Tzimmah and Ayden the son of Yoah:

13 And of the sons of Elizaphan; Shimri and Yei-El: and of the sons of Asaph; Zacharyahu and Mattanyahu:

14 And of the sons of Heman; Yehi-El and Shimei: and of the sons of Yeduthun; Shemayah and Uzzi-El.

15 And they gathered their brothers and set themselves apart and came, according to the commandment of the melech, by the Words of 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄, to cleanse the Bayit of 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄.

16 And the kohanim went into the inner part of the Bayit of 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄, to cleanse it and brought out all the uncleanness that they found in the Hekal of 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 into the court of the Bayit of 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄. And the Lewiym took it, to carry it out abroad into the brook Kidron.

17 Now they began on the first yom of the first chodesh to set it apart and on the eighth yom of the chodesh they came to the porch of 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄: so they set apart the Bayit of 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 in eight yamim; and on the sixteenth yom of the first chodesh they made an end.

18 Then they went in to Hizqiyahu the melech and said, We have cleansed all the Bayit of 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 and the altar of burnt offering, with all its vessels and the lechem of the Shulchan of the Faces, with all its vessels.

19 Moreover all the vessels, which melech Achaz in his reign did cast away in his transgression, have we prepared and set apart and, see, they are before the altar of 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄.

20 Then Hizqiyahu the melech rose early and gathered the rulers of the city and went up to the Bayit of 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄.

21 And they brought seven bullocks and seven rams and seven lambs and seven male goats, for a sin offering for the malchut and for the Kadosh-Place and for Yahudah. And he commanded the kohanim the sons of Aharon to offer them on the altar of 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄.

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

23 And they brought forth the male goats for the sin offering before the melech and the kehilla; and they laid their hands upon them:

24 And the kohanim killed them and they made reconciliation with their dahm upon the altar, to make keporah for kol Yisrael: for the melech commanded that the burnt offering and the sin offering should be made for kol Yisrael.

25 And he appointed the Lewiym in the Bayit of 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 with cymbals, with lyres and with harps, according to the commandment of Dawid and of Gad the melech’s seer and Natan the navi: for so was the commandment of 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 by His neviim.

26 And the Lewiym stood with the instruments of Dawid and the kohanim with the shofars.

27 And Hizqiyahu commanded to offer the burnt offering upon the altar. And when the burnt offering began, the songs of 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 began also with the shofars and with the instruments ordained by Dawid melech of Yisrael.

28 And all the kehilla worshipped and the singers sang and the trumpeters sounded: and all this continued until the burnt offering was finished.

29 And when they had made an end of offering, the melech and all that were present with him bowed themselves and worshipped.

30 And Hizqiyahu the melech and the rulers commanded the Lewiym to sing and give tehilla to 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 with the words of Dawid and of Asaph the seer. And they sang tehillim with gilah and they bowed their heads and worshipped.

31 Then Hizqiyahu answered and said, Now you have set apart yourselves to 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄, come near and bring sacrifices and hodu offerings into the Bayit of 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄.And the kehilla brought in sacrifices and hodu offerings; and burnt offerings by as many as were of a moved lev.

32 And the number of the burnt offerings, which the kehilla brought, was seventy bullocks, a hundred rams and two hundred lambs: all these were for a burnt offering to 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄.

33 And the kadosh things were six hundred oxen and three thousand sheep.

34 But the kohanim were too few, so that they could not skin all the burnt offerings: therefore their brothers the Lewiym did help them, until the work was ended and until the other kohanim had set themselves apart: for the Lewiym were more upright in lev to set themselves apart than the kohanim.

35 And also the burnt offerings were in abundance, with the fat of the shalom offerings and the drink offerings for every burnt offering. So the service of the Bayit of 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 was re-established.

36 And Hizqiyahu had gilah, with all the people, in that Ahlohim had prepared the people: for the task was done suddenly and promptly.

30 And Hizqiyahu sent to kol Yisrael and Yahudah and wrote letters also to Efrayim and Menasheh, that they should come to the Bayit of 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 at Yahrushalayim, to keep the Pesach to 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 Ahlohim of Yisrael.

2 For the melech had taken counsel and his rulers and the entire kehilla in Yahrushalayim, to keep the Pesach in the second chodesh.

3 For they could not keep it at that time because the kohanim had not set themselves apart sufficiently, neither had the people gathered themselves together to Yahrushalayim.

4 And the thing pleased the melech and the entire kehilla.

5 So they established a decree to make a proclamation throughout kol Yisrael, from Be-er-Sheva even to Dan, that they should come to keep the Pesach to 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 Ahlohim of Yisrael at Yahrushalayim: for they had not done it for a long time as it had been commanded.

