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Bible Commentaries
2 Chronicles 31

Smith's Bible CommentarySmith's Commentary

Verses 1-21

Chapter 31

Now when all this was finished, all of Israel and those that were present went out to the cities of Judah, and they broke the images in pieces, they cut down the groves, they threw down the high places, the altars from Judah, Benjamin, in Ephraim and in Manasseh, until they had utterly destroyed them all. Then all the children of Israel returned, every man to his possession, into their own cities ( 2 Chronicles 31:1 ).

So it was a spiritual revival, spiritual movement. As these guys went back up to the north, they broke down all of the images, the idols of Baal, and places of worship for the pagan gods that had been established in the northern kingdom. And they just went through sort of cleansing the land from all of the remnants of their idolatry that they had fallen into.

And Hezekiah appointed the courses for the priests and the Levites, that each man might serve the Lord according to his own course. And he appointed the king's portion of his substance for the burnt offerings, for the morning and evening sacrifices. He commanded the people who dwelt in Jerusalem to give the portion of the priests and the Levites and all, that they might bring in the tithe of all things ( 2 Chronicles 31:2-4 ).

And the people brought in abundantly and so there was plenty for the house of the Lord.

And thus did Hezekiah throughout all of Judah, he wrought that which was good and right and truth before the LORD his God. And in every work that he began in the service of the house of God, and in the law, and in the commandments, to seek God, he did it with all his heart, and he prospered ( 2 Chronicles 31:20-21 ).


Bibliographical Information
Smith, Charles Ward. "Commentary on 2 Chronicles 31". "Smith's Bible Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/eng/csc/2-chronicles-31.html. 2014.
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