Then Josiah1celebrated the Passover to the LORD in Jerusalem, and 2they slaughtered the Passover animals on the fourteenth day of the firstmonth.
He set the priests in their offices and 3encouraged them in the service of the house of the LORD.
He also said to 4the Levites who taughtallIsrael and who were holy to the LORD, "Put the holyark in the housewhichSolomon the son of Davidking of Israelbuilt; 5it will be a burden on your shouldersno longer. Nowserve the LORD your God and His peopleIsrael.
"6Prepare yourselves by your fathers'households in your divisions, according to the writing of Davidking of Israel and 7according to the writing of his sonSolomon.
"Moreover, 8stand in the holy place according to the sections of the fathers'households of your brethren the alaypeople, and according to the Levites, by division of a father'shousehold.
"Now 9slaughter the Passover animals, 10sanctify yourselves and prepare for your brethren to do according to the word of the LORD by Moses."
7Josiahcontributed to the laypeople, to all who were present, flocks of lambs and younggoats , all for the Passoverofferings, numbering30,000 plus 3,000bulls; these were from the king'spossessions.
His officers also contributed a freewilloffering to the people, the priests and the Levites. Hilkiah and Zechariah and Jehiel, 11the officials of the house of God, gave to the priests for the Passoverofferings2,600 from the flocks and 300bulls.
912Conaniah also, and Shemaiah and Nethanel, his brothers, and Hashabiah and Jeiel and Jozabad, the officers of the Levites, contributed to the Levites for the Passoverofferings5,000 from the flocks and 500bulls.
So the service was prepared, and 13the priestsstood at their stations and the Levites by their divisions according to the king'scommand.
11b14They slaughtered the Passover animals, and while 15the priestssprinkledcthe blood received from their hand, 16the Levitesskinned them.
Then they removed the burntofferings that they might give them to the sections of the fathers'households of the laypeople to present to the LORD, as it is written in the book of Moses. They did this also with the bulls.
So 17they roasted the Passover animals on the fire according to the ordinance, and they boiled18the holythings in pots, in kettles, in pans, and carried them speedily to all the laypeople.
14Afterwards they prepared for themselves and for the priests, because the priests, the sons of Aaron, were offering the burntofferings and the fatuntilnight; therefore the Levitesprepared for themselves and for the priests, the sons of Aaron.
The singers, the sons of Asaph, were also at their stations19according to the command of David, Asaph, Heman, and Jeduthun the king'sseer; and 20the gatekeepers at eachgate did not have to depart from their service, because the Levites their brethrenprepared for them.
So all the service of the LORD was prepared on that day to celebrate the Passover, and to offerburntofferings on the altar of the LORD according to the command of KingJosiah.
Thus 21the sons of Israel who were presentcelebrated the Passover at that time, and the Feast of UnleavenedBreadsevendays.
1822There had not been celebrated a Passoverlike it in Israelsince the days of Samuel the prophet; nor had any of the kings of Israelcelebrated such a Passover as Josiahdid with the priests, the Levites, allJudah and Israel who were present, and the inhabitants of Jerusalem.
In the eighteenthyear of Josiah'sreignthisPassover was celebrated.
2023Afterallthis, whenJosiah had set the dtemple in order, Necoking of Egyptcame up to makewar at 24Carchemish on the Euphrates, and Josiahwent out to engage him.
But eNeco sentmessengers to him, saying, "25What have we to do with each other, O King of Judah? I am not coming against you today but against the house with which I am at war, and God has ordered me to hurry. Stop for your own sake from interfering with Godwho is with me, so that He will not destroy you."
However, Josiah would not turnfaway from him, but 26disguised himself in order to makewar with him; nor did he listen to the words of Neco27from the mouth of God, but came to makewar on the plain of 28Megiddo.
The archersshotKingJosiah, and the kingsaid to his servants, "Take me away, for I am badlywounded."
So his servantstook him out of the chariot and carried him in the secondchariotwhich he had, and brought him to Jerusalemgwhere he died and was buried in the tombs of his fathers. 29AllJudah and Jerusalemmourned for Josiah.
Then 30Jeremiahchanted a lament for Josiah. And all the male and female singersspeakaboutJosiah 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,
and his acts, first to last, behold, they are written in the Book of the Kings of Israel and Judah.