NASB — 2 Kings 22 — KJV

Josiah Succeeds Amon

1 aJosiah was eight years old when he became king, and he reigned thirty-one years in Jerusalem; and his mother’s name [was] Jedidah the daughter of Adaiah of bBozkath. 2 He did right in the sight of the LORD and walked in all the way of his father David, nor did he aturn aside to the right or to the left.

[1] a2Ch 34:1 bJsh 15:39
[2] aDt 5:32; Jsh 1:7

3 ¶ Now ain the eighteenth year of King Josiah, the king sent Shaphan, the son of Azaliah the son of Meshullam the scribe, to the house of the LORD saying, 4aGo up to Hilkiah the high priest that he may Icount the money brought in to the house of the LORD which the doorkeepers have gathered from the people. 5 aLet them deliver it into the hand of the workmen who have the oversight of the house of the LORD, and let them give it to the workmen who are in the house of the LORD to repair the Idamages of the house, 6 to the carpenters and the builders and the masons and for buying timber and hewn stone to repair the house. 7 Only ano accounting shall be made with them for the money delivered into their hands, for they deal faithfully.”

[3] a2Ch 34:8
[4] IOr total a2K 12:4, 9, 10
[5] ILit breach a2K 12:11-14
[7] a2K 12:15; 1Co 4:2

The Lost Book

8 ¶ Then Hilkiah the high priest said to Shaphan the scribe, “aI have found the book of the law in the house of the LORD.” And Hilkiah gave the book to Shaphan who read it. 9 Shaphan the scribe came to the king and brought back word to the king and said, “Your servants have emptied out the money that was found in the house, and have delivered it into the hand of the workmen who have the oversight of the house of the LORD.” 10 Moreover, Shaphan the scribe told the king saying, “Hilkiah the priest has given me a book.” And Shaphan read it in the presence of the king.

[8] aDt 31:24-26; 2Ch 34:14, 15

11 ¶ When the king heard the words of the book of the law, ahe tore his clothes. 12 Then the king commanded Hilkiah the priest, aAhikam the son of Shaphan, IbAchbor the son of Micaiah, Shaphan the scribe, and Asaiah the king’s servant saying, 13 “Go, inquire of the LORD for me and the people and all Judah concerning the words of this book that has been found, for agreat is the wrath of the LORD that burns against us, because our fathers have not listened to the words of this book, to do according to all that is written concerning us.”

[11] aGn 37:34; Jsh 7:6
[12] IIn 2Ch 34:20, Abdon, son of Micah a2K 25:22; Jr 26:24 b2Ch 34:20
[13] aDt 29:23-28; 31:17, 18

Huldah Predicts

14 ¶ So Hilkiah the priest, Ahikam, Achbor, Shaphan, and Asaiah went to Huldah the prophetess, the wife of Shallum the son of IaTikvah, the son of Harhas, keeper of the wardrobe (now she lived in Jerusalem in the bSecond Quarter); and they spoke to her. 15 She said to them, “Thus says the LORD God of Israel, ‘Tell the man who sent you to me, 16 thus says the LORD, “Behold, I abring evil on this place and on its inhabitants, [even] all the words of the book which the king of Judah has read. 17 aBecause they have forsaken Me and have burned incense to other gods that they might provoke Me to anger with all the work of their hands, therefore My wrath burns against this place, and it shall not be quenched.”’ 18 But to athe king of Judah who sent you to inquire of the LORD thus shall you say to him, ‘Thus says the LORD God of Israel, “[Regarding] the words which you have heard, 19 abecause your heart was tender and byou humbled yourself before the LORD when you heard what I spoke against this place and against its inhabitants that they should become ca desolation and a dcurse, and you have etorn your clothes and wept before Me, I truly have heard you,” declares the LORD. 20 “Therefore, behold, I will gather you to your fathers, and ayou will be gathered to your grave in peace, and your eyes will not see all the evil which I will bring on this place.”’” So they brought back word to the king.

