2 Kings 22
was eight years old when he began to reign, and he reigned thirty and one years in Jerusalem. And his mother's name was Jedidah,
the daughter of Adaiah of Boscath.
did 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.
3And it came
to pass in the eighteenth year of king Josiah, that the king sent Shaphan the son of Azaliah, the son of Meshullam, the scribe,
to the house of the LORD, saying,
4Go up to
Hilkiah the high priest, that he may sum the silver which is brought into the house of the LORD, which the keepers of the
door have gathered of the people:
them deliver it into the hand of the doers of the work, that have the oversight 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,
6Unto carpenters, and builders, and masons, and to buy timber and hewn stone to
repair the house.
7Howbeit there was no reckoning
made with them of the money that was delivered into their hand, because they dealt faithfully.
8And Hilkiah the high priest said unto Shaphan the scribe, I have found the book
of the law in the house of the LORD. And Hilkiah gave the book to Shaphan, and he read it.
9And Shaphan the scribe came to the king, and brought the king word again, and
said, Thy servants have gathered 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.
Shaphan the scribe shewed the king, saying, Hilkiah the priest hath delivered me a book. And Shaphan read it before the king.
11And it came to pass, when the king had heard
the words of the book of the law, that he rent his clothes.
the king commanded Hilkiah the priest, and Ahikam the son of Shaphan, and Achbor the son of Michaiah, and Shaphan the scribe,
and Asahiah a servant of the king's, saying,
ye, 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 against us, because our fathers have not hearkened unto the words of this book,
to do according unto all that which is written concerning us.
Hilkiah the priest, and Ahikam, and Achbor, and Shaphan, and Asahiah, went unto Huldah the prophetess, the wife of Shallum
the son of Tikvah, the son of Harhas, keeper of the wardrobe; (now she dwelt in Jerusalem in the college;) and they communed
15And she said unto them, Thus saith
the LORD God of Israel, Tell the man that sent you to me,
saith the LORD, Behold, I 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:
they have forsaken me, and have burned incense unto other gods, that they might provoke me to anger with all the works of
their hands; therefore my wrath shall be kindled against this place, and shall not be quenched.
18But to the king of Judah which sent you to enquire of the LORD, thus shall ye
say to him, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, As touching the words which thou hast heard;
19Because thine heart was tender, and thou hast humbled thyself before the LORD,
when thou heardest what I spake against this place, and against the inhabitants thereof, that they should become a desolation
and a curse, and hast rent thy clothes, and wept before me; I also have heard thee, saith the LORD.
20Behold therefore, I will gather thee unto thy fathers, and thou shalt be gathered
into thy grave in peace; and thine eyes shall not see all the evil which I will bring upon this place. And they brought the
king word again.