to keep the passover

2 Chronicles 30:1

30:1 to keep the passover. The Passover feast, along with the feast of unleavened bread, was supposed to have been observed annually (Exodus 12:14-28), in thankful commemoration of their deliverance from Egypt. It was apparently observed faithfully during the days of Moses and then at least intermittently in the period of the judges (II Kings 23:21-23), and on to the times of Solomon (II Chronicles 30:26). But it had apparently been only partially observed, if at all, after that. At least, no mention is ever made of its observance once the kingdom was divided. No doubt, one of Hezekiah’s hopes was that its reestablishment might help reunify Israel and Judah.

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