IsiXhosa 1996 (XHO96)
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UYotam ukumkani wakwaJuda

(2 Kum 15:32-38)

271UYotam waqala ukulawula eneminyaka engamashumi amabini anantlanu, waza ke wangukumkani eJerusalem iminyaka elishumi elinesithandathu. Unina yayinguJerusha intombi kaZadoki. 2Naye njengoyise u-Uziya wenza okuhle emehlweni *kaNdikhoyo, kambe akaxelisanga uyise ngokungena endlwini kaNdikhoyo. Kambe ke bona abantu abaziyekanga iindlela zabo zokonakala. 3UYotam wabuya walakha iSango laseNtla lendlu kaNdikhoyo, kananjalo wenza umsebenzi omkhulu eludongeni kwinduli yeOfeli. 4Wakha iidolophu kwiinduli zelakwaJuda, ngokunjalo neenqaba neemboniselo kwimimandla yamahlathi.

5UYotam walwa nabo ookumkani bama-Amon waboyisa. Ngaloo nyaka ke ama-Amon arhuma kuye isiliva ebunzima buziikhilogram ezingamawaka amathathu namakhulu amane, newaka leetoni zengqolowa, kwakunye newaka leetoni zerhasi. Enjenjalo ukurhuma ke ama-Amon iminyaka yada yamithathu.

6UYotam wakhula ngobungangamsha, kuba kaloku wayebambelele ngokupheleleyo kuNdikhoyo uThixo wakhe.

7Ke ezinye zeziganeko zolawulo lukaYotam, kwakunye neemfazwe awazilwayo, nemisebenzi yakhe, nâzo encwadini yookumkani bakwaSirayeli nabakwaJuda. 8Waqala ukulawula enamashumi amabini anantlanu, waza ke walawula ishumi elinesithandathu leminyaka. 9UYotam ke waya kuphumla kooyise, waza ke wangcwatyelwa kwisixeko sikaDavide. Ke uAhazi unyana wakhe wangena esikhundleni sakhe.

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UAhazi ukumkani wakwaJuda

(2 Kum 16:1-8,19-20)

281UAhazi wayeneminyaka emashumi mabini ukungena kwakhe embusweni, waza ke walawula iminyaka elishumi elinesithandathu eJerusalem. Yena akalithathanga ikhondo likayise-mkhulu uDavide; ewe, akazange enze okuhle emehlweni *kaNdikhoyo uThixo wakhe. 2Wahamba ekhondweni lookumkani bakwaSirayeli, wada wenza imifanekiso eqingqiweyo, esenzela inkonzo kaBhali. 3Wayetshisa amadini kwintili kaBhen-hinom, wada wenza isikizi lokufaka unyana wakhe emlilweni, esenza idini ngaye, siko elo lalisenziwa ziintlanga awazigxothayo uNdikhoyo ekungeneni kwamaSirayeli. 4Wayesenza amadini neziqhumiso ezindaweni zonke zonqulo ezindulini naphantsi kwemithi yonke efukufuku.

5Ngoko ke uNdikhoyo uThixo wakhe wamnikela kukumkani wama-Aram.Oko kukuthi “waseSiriya” Ama-Aram amoyisa, athimba abantu abaninzi, aya nabo eDamasko.

Kananjalo wanikelwa nasesandleni sokumkani wakwaSirayeli owamshiya neengxwelerha ezininzi. 6Ngamini-nye uPeka unyana kaRemaliya wabulala ikhulu elinamashumi amabini lamawaka kumajoni akwaJuda; kaloku uJuda lo wayemlahlile uNdikhoyo uThixo wooyise.2 Kum 16:5; Isaya 7:1 7UZikri ijoni lomEfrayim labulala uMaseya unyana kakumkani, noAzerikam iphakathi eliphambili ebhotwe, noElikana isekela likakumkani. 8AmaSirayeli emka namabanjwa angamawawo, amakhulu amabini amawaka, bengabafazi, amantombazana, namakhwenkwe. Kanti ke bemka nento eninzi yamaxhoba, baya nayo eSamariya.

9Kodwa ke khona apho kwakukho *umshumayeli kaNdikhoyo ogama linguOdede. Yena wabahlangabeza xa umkhosi ubuyela eSamariya. Wathi kubo: “Niyabona, uNdikhoyo uThixo wooyihlo umnikele esandleni senu uJuda ngenxa yengqumbo yakhe kuye. Kambe ke nina nibabulele ngengqumbo efikelele nasezulwini. 10Phezu koko ke ngoku, la madoda nabafazi bakwaJuda naseJerusalem nizimisele ukubenza amakhoboka. Ukanti nani ngokwenu ninobutyala phambi koNdikhoyo uThixo wenu. 11Ngoko ke ndiphulaphuleni! Amawenu la niwathimbileyo wagoduseni, kungenjalo ingqumbo kaNdikhoyo iphezu kwenu.”

