The King James Version Bible

1 Esdras 1:16-25

  1. Moreover the porters were at every gate; it was not lawful for any to go from his ordinary service: for their brethren the Levites prepared for them.

  2. Thus were the things that belonged to the sacrifices of the Lord accomplished in that day, that they might hold the passover,

  3. And offer sacrifices upon the altar of the Lord, according to the commandment of king Josias.

  4. So the children of Israel which were present held the passover at that time, and the feast of sweet bread seven days.

  5. And such a passover was not kept in Israel since the time of the prophet Samuel.

  6. Yea, all the kings of Israel held not such a passover as Josias, and the priests, and the Levites, and the Jews, held with all Israel that were found dwelling at Jerusalem.

  7. In the eighteenth year of the reign of Josias was this passover kept.

  8. And the works or Josias were upright before his Lord with an heart full of godliness.

  9. As for the things that came to pass in his time, they were written in former times, concerning those that sinned, and did wickedly against the Lord above all people and kingdoms, and how they grieved him exceedingly, so that the words of the Lord rose up against Israel.

  10. Now after all these acts of Josias it came to pass, that Pharaoh the king of Egypt came to raise war at Carchamis upon Euphrates: and Josias went out against him.