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Hezekiah, who began his reign about 714 B.C., was one of the most prominent kings of Judah. Much of the creditable work accomplished under his direction toward the restoration of the temple service is set forth in the second book of the Chronicles. His father, Ahaz, had not done "that which was right in the sight of the Lord," and Hezekiah, although but twenty-five years of age, set about the very definite program of serving God after the manner of David, his illustrious forefather.

The people had withheld from the temple officials those portions of material substance which were required under the law. Hezekiah, however, reawakened the people "to give the portion of the priests and the Levites, that they might be encouraged." And they at once "brought in abundance the firstfruits of corn, wine, and oil, and honey, and of all the increase of the field; and the tithe of all things." When Hezekiah inquired concerning the results of this obedience, he was told that "since the people began to bring the offerings into the house of the Lord," there had been plenty for all purposes and a "great store" beyond actual needs. There was great joy in Jerusalem. Their prayer "came up to his holy dwelling place."

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