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ings, and commanded Judah to
serve the Lokd God of Israel.
17 2 Nevertheless the people did sacrifice still in the high places, yet unto the Lokd their God only.
18 H Now the rest of the acts of Manasseh, and his prayer unto bis God, and the words of "the seers that snake to him In the name of the Lokd God of Israel, behold, they are written in the book of the kings of Israel.
19 His prayer also, and how God was entreated of him, and all his sins, and his trespass, and the places wherein he built high places, and set up groves and graven images, before he was humbled: behold, they are written among the sayings of I the seers.
20 1 ''So Manosseh slept with his fathers, and they buried him in his owu house: and Amon his son reigned in his stead.
211c Amon wax two and twenty years old when he began to reign, and reigned two years in Jerusalem.
22 But he did that whk-h was evil in the sight of the Loud, as did Manasseh his father: for Amon sacrificed unto all the carved images which Manasseh his father had made, and served them;
23 And humbled not himself before the Lord, <ias Manasseh his father had humbled himself; but Amon t trespassed more and more.
24 'And his servants conspired against him, and slew him in his own house.
25 *fl But the people of the land slew all them that had conspired against king Amon; and the people of t he laud made Josiah his son king in his stead.
1 Jotiah's ftood reion. ,1 He de.ttroi/eth itlol. ntrff. 8 He tok cth order for the revnir of the temple. 14 HiU'iah haraig found a loot: o''the fclNf, JbunA sem/eth tn lliddnh to ini/uire o* the. Loril. 2'i lliddnh prophe*teth the rtentrnetttm or Jerusalem, but respite thereof in Jonah's time. '2i Josiah, enusinu it to he read in a solemn assembly, rrneioeth the eorenant with (lent.
TOSIAH 'was eight years old when he began to reisrn, and he reigned in Jerusalem due and thirty yean,
2 And he did that which was right in the sight of the Lord, and walked in the ways of David
his father, and declined neither to the right hand, nor to the left.
3 *fl For in the eighth year of his reign, while he was yet young, he began to b seek after the God of David his father: and in the twelfth year he began cto purge Judah and Jerusalem d from the high places, and the groves, and the carved images, and the molten images.
4 e And they brake down the altars of Baalim in his presence; and the 'images, that were on high above them, he cut down; and the groves, and the carved images, and the molten images, he brake in pieces, and made dust of them, 'and strewed it upon the tgraves of them that had sacrificed nuto them.
5 And he sburnt the bones of the priests upon their altars, and cleansed Judah and Jerusalem.
0 And so Oid he in the cities of Manasseh, and Ephralm, and Simeon, even unto Naphtali, with their I mattocks round about.
7 And when he had broken down the altars and the groves, and had hbeaten the graven images tinto powder, and cut down all the idols throughout all the land of Israel, he returned to Jerusalem.
8 *5 Now 'in the eighteenth year of his reign, when he had purged the land, and the house, he sent Shaphan the son of Azaliah, and Maaseiah the governor of the city, and Joah the son of Joahaz the recorder, to repair the house of the Lord his God.
i) And when they came to Ililkiah the high priest, they delivered Mho money that was brought into the house of God, which the Levites that kept the doors had gathered of the hand of Manasseh and Ephraim, and of all the remnant of Israel, and of all Judah and Benjamin; and they returned to Jerusalem.
10 And they put it in the hand of the workmen that had the oversight of the house of the Loro, and they gave it to the workmen that wrought in the house of the Lord, to repair and amend the house:
11 Even to the artificers and builders gave they it, to buy hewn stone, and timber for couplings, and I to lloor the houses which
the kings of Judah had destroyed.
12 And the men did the work faithfully: and the overseers of them were Jahath and Obadiah, the Levites, of the sons of Mcrari; and Zechariah and Mcshullam, of the sons of the Kohathites, to set it forward; and other of the Levites, all that eould skill of instruments of music.
13 Also they were over the hearers of burdens, and were overseers of all that wrought the work in any manner of service: land of the Levites there were scribes, and officers, and porters.