6 So the postal runners went with the letters from the melech and his rulers throughout kol Yisrael and Yahudah and according to the commandment of the melech, saying, You children of Yisrael, teshuvah again to 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 Ahlohim of Avraham, Yitzchak and Yisrael, and He will return to the remnant of you, that are escaped out of the hand of the melechim of Ashshur.

7 And be not you like your ahvot and like your brothers, who trespassed against 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 Ahlohim of their ahvot, who then gave them up to desolation, as you see.

8 Now be not stiff-necked, as your ahvot were, but yield yourselves to 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 and enter into His Kadosh-Place, which He has set apart le-olam-va-ed: and serve 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 your Ahlohim that the fierceness of His wrath may turn away from you.

9 For if you teshuvah again to 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄, your brothers and your children shall find rachamim before them that lead them captive, so that they shall come again into this land: for 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 your Ahlohim is full of unmerited chen and rachamim and will not turn away His face from you, if you make teshuvah to Him.

10 So the postal runners passed from city to city through the country of Efrayim and Menasheh even to Zevulun: but they laughed them to scorn and mocked them.

11 Nevertheless some from Asher and Menasheh and of Zevulun humbled themselves and came to Yahrushalayim.

12 Also in Yahudah the hand of Ahlohim was to give them one lev to do the commandment of the melech and of the rulers, by The Word of 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄.

13 And there were assembled at Yahrushalayim many people to keep the moed of Chag Matzoth in the second chodesh, a very great kehilla.

14 And they arose and took away the altars that were in Yahrushalayim and all the altars for incense they took away and cast them into the brook Kidron.

15 Then they killed the Pesach on the fourteenth yom of the second chodesh: and the kohanim and the Lewiym were ashamed and set themselves apart and brought in the burnt offerings into the Bayit of 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄.

16 And they stood in their place according to the commandment, according to the Torah of Moshe the man of Ahlohim: the kohanim sprinkled the dahm, which they received from the hand of the Lewiym.

17 For there were many in the kehilla that were not kadosh: therefore the Lewiym had the charge of the killing of the Pesach for everyone that was not clean, to set them apart to 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄.

18 For a multitude of the people, even many of Efrayim, and Menasheh, Yissachar and Zevulun, had not cleansed themselves, yet did they eat the Pesach otherwise than it was written. But Hizqiyahu made tefillah for them, saying,𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 is tov and He will pardon everyone,

19 That prepares his lev to seek Ahlohim,𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 Ahlohim of his ahvot, though he be not cleansed according to the purification of the Kadosh-Place.

20 And 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 listened to Hizqiyahu and healed the people.

21 And the children of Yisrael that were present at Yahrushalayim kept the moed of Chag Matzoth seven yamim with great gilah: and the Lewiym and the kohanim gave tehilla to 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 yom-by-yom, singing with loud instruments to 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄.

22 And Hizqiyahu spoke comfortably to all the Lewiym that taught the tov da’at of 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄: and they did eat throughout the moed seven yamim, offering shalom offerings and making confession to 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 Ahlohim of their ahvot.

23 And the whole kehilla took counsel to keep another seven yamim: and they kept another seven yamim with gilah.

24 For Hizqiyahu melech of Yahudah did give to the kehilla a thousand bullocks and seven thousand sheep; and the rulers gave to the kehilla a thousand bullocks and ten thousand sheep: and a great number of kohanim set themselves apart.

25 And all the kehilla of Yahudah, with the kohanim and the Lewiym and the entire kehilla that came out of Yisrael, and the gerim that came out of the land of Yisrael and that dwelt in Yahudah, had gilah.

26 So there was great simcha in Yahrushalayim: for since the time of Shlomo the son of Dawid melech of Yisrael there was nothing like it in Yahrushalayim.

27 Then the kohanim the Lewiym arose and blessed the people: and their voice was heard and their tefillah came up to His kadosh dwelling, even to the shamayim.

31 Now when all this was finished, kol Yisrael that was present went out to the cities of Yahudah and broke the images in pieces and cut down the Asherim and threw down the idol temples and the altars out of all Yahudah and Benyamin, in Efrayim also and Menasheh, until they had utterly destroyed them all. Then all the children of Yisrael returned, every man to his possession, into their own cities.

2 And Hizqiyahu appointed the divisions of the kohanim and the Lewiym after their divisions, every man according to his service, the kohanim and Lewiym for burnt offerings and for shalom offerings, to serve and to give hodu and to give tehilla in the gates of the tents of 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄.

