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2 Chronicles 31:11 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— Then Hezekiah commanded to prepare chambers in the house of Jehovah; and they prepared them.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— Then Hezekiah commanded to prepare chambers in the house of the LORD; and they prepared [them],
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— Then Hezekiah commanded [them] to prepare rooms in the house of the LORD, and they prepared [them].
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— Then Hezekiah commanded to prepare chambers in the house of the LORD; and they prepared [them],
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— And Hezekiah commanded to prepare chambers in the house of Jehovah; and they prepared [them],
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— Then Hezekiah gave word to prepare chambers, in the house of Yahweh, and they prepared them;
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— And Hezekiah saith to prepare chambers in the house of Jehovah, and they prepare,
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— Then Ezechias commanded to prepare storehouses in the house of the Lord. And when they had done so,
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— Then Hezekiah commanded to prepare chambers in the house of the LORD, and they prepared [them],
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— And Hezekiah{gr.Ezekias} told them yet farther to prepare chambers for the house of the Lord; and they prepared [them],
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— Then Chizqiyyah commanded to prepare chambers in the house of Yahweh; and they prepared [them],

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
Then izkiyy חִזקִיָּה 3169
{3169} Prime
From H3388 and H3050; strengthened of Jah; Jechizkijah, the name of five Israelites.
commanded 559
{0559} Prime
A primitive root; to say (used with great latitude).
<8799> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 19885
to prepare 3559
{3559} Prime
A primitive root; properly to be erect (that is, stand perpendicular);. hence (causatively) to set up, in a great variety of applications, whether literal (establish, fix, prepare, apply), or figurative (appoint, render sure, proper or prosperous).
<8687> Grammar
Stem - Hiphil (See H8818)
Mood - Infinitive (See H8812)
Count - 1162
chambers 3957
{3957} Prime
From an unused root of uncertain meaning; a room in a building (whether for storage, eating, or lodging).
in the house 1004
{1004} Prime
Probably from H1129 abbreviated; a house (in the greatest variation of applications, especially family, etc.).
of Yhw יָהוֶה; 3068
{3068} Prime
From H1961; (the) self Existent or eternal; Jehovah, Jewish national name of God.
and they prepared 3559
{3559} Prime
A primitive root; properly to be erect (that is, stand perpendicular);. hence (causatively) to set up, in a great variety of applications, whether literal (establish, fix, prepare, apply), or figurative (appoint, render sure, proper or prosperous).
<8686> Grammar
Stem - Hiphil (See H8818)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 4046
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

2 Chronicles 31:11-18

_ _ 2 Chronicles 31:11-19. Hezekiah appoints officers to dispose of the tithes.

_ _ Hezekiah commanded to prepare chambers in the house of the Lord — storehouses, granaries, or cellars; either the old ones, which had been allowed through neglect to fall into decay, were to be repaired, or additional ones built. Private individuals brought their own first-fruits to the temple; but the tithes were levied by the Levites, who kept a faithful account of them in their several places of abode and transmitted the allotted proportion to the priests. Officers were appointed to distribute equal rations to all in the cities of the priests who, from age or other reasons, could not repair to the temple. With the exception of children under three years of age — an exception made probably from their being considered too young to receive solid food — lists were kept of the number and age of every male; of priests according to their fathers’ house, and Levites from twenty years (see Numbers 4:3; Numbers 28:24; 1 Chronicles 23:24). But, besides, provision was also made for their wives, daughters, and servants.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

