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Josiah Succeeds Amon in Judah

1 aJosiah [was] eight years old when he became king, and he reigned thirty-one years in Jerusalem. 2 aHe did right in the sight of the LORD, and walked in the ways of his father David and did not turn aside to the right or to the left. 3 For in the eighth year of his reign while he was still a youth, he began to aseek the God of his father David; and in the twelfth year he began bto purge Judah and Jerusalem of the high places, the Asherim, the carved images and the molten images. 4 They tore down the altars of the Baals in his presence, and athe incense altars that were high above them he chopped down; also the Asherim, the carved images and the molten images he broke in pieces and bground to powder and scattered [it] on the graves of those who had sacrificed to them. 5 Then ahe burned the bones of the priests on their altars and purged Judah and Jerusalem. 6 aIn the cities of Manasseh, Ephraim, Simeon, even as far as Naphtali, in their surrounding ruins, 7 he also tore down the altars and abeat the Asherim and the carved images into powder, and chopped down all the incense altars throughout the land of Israel. Then he returned to Jerusalem.

[1] a2K 22:1, 2; Jr 1:2; 3:6
[2] a2Ch 29:2
[3] a2Ch 15:2; Pv 8:17 b1K 13:2; 2Ch 33:22
[4] a2K 23:4, 5, 11 bEx 32:20
[5] a1K 13:2; 2K 23:20
[6] a2K 23:15, 19
[7] a2Ch 31:1

Josiah Repairs the Temple

8aNow in the eighteenth year of his reign, when he had purged the land and the house, he sent Shaphan the son of Azaliah, and Maaseiah ban official of the city, and Joah the son of Joahaz the recorder, to repair the house of the LORD his God. 9 They came to aHilkiah the high priest and delivered the money that was brought into the house of God, which the Levites, the Idoorkeepers, had collected IIfrom bManasseh and Ephraim, and from all the remnant of Israel, and from all Judah and Benjamin and the inhabitants of Jerusalem. 10 Then they gave [it] into the hands of the workmen who had the oversight of the house of the LORD, and the workmen who were working in the house of the LORD Iused it to restore and repair the house. 11 They in turn gave [it] to the carpenters and to the builders to buy quarried stone and timber for couplings and to make beams for the houses awhich the kings of Judah had let go to ruin. 12 aThe men did the work faithfully with foremen over them to supervise: Jahath and Obadiah, the Levites of the sons of Merari, Zechariah and Meshullam of the sons of the Kohathites, and bthe Levites, all who were skillful with musical instruments. 13 [They were] also over athe burden bearers, and supervised all the workmen from job to job; and [some] of the Levites [were] scribes and officials and gatekeepers.

[8] a2K 22:3-20 b2Ch 18:25
[9] ILit guardians of the threshold IILit from the hand of a2Ch 35:8 b2Ch 30:10, 18
[10] ILit gave
[11] a2Ch 33:4-7
[12] a2K 12:15 b1Ch 25:1
[13] aNe 4:10

Hilkiah Discovers Lost Book of the Law

14 ¶ When they were bringing out the money which had been brought into the house of the LORD, aHilkiah the priest found the book of the law of the LORD [given] by Moses. 15 Hilkiah responded and said to Shaphan the scribe, “I have found the book of the law in the house of the LORD.” And Hilkiah gave the book to Shaphan. 16 Then Shaphan brought the book to the king and Ireported further word to the king, saying, “Everything that was IIentrusted to your servants they are doing. 17 They have also emptied out the money which was found in the house of the LORD, and have delivered it into the hands of the supervisors and the workmen.” 18 Moreover, Shaphan the scribe told the king saying, “Hilkiah the priest gave me a book.” And Shaphan read from it in the presence of the king.

[14] a2Ch 34:9
[16] ILit returned IILit given into the hand of

19 ¶ When the king heard athe words of the law, bhe tore his clothes. 20 Then the king commanded Hilkiah, Ahikam the son of Shaphan, IAbdon the son of Micah, Shaphan the scribe, and Asaiah the king’s servant, saying, 21 “Go, inquire of the LORD for me and for those who are left in Israel and in Judah, concerning the words of the book which has been found; for agreat is the wrath of the LORD which is poured out on us because our fathers have not observed the word of the LORD, to do according to all that is written in this book.”

