2 Chronicles 34
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2 Chronicles 34
Yoshiyahu was eight years old when he began to reign, and he reigned thirty-one years in Yerushalayim.
And he did what was right in the eyes of YHWH, and walked in the ways of his father Dawid, and did not turn aside, right or left.
And in the eighth year of his reign, while he was still young, he began to seek the Elohim of his father Dawid. And in the twelfth year he began to cleanse Yehudah and Yerushalayim from the high places, and the Asherim, and the carved images, and the moulded images.
And they broke down the altars of the Ba'als in his presence, and the sun-pillars which were above them he cut down. And the Asherim, and the carved images, and the moulded images he smashed, and ground them up and strewed it on the graves of those who had offered to them.
And he burned the bones of the priests on their altars, and cleansed Yehudah and Yerushalayim,
and in the cities of Menashsheh, and Ephrayim, and Shim'on, as far as Naphtali, in their ruins all around.
And he broke down the altars and the Asherim, and ground the carved images into dust, and cut down all the sun-pillars throughout all the land of Yisra'el, and returned to Yerushalayim.
And in the eighteenth year of his reign, when he had cleansed the land and the House, he sent Shaphan son of Atsalyahu, and Ma'aseyahu the head of the city, and Yo'ah son of Yo'ahaz the recorder, to repair the House of YHWH his Elohim.
And they went to Hilqiyahu the high priest, and they gave the silver that was brought into the House of Elohim, which the Lewites who kept the doors had gathered from the hand of Menashsheh and Ephrayim, and from all the remnant of Yisra'el, and from all Yehudah and Binyamin, and which they had brought back to Yerushalayim,
and they gave it in the hand of the workmen, those appointed over the House of YHWH. And they gave it to the workmen who worked in the House of YHWH, to repair and strengthen the house.
And they gave it to the craftsmen and to the builders, to buy hewn stone and timber for couplings and for beams for the houses which the sovereigns of Yehudah had destroyed.
And the men did the work trustworthily. And over them were appointed Yahath and Obadyahu the Lewites, of the sons of Merari, and Zekaryah and Meshullam, of the sons of the Qehathites, to oversee; and of the Lewites, all of whom were skilled in instruments of song,
and over the burden bearers, and overseers of all who did work in any kind of service. And of the Lewites were scribes, and officers, and gatekeepers.
The Book of the Law Found...
And when they brought out the silver that was brought into the House of YHWH, Hilqiyahu the priest found the Book of the Torah of YHWH given by Mosheh.
Then Hilqiyahu responded and said to Shaphan the scribe, 'I have found the Book of the Torah in the House of YHWH.' And Hilqiyahu gave the book to Shaphan.
And Shaphan brought the book to the sovereign, and brought the sovereign word, saying, 'All that has been given into the hand of your servants, they are doing.
'And they have poured out the silver that was found in the House of YHWH, and have given it into the hand of those appointed and the workmen.'
And Shaphan the scribe informed the sovereign, saying, 'Hilqiyahu the priest has given me a book.' And Shaphan read it before the sovereign.
And it came to be, when the sovereign heard the words of the Torah, that he tore his garments.
And the sovereign commanded Hilqiyahu, Ahiqam son of Shaphan, and Abdon son of Mikah, and Shaphan the scribe, and Asayah a servant of the sovereign, saying,
'Go, inquire of YHWH for me, and for him who is left in Yisra'el and in Yehudah, concerning the words of the book that is found. For great is the wrath of YHWH that is poured out on us, because our fathers have not guarded the Word of YHWH, to do according to all that is written in this book.'
Then Hilqiyahu and those of the sovereign went to Huldah the prophetess, the wife of Shallum son of Toqhath, son of Hasrah, keeper of the wardrobe, who was dwelling in Yerushalayim in the Second Quarter. And they spoke to her about this.
And she said to them, 'Thus said YHWH Elohim of Yisra'el, 'Say to the man who sent you to Me,
'Thus said YHWH, 'See, I am bringing evil on this place and on its inhabitants, all the curses that are written in the book which they have read before the sovereign of Yehudah,
because they have forsaken Me and burned incense to other mighty ones, to provoke Me with all the works of their hands. Therefore My wrath is poured out on this place, and is not quenched.'''
'And to the sovereign of Yehudah, who sent you to inquire of YHWH, say this to him, 'Thus said YHWH Elohim of Yisra'el, whose words you have heard,
'Because your heart was tender, and you humbled yourself before Elohim when you heard His words against this place and against its inhabitants, and you humbled yourself before Me, and you tore your garments and wept before Me, I also have heard,' declares YHWH.
'See, I am gathering you to your fathers, and you shall be gathered to your grave in peace, so that your eyes would not see all the evil that I am bringing on this place and its inhabitants.''' So they brought back word to the sovereign.
And the sovereign sent and gathered all the elders of Yehudah and Yerushalayim.
And the sovereign went up to the House of YHWH with all the men of Yehudah and the inhabitants of Yerushalayim, and the priests and the Lewites, and all the people, both great and small. And he read in their hearing all the words of the Book of the Covenant which had been found in the House of YHWH.
And the sovereign stood in his place and made a covenant before YHWH, to follow YHWH and to guard His commands and His witnesses and His laws, with all his heart and all his being, to do the words of the covenant that were written in this book.
And he made stand all who were present in Yerushalayim and Binyamin. And the inhabitants of Yerushalayim did according to the covenant of Elohim, the Elohim of their fathers.
And Yoshiyahu removed all the abominations from all the lands that belonged to the children of Yisra'el, and made all who were present in Yisra'el diligently serve YHWH their Elohim. All his days they did not turn away from following YHWH Elohim of their fathers.
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