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Hezekiah became king at the age of 25, and he reigned for 29 years in Jerusalem. His mother's name was A·biʹjah the daughter of Zech·a·riʹah. H kept doing what was right in Jehovah's eyes, just as David his forefather had done. In the first year of his reign, in the first month, he opened the doors of the house of Jehovah and repaired them. They brought the priests and the Levites and assembled them in the square to the east. He said to them: "Listen to me, you Levites. Now sanctify yourselves and sanctify the house of Jehovah the God of your forefathers, and remove what is impure from the holy place. For our fathers have been unfaithful and have done what was bad in the eyes of Jehovah our God. They abandoned him and turned their faces away from the tabernacle of Jehovah and turned their back on him. They also closed the doors of the porch and extinguished the lamps. They stopped burning incense and offering up burnt sacrifices in the holy place to the God of Israel. Therefore Jehovah's indignation came against Judah and Jerusalem, so that he made them an object of horror and astonishment and a cause for whistling, as you can see with your own eyes. Here our forefathers fell by the sword, and our sons, our daughters, and our wives went into captivity for this. Now it is my heart's desire to make a covenant with Jehovah the God of Israel, so that his burning anger may turn away from us. My sons, now is not the time to be negligent, for Jehovah has chosen you to stand before him, to serve as his ministers, and to make his sacrifices smoke."
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