2 Kings 22
Josiah's good reign.
2 Kings 22:1 Iosiah was .viij. yeare old when he beganne to raygne, & he raygned .xxxi. yeare in Ierusalem. Hys mothers name was Ididah the doughter of Adaiah of Bezecath. 2 Kings 22:2 And he dyd þt semed ryghte in the syght of the lord, & walked in al the wayes of Dauid his father, & bowed neither to þe right hande or to the lefte.
He taketh care for the repair of the Temple.
2 Kings 22:3 And the .xviij. yeare of hys raygne kynge Iosiah sent Saphan the sonne of Azaliah the sonne of Mesulam the scribe to the house of the Lorde, saying: 2 Kings 22:4 go to Helkiah the hye priest and let hym summe the siluer that is brought into the house of the Lorde, whych the kepers of the dores haue gathered of the people, 2 Kings 22:5 and let them delyuer it into the handes of the workmen that haue the ouersight of the house of the Lorde, whych shall geue it to them that worke vpon the house of the Lorde, to repaire the decayed places thereof, 2 Kings 22:6 euen vnto the carpenters and masons, and for to bye tymbre and fre stone to repayre the house. 2 Kings 22:7 How be it let no rekenyng be made wt them of the money that is deliuered into their handes, but let them do it of their conscience.
Hilkiah having found the book of the Law, Josiah sendeth to Huldah to enquire of the LORD.
2 Kings 22:8 And Helkiah the hye pryeste sayde to Saphan the scribe: I haue founde the boke of the lawe in the temple of the Lorde, and Helkiah gaue the boke of Saphan, and he read it. 2 Kings 22:9 And then Saphan the scribe went to the kyng and brought him worde agayne, and sayde: thy seruauntes poured out the syluer that was founde in the temple, and haue delyuered it vnto the workemen that haue the ouersyghte of the house of the Lorde. 2 Kings 22:10 Forthermore Saphan the scribe shewed the kynge sayinge: Helkiah the prieste hathe delyuered me here a boke. And Saphan read it before the kynge. 2 Kings 22:11 And the kynge as sone as he had hearde, the wordes of the boke of the lawe, he rent hys clothes 2 Kings 22:12 and commaunded Helkiah the prieste, and Ahikam the sonne of Saphan and Achobor the sonne of Michaiah, and Saphan the scribe, and Asahiah a seruaunt of the kynges sayinge: 2 Kings 22:13 go ye and seke of the Lorde for me & the people and for all Iuda, concernynge the wordes of this boke that is founde. For it is a great wrathe of the Lorde that is kendled vpon vs, that our fathers haue not herkened vnto the wordes of thys boke, to do in all poyntes, as it is written therin. 2 Kings 22:14 And Helkiah the hye pryeste and Ahikam Achobor, Saphan, Ahasiah went vnto Oldah the Prophetisse wyfe to Selum the sonne of Tekuah the sonne of Haraham keper of the robes, whyche Prophetisse dwelt in Ierusalem in the seconde warre, and communed with her.
Huldah prophesieth the destruction of Jerusalem, but respite thereof in Josiah's time.
2 Kings 22:15 And she sayde to them: thus sayth the Lorde God of Israel. Tell the man, that sent you to me: 2 Kings 22:16 thus sayth the Lorde: beholde I wyll brynge euyll vpon this place, and on the dwellers therin: euen al the wordes of the boke, whiche the King of Iuda hath read, 2 Kings 22:17 because they haue forsaken me, and haue burntofferynges vnto other Goddes, to angre me with all the workes of their handes. Therfore is my wrath kendled agaynst thys place, and shall not be quenched. 2 Kings 22:18 But to the kynge of Iuda whyche sent you to enquyre of the Lorde, so shall ye saye: thus sayth the Lorde God of Israel, as touchinge the wordes whiche thou heardest. 2 Kings 22:19 Because thyne hert dyd melt, and thou mekedest thy selfe before me the Lorde, when thou heardest what I spake agaynst thys place, and the enhabiters of the same, howe that it shoulde be destroyed and made acursed, and tarest thy clothes and weptest before me: of that also I haue hearde sayth the Lorde. 2 Kings 22:20 And therfore se, I wyll receyue the vnto thy fathers & wyll fet the vnto thy graue in peace, thyne eyes shall se none of the euyl whych I wyll bryng vpon thys place. And they brought the Kyng worde agayne.