and said unto the Levites that taught all Israel, which were holy unto the LORD, Put the holy ark in the house which Solomon the son of David king of Israel did build; it shall not be a burden upon your shoulders: serve now the LORD your God, and his people Israel,
¶ And Josi'ah gave to the people, of the flocks, lambs and kids, all for the passover offerings, for all that were present, to the number of thirty thousand, and three thousand bullocks: these were of the king's substance.
And his princes gave willingly unto the people, to the priests, and to the Levites: Hilki'ah and Zechari'ah and Jehi'el, rulers of the house of God, gave unto the priests for the passover offerings two thousand and six hundred small cattle, and three hundred oxen.
Conani'ah also, and Shemai'ah and Nethan'e-el, his brethren, and Hashabi'ah and Je-i'el and Joz'abad, chief of the Levites, gave unto the Levites for passover offerings five thousand small cattle, and five hundred oxen.
And they removed the burnt offerings, that they might give according to the divisions of the families of the people, to offer unto the LORD, as itis written in the book of Moses. And so did they with the oxen.
And they roasted the passover with fire according to the ordinance: Ex. 12.8, 9 but the other holy offerings sod they in pots, and in caldrons, and in pans, and divided them speedily among all the people.
And afterward they made ready for themselves, and for the priests: because the priests the sons of Aaron were busied in offering of burnt offerings and the fat until night; therefore the Levites prepared for themselves, and for the priests the sons of Aaron.
And the singers the sons of Asaph were in their place, according to the commandment of David, and Asaph, and Heman, and Jedu'thun the king's seer; 1 Chr. 25.1 and the porters waited at every gate; they might not depart from their service; for their brethren the Levites prepared for them.
And there was no passover like to that kept in Israel from the days of Samuel the prophet; neither did all the kings of Israel keep such a passover as Josi'ah kept, and the priests, and the Levites, and all Judah and Israel that were present, and the inhabitants of Jerusalem.
But he sent ambassadors to him, saying, What have I to do with thee, thou king of Judah? I come not against thee this day, but against the house wherewith I have war: for God commanded me to make haste: forbear thee from meddling with God, who is with me, that he destroy thee not.
Nevertheless Josi'ah would not turn his face from him, but disguised himself, that he might fight with him, and hearkened not unto the words of Necho from the mouth of God, and came to fight in the valley of Megid'do.
His servants therefore took him out of that chariot, and put him in the second chariot that he had; and they brought him to Jerusalem, and he died, and was buried in one of the sepulchres of his fathers. And all Judah and Jerusalem mourned for Josi'ah.
And Jeremiah lamented for Josi'ah: and all the singing men and the singing women spake of Josi'ah in their lamentations to this day, and made them an ordinance in Israel: and, behold, they are written in the lamentations.