2 Kings 22
Josiah's good reign.
2 Kings 22:1 Eight years old, was Josiah when he began to reign, and, thirty-one years, reigned he in Jerusalem,and, this mother's name, was Jedidah daughter of Adaiah, of Bozkath. 2 Kings 22:2 And he did that which was right in the eyes of Yahweh,and walked in all the way of David his father, and turned not aside, to the right hand or to the left.
He taketh care for the repair of the Temple.
2 Kings 22:3 And it came to pass, in the eighteenth year of King Josiah, that the king sent Shaphan son of Azaliah son of Meshullam, the scribe, to the house of Yahweh, saying 2 Kings 22:4 Go up unto Hilkiah, the high priest, that he pour out the silver that hath been brought into the house of Yahweh,which the keepers of the entrance-hall have gathered from the people, 2 Kings 22:5 that they may give it into the hand of the doers of the work, who have oversight of the house of Yahweh, that they may give it to the doers of the work, who are in the house of Yahweh, to repair the breaches of the house; 2 Kings 22:6 to the carpenters, and to the builders, and to the masons,and to buy timber, and hewn stones, for repairing the house. 2 Kings 22:7 Howbeit there used to be no reckoning made with them, as to the silver that was given into their hand,because, with faithfulness, were they dealing.
Hilkiah having found the book of the Law, Josiah sendeth to Huldah to enquire of the LORD.
2 Kings 22:8 Then said Hilkiah the high priest, unto Shaphan the scribeThe book of the law, have I found, in the house of Yahweh. So Hilkiah delivered the book unto Shaphan, and he read it. 2 Kings 22:9 Then came Shaphan the scribe unto the king, and brought the king word again,and saidThy servants have poured out the silver that was found in the house, and have delivered it unto the hand of the doers of the work, who have oversight of the house of Yahweh. 2 Kings 22:10 Then Shaphan the scribe told the king, sayingA book, hath Hilkiah the priest delivered unto me. And Shaphan read it before the king. 2 Kings 22:11 And it came to pass, when the king heard the words of the book of the law, that he rent his clothes. 2 Kings 22:12 And the king commanded Hilkiah the priest, and Ahikam son of Shaphan, and Achbor son of Micaiah, and Shaphan the scribe, and Asaiah the king's servant, saying: 2 Kings 22:13 Go yeenquire of Yahweh, for me and for the people, and for all Judah, concerning the words of this book which hath been found,for, great, is the wrath of Yahweh, in that it hath fired up against us, because our fathers have not hearkened unto the words of this book, to do according to all which is written concerning us. 2 Kings 22:14 So Hilkiah the priest, and Ahikam, and Achbor, and Shaphan, and Asaiah, went unto Huldah the prophetess, wife of Shallum son of Tikvah, son of Harhas keeper of the vestments, she having her dwelling in Jerusalem, in the new city,and they spake unto her.
Huldah prophesieth the destruction of Jerusalem, but respite thereof in Josiah's time.
2 Kings 22:15 And she said unto them, Thus, saith Yahweh, God of Israel, Say ye unto the man who hath sent you unto me: 2 Kings 22:16 Thus, saith Yahweh, Behold me! about to bring calamity upon this place, and upon the inhabitants thereof,all the words of the book, which, the king of Judah, hath read: 2 Kings 22:17 Because they have forsaken me, and burned incense unto other gods, that they might provoke me to anger, with all the workmanship of their hands; and so my wrath shall fire up against this place, and shall not be quenched: 2 Kings 22:18 But, unto the king of Judah, who hath sent you to enquire of Yahweh, thus, shall ye say unto him,Thus, saith Yahweh, God of Israel, As touching the words which thou hast heard: 2 Kings 22:19 Because, tender, was thy heart, and thou didst humble thyself before Yahweh when thou heardest what I had spoken against this place and against the inhabitants thereofthat they should become a desolation and a curse, and didst rend thy clothes, and weep before me, therefore also, I, have hearkeneddeclareth Yahweh. 2 Kings 22:20 For this cause, behold me! about to gather thee unto thy fathers, and thou shalt be gathered unto thy graves, in peace, and so thine eyes shall not look upon all the misfortune which I am about to bring upon this place. And they brought the king word again.