Hilkiah the priest, Ahikam, Akbor, Shaphan and Asaiah went to speak to the prophet1 Huldah, who was the wife of Shallum son of Tikvah, the son of Harhas, keeper of the wardrobe. She lived in Jerusalem, in the New Quarter.
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 disaster2 on this place and its people, according to everything written in the book3 the king of Judah has read.
Because they have forsaken4 me and burned incense to other gods and aroused my anger by all the idols their hands have made,a my anger will burn against this place and will not be quenched.'
Tell the king of Judah, who sent you to inquire5 of the LORD, 'This is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says concerning the words you heard:
Because your heart was responsive and you humbled6 yourself before the LORD when you heard what I have spoken against this place and its people--that they would become a curseb7 and be laid waste8--and because you tore your robes and wept in my presence, I also have heard you, declares the LORD.
Therefore I will gather you to your ancestors, and you will be buried in peace.9 Your eyes10 will not see all the disaster I am going to bring on this place.' " So they took her answer back to the king.