Josiah removed all the abominations from all the lands belonging to the sons of Israel, and made all who were present in Israel to serve the LORD their God. Throughout his lifetime they did not turn from following the LORD God of their fathers.
Josiah contributed to the lay people, to all who were present, flocks of lambs and young goats , all for the Passover offerings, numbering 30,000 plus 3,000 bulls ; these were from the king's possessions.
There had not been celebrated a Passover like it in Israel since the days of Samuel the prophet ; nor had any of the kings of Israel celebrated such a Passover as Josiah did with the priests, the Levites, all Judah and Israel who were present, and the inhabitants of Jerusalem.
In the eighteenth year of Josiah's reign this Passover was celebrated.
However, Josiah would not turn away from him, but disguised himself in order to make war with him; nor did he listen to the words of Neco from the mouth of God, but came to make war on the plain of Megiddo.
The archers shot King Josiah, and the king said to his servants, "Take me away, for I am badly wounded."
So his servants took him out of the chariot and carried him in the second chariot which he had, and brought him to Jerusalem where he died and was buried in the tombs of his fathers. All Judah and Jerusalem mourned for Josiah.
Then Jeremiah chanted a lament for Josiah. And all the male and female singers speak about Josiah in their lamentations to this day. And they made them an ordinance in Israel ; behold, they are also written in the Lamentations.
Now the rest of the acts of Josiah and his deeds of devotion as written in the law of the LORD,