2 Kings 22

1Josiah's good reign. 3He provideth for the repair of the temple. 8Hilkiah having found a book of the law, it is read before the king; who is alarmed, and sendeth to the prophetess Huldah to enquire of the Lord. 15Huldah prophesieth the destruction of Jerusalem, but not to take place till after Josiah's death.

1 Josiah was 1eight years old when he began to reign, and he reigned thirty and one years in Jerusalem. And his mother's name was Jedidah, the daughter of Adaiah of 2Boscath.

2 And he 1did that which was right in the sight of the Lord, and walked in all the way of David his father, and turned not aside to the right hand or to the left.

3 ¶ And it came to pass in the 1eighteenth year of king Josiah, that the king sent Shaphan the son of Azaliah, the son of Meshullam, the scribe, to the house of the Lord, saying,

4 Go up to 1Hilkiah the high priest, that he may sum the silver which is brought into the house of the Lord, which the keepers of the adoor have gathered of the people:

5 And let them deliver it into the hand of the doers of the work, that have the 1oversight of the house of the Lord: and let them give it to the doers of the work which is in the house of the Lord, to repair the breaches of the house,

6 Unto carpenters, and builders, and masons, and to buy timber and hewn stone to repair the house.

7 Howbeit 1there was no reckoning made with them of the money that was delivered into their hand, because they dealt 2faithfully.

8 ¶ And Hilkiah the high priest said unto Shaphan the scribe, I have found the 1book of the law in the house of the Lord. And Hilkiah gave the book to Shaphan, and he read it.

9 And Shaphan the scribe came to the king, and brought the king word again, and said, Thy servants have agathered the money that was found in the house, and have delivered it into the hand of them that do the work, that have the oversight of the house of the Lord.

10 And Shaphan the scribe shewed the king, saying, Hilkiah the priest hath delivered me a book. And Shaphan 1read it before the king.

11 And it came to pass, when the king had 1heard the words of the book of the law, that he rent his clothes.

12 And the king commanded Hilkiah the priest, and 1Ahikam the son of Shaphan, and aAchbor the son of bMichaiah, and Shaphan the scribe, and Asahiah a servant of the king's, saying,

13 Go 1ye, enquire of the Lord for me, and for the people, and for all Judah, concerning the words of this book that is found: for great is the wrath of the Lord that is kindled 2against us, because our fathers have not hearkened unto the words of this book, to do according unto all that which is written concerning us.

14 So Hilkiah the priest, and Ahikam, and Achbor, and Sha-phan, and Asahiah, went unto Huldah the 1prophetess, the wife of Shallum the son of Tikvah, the son of Harhas, keeper of the awardrobe; (now she dwelt in Jerusalem bin the college;) and they communed with her.

15 ¶ And she said unto them, 1Thus saith the Lord God of Israel, Tell the man that sent you to me,

16 Thus saith the Lord, Behold, 1I will bring evil upon this place, and upon the inhabitants thereof, even all the words of the book which the king of Judah hath read:

17 Because they have 1forsaken me, and have burned incense unto other gods, that they might provoke me to anger with all the 2works of their hands; therefore my wrath shall be kindled against this place, and shall not be 3quenched.

18 But to the king of Judah which sent you to enquire of the Lord, thus shall 1ye say to him, Thus saith the Lord God of Israel, As touching the words which thou hast heard;

19 Because thine 1heart was tender, and thou hast 2humbled thyself before the Lord, when thou heardest what I spake against this place, and against the inhabitants thereof, that they should become 3a desolation and a curse, and hast rent thy clothes, and wept before me; I also 4have heard thee, saith the Lord.

20 Behold therefore, 1I will gather thee unto thy fathers, and thou shalt be gathered into thy grave in peace; and thine eyes shall not see all the evil which I will bring upon this place. And they brought the king word again.