[14] IIn 2Ch 34:22, Tokhath, son of Hasrah a2Ch 34:22 bZp 1:10
[16] aDt 29:27; Dn 9:11-14
[17] aDt 29:25, 26; 2K 21:22
[18] a2Ch 34:26
[19] a1S 24:5; Ps 51:17 bEx 10:3; 1K 21:29 cLv 26:31 dJr 26:6 e2K 22:11
[20] a2K 23:30


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Josiah's good reign.

1 ¶ Josiah [was] eight years old when he began to reign, and he reigned thirty and one years in Jerusalem. And his mother's name [was] Jedidah, the daughter of Adaiah of Boscath. 2 And he did [that which was] right in the sight of the LORD, and walked in all the way of David his father, and turned not aside to the right hand or to the left.

[1] Jsh 15:39; 1K 13:2; 2K 11:21; 21:1; 2Ch 34:1, 2; Ps 8:2; Ec 10:16; Is 3:4; Jr 1:2; Zp 1:1; Mt 1:10.
[2] Dt 5:32; Jsh 1:7; 1K 3:6; 11:38; 15:5; 2K 16:2; 18:3; 2Ch 17:3; 29:2; Pv 4:27; 20:11; Ezk 18:14.

He taketh care for the repair of the Temple.

3 ¶ And it came to pass in the eighteenth year of king Josiah, [that] the king sent Shaphan the son of Azaliah, the son of Meshullam, the scribe, to the house of the LORD, saying, 4 Go up to Hilkiah the high priest, that he may sum the silver which is brought into the house of the LORD, which the keepers of the door have gathered of the people: 5 And let them deliver it into the hand of the doers of the work, that have the oversight of the house of the LORD: and let them give it to the doers of the work which [is] in the house of the LORD, to repair the breaches of the house, 6 Unto carpenters, and builders, and masons, and to buy timber and hewn stone to repair the house. 7 Howbeit there was no reckoning made with them of the money that was delivered into their hand, because they dealt faithfully.

[3] 2Ch 34:3, 9.
[4] 2K 12:4, 8; 1Ch 6:13; 9:11, 19; 26:13; 2Ch 8:14; 24:8; 34:9; Ne 11:19; Ps 84:10; Mk 12:41.
[5] 2K 12:5, 11; 2Ch 24:7, 12, 27; Ezr 3:7.
[6] Gn 4:17; Ex 28:11; 35:35; 38:23; 1K 5:18; 6:12; 2K 12:11, 12; Is 58:12; Ezk 22:30.
[7] Ex 36:5; 2K 12:15; 2Ch 24:14; Ne 7:2; Pv 28:20; Lk 16:10; 1Co 4:2; 2Co 8:20; 2Ti 2:2; 3Jn 1:5.

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

8 ¶ And Hilkiah the high priest said unto Shaphan the scribe, I have found the book of the law in the house of the LORD. And Hilkiah gave the book to Shaphan, and he read it. 9 And Shaphan the scribe came to the king, and brought the king word again, and said, Thy servants have gathered the money that was found in the house, and have delivered it into the hand of them that do the work, that have the oversight of the house of the LORD. 10 And Shaphan the scribe shewed the king, saying, Hilkiah the priest hath delivered me a book. And Shaphan read it before the king. 11 And it came to pass, when the king had heard the words of the book of the law, that he rent his clothes. 12 And the king commanded Hilkiah the priest, and Ahikam the son of Shaphan, and Achbor the son of Michaiah, and Shaphan the scribe, and Asahiah a servant of the king's, saying, 13 Go ye, enquire of the LORD for me, and for the people, and for all Judah, concerning the words of this book that is found: for great [is] the wrath of the LORD that is kindled against us, because our fathers have not hearkened unto the words of this book, to do according unto all that which is written concerning us. 14 So Hilkiah the priest, and Ahikam, and Achbor, and Shaphan, and Asahiah, went unto Huldah the prophetess, the wife of Shallum the son of Tikvah, the son of Harhas, keeper of the wardrobe; (now she dwelt in Jerusalem in the college;) and they communed with her.

