11Josiah was eightyearsold when he becameking, and he reignedthirty-oneyears in Jerusalem.
22He didright in the sight of the LORD, and walked in the ways of his fatherDavid and did not turnaside to the right or to the left.
For in the eighthyear of his reign while he was still a youth, he began to 3seek the God of his fatherDavid ; and in the twelfthyear he began4to purgeJudah and Jerusalem of the highplaces, the Asherim, the carvedimages and the moltenimages.
They toredown the altars of the Baals in his presence, and 5the incensealtars that were highabove them he choppeddown ; also the Asherim, the carvedimages and the moltenimages he broke in pieces and 6ground to powder and scattered it on the graves of those who had sacrificed to them.
Then 7he burned the bones of the priests on their altars and purgedJudah and Jerusalem.
68In the cities of Manasseh, Ephraim, Simeon, even as far as Naphtali, in their surroundingruins,
he also toredown the altars and 9beat the Asherim and the carvedimages into powder, and choppeddownall the incensealtarsthroughout the land of Israel. Then he returned to Jerusalem.
810Now in the eighteenthyear of his reign, when he had purged the land and the house, he sentShaphan the son of Azaliah, and Maaseiah11an official of the city, and Joah the son of Joahaz the recorder, to repair the house of the LORD his God.
They came to 12Hilkiah the highpriest and delivered the money that was brought into the house of God, which the Levites, the adoorkeepers, had collectedbfrom 13Manasseh and Ephraim, and from all the remnant of Israel, and from allJudah and Benjamin and the inhabitants of Jerusalem.
Then they gave it into the hands of the workmen who had the oversight of the house of the LORD, and the workmenwho were working in the house of the LORDcused it to restore and repair the house.
They in turn gave it to the carpenters and to the builders to buyquarriedstone and timber for couplings and to makebeams for the houses14which the kings of Judah had let go to ruin.
1215The mendid the workfaithfully with foremenover them to supervise : Jahath and Obadiah, the Levites of the sons of Merari, Zechariah and Meshullam of the sons of the Kohathites, and 16the Levites, all who were skillful with musicalinstruments.
They were also over17the burdenbearers, and supervisedall the workmen from job to job ; and some of the Levites were scribes and officials and gatekeepers.
When they were bringing out the money which had been brought into the house of the LORD, 18Hilkiah the priestfound the book of the law of the LORD given by Moses.
15Hilkiahresponded and said to Shaphan the scribe, "I have found the book of the law in the house of the LORD." And Hilkiahgave the book to Shaphan.
Then Shaphanbrought the book to the king and dreportedfurtherword to the king, saying, "Everything that was eentrusted to your servants they are doing.
"They have also emptied out the money which was found in the house of the LORD, and have delivered it into the hands of the supervisors and the workmen."
Moreover, Shaphan the scribetold the kingsaying, "Hilkiah the priestgave me a book." And Shaphanread from it in the presence of the king.
When the kingheard19the words of the law, 20he tore his clothes.
Then the kingcommandedHilkiah, Ahikam the son of Shaphan, fAbdon the son of Micah, Shaphan the scribe, and Asaiah the king'sservant, saying,
21"Go, inquire of the LORD for me and for those who are left in Israel and in Judah, concerning the words of the bookwhich has been found ; for 21great is the wrath of the LORDwhich is poured out on us because our fathers have not observed the word of the LORD, to do according to all that is written in thisbook."
So Hilkiah and those whom the kingghad told went to Huldah the prophetess, the wife of Shallum the son of hTokhath, the son of Hasrah, the keeper of the wardrobe (now she lived in Jerusalem in the Second Quarter); and they spoke to her regarding this.
She said to them, "Thussays the LORD, the God of Israel, 'Tell the manwhosent you to Me,
24thussays the LORD, "Behold, 22I am bringingevil on thisplace and on its inhabitants, even all23the curseswritten in the bookwhich they have read in the presence of the king of Judah.
"24Because they have forsaken Me and have burnedincense to othergods, that they might provoke Me to anger with all the works of their hands ; therefore My wrath will be poured out on thisplace and it shall not be quenched."'
"But to the king of Judah who sent you to inquire of the LORD, thus you will say to him, 'Thussays the LORDGod of Israel regarding the wordswhich you have heard,
"25Because your heart was tender and you humbledyourselfbeforeGod when you heard His wordsagainstthisplace and against its inhabitants, and because you humbledyourselfbefore Me, tore your clothes and weptbefore Me, I truly have heard you," declares the LORD.
28"Behold, I will gather you to your fathers and you shall be gathered to your grave in peace, so your eyes will not seeall the evilwhich I will bring on thisplace and on its inhabitants.""' And they broughtbackword to the king.
2926Then the kingsent and gatheredall the elders of Judah and Jerusalem.
The kingwent up to the house of the LORD and 27all the men of Judah, the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the priests, the Levites and all the people, from the greatest to the least ; and he read in their hearingall the words of the book of the covenant which was found in the house of the LORD.
Then the king28stood in his place and 29made a covenantbefore the LORD to walkafter the LORD, and to keep His commandments and His testimonies and His statutes with all his heart and with all his soul, to perform the words of the covenantwritten in thisbook.
Moreover, he made all who were present in Jerusalem and Benjamin to stand with him. So the inhabitants of Jerusalemdid according to the covenant of God, the God of their fathers.
33Josiah30removedall 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 ilifetime they did not turn from following the LORDGod of their fathers.