[19] aDt 28:3-68 bJsh 7:6
[20] IIn 2K 22:12, Achbor, son of Micaiah
[21] a2Ch 29:8

Huldah, the Prophetess, Speaks

22 ¶ So Hilkiah and [those] whom the king Ihad told went to Huldah the prophetess, the wife of Shallum the son of IITokhath, the son of Hasrah, the keeper of the wardrobe (now she lived in Jerusalem in the Second Quarter); and they spoke to her regarding this. 23 She said to them, “Thus says the LORD, the God of Israel, ‘Tell the man who sent you to Me, 24 thus says the LORD, “Behold, aI am bringing evil on this place and on its inhabitants, [even] all bthe curses written in the book which they have read in the presence of the king of Judah. 25 aBecause they have forsaken Me and have burned incense to other gods, that they might provoke Me to anger with all the works of their hands; therefore My wrath will be poured out on this place and it shall not be quenched.”’ 26 But to the king of Judah who sent you to inquire of the LORD, thus you will say to him, ‘Thus says the LORD God of Israel [regarding] the words which you have heard, 27 aBecause your heart was tender and you humbled yourself before God when you heard His words against this place and against its inhabitants, and [because] you humbled yourself before Me, tore your clothes and wept before Me, I truly have heard you,” declares the LORD. 28 Behold, I will gather you to your fathers and you shall be gathered to your grave in peace, so your eyes will not see all the evil which I will bring on this place and on its inhabitants.”’” And they brought back word to the king.

[22] ISo with Gr IIIn 2K 22:14 Tikvah, son of Harhas
[24] a2Ch 36:14-20 bDt 28:15-68
[25] a2Ch 33:3
[27] a2K 22:19; 2Ch 12:7; 32:26

29aThen the king sent and gathered all the elders of Judah and Jerusalem. 30 The king went up to the house of the LORD and aall the men of Judah, the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the priests, the Levites and all the people, from the greatest to the least; and he read in their hearing all the words of the book of the covenant which was found in the house of the LORD.

[29] a2K 23:1-3
[30] aNe 8:1-3

Josiah’s Good Reign

31 Then the king astood in his place and bmade a covenant before the LORD to walk after the LORD, and to keep His commandments and His testimonies and His statutes with all his heart and with all his soul, to perform the words of the covenant written in this book. 32 Moreover, he made all who were present in Jerusalem and Benjamin to stand [with him]. So the inhabitants of Jerusalem did according to the covenant of God, the God of their fathers. 33 Josiah aremoved all the abominations from all the lands belonging to the sons of Israel, and made all who were present in Israel to serve the LORD their God. Throughout his Ilifetime they did not turn from following the LORD God of their fathers.

[31] a2K 11:14; 23:3; 2Ch 30:16 b2Ch 23:16; 29:10
[33] ILit days a2Ch 34:3-7


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Josiah's good reign.

1 ¶ Josiah [was] eight years old when he began to reign, and he reigned in Jerusalem one and thirty years. 2 And he did [that which was] right in the sight of the LORD, and walked in the ways of David his father, and declined [neither] to the right hand, nor to the left.

[1] 1S 2:18, 26; 1K 3:7; 13:2; 2K 22:1; 1Ch 3:14; 2Ch 24:1; 26:1; 33:1, 25; Ec 4:13; Jr 1:2; Zp 1:1; Mt 1:10.
[2] Dt 5:32; 17:11, 20; 28:14; Jsh 1:7; 23:6; 1K 14:8; 15:5; 2K 22:2; 2Ch 14:2; 17:3; 29:2; Pv 4:27.

He destroyeth idolatry.

3 ¶ For in the eighth year of his reign, while he was yet young, he began to seek after the God of David his father: and in the twelfth year he began to purge Judah and Jerusalem from the high places, and the groves, and the carved images, and the molten images. 4 And they brake down the altars of Baalim in his presence; and the images, that [were] on high above them, he cut down; and the groves, and the carved images, and the molten images, he brake in pieces, and made dust [of them], and strowed [it] upon the graves of them that had sacrificed unto them. 5 And he burnt the bones of the priests upon their altars, and cleansed Judah and Jerusalem. 6 And [so did he] in the cities of Manasseh, and Ephraim, and Simeon, even unto Naphtali, with their mattocks round about. 7 And when he had broken down the altars and the groves, and had beaten the graven images into powder, and cut down all the idols throughout all the land of Israel, he returned to Jerusalem.

[3] Lv 26:30; 2K 18:4; 23:4, 14; 1Ch 22:5; 28:9; 29:1; 2Ch 15:2; 30:14; 33:17, 22; Ps 119:9; Pv 8:17; Ec 12:1; Mt 6:33; 2Ti 3:15.
[4] Ex 23:24; 32:20; Lv 26:30; Dt 7:5, 25; 9:21; 2K 10:26; 23:4, 6, 11, 12; 2Ch 14:5; 33:3; 34:7; Ps 18:42; Is 27:9.
[5] Nu 35:33; 1K 13:2; 2K 23:16; 2Ch 34:7; Jr 3:10; 4:14; 8:1; Ezk 22:24.
[6] 1S 13:20; 2K 23:15; 2Ch 30:1, 10; 31:1; Pv 25:18; Is 7:25.
[7] Dt 9:21; 2Ch 31:1; 34:1.

