2 Chronicles 29:11
New International Version
My sons, do not be negligent now, for the LORD has chosen you to stand before him and serve him, to minister before him and to burn incense."

New Living Translation
My sons, do not neglect your duties any longer! The LORD has chosen you to stand in his presence, to minister to him, and to lead the people in worship and present offerings to him.”

English Standard Version
My sons, do not now be negligent, for the LORD has chosen you to stand in his presence, to minister to him and to be his ministers and make offerings to him.”

Berean Study Bible
Now, my sons, do not be negligent, for the LORD has chosen you to stand before Him, to serve Him, to minister before Him, and to burn incense.”

New American Standard Bible
"My sons, do not be negligent now, for the LORD has chosen you to stand before Him, to minister to Him, and to be His ministers and burn incense."

King James Bible
My sons, be not now negligent: for the LORD hath chosen you to stand before him, to serve him, and that ye should minister unto him, and burn incense.

Christian Standard Bible
My sons, don't be negligent now, for the LORD has chosen you to stand in his presence, to serve him, and to be his ministers and burners of incense."

Contemporary English Version
Let's not waste any time, my friends. You are the ones who were chosen to be the LORD's priests and to offer him sacrifices.

Good News Translation
My sons, do not lose any time. You are the ones that the LORD has chosen to burn incense to him and to lead the people in worshiping him."

Holman Christian Standard Bible
My sons, don't be negligent now, for the LORD has chosen you to stand in His presence, to serve Him, and to be His ministers and burners of incense."

International Standard Version
Please don't be careless, you descendants of Aaron, because the LORD has chosen you to minister in his presence, to serve him, to be his ministers, and to burn incense."

NET Bible
My sons, do not be negligent now, for the LORD has chosen you to serve in his presence and offer sacrifices."

New Heart English Bible
My sons, do not be negligent now; for the LORD has chosen you to stand before him, to minister to him, and that you should be his ministers, and burn incense."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Don't be negligent, my sons. The LORD has chosen you to stand in front of him, serve him, be his servants, and burn sacrifices."

JPS Tanakh 1917
My sons, be not now negligent; for the LORD hath chosen you to stand before Him, to minister unto Him, and that ye should be His ministers, and offer unto Him.'

New American Standard 1977
“My sons, do not be negligent now, for the LORD has chosen you to stand before Him, to minister to Him, and to be His ministers and burn incense.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
My sons, do not deceive yourselves, for the LORD has chosen you to stand before him, to serve him, and that ye should be his ministers and burn incense unto him.

King James 2000 Bible
My sons, be not now negligent: for the LORD has chosen you to stand before him, to serve him, and that you should minister unto him, and burn incense.

American King James Version
My sons, be not now negligent: for the LORD has chosen you to stand before him, to serve him, and that you should minister to him, and burn incense.

American Standard Version
My sons, be not now negligent; for Jehovah hath chosen you to stand before him, to minister unto him, and that ye should be his ministers, and burn incense.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And now be not wanting to your duty, for the Lord has chosen you to stand before him to minister, and to be ministers and burners of incense to him.

Douay-Rheims Bible
My sons, be not negligent: the Lord hath chosen you to stand before him, and to minister to him, and to worship him, and to burn incense to him.

Darby Bible Translation
My sons, be not now negligent; for Jehovah has chosen you to stand before him, to do service unto him, and to be his ministers and incense-burners.

English Revised Version
My sons, be not now negligent: for the LORD hath chosen you to stand before him, to minister unto him, and that ye should be his ministers, and burn incense.

Webster's Bible Translation
My sons, be not now negligent: for the LORD hath chosen you to stand before him, to serve him, and that ye should minister to him, and burn incense.

World English Bible
My sons, don't be negligent now; for Yahweh has chosen you to stand before him, to minister to him, and that you should be his ministers, and burn incense."

Young's Literal Translation
My sons, be not now at rest, for on you hath Jehovah fixed to stand before Him, to serve Him, and to be to Him ministering and making perfume.'
Study Bible
Hezekiah Cleanses the Temple
10Now it is in my heart to make a covenant with the LORD, the God of Israel, so that His fierce anger will turn away from us. 11Now, my sons, do not be negligent, for the LORD has chosen you to stand before Him, to serve Him, to minister before Him, and to burn incense.” 12Then the Levites set to work: Mahath son of Amasai and Joel son of Azariah from the Kohathites; Kish son of Abdi and Azariah son of Jehallelel from the Merarites; Joah son of Zimmah and Eden son of Joah from the Gershonites;…
Cross References
Numbers 3:6
"Bring the tribe of Levi and present them to Aaron the priest to assist him.

Numbers 8:6
"Take the Levites from among the Israelites and make them ceremonially clean.

2 Chronicles 35:2
He appointed the priests to their duties and encouraged them in the service of the house of the LORD.

Psalm 134:1
Come, bless the LORD, all you servants of the LORD who serve by night in the house of the LORD!

Treasury of Scripture

My sons, be not now negligent: for the LORD has chosen you to stand before him, to serve him, and that you should minister to him, and burn incense.

negligent.