3 He appointed also the melech’s portion from his substance for the burnt offerings, for the shacrit and maariv burnt offerings and the burnt offerings for The Shabbats and for the Chodashim and for the set moadeem, as it is written in the Torah of 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄.

4 Also he commanded the people that dwelt in Yahrushalayim to give the portion of the kohanim and Lewiym to them, that they might be encouraged in the Torah of 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄.

5 And as soon as the commandment came abroad, the children of Yisrael brought in abundance the bikkurim of grain, wine and oil and honey and of all the increase of the fields; and the ma’aser of all things they brought in abundantly.

6 And concerning the children of Yisrael and Yahudah, that dwelt in the cities of Yahudah, they also brought in the ma’aser of oxen and sheep and the ma’aser of kadosh things which were kadosh to 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 their Ahlohim and laid them up by heaps.

7 In the third chodesh they began to lay the foundation of the heaps and finished them in the seventh chodesh.

8 And when Hizqiyahu and the rulers came and saw the heaps, they blessed 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 and His people Yisrael.

9 Then Hizqiyahu questioned the kohanim and the Lewiym concerning the heaps.

10 And Azaryahu the head kohen of Beit Tzadok answered him and said, Since the people began to bring the offerings into the Bayit of 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄, we have had enough to eat and have left plenty: for 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 has blessed His people; and that which is left is in this great storage.

11 Then Hizqiyahu commanded to prepare rooms in the Bayit of 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄; and they prepared them,

12 And brought in the offerings and the ma’aser and the dedicated things faithfully: over which Chonanyahu the Lewite was ruler and Shimei his brother was the next.

13 And Yehi-El and Azazyahu and Nahath and Asah-El and Yerimoth and Yozavad and Elel and Yismachyahu and Machath and Benyahu, were overseers under the hand of Chonanyahu and Shimei his brother, at the commandment of Hizqiyahu the melech and Azaryahu the ruler of the Bayit of Ahlohim.

14 And Korach the son of Imnah the Lewite, the gatekeeper toward the east, was over the terumah of Ahlohim, to distribute the offerings of 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 and the most kadosh things.

15 And next were Ayden and Minyamin and Yeshua and Shemayahu, Amaryahu and Shecanyahu, in the cities of the kohanim, in their appointed office, to give to their brothers by divisions, to the great as well as to the small:

16 Beside the males, from three years older and upward, even to everyone that enters into the Bayit of 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄, his daily portion for their service in their duties according to their divisions;

17 Both to the kohanim by the bayit of their ahvot and the Lewiym from twenty years old and upward, in their duties by their divisions;

18 And to the genealogy of all their little ones, their wives and their sons and their daughters, through the entire kehilla: for in their appointed office they set themselves apart in set apartness:

19 Also of the sons of Aharon the kohanim, who were in the fields of the suburbs of their cities, in every city, the men that were designated by name, to give portions to all the males among the kohanim and to all that were counted by genealogies among the Lewiym.

20 And this did Hizqiyahu throughout all Yahudah and did that which was tov and right and full of emet before 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 his Ahlohim.

21 And in every mitzvah that he began in the service of the Bayit of Ahlohim and in the Torah and in the mishpatim, to seek his Ahlohim, he did it with all his lev and prospered.

32 After these things and their establishment, Sanchayrev melech of Ashshur came and entered into Yahudah and encamped against the fortified cities and thought to win them for himself.

2 And when Hizqiyahu saw that Sanchayrev had come and that he was purposed to fight against Yahrushalayim,

3 He took counsel with his rulers and his mighty men to stop the mayim of the fountains that were outside the city: and they did help him.

4 So there was gathered much people together, who stopped all the fountains and the brook that ran through the middle of the land, saying, Why should the melechim of Ashshur come and find much mayim?

5 Also he strengthened himself and built up all of the wall that was broken and raised up to the towers and another wall outside and repaired Millo in the city of Dawid and made spears and shields in abundance.

6 And he set captains of war over the people and gathered them together to him in the street of the gate of the city and spoke comfortably to them, saying,

7 Be strong and courageous, be not afraid nor dismayed for the melech of Ashshur, nor for all the multitude that is with him: for there be more with us than with him:

8 With him is an arm of flesh; but with us is 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 our Ahlohim to help us and to fight our battles. And the people found rest by the words of Hizqiyahu melech of Yahudah.

