Your testimonies (Yah), I have taken as a heritage forever. For they are the rejoicing of my heart. I have inclined my heart to perform Your statues forever…to the very end. Psalm 119: 111-112. HalleluYah.
Yah created Yahoshua so that He might destroy the works of the devil. 1 John 3:8. Yah loves us so much He sent us a Redeemer. HalleluYah.
Chapter 35: Yoshiyah Commands the Levites to Consecrate Themselves For Passover
1 Now Yoshiyah kept a Passover to Yah in Yahrushalom and they slaughhtered the Passover lambs on the fourteenth day of the first month. 2 And he set the priests in their duties and encouraged them for the service of the house of Yah. 3 Then he said to the Levites who taught all Ysrayl, who were qodesh (or set-apart) to Yah: “Put the set-apart ark in the house which Solomon the son of David, king of Ysrayl, built. It shall no longer be a burden on your shoulders. Now serve Yah your Almighty and His people Ysrayl. 4 Prepare yourselves according to your father’s houses, according to your divisions, following the written instruction of David king of Ysrayl and the written instruction of Solomon his son. 5 And stand in the qodesh place according to the divisions of the father’s houses of your brothers (or the people) and according to the division of the father’s house of the Levites. 6 So slaughter the Passover offerings, consecrate yourselves and prepare them for your brothers, that they may do according to the word of Yah by the hand of Moshe”.
Yoshiyah Provides the People and Levites Flocks and Cattle For Passover
7 Then Yoshiyah gave the people lambs and young goats from the flock, all for Passover offerings for all who were present, to the number of thirty thousand, as well as three thousand cattle. These were from the king’s possession. 8 And his leaders gave willingly to the people, to the priests and to the Levites. Hilikiyah, Zechariyah and Yahiyl, rulers of the house of Yah, gave to the priests for the Passover offerings two thousand six hundred from the flock and three hundred cattle. 9 Also Conaniyah, his brothers Shemaiyah and Nethanyah and Hashabiyah and Yahiyl and Yozabad, chief of the Levites, gave to the Levites for Passover offerings five thousand from the flock and five hundred cattle.
Portions Are Prepared for the Priests and Gatekeepers on Duty by Their Brothers the Levites: This was the First Passover Kept in a Long Time
10 So the service was prepared and the priests stood in their places and the Levites in their divisions, according to the king’s command. 11 And they slaughtered the Passover offerings and the priests sprinkled the blood with their hands, while the Levites skinned the animals. 12 Then they removed the burnt offerings that they might give them to the divisions of the father’s houses of the people, to offer to Yah, as it is written in the Book of Moshe. And so they did with the cattle. 13 Also, they roasted the Passover offerings with fire according to the ordinance but the other qodesh offerings they boiled in pots, in kettles and in pans and divided them quickly among all the people. 14 Then afterward they prepared portions for themselves and for the priests, because the priests, the son of Aharon, were busy in offering burnt offerings and fat until night. Therefore, the Levites prepared portions for themselves and for the priests, the sons of Aharon. 15 And the singers, the sons of Asaph, were in their places, according to the command of David, Asaph, Heman and Yaduthun the king’s seer. Also, the gatekeepers were at each gate. They did not have to leave their position because their brothers the Levites prepared portions for them. 16 So all the service of Yah was prepared the same day, to keep the Passover and to offer burnt offerings on the altar of Yah, according to the command of King Yoshiyah. 17 And the children of Ysrayl who were present kept the Passover at that time and the Feast of Unleavened Bread for seven days. 18 There had been no Passover kept in Ysrayl like that since the days of Shemuyah the prophet and none of the kings of Ysrayl had kept such a Passover as Yoshiyah kept, with the priests and the Levites, all Yahudah and Ysrayl who were present and the inhabitants of Yahrushalom. 19 In the eighteenth year of the reign of Yoshiyah this Passover was kept.
Yah Sends Pharoah Necho to Fight Against Carchemish But Yoshiyah Tries to Interfere: Yoshiyah Does Not Heed the Words of Yah and Dies in Battle: The Prophet Yeremiyah Laments Over Yoshiyah and Wrote About This Battle
20 After all this, when Yoshiyah had prepared the temple, Necho king of Egypt came up to fight against Carchemish by the Euphrates and Yoshiyah went out against him. 21 But he sent messengers to him saying, “What have I to do with you, king of Yahudah? I have not come against you this day but against the house with which I have war. For Yah commanded me to make haste. Refrain from meddling with Yah, who is with me, lest He destroy you”. 22 Nevertheless, Yoshiyah would not turn his face from him but disguised himself so that he might fight with him and did not heed the words of Necho from the mouth of Yah. So he came to fight in the Valley of Megiddo. 23 And the archers shot King Yoshiyah and the king said to his servants, “Take me away, for I am severely wounded”. 24 His servants therefore took him out of that chariot and put him in the second chariot that he had and they brought him to Yahrushalom. So he died and was buried in one of the tombs of his fathers. And all Yahudah and Yahrushalom mouned for Yoshiyah. 25 Yeremiyah also lamented for Yoshiyah. And to this day all the singing men and the singing women speak of Yoshiyah in their lamentaions. They made it a custom in Ysrayl and indeed they are written in the Laments (or Book of Lamentations).
Yoshiyah’s Good Deeds For Yah Can Be Found in the Book of Kings
26 Now the rest of the acts of Yoshiyah and his goodness, according to what was written in the Law of Yah–27 And his deeds from first to last, indeed they are written in the book of the kings of Ysrayl and Yahudah.
*Yah can speak through who He wants to speak through. He spoke through Pharoah Necho here. Yoshiyah did not seem to understand the plans of Yah here. I do not read where Yoshiyah inquired of Yah first before trying to go to war against Pharoah. According to Deuteronomy 20 Yah has law concerning warfare. But Yah holds Egypt in Judgment later, for what they did to Yoshiyah. Yah sends Babylon to strike Egypt. You can read about it Yeremiyah Chapter 46. Also see Isaiah 10:9 makes a reference.
