|2 Chronicles 34 |
1 Josiah was eight years old when he began to reign, and he reigned in Jerusalem thirty one years.
2 And he did what 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.
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, the groves, the carved images, and the molten images.
4 And they broke down the altars of Baal in his presence; and the images, that were on high above them, he cut down; and the groves, the carved images, and the molten images were broken in pieces, made into dust, and then spread the dust upon the graves of those who had sacrificed to them.
5 He burnt the bones of the priests upon their altars, and cleansed Judah and Jerusalem.
6 He did the same in the cities of Manasseh, Ephraim, Simeon, even to 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.
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 who 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 worked in the house of the LORD to repair and amend the house.
11 They gave it even to the artificers and builders to buy hewn stone, timber for couplings, and to floor the houses that the kings of Judah had destroyed.
12 The men did the work faithfully. 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 who were skilled in the instruments of music.
13 Also they were over the bearers of burdens, and were overseers of all that produced the work in any manner of service. And of the Levites there were scribes, and officers, and porters.
14 And when they brought out the money that had been stored in the house of the LORD, the priest Hilkiah 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 your servants, they are doing 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 has 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 tore his clothes [in grief of their sins].
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, inquire of the LORD for me, and for those who are left in Israel and in Judah, concerning the words of the book that has been found. For great is the wrath of the LORD that has been poured out upon us because our fathers did not kept the word of the LORD, to do after all that is written in this book.
22 And Hilkiah, and those who 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 dwelled in Jerusalem in the Second Quarter), and they spoke to her to that effect.
23 And she answered them, "Thus says the Lord God of Israel, Tell the man that sent you to me,
24 'Thus says the Lord, Behold, I will bring evil upon this place, and upon its inhabitants, even all the curses that are written in the book that they have read before the king of Judah.
25 Because they have forsaken me and have burned incense to other gods, they have provoked me to anger with all the works of their hands; therefore my wrath shall be poured out upon this place, and it shall not be quenched.'
26 And as for the king of Judah, who sent you to enquire of the LORD, so shall you say to him, 'Thus says the Lord God of Israel concerning the words which you have heard;
27 Because your heart was tender, and you humbled yourself before God, when you heard his words against this place, and against its inhabitants thereof, and humbled yourself before me, and tore your clothes, and wept before me; I have even heard you also, says the Lord.
28 Behold, 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 upon this place, and upon the inhabitants of the same.'" So they brought the king word again.
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 in all his days they did not depart from following the LORD, the God of their fathers.
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