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NEW WORLD TRANSLATION OF THE HOLY SCRIPTURES (1984 EDITION) See 2013 revision
34 Eight+ years old was Jo·si′ah+ when he began to reign, and for thirty-one years he reigned in Jerusalem.+ 2 And he proceeded to do what was right in Jehovah’s eyes+ and walk in the ways of David his forefather;+ and he did not turn aside to the right or to the left.+ 3 And in the eighth year of his reigning, while he was still a boy,+ he started to search+ for the God of David his forefather; and in the twelfth year he started to cleanse+ Judah and Jerusalem from the high places+ and the sacred poles+ and the graven images+ and the molten statues. 4 Further, they pulled down before him the altars+ of the Ba′als;+ and the incense stands+ that were up above he cut down from off them; and the sacred poles+ and the graven images+ and the molten statues he broke in pieces and reduced to powder,+ and then sprinkled [it] upon the surface of the burial places of those that used to sacrifice to them.+ 5 And the bones+ of priests he burned upon their altars.+ Thus he cleansed Judah and Jerusalem. 6 Also, in the cities of Ma·nas′seh+ and E′phra·im+ and Sim′e·on and clear to Naph′ta·li, in their devastated places all around, 7 he even went pulling down the altars+ and the sacred poles,+ and the graven images+ he crushed and reduced to powder;+ and all the incense stands+ he cut down in all the land of Israel, after which he returned to Jerusalem. 8 And in the eighteenth+ year of his reigning