14 U And when they brought out the money that was brought into the house of the Loud, Hilklah the priest mfound a book of the law of the jA>nntjiivn thy Moses.
15 And Hilklah answered and said to Shaphan the scribe, I have found the book of the law in the house of the Loud. And Hilklah delivered the book to Shaphan.
l(i And Shaphan carried the I book to the kinds, and brought the king word back again, saying, All that was committed to, thy servants, they do it.
17 And they have tgathered together the money that was found in the house of the Loud, and have delivered it into the hand of the overseers, and to the hand of the workmen.
18 Then Shaphan the scribe told the king, saying, Hilkiah the priest hath given me a book. And Shaphan read tit before the king.
19 And it came to pass, when the king had heard the words of the law, that he rent his clothes.
20 And the king commanded Hilklah, and Ahikam the son of Shaphan, and I Abdon the son of Micah, and Shaphan the scribe, and Asaiah a servant of the king's, saying,
21 Go, inquire of the Lord for me, and for them that are left in Israel and in Judah, concerning the words of the book that is found: for great in the wrath of the Lord that is poured out upon us, because our fathers have not kept the word of t he Lord, to do after all that is written in this book.
22 And Hilkiah, and they that
the king had appoivted^ went to Huldah the prophetess, the wife of Bhttllum the son of "Tikvath, the son of IHasrah, keeper of the + wardrobe; (now she dwelt in Jerusalem I in the college ;) and they spake to her to that effect.
23 If And she answered them, Thus saith the Lord God of Israel, Tell ye the man that sent you to me,
24 Thus saith the Lord, Behold, I will bring evil upon this place, and upon the inhabitants thereof, even all the curses that are written in the book which they have read before the king of Judah:
25 Because 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 poured out upon this place, and shall not be quenched.
26 And as for the king of Judah, who sent you to inquire of the Lord, So shall ye say unto him, Thus saith the Lord God of Israel concerning the words which thou hast heard;
27 Because thine heart was tender, and thou didst humble thyself before God, when thou heardest his words against this place, and against the inhabitants thereof, and humblcdst thyself before me, and didst rend thy clothes, and weep be- fore me; I have even heard thee also, saith the Lord.
28 Behold, I w ill gat tier thee to thy fathers, and thou shalt lie gathered to thy grave in peace, neither shall thine eyes see all the evil that I will bring upon this place, and upon the inhabitants of the same. So they brought the king word again.
29 f "Then the king sent and gathered together all'the elders of Judah and Jerusalem.
30 And the king went up into the house of the Lord, and all the men of Judah, and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and the priests, and the Levites, and all the people, tgreat and small: and he read in their ears all the words of the book of the covenant that was found in the house of the Lord.
31 And the king stood in Phis place, aud made a covenant before the Lord, to walk after the Lord, and to keep his commandments, and his testimonies, and his statutes, with all his heart, and with all his soul, to perform the words of the covenant which are written in this book.
33 And he caused all that were t present iu Jerusalem and Benjamin to stand to it. And the inhabitants of Jerusalem did according to the covenant of God, the God of their fathers.
33 And Josiah took away all the labominations out of all the countries that pertained to the children of Israel, and made all that were present in Israel to serve, even to serve the Lord their God. 'And all his days they departed not t from following the Lord, the God of their fathers.
I Josiah kerjtrth a most solemn jrnxsorcr. go If/', prorokina I'hnraoh-neeho, i* slain at Mtigiddo. 2o LaiMHtatwm for Josiah.
MOllEOVER, "Josiah kept a passover unto the Lord in Jerusalem: and they killed the passovcr on the fourteenth day of the first month.
2 And he set the priests in their 0 charges, and d encouraged them to the service of the house of the Loren,
3 And said unto the Levitcs c that taught all Israel, which were holy unto the Lord, fPut the holy ark sin the house which Solomon the soul of David king of Israel did build; hit shall not be a burden upon 7/oirr shoulders: serve now the Lord your God, and his people Israel,
4 And prepare yonrselites by the 'houses of your fathers, after
of the Lord by the hand of
7 And Josiah t°gavc to the people, of the flock, lambs and kids,fall for the Passover offerings, for all that were present, to the number of thirty thousand, and three thousand bullocks: these icere of the king's substance.
