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idolatry in Judah.
rael, An touching the words which thou but heard;
. 19 Because thine i heart was | tender, and thou hast 'humbled thyself before the Lokd, when thou hcardest what I spake against this place, and against the inhabitants thereof, that they should become "a desolation and 1 a curse, and hast rent thy clothes, and wept before me; I also have heard thee, saith the Lord.
20 Behold therefore, I will gather thee unlo 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 wrought the king word again.
1 Josiah cattseth the book to be read in a solemn assrmltl'l. 3 lie renrirelk t/ir cOfenant of the Lord. 4 He deslronelh idolatry. 15 He burnt deatl men's hone* ujion the a}tar of Jleth-el, on H*rt« foreproi'hesied. 21 He kept a most solemn itassorer. 24 He put await tcitches and all abomination. 2fi GotFs final irrath aoainst Jtitlah. 29 Josinlt,jirorokin<j I'hardoh-nechoh, is slain at aleqiddo. 31 Jchaa/taz, succeeding him, is imprisoned b>i Pharaoh-nrchoh, who made Jehoiakim king. 3ti Jehoiakim's wicked retail.
AND »the king sent, and they gathered unto him all the elders of Judah and of Jerusalem.
2 And the king went up into the house of the Lord, and all the men of Judah and all the inhabitants of Jerusalem with him, and the priests, and the prophets, and all the people, t both small and great: and he read in their ears nil the words of the book of the covenant b which was found in the bouse of the Lord.
3 U And the king 'stood by a pillar, and made a covenant before the Lord, to walk after the Lord, and to keep his commandments and his testimonies and his statutes with all their heart and all their soul, to perforin the words of this covenant that were written in this book. And all the people stood to the covenant.
4 And the king commanded Ililkiah the high priest, and the priests of the second order, and the keepers of the door, to bring forth out of the temple of the Lord all the vessels that were
made for Baal, and for d the grove, and for all the host of heaven: and he burned them without Jerusalem in the fields of Kidron, and carried the ashes of them unto Beth-eL
5 And he t put down the t idolatrous priests, whom the kings of Judah had ordained to burn incense in the high places in the cities of Judah, and in the places round about Jerusalem; them also that burned incense unto Baal, to the sun, and to the moon, and to the II planets, and to ' all the host of heaven.
6 And he brought out the 'grove from the house of the Lord, without Jerusalem, unto the brook Kidron, and burned it at the brook Kidron, and stamped it small to powder, and cast the powder thereof upon s"the graves of the children of the people.
7 And be brake down the houses hof the sodomites, that irere by the bouse of the Lord, 'where the women wove t hangings for the grove.
8 And he brought all the priests out of the cities of Judah, and defiled the high places where the priests had burned incense, from kGcba to Bcersheba, and brake down the high places of the gates that vere in the entering in of the gate of Joshua the governor of the city, which were on a man's left hand at the gate of the city.
9 1 Nevertheless the priests of the high places came not up to the altar of the Lord in Jerusalem, "but they did eat of the unleavened bread among their brethren.
10 And he defiled "Topheth, which is in "the valley of the children of Hinnom, Pthat no maii might make his son or his daughter to pass through the fire to Moloch.
11 And he took away the horses that the kings of Judah had given to the sun, at the entering in of the house of the Lord, by the chamber of Nathan-melech
! the 1 chamberlain, which wax in | the suburbs, and burned the chariots of the sun with fire.
12 And the altars that vert ion the top of the upper chamber of Almx, which the kings of Judah
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had made, and the altars which r Manasseh had made in the two courts of the house of the Loud, did the king beat down, and II brake them down from thence, and cast the dust of them into the brook Kidron.
13 And the high places that were before Jerusalem, which were on the right hand of [the mount of corruption, which Solomon the king of Israel had builded for Ashtoreth the abomination of the Zidonians, and for Chemosh the abomination of the Moabites, and for Mileoni the abomination of the children of Amnion, did the king defile.
14 And he brake in pieces the t images, and cut down the groves, and filled their places with the bones of men.
15 If Moreover the altar that we* at Beth-el, auti the high place which Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who made Israel to sin, had made, both that altar and the high place he brake down, and burned the high place, and stamped it small to powder, and burned the grove.