9 After this did Sanchayrev melech of Ashshur send his avadim to Yahrushalayim – but he himself laid siege against Lachish and all his power with him – to Hizqiyahu melech of Yahudah and to all Yahudah that were at Yahrushalayim, saying,

10 This says Sanchayrev melech of Ashshur, On what do you trust, that you stay in the siege in Yahrushalayim?

11 Does not Hizqiyahu persuade you to die by famine and by thirst, saying, 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 our Ahlohim shall deliver us out of the hand of the melech of Ashshur?

12 Has not the same Hizqiyahu taken away his idol temples and his altars and commanded Yahudah and Yahrushalayim, saying, You shall worship before one altar and burn incense upon it?

13 Know you not what I and my ahvot have done to all the peoples of other lands? Were the ahlahim of the goyim of those lands in any derech able to deliver their lands out of my hand?

14 Who was there among all the ahlahim of those goyim that my ahvot utterly destroyed, which could deliver their people out of my hand, that your ahlahim should be able to deliver you out of my hand?

15 Now therefore let not Hizqiyahu deceive you, nor persuade you on this matter, neither believe him: for no ahlahim of any nation, or malchut was able to deliver his people out of my hand and out of the hand of my ahvot: how much less shall your Ahlohim deliver you out of my hand?

16 And his avadim spoke even more things against 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 Ahlohim and against His eved Hizqiyahu.

17 He wrote also letters to rail on 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 Ahlohim of Yisrael and to speak against Him, saying, As the ahlahim of the goyim of the other lands have not delivered their people out of my hand, so shall not the Ahlohim of Hizqiyahu deliver His people out of my hand.

18 Then they cried with a loud voice in the speech of Yahudah to the people of Yahrushalayim that were on the wall, to frighten them and to trouble them; that they might take the city.

19 And they spoke against the Ahlohim of Yahrushalayim, as against the ahlahim of the peoples of the earth, which are the work of the hands of man.

20 And for this cause Hizqiyahu the melech and the navi Yeshayahu the son of Amotz, made tefillot and cried to the shamayim.

21 And 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 sent a heavenly malach, who cut off all the mighty men of bravery and the leaders and captains in the camp of the melech of Ashshur. So he returned with shame to his own land. And when he had come into the bayit of his ahlahim, they that were his own offspring killed him there with the sword.

22 So 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 saved Hizqiyahu and the inhabitants of Yahrushalayim from the hand of Sanchayrev the melech of Ashshur and from the hands of all others and guided them on every side.

23 And many brought gifts to 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 to Yahrushalayim and presents to Hizqiyahu melech of Yahudah: so that he was magnified in the sight of all goyim from then on.

24 In those yamim Hizqiyahu was sick, near to death and made tefillah to 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 and He spoke to him and He gave him an ot.

25 But Hizqiyahu rendered not again according to the tov done to him; for his lev was lifted up in pride: therefore there was wrath upon him and upon Yahudah and Yahrushalayim.

26 Notwithstanding Hizqiyahu humbled himself from the pride of his lev, both he and the inhabitants of Yahrushalayim, so that the wrath of 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 came not upon them in the yamim of Hizqiyahu.

27 And Hizqiyahu had exceeding riches and kavod: and he made himself treasuries for silver and for gold and for precious stones and for spices and for shields and for all manner of pleasant jewels;

28 Storehouses also for the increase of grain and wine and oil; and stalls for all kinds of beasts and folds for flocks.

29 Also he provided for himself cities and possessions of flocks and herds in abundance: for Ahlohim had given him very much substance.

30 Hizqiyahu himself also stopped the upper watercourse of Gihon and brought it straight down to the west side of the city of Dawid. And Hizqiyahu prospered in all his works.

31 However in the business of the ambassadors sent from the rulers of Bavel, who sent to him to seek information about all the wonders that were done in the land, Ahlohim left him alone, to test him, that He might know all that was in his lev.

32 Now the rest of the acts of Hizqiyahu and his tov mitzvoth, see, they are written in the vision of Yeshayahu the navi, the son of Amotz and in the Scroll of The Melechim of Yahudah and Yisrael.

33 And Hizqiyahu slept with his ahvot and they buried him in the best of the tombs of the sons of Dawid: and all Yahudah and the inhabitants of Yahrushalayim gave him great kavod at his death. And Menasheh his son reigned in his place.

33 Menasheh was twelve years old when he began to reign and he reigned fifty-five years in Yahrushalayim:

2 But did that which was evil in the sight of 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄, like the abominations of the goyim, whom 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 had cast out before the children of Yisrael.

