After all this, when Josiah had set the temple in order, Neco king of Egypt went up to fight at Carchemish1 on the Euphrates,2 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 told3 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 disguised4 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.
Archers5 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.