The musicians,1 the descendants of Asaph, were in the places prescribed by David, Asaph, Heman and Jeduthun the king's seer. The gatekeepers at each gate did not need to leave their posts, because their fellow Levites made the preparations for them.
So at that time the entire service of the LORD was carried out for the celebration of the Passover and the offering of burnt offerings on the altar of the LORD, as King Josiah had ordered.
The Israelites who were present celebrated the Passover at that time and observed the Feast of Unleavened Bread for seven days.
The Passover had not been observed like this in Israel since the days of the prophet Samuel; and none of the kings of Israel had ever celebrated such a Passover as did Josiah, with the priests, the Levites and all Judah and Israel who were there with the people of Jerusalem.
This Passover was celebrated in the eighteenth year of Josiah's reign.
After all this, when Josiah had set the temple in order, Neco king of Egypt went up to fight at Carchemish2 on the Euphrates,3 and Josiah marched out to meet him in battle.
But Neco sent messengers to him, saying, "What quarrel is there between you and me, O king of Judah? It is not you I am attacking at this time, but the house with which I am at war. God has told4 me to hurry; so stop opposing God, who is with me, or he will destroy you."
Josiah, however, would not turn away from him, but disguised5 himself to engage him in battle. He would not listen to what Neco had said at God's command but went to fight him on the plain of Megiddo.
Archers6 shot King Josiah, and he told his officers, "Take me away; I am badly wounded."
So they took him out of his chariot, put him in the other chariot he had and brought him to Jerusalem, where he died. He was buried in the tombs of his fathers, and all Judah and Jerusalem mourned for him.
Jeremiah composed laments for Josiah, and to this day all the men and women singers commemorate Josiah in the laments.7 These became a tradition in Israel and are written in the Laments.8