8 And his princes tgave willingly unto the people, to the priests, and to the Levites: Htlktuh and Zechariah and Jehiel, rulers of the hoiine of God, gave unto the priests for the passover offerings two thousand and six hundred small cattle, and three hundred oxen.
9 Conaniah also, and Shemaiah and Netbanccl, his brethren, and Hushabiiih and Jelcl and Jozabad, chief of the Levitcs, tgave unto the Levitcs for passover offerings five thousand small cattle, and five hundred oxen.
10 So the service was prepared, and the priests P stood in their place, and the Levites in their courses, according to the king's commandment.
11 And they killed the passover, and the priests I sprinkled the blood from their hands, and the Levites r flayed them.
12 And they removed the burnt offerings, that they might give according to the divisions of the families of the people, to offer unto the Lord, as it is written "In the book of Moses. And so did they with the oxen.
13 And they 1 roasted the passover with tire according to the ordinance: but the other holy offering.* "sod they in pots, and in caldrons, and in pans, and t divided them speedily among all the people.
14 And afterward they made ready for themselves, and for the priests: because the priests the sons of Aaron were busied in offering of burnt offerings and the fat until night; therefore the Levites prepared for them
tthe families of the fathers of selves, and for the priests the your brethren tthe people, and i sons of Aaron.
after the division of the families of the Levitcs.
6 So kill the passover, and "sanctify yourselves, and prepare your brethren, that they i may do according to the word
15 And the singers the sons of Asaph were in their t place, according to the commandment of David, and Asaph, and Heman, and Jeduthun the king's seer; and the porters ywaited'at
every gate; they might not de
gart from their service; for their rethren the Levites prepared for them.
16 So all the service of the Loud was prepared the same day, to keep the passover, and to offer burnt offerings upon the altar of the Lord, according to the commandment of king Josiah.
17 And the children of Israel that were t present kept the passover at that time, and the feast of 2 unleavened bread seven days.
18 And "there was no passover like to that kept in Israel from the days of Samuel the prophet; neither did all the kings of Israel keep such a passovcr as Josiah kept, and the priests, and the Levites, and all Judah and Israel that were present, and the inhabitants of Jerusalem.
19 In the eighteenth year of the reign of Josiah was this passovcr kept.
20 f After all this, when Josiah had prepared the ttemple, Necho king of Egypt came up to fight against Charchemish by Euphrates: and Josiah went out against him.
21 But he sent ambassadors to him, saying, What have I to do with thee, thou king of Judah? I come not against thee this day, but against tthe house wherewith I have war: for God commanded me to make haste: forbear thee from mtddlivg with God, who is with me, that he destroy thee not.
22 Nevertheless Josiah would
not turn his face from him, but c disguised himself, that he might fight with him, and hearkened not unto the words of Necho from the mouth of God, and came to fight in the valley of Megiddo.
23 And the archers shot at king Josiah; and the king said to his servants, Have me away; for I am sore t wounded.
24 d His servants therefore took him out of that chariot, and put him in the second chariot that he had; and they brought him to Jerusalem, and he died, and was buried ( in one of the sepul
I chrcs of his fathers. And • all Judah and Jerusalem mourned for Josiah.
25 I And Jeremiah f lamented for Josiah: and sail flic singing men and the singing women 6pake of Josiah in their lamentations to this day, hand made them an ordinance in Israel: and, behold, they are written in the lamentations.
26 Now the rest of the acts of Josiah, and his t goodness, according to that which was written in the law of the Loud,
27 And his deeds, first and last, behold, they are written in the book of the kings of Israel and Judah.
1 Jehoahaz tntrcfrtthtg if deposed hit Pharaoh, and carried into f'n'nit, 5 jehoiakim reianmg ill M camctl bound into fiabylon, y Jelioiachin tntcceeelhig rrttmrth ill, and i* bronaht Into/lahiiloii. 11 Xedektllk mceeeding reigneth lit, and tlcfinteth the prophet), and relielleth attalni-t Xeburhttdnezzar. ]4 Jerusalem, for the rim of the print* and people, II trholhf destroyed. '£1 The proclamation of Cynt*.