Chapter 36: Yahoahaz Reigns Over Yahudah Only Three Months Before Going into Captivity in Egypt: The King of Egypt Controls Yahudah: The King of Egypt Makes Yoshiyah’s Other Son Yliakim King and Changes His Name to Yahoiakim
1 Then the people of the land took Yahoahaz the son of Yoshiyah and made him king in his father’s place in Yahrushalom. 2 Yahoahaz was twenty-three years old when he became king and he reigned three months in Yahrushalom. 3 Now the king of Egypt deposed him at Yahrushalom and he imposed on the land a tribute of one hundred talents of silver and a talent of gold. 4 Then the king of Egypt made Yahoahaz’s brother Yliakim king over Yahudah and Yahrushalom and changed his name to Yahoiakim. And Necho took Yahoahaz his brother and carried him off to Egypt.
*I wonder what is the reason for the name change? It could be a power move. Our captors always change our names. But notice Pharoah Necho does not remove YL or Yah from his name. Pharoah is being obedient to Yah. Yliakim means YL raises or sets up.
Yahoiakim Reigns Over Yahudah For Eleven Years and is Evil in the Sight of Yah: Yahoiakim is Carried to Babylon Bound by Nebuchadnezzar
5 Yahoiakim was twenty-five years old when he became king and he reigned eleven years in Yahrushalom. And he did evil in the sight of Yah his Almighty. 6 Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came up against him and bound him in bronze fetters to carry him off to Babylon. 7 Nebuchadnezzar also carried off some of the articles from the house of Yah to Babylon and put them in his temple at Babylon.
*There is more written about these articles from the house of Yah in the book of Daniyah.
8 Now the rest of the acts of Yahoiakim, the abominations which he did and what was found against him, indeed they are written in the book of the kings of Ysrayl and Yahudah. Then Yahoiachin his son reigned in his place.
Yahoiachin is Eight Years Old When He Becomes King of Yahudah and Reigns Three Months Ten Days and He is Evil in the Sight of Yah: Yahoiachin Taken Captive to Babylon by Nebuchadnezzar
9 Yahoiachin was eight (2 Kings 24:8 reads eighteen) years old when he became king and he reigned in Yahrushalom three months and ten days. And he did evil in the sight of Yah. 10 At the turn of the year, King Nebuchadnezzar summoned him and took him to Babylon, with the costly articles from the house of Yah and made Zedekiyah, Yahoiakim’s brother, king over Yahudah and Yahrushalom.
*Compare to 2 Kings 24:17 where it states that this is Yahoiakim’s uncle Mattaniyah whose name is changed to Zedekiyah is placed as king, if this is true that this is an uncle it is maybe because Yahoiachin is too young at eight years to have children to replace him. But Zedekiyah is still a son of David.
*I wondered here also why Nebuchadnezzar changed Mattaniyah’s name to Zedkiyah? Mattaniyah means gift of Yah and Zedekiyah means Yah is righteous. Righteous judgment here.
*Did you notice that Nebuchadnezzar takes more articles from the temple of Yah?
Zedekiyah Reigns in Yahudah For Eleven Years and Does Evil in the Sight of Yah: Zedekiyah Refuses to Humble Himself to Yah and Rebels Against Nebuchadnezzar: The People of Yahudah Become More Evil
11 Zedekiyah was twenty-one years old when he became king and he reigned eleven years in Yahrushalom. 12 He did evil in the sight of Yah his Almighty and did not humble himself before Yeremiyah the prophet, who spoke from the mouth of Yah.
*See Yeremiyah Chapters 37,38, 39 and 52:2-3. Yeremiyah also writes about what happens in greater detail to some of these kings in his book.
13 And he also rebelled against King Nebuchadnezzar, who had made him swear an oath by Yah but he stiffened his neck and hardened his heart against turning to Yah Almighty of Ysrayl. 14 Moreover, all the leaders of the priests and the people transgressed more and more, according to all the abominations of the nations and defiled the house of Yah which He had consecrated in Yahrushalom.
Yah Sends Prophets Rising Early in the Morning to Warn Yahudah Because He Loved Them: Yah’s Wrath Come Upon His People Because They Will Not Listen
15 And Yah Almighty of their fathers sent warnings to them by His messengers, rising up early and sending them because He had compassion on His people and on His dwelling place. 16 But they mocked the messengers of Yah, despised His words and scoffed at His prophets, until the wrath of Yah arose against His people, till there was no remedy.
The Fall of Yahrushalom: The Yahudites Taken Captive to Babylon: Yah’s House is Burned: The Chaldeans Have No Mercy on the People of Yahudah
17 Therefore, He brought against them the king of the Chaldeans, who killed their young men with the sword in the house of their sanctuary and had no compassion on young man or maiden, on the aged or the weak. He gave them all into his hand. 18 All the articles from the house of Yah, great and small, the treasures of the house of Yah and the treasures of the king and his leaders, all these he took to Babylon. 19 Then they burned the house of Yah, broke down the wall of Yahrushalom, burned all its palaces with fire and destroyed all its precious possessions. 20 And those who escaped from the sword he carried away to Babylon, where they became servants to him and his sons until the rule of the kingdom of Peria–21 To fulfill the word of Yah by the mouth of Yeremiyah, until the land had enjoyed her Shabbats. As long as she lay desolate, she kept Shabbat, to fulfill seventy years.
*Read Leviticus 25:34, Yeremiyah 25:11 and Daniyah 9:2.
Yah Gives Cyrus King of Persia Rulership Over Babylon Because the King of Babylon Sins Against Yah: Cyrus Makes an Announcement and Puts in Writing the Will of Yah
22 Now in the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, that the word of Yah by the mouth of Yeremiyah might be fulfilled, Yah stirred up the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia, so that he made a proclamation throughout all his kingdom and also put it in writing saying: 23 Thus says Cyrus king of Persia: All the kingdoms of the earth, Yah of heaven has given me. and He has commanded me to build Him a house at Yahrushalom which is in Yahudah. Who is among you of all His people? May Yah his Almighty be with him and let him go up!
*The historian Josephus says Cyrus was informed of the biblical prophesies concerning himself.