Galatians 6:7,8
Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap…

the Lord

Numbers 3:6-9
Bring the tribe of Levi near, and present them before Aaron the priest, that they may minister unto him…

Numbers 8:6-14
Take the Levites from among the children of Israel, and cleanse them…

Numbers 18:2-6
And thy brethren also of the tribe of Levi, the tribe of thy father, bring thou with thee, that they may be joined unto thee, and minister unto thee: but thou and thy sons with thee shall minister before the tabernacle of witness…







Lexicon
Now,
עַתָּ֖ה (‘at·tāh)
Adverb
Strong's Hebrew 6258: At this time

my sons,
בָּנַ֕י (bā·nay)
Noun - masculine plural construct | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 1121: A son

do not
אַל־ (’al-)
Adverb
Strong's Hebrew 408: Not

be negligent,
תִּשָּׁל֑וּ (tiš·šā·lū)
Verb - Nifal - Imperfect - second person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 7952: Deceive, be negligent

for
כִּֽי־ (kî-)
Conjunction
Strong's Hebrew 3588: A relative conjunction

the LORD
יְהוָ֗ה (Yah·weh)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3069: YHWH

has chosen
בָּחַ֣ר (bā·ḥar)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 970: Selected, a youth

you
בָכֶ֞ם (ḇā·ḵem)
Preposition | second person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew

to stand
לַעֲמֹ֤ד (la·‘ă·mōḏ)
Preposition-l | Verb - Qal - Infinitive construct
Strong's Hebrew 5975: To stand, in various relations

before Him,
לְפָנָיו֙ (lə·p̄ā·nāw)
Preposition-l | Noun - common plural construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6440: The face

to serve Him,
לְשָׁ֣רְת֔וֹ (lə·šā·rə·ṯōw)
Preposition-l | Verb - Piel - Infinitive construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 8334: To attend as a, menial, worshipper, to contribute to

to
וְלִהְי֥וֹת (wə·lih·yō·wṯ)
Conjunctive waw, Preposition-l | Verb - Qal - Infinitive construct
Strong's Hebrew 1961: To fall out, come to pass, become, be

minister
מְשָׁרְתִ֥ים (mə·šā·rə·ṯîm)
Verb - Piel - Participle - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 8334: To attend as a, menial, worshipper, to contribute to

before Him,
ל֖וֹ (lōw)
Preposition | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew

and to burn incense.”
וּמַקְטִרִֽים׃ (ū·maq·ṭi·rîm)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Hifil - Participle - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 6999: To smoke, turn into fragrance by fire
(11) My sons.--A condescending term from the king; just as my father was a term of respect (2Kings 2:12; 2Kings 5:13; 2Kings 13:14).

Be not now negligent.--The Niphal form of the verb shalah ("to be at ease") occurs nowhere else. The margin is incorrect.

The Lord hath chosen you.--You hath the Lord chosen. The pronoun is emphatic. (Comp. the similar words: 1Chronicles 23:13; Deuteronomy 10:8.)

To stand before him, (in order) to serve him, is the construction.

And that ye should minister.--Literally, And to become to him ministers and thurifers.

The thoughts and the style of the royal address make it evident enough that it is a free composition, in the well-known manner of ancient historians.

Verse 11. - Be not now negligent; Hebrew, אַל־תִּשָּׂלוּ. This verb in kal (supposing it the same verb) occurs but five times (Job 3:26; Job 12:6; Psalm 122:6; Jeremiah 12:1; Lamentations 1:5), the radical idea of it being the safety of ease or security rather than any absolute safety. In niph. it is found only in this place and in 2 Kings 4:28, where the rendering of the Authorized Version, "Do not deceive me," will easily yield the same essential idea. The derivative adjective (שֶׁלֵו) occurs eight times, and always has the same flavour about it (1 Chronicles 4:40; Job 16:12; Job 20:20; Job 21:23; Psalm 73:12; Jeremiah 49:31; Ezekiel 23:42; Zechariah 7:7). And the derivative nouns (שֶׁלֶו and שַׁלְוָה) occur nine times, and, at any rate, in almost every instance evidently carrying the same fundamental idea (Psalm 30:6; Psalm 122:7; Proverbs 1:32; Proverbs 17:1; Jeremiah 22:21; Ezekiel 16:49; Daniel 8:25; Daniel 11:21, 24). Our Authorized Version, therefore, sufficiently reproduces the thought of Hezekiah, though perhaps this would more exactly come out of the rendering, "Be not now at ease," i.e. sacrifice ease and self-indulgence, etc. To serve him... that ye should minister. The same verb is used in both these places; so Revised Version, To minister unto him, and that ye should be his ministers. 29:1-19 When Hezekiah came to the crown, he applied at once to work reform. Those who begin with God, begin at the right end of their work, and it will prosper accordingly. Those that turn their backs upon God's ordinances, may truly be said to forsake God himself. There are still such neglects, if the word be not duly read and opened, for that was signified by the lighting the lamps, and also if prayers and praise be not offered up, for that was signified by the burning incense. Neglect of God's worship was the cause of the calamities they had lain under. The Lord alone can prepare the heart of man for vital godliness: when much good is done in a little time, the glory must be ascribed to him; and all who love him or the souls of men, will rejoice therein. Let those that do good work, learn to do it well.
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