Second Chronicles 34


34:1 Josiah [was] eight years old when he began to reign, and he
 reigned in Jerusalem one and thirty years.
34:2 And he did [that which was] right in the sight of the LORD,
 and walked in the ways of David his father, and declined
 [neither] to the right hand, nor to the left.
34:3 For in the eighth year of his reign, while he was yet
 young, he began to seek after the God of David his father: and
 in the twelfth year he began to purge Judah and Jerusalem from
 the high places, and the groves, and the carved images, and the
 molten images.
34:4 And they broke down the altars of Baalim in his presence;
 and the images, that [were] on high above them, he cut down;
 and the groves, and the carved images, and the molten images,
 he broke in pieces, and made dust [of them] and strewed [it]
 upon the graves of them that had sacrificed to them.
34:5 And he burnt the bones of the priests upon their altars,
 and cleansed Judah and Jerusalem.
34:6 And [so did he] in the cities of Manasseh, and Ephraim, and
 Simeon, even to Naphtali, with their mattocks around.
34:7 And when he had broken down the altars and the groves, and
 had beaten the graven images into powder, and cut down all the
 idols throughout all the land of Israel, he returned to
 Jerusalem.
34:8 Now in the eighteenth year of his reign, when he had purged
 the land, and the house, he sent Shaphan the son of Azaliah,
 and Maaseiah the governor of the city, and Joah the son of
 Joahaz the recorder, to repair the house of the LORD his God.
34:9 And when they came to Hilkiah the high priest, they
 delivered the money that was brought into the house of God,
 which the Levites that kept the doors had collected from the
 hand of Manasseh and Ephraim, and from all the remnant of
 Israel, and from all Judah and Benjamin; and they returned to
 Jerusalem.
34:10 And they put [it] in the hand of the workmen that had the
 oversight of the house of the LORD, and they gave it to the
 workmen that wrought in the house of the LORD, to repair and
 mend the house:
34:11 Even to the artificers and builders they gave [it], to buy
 hewn stone, and timber for couplings, and to floor the houses
 which the kings of Judah had destroyed.
34:12 And the men did the work faithfully: and the overseers of
 them [were] Jahath and Obadiah, the Levites, of the sons of
 Merari; and Zechariah and Meshullam, of the sons of the
 Kohathites, to superintend [it]; and [others of] the Levites,
 all that had skill in instruments of music.
34:13 Also [they were] over the bearers of burdens, and [were]
 overseers of all that wrought the work in any manner of
 service: and of the Levites [there were] scribes, and officers,
 and porters.
34:14 And when they brought out the money that was brought into
 the house of the LORD, Hilkiah the priest found the book of the
 law of the LORD [given] by Moses.
34:15 And Hilkiah answered and said to Shaphan the scribe, I
 have found the book of the law in the house of the LORD. And
 Hilkiah delivered the book to Shaphan.
34:16 And Shaphan carried the book to the king, and brought the
 king word back again, saying, All that was committed to thy
 servants, they perform.
34:17 And they have collected the money that was found in the
 house of the LORD, and have delivered it into the hand of the
 overseers, and to the hand of the workmen.
34:18 Then Shaphan the scribe told the king, saying, Hilkiah the
 priest hath given me a book. And Shaphan read it before the
 king.
34:19 And it came to pass, when the king had heard the words of
 the law, that he rent his clothes.
34:20 And the king commanded Hilkiah, and Ahikam the son of
 Shaphan, and Abdon the son of Micah, and Shaphan the scribe,
 and Asaiah a servant of the king's, saying,
34:21 Go, inquire of the LORD for me, and for them that are left
 in Israel, and in Judah, concerning the words of the book that
 is found: for great [is] the wrath of the LORD that is poured
 out upon us, because our fathers have not kept the word of the
 LORD, to do after all that is written in this book.
34:22 And Hilkiah, and [they] that the king [had appointed],
 went to Huldah the prophetess, the wife of Shallum the son of
 Tikvath, the son of Hasrah, keeper of the wardrobe; (now she
 dwelt in Jerusalem in the college:) and they spoke to her to
 that [effect].
34:23 And she answered them, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel,
 Tell ye the man that sent you to me.
34:24 Thus saith the LORD, Behold, I will bring evil upon this
 place, and upon its inhabitants, [even] all the curses that are
 written in the book which they have read before the king of
 Judah:
34:25 Because they have forsaken me, and have burned incense to
 other gods, that they might provoke me to anger with all the
 works of their hands; therefore my wrath shall be poured out
 upon this place, and shall not be quenched.
34:26 And as for the king of Judah, who sent you to inquire of
 the LORD, so shall ye say to him, Thus saith the LORD God of
 Israel [concerning] the words which thou hast heard;
34:27 Because thy heart was tender, and thou didst humble
 thyself before God, when thou didst hear his words against this
 place, and against its inhabitants, and didst humble thyself
 before me, and didst rend thy clothes, and weep before me; I
 have even heard [thee] also, saith the LORD.
34:28 Behold, I will gather thee to thy fathers, and thou shalt
 be gathered to thy grave in peace, neither shall thy eyes see
 all the evil that I will bring upon this place, and upon the
 inhabitants of the same. So they brought the king word again.
34:29 Then the king sent and convened all the elders of Judah
 and Jerusalem.
34:30 And the king went into the house of the LORD, and all the
 men of Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and the priests,
 and the Levites, and all the people, great and small: and he
 read in their ears all the words of the book of the covenant
 that was found in the house of the LORD.
34:31 And the king stood in his place, and made a covenant
 before the LORD, to walk after the LORD, and to keep his
 commandments, and his testimonies, and his statutes, with all
 his heart, and with all his soul, to perform the words of the
 covenant which are written in this book.
34:32 And he caused all that were present in Jerusalem and
 Benjamin, to stand [to it]. And the inhabitants of Jerusalem
 did according to the covenant of God, the God of their fathers.
34:33 And Josiah took away all the abominations out of all the
 countries that [pertained] to the children of Israel, and made
 all that were present in Israel, to serve, [even] to serve the
 LORD their God. [And] all his days they departed not from
 following the LORD, the God of their fathers.
 
 

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