2 Chronicles 34
Josiah's good reign.
2 Chronicles 34:1 Iosiah [was] eight yeeres old when hee beganne to reigne, and he reigned in Ierusalem one and thirty yeeres. 2 Chronicles 34:2 And he did that which [was] right in the sight of the LORD, and walked in the wayes of Dauid his father, and declined [neither] to the right hand nor to the left.
He destroyeth idolatry.
2 Chronicles 34:3 For in the eight yeare of his reigne, while he was yet young, hee beganne to seeke after the God of Dauid his father: and in the twelfth yeere hee beganne to purge Iudah and Ierusalem from the high places and the groues, and the carued images, and the molten images. 2 Chronicles 34:4 And they brake downe the altars of Baalim in his presence, and the images that were on high aboue them, he cut downe, and the groues, and the carued images, and the molten images he brake in peeces, and made dust of [them], and strowed [it] vpon the graues of them, that had sacrificed vnto them. 2 Chronicles 34:5 And hee burnt the bones of the priests vpon their altars, and cleansed Iudah and Ierusalem. 2 Chronicles 34:6 And [so did he] in the cities of Manasseh, and Ephraim, and Simeon, euen vnto Naphtali, with their mattockes, round about. 2 Chronicles 34:7 And when he had broken downe the altars and the groues, and had beaten the grauen images into pouder, and cut downe all the idoles throughout all the land of Israel, hee returned to Ierusalem.
He taketh order for the repair of the Temple.
2 Chronicles 34:8 Now in the eighteenth yeere of his reigne, when hee had purged the land, and the house; he sent Shaphan the sonne of Azaliah, and Maasiah the gouernour of the citie, and Ioah the sonne of Ioahaz the recorder, to repaire the house of the LORD his God. 2 Chronicles 34:9 And when they came to Hilkiah the high priest, they deliuered the money that was brought into the house of God, which the Leuites that kept the doores, had gathered of the hand of Manasseh, and Ephraim, and of all the remnant of Israel, and of all Iudah, and Beniamin, and they returned to Ierusalem. 2 Chronicles 34:10 And they put [it] in the hand of the workemen that had the ouersight of the house of the LORD, and they gaue it to the workemen that wrought in the house of the LORD, to repaire and mend the house. 2 Chronicles 34:11 Euen to the artificers and builders gaue they it, to buy hewen stone, and timber for couplings, and to floore the houses, which the kings of Iudah had destroyed. 2 Chronicles 34:12 And the men did the worke faithfully, and the ouerseers of them [were] Iahath, and Obadiah, the Leuites, of the sonnes of Merari, and Sechariah, and Meshullam, of the sonnes of the Kohathites, to set [it] forward: and [other] of the Leuites, all that could skill of instruments of musicke. 2 Chronicles 34:13 Also they [were] ouer the bearers of burdens, and [were] ouerseers of all that wrought the worke in any manner of seruice: and of the Leuites [there were] Scribes, and officers, and porters.
Hilkiah having found a book of the Law, Josiah sendeth to Huldah to enquire of the LORD.
2 Chronicles 34:14 And when they brought out the money that was brought into the house of the LORD, Hilkiah the priest found a booke of the lawe of the LORD, [giuen] by Moses. 2 Chronicles 34:15 And Hilkiah answered and saide to Shaphan the scribe: I haue found the booke of the law in the house of the LORD. And Hilkiah deliuered the booke to Shaphan: 2 Chronicles 34:16 And Shaphan caried the booke to the king, and brought the king word backe againe, saying, All that was committed to thy seruants, they doe [it]. 2 Chronicles 34:17 And they haue gathered together the money that was found in the house of the LORD, and haue deliuered it into the hand of the ouerseers, and to the hand of the workemen. 2 Chronicles 34:18 Then Shaphan the scribe tolde the king, saying, Hilkiah the priest hath giuen me a booke. And Shaphan read it before the king. 2 Chronicles 34:19 And it came to passe when the king had heard the words of the lawe, that he rent his clothes. 2 Chronicles 34:20 And the king commanded Hilkiah, and Ahikam the sonne of Shaphan, and Abdon the sonne of Mirah, and Shaphan the scribe, and Asaiah a seruant of the kings, saying, 2 Chronicles 34:21 Goe, enquire of the LORD for me, and for them that are left in Israel and in Iudah, concerning the wordes of the booke that is found: for great is the wrath of the LORD that is powred out vpon vs, because our fathers haue not kept the word of the LORD, to doe after all that is written in this booke. 2 Chronicles 34:22 And Hilkiah and they that the king had [appointed] went to Huldah the prophetesse, the wife of Shallum the sonne of Tikuath, the sonne of Hasrah, keeper of the wardrobe (now she dwelt in Ierusalem in the colledge,) and they spake to her to that [effect].
Huldah prophesieth the destruction of Jerusalem, but respite thereof in Josiah's time.
2 Chronicles 34:23 And she answered them, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel: Tell ye the man that sent you to me, 2 Chronicles 34:24 Thus saith the LORD, behold, I will bring euill vpon this place, and vpon the inhabitants thereof, [euen] all the curses that are written in the booke which they haue read before the king of Iudah: 2 Chronicles 34:25 Because they haue forsaken mee, and haue burned incense vnto other gods, that they might prouoke mee to anger with all the workes of their hands, therefore my wrath shall bee powred out vpon this place, and shall not be quenched. 2 Chronicles 34:26 And as for the king of Iudah, who sent you to enquire of the LORD, so shal ye say vnto him: Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, [concerning] the words which thou hast heard: 2 Chronicles 34:27 Because thine heart was tender, and thou didst humble thy selfe before God, when thou heardest his words against this place, and against the inhabitants thereof, and humbledst thy selfe before me, and diddest rend thy clothes, and weepe before me, I haue euen heard thee also, saith the LORD. 2 Chronicles 34:28 Behold, I will gather thee to thy fathers, and thou shalt bee gathered to thy graue in peace, neither shall thine eyes see all the euill that I will bring vpon this place, and vpon the inhabitants of the same. So they brought the king word againe.
Josiah, causing it to be read in a solemn assembly, reneweth the Covenant with God.
2 Chronicles 34:29 Then the king sent, and gathered together all the Elders of Iudah and Ierusalem. 2 Chronicles 34:30 And the king went vp into the house of the LORD, and all the men of Iudah, and the inhabitants of Ierusalem, and the priests and the Leuites, and all the people great and small: and he read in their eares all the words of the booke of the couenant, that was found in the house of the LORD. 2 Chronicles 34:31 And the King stood in his place, & made a Couenant before the LORD, to walke after the LORD, and to keep his Commandements, and his Testimonies, and his Statutes, with all his heart, & with all his soule, to performe the words of the Couenant which are written in this booke. 2 Chronicles 34:32 And he caused all that were present in Ierusalem and Beniamin, to stand [to it]. And the inhabitants of Ierusalem did according to the couenant of God, the God of their fathers. 2 Chronicles 34:33 And Iosiah tooke away all the abominations out of all the countreys that [perteined] to the children of Israel, and made all that were present in Israel to serue, [euen] to serue the LORD their God. [And] all his dayes they departed not from folowing the LORD the God of their fathers.