1 Iosiah was eight yeere olde when he beganne to reigne, and hee reigned one and thirtie yeere in Ierusalem. His mothers name also was Iedidah the daughter of Adaiah of Bozcath.
2 And he did [that which was] right in the sight of the LORD, andHis zeal was prophesied of, and his name mentioned by Iddo the prophet, more than 300 years before, (1Ki_13:2) and being but eight years old, he sought the God of his father David, (2Ch_34:3).walked in all the way of David his father, and turned not aside to the right hand or to the left.
3 And in the eighteenth yeere of King Iosiah, the King sent Shaphan the sonne of Azaliah the sonne of Meshullam the chanceller to ye house of the Lord, saying,
4 Go up to Hilkiah the high priest, that he may sum the silver which is brought into the house of the LORD, which the keepers of theCertain of the priests were appointed to this office, as in (2Ki_12:9).door have gathered of the people:
5 And letFrom the time of Joash for the space of 244 years, the temple remained without repairs through the negligence of the priests. This shows that they who have a charge and do not execute it should have it taken from them.them deliver it into the hand of the doers of the work, that have the oversight 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 To wit, vnto the artificers and carpenters & masons, and to bye timber, and hewed stone to repaire the house.
7 Howbeit there was no reckoning made with them of the money that was delivered into their hand, because they dealtSo God provided him with faithful servants, seeing he went about so zealously to set forth the work of God.faithfully.
8 And Hilkiah the high priest said unto Shaphan the scribe, I have found theThis was the copy that Moses left them, as it appears in (2Ch_34:14), which either by the negligence of the priests had been lost, or else by the wickedness of idolatrous kings had been abolished.book of the law in the house of the LORD. And Hilkiah gave the book to Shaphan, and he read it.
9 So Shaphan the chanceller came to ye King, and brought him word againe, and saide, Thy seruants haue gathered the money, that was found in the house, and haue deliuered it vnto the hands of them that doe the worke, and haue the ouersight of the house of the Lord.
10 Also Shaphan the chanceller shewed the King saying, Hilkiah the Priest hath deliuered me a booke; Shaphan read it before the King.
11 And when the King had heard the wordes of the booke of the Law, he rent his clothes.
12 Therefore the King commaunded Hilkiah the Priest, & Ahikam the sonne of Shaphan, and Achbor the sonne of Michaiah, and Shaphan the chanceller, and Asahiah the Kings seruant, saying,
13 Go ye,Meaning, to some prophet to whom God reveals the knowledge of things, as in (Jer_21:8), though at other times they enquired the Lord by Urim and Thummim.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 against 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 Shaphan, and Asahiah, went unto Huldah the prophetess, the wife of Shallum the son of Tikvah, the son of Harhas, keeper of the wardrobe; (now she dwelt in Jerusalem in theOr the house of doctrine, which was near the temple, and where the learned assembled to search the scriptures and the doctrine of the prophets.college;) and they communed with her.
15 And shee answered them, Thus sayth the Lorde God of Israel, Tel the man that sent you to mee,
16 Thus sayth the Lorde, Behold, I wil bring euill vpon this place, & on the inhabitants thereof, euen al the words of the booke which ye King of Iudah hath read,
17 Because they have forsaken me, and have burned incense unto other gods, that they might provoke me to anger with all theThe works of man's hand here signifies all that man invents beside the word of God, which are abominable in God's service.works of their hands; therefore my wrath shall be kindled against this place, and shall not be quenched.
18 But to the King of Iudah, who sent you to inquire of the Lord, so shal ye say vnto him, Thus sayeth the Lorde God of Israel, The wordes that thou hast heard, shal come to passe.
19 Because thine heart wasMeaning, that he repented as they that do not repent are said to harden their heart, (Psa_95:8).tender, and thou hast humbled thyself before the LORD, when thou heardest what I spake against this place, and against the inhabitants thereof, that they should become a desolation and a curse, and hast rent thy clothes, and wept before me; I also have heard [thee], saith the LORD.
20 Behold therefore, I will gather thee unto thy fathers, and thou shalt be gathered into thy grave inUpon which we may gather that the anger of God is ready against the wicked when God takes his servants out of this world.peace; and thine eyes shall not see all the evil which I will bring upon this place. And they brought the king word again.