And the kingsent , and they gathered unto him all the elders of Judah and of Jerusalem.2
And the king went up into the house of the LORD, and all the men of Judah and all the inhabitants of Jerusalem with him, and the priests, and the prophets, and all the people, both small and great: and he read in their ears all the words of the book of the covenant which was found in the house of the LORD.3
And the kingstood by a pillar, and made a covenantbefore the LORD, to walkafter the LORD, and to keep his commandments and his testimonies and his statutes with all their heart and all their soul, to perform the words of this covenant that were written in this book. And all the peoplestood to the covenant.4
And the kingcommandedHilkiah the highpriest, and the priests of the second order, and the keepers of the door, to bring forth out of the temple of the LORD all the vessels that were made for Baal, and for the grove, and for all the host of heaven: and he burned them withoutJerusalem in the fields of Kidron, and carried the ashes of them unto Bethel.5
And he put down the idolatrous priests, whom the kings of Judah had ordained to burn incense in the high places in the cities of Judah, and in the places round aboutJerusalem; them also that burned incense unto Baal, to the sun, and to the moon, and to the planets, and to all the host of heaven.6
And he brought out the grove from the house of the LORD,withoutJerusalem, unto the brookKidron, and burned it at the brookKidron, and stamped it small to powder, and cast the powder thereof upon the graves of the children of the people.7
And he brake down the houses of the sodomites, that were by the house of the LORD, where the womenwovehangingsa for the grove.8
And he brought all the priests out of the cities of Judah, and defiled the high places where the priests had burned incense , from Geba to Beersheba, and brake down the high places of the gates that were in the entering in of the gate of Joshua the governor of the city, which were on a man's left hand at the gate of the city.9
Nevertheless the priests of the high places came not up to the altar of the LORD in Jerusalem, but they did eat of the unleavened breadamong their brethren.10
And he defiledTopheth, which is in the valley of the children of Hinnom, that no man might make his son or his daughter to pass through the fire to Molech.11
And he took away the horses that the kings of Judah had given to the sun, at the entering in of the house of the LORD, by the chamber of Nathanmelech the chamberlain,b which was in the suburbs, and burned the chariots of the sun with fire.12
And the altars that were on the top of the upper chamber of Ahaz, which the kings of Judah had made , and the altars which Manasseh had made in the twocourts of the house of the LORD, did the king beat down , and brake them downc from thence, and cast the dust of them into the brookKidron.13
And the high places that were beforeJerusalem, which were on the right hand of the mountd of corruption, which Solomon the king of Israel had builded for Ashtoreth the abomination of the Zidonians, and for Chemosh the abomination of the Moabites, and for Milcom the abomination of the children of Ammon, did the kingdefile .
And he brake in pieces the images,e and cut down the groves, and filled their places with the bones of men.15
Moreover the altar that was at Bethel, and the high place which Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who made Israel to sin , had made , both that altar and the high place he brake down , and burned the high place, and stamped it small to powder, and burned the grove.16
And as Josiahturned himself, he spied the sepulchres that were there in the mount, and sent , and took the bones out of the sepulchres, and burned them upon the altar, and polluted it, according to the word of the LORD which the man of Godproclaimed , who proclaimed these words.17
Then he said , What title is that that I see ? And the men of the citytold him, It is the sepulchre of the man of God, which came from Judah, and proclaimed these things that thou hast done against the altar of Bethel.18
And he said , Let him alone ; let no manmove his bones. So they let his bonesalone ,f with the bones of the prophet that came out of Samaria.19
And all the houses also of the high places that were in the cities of Samaria, which the kings of Israel had made to provoke the LORD to anger , Josiah took away , and did to them according to all the acts that he had done in Bethel.20
And he slewg all the priests of the high places that were there upon the altars, and burnedmen'sbones upon them, and returned to Jerusalem.21
And the kingcommanded all the people,saying , Keep the passover unto the LORD your God, as it is written in the book of this covenant.22
Surely there was not holden such a passover from the days of the judges that judgedIsrael, nor in all the days of the kings of Israel, nor of the kings of Judah;23
But in the eighteenthyear of kingJosiah, wherein this passover was holden to the LORD in Jerusalem.24
Moreover the workers with familiar spirits, and the wizards, and the images,h and the idols, and all the abominations that were spied in the land of Judah and in Jerusalem, did Josiah put away , that he might perform the words of the law which were written in the book that Hilkiah the priestfound in the house of the LORD.25
And like unto him was there no kingbefore him, that turned to the LORD with all his heart, and with all his soul, and with all his might, according to all the law of Moses; neither after him arose there any like him.
Notwithstanding the LORDturned not from the fierceness of his greatwrath, wherewith his anger was kindled against Judah, because of all the provocationsi that Manasseh had provoked him withal.
And the LORDsaid , I will removeJudah also out of my sight, as I have removedIsrael, and will cast off this cityJerusalem which I have chosen , and the house of which I said , My name shall be there.
Now the rest of the acts of Josiah, and all that he did , are they not written in the book of the chroniclesof the kings of Judah?29
In his daysPharaohnechohking of Egypt went up against the king of Assyria to the riverEuphrates: and kingJosiahwentagainst him; and he slew him at Megiddo, when he had seen him.
And his servants carried him in a chariotdead from Megiddo, and brought him to Jerusalem, and buried him in his own sepulchre. And the people of the landtookJehoahaz the son of Josiah, and anointed him, and made him king in his father's stead.