|2nd Kings 22|
King James Bible
And the king went up4 into the house of the LORD, and all the men of Judah and all the inhabitants6 of Jerusalem with him, and the priests, and the prophets, and all the people, both small and great: and he read4 in their ears all the words of the book of the covenant which was found12 in the house of the LORD.
And the king stood4 by a pillar, and made4 a covenant before the LORD, to walk2 after the LORD, and to keep2 his commandments and his testimonies and his statutes with all [their] heart and all [their] soul, to perform53 the words of this covenant that were written7 in this book. And all the people stood4 to the covenant.
And the king commanded17 Hilkiah the high priest, and the priests of the second order, and the keepers6 of the door, to bring forth53 out of the temple of the LORD all the vessels that were made7 for Baal, and for the grove, and for all the host of heaven: and he burned4 them without Jerusalem in the fields of Kidron, and carried1 the ashes of them unto Bethel.
And he put down52 the idolatrous priests, whom the kings of Judah had ordained1 to burn incense17 in the high places in the cities of Judah, and in the places round about Jerusalem; them also that burned incense18 unto Baal, to the sun, and to the moon, and to the planets, and to all the host of heaven.
And he brought out55 the grove from the house of the LORD, without Jerusalem, unto the brook Kidron, and burned4 it at the brook Kidron, and stamped [it] small55 to powder, and cast55 the powder thereof upon the graves of the children of the people.
And he brought55 all the priests out of the cities of Judah, and defiled17 the high places where the priests had burned incense,14 from Geba to Beersheba, and brake down1 the high places of the gates that [were] 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.
And he took away55 the horses that the kings of Judah had given1 to the sun, at the entering in2 of the house of the LORD, by the chamber of Nathanmelech the chamberlain, which [was] in the suburbs, and burned1 the chariots of the sun with fire.
And the altars that [were] on the top of the upper chamber of Ahaz, which the kings of Judah had made,1 and the altars which Manasseh had made1 in the two courts of the house of the LORD, did the king beat down,1 and brake [them] down4 from thence, and cast52 the dust of them into the brook Kidron.
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 builded1 for Ashtoreth the abomination of the Zidonians, and for Chemosh the abomination of the Moabites, and for Milcom the abomination of the children of Ammon, did the king defile.14
Moreover the altar that [was] at Bethel, [and] the high place which Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who made Israel to sin,52 had made,1 both that altar and the high place he brake down,1 and burned4 the high place, [and] stamped [it] small52 to powder, and burned1 the grove.
And as Josiah turned4 himself, he spied4 the sepulchres that [were] there in the mount, and sent,4 and took4 the bones out of the sepulchres, and burned4 [them] upon the altar, and polluted17 it, according to the word of the LORD which the man of God proclaimed,1 who proclaimed1 these words.
Then he said,4 What title [is] that that I see?6 And the men of the city told4 him, [It is] the sepulchre of the man of God, which came1 from Judah, and proclaimed4 these things that thou hast done1 against the altar of Bethel.
And all the houses also of the high places that [were] in the cities of Samaria, which the kings of Israel had made1 to provoke [the LORD] to anger,53 Josiah took away,52 and did4 to them according to all the acts that he had done1 in Bethel.
Moreover the [workers with] familiar spirits, and the wizards, and the images, and the idols, and all the abominations that were spied8 in the land of Judah and in Jerusalem, did Josiah put away,14 that he might perform53 the words of the law which were written7 in the book that Hilkiah the priest found1 in the house of the LORD.
And like unto him was there no king before him, that turned1 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 arose1 there [any] like him.
And the LORD said,4 I will remove55 Judah also out of my sight, as I have removed52 Israel, and will cast off1 this city Jerusalem which I have chosen,1 and the house of which I said,1 My name shall be there.
And his servants carried55 him in a chariot dead5 from Megiddo, and brought55 him to Jerusalem, and buried4 him in his own sepulchre. And the people of the land took4 Jehoahaz the son of Josiah, and anointed4 him, and made him king55 in his father's stead.
And Jehoiakim gave1 the silver and the gold to Pharaoh; but he taxed52 the land to give2 the money according to the commandment of Pharaoh: he exacted1 the silver and the gold of the people of the land, of every one according to his taxation, to give2 [it] unto Pharaohnechoh.