31:1 Now when all this was finished, all Israel that were present went out to the cities of Judah, and a brake the images in pieces, and cut down the groves, and threw down the high places and the altars out of all Judah and Benjamin, in Ephraim also and Manasseh, until they had utterly destroyed them all. Then all the b children of Israel returned, every man to his possession, into their own cities.
(a) According to the commandment of the Lord, (Deuteronomy
(b) That is, all they who came to the passover.
31:2 And Hezekiah appointed the courses of the
priests and the Levites after their courses, every man according to his service,
the priests and Levites for burnt offerings and for peace offerings, to
minister, and to give thanks, and to praise in the gates of the c
tents of the LORD.
(c) That is, in the temple where they assembled
as in a tent.
31:4 Moreover he
commanded the people that dwelt in Jerusalem to give the d
portion of the priests and the Levites, that they might be e
encouraged in the law of the LORD.
(d) The tithes and firstfruits for the
maintenance of the priests and Levites.
(e) That their minds might not be entangled with
provision of worldly things, but that they might wholly and cheerfully serve
31:6 And [concerning]
the children of Israel and Judah, that dwelt in the cities of Judah, they also
brought in the tithe of oxen and sheep, and the tithe of holy things f
which were consecrated unto the LORD their God, and laid [them] by g
(f) Which they had dedicated to the Lord by a
(g) For the relief of the priests, Levites,
widows, pupils, fatherless, strangers, and such as were in need.
31:8 And when
Hezekiah and the princes came and saw the heaps, they h
blessed the LORD, and his people Israel.
(h) They praised the Lord and prayed for all
prosperity to his people.
31:10 And Azariah the
chief priest of the house of Zadok answered him, and said, Since [the people]
began to bring the offerings into the house of the LORD, we have i
had enough to eat, and have left plenty: for the LORD hath blessed his people;
and that which is left [is] this great store.
(i) He shows that this plenteous liberality is
expedient for the maintenance of the ministers and that God therefore prospers
his people and increases by his blessing that which is given.
Beside their genealogy of males, k from
three years old and upward, [even] unto every one that entereth into the house
of the LORD, his daily portion for their service in their charges according to
(k) Who had also a portion and allowance in this
31:18 And to the
genealogy of all their little ones, their wives, and their sons, and their
daughters, through all the congregation: for in their l
set office they sanctified themselves in holiness:
(l) Meaning, that either by the faithful
distribution of the officers, everyone had their part in the things that were
offered, or else that their wives and children were relieved, because the
Levites were faithful in their office, and so depended on them.