*Also Read Ezra 1:1, Isaiah 45 and Daniyah 5:31 and Daniyah Chapter 10 and Yeremiyah 51:60.
*The name Cyrus is a Latinized form derived from a Greek form of the old Persian. This king’s name was Kurus and it is sometimes pronounced Koresh. Kurus means the sun or like the sun.
*Thank you for reading the blog. I will not be closing the blog but the blog is now on hiatus. Yah bless.
I use to think that Yah doesn’t want us to eat pigs because they are filthy decomposers that eat anything like mice and dead humans in the woods. This is true but its even deeper than that. I’m reading this book and the author states that pork is one of the most acidic substances (notice I did not say food) that one can eat. It has an acidic value of -38. When the body becomes acidic, it causes diseases such as cancer. That blew my mind right there. The author also talks about keeping the body alkaline. But when I was reading, I began to think…If you keep the body alkaline, and disease free, how is it that people still die? Yah put the answer into my mind. The answer is that Yah takes their breath in their sleep but we humans say ‘the person died of natural causes’ or ‘they died peacefully in their sleep’. These people die with no profound diseases. If I’m not mistaken, Yah promised Abraham a peaceful death (or at least not to die in war). I’ll have to go back and read that again to make sure. Yah also use to just put (certain) people in the grave for their safety (before the great flood). They lived a long time back then and they did not die of any disease.
I’m not finished reading this book yet. I just thought that was interesting. What do you think?
The author explained that although the stomach should stay acidic (some people have less acid in the stomach and this can cause problems too), acidic foods stay acidic and anaerobic in the lower gut causing problems for the whole body (causing the bacteria in the gut to turn acidic and anaerobic also). I assume the acidity spreads to the body by blood capillaries since the small intestines feeds the body.
How do you know if your body is acidic or alkaline? The author used litmus paper (the kind you used in general chemistry in high school/college and is also called ph paper) on the saliva of (the author’s) family. That’s it. Simple.
I’m still not finished reading the book. Oh yeah, Ha Shatan is mad with me about this post because last night he was trying to make me eat pork in my dream! I was surrounded by it and there were persons there in my dream eating pork. He wanted to trick me into eating it.
When a person has cancer, I saw on some television show that I can’t remember right now years ago, that the doctor will kill almost all the cells in the body through chemicals and/or radiation (and some have surgery to remove the cells or tissue). They are trying to kill these acidic, anaerobic cells almost to the point where the person is close to death in hopes that the body will have an immune response to create new alkaline, aerobic cells. Often, I have heard people with cancer say that they changed the way they ate during/after cancer, they are trying to keep the body in an alkaline condition even though many don’t say “science-y” words like that. Now, this all is making more sense to me. I have a family member who stopped drinking after she had cancer. She told me that she knew it was the alcohol that was ‘eating up my guts’. Those are her exact words. She use to drink to get drunk. She changed or repented of her behavior.
The author also said that worrying (or any negative emotion like anger jealousy sadness) turns our bodies acidic . Negative thoughts and emotions affects every cell in our bodies! Doesn’t Yahoshua say not to worry? Doesn’t Yah tell us to come to Him for counsel or seek Him and put our burdens on Him? Do you believe Yah? Through negative thoughts and emotions the demons can destroy us spiritually and physically. Call upon Yah and cast them off through Yahoshua. When we run to Yah, the evil spirit(s) flee. “Yah rebukes you satan in the name of Yahoshua”. I sometimes say “begone” or “leave” then rebuke. *I don’t want to lead anyone astray so please do make sure to use your anointing oyl before praying/fasting.
One way the author suggested to keep the body alkaline is to incorporate a variety of more raw green leafy vegetables by way of smoothies and/or just thoroughly chewing the dark greens of a salad. I also once read somewhere or other that lemon water keeps the body alkaline. Yah says in the kingdom, we will eat (green) leaves for medicine. See Yahezqyl Chapter 47 where He talks about healing water and trees. *Whether using oyl prayer fasting (or green leaves or water in the kingdom) to heal, you should have faith behind it. It really does come down to faith.
*About 2 lbs/pounds a day of raw dark green leaves was recommended by the author through smoothies and salads.
*If I’m not mistaken, Noah healed with herbs/greens when the demons were plaguing his children and grandchildren. I can’t remember where I read that right now but I need to find it to make sure. I may come back to this post. Jubilees Chapter 10. I’m sure Noah prayed over them too and Noah was most likely anointed with oyl. Noah probably put a heavy beat down on the demons with all forms of healing. Some say the kingdom of Yah is the tree of life.
A recent comment got me thinking about Yah. Yah is the self-existing one. He exists off His own power. In Job chapters 38 and 39, Yah revealed to Iyob His Omnipotence. Omnipotence means very great power, supreme power, all-powerful, almighty, most high, unlimited power or unique power…no one else has this power. In Verses 6-7 of Job 38 says the angels or sons of Yah shouted for joy when Yah was creating (or laying the foundation). Yah was the only one creating. HalleluYah.
Chapter 33: Manasseh Reigns in Yahudah Fifty-Five Years: Manasseh Builds Altars For the Fallen Angels in the Courts of Yah Caused His Sons to Pass Through Fire to Molech Did Soothsaying Witchcraft Drug Sorcery and Consulted Mediums and Spiritists to Anger Yah: Then Manasseh Sets an Image of a Fallen One in the House of Yah: Manasseh Seduces the Yahudites to Be More Evil Than the Nations
1 Manasseh was twelve years old when he became king and he reigned fifty-five years in Yahrushalom. 2 But he did evil in the sight of Yah, according to the abominations of the nations whom Yah had cast out before the children of Ysrayl. 3 For he rebuilt the high places which Hezekiyah his father had broken down. He raised up altars for the Baals and made wooden images and he worshiped all the host of heaven (literally the gods or fallen angels of the Assyrians) and served them. 4 He also built altars in the house of Yah, of which Yah had said, “In Yahrushalom shall My name be forever”. 5 And he built altars for all the host of heaven in the two courts of the house of Yah. 6 Also, he caused his sons to pass through the fire in the Valley of the Son of Hinnom. He practiced soothsaying, used witchcraft and sorcery and consulted mediums and spiritists. He did much evil in the sight of Yah, to provoke Him to anger. 7 He even set a carved image, the idol which he had made, in the house of Yah, of which Yah had said to David and to Solomon his son, “In this house and in Yahrushalom, which I have chosen out of all the tribes of Ysrayl, I will put My name forever–8 And I will not again remove the foot of Ysrayl from the land which I have appointed for your fathers, only if they are careful to do all that I have commanded them, according to the whole law and the statues and the ordinances by the hand of Moshe”. 9 So Manasseh seduced Yahudah and the inhabitants of Yahrushalom to do more evil than the nations whom Yah had destroyed before the children of Ysrayl.