He taketh order for the repair of the Temple.

8 ¶ Now in the eighteenth year of his reign, when he had purged the land, and the house, he sent Shaphan the son of Azaliah, and Maaseiah the governor of the city, and Joah the son of Joahaz the recorder, to repair the house of the LORD his God. 9 And when they came to Hilkiah the high priest, they delivered the money that was brought into the house of God, which the Levites that kept the doors had gathered of the hand of Manasseh and Ephraim, and of all the remnant of Israel, and of all Judah and Benjamin; and they returned to Jerusalem. 10 And they put [it] in the hand of the workmen that had the oversight of the house of the LORD, and they gave it to the workmen that wrought in the house of the LORD, to repair and amend the house: 11 Even to the artificers and builders gave they [it], to buy hewn stone, and timber for couplings, and to floor the houses which the kings of Judah had destroyed. 12 And the men did the work faithfully: and the overseers of them [were] Jahath and Obadiah, the Levites, of the sons of Merari; and Zechariah and Meshullam, of the sons of the Kohathites, to set [it] forward; and [other of] the Levites, all that could skill of instruments of musick. 13 Also [they were] over the bearers of burdens, and [were] overseers of all that wrought the work in any manner of service: and of the Levites [there were] scribes, and officers, and porters.

[8] 2S 8:16; 20:24; 2K 22:3, 12, 14; 1Ch 18:15; Jr 1:2; 21:1; 26:24; 29:3, 21, 25; 36:10; 39:14; 40:11; Ezk 8:11.
[9] 2K 22:4, 5; 23:4; 2Ch 24:11; 30:10, 18; 31:1; 34:7, 14, 18, 20, 22; Php 4:8.
[10] 2K 12:11, 14; 22:5; Ezr 3:7.
[11] 2Ch 33:4, 22.
[12] 2K 12:15; 22:7; 1Ch 6:31; 15:16; 16:4, 41; 23:5; 25:1; 2Ch 31:12; Ne 7:2; Pv 28:20; 1Co 4:2.
[13] 1Ch 9:17; 15:18; 16:38, 42; 23:4; 26:1, 29; 2Ch 2:10, 18; 8:10, 14; 19:11; Ezr 7:6, 7; Ne 4:10; Jr 8:8; Mt 26:3.

Hilkiah having found a book of the Law, Josiah sendeth to Huldah to enquire of the LORD.

14 ¶ And when they brought out the money that was brought into the house of the LORD, Hilkiah the priest found a book of the law of the LORD [given] by Moses. 15 And Hilkiah answered and said to Shaphan the scribe, I have found the book of the law in the house of the LORD. And Hilkiah delivered the book to Shaphan. 16 And Shaphan carried the book to the king, and brought the king word back again, saying, All that was committed to thy servants, they do [it]. 17 And they have gathered together the money that was found in the house of the LORD, and have delivered it into the hand of the overseers, and to the hand of the workmen. 18 Then Shaphan the scribe told the king, saying, Hilkiah the priest hath given me a book. And Shaphan read it before the king. 19 And it came to pass, when the king had heard the words of the law, that he rent his clothes. 20 And the king commanded Hilkiah, and Ahikam the son of Shaphan, and Abdon the son of Micah, and Shaphan the scribe, and Asaiah a servant of the king's, saying, 21 Go, enquire of the LORD for me, and for them that are left in Israel and in Judah, concerning the words of the book that is found: for great [is] the wrath of the LORD that is poured out upon us, because our fathers have not kept the word of the LORD, to do after all that is written in this book. 22 And Hilkiah, and [they] that the king [had appointed], went to Huldah the prophetess, the wife of Shallum the son of Tikvath, the son of Hasrah, keeper of the wardrobe; (now she dwelt in Jerusalem in the college:) and they spake to her to that [effect].

[14] Lv 8:36; 10:11; 26:46; Dt 17:18; 31:24; Jsh 1:8; 2K 22:8; 2Ch 12:1; 31:4; 35:26; Ezr 7:10; Ps 1:2; Is 5:24; 30:9; Jr 8:8; Lk 2:39.
[16] 2K 22:9; Jr 36:20.
[17] 2Ch 34:8.
[18] Dt 17:19; Jsh 1:8; Ps 119:46, 97; Jr 36:20.
[19] 2K 19:1; 22:11, 19; Jr 36:22; Jol 2:13; Ro 3:20; 7:7; Ga 2:19; 3:10.
[20] 2K 22:12; 25:22; Jr 26:22, 24; 40:6, 9, 14.
[21] Ex 18:15; Lv 26:14; Dt 28:15; 29:18; 30:17; 31:16; 32:15; 1S 9:9; 1K 22:5; 2K 17:6; 22:13; 2Ch 28:6; 33:11; Is 37:2; Jr 21:2; 42:2; Ezk 14:1; 20:1; Ro 1:18; 2:8; 4:15.
[22] Ex 15:20; Jg 4:4; 2K 22:14; Lk 1:41; 2:36; Ac 21:9.