2 Chronicles 31:11-21

_ _ Here we have,

_ _ I. Two particular instances of the care of Hezekiah concerning church matters, having put them into good order, to keep them so. The tithes and other holy things being brought in, he provided, 1. That they should be carefully laid up, and not left exposed in loose heaps, liable to be wasted and embezzled. He ordered chambers to be made ready in some of the courts of the temple for store-chambers (2 Chronicles 31:11), and into them the offerings were brought and there kept under lock and key, 2 Chronicles 31:12, 2 Chronicles 31:13. Treasures or store-keepers were appointed, who had the oversight of them, to see that moth and rust did not corrupt them nor thieves break through to steal. This wisdom of laying up the surplus in days of plenty we may learn from the ant, who provideth meat in summer. The laying up in store what was brought in was an encouragement to people to pay in their contributions. That will be given cheerfully by the public which appears to be well husbanded. 2. That they should be faithfully laid out, according to the uses they were intended for. Church treasures are not to be hoarded any longer than till there is occasion for them, lest even the rust should be a witness against those who hoard them. Officers were appointed, men (no doubt) of approved wisdom and faithfulness, to distribute the oblations of the Lord and the most holy things among the priests (2 Chronicles 31:14), and to see that they all had a competent maintenance for themselves and their families. The law provided sufficient for them all, and therefore, if some had too little, it must be because others had too much; to prevent such inequality these officers were to go by some certain rule of proportion in the disposal of the incomes of the temple. It is said of the priests here (2 Chronicles 31:18) that in their set office they sanctified themselves; in faith they sanctified themselves (so the word is), that is, as bishop Patrick explains it, they attended their ministry at the house of God, not doubting but they should be provided with all things necessary. Now, because they served God in that confidence, care was taken that they should not be made ashamed of their hope. Note, Those that sanctify themselves to God and his service in faith, believing that he will see them want for nothing that is good for them, shall certainly be fed. Out of the offerings of the Lord distribution was made, (1.) To the priests in the cities (2 Chronicles 31:15), who staid at home while their brethren went to Jerusalem, and did good there in teaching the good knowledge of the Lord. The preaching priests were maintained as well as the sacrificing priests, and those that abode by the stuff as well as those that warred the warfare. (2.) To those that entered into the house of the Lord, all the males from three years old and upwards; for the male children even at that tender age, it seems, were allowed to come into the temple with their parents, and shared with them in this distribution, 2 Chronicles 31:16. (3.) Even the Levites from twenty years old and upwards had their share, 2 Chronicles 31:17. (4.) The wives and children of the priests and Levites had a comfortable maintenance out of those offerings, 2 Chronicles 31:18. In maintaining ministers, regard must be had to their families, that not they only, but theirs, may have food convenient. In some countries where ministers have their salary paid them by the state an addition is made to it upon the birth of a child. (5.) The priests in the country, that lived in the fields of the suburbs, were not overlooked in this ministration, 2 Chronicles 31:19. Those also had their share who were inhabitants of the villages, though they might be supposed to live at a less expense.

_ _ II. A general character of Hezekiah's services for the support of religion, 2 Chronicles 31:20, 2 Chronicles 31:21. 1. His pious zeal reached to all the parts of his kingdom: Thus he did throughout all Judah; every part of the country, and not those only that lay next him, shared in the good fruits of his government. 2. He sincerely designed to please God, and approved himself to him in all he did: He wrought that which was good before the Lord his God; all his care was to do that which should be accepted of God, which was right (that is, agreeable to natural equity), and truth (that is, agreeable to divine revelation and his covenant with God), before the Lord; to do according to that law which is holy, just, and good. 3. What he began he went through with, prosecuted it with vigour, and did it with all his heart. 4. All his good intentions were brought to a good issue; whatever he did in the service of the house of God, and in the government of his kingdom, he prospered in it. Note, What is undertaken with a sincere regard to the glory of God will succeed to our own honour and comfort at last.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

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Geneva Bible Translation Notes

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Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance
or, store-houses,
Nehemiah 10:38-39 And the priest the son of Aaron shall be with the Levites, when the Levites take tithes: and the Levites shall bring up the tithe of the tithes unto the house of our God, to the chambers, into the treasure house. ... For the children of Israel and the children of Levi shall bring the offering of the corn, of the new wine, and the oil, unto the chambers, where [are] the vessels of the sanctuary, and the priests that minister, and the porters, and the singers: and we will not forsake the house of our God.
Nehemiah 13:5 And he had prepared for him a great chamber, where aforetime they laid the meat offerings, the frankincense, and the vessels, and the tithes of the corn, the new wine, and the oil, which was commanded [to be given] to the Levites, and the singers, and the porters; and the offerings of the priests.
Nehemiah 13:12-13 Then brought all Judah the tithe of the corn and the new wine and the oil unto the treasuries. ... And I made treasurers over the treasuries, Shelemiah the priest, and Zadok the scribe, and of the Levites, Pedaiah: and next to them [was] Hanan the son of Zaccur, the son of Mattaniah: for they were counted faithful, and their office [was] to distribute unto their brethren.
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