2 Kings 22
1 Josiah was eight years old when he became king, and he reigned thirty-one years in
Jerusalem. His mother's name was Jedidah the daughter of Adaiah of Bozkath.
2 And he did what was right in the eyes of Jehovah, and walked in all the ways of his
father David; he did not turn aside to the right hand or to the left.
3 And it came to pass, in the eighteenth year of King Josiah, that the king sent Shaphan
the scribe, the son of Azaliah, the son of Meshullam, to the house of Jehovah, saying:
4 Go up to Hilkiah the high priest, that he may count the money which has been brought
into the house of Jehovah, which the doorkeepers have gathered from the people.
5 And let them deliver it into the hand of those doing the work, who are the overseers in
the house of Jehovah; let them give it to those who are in the house of Jehovah doing the
work, to repair the breaches of the house;
6 to the craftsmen and builders and masons; and to buy timber and hewn stone to repair the house.
7 However there was no accounting made with them of the money delivered into their
hand, because they were dealing faithfully.
8 Then Hilkiah the high priest said to Shaphan the scribe, I have found the Book of the
Law in the house of Jehovah. And Hilkiah gave the book to Shaphan, and he read it.
9 And Shaphan the scribe came to the king and brought back word to the king, saying,
Your servants have gathered the money found in the house, and have delivered it into the
hand of those who are doing the work, who oversee the house of Jehovah.
10 And Shaphan the scribe reported to the king, saying, Hilkiah the priest has given me a
book. And Shaphan read it before the king.
11 And it happened, when the king heard the Words of the Book of the Law, that he tore
12 And the king commanded Hilkiah the priest, Ahikam the son of Shaphan, Achbor the
son of Michaiah, Shaphan the scribe, and Asaiah the king's servant, saying,
13 Go, inquire of Jehovah for me, for the people and for all Judah, concerning the words
of this book that has been found; for great is the wrath of Jehovah that has been kindled
against us, because our fathers have not obeyed 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, the son of Harhas, keeper of the
wardrobe. (She dwelt in Jerusalem in the Second Quarter.) And they spoke with her.
15 And she said to them, Thus says Jehovah the God of Israel, Tell the man who has sent
you to Me,
16 Thus says Jehovah: Behold, I am bringing evil upon this place and upon its inhabitants;
all the Words of the Book which the king of Judah has read;
17 because they have forsaken Me and burned incense to other gods, that they might
provoke Me to anger with all the works of their hands. Therefore My wrath has been
kindled against this place, and shall not be quenched.
18 But as for the king of Judah who sent you to inquire of Jehovah, thus you shall say to
him, Thus says Jehovah the God of Israel: Concerning the words which you have heard;
19 because your heart was tender, and you humbled yourself before Jehovah when you
heard what I have spoken against this place and against its inhabitants, that they would
become a desolation and a curse, and you tore your clothes and wept before Me, I also
have heard you, says Jehovah.
20 Behold therefore, I will gather you to your fathers, and you shall be gathered to your
grave in peace; and your eyes shall not see all the evil that I am bringing upon this place.
So they brought back word to the king.