1 a 22:1–2 Cp. 2 Chr. 34:1–2 . JOSIAH was eight years old when he came to the throne, and he reigned in Jerusalem for thirty-one years; his mother was Jedidah daughter of Adaiah of Bozkath. 2He did what was right in the eyes of the LORD, following in the footsteps of his forefather David and deviating neither to the right nor to the left.
3 b 22:3–23:3 Cp. 2 Chr. 34:8–32 . In the eighteenth year of his reign, Josiah sent Shaphan son of Azaliah, son of Meshullam, the adjutant-general, to the house of the LORD. 4‘Go to the high priest Hilkiah,’ he said, ‘and tell him to melt down c 22:4 melt down: so Gk (Luc.); Heb. complete. the silver that has been brought into the house of the LORD, which those on duty at the entrance have received from the people; 5tell him to hand it over to those supervising in the house of the LORD, to pay the workmen who are carrying out repairs in it, 6the carpenters, builders, and masons, and to purchase timber and hewn stones for its repair. 7They are not to be asked to account for the money that has been given them; they are acting on trust.’
8The high priest Hilkiah told Shaphan the adjutant- general that he had discovered the scroll of the law in the house of the LORD, and he gave it to him to read. 9When Shaphan came to report to the king that his servants had melted down the silver in the house of the LORD and handed it over to those supervising there, 10he told the king of the scroll the high priest Hilkiah had given him, and he read it in the king's presence. 11When the king heard what was written in the book of the law, he tore his clothes. 12He ordered the priest Hilkiah, Ahikam son of Shaphan, Akbor son of Micaiah, Shaphan the adjutant-general, and Asaiah the king's attendant 13to go and seek guidance of the LORD for himself, for the people, and for all Judah, about the contents of this book that had been discovered. ‘Great must be the wrath of the LORD’, he said, ‘that has been kindled against us, because our forefathers did not obey the commands in this scroll and do all that is laid on us.’
14Hilkiah the priest, Ahikam, Akbor, Shaphan, and Asaiah went to Huldah the prophetess, wife of Shallum son of Tikvah, son of Harhas, the keeper of the wardrobe, and consulted her at her home in the Second Quarter of Jerusalem. 15‘This is the word of the LORD the God of Israel,’ she answered: ‘Tell the man who sent you to me, 16that this is what the LORD says: I am about to bring disaster on this place and its inhabitants as foretold in the scroll which the king of Judah has read, 17because they have forsaken me and burnt sacrifices to other gods, provoking my anger with all the idols they have made with their own hands; for this my wrath is kindled against this place and will not be quenched. 18Tell the king of Judah who sent you to seek guidance of the LORD that this is what the LORD the God of Israel says: You have listened to my words 19and shown a willing heart and humbled yourself before the LORD when you heard me say that this place and its inhabitants would become objects of loathing and scorn, and have torn your clothes and wept before me. Because of this, I for my part have listened to you. This is the word of the LORD. 20Therefore I shall gather you to your forefathers, and you will be gathered to your grave in peace; you will not live to see all the disaster which I am bringing on this place.’ They brought back this answer to the king.