16 And as Josiah turned himself, he spied the sepulchres that were there in the mount, and sent, and took the bones out of the sepulchres, and burned them upon the altar, and polluted it, according to the *word of the Lord which the man of God proclaimed, who proclaimed these words.
17 Then he said, What title to that that I see? And t he men of the city told him, It is the sepulchre of the man of God, which came from Judah, and proclaimed these things that thou hast done against the altar of Beth-el.
18 And he said, Let him alone; let no man move his bones. So they let his bones t alone, with the bones of zthe prophet that came out of Samaria,
19 And all the houses also of the high places that were Mn the cities of Samaria, which the kings of Israel had made to provoke the Lord to anger, Josiah took away, and did to them according to all the acts that he had done in Beth-el.
20 And Mie 11 = slew all the priests of the high places that were there upon the altars, and
d burned men's bones upon them, and returned to Jerusalem.
21 1 And the king commanded all the people, saying, c Keep the passover unto the Lord your God, 'as it is written in the book of this covenant.
22 Surely s there was not holdcn such a passover from the days of the judges that judged Israel, nor in all the days of the kings of Israel, nor of the kings of Judah;
23 But in the eighteenth year of king Josiah, wherein this passover was holden to the Lord in Jerusalem.
24 If Moreover "the workers with familiar spirits, and the wizards, and the il images, and the idols, and all the abominations that were spied in the land of Judah and in Jerusalem; did Josiah put away, that he might perform the words of 'the law, which were written in the book that Hilkiah the priest found in the house of the Lord.
25 kAnd like unto him was there no king before him, that turned to the Lord with all his | heart, and with all his soul, and with all his might, according to all the law of Moses; neither after him arose there any like him.
26 If Notwithstanding, the Lord turned not from the fierceness of his great wrath, wherewith his anger was kindled against Judah,1 because of all the t provocations that Manasseh had provoked him withal.
27 And the Lord said, I will remove Judah also out of my sight, as mI have removed Israel, and will cast off this city Jerusalem which I have chosen, and the house of which I said, "My name shall be there.
28 Now the rest of the acts of Josiah, and all that he did, are they not written in the book of the Chronicles of the kings of Judah?
29 1 "In his days Pharaohneehoh king of Egypt went up against the king of Assyria to the river Euphrates: and king Josiah went against him; and he slew him at P Megiddo, when he i had seen him.
30 'And his servants carried him in a chariot dead from Me
giddo, and brought him to Jerusalem, and buried him in his own sepulchre. And 'the people of the land took Jchoahaz the son of Josiah, and anointed him, and made him king in his father's stead.
31 If II Jchoahaz wax twenty and three years old when he began to reign; and he reigned three months in Jerusalem. And his mother's name wax 1 Ilamutal, the daughter of Jeremiah of Libnah.
39 And he did that which was evil in the sight of the Loud, according to all that his fathers had done.
83 And Pharaoh-ncchoh put him in bands "at Riblah in the land of Haniath, II that he might not reign in Jerusalem; and tput the land to a tribute of a hundred talents of silver, and a talent of gold.
34 And x Pharaoh-ncchoh made Ellakim the son of Josiah king in the room of Josiah his father, and >'turned his name to zJehoiakim, and took Jchoahaz away: "and he came to Egypt, and died there.
35 And Jehoiaklm gave Mho silver and the gold to Pharaoh; but he taxed the land to give the money according to the commandment of Pharaoh: he exacted the silver and the gold of the people of the land, of every one according to his taxation, to give it unto Pharaoh-neehoh.
36 Ifc Jehoiakim wax twenty and five years old when he began to reign; and he reigned eleven years in Jerusalem. And his mother's name was Zebudah, the daughter of Pedaiah of Humah.
37 And he did that which was evil in the sight of the Lord, according to all that his fathers had done.
1 Jchottiktm,first mMtml Int Xclntrliadnczzar, then rebelling a/joinst him, procureth his own ruin, fi Jehoiachin surccedeth him. 7 The king of Egypt is ranquished bfi the king of /lah'ilon. 8 Jehotaehin's evil reign. 10 Jerusalem It taken antt carried captive into Bahiilnn. 17 Zedekiah is made king, and retmteth ill unto the utter destruction of Judith.
