Shaphan also told 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, Shaphan the court secretary, and Asaiah the king’s personal adviser:
References for 2 Chronicles 34:20
“Go to the Temple and speak to the for me and for all the remnant of Israel and Judah. Inquire about the words written in the scroll that has been found. For the ’s great anger has been poured out on us because our ancestors have not obeyed the word of the . We have not been doing everything this scroll says we must do.”
So Hilkiah and the other men went to the New Quarter of Jerusalem to consult with the prophet Huldah. She was the wife of Shallum son of Tikvah, son of Harhas, the keeper of the Temple wardrobe.
References for 2 Chronicles 34:22
She said to them, “The , the God of Israel, has spoken! Go back and tell the man who sent you,
‘This is what the says: I am going to bring disaster on this city and its people. All the curses written in the scroll that was read to the king of Judah will come true.
References for 2 Chronicles 34:24
For my people have abandoned me and offered sacrifices to pagan gods, and I am very angry with them for everything they have done. My anger will be poured out on this place, and it will not be quenched.’
“But go to the king of Judah who sent you to seek the and tell him: ‘This is what the , the God of Israel, says concerning the message you have just heard:
You were sorry and humbled yourself before God when you heard his words against this city and its people. You humbled yourself and tore your clothing in despair and wept before me in repentance. And I have indeed heard you, says the .
So I will not send the promised disaster until after you have died and been buried in peace. You yourself will not see the disaster I am going to bring on this city and its people.’” So they took her message back to the king.