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歷代志下 35

約西亞守逾越節

1約西亞在耶路撒冷為耶和華守逾越節。一月十四日,眾人宰殺逾越節的祭牲。 他指派祭司各盡其職,鼓勵他們在耶和華的殿裡事奉, 又對將自己獻給耶和華、負責教導以色列人的利未人說:「你們把聖約櫃放在以色列王大衛的兒子所羅門建的殿裡,不用再扛在肩上。現在你們去事奉你們的上帝耶和華和祂的以色列子民吧。 你們要按宗族和班次,依照以色列王大衛和他兒子所羅門所寫的指示,預備自己。 你們要按你們弟兄所在宗族的班次,侍立在聖所,每個班次中要有幾個利未宗族的人。 你們要宰殺逾越節的羊羔,潔淨自己,為你們的弟兄做好準備,依照耶和華藉摩西所吩咐的去行。」

約西亞從自己的產業中,捐出三萬隻綿羊羔和山羊羔,以及三千頭公牛,賜給所有在場的人做逾越節的祭牲。 他的眾官員也自願為民眾、祭司和利未人捐獻。管理上帝殿的希勒迦、撒迦利亞和耶歇獻出兩千六百隻羊羔和三百頭牛,給祭司做逾越節的祭牲。 利未人的首領歌楠雅和他的兩個兄弟示瑪雅和拿坦業,及哈沙比雅、耶利、約撒拔獻出五千隻羊羔和五百頭牛,給利未人做逾越節的祭牲。

10 一切都準備好後,依照王的吩咐,祭司站在自己的地方,利未人按照班次侍立。 11 利未人宰殺逾越節的羊羔,祭司從他們手中接過血,灑在壇上,又剝去祭牲的皮。 12 他們按照宗族把燔祭分給眾人,好使他們按照摩西書上所寫的,把祭物獻給耶和華。獻牛也是這樣。 13 他們按規定用火烤逾越節的羊羔,在鍋裡、罐裡和盆裡煮聖物,然後迅速分給民眾。 14 之後,利未人為自己和祭司預備祭物,因為做祭司的亞倫子孫要繼續獻燔祭和脂肪一直到晚上。 15 負責歌樂的亞薩子孫依照大衛、亞薩、希幔和王的先見耶杜頓的吩咐,站在自己的崗位上;殿門守衛都看守各門,不必離開工作崗位,因為他們的弟兄利未人為他們預備了祭物。

16 當天,一切事奉的事都辦好了,他們就按約西亞王的命令守逾越節,又在耶和華的壇上獻燔祭。 17 所有在場的以色列人都在那時守逾越節,又守除酵節七天。 18 自撒母耳先知以來,在以色列從來沒有守過這樣的逾越節,以色列從沒有君王像約西亞、祭司、利未人、所有在場的猶大人和以色列人,以及耶路撒冷的居民這樣守過逾越節。 19 這次逾越節是在約西亞執政第十八年慶祝的。

約西亞逝世

20 約西亞辦理完殿裡的事後,埃及王尼哥上來,要攻打幼發拉底河附近的迦基米施。約西亞出兵攔阻。 21 尼哥派使者對約西亞說:「猶大王啊,我與你沒有恩怨。我今天來不是要攻擊你,乃是要攻擊與我作戰的那一家。上帝吩咐我要速速完成,你不要與上帝作對,免得祂毀滅你,因為上帝與我同在。」 22 約西亞卻不聽上帝藉尼哥說的話。他沒有退兵,反而喬裝上陣,與尼哥會戰於米吉多平原。 23 約西亞王在戰場上中箭受傷,就對僕人說:「我受了重傷,帶我離開吧。」 24 他的僕人就扶他下戰車,上另一輛戰車,送到耶路撒冷。約西亞死在那裡,葬在他祖先的墳墓裡。所有猶大和耶路撒冷的人都為他哀悼。 25 耶利米為約西亞作了哀歌,所有的男女歌樂手至今仍用這些哀歌紀念約西亞,成了以色列的傳統。這些哀歌都記在《哀歌書》上。

26 約西亞其他的事蹟和他怎樣忠心地遵行耶和華的律法, 27 自始至終都記在《以色列和猶大的列王史》上。

New International Reader's Version

2 Chronicles 35

Josiah Celebrates the Passover Feast

1Josiah celebrated the Passover Feast in Jerusalem to honor the Lord. The Passover lamb was killed on the 14th day of the first month. Josiah appointed the priests to their duties. He cheered them up as they served the Lord at his temple. The Levites taught all the people of Israel. The Levites had been set apart to the Lord. Josiah said to them, “Put the sacred ark of the covenant in the temple Solomon built. He was the son of David and king of Israel. The ark must not be carried around on your shoulders. Serve the Lord your God. Serve his people Israel. Prepare yourselves by families in your groups. Do it based on the directions written by David, the king of Israel, and by his son Solomon.