IN ahis days Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came up, and Jehoiakim became his servant three years: then he turned and rebelled against him.
2 bAnd the Lord sent against him bands of the Chaldees, and bands of the Syrians, and bands of the Moabitcs, and bands of the children of Ammon, and sent them against Judah to destroy it,caccording to the word of the Lord, which he spake t by his servants the prophets.
3 Surely at the commandment of the Lord came this upon Judah, to remove them out of his sight, d for the sins of Manasseh, according to all that he did;
4 "And also for the innocent blood that he shed: for he filled Jerusalem with innocent blood; which the Loud would not pardon.
5 T Now the rest of the acts of Jehoiakim, and all that he did, are they not written in the book of the Chronicles of the kings of Judah?
6 'So Jehoiakim slept with his fathers: and Jehoiachin his sou reigned in his stead.
7 And f the king of Egypt came not again any more out of his land: for "the king of Babylon had taken from the river of Egypt unto the river Euphrates all that pertained to the king of Egypt.
8*1 ii' Jehoiachin was eighteen years old when he began to reign, and he reigned in Jerusalem three months. And his mother's name teas Nehushta, the daughter of Eluathan of Jerusalem.
9 And he did that which wets evil in the sight of the Lord, according to all that his father had done.
10 II k At that time the servants of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came up against Jerusalem, and the city t was besieged.
11 And Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came against the city, and his servants did besiege it.
12 1 And Jehoiachin the king of Judah went out to the king of Babylon, he, and his mother, and his servants, and his princes, and his li officers: mand the king of Babylon "took him °in the eighth year of his reign.
13 P And he carried out thence all the treasures of the house of the Lord, and the treasures of the king's house, and i cut in pieces all the vessels of gold
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which Solomon kins; of Israel had made in the temple of the Loud, 'as the Lord had said.
14 And ■ he carried away all Jerusalem, and all the princes, and all the mighty men of valour, 1 even ten thousand captives, and "all the craftsmen and smiths: none remained, save *the poorest sort of the people of the land.
15 And yhe carried away Jehoinchlu to Babylon, and the king's mother, and the king's wives, and his a officers, and the mighty of the land, those carried he into captivity from Jerusalem to Babylon.
16 And 'all the men of might, even seven thousand, and craftsmen and smiths a thousand, all that were strong and apt for war, even them the king of Babylon brought captive to Babylon.
17 if And athe king of Babylon made Mattaniah ''his father's brother king in his stead, and c changed his name to Zedekiah.
18 J Zedekiah was twenty and one years old when lie began to reign, and he reigned eleven years in Jerusalem. And his mother's name teas •llamutal. the daughter of Jeremiah of Libnah.
19 'And he did that which wan evil in the sight of the Lord, according to all that Jehoiakim had done.
20 For through the anger of the Lord it came to pass in Jerusalem and Judah, until he had cast them out from his presence, (that Zedekiah rebelled against the king of Babylon.
1 Jerusalem is besieged. 4 Zedekiah taken, his sons slnhi, his BJSBS put out. 8 Nebuzaradon defaceth the citt/, earrieth the remnanl, except a few poor JabomtiS, into captiritt/, 13 spoileth and earrieth away the. treasures. 18 The nobles are slain at Iti'ilah. U2 tlrdnliah, who was set over them that remained, beinp slain, the rest fiee into Rrj'tpt. 27 Eril-merodacti advanccth Jehoiachin in his court.
AND it came to pass »in the ninth year of his reign, in the tenth month, in the tenth day of the month, that Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came, he, and all his host, against Jerusalem, and pitched against it; and they built forts against it round about. 2 And the city was besieged
unto the eleventh year of king Zedekiah.
3 And on the ninth dai/ of the ^fourth month the famine prevailed in the city, and there was no bread for the people of the land.
4 1[ And 5 the city was broken up, and all the men of war Jkd by night by the way of the gate between two walls, which is by the king's garden: (now the Chaldees were against the city round about:) and d the king went the way toward the plain.