12Ke kaloku ezinye zeenkokheli zakwaEfrayim uAzariya unyana kaYohanan, uBherakiya unyana kaMeshilemoti, uHezekiya unyana kaShalum, noAmasa unyana kaHadelayi, zathetha nabo babevela edabini, 13zathi: “Musani ukuza nabo apha abo bathinjwa, kuba siya kuba netyala phambi koNdikhoyo. Ngaba nifuna ukusongeza na isono netyala lethu? Kaloku ityala lethu selilikhulu kakade, nengqumbo kaNdikhoyo iphezu koSirayeli.”

14Ngoko ke amajoni lawo abakhulula abathinjwa abo, awancama namaxhoba lawo apho phambi kwamaphakathi kunye nebandla liphela. 15Ke la madoda selekhankanyiwe awathatha amabanjwa lawo, aza emaxhobeni apho athatha iimpahla abanxiba abo babehamba ze. Bawanika iimphala zokunxiba, iimbadada, ukutya nento eselwayo, ngokunjalo namayeza okuthambisa. Abo babebuthathaka babakhwelisa koondlebe-nde. Ewe, babathatha babagodusa babasa kumawabo eJeriko, isixeko samasundu, baza ke bona babuyela eSamariya.

16Ngelo thuba ke ukumkani uAhazi wathumela kookumkani baseAsiriya ecela uncedo. 17Kaloku namaEdom ayephindile amhlasela uJuda, aza emka nabathinjwa. 18Kanti ke namaFilistiya azihlasela iidolophu ezisemazantsi eentaba kumathafa elakwaJuda nakwelasentlango. Bayithimba iBhete-shemeshe, iAyalon, iGederoti, iSoko, iTimna, neGimzo, namaphandle aziphahlileyo. 19UNdikhoyo wamthobela eluthulini uJuda ngenxa yesimo sika-Ahazi ukumkani wakhe.Apha uAhazi ubizwa ngokuba ngukumkani wakwaSirayeli. Kaloku noJuda lo ngunyana kaYakobi owathiywa elokuba nguSirayeli – ziQalo 32:28 Kaloku yena wakhuthaza inkohlakalo kwaJuda, akanyaniseka kuNdikhoyo. 20Ke kaloku ukumkani waseAsiriya uTigilati-pilezere weza kuye, kodwa ke endaweni yokumnceda wamzisela inkathazo. 21UAhazi ke wathatha ezinye kwizinto zendlu kaNdikhoyo, nasebhotwe, nakumatshawe, warhuma ngazo apho kukumkani waseAsiriya. Kambe ke naleyo zange imncede nto.

22Ngelo thuba lakhe leenkathazo ke ukumkani uAhazi wathath' unyawo ukunganyaniseki oku kuNdikhoyo. 23Wenzela izithixo zaseDamasko amadini, sizwe eso ke sasimoyisile emfazweni. Kaloku wayesithi: “Njengoko izithixo zookumkani bakwa-Aram zibancedile nje, nam ke ndiza kuzenzela amadini ukuze zindincede.” Kambe ke eso senzo sesona samkhahlela phantsi, kwaba seso nakuSirayeli jikelele.

24UAhazi waziqokelela wazonakalisa izinto ezazisetyenziswa endlwini kaThixo. Wazivala iingcango zendlu kaNdikhoyo, waza wamisa amaqonga amadini kuzo zonke iikona zezitalato eJerusalem. 25Kuzo zonke iidolophu zelakwaJuda wakha iindawo eziphakamileyo zonqulo ukuze kwenzelwe izithixo amadini, nto leyo ke yawuxhokonxayo umsindo kaNdikhoyo uThixo wooyise.

26Ke ezinye zeziganeko zolawulo luka-Ahazi nazo zonke iindlela zakhe, ukusukela ekuqalekeni kuye esiphelweni, nâzo encwadini yookumkani bakwaJuda nabakwaSirayeli. 27UAhazi ke waya kuphumla kooyise,Isaya 14:28 waza wangcwatywa kwisixeko iJerusalem. Kambe ke yena akafihlwanga kumangcwaba ookumkani bakwaSirayeli. Ke esikhundleni sakhe kwangena unyana wakhe uHezekiya.

