|2 Kings 22 |
1 Josiah was eight years old when he began to reign, and he reigned for thirty one years in Jerusalem. His mother's name was Jedidah, the daughter of Adaiah of Boscath.
2 He did what was right in the sight of the LORD and walked in all the ways of David his forefather, he did not turn aside to the right hand or to the left.
3 And it came to pass in the eighteenth year of King Josiah, that he sent Shaphan the scribe, the son of Azaliah, the son of Meshullam, to the temple of the LORD, saying,
4 "Go up to Hilkiah the high priest, that he may count the silver brought into the temple of the LORD, which the doorkeepers have gathered from the people.
5 And let them deliver it into the hands of the workmen who are the overseers in the temple of the LORD, and let them give it to those doing the work repairing the damages of the temple,
6 To the carpenters, builders, and masons, and to buy timber and hewn stone to repair the temple.
7 However, there is no need for an accounting to be made of the money delivered into their hands, because they deal faithfully."
8 Now at this time, Hilkiah the high priest said to Shaphan the scribe, "I have found the Book of the Law in the temple of the LORD!" And Hilkiah gave the book to Shaphan, and he read it.
9 So Shaphan the scribe went to the king, and brought him word, saying, "Your servants have gathered the money that was found in the temple and have delivered it into the hands of those who are the overseers of the temple of the LORD."
10 Then Shaphan the scribe also told the king, "Hilkiah the priest has given a book to me." 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 tore his clothes.
12 And the king commanded Hilkiah the high priest, Ahikam the son of Shaphan, Achbor the son of Michaiah, Shaphan the scribe, and Asahiah a servant of the king, saying,
13 "Go and inquire of the LORD for me and for the people of all Judah concerning the words of this book that has been found. For great is the wrath of the LORD that is kindled against us because our forefathers have not obeyed the words of this book, to do according to all that is written concerning us."
14 So Hilkiah the priest, Ahikam, Achbor, Shaphan, and Asahiah went to speak with Huldah the prophetess, the wife of Shallum the son of Tikvah, the son of Harhas, keeper of the wardrobe. She dwelt in Jerusalem in the Second District.
15 And 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 will bring disaster upon this place and upon its inhabitants, according to everything that is written in the book that the king of Judah has read.
17 Because they have forsaken me and have burned incense to other gods, provoking 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 who sent you to inquire of the LORD, say this to him, 'Thus says the LORD God of Israel, regarding the words that you have heard:
19 Because your heart was tender and you have humbled yourself before the LORD when you heard what I spoke against this place and against its inhabitants, that they should become a desolation and a curse, and you have torn your clothes and wept before me, I also have heard you, says the LORD.
20 Behold therefore, I will gather you to your forefathers, and you shall be taken to your grave in peace, and your eyes shall not see all the disaster that I will bring upon this place." So they brought back word the king.
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