3 For he rebuilt again the idol temples which Hizqiyahu his abba had broken down and he raised up altars for the Ba’alim and made Asherim and worshipped all the hosts of the shamayim and served them.

4 Also he built altars in the Bayit of 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄; about which 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 had said, In Yahrushalayim shall My Name be le-olam-va-ed.

5 And he built altars for all the hosts of shamayim in the two courts of the Bayit of 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄.

6 And he caused his children to pass through the fire in the Valley of the son of Hinnom: also he observed pagan times and used enchantments and used witchcraft and dealt with a familiar ruach and with spiritists: he did much evil in the sight of 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄, to provoke Him to anger.

7 And he set a carved image, an idol that he had made, in the Bayit of Ahlohim, of which Ahlohim had said to Dawid and to Shlomo his son, In this Bayit and in Yahrushalayim, which I have chosen before all the tribes of Yisrael, will I put My Name le-olam-va-ed:

8 Neither will I anymore remove the foot of Yisrael from out of the land which I have appointed for your ahvot; only if they will take heed to do all that I have commanded them, according to the whole Torah and the chukim and the ordinances by the hand of Moshe.

9 So Menasheh made Yahudah and the inhabitants of Yahrushalayim to go astray and to do worse than the goyim, whom 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 had destroyed before the children of Yisrael.

10 And 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 spoke to Menasheh and to His people: but they would not listen.

11 Therefore 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 brought upon them the captains of the army of the melech of Ashshur, which took Menasheh among the thorns and bound him with bronze shackles and carried him to Bavel.

12 And when he was in affliction, he sought 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 his Ahlohim and humbled himself greatly before the Ahlohim of his ahvot,

13 And made tefillah to Him: and He was entreated by him and listened to his supplication and brought him again to Yahrushalayim into his malchut. Then Menasheh knew that 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 He was Ahlohim.

14 Now after this he built a wall outside the city of Dawid, on the west side of Gihon, in the valley, even to the entrance of the Fish Gate and it went around Ophel and he raised it up to a very great height and put captains of war in all the fortified cities of Yahudah.

15 And he took away the strange ahlahim and the idol out of the Bayit of 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 and all the altars that he had built on the har of the Bayit of 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 and in Yahrushalayim and cast them out of the city.

16 And he repaired the altar of 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 and sacrificed on it shalom offerings and hodu offerings and commanded Yahudah to serve 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 Ahlohim of Yisrael.

17 Nevertheless the people did sacrifice still in the idol temples, yet to 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 their Ahlohim only.

18 Now the rest of the acts of Menasheh and his tefillah to his Ahlohim and the words of the seers that spoke to him in the Name of 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 Ahlohim of Yisrael, see, they are written in the Scroll of The Melechim of Yisrael.

19 His tefillah also and how Ahlohim was moved by him and all his sin and his trespass and the places in which he built idol temples and set up Asherim and graven images, before he was humbled: see, they are all written among the sayings of the seers.

20 So Menasheh slept with his ahvot and they buried him in his own bayit: and Amon his son reigned in his place.

21 Amon was twenty-two years old when he began to reign and reigned two years in Yahrushalayim.

22 But he did that which was evil in the sight of 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄, as did Menasheh his abba: for Amon sacrificed to all the carved images which Menasheh his abba had made and served them;

23 And humbled not himself before 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄, as Menasheh his abba had humbled himself; but Amon trespassed more and more.

24 And his avadim conspired against him and killed him in his own bayit.

25 But the people of the land killed all them that had conspired against melech Amon; and the people of the land made Yoshiyahu his son melech in his place.

34 Yoshiyahu was eight years old when he began to reign and he reigned in Yahrushalayim thirty-one years.

2 And he did that which was right in the sight of 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 and had his halacha in the halachot of Dawid his abba and turned neither to the right hand, nor to the left.

3 For in the eighth year of his reign, while he was yet young, he began to seek after the Ahlohim of Dawid his abba: and in the twelfth year he began to purge Yahudah and Yahrushalayim of the idol temples and the Asherim and the carved images and the molten images.

4 And they broke down the altars of Ba’alim in his presence; and the images, that were high above them, he cut down; and the Asherim and the carved images and the molten images, he broke in pieces and made dust of them and scattered it upon the graves of them that had sacrificed to them.

5 And he burned the bones of their kohanim upon their altars and cleansed Yahudah and Yahrushalayim.

6 And so he also did in the cities of Menasheh and Efrayim and Shimon, even to Naphtali, with their ruins all around.

7 And when he had broken down the altars and the Asherim and had beaten the graven images into powder and cut down all the idols throughout all the land of Yisrael, he returned to Yahrushalayim.