5 And the army of the Chaldees pursued after the king, and overtook him in the plains of Jericho: and all his army were scattered from him.
6 So they took the king, and brought him up to the king of Babylon eto Riblah; and they t gave judgment upon him.
7 And they slew the sons of Zedekiah before his eyes, and t'put out the eyes of Zedekiah, and bound him with fetters of brass, and carried him to Babylon.
8 1 And in the fifth month, son the seventh dan of the month, which is "the nineteenth year of king Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, ■ came Nebuzar-adan, II captain of the guard, a servant of the king of Babylon, unto Jerusalem:
9 k And he burnt the house of the Lord, 'and the king's house, and all the houses of Jerusalem, and every great man's house burnt he with fire.
10 And all the army of the Chaldees, that were with the captain of the guard, "brake down the walla of" Jerusalem round about.
11 "Now the rest of the people that were left in the city, and the t fugitives that fell away to the king of Babylon, with the remnant of the multitude, did Nebuzar-adan the captain of the guard carry away.
12 But the captain of the guard "left of the poor of the land to be vinedressers and husbandmen.
13 And P the i pillars of brass that were in the house of the Lord, and rthe bases, and "the brazen sea that mu in the house of the Lord, did the Chaldees break in pieces, and carried the brass of them to Babylon.
14 Aud 1 the pots, and the shovels, mid the snulTers, and the spoons, and all the vessels of brass wherewith they ministered, took they away.
15 And the firepans, and the bowls, and such things as were of gold, in gold, and of silver, in silver, the captain of the guard took away.
16 The two pillars, tone sea, aud the bases which Solomon had made for the house of the Lord; "the brass of all these vessels was without weight.
17 "The height of the one pillar ioas eighteen cubits, aud the chapiter upon it wits brass: and the height of the chapiter three cubits; and the wreathen work, and pomegranates upon the chapiter round about, all of brass: and like unto these had the seeoud pillar with wreathen work.
18 If yAnd the captain of the guard took zSeraiah the chief priest, and aZcphauiah the second priest, and the three keepers of the tdoor:
19 And out of the city he took an I officer that was set over the men of war, and blive men of them that twere in the king's presence, which were found in the city, and the 1 principal scribe of the host, which mustered the people of the land, and threescore men of the people of the land that were found in the city:
20 And Ncbuzar-adan captain of the guard took these, aud brought them to the king of Babylon to Riblah:
21 And the king of Babylon smote them, and slew them at Riblah In the land of Hamath. c So Judah was carried away out of their land.
22 U i And as for the people that remained in the land of Judah, whom Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon had left, even over them he made Gedaliah the sou of Ahikani, the son of Shaphau, ruler.
23 And when all the 'captains of the armies, they and their men, heard that the king of Babylon had made Gedaliah governor, there came to Gedaliah to Mizpah, even Ishmacl the son of Xethaniah, and Johanan the son of Care-ah, and Seraiah the son of Tanhumeth the Netophathltc, and Jaazunlnh the son of a Maachathite, they and their men.
24 And Gedaliah swarc to them, and to their men, and said unto them, Fear not to be the servants of the (Jhaldecs: dwell in the laud, and serve the king of Babylon; aud it shall be well with you.
25 But fit came to pass in the seventh month, that Ishmael the sou of Nethauiab, the son of Elishama, of the seed 1 royal, came, and ten men with him, and smote Gedaliah, that he died, and the Jews and the Chaldccs that were with him at Mizpah.
26 And all the people, both small and great, and the captains of the armies, arose, sand came to Egypt: for they were afraid of the C'haldees.
27 H hAnd it came to pass in the seven aud thirtieth year of the captivity of Jehoiachln king of Judah, in the twelfth month, on the seven and twentieth day of the month, Mat Evil-merodaeh king of Babylon in the year that he began to reign 'did lift up (he head of Jehoiachln king of Judah out of prison;
28 And he spake t kindly to him, and set his throne above the throne of the kings that were with him in Babylon;
29 And changed his prison garments: and he did «eat bread continually before him all the days of his life.
30 And his allowance was a continual allowance given him of the king, a daily rate for every day, all the days of his life.