2 Kings 22 ©
1 Josiah's good reign. 3 He provideth for the repair of the temple. 8 Hilkiah having found a book of the law, it is read before the king; who is alarmed, and sendeth to the prophetess Huldah to enquire of the Lord. 15 Huldah prophesieth the destruction of Jerusalem, but not to take place till after Josiah's death.
And he cdid that which was right in the sight of the LORD, and walked in all the way of David his father, and turned not aside to the right hand or to the left.
Go up to eHilkiah the high priest, that he may sum the silver which is brought into the house of the LORD, which the keepers of the 1door have gathered of the people:
And let them deliver it into the hand of the doers of the work, that have the foversight of the house of the LORD: and let them give it to the doers of the work which is in the house of the LORD, to repair the breaches of the house,
Unto carpenters, and builders, and masons, and to buy timber and *hewn stone to repair the house.
¶And Hilkiah the high priest said unto Shaphan the scribe, I have found the ibook of the law in the house of the LORD. And Hilkiah gave the book to Shaphan, and he read it.
And Shaphan the scribe came to the king, and brought the king word again, and said, Thy servants have 2gathered the money that was found in the house, and have delivered it into the hand of them that do the work, that have the oversight of the house of the LORD.
And it came to pass, when the king had kheard the words of the book of the law, that he rent his clothes.
Go mye, enquire of the LORD for me, and for the people, and for all Judah, concerning the words of this book that is found: for great is the wrath of the LORD that is kindled nagainst us, because our fathers have not hearkened unto the words of this book, to do according unto all that which is written concerning us.
So Hilkiah the priest, and Ahikam, and Achbor, and Sha-phan, and Asahiah, went unto Huldah the oprophetess, the wife of Shallum the son of Tikvah, the son of Harhas, keeper of the 5wardrobe; (now she dwelt in Jerusalem 6in the college;) and they communed with her.
Thus saith the LORD, Behold, qI will bring evil upon this place, and upon the inhabitants thereof, even all the words of the book which the king of Judah hath read:
Because they have rforsaken me, and have burned incense unto other gods, that they might provoke me to anger with all the sworks of their hands; therefore my wrath shall be kindled against this place, and shall not be tquenched.
Because thine vheart was tender, and thou hast whumbled thyself before the LORD, when thou heardest what I spake against this place, and against the inhabitants thereof, that they should become xa desolation and a curse, and hast rent thy clothes, and wept before me; I also yhave heard thee, saith the LORD.