1What was from the beginning, what we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we have observed, and have touched with our hands, concerning the Word of life- 2that life was revealed, and we have seen it and we testify and declare to you the eternal life that was with the Father and was revealed to us- 3what we have seen and heard we also declare to you, so that you may have fellowship along with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ. 4We are writing these things so that our joy may be complete.
5Now this is the message we have heard from Him and declare to you: God is light, and there is absolutely no darkness in Him.6If we say, "We have fellowship with Him," and walk in darkness, we are lying and are not practicing the truth.7But if we walk in the light as He Himself is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin.8If we say, "We have no sin," we are deceiving ourselves, and the truth is not in us.9If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.10If we say, "We have not sinned," we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.
1Josiah was eight years old when he became king; he reigned 31 years in Jerusalem.2He did what was right in the Lord's sight and walked in the ways of his ancestor David; he did not turn aside to the right or the left.
3In the eighth year of his reign, while he was still a youth, Josiah began to seek the God of his ancestor David, and in the twelfth year he began to cleanse Judah and Jerusalem of the high places, the Asherah poles, the carved images, and the cast images.4Then in his presence the altars of the Baals were torn down, and the incense altars that were above them he chopped down. The Asherah poles, the carved images, and the cast images he shattered, crushed to dust, and scattered over the graves of those who had sacrificed to them.5He burned the bones of the priests on their altars. So he cleansed Judah and Jerusalem.6[He did the same] in the cities of Manasseh, Ephraim, and Simeon, and as far as Naphtali [and] on their surrounding mountain shrines.7He tore down the altars, and he smashed the Asherah poles and the carved images to powder. He chopped down all the incense altars throughout the land of Israel and returned to Jerusalem.
8In the eighteenth year of his reign, in order to cleanse the land and the temple, Josiah sent Shaphan son of Azaliah, along with Maaseiah the governor of the city and the recorder Joah son of Joahaz, to repair the temple of the Lord his God. 9So they went to Hilkiah the high priest, and gave him the money brought into God's temple. The Levites and the doorkeepers had collected [money] from Manasseh, Ephraim, and from the entire remnant of Israel, and from all Judah, Benjamin, and the inhabitants of Jerusalem.10They put it into the hands of those doing the work-those who oversaw the Lord's temple. They [in turn] gave it to the workmen who were working in the Lord's temple, to repair and restore the temple;11they gave it to the carpenters and builders and [also used it] to buy quarried stone and timbers-for joining and to make beams-for the buildings that Judah's kings had destroyed. 12The men were doing the work with integrity. Their overseers were Jahath and Obadiah the Levites from the Merarites, and Zechariah and Meshullam from the Kohathites as supervisors. The Levites were all skilled on musical instruments.13[They were] also over the porters and were supervising all those doing the work task by task. Some of the Levites were secretaries, officers, and gatekeepers.
14When they brought out the money that had been deposited in the Lord's temple, Hilkiah the priest found the book of the law of the Lord [written] by the hand of Moses.15Consequently, Hilkiah told Shaphan the court secretary, "I have found the book of the law in the Lord's temple," and he gave the book to Shaphan. 16Shaphan took the book to the king, and also reported, "Your servants are doing all that was placed in their hands.17They have emptied out the money that was found in the Lord's temple and have put it into the hand of the overseers and the hand of those doing the work."18Then Shaphan the court secretary told the king, "Hilkiah the priest gave me a book," and Shaphan read it in the presence of the king. 19When the king heard the words of the law, he tore his clothes.20Then he commanded Hilkiah, Ahikam son of Shaphan, Abdon son of Micah, Shaphan the court secretary, and the king's servant Asaiah,21"Go. Inquire of the Lord for me and for those remaining in Israel and Judah, concerning the words of the book that was found. For great is the Lord's wrath that is poured out on us because our fathers have not kept the word of the Lord in order to do everything written in this book."
22So Hilkiah and those the king had designated went to the prophetess Huldah, the wife of Shallum son of Tokhath, son of Hasrah, keeper of the wardrobe. She lived in Jerusalem in the Second District. They spoke with her about this. 23She said to them, "This is what the Lord God of Israel says: Say to the man who sent you to Me,24'This is what the Lord says: I am about to bring disaster on this place and on its inhabitants, [fulfilling] all the curses written in the book that they read in the presence of the king of Judah,25because they have abandoned Me and burned incense to other gods in order to provoke Me with all the works of their hands. My wrath will be poured out on this place, and it will not be quenched.'26Say this to the king of Judah who sent you to inquire of the Lord: 'This is what the Lord God of Israel says: As for the words that you heard,27because your heart was tender and you humbled yourself before God when you heard His words against this place and against its inhabitants, and because you humbled yourself before Me, and you tore your clothes and wept before Me, I Myself have heard'-this is the Lord speaking.28'I will indeed gather you to your fathers, and you will be gathered to your grave in peace. Your eyes will not see all the disaster that I am bringing on this place and on its inhabitants.' " Then they reported to the king.
29So the king sent [messengers] and gathered all the elders of Judah and Jerusalem.30Then the king went up to the Lord's temple with all the men of Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, as well as the priests and the Levites-all the people from great to small. He read in their hearing all the words of the book of the covenant that had been found in the Lord's temple.31Next the king stood at his post and made a covenant in the Lord's presence to follow the Lord and to keep His commandments, His decrees, and His statutes with all his heart and with all his soul in order to carry out the words of the covenant written in this book. 32Then he had all those present in Jerusalem and Benjamin enter [the covenant]. So all the inhabitants of Jerusalem carried out the covenant of God, the God of their ancestors. 33So Josiah removed everything that was detestable from all the lands belonging to the Israelites, and he required all who were present in Israel to serve the Lord their God. Throughout his reign they did not turn aside from following the Lord God of their ancestors.
19You once spoke in a vision to Your loyal ones and said: "I have granted help to a warrior; I have exalted one chosen from the people. 20I have found David My servant; I have anointed him with My sacred oil. 21My hand will always be with him, and My arm will strengthen him. 22The enemy will not afflict him; no wicked man will oppress him. 23I will crush his foes before him and strike those who hate him. 24My faithfulness and love will be with him, and through My name his horn will be exalted. 25I will extend his power to the sea and his right hand to the rivers. 26He will call to Me, 'You are my Father, my God, the rock of my salvation.' 27I will also make him My firstborn, greatest of the kings of the earth. 28I will always preserve My faithful love for him, and My covenant with him will endure. 29I will establish his line forever, his throne as long as heaven lasts. 30If his sons forsake My instruction and do not live by My ordinances, 31if they dishonor My statutes and do not keep My commandments, 32then I will call their rebellion to account with the rod, their sin with blows. 33But I will not withdraw My faithful love from him or betray My faithfulness. 34I will not violate My covenant or change what My lips have said. 35Once and for all I have sworn an oath by My holiness; I will not lie to David. 36His offspring will continue forever, his throne like the sun before Me, 37like the moon, established forever, a faithful witness in the sky." Selah