Josiah Succeeds Amon
1 Josiah R678 was eight years old when he became king, and he reigned thirty-one years in Jerusalem; and his mother's name was Jedidah the daughter of Adaiah of Bozkath. R679 2 He did right in the sight of the LORD and walked in all the way of his father David, nor did he turn R680 aside to the right or to the left.
3 Now in R681 the eighteenth year of King Josiah, the king sent Shaphan, the son of Azaliah the son of Meshullam the scribe, to the house of the LORD saying, 4 "Go R682 up to Hilkiah the high priest that he may count F290 the money brought in to the house of the LORD which the doorkeepers have gathered from the people. 5 "Let R683 them deliver it into the hand of the workmen who have the oversight of the house of the LORD, and let them give it to the workmen who are in the house of the LORD to repair the damages F291 of the house, 6 to the carpenters and the builders and the masons and for buying timber and hewn stone to repair the house. 7 "Only no R684 accounting shall be made with them for the money delivered into their hands, for they deal faithfully."
The Lost Book
8 Then Hilkiah the high priest said to Shaphan the scribe, "I R685 have found the book of the law in the house of the LORD." And Hilkiah gave the book to Shaphan who read it. 9 Shaphan the scribe came to the king and brought back word to the king and said, "Your servants have emptied out the money that was found in the house, and have delivered it into the hand of the workmen who have the oversight of the house of the LORD." 10 Moreover, Shaphan the scribe told the king saying, "Hilkiah the priest has given me a book." And Shaphan read it in the presence of the king.
11 When the king heard the words of the book of the law, he R686 tore his clothes. 12 Then the king commanded Hilkiah the priest, Ahikam R687 the son of Shaphan, Achbor R688 F292 the son of Micaiah, Shaphan the scribe, and Asaiah the king's servant saying, 13 "Go, inquire of the LORD for me and the people and all Judah concerning the words of this book that has been found, for great R689 is the wrath of the LORD that burns against us, because our fathers have not listened to the words of this book, to do according to all that is written concerning us."
14 So Hilkiah the priest, Ahikam, Achbor, Shaphan, and Asaiah went to Huldah the prophetess, the wife of Shallum the son of Tikvah, R690 F293 the son of Harhas, keeper of the wardrobe (now she lived in Jerusalem in the Second R691 Quarter); and they spoke to her. 15 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 bring R692 evil on this place and on its inhabitants, even all the words of the book which the king of Judah has read. 17 "Because R693 they have forsaken Me and have burned incense to other gods that they might provoke Me to anger with all the work of their hands, therefore My wrath burns against this place, and it shall not be quenched."' 18 "But to the R694 king of Judah who sent you to inquire of the LORD thus shall you say to him, `Thus says the LORD God of Israel, "Regarding the words which you have heard, 19 because R695 your heart was tender and you R696 humbled yourself before the LORD when you heard what I spoke against this place and against its inhabitants that they should become a R697 desolation and a curse, R698 and you have torn R699 your clothes and wept before Me, I truly have heard you," declares the LORD. 20 "Therefore, behold, I will gather you to your fathers, and you R700 will be gathered to your grave in peace, and your eyes will not see all the evil which I will bring on this place.""' So they brought back word to the king.
F290: Or total
F291: Lit breach
F292: In 2+@Chr 34:20, Abdon, son of Micah
F293: In 2+@Chr 34:22, Tokhath, son of Hasrah
R678: 2 Chronicles 34:1
R679: Joshua 15:39
R680: Deuteronomy 5:32; Joshua 1:7
R681: 2 Chronicles 34:8
R682: 2 Kings 12:4,9,10
R683: 2 Kings 12:11-14
R684: 2 Kings 12:15; 1 Corinthians 4:2
R685: Deuteronomy 31:24-26; 2 Chronicles 34:14,15
R686: Genesis 37:34; Joshua 7:6
R687: 2 Kings 25:22; Jeremiah 26:24
R688: 2 Chronicles 34:20
R689: Deuteronomy 29:23-28; 31:17,18
R690: 2 Chronicles 34:22
R691: Zephaniah 1:10
R692: Deuteronomy 29:27; Daniel 9:11-14
R693: Deuteronomy 29:25,26; 2 Kings 21:22
R694: 2 Chronicles 34:26
R695: 1 Samuel 24:5; Psalms 51:17
R696: Exodus 10:3; 1 Kings 21:29
R697: Leviticus 26:31
R698: Jeremiah 26:6
R699: 2 Kings 22:11
R700: 2 Kings 23:30