*You can read about Manasseh in 2 Kings 21:1-18. Also you can read about Manasseh serving Satan in the Ascension of Isaiah in the Pseudepigrapha Volume 2 Chapter 2. Manasseh also did fornication and participated in the act of adultery (this may be physical and/or spiritual). Manasseh also put the prophets on the run for their lives hidden in a cave: Isaiah, Micahyah, Yoyl, Habakkuk to name a few.
Because Manasseh Will Not Listen Yah Sends Assyria to Take Manasseh by Hook and Bound to Babylon: Manasseh Humbles Himself Prays and Repents to Yah and Yah Hears Him
10 And Yah spoke to Manasseh and his people but they would not listen. 11 Therefore Yah brought upon them the captains of the army of the king of Assyria, who took Manasseh with hooks (That is, nose hooks, compare 2 Kings 19:28), bound him with bronze fetters and carried him off to Babylon. 12 Now when he was in affliction, he implored Yah his Power and humbled himself greatly before Yah of his fathers–13 And prayed to Him and He received his entreaty, heard his supplication and brought him back to Yahrushalom into his kingdom. Then Manasseh knew that Yah was Power (or the Almighty Power, YL Shaddei in Hebrew).
The Prayer of Manasseh King of Yahudah When He Was Held Captive in Babylon (From the Apocrypha)
O Yah, Almighty Power of our fathers, Abraham, Yitshaq and Yaqob and of their righteous seed, who has made heaven and earth with all the ornament thereof; Who has bound the sea by the word of your commandment; Who has shut up the deep and sealed it by your terrible and righteous name; Whom all men fear and tremble before your power. For the majesty of your righteousness can not be born and your angry threatening toward sinners is importable (or significant or heavy) but your merciful promise is unmeasurable and unsearchable. For you are the Most High Power of great compassion, long-suffering (patient), very merciful and repentest (or hears the repents) of evil men. You, O Yah, according to your great goodness has promised repentance and forgiveness to them that have sinned against you and of your infinite mercies has appointed repentance unto sinners, that they may be saved. You therefore, O Yah, are the Power of the just, has not appointed repentance to the just, as to Abraham, Yitshaq and Yaqob which have not sinned against you. But you have appointed repentance unto me that am a sinner, for I have sinned above the number of the sands of the sea.
My transgressions, O Yah, are multiplied: My transgressions are multiplied and I am not worthy to behold and see the height of heaven for the multitude of my sins. I am bowed down with many iron bands, that I can not lift up my head, neither have any release. For I have provoked my wrath and done evil before you. I did not do your will neither did I keep your commandments. I have set up abominations and have multiplied offenses. Now therefore, I bow the knee of my heart, asking you for grace (mercy). I have sinned, O Yah, I have sinned and I acknowledge my sins therefore, I humbly ask you, forgive me O Yah, forgive me and do not destroy me with my sins. Be not angry with me forever, by reserving evil for me neither condemn me into the lower parts of the earth. For you are Yah, even the Power of them that repent and in me you will show all your goodness. For you will save me, that am unworthy, according to your great mercy. Therefore, I will praise you forever all the days of my life. For all the powers (that is, malakim or angels) of the heavens do praise you and yours is the esteem forever and ever. Amein.
*That was a powerful prayer of repentance! Manasseh said his sins were like the sands of the sea! Did you notice that he reigned fifty-five years?! Yah gave him a long time to repent because Yah already knew that he was going to repent.
The Death of Manasseh
18 Now the rest of the acts of Manasseh, his prayer to his Almighty and the words of the seers who spoke to him in the name of Yah Almighty Power of Ysrayl, indeed they are written in the book (literally words) of the kings of Ysrayl. 19 Also his prayer and how Yah received his entreaty (or humble request) and all his sin and trespass and the sites where he built high places and set up wooden images and carved images, before he was humbled, indeed they are written among the sayings of Hozai (or seers or record keepers in Hebrew, also spelled Chozay or Hosai). 20 So Manasseh rested with his fathers and they buried him in his own house. Then his son Amon reigned in his place.
Amon Reigns Two Years and Does Evil in Yah’s Sight: Amon Refuses to Humble Himself to Yah Like His Father Manasseh: Amon is Murdered
21 Amon was twenty-two years old when he became king and he reigned two years in Yahrushalom. 22 But he did evil in the sight of Yah, as his father Manasseh had done. For Amon sacrificed to all the carved images which his father Manasseh had made and served them. 23 And he did not humble himself before Yah, as his father Manasseh had humbled himself but Amon trespassed more and more. 24 Then his servants conspired against him and killed him in his own house. 25 But the people of the land executed all those who had conspired against King Amon. Then the people of the land made his son Yoshiyah king in his place.
Chapter 34: Yoshiyah Reigns in Yahudah Thirty-One Years: Yoshiyah Sought Yah: Yoshiyah Put the Dust of the Images on the Graves of Those Who Worshiped Them
1 Yoshiyah was eight years old when he became king and he reigned thirty-one years in Yahrushalom. 2 And he did what was right in the sight of Yah and walked in the ways of his father David. He did not turn aside to the right hand or to the left. 3 For in the eighth year of his reign, while he was still young, he began to seek Yah of his father David and in the twelfth year he began to purge Yahudah and Yahrushalom of the high places, the wooden images, the carved images and the molded images. 4 They broke down the altars of the Baals in his presence and the incense altars which were above them he cut down and the wooden images, the carved images and the molded images he broke in pieces and made dust of them and scattered it on the graves of those who had sacrificed to them. 5 He also burned the bones of the priests on their altars and cleansed Yahudah and Yahrushalom. 6 And so he did in the cities of Manasseh, Ephraim and Shimeon, as far as Naphtali and all around with axes (literally swords). 7 When he had broken down the altars and the wooden images, had beaten the carved images into powder and cut down all the incense altars throughout all the land of Ysrayl, he returned to Yahrushalom.
