Shaphan also said to the king, "Hilkiah the priest has given me a scroll." So Shaphan read it to the king.
When the king heard what was written in the law, he tore his clothes in despair.
Then he gave these orders to Hilkiah, Ahikam son of Shaphan, Acbor son of Micaiah, a Shaphan the court secretary, and Asaiah the king's personal adviser:
"Go to the Temple and speak to the LORD for me and for all the remnant of Israel and Judah. Ask him about the words written in this scroll that has been found. The LORD's anger has been poured out against us because our ancestors have not obeyed the word of the LORD. We have not been doing what this scroll says we must do."
So Hilkiah and the other men went to the newer Mishneh section b of Jerusalem to consult with the prophet Huldah. She was the wife of Shallum son of Tikvah and grandson of Harhas, c the keeper of the Temple wardrobe.
She said to them, "The LORD, the God of Israel, has spoken! Go and tell the man who sent you,
'This is what the LORD says: I will certainly destroy this city and its people. All the curses written in the scroll you have read will come true.
For the people of Judah have abandoned me and worshiped pagan gods, and I am very angry with them for everything they have done. My anger will be poured out against this place, and nothing will be able to stop it.'
"But go to the king of Judah who sent you to seek the LORD and tell him: 'This is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says concerning the message you have just heard:
You were sorry and humbled yourself before God when you heard what I said against this city and its people. You humbled yourself and tore your clothing in despair and wept before me in repentance. So I have indeed heard you, says the LORD.
I will not send the promised disaster against this city and its people until after you have died and been buried in peace. You will not see the disaster I am going to bring on this place.'" So they took her message back to the king.
Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved. (New Living Translation - The Bible Online)