8 Now in the eighteenth year of his reign, when he had purged the land and the Bayit, he sent Shaphan the son of Azalyahu and Maaseyahu the leader of the city and Yoach the son of Yoachaz the recorder, to repair the Bayit of 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 his Ahlohim.

9 And when they came to Hilkiyahu the Kohen HaGadol, they delivered the money that was brought into the Bayit of Ahlohim, which the Lewiym that kept the doors had gathered from the hand of Menasheh and Efrayim and of the remnant of Yisrael and of all Yahudah and Benyamin; and they returned to Yahrushalayim.

10 And they put it in the hand of the workmen that had the oversight of the Bayit of 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 and they gave it to the workmen that worked in the Bayit of 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄, to repair and strengthen the Bayit:

11 Even to the craftsmen and builders they gave it, to buy carved stone and timber for couplings and to floor the houses that the melechim of Yahudah had destroyed.

12 And the men did the work faithfully: and the overseers were Yachath and Ovadyahu, the Lewiym, of the sons of Merari; and Zacharyah and Meshullam, of the sons of the Kohathites, to oversee; and others of the Lewiym, all that were skilled with instruments of music.

13 Also they who oversaw the bearers of burdens and were overseers of all those that did work in any manner of service: and of the Lewiym there were sophrim and officers and gatekeepers.

14 And when they brought out the money that was brought into the Bayit of 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄, Hilkiyahu the kohen found a scroll of the Torah of 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 given by Moshe.

15 And Hilkiyahu answered and said to Shaphan the Sopher, I have found the scroll of the Torah in the Bayit of 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄.And Hilkiyahu delivered the scroll to Shaphan.

16 And Shaphan carried the scroll to the melech and brought the melech word back again, saying, All that was committed to your avadim, they did it.

17 And they have gathered together the money that was found in the Bayit of 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 and have delivered it into the hands of the overseers and to the hands of the workmen.

18 Then Shaphan the Sopher told the melech, saying, Hilkiyahu the kohen has given me a scroll. And Shaphan read it before the melech.

19 And it came to pass, when the melech had heard the Words of the Torah, that he tore his clothes.

20 And the melech commanded Hilkiyahu and Ahikam the son of Shaphan and Avdon the son of Micah and Shaphan the Sopher and Asayah an eved of the melech’s, saying,

21 Go, inquire of 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 for me and for them that are left in Yisrael and in Yahudah, concerning the Words of the scroll that is found: for great is the wrath of 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 that is poured out upon us because our ahvot have not kept The Word of 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄, to do after all that is written in this scroll.

22 And Hilkiyahu and they that the melech had appointed, went to Huldah the neviyah, the isha of Shallum the son of Tikvath, the son of Hasrah, keeper of the wardrobe – now she dwelt in Yahrushalayim in the second quarter – and they spoke to her to that effect.

23 And she answered them,Β This says 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 Ahlohim of Yisrael, Tell the man that sent you to Me,

24 This says 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄, See, I will bring evil upon this place and upon the inhabitants of it, even all the curses that are written in the scroll that they have read before the melech of Yahudah:

25 Because they have forsaken Me and have burned incense to other ahlahim, that they might provoke Me to anger with all the works of their hands; therefore My wrath shall be poured out upon this place and shall not be quenched.

26 And as for the melech of Yahudah, who sent you to inquire of 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄, so shall you say to him, This says 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 Ahlohim of Yisrael concerning the words which you have heard;

27 Because your lev was tender and you did humble yourself before Ahlohim, when you heard His Words against this place and against its inhabitants and humbled yourself before Me and did tear your clothes and weep before Me; I have even heard you also, says 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄.

28 See, I will gather you to your ahvot and you shall be gathered to your grave in shalom, neither shall your eyes see all the evil that I will bring upon this place and upon the inhabitants of it.Β So they brought the melech word again.

29 Then the melech sent and gathered together all the zechanim of Yahudah and Yahrushalayim.

30 And the melech went up into the Bayit of 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 and all the men of Yahudah and the inhabitants of Yahrushalayim and the kohanim and the Lewiym and all the people, great and small: and he read in their ears all the Words of the scroll of the brit that was found in the Bayit of 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄.

31 And the melech stood in his place and made a brit before 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄, to have his halacha after 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 and to keep His mishpatim and His testimonies and His chukim, with all his lev and with all his being, to perform the Words of the brit that is written in this scroll.

32 And he caused all that were present in Yahrushalayim and Benyamin to stand by it. And the inhabitants of Yahrushalayim did according to the brit of Ahlohim, the Ahlohim of their ahvot.

