In the eighteenth year of his reign, King Josiah sent the secretary, Shaphan1 son of Azaliah, the son of Meshullam, to the temple of the LORD. He said:
"Go up to Hilkiah2 the high priest and have him get ready the money that has been brought into the temple of the LORD, which the doorkeepers have collected3 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 repair4 the temple of the LORD--
the carpenters, the builders and the masons. Also have them purchase timber and dressed stone to repair the temple.5