*See 2 Kings Chapter 23.
*Yoshiyah became king at 8 years old but didn’t purge Yahudah until his 12th year on the throne, so he was 20 years old when he began to purge Yahudah of idolatry. Verse 3, says he began to seek Yah in the eighth year of his reign, so he was 16 years old when he began to seek Yah. He sought Yah for 4 years before he took action.
In the Eighteenth Year of the Rule of Yoshiyah He Commands that the House of Yah Be Repaired: The Levites are Restored to Their Duties in the Temple
8 In the eighteenth year of his reign, when he had purged the land and the temple, he sent Shaphan the son of Azaliyah, Maaseiyah the governor of the city and Yoah the son of Yoahaz the recorder, to repair the house of Yah his Almighty. 9 When they came to Hilikiyah the high priest, they delivered the money that was brought into the house of Yah which the Levites who kept the doors had gathered from the hand of Manasseh and Ephraim, from all the remnant of Ysrayl, from all Yahudah and Benyamin and which they had brought back to Yahrushalom. 10 Then they put it in the hand of the foremen who had the oversight of the house of Yah and they gave it to the workmen who worked in the house of Yah, to repair and restore the house. 11 They gave it to the craftsmen and builders to buy hewn stone and timber for beams and to floor the houses which the kings of Yahudah had destroyed. 12 And the men did the work faithfully. Their overseers were Yahath and Obadiyah the Levites, of the sons of Merari and Zechariyah and Meshullam, of the sons of the Kohathites, to supervise. Others of the Levites, all of whom were skillful with instruments of music–13 Were over the burden bearers and were overseers of all who did work in any king of service. And some of the Levites were scribes, officers and gatekeepers.
*Yoshiyah is 26 years old in his eighteenth year of rule.
Hilikiyah the High Priest Finds the Book of the Law: Shaphan the Scribe Reads the Laws to Yoshiyah
14 Now when they brought out the money that was brought into the house of Yah, Hilikiyah the priest found the Book of the Law of Yah given by Moshe. 15 Then Hilikiyah answered and said to Shaphan the scribe, “I have found the Book of the Law in the house of Yah”. And Hilikiyah gave the book to Shaphan. 16 So Shaphan carried the book to the king bringing the king word saying, “All that was committed to your servants they are doing. 17 And they have gathered the money that was found in the house of Yah and have delivered it into the hand of the overseers and the workmen”. 18 Then Shaphan the scribe told the king saying, “Hilikiyah the priest has given me a book”. and Shaphan read it before the king.
Yoshiyah Tears His Clothes and Cries When He Hears the Laws of Yah: Yoshiyah Commands Hilikiyah and Other Servants to Inquire of Yah
19 Thus it happened, when the king heard the words of the Law, that he tore his clothes. 20 Then the king commanded Hilikiyah, Ahikam the son of Shaphan, Abdon (Achbor the son of Michaiyah in 2 Kings 22:12) the son of Micahyah, Shaphan the scribe and Asaiyah a servant of the king saying: 21 “Go, inquire of Yah for me and for those who are left in Ysrayl and Yahudah, concerning the words of the book that is found. For great is the wrath of Yah that is poured out on us, because our fathers have not kept the word of Yah, to do according to all that is written in the book”.
Hilikiyah with the Other Servants Seek Yah Through a Prophetess Named Huldah: Yah Warns Yahudah and Makes a Promise to Yoshiyah
22 So Hilikiyah and those the king had appointed went to Huldah the prophetess, the wife of Shallum the son of Tokhath (spelled Tikvah in 2 Kings 22:14), the son of Hasrah (spelled Harhas in 2 Kings 22:14), keeper of wardrobe. She dwelt in Yahrushalom in the Second Quarter. And they spoke to her to that effect. 23 Then she answered them, “Thus says Yah Almighty of Ysrayl, ‘Tell the man who sent you to Me–24 Thus says Yah: ‘Behold, I will bring calamity on this place and on its inhabitants, all the curses that are written in the book (found in Deuteronomy 28 and Leviticus 26) which they have read before the king of Yahudah–25 Because they have forsaken Me and burned incense to the gods, that they might provoke Me to anger with all the works of their hands. Therefore, My wrath will be poured out on this place and not be quenched’.” 26 “But as for the king of Yahudah, who sent you to inquire of Yah, in this manner, you shall speak to him, ‘Thus says Yah Almighty of Ysrayl: “Concerning the words which you have heard–27 Because your heart was tender and you humbled yourself before Yah when you heard His words against this place and against its inhabitants and you humbled yourself before Me and you tore your clothes and wept before Me, I also have heard you,” says Yah. 28 Surely, I will gather you to your fathers and you shall be gathered to your grave in peace and your eyes shall not see all the calamity which I will bring on this place and its inhabitants’.” So they brought back word to the king.
Yoshiyah Restores True Worship: Yoshiyah Has the Law Read to the People and He Makes a Covenant Unto Yah to Serve Him with All His Heart Soul and Might: Yoshiyah Commands the People to Make a Covenant with Yah
29 Then the king sent and gathered all the elders (zahkin in Hebrew) of Yahudah and Yahrushalom. 30 The king went up to the house of Yah, with all the men of Yahudah and the inhabitants of Yahrushalom, the priests and the Levites and all the people, great and small. And he read in their hearing all the words of the Book of the Covenant which had been found in the house of Yah. 31 Then the king stood in his place and made a covenant before Yah, to follow Yah and to keep His commandments and His testimonies and His statues with all his heart and all his soul, to perform the words of the covenant that were written in this book. 32 And he made all who were present in Yahrushalom and Benyamin take a stand. So the inhabitants of Yahrushalom did according to the covenant of Yah, the Almighty of their fathers. 33 Thus Yoshiyah removed all the abominations from all the country that belonged to the children of Ysrayl and made all who were present in Ysrayl diligently serve Yah their Almighty. All his days, they did not depart from following Yah Almighty of their fathers.
