2 Chronicles 35:22

Overview - 2 Chronicles 35
Josiah keeps a most solemn passover.
20 He provoking Pharaoh-necho, is slain at Megiddo.
25 Lamentations for Josiah.
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2 Chronicles 35:22  (King James Version)
Nevertheless Josiah would not turn his face from him, but disguised himself, that he might fight with him, and hearkened not unto the words of Necho from the mouth of God, and came to fight in the valley of Megiddo.

Josiah's conduct in this affair has been treated with great severity; and he has been charged with engaging rashly in an unjust war, and disregarding the express command of God. But Scripture no where condemns him; and Pharaoh, in marching through Josiah's territories, against his will, certainly committed an act of hostility. It is evident that Josiah was in possession of the whole land of Israel (ch. 26:6 ); and probably he held the northern parts of it as a grant from the king of Babylon; and was not only in alliance with him, but bound to guard his frontiers against hostile invaders. He may, therefore, be fairly justified from the charge of unjustly meddling in a war that did not belong him. It is true the ambassadors assured Josiah, that "God had commanded Pharaoh to make haste;" and he is therefore said not to have "hearkened to the words of Necho, from the mouth of God." But
Necho produced no proof that he was a prophet of Jehovah; and the word he employed, {elohim,} may denote gods or idols; and critics have noticed that the expression, "from the mouth of God," is not used when the true God is meant.* but disguised.
18:29 1Ki 14:2 22:30,34

the mouth
21 ; 18:4-6 Joshua 9:14

Judges 5:19 ; 2 Kings 9:27 ; 23:30 Zechariah 12:11

Revelation 16:16