2 Kings 22

1Josiah was eight years old when he began to rule. He ruled 31 years in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was Jedidah the daughter of Adaiah of Bozkath. 2Josiah did the things that the Lord said were right. Josiah followed God like his ancestor David. Josiah obeyed God’s teachings—he did exactly what God wanted. 3During the 18th year that Josiah was king, he sent Shaphan son of Azaliah son of Meshullam, the secretary, to the Lord’s temple. Josiah said, 4“Go up to Hilkiah the high priest. Tell him that he must get the money that people brought to the Lord’s temple. The gatekeepers collected that money from the people. 5The priests must use that money to pay the workers to repair the Lord’s temple. The priests must give that money to the men that supervise the work on the Lord’s temple. 6Use that money for the carpenters, stonemasons, and stonecutters. And use that money to buy the timber and cut stones that are needed to fix the temple. 7Don’t count the money that you give to the workers. Those workers can be trusted.” 8Hilkiah the high priest said to Shaphan the secretary, “Look, I found the Book of the Law in the Lord’s temple!” Hilkiah gave the book to Shaphan, and Shaphan read it. 9Shaphan the secretary went to King Josiah and told him what happened. Shaphan said, “Your servants have gathered all the money that was in the temple. They gave it to the men that supervise the work on the Lord’s temple.” 10Then Shaphan the secretary told the king, “And Hilkiah the priest also gave this book to me.” Then Shaphan read the book to the king. 11When the king heard the words of the Book of the Law, he tore his clothes ˻to show he was sad and upset˼. 12Then the king gave a command to Hilkiah the priest, Ahikam son of Shaphan, Acbor son of Micaiah, Shaphan the secretary, and Asaiah the king’s servant. 13King Josiah said, “Go and ask the Lord what we should do. Ask the Lord for me, for the people, and for all Judah. Ask about the words of this book that was found. The Lord is angry at us. Why? Because our ancestors did not listen to the words of this book. They did not obey all the commands that were written for us!” 14So Hilkiah the priest, Ahikam, Acbor, Shaphan, and Asaiah went to Huldah the woman prophet. Huldah was the wife of Shallum son of Tikvah, son of Harhas. He took care of the ˻priests’˼ clothes. Huldah was living in the second quarter in Jerusalem. They went and talked with Huldah. 15Then Huldah said to them, “The Lord God of Israel says: Tell the man that sent you to me: 16'The Lord says this: I am bringing trouble on this place and on the people that live here. These are the troubles that are mentioned in the book that the king of Judah read. 17The people of Judah left me and have burned incense to other gods. They made me very angry. They made many idols. That is why I will show my anger against this place. My anger will be like a fire that can’t be stopped!’ 18- 19“Josiah the king of Judah sent you to ask advice from the Lord. Tell Josiah these things: 'The Lord God of Israel said the words that you heard. You heard the things I said about this place and the people that live here. Your heart was soft, and you felt sorry when you heard those things. I said that terrible things would happen to this place ˻(Jerusalem)˼. You tore your clothes ˻to show your sadness˼ and you began to cry. That is why I heard you.’ The Lord says this. 20'I will bring you to be with your ancestors. You will die and go to your grave in peace. So your eyes will not see all the trouble that I am bringing on this place ˻(Jerusalem)˼.’” Then Hilkiah the priest, Ahikam, Acbor, Shaphan, and Asaiah told that message to the king.

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