1Josiah was eight years old when he began to reign; and he reigned
thirty-one years in Jerusalem.
2He did that which was right in the eyes
of Yahweh, and walked in the ways of David his father, and didn’t turn aside
to the right hand or to the left.
3For 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 Asherim, and the engraved images, and the molten images.
4They broke down the altars of the Baals in his presence; and the
incense altars that were on high above them he hewed down; and the Asherim, and
the engraved images, and the molten images, he broke in pieces, and made dust
of them, and strewed it on the graves of those who had sacrificed to
5He burnt the bones of the priests on their altars, and purged
Judah and Jerusalem.
6So did he in the cities of Manasseh and
Ephraim and Simeon, even to Naphtali, in their ruins round about.
broke down the altars, and beat the Asherim and the engraved images into
powder, and hewed down all the incense altars throughout all the land of Israel,
and returned to Jerusalem.
8Now 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 Yahweh his God.
9They came to Hilkiah the high
priest, and delivered the money that was brought into the house of God, which
the Levites, the keepers of the threshold, had gathered of the hand of
Manasseh and Ephraim, and of all the remnant of Israel, and of all Judah and
Benjamin, and of the inhabitants of Jerusalem.
10They delivered it into
the hand of the workmen who had the oversight of the house of Yahweh; and the
workmen who labored in the house of Yahweh gave it to mend and repair the
11even to the carpenters and to the builders gave they it, to buy
hewn stone, and timber for couplings, and to make beams for the houses which
the kings of Judah had destroyed.
12The 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 others of the Levites, all who were skillful with
instruments of music.
13Also they were over the bearers of burdens, and
set forward all who did the work in every manner of service: and of the
Levites there were scribes, and officers, and porters.
brought out the money that was brought into the house of Yahweh, Hilkiah the
priest found the book of the law of Yahweh given by Moses.
15Hilkiah answered Shaphan the scribe, I have found the book of the law
in the house of Yahweh. Hilkiah delivered the book to Shaphan.
carried the book to the king, and moreover brought back word to the king,
saying, All that was committed to your servants, they are doing.
have emptied out the money that was found in the house of Yahweh, and have
delivered it into the hand of the overseers, and into the hand of the
18Shaphan the scribe told the king, saying, Hilkiah the priest
has delivered me a book. Shaphan read therein before the king.
happened, when the king had heard the words of the law, that he tore his
20The king commanded Hilkiah, and Ahikam the son of Shaphan, and
Abdon the son of Micah, and Shaphan the scribe, and Asaiah the king’s
21Go you, inquire of Yahweh for me, and for those
who are left in Israel and in Judah, concerning the words of the book that is
found; for great is the wrath of Yahweh that is poured out on us, because our
fathers have not kept the word of Yahweh, to do according to all that is
written in this book.
22So Hilkiah, and they whom the king had
commanded, went to Huldah the prophetess, the wife of Shallum the son of
Tokhath, the son of Hasrah, keeper of the wardrobe; (now she lived in
Jerusalem in the second quarter;) and they spoke to her to that effect.
23She said to them, Thus says Yahweh, the God of Israel: Tell you
the man who sent you to me,
24Thus says Yahweh, Behold, I will bring evil
on this place, and on the inhabitants of it, even all the curses that are
written in the book which they have read before the king of Judah.
25Because 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 is my wrath poured out on this place, and it shall not be quenched.
26But to the king of Judah, who sent you to inquire of Yahweh, thus shall
you tell him, Thus says Yahweh, the God of Israel: As touching the words
which you have heard,
27because your heart was tender, and you did humble
yourself before God, when you heard his words against this place, and against
the inhabitants of it, and have humbled yourself before me, and have torn
your clothes, and wept before me; I also have heard you, says Yahweh.
28Behold, I will gather you to your fathers, and you shall be gathered to
your grave in peace, neither shall your eyes see all the evil that I will
bring on this place, and on the inhabitants of it. They brought back word to
29Then the king sent and gathered together all the elders of
Judah and Jerusalem.
30The king went up to the house of Yahweh, and all
the men of Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and the priests, and the
Levites, and all the people, both 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
31The king stood in his place, and made a covenant before Yahweh,
to walk after Yahweh, 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 that were written in this book.
32He caused all who were
found in Jerusalem and Benjamin to stand to it. The inhabitants of
Jerusalem did according to the covenant of God, the God of their fathers.
33Josiah took away all the abominations out of all the countries that
pertained to the children of Israel, and made all who were found in Israel to
serve, even to serve Yahweh their God. All his days they didn’t depart from
following Yahweh, the God of their fathers.