[8] Dt 31:24; 2Ch 34:14, 15.
[9] 2K 18:18; 22:3, 12; 25:22; Jr 26:24; 29:3; 36:10; 39:14; 40:11; 41:2; Ezk 8:11.
[10] Dt 17:18; 31:9; 2Ch 34:18; Ne 8:1, 14, 18; 13:1; Jr 13:18; 22:1; 36:6, 15, 21.
[11] 2K 22:19; 2Ch 34:19; Jr 36:24; Jol 2:13; Jna 3:6.
[12] 2K 19:2; 22:9; 2Ch 34:19, 20; Is 37:1; Jr 26:22, 24.
[13] Ex 20:5; Dt 4:23; 29:23; 31:17; 1K 22:7; 2K 3:11; 1Ch 10:13; 2Ch 29:6; 34:21; Ne 8:8; 9:3; Ps 25:14; 76:7; 106:6; Pv 3:6; Jr 16:12; 21:1; 37:17; 44:17; Lm 5:7; Ezk 14:3; 20:1; Dn 9:5, 8, 10; Am 3:7; Na 1:6; Ro 3:20; 4:15; 7:9; Jm 1:22; Rv 6:17.
[14] Ex 15:20; Jg 4:4; 2K 10:22; 2Ch 34:22; Ne 7:72; Mi 6:4; Lk 1:41; 2:36; Ac 21:9; 1Co 11:5.

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

15 ¶ And she said unto them, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, Tell the man that sent you to me, 16 Thus saith the LORD, Behold, I will bring evil upon this place, and upon the inhabitants thereof, [even] all the words of the book which the king of Judah hath read: 17 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 kindled against this place, and shall not be quenched. 18 But to the king of Judah which sent you to enquire of the LORD, thus shall ye say to him, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, [As touching] the words which thou hast heard; 19 Because thine heart was tender, and thou hast humbled thyself before the LORD, when thou heardest what I spake against this place, and against the inhabitants thereof, that they should become a desolation and a curse, and hast rent thy clothes, and wept before me; I also have heard [thee], saith the LORD. 20 Behold therefore, I will gather thee unto thy fathers, and thou shalt be gathered into thy grave in peace; and thine eyes shall not see all the evil which I will bring upon this place. And they brought the king word again.

[15] 2K 1:6, 16; Jr 23:28.
[16] Lv 26:15; Dt 28:15; 29:18; 30:17; 31:16; 32:15; Jsh 23:13, 15; 2K 20:17; 21:12; 25:1; 2Ch 34:24; Dn 9:11.
[17] Ex 32:34; Dt 29:24; 32:15, 22; Jg 2:12; 3:7; 10:6, 10; 1K 9:6; 2Ch 36:16; Ne 9:26; Ps 106:35; 115:4; Is 2:8; 33:14; 44:17; 46:5; Jr 2:11, 27; 7:20; 17:27; Ezk 20:47; Mi 5:13; Zp 1:18; 1Th 2:16.
[18] 2Ch 34:26; Is 3:10; Mal 3:16.
[19] Ex 10:3; Lv 26:31, 40; Nu 25:6; Dt 29:23; Jg 2:4; 20:26; 1S 24:5; 1K 21:29; 2K 19:20; 20:5; 22:17; 2Ch 33:12, 19, 23; Ezr 9:3; 10:1; Ne 1:4; 8:9; Ps 51:17; 119:120, 136; Is 46:12; 57:15; 66:2, 5; Jr 9:1; 13:17; 14:17; 26:6; 36:24, 29; 44:22; Ezk 9:4; Mi 6:8; Lk 19:41; Ro 2:4; 9:2; Jm 4:6; 1P 5:5.
[20] Gn 25:8; Dt 31:16; 2K 23:29; 1Ch 17:11; 2Ch 34:28; Ps 37:37; Is 57:1; Jr 22:10, 15.


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