Chapter 31: The People of Yahudah Benyamin Ephraim and Manasseh Tear Down the Images of the Fallen Angels
1 Now when all this was finished, all Ysrayl who were present went out to the cities of Yahudah and broke the sacred pillars in pieces, cut down the wooden images and threw down the high places and the altars–from all Yahudah, Benyamin, Ephraim and Manasseh–until they had utterly destroyed them all. then all the children of Ysrayl returned to their own cities, every man to his possession.
Hezekiyah Reinstates the Levites to Their Temple Duties: Hezekiyah Encourages the People to Support the Priests and Levites
2 And Hezekiyah appointed the divisions of the priests and the Levites according to their divisions, each man according to his service, the priests and Levites for burnt offerings and peace offerings, to serve, to give thanks and to praise in the gates of the temple of Yah. 3 The king also appointed a portion of his possessions for the burnt offerings: for morning and evening burnt offerings, the burnt offerings for the Shabbats and the New Moons and the set feasts, as it is written in the Law of the Almighty. 4 Moreover, he commanded the people who dwelt in Yahrushalom to contribute support for the priests and the Levites, that they might devote themselves to the Law of Yah.
The Tithe: The Children of Ysrayl Bring Yah Their First Fruits of the Land and Specific Animals Abundantly
5 As soon as the commandment was circulated, the children of Ysrayl brought in abundance the first fruits of grain and wine, oil and honey and of all the produce of the field and they brought in abundantly the tithe of everything. 6 And the children of Ysrayl and Yahudah, who dwelt in the cities of Yahudah, brought the tithe of oxen and sheep. Also, the tithe of holy things which were consecrated to Yah their Almighty they laid in heaps.
The Children of Ysrayl tithe to Yah For Four Months Many Heaps so Hezekiyah and the Priests Bless Them: Azariyah the High Priest Gives King Hezekiyah a Report
7 In the third month, they began laying them in heaps and they finished in the seventh month. 8 And when Hezekiyah and the leaders came and saw the heaps, they blessed Yah and His people Ysrayl. 9 Then Hezekiyah questioned the priests and the Levites concerning the heaps. 10 And Azariyah the chief priest, from the house of Zadok, answered him and said, “Since the people began to bring the offerings into the house of Yah, we have had enough to eat and have plenty left, for Yah has blessed His people and what is left is this great abundance”.
Hezekiyah Adds Rooms in the House of Yah to Store the Tithes and Puts Cononiyah and His Brother as Next to Look After the Tithes: Kore the Levite and His Assistants Put in Charge of the East Gate Freewill Offerings and Distributing the Tithe to the Priests In Every City: The Genealogy of the Levites is Updated by Hezekiyah
11 Now Hezekiyah commanded them to prepare rooms in the house of Yah and they prepared them. 12 Then they faithfully brought in the offerings, the tithes and the dedicated thins. Cononiyah the Levite had charge of them and Shimei his brother was the next. 13 Yahiyl, Azariyah, Nahath, Asahyl. Yarimoth, Yazabad, Yliyah, Ismchiyah, Mahath and Benaiyah were overseers under the hand of Cononiyah and Shimei his brother, at the commandment of Hezikiyah the king and Azariyah the ruler of the house of Yah. 14 Kore the son of Imnah the Levite, the keeper of the East Gate, was over the freewill offerings of Yah, to distribute the offerings of Yah and the most qodesh things. 15 Under him were Eden, Miniamin, Yahshua, Shemaiyah, Amariyah and Shecaniyah, his faithful assistants in the cities of the priests, to distribute allotments to their brothers by divisions, to the great as well as the small. 16 Besides those males from three years old and up who were written in the genealogy, they distributed to everyone who entered the house of Yah his daily portion for the work of his service, by his division–17 And to the priests who were written in the genealogy according to their father’s house and to the Levites from twenty years old and up according to their work, by their divisions–18 And to all who were written in the genealogy, their little ones and their wives, their sons and daughters, the whole company of them, for in their faithfulness they sanctified themselves in righteousness. 19 Also for the sons of Aharon the priests, who were in the fields of the common-lands of their cities, in every single city, there were men who were designated by name to distribute portions to all the males among the priests and to all who were listed by genealogies among the Levites.
Hezekiyah Served Yah with All His Heart and Yah Prospered Him
20 Thus Hezekiyah did throughout all Yahudah and he did what was good and right and true before Yah his Almighty Power. 21 And in every work he began in the service of the house of Yah, in the law and in the commandment, to seek his Father, he did it with all his heart. So he prospered.
Chapter 32: Sennacherib King of Assyria and Son of Shalmaneser Encamps Around the Cities of Yahudah: King Hezekiyah and His Mighty Men Stop the Water Supply Outside the City to Stop the Assyrians From Drinking: Hezekiyah Commands the Yahudites to Repair and Build Walls the Landfull Make Weapons and Shields: Hezekiyah Musters the Army and Reminds the People to Have Courage in Yah
1 After these deeds of faithfulness, Sennacherib king of Assyria came and entered Yahudah. He encamped against the fortified cities, thinking to win them over to himself. 2 And when Hezekiyah saw that Sennacherib had come and that his purpose was to make war against Yahrushalom–3 He consulted with his leaders and commanders (literally mighty men) to stop the water from the springs which were outside the city and they helped him. 4 Thus many people gathered together who stopped all the springs and the brook that ran through the land saying, “Why should the kings of Assyria come and find much water”? 5 And he strengthened himself, built up all the wall that was broken, raised it up to the towers and built another wall outside. Also, he repaired the Millo (literally the landfill) in the city of David and made weapons and shields in abundance. 6 Then he set military captains over the people, gathered them together to him in the open square of the city gate and gave them encouragement saying: 7 “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid nor dismayed before the king of Assyria nor before all the multitude that is with him. For there are more with us than with him.