“Stand at the temple. Stand there with a group of Levites for each group of families among your people. Kill the Passover lambs. Set yourselves apart to the Lord. Prepare the lambs for your people. Do what the Lord commanded through Moses.”

Josiah provided animals for the Passover offerings. He gave them for all the people who were there. He gave a total of 30,000 lambs and goats and 3,000 oxen. He gave all of them from his own possessions.

His officials also gave freely. They gave to the people and the priests and Levites. Hilkiah, Zechariah and Jehiel were in charge of God’s temple. They gave the priests 2,600 Passover lambs and 300 oxen. Konaniah and his brothers Shemaiah and Nethanel also gave offerings. So did Hashabiah, Jeiel and Jozabad. All of them were the leaders of the Levites. They gave 5,000 Passover lambs and 500 oxen for the Levites.

10 The Passover service was arranged. The priests stood in their places. The Levites were in their groups. That’s what the king had ordered. 11 The Passover lambs were killed. The priests splashed against the altar the blood handed to them. The Levites skinned the animals. 12 They set the burnt offerings to one side. These offerings were for the smaller family groups to offer to the Lord. That’s what was written in the Book of Moses. The Levites did the same thing with the oxen. 13 They cooked the Passover animals over the fire, just as the law required. They boiled the holy offerings in pots, large kettles and pans. They served the offerings quickly to all the people. 14 After that, they got things ready for themselves and the priests. That’s because the priests, who were from the family line of Aaron, were busy until dark. They were sacrificing the burnt offerings and the fat parts. The Levites got things ready for themselves and for the priests, who belonged to Aaron’s family line.

15 Those who played music were from the family line of Asaph. They were in the places that had been set up by David, Asaph, Heman and Jeduthun. Jeduthun had been the king’s prophet. The guards at each gate didn’t have to leave their places. That’s because their brother Levites got things ready for them.

16 So at that time the entire service to honor the Lord was carried out. The Passover Feast was celebrated. The burnt offerings were sacrificed on the Lord’s altar. That’s what King Josiah had ordered. 17 The Israelites who were there celebrated the Passover Feast at that time. They observed the Feast of Unleavened Bread for seven days. 18 The Passover Feast hadn’t been observed like that in Israel since the days of Samuel the prophet. None of the kings of Israel had ever celebrated a Passover Feast like Josiah’s. He celebrated it with the priests and Levites. All the people of Judah and Israel were there along with the people of Jerusalem. He celebrated it with them too. 19 That Passover Feast was celebrated in the 18th year of Josiah’s rule.

Josiah Dies

20 Josiah had put the temple in order. After all of that, Necho went up to fight at Carchemish. He was king of Egypt. Carchemish was on the Euphrates River. Josiah marched out to meet Necho in battle. 21 But Necho sent messengers to him. They said, “Josiah king of Judah, there isn’t any trouble between you and me. I’m not attacking you at this time. I’m at war with another country. God told me to hurry. He’s with me. So stop opposing him. If you don’t, he’ll destroy you.”

22 But Josiah wouldn’t turn away from Necho. Josiah wore different clothes so people wouldn’t recognize him. He wanted to go to war against Necho. He wouldn’t listen to what God had commanded Necho to say. Instead, Josiah went out to fight him on the plains of Megiddo.

23 Men who had bows shot arrows at King Josiah. After he was hit, he told his officers, “Take me away. I’m badly wounded.” 24 So they took him out of his chariot. They put him in his other chariot. They brought him to Jerusalem. There he died. He was buried in the tombs of his family. All the people of Judah and Jerusalem mourned for him.

25 Jeremiah wrote songs of sadness about Josiah. To this day all the male and female singers remember Josiah by singing those songs. That became a practice in Israel. The songs are written down in the Book of the Songs of Sadness.

26 Josiah did many things that showed he was faithful to the Lord. Those things and the other events of Josiah’s rule were in keeping with what is written in the Law of the Lord. 27 All the events from beginning to end are written down. They are written in the records of the kings of Israel and Judah.