THEN "the people of the land took Jehoahaz the son of Josiah, and made him king in his father's stead in Jerusalem.
2 Jehoahaz wax twenty and three years old when he began to reign, and he reigned three months in Jerusalem.
3 And the king of Egypt t put him down at Jerusalem, and t condemned the land in a hundred talents of silver and a talent of gold.
4 And the king of Egypt made Eliakim his brother king over Judah and Jerusalem, and turned his name to Jehoiakim. And Necho took Jehoahaz his brother, and carried him to Egypt.
5 H b Jehoiakim was twenty and five years old when he began to reign, and he reigned eleven years in Jerusalem: and he did that which was evil in the sight of the Lokd his God.
6 'Against him came up Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, and bound him in II fetters, to J carry him to Babylon.
7 e Nebuchadnezzar also carried of the vessels of the house of the Loud to Babylon, and put them in his temple at Babylon.
8 Now the rest of the acts of Jehoiakim, and his aboniillations which he did, and that which was found in him, behold, they an written in the book of the kings of Israel and Judah: and
IJehoiachin his son reigned in his stciid.
9 I 'Jehoiachin loas eight years old when he began to reign, and he reigned three months and ten days in Jerusalem: and he did that lohich loan evil in the sight of the Loud.
10 And t when the year was expired, s king Nebuchadnezzar sent, and brought him to Babylon, hwith the t goodly vessels of the house of the Lord, and made I'Zedckiah his brother king over Judah and Jerusalem.
11 If k Zedekiah wan one and twenty years old when he began to reign, and reigned eleven years in Jerusalem.
13 And he did that which teas evil in the sight of the Loan his God, and humbled not himself before Jeremiah the prophet K/>eakiitg from the mouth ot the Lord.
13 And 1 he also rebelled against king Nebuchadnezzar, who had made him swear by God: but he "■stiffened his neck, and hardened his heart from turning unto the Lord God of Israel.
them the king of the Chaldees, who 1 slew their young men with the sword in the house of their sanctuary, and had no compassion upon young man or maiden, old man, or him that stooped for age: he gave them all into his hand.
18 "And all the vessels of the house of God, great and small, and the treasures of the house of the Lord, aud the treasures of the king, and of his princes; all these he brought to Babylon.
19 "And they burnt the honse of God, and brake down the wall of Jerusalem, and burnt all the palaces thereof with tire, aud destroyed all the goodly vessels thereof.
20 And f t them that bad escaped from the sword carried he away to Babylon; 'where they were servants to him and bis sons until the reign of the kingdom of Persia:
21 To fulfll the word of the Lord by the mouth of 'Jeremiah, until the laud uhad enjoyed her sabbaths: for as long as she lay desolate cshe kept sabbath,
14 H Moreover all the chief of to fulfil threescore and ten years, the priests, and the people, 23 If d Now in the first year of transgressed very much after all Cyrus king of Persia, that the the abominations of the hea- word of the Lord *)>oke>i by the then; and polluted the house of mouth of e Jeremiah might be the Loud which he had hallow- accomplished, the Lord stirred cd in Jerusalem. up the spirit of 'Cyrus king of
15 "And the Lord God of their | Persia, that he made a proelama
fathers sent to thein t by his messengers, rising up I betimes, aud sending; because he had compassion on his people, aud on his dwellingplace:
16 But "they mocked the messengers of God, and P despised his words, and i misused his prophets, until the 'wrath of the Lord arose against his people, till there mix no t remedy.
17 "Therefore he brought upon
tion throughout all his kiugdom, and put it also in writing, saying,
2o (Thus salth Cyrus king of Persia, All the kingdoms of the earth hath the Lord God of heaven given me; and he hath charged me to build him a house in Jerusalem, which is in Judah. Who is there among you of all his people? The Lord his God be with him, aud let him go up.