33 And Yoshiyahu took away all the abominations out of all the countries that pertained to the children of Yisrael and made all that were present in Yisrael to serve, even to serve 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 their Ahlohim. And all his yamim they did not depart from following 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄, the Ahlohim of their ahvot.

35 Moreover Yoshiyahu kept a Pesach to 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 in Yahrushalayim: and they killed the Pesach on the fourteenth yom of the first chodesh.

2 And he set the kohanim in their duties and encouraged them to the service of the Bayit of 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄,

3 And said to the Lewiym that taught kol Yisrael, who were kadosh to 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄, Put the kadosh Ark in the Bayit which Shlomo the son of Dawid melech of Yisrael did build; it shall not be a burden upon your shoulders: serve 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 your Ahlohim and His people Yisrael,

4 And prepare yourselves by the houses of your ahvot, after your divisions, according to the writing of Dawid melech of Yisrael and according to the writing of Shlomo his son.

5 And stand in the Kadosh-Place according to the divisions of the mishpachot of the ahvot of your brothers the people and after the division of the mishpachot of the Lewiym.

6 So kill the Pesach and set yourselves apart and prepare your brothers, so that they may do according to The Word of 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 by the hand of Moshe.

7 And Yoshiyahu gave to the people, from the flock, lambs and kids, all for the Pesach offerings, for all that were present, to the number of thirty three thousand bullocks: these were of the melech’s substance.

8 And his rulers gave willingly to the people, to the kohanim and to the Lewiym: Hilkiyahu and Zacharyah and Yehi-El, rulers of the Bayit of Ahlohim, they gave to the kohanim for the Pesach offerings two thousand six hundred small cattle and three hundred oxen.

9 Chananyahu also and Shemayahu and Natan-El, his brothers and Hashavyahu and Yei-El and Yozavad, head of the Lewiym, gave to the Lewiym for Pesach offerings five thousand small cattle and five hundred oxen.

10 So the service was prepared and the kohanim stood in their place and the Lewiym in their courses, according to the melech’s commandment.

11 And they killed the Pesach and the kohanim sprinkled the dahm from their hands and the Lewiym skinned them.

12 And they removed the burnt offerings, so that they might give according to the divisions of the mishpachot of the people, to offer to 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄, as it is written in the scroll of Moshe. And so they did with the oxen.

13 And they roasted the Pesach with fire according to the ordinance: but the other kadosh offerings they cooked in pots and in caldrons and in pans and divided them speedily among all the people.

14 And afterward they made ready for themselves and for the kohanim: because the kohanim the sons of Aharon were busy in offering the burnt offerings and the fat until lyla; therefore the Lewiym prepared for themselves and for the kohanim the sons of Aharon.

15 And the singers the sons of Asaph were in their places, according to the commandment of Dawid and Asaph and Heman and Yeduthun the melech’s seer; and the gatekeepers waited at every gate; they might not depart from their service; for their brothers the Lewiym prepared for them.

16 So all the service of 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 was prepared the same yom, to keep the Pesach and to offer burnt offerings upon the altar of 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄, according to the commandment of melech Yoshiyahu.

17 And the children of Yisrael that were present kept the Pesach at that time and the moed of Chag Matzoth seven yamim.

18 And there was no Pesach like that one kept in Yisrael from the yamim of Shmuel the navi; neither did all the melechim of Yisrael ever shomer such a Pesach as Yoshiyahu kept and the kohanim and the Lewiym and all Yahudah and Yisrael that were present, and the inhabitants of Yahrushalayim.

19 In the eighteenth year of the reign of Yoshiyahu was this Pesach kept.

20 After all this, when Yoshiyahu had prepared the Bayit, Necho melech of Mitzrayim came up to fight against Carchemish by the Euphrates River: and Yoshiyahu went out against him.

21 But he sent ambassadors to him, saying, What have I to do with you, you melech of Yahudah? I come not against you this yom, but against the bayit with which I have war: for ahlahim commanded me to hurry: refrain from meddling with ahlahim, who is with me, that He does not destroy you.

22 Nevertheless Yoshiyahu would not turn his face from him, but disguised himself, that he might fight with him and listened not to the words of Necho from the mouth of Ahlohim and came to fight in the Valley of Megiddo.

23 And the archers shot at melech Yoshiyahu; and the melech said to his avadim, Take me away; for I am severely wounded.

24 His avadim therefore took him out of that mirkavah and put him in the second mirkavah that he had; and they brought him to Yahrushalayim and he died and was buried in one of the tombs of his ahvot. And all Yahudah and Yahrushalayim mourned for Yoshiyahu.

