2 Kings 22
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2 Kings 22
The Book of the Law Found...
Yoshiyahu was eight years old when he began to reign, and he reigned thirty-one years in Yerushalayim. And his mother`s name was Yedidah the daughter of Adayah of Botsqath.
And he did what was right in the eyes of YHWH, and walked in all the ways of his father Dawid, and did not turn aside, right or left.
And it came to be, in the eighteenth year of Sovereign Yoshiyahu, that the sovereign sent Shaphan the scribe, son of Atsalyahu, son of Meshullam, to the House of YHWH, saying,
'Go up to Hilqiyahu the high priest, and let him weigh the silver which has been brought into the House of YHWH, which the doorkeepers have gathered from the people.
'And let them give it into the hand of those doing the work, who are the overseers in the House of YHWH. And let them give it to those who are in the House of YHWH doing the work, to repair the damages of the house,
to carpenters and to builders and to stonemasons, and to buy timber and hewn stone to repair the house.
'However, let not the silver given into their hand be reckoned with them, for they are acting trustworthily.'
And Hilqiyahu the high priest said to Shaphan the scribe, 'I have found the Book of the Torah in the House of YHWH.' And Hilqiyah gave the book to Shaphan, and he read it.
And Shaphan the scribe came to the sovereign, and brought word to the sovereign again, saying, 'Your servants have gathered the silver that was found in the house, and have given it into the hand of those who do the work, who oversee the House of YHWH.'
And Shaphan the scribe informed the sovereign, saying, 'Hilqiyah 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 Book of the Torah, that he tore his garments,
and the sovereign commanded Hilqiyah the priest, and Ahiqam son of Shaphan, and Akbor son of Mikayah, and Shaphan the scribe, and Asayah a servant of the sovereign, saying,
'Go, inquire of YHWH for me, for the people and for all Yehudah, concerning the words of this book that has been found. For great is the wrath of YHWH that is kindled against us, because our fathers have not obeyed the words of this book, to do according to all that is written concerning us.'
Then Hilqiyahu the priest, and Ahiqam, and Akbor, and Shaphan, and Asayah went to Huldah the prophetess, the wife of Shallum son of Tiqwah, son of Harhas, keeper of the wardrobe. Now she was dwelling in Yerushalayim in the Second Quarter. And they spoke with her.
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 words of the book which the sovereign of Yehudah has read,
because they have forsaken Me and burned incense to other mighty ones to provoke Me with all the works of their hands. And so My wrath shall be kindled against this place and not be 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, 'As for the words which you have heard,
because your heart was tender, and you humbled yourself before YHWH when you heard what I spoke against this place and against its inhabitants, that they would become a ruin and a curse, and did tore your garments and wept before Me, I also have heard,' declares YHWH.
'Therefore, see, I am gathering you to your fathers, and you shall be gathered to your grave in peace, so that your eyes do not see all the evil I am bringing on this place.''' And they brought word to the sovereign.
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