*Is Hezekiyah talking about the malakim of Yah here? (Rhetorical).
8 With him is an arm of flesh but with us is the Almighty our Power, to help us and to fight our battles”. And the people were strengthened by the words of Hezekiyah king of Yahudah.
Sennacherib Boasts and Blasphemes the Most High Power Yah
9 After this Sennacherib king of Assyria sent his servants to Yahrushalom (but he and all the forces with him laid siege against Lachish), to Hezekiyah king of Yahudah and to all Yahudah who were in Yahrushalom saying: 10 Thus says Sennacherib king of Assyria: ‘In what do you trust, that you remain under siege in Yahrushalom? 11 Does not Hezekiyah persuade you to give yourselves over to die by famine and by thirst saying, “Yah our Power will deliver us from the hand of the king of Assyria”? 12 Has not the same Hezekiyah taken away His high places and His altars and commanded Yahudah and Yahrushalom saying, “You shall worship before one altar and burn incense on it”? 13 Do you not know what I and my fathers have done to all the peoples of other lands? Were the gods of the nations of those lands in any way able to deliver their lands out of my hand? 14 Who was there among all the gods of those nations that my fathers utterly destroyed that could deliver his people from my hand, that your Power should be able to deliver you from my hand? 15 Now therefore, do not let Hezekiyah deceive you or persuade you like this and do not believe him, for no god of any nations or kingdom was able to deliver his people from my hand or the hand of my fathers. How much less will your Power deliver you from my hand’?”
Sennacherib Continues to Blaspheme Yah Through Letters and Harass Hezekiyah and the People of Yahudah: Sennacherib Does Not Fear Yah
16 Furthermore, his servants spoke against Yah and against His servant Hezekiyah. 17 He also wrote letters to revile Yah Power of Ysrayl and to speak against Him saying, “As the gods of the nations of other lands have not delivered their people from my hand, so the Power of Hezekiyah will not deliver His people from my hand”. 18 Then they called out with a loud voice in Hebrew (literally Yahudean) to the people of Yahrushalom who were on the wall, to frighten them and trouble them, that they might take the city. 19 And they spoke against Yah of Yahrushalom, as against the gods of the people of the earth, the work of men’s hands.
Hezekiyah and the Prophet Isaiah Pray to Yah and Yah Sends a Angel to Kill the Assyrian Camp: Sennacherib Returns Home Shamefaced to the Temple of His God Where His Own Offspring Murder Him
20 Now because of this king Hezekiyah and the prophet Isaiah, the son of Amoz prayed and cried out to heaven. 21 Then Yah sent an angel who cut down every mighty man of valor, leader and captain in the camp of the king of Assyria. So he returned shamefaced to his own land. And when he had gone into the temple of his god, some of his own offspring struck him down with the sword there. 22 Thus Yah saved Hezekiyah and the inhabitants of Yahrushalom from the hand of Sennacherib the king of Assyria and from the hand of all others and guided them (or reads gave them rest or treasure) on every side. 23 And many brought gifts to Yah at Yahrushalom and presents to Hezekiyah king of Yahudah, so that he was exalted in the sight of all nations thereafter.
*Wow, even the nations came and exalted Hezekiyah. They saw the Power of Yah. They were tired of Sennacherib’s bullying ways.
*You can also find this story in the Book of Isaiah chapters 36 and 37. We will read it again in Isaiah.
After this Hezekiyah Becomes Full of Pride and Yah is Not Pleased: Hezekiyah Humbles Himself Unto Yah When Yah Puts Infirmity On Him: Yah Extends Hezekiyah’s Life
24 In those days, Hezekiyah was sick and near death and he prayed to Yah and He spoke to him and gave him a sign. 25 But Hezekiyah did not repay according t the favor shown him, for his heart was lifted up. Therefore, wrath was looming over him and over Yahudah and Yahrushalom. 26 Then Hezekiyah humbled himself for the pride of his heart, he and the inhabitants of Yahrushalom, so that the wrath of Yah did not come upon them in the days of Hezekiyah.
*This story can also be found in 2 Kings chapter 20 and Isaiah chapter 38.
Hezekiyah’s Wealth Collections and Honor a Gift to Him From Yah
27 Hezekiyah had very great riches and honor. And he made himself treasuries for silver, for gold, for precious stones, for spices, for shields and for all kinds of desirable items–28 Storehouses for the harvest of grain, wine and oyl and stalls for all kinds of livestock and folds for flocks (sheepfolds). 29 Moreover, he provided cities for himself and possessions of flocks and herds in abundance, for Yah had given him very much property. 30 This same Hezekiyah also stopped the water outlet of Upper Gihon and brought the water by tunnel (literally brought it straight, compare 2 Kings 20:20) to the west side of the city of David. Hezekiyah prospered in all his works.
The Works of Hezekiyah Written in the Book of Isaiah and Kings: The Death of Hezekiyah: Hezekiyah is Buried with His Fathers
32 Now the rest of the acts of Hezekiyah and his goodness, indeed they are written in the vision of Isaiah the prophet, the son of Amoz and in the book of the kings of Yahudah and Ysrayl. 33 So Hezekiyah rested with his fathers and they buried him in the upper tombs of the sons of David and all Yahudah and the inhabitants of Yahrushalom honored him at his death. Then Manasseh his son reigned in his place.
My defense is of Yah, Who saves the upright in heart. Psalm 7:10 HalleluYah.
Chapter 27: Yatham Reigns in Yahudah Sixteen Years and is Righteous in Yah’s Sight
1 Yatham was twenty-five years old when he became king and he reigned sixteen years in Yahrushalom. His mother’s name was Yarusha, the daughter of Zadok. 2 And he did what was right in the sight of Yah, according to all that his father Uzziyah had done (although he did not enter the temple of Yah). But still, the people acted corruptly.