Huldah prophesieth the destruction of Jerusalem, but respite thereof in Josiah's time.

23 ¶ And she answered them, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, Tell ye the man that sent you to me, 24 Thus saith the LORD, Behold, I will bring evil upon this place, and upon the inhabitants thereof, [even] all the curses that are written in the book which they have read before the king of Judah: 25 Because they have forsaken me, and have burned incense unto other gods, that they might provoke me to anger with all the works of their hands; therefore my wrath shall be poured out upon this place, and shall not be quenched. 26 And as for the king of Judah, who sent you to enquire of the LORD, so shall ye say unto him, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel [concerning] the words which thou hast heard; 27 Because thine heart was tender, and thou didst humble thyself before God, when thou heardest his words against this place, and against the inhabitants thereof, and humbledst thyself before me, and didst rend thy clothes, and weep before me; I have even heard [thee] also, saith the LORD. 28 Behold, I will gather thee to thy fathers, and thou shalt be gathered to thy grave in peace, neither shall thine eyes see all the evil that I will bring upon this place, and upon the inhabitants of the same. So they brought the king word again.

[23] 2K 22:15; Jr 21:3; 37:7.
[24] Jsh 23:16; 2K 21:12; 23:26; 2Ch 34:21; 36:14; Is 5:4; Jr 6:19; 19:3, 15; 35:17; 36:31.
[25] 2K 22:17; 24:3; 2Ch 12:2; 15:2; 33:3; Is 2:8; 42:25; Jr 4:4; 7:20; 15:1; Lm 2:4; 4:11; Ezk 20:48; Na 1:6; Mk 9:43; Rv 14:10.
[26] 2Ch 34:21, 23.
[27] 2K 22:18; 2Ch 32:12, 26; 33:12, 19; 34:19; Ps 10:17; 34:18; 51:17; Is 57:15; 65:24; 66:2; Jr 36:23; Ezk 9:4; 36:26; Jm 4:6.
[28] 1K 21:29; 2K 20:19; 22:20; 2Ch 35:24; Ps 37:37; Is 39:8; 57:1; Jr 15:1; Ezk 14:14.

Josiah, causing it to be read in a solemn assembly, reneweth the Covenant with God.

29 ¶ Then the king sent and gathered together all the elders of Judah and Jerusalem. 30 And the king went up into the house of the LORD, and all the men of Judah, and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and the priests, and the Levites, and all the people, great and small: and he read in their ears all the words of the book of the covenant that was found in the house of the LORD. 31 And the king stood in his place, and made a covenant before the LORD, to walk after the LORD, and to keep his commandments, and his testimonies, and his statutes, with all his heart, and with all his soul, to perform the words of the covenant which are written in this book. 32 And he caused all that were present in Jerusalem and Benjamin to stand [to it]. And the inhabitants of Jerusalem did according to the covenant of God, the God of their fathers. 33 And Josiah took away all the abominations out of all the countries that [pertained] to the children of Israel, and made all that were present in Israel to serve, [even] to serve the LORD their God. [And] all his days they departed not from following the LORD, the God of their fathers.

[29] 1S 12:23; 2K 23:1; 1Ch 29:2; 2Ch 30:2; Mk 14:8.
[30] Ex 24:7; Dt 1:17; 17:18; 2K 23:2, 21; 2Ch 6:1; 15:12; 17:7; 18:30; 34:15, 18, 24; Ne 8:2; Jb 3:19; Ec 1:12; 12:9; Jr 31:31.
[31] Ex 24:6; Dt 6:5; 29:1, 10; Jsh 24:25; 2K 11:4; 23:3; 2Ch 6:13; 15:12, 15; 23:16; 29:10; 31:21; Ne 9:38; 10:29; Ps 119:106, 111; Jr 50:5; Ezk 46:2; Lk 10:27; He 8:6.
[32] Gn 18:19; 2Ch 14:4; 29:29; 30:12; 33:16; Ec 8:2; Jr 3:10.
[33] Jsh 24:31; 1K 11:5; 2K 23:4; 2Ch 34:3; Jr 3:10; Ho 6:4.


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