2 Kings 22:1-20 & 23:1-3
22:1 JosiahI was eightII yearsIII oldIV
when he began to reign;V he reigned thirtyVI-oneVII years in Jerusalem.VIII
His mother’sIX nameX was JedidahXI
daughterXII of AdaiahXIII of Bozkath.XIV
2 He didXV what was rightXVI in the sightXVII of the LordXVIII
and walkedXIX in allXX the wayXXI
of his fatherXXII David;XXIII he did not turn asideXXIV to the rightXXV or to the left.XXVI
3 XXVIIIn the eighteenthXXVIII year of KingXXIX Josiah, the king sentXXX ShaphanXXXI
sonXXXII of AzaliahXXXIII son of Meshullam,XXXIV
the secretary,XXXV to the houseXXXVI of the Lord, saying,XXXVII
4 “Go upXXXVIII to the highXXXIX priestXL HilkiahXLI
and have him add up the entire sumXLII of the silverXLIII that has been broughtXLIV into the house of the Lord that the keepersXLV of the thresholdXLVI have collectedXLVII from the people;XLVIII
5 let it be givenXLIX into the handL of the workersLI who have the oversightLII of the house of the Lord;
let them give it to the workers who are at the house of the Lord repairingLIII the house, 6 that is, to the carpenters,LIV to the builders,LV to the masons;LVI
and let them use it to buyLVII timberLVIII and quarriedLIX stoneLX to repair the house.
7 ButLXI no accounting shall be askedLXII from them for the silver that is deliveredLXIII into their hand, for they dealLXIV honestly.”LXV
8 The high priest Hilkiah said to Shaphan the secretary, “I have foundLXVI the bookLXVII of the lawLXVIII in the house of the Lord.” When Hilkiah gave the book to Shaphan, he readLXIX it.
9 Then Shaphan the secretary cameLXX to the king and reportedLXXI to the king,LXXII “Your servantsLXXIII have melted downLXXIV the silver that was found in the house and have delivered it into the hand of the workers who have oversight of the house of the Lord.”
10 Shaphan the secretary informedLXXV the king,LXXVI “The priest Hilkiah has given me a book.” Shaphan then read it aloud toLXXVII the king.
11 LXXVIIIWhen the king heardLXXIX the wordsLXXX of the book of the law, he toreLXXXI his clothes.LXXXII
12 Then the king commandedLXXXIII the priest Hilkiah, AhikamLXXXIV son of Shaphan, AchborLXXXV son of Micaiah,LXXXVI Shaphan the secretary, and the king’s servant Asaiah,LXXXVII saying,
13 “Go,LXXXVIII inquireLXXXIX of the Lord forXC me, forXCI the people, and forXCII all Judah,XCIII concerning the words of this book that has been found,
for greatXCIV is the wrathXCV of the Lord that is kindledXCVI against us, because our ancestorsXCVII did not obeyXCVIII the words of this book to do according to all that is writtenXCIX concerning us.”
14 So the priest Hilkiah, Ahikam, Achbor, Shaphan, and Asaiah went to the prophetC HuldahCI the wifeCII of ShallumCIII
son of TikvahCIV son of Harhas,CV keeper of the wardrobe;CVI
she residedCVII in Jerusalem in the Second Quarter,CVIII where they consultedCIX her.
15 She declaredCX to them, “Thus says the Lord, the GodCXI of Israel:CXII TellCXIII the manCXIV who sent you to me:
16 ‘Thus says the Lord: I will indeedCXV bring disasterCXVI on this placeCXVII and on its inhabitantsCXVIII—all the words of the book that the king of Judah has read.
17 BecauseCXIX they have abandonedCXX me and have made offeringsCXXI
to otherCXXII gods,CXXIII so that they have provoked me to angerCXXIV with all the workCXXV of their hands, therefore my wrath will be kindled against this place, and it will not be quenched.’CXXVI
18 But as to the king of Judah who sent you to inquire of the Lord, thus shall you say to him: ‘Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel: Regarding the words that you have heard, 19 because your heartCXXVII was penitentCXXVIII and you humbledCXXIX yourself beforeCXXX the Lord,
when you heard how I spokeCXXXI against this place and against its inhabitants, that they should becomeCXXXII a desolationCXXXIII and a curse,CXXXIV
and because you have torn your clothes and weptCXXXV beforeCXXXVI me, I alsoCXXXVII have heard you, saysCXXXVIII the Lord.
20 Therefore,CXXXIX, CXL I will gatherCXLI you to your ancestors, and you shall be gathered to your graveCXLII in peace;CXLIII
your eyesCXLIV shall not seeCXLV all the disaster that I will bring on this place.’” They took the messageCXLVI backCXLVII to the king.
23:1 Then the king directedCXLVIII that all the eldersCXLIX of Judah and Jerusalem should be gathered to him. 2 The king went up to the house of the Lord, and with him went all the peopleCL of Judah, all the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the priests, the prophets,CLI
and all the people,CLII both smallCLIII and great; he read in their hearingCLIV all the words of the book of the covenantCLV that had been found in the house of the Lord.
3 The king stoodCLVI by the pillarCLVII and madeCLVIII a covenant beforeCLIX the Lord, to followCLX the Lord,
keeping his commandments,CLXI his decrees,CLXII and his statutes,CLXIII
with all his heartCLXIV and all his soul,CLXV to performCLXVI the words of this covenant that were written in this book. All the peopleCLXVII joinedCLXVIII in the covenant.
Image credit: “Mary Magdalene” by Georges Lacombe, 1896.