Building and Expansion Done by Yatham: Yatham Defeats the Ammonites: Yatham Walks in the Ways of Yah
3 He built the Upper Gate of the house of Yah and he built extensively on the wall of Ophyl. 4 Moreover, he built cities in the mountains of Yahudah and in the forests he built fortresses and towers. 5 He also fought with the king of the Ammonites and defeated them. And the people of Ammon gave him in that year one hundred talents of silver, ten thousand kors of wheat and ten thousand of barley. The people of Ammon paid this to him in the second and third years also. 6 So Yatham became mighty because he prepared his ways before Yah his Almighty.
Yatham Rests With His Fathers
7 Now the rest of the acts of Yatham and all his wars and his ways, indeed they are written in the book of the kings of Ysrayl and Yahudah. 8 He was twenty-five years old when he became king and he reigned sixteen years in Yahrushalom. So Yatham rested with his fathers and they buried him in the City of David. Then Ahaz his son reigned in his place.
*Yatham means Yah is perfect or honest.
Chapter 28: Ahaz Reigns Sixteen Years in Yahudah and Does Not Do Right Concerning Yah: Ahaz Burns His Children and Burns Incense To the Fallen Angles (Gods)
1 Ahaz was twenty years old when he became king and he reigned sixteen years in Yahrushalom and he did not do what was right in the sight of Yah, as his father David had done. 2 For he walked in the ways of the kings of Ysrayl and made molded images for the Baals. 3 He burned incense in the Valley of the Son of Hinnom and burned his children in the fire, according to the abominations of the nations whom Yah had cast out before the children of Ysrayl. 4 And he sacrificed and burned incense on the high places, on the hills and under every green tree.
Yah Stirs Up Syria and Ysrayl Against Yahudah and Takes Them Captive but Ysrayl Kills the Yahudites With a Great Slaughter Which Yah is Not Happy About
5 Therefore, Yah his Almighty delivered him into the hand of the king of Syria. They defeated him and carried away a great multitude of them as captives and brought them to Damascus. Then he was also delivered into the hand of the king of Ysrayl, who defeated him with a great slaughter. 6 For Pekah, the son of Remaliyah killed one hundred and twenty thousand in Yahudah in one day, all valiant men, because they had forsaken Yah Almighty of their fathers. 7 Zichri, a mighty man of Ephram, killed Maaseiyah the king’s son, Azrikam the officer over the house and Ylkanah who was second to the king. 8 And the children of Ysrayl carried away captive of their brothers two hundred thousand women, sons and daughters and they also took away much spoil from them and brought the spoil to Samaria.
Yah Sends the Prophet Obed to Ysrayl Because They Plan to Make the Yahudite Children Slaves: Yah Warns Ysrayl to Return the Yahudites to Their Land: Some of the Men of Ephraim Want to Disobey Yah But the Leaders of Ephraim Stop Them
9 But a prophet of Yah was there, whose name was Obed and he went out before the army that came to Samaria and said to them: “Look, because Yah Almighty of your fathers was angry with Yahudah, He has delivered them into your hand but you have killed them in a rage that reaches up to heaven. 10 And now you propose to force the children of Yahudah and Yahrushalom to be your male and female slaves but are you not also guilty before Yah your Almighty? 11 Now hear me, therefore and return the captives whom you have taken captive from your brothers, for the fierce wrath of Yah is upon you”. 12 Then some of the heads of the children of Ephraim, Azariyah the son of Yahanan, Berechiyah the son of Meshillemoth, Yahizkiyah the son of Shallum and Amasa the son of Hadlai, stood up against those who came from the war. 13 And said to them, “You shall not bring the captives here, for we already have offended Yah. You intend to add to our sins and to our guilt, for our guilt is great and there is fierce wrath against Ysrayl”. 14 So the armed men left the captives and the spoil before the leaders and all the assembly. 15 Then the men who were designated by name rose up and took the captives and from the spoil they clothed all who were naked among them, dressed them and gave them sandals, gave them food and drink and anointed them and they let all the feeble ones ride on donkeys. So they brought them to their brothers at Yericho, the city of palm trees. Then they returned to Samaria (Shamariyah).
*They were dropped off in Yericho, which is in the land of Benyamin, See Yahoshua 18:21.
Edom and Then the Philistines Invade Yahudah: King Ahaz Asks the Assyrians For Help and Give them Treasures But The Assyrians Still Refuse to Help
16 At the same time King Ahaz sent to the kings of Assyria to help him. 17 For again the Edomites had come, attacked Yahudah and carried away captives. 18 The Philistines also had invaded the cities of the lowland and of the south of Yahudah and had taken Beth Shemesh, Aiyalon, Gederoth, Sochoh with its villages, Timnah with its villages and Gimzo with its villages and they dwelt there. 19 For Yah brought Yahudah low because of Ahaz king of Ysrayl, for he had encouraged moral decline in Yahudah and had been continually unfaithful to Yah. 20 Also Tiglath-Pilser (Hebrew Tilgath-Pilneser) king of Assyria came to him and distressed him and did not assist him. 21 For Ahaz took part of the treasures from the house of Yah, from the house of the king and from the leaders and he gave it to the king of Assyria but he did not help him.
King Ahaz Does Not Repent and Becomes More Unfaithful to Yah
22 Now in the time of his distress King Ahaz became increasingly unfaithful to Yah. This is that King Ahaz. 23 For he sancified to the gods of Damascus which had defeated him saying, “Because the gods of the kings of Syria help them, I will sacrifice to them that they may help me”. But they were the ruin of him and of all Ysrayl. 24 So Ahaz gathered the articles of the house of Yah, cut in pieces the articles of the house of Yah, shut up the doors of the house of Yah and made for himself altars in every corner of Yahrushalom. 25 And in every single city of Yahudah, he made high places to burn incense to the gods and provoked to anger Yah Almighty of his father.
Ahaz Dies and Is Not Buried with the Other Kings
26 Now the rest of his acts and all his ways, from first to last, indeed they are written in the book of the kings of Yahudah and Ysrayl. 27 So Ahaz rested with his fathers and they buried him in the city, in Yahrushalom but they did not bring him into the tombs of the kings of Ysrayl. Then Hezekiyah his son reigned in his place.