the carpenters, the builders and the masons. Also have them purchase timber and dressed stone to repair the temple.17
But they need not account for the money entrusted to them, because they are acting faithfully."28
Hilkiah the high priest said to Shaphan the secretary, "I have found the Book of the Law3 in the temple of the LORD." He gave it to Shaphan, who read it.
Then Shaphan the secretary went to the king and reported to him: "Your officials have paid out the money that was in the temple of the LORD and have entrusted it to the workers and supervisors at the temple."
Then Shaphan the secretary informed the king, "Hilkiah the priest has given me a book." And Shaphan read from it in the presence of the king.411
When the king heard the words of the Book of the Law,5 he tore his robes.
He gave these orders to Hilkiah the priest, Ahikam6 son of Shaphan, Acbor son of Micaiah, Shaphan the secretary and Asaiah the king's attendant:713
"Go and inquire8 of the LORD for me and for the people and for all Judah about what is written in this book that has been found. Great is the LORD's anger9 that burns against us because our fathers have not obeyed the words of this book; they have not acted in accordance with all that is written there concerning us."
Hilkiah the priest, Ahikam, Acbor, Shaphan and Asaiah went to speak to the prophetess10 Huldah, who was the wife of Shallum son of Tikvah, the son of Harhas, keeper of the wardrobe. She lived in Jerusalem, in the Second District.
She said to them, "This is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: Tell the man who sent you to me,
'This is what the LORD says: I am going to bring disaster11 on this place and its people, according to everything written in the book12 the king of Judah has read.