Josiah1 was eight years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem thirty-one years. His mother's name was Jedidah daughter of Adaiah; she was from Bozkath.22
He did what was right3 in the eyes of the LORD and walked in all the ways of his father David, not turning aside to the right4 or to the left.
In the eighteenth year of his reign, King Josiah sent the secretary, Shaphan5 son of Azaliah, the son of Meshullam, to the temple of the LORD. He said:
"Go up to Hilkiah6 the high priest and have him get ready the money that has been brought into the temple of the LORD, which the doorkeepers have collected7 from the people.
Have them entrust it to the men appointed to supervise the work on the temple. And have these men pay the workers who repair8 the temple of the LORD--
the carpenters, the builders and the masons. Also have them purchase timber and dressed stone to repair the temple.97
But they need not account for the money entrusted to them, because they are acting faithfully."108
Hilkiah the high priest said to Shaphan the secretary, "I have found the Book of the Law11 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.1211
When the king heard the words of the Book of the Law,13 he tore his robes.