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UHezekiya uhlambulula indlu kaThixo

291UHezekiya wayeneminyaka emashumi mabini anantlanu ukungena kwakhe ebukhosini, waza walawula eJerusalem iminyaka engamashumi amabini anethoba. Unina yayinguAbhiya intombi kaZakariya. 2Njengoyise-mkhulu uDavide naye wênza okuhle emehlweni *kaNdikhoyo.2 Kum 18:1-3

3Ngenyanga yokuqala yonyaka wakhe wokuqala ekulawuleni, wayivula indlu kaNdikhoyo, wawahlaziya amasango ayo. 4Ababingeleli nabaLevi wabaqokelela kwinkundla esempuma, wathetha nabo, 5wathi: “BaLevi, ndiphulaphuleni; zihlambululeni, ze niyihlambulule nayo indlu kaNdikhoyo uThixo wooyihlo. Yisuseni yonke into enomlaza endaweni engcwele. 6Oobawo zange banyaniseke; benze okubi emehlweni *kaNdikhoyo uThixo wethu, bakreqa kuye. Ewe, basuka bamfulathela uNdikhoyo ndawonye nendawo ahlala kuyo. 7Bazivala iingcango zevaranda, bazicima nezibane. Bayeka ukwenza iziqhumiso, kananjalo nokumenzela amadini atshiswayo uThixo kaSirayeli kwindawo engcwele. 8Ngoko ke ingqumbo kaNdikhoyo iphezu koJuda neJerusalem. Ezi ndawo wazitsho zayinto eyoyikekayo, inyumnyezi nesigculelo, nto leyo ke esizibonelayo ngawethu amehlo. 9Ngenxa yale nto ke oobawo babulawa ngekrele, bona oonyana neentombi nabafazi bethu basiwa ekuthinjweni. 10Ngoku ndizimisele ukwenza umnqophiso noNdikhoyo uThixo kaSirayeli, khon' ukuze ithothe ingqumbo yakhe ngakuthi. 11Bonyana, ngoku musani ukuba ngabangakhathaliyo; kaloku uNdikhoyo uninyulile ukuze nime phambi kwakhe, nimsebenzele, nimlungiselele, nenze iziqhumiso.”

12Aba baLevi ke bangena emsebenzini:

kumaKohati: uMahati unyana ka-Amasayi, noYoweli unyana ka-Azariya;

kumaMerari: uKishe unyana ka-Abhedi, noAzariya unyana kaJehaleli;

kumaGershon: uJowa unyana kaZima, noEden unyana kaJowa;

13kwinzala kaElizafan: uShimri noJewuyeli;

kwinzala ka-Asafu: uZakariya noMataniya;

14kwinzala kaHeman: uJewuyeli noShimeyi;

kwinzala kaJedutun: uShemaya noUziyeli.

15Bakuba bewaqokelele amawabo bazihlambulula, baya kuhlambulula nendlu kaNdikhoyo ngokomyalelo kakumkani efezekisa ilizwi likaNdikhoyo.

16Ababingeleli bangena endaweni engcwele endlwini kaNdikhoyo bayihlambulula. Yonke into eyafumaneka inomlaza bayikhuphela enkundleni yendlu kaNdikhoyo. Zonke izinto ezinjalo zathathwa ngabaLevi, baya kuzigalela kwintili yeKedron. 17Le ntlambululo bayiqala ngomhla wokuqala kwinyanga yokuqala, kwaza ke kwathi kuba ngumhla wesibhozo wenyanga leyo babe sebefikelele kwivaranda kaNdikhoyo. Yaba zezinye iintsuku ezisibhozo behlambulula indlu kaNdikhoyo ngokwayo, baza ke bagqibezela ngomhla weshumi elinesithandathu kwakuloo nyanga yokuqala.

18Baza ke baya kukumkani uHezekiya, bathi: “Xa iyonke indlu kaNdikhoyo siyihlambulule: iqonga lamadini atshiswayo nazo zonke izinto ezisetyenziswa kulo, kunye netafile yesonka esisodwa nezinto zayo. 19Sizilungisile sazihlambulula zonke izinto ezakhutshwa ngukumkani uAhazi koko kunganyaniseki kwakhe ngethuba lakhe. Kungokunje nâzo phambi kweqonga likaNdikhoyo.”

