Moreover Josiahkept a passover unto the LORD in Jerusalem: and they killed the passover on the fourteenthday of the firstmonth.2
And he set the priests in their charges, and encouraged them to the service of the house of the LORD,3
And said unto the Levites that taught all Israel, which were holy unto the LORD,Put the holyark in the house which Solomon the son of Davidking of Israel did build ; it shall not be a burden upon your shoulders:serve now the LORD your God, and his peopleIsrael,4
And prepare yourselves by the houses of your fathers, after your courses, according to the writing of Davidking of Israel, and according to the writing of Solomon his son.5
And stand in the holy place according to the divisions of the families of the fathers of your brethren the people , and after the division of the familiesof the Levites.6
So kill the passover, and sanctify yourselves, and prepare your brethren, that they may do according to the word of the LORD by the hand of Moses.7
And Josiahgavea to the people , of the flock,lambs and kids , all for the passover offerings, for all that were present , to the number of thirtythousand, and threethousandbullocks: these were of the king'ssubstance.8
And his princesgavewillinglyb unto the people, to the priests, and to the Levites:Hilkiah and Zechariah and Jehiel,rulers of the house of God,gave unto the priests for the passover offerings two thousand and sixhundred small cattle, and threehundredoxen.9Conaniah also, and Shemaiah and Nethaneel, his brethren, and Hashabiah and Jeiel and Jozabad,chief of the Levites,gavec unto the Levites for passover offeringsfivethousand small cattle, and fivehundredoxen.10
So the service was prepared , and the priestsstood in their place, and the Levites in their courses, according to the king'scommandment.11
And they killed the passover, and the priestssprinkled the blood from their hands, and the Levitesflayed them.
And they removed the burnt offerings, that they might give according to the divisions of the familiesof the people , to offer unto the LORD, as it is written in the book of Moses. And so did they with the oxen.13
And they roasted the passover with fire according to the ordinance: but the other holy offerings sod they in pots, and in caldrons, and in pans, and divided them speedilyd among all the people .
And afterward they made ready for themselves, and for the priests: because the priests the sons of Aaron were busied in offering of burnt offerings and the fat until night; therefore the Levitesprepared for themselves, and for the priests the sons of Aaron.15
And the singers the sons of Asaph were in their place,e according to the commandment of David, and Asaph, and Heman, and Jeduthun the king'sseer; and the porters waited at every gate; they might not depart from their service; for their brethren the Levitesprepared for them.
So all the service of the LORD was prepared the same day, to keep the passover, and to offer burnt offerings upon the altar of the LORD, according to the commandment of kingJosiah.17
And the children of Israel that were presentfkept the passover at that time, and the feast of unleavened breadsevendays.18
And there was no passoverlike to that kept in Israel from the days of Samuel the prophet; neither did all the kings of Israelkeep such a passover as Josiahkept , and the priests, and the Levites, and all Judah and Israel that were present ,g and the inhabitants of Jerusalem.19
In the eighteenthyear of the reign of Josiah was this passoverkept .
20After all this, when Josiah had prepared the temple,hNechoking of Egypt came up to fight against Carchemish by Euphrates: and Josiah went outagainst him.
But he sentambassadors to him, saying , What have I to do with thee, thou king of Judah? I come not against thee this day, but against the housei wherewith I have war: for Godcommanded me to make haste : forbear thee from meddling with God, who is with me, that he destroy thee not.
Nevertheless Josiah would not turn his face from him, but disguised himself, that he might fight with him, and hearkened not unto the words of Necho from the mouth of God, and came to fight in the valley of Megiddo.23
And the archersshot at kingJosiah; and the kingsaid to his servants, Have me away ; for I am sorewounded .j24
His servants therefore took him out of that chariot, and put him in the secondchariot that he had; and they brought him to Jerusalem, and he died , and was buried in one of the sepulchres of his fathers. And all Judah and Jerusalemmourned for Josiah.25
And Jeremiahlamented for Josiah: and all the singing men and the singing womenspake of Josiah in their lamentations to this day, and made them an ordinance in Israel: and, behold, they are written in the lamentations.26
Now the rest of the acts of Josiah, and his goodness,k according to that which was written in the law of the LORD,27
And his deeds,first and last, behold, they are written in the book of the kings of Israel and Judah.