S E C O N D C H R O N I C L E
Before we see Judah and Jerusalem ruined we shall
yet see some glorious years, while good Josiah sits at the helm. By
his pious endeavours for reformation God tried them yet once more;
if they had known in this their day, the day of their visitation,
the things that belonged to their peace and improved them, their
ruin might have been prevented. But after this reign they were
hidden from their eyes, and the next reigns brought an utter
desolation upon them. In this chapter we have, I. A general account
of Josiah's character, ver. 1,
2. II. His zeal to root out idolatry, ver. 3-7. III. His care to repair the
temple, ver. 8-13. IV.
The finding of the book of the law and the good use made of it,
ver. 14-28. V. The
public reading of the law to the people and their renewing their
covenant with God thereupon, ver.
29-33. Much of this we had 2 Kings xxii.