25 And Yirmeyahu lamented for Yoshiyahu: and all the singing men and the singing women spoke of Yoshiyahu in their lamentations until this yom and made them an ordinance in Yisrael: and, see, they are written in the lamentations.

26 Now the rest of the acts of Yoshiyahu and his tov mitzvoth, according to that which was written in the Torah of 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄:

27 And his mitzvoth, the first and last, see, they are written in the Scroll of The Melechim of Yisrael and Yahudah.

36 Then the people of the land took Yahuachaz the son of Yoshiyahu and made him melech in his abba’s place in Yahrushalayim.

2 Yahuachaz was twenty-three years old when he began to reign and he reigned three chodashem in Yahrushalayim.

3 And the melech of Mitzrayim turned aside and took Yahrushalayim and imposed on the land a hundred talents of silver and a talent of gold.

4 And the melech of Mitzrayim made Elyakim his brother melech over Yahudah and Yahrushalayim and changed his name to Yahuyakim. And Necho took Yahuachaz his brother and carried him to Mitzrayim.

5 Yahuyakim was twenty-five years old when he began to reign and he reigned eleven years in Yahrushalayim: and he did that which was evil in the sight of 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 his Ahlohim.

6 Against him came up Nevuchadnetzar melech of Bavel and bound him in bronze shackles, to carry him to Bavel.

7 Nevuchadnetzar also carried the vessels of the Bayit of 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 to Bavel and put them in his hekal at Bavel.

8 Now the rest of the acts of Yahuyakim and his abominations which he did and that which was found in him, see, they are written in the Scroll of The Melechim of Yisrael and Yahudah: and Yahuyahchin his son reigned in his place.

9 Yahuyahchin was eight years old when he began to reign and he reigned three chodashem and ten yamim in Yahrushalayim: and he did that which was evil in the sight of 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄.

10 And at the turn of the year, melech Nevuchadnetzar sent and brought him to Bavel, with the valuable vessels of the Bayit of 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 and made Tzidqiyahu his brother melech over Yahudah and Yahrushalayim.

11 Tzidqiyahu was twenty-one years old when he began to reign and reigned eleven years in Yahrushalayim.

12 And he did that which was evil in the sight of 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 his Ahlohim and humbled not himself before Yirmeyahu the navi speaking from the mouth of 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄.

13 And he also rebelled against melech Nevuchadnetzar, who had made him swear by Ahlohim: but he stiffened his neck and hardened his lev from turning to 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 Ahlohim of Yisrael.

14 Moreover all the heads of the kohanim and the people, transgressed very much just like all the abominations of the goyim; and polluted the Bayit of 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 which He had set apart in Yahrushalayim.

15 And 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 Ahlohim of their ahvot sent for them by His messengers, rising up early and sending them; because He had rachamim on His people and on His dwelling place:

16 But they mocked the messengers of Ahlohim and despised His Words and abused His neviim, until the wrath of 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 arose against His people, until there was no remedy.

17 Therefore He brought upon them the melech of the Chaldeans, who killed their young men with the sword in the Bayit of their Kadosh-Place and had no rachamim upon young men, or maidens, older men, or those that were frail, He gave them all into his hand.

18 And all the vessels of the Bayit of Ahlohim, great and small and the treasures of the Bayit of 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 and the treasures of the melech and of his rulers; all these he brought to Bavel.

19 And they burned the Bayit of Ahlohim and broke down the wall of Yahrushalayim and burned all the palaces of it with fire and destroyed all the valuable vessels in it.

20 And those that had escaped from the sword he carried away to Bavel; where they were avadim to him and his sons until the reign of the malchut of Persia:

21 To fulfill The Word of 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 by the mouth of Yirmeyahu, until the land had enjoyed her Shabbats: for as long as she lay desolate she kept Shabbat, to fulfill seventy years.

22 Now in the first year of Koresh melech of Persia, so that The Word of 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 spoken by the mouth of Yirmeyahu might be accomplished, 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 stirred up the ruach of Koresh melech of Persia, so that he made a proclamation throughout all his malchut and put it also in writing, saying,

23 This says Koresh melech of Persia, All the malchutim of the earth has 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 Ahlohim of the shamayim given to me; and He has charged me to build him a Bayit in Yahrushalayim, which is in Yahudah. Who is there among you from all His people? 𐀉𐀄𐀅𐀄 his Ahlohim be with him and now let him go and make aliyah.