Ukusetyenziswa kwendlu kaThixo kuyabuyiselwa

20Kwakusasa ngemini elandelayo ukumkani uHezekiya wawaqokelela amagosa esixeko, waza waya nawo endlwini kaNdikhoyo. 21Beza neenkunzi zeenkomo ezisixhenxe, nesixhenxe seenkunzi zeegusha, namaxhwane eegusha asixhenxe angamaduna, kunye naweebhokhwe ekwasixhenxe ekwangamaduna, zinto ezo benza ngazo idini lesono, besenzela umbuso wonke nendawo engcwele noJuda ngokwakhe. Ke ukumkani wayalela ababingeleli, inzala ka-Aron, ukuba ezo zinto bazenze idini eqongeni likaNdikhoyo. 22Ngoko ke bazixhela ezo nkunzi zeenkomo, baza ke ababingeleli balithatha igazi lazo, bafefa ngalo iqonga elo. Kananjalo ke bazixhela neenkunzi zeegusha, baza bafefa iqonga ngelo gazi lazo. Namaxhwane eegusha bawaxhela, ngegazi lawo bafefa kwaelo qonga. 23Iibhokhwe zedini lesono zona zasiwa kukumkani nebandla, baza ke babeka izandla zabo phezu kwazo. 24Ababingeleli ke bazixhela iibhokhwe ezo, igazi lazo balisa eqongeni laba lidini lesono lokungxengxezela uSirayeli ephela. Kaloku ukumkani wayenze umyalelo mayela nedini elitshiswayo kunye nelesono ngokunxulumene noSirayeli ephela.

25Ukumkani wamisa abaLevi endlwini kaNdikhoyo bephethe amacangci, iihapu, kunye nemirhubhe, ngalaa ndlela yayimiswe nguDavide, nemboni kakumkani uGadi, noNatan *umshumayeli – ndlela leyo ke yayiyalelwe nguNdikhoyo ngabashumayeli bakhe. 26Bema ke abaLevi, bephethe ezo zikhalisi zikaDavide, ababingeleli bona bephethe amaxilongo.

27UHezekiya ke wayalela ukuba kwenziwe idini elitshiswayo apho eqongeni. Lathi ke lakuqaliswa idini elo, yaqalisa nengoma kudunyiswa uNdikhoyo, ikhatshwa ngamaxilongo nezikhalisi zikaDavide ukumkani wakwaSirayeli. 28Lonke ibandla lakhahlela linqula, zabe nazo iimvumi zisitsho, namaxilongo ngokunjalo. Zaqhuba njalo ke lada lafezeka elo dini litshiswayo.

29Lakugqitywa ke elo dini litshiswayo ukumkani naye wonke umntu owayelapho baguqa benqula. 30Ukumkani uHezekiya enamaphakathi bayalela abaLevi ukuba badumise uNdikhoyo ngamazwi kaDavide kunye nawemboni uAsafu. Ngoko ke batsho ngentswahla bedumisa ngovuyo olukhulu, baza ke bakhahlela benqula.

31Wathi ke ukumkani uHezekiya: “Ngoku ke nizinikezele kuNdikhoyo. Ngoko ke zisani amadini neminikelo yokubulela endlwini kaNdikhoyo.” Ewe ke, ibandla lawazisa amadini kunye neminikelo yokubulela, baza ke bonke abaqhutywa ziintliziyo zabo benza amadini atshiswayo.

32Amadini awenziwa libandla elo yayingamashumi asixhenxe eenkunzi zeenkomo, ikhulu leenkunzi zeegusha, namakhulu amabini amaxhwane angamaduna; zizonke ezo zinto zenzelwa uNdikhoyo idini elitshiswayo. 33Imfuyo eyanikelwa ukwenza amadini yayisisithandathu samakhulu eenkunzi zeenkomo, namawaka amathathu eegusha neebhokhwe. 34Ababingeleli ke babembalwa ukuhlinza loo madini bebodwa, ngoko ke bancediswa zizizalwana zabo abaLevi, wada wafezeka umcimbi lowo, nangokongezeka kwababingeleli abahlanjululwayo. Kaloku abaLevi bona babekukhuthalele ukuzihlambulula kunababingeleli abo. 35Ayemaninzi amadini atshiswayo, ngokunjalo namanqatha edini lobudlelwana, nedini elithululwayo elalikhapha loo madini atshiswayo.

Ngaloo ndlela ke kwabuyiselwa ukusetyenziswa kwendlu kaNdikhoyo. 36UHezekiya nabantu bephela yabonwabisa into awabenzela yona uThixo, kuba yonke yenzeka ngokukhawuleza.