Hezekiah and all the people give gifts to worship God
3 The king gave his own animals for sacrifices by fire. And he gave them for the sacrifices by fire each morning and each evening. He gave them for the sacrifices by fire on Sabbath days and new moon days. And he gave them for the sacrifices by fire for the other feasts too. He was obeying the Law of the Lord. 4 He spoke to all the people who lived in Jerusalem. He told them that they must give the proper gifts to the priests and to the Levites. That was so that they would be able to study the Law of the Lord really well. 5 When the people got Hezekiah's message they brought many good things. They brought the first grain that had grown, new wine, oil and honey. And they gave 1 part from every 10 parts of all the things that had grown in their fields. 6 The people from Israel and Judah who lived in Judah's towns also brought gifts. They brought 1 animal from every 10 of all their cows, sheep and goats. And they brought 1 thing from every 10 things that they had made holy to the Lord their God. They put all these things together in one place. 7 They started to put the things together in the third month and they finished in the seventh month. 8 Hezekiah and the leaders saw all the things. And they said good things about the Lord and they blessed his people, Israel.
9 Hezekiah asked the priests and the Levites about all those things. 10 Azariah, the most important priest was from Zadok's clan. He answered, ‘The people began to bring their gifts to the Lord's house. Since that time we have had enough food to eat and even more food than that. The Lord has blessed his people and we have all this extra food.’
11 Hezekiah told them that they must make rooms to store the things in the house of the Lord. So they did it. 12 They brought in all the gifts and the holy things. That included 1 thing from every 10 things that the people had. A Levite called Conaniah had to keep all those things safe. His brother, Shimei helped him. 13 Conaniah and his brother, Shimei were over Jehiel, Azaziah, Nahath, Asahel, Jerimoth, Jozabad, Eliel, Ismakiah, Mahath and Benaiah. And those men told other Levites what they must do. King Hezekiah and Azariah, who was the ruler of God's house, gave this special job to Conaniah and Shimei.