2 Chronicles 34

Josiah Succeeds Amon in Judah

1 a  Josiah was eight years old when he became king, and he reigned thirty-one years in Jerusalem. 2 b  He 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. 3For in the eighth year of his reign while he was still a youth, he began to c  seek the God of his father David; and in the twelfth year he began d  to purge Judah and Jerusalem of the high places, the Asherim, the carved images and the molten images. 4They tore down the altars of the Baals in his presence, and e  the 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 f  ground to powder and scattered it on the graves of those who had sacrificed to them. 5Then g  he burned the bones of the priests on their altars and purged Judah and Jerusalem. 6 h  In the cities of Manasseh, Ephraim, Simeon, even as far as Naphtali, in their surrounding ruins, 7he also tore down the altars and i  beat 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.

Josiah Repairs the Temple

8 j  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 k  an official of the city, and Joah the son of Joahaz the recorder, to repair the house of the  Lord his God. 9They came to l  Hilkiah the high priest and delivered the money that was brought into the house of God, which the Levites, the
Lit guardians of the threshold
doorkeepers, had collected
Lit from the hand of
from o  Manasseh and Ephraim, and from all the remnant of Israel, and from all Judah and Benjamin and the inhabitants of Jerusalem.
10Then 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
Lit gave
used it to restore and repair the house.
11They 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 q  which the kings of Judah had let go to ruin. 12 r  The 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 s  the Levites, all who were skillful with musical instruments. 13They were also over t  the burden bearers, and supervised all the workmen from job to job; and some of the Levites were scribes and officials and gatekeepers.

Hilkiah Discovers Lost Book of the Law

14When they were bringing out the money which had been brought into the house of the  Lord u  Hilkiah the priest found the book of the law of the  Lord given by Moses. 15Hilkiah 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. 16Then Shaphan brought the book to the king and
Lit returned
reported further word to the king, saying, “Everything that was
Lit given into the hand of
entrusted to your servants they are doing.
17They 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.” 18Moreover, 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.

19When the king heard x  the words of the law y  he tore his clothes. 20Then the king commanded Hilkiah, Ahikam the son of Shaphan
In 2 Kin 22:12, Achbor, son of Micaiah
Abdon the son of Micah, Shaphan the scribe, and Asaiah the king’s servant, saying,
21Go, 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 aa  great 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.”

Huldah, the Prophetess, Speaks

22So Hilkiah and those whom the king
So with Gr
had told went to Huldah the prophetess, the wife of Shallum the son of
In 2 Kin 22:14 Tikvah, son of Harhas
Tokhath, 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.
23She said to them, “Thus says the  Lord, the God of Israel, ‘Tell the man who sent you to Me, 24thus says the  Lord, “Behold ad  I am bringing evil on this place and on its inhabitants, even all ae  the curses written in the book which they have read in the presence of the king of Judah. 25 af  Because 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.”’ 26But 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 ag  Because 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. 28Behold, 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.

29 ah  Then the king sent and gathered all the elders of Judah and Jerusalem. 30The king went up to the house of the  Lord and ai  all 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.

Josiah’s Good Reign

31Then the king aj  stood in his place and ak  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 written in this book. 32Moreover, 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. 33Josiah al  removed 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
Lit days
lifetime they did not turn from following the  Lord God of their fathers.
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