Translation:1 Esdras

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1 King Josiah celebrated the Passover at Jerusalem in honor of his Lord, and offered the passover lamb on the fourteenth day of the first month, 2 having set the priests each to his service, dressed in their garments, in the temple of the Lord. 3 And he commanded the Levites, who were serving in the temple for Israel, to sanctify themselves to the Lord and to set the holy ark of the Lord in the house that king Solomon, the son of David, had built; 4 he told them, "You shall no longer carry it on your shoulders; and now worship the Lord your God and serve his nation, Israel, and prepare yourselves by your families and tribes, as king David of Israel prescribed and according to the magnificence of Solomon, his son. 5 Stand in the temple in accordance with the order of your ancestral houses, you Levites, who minister before your brethren the sons of Israel, 6 sacrifice the passover lamb in order, and prepare the sacrifices for your brethren, and keep the passover in accordance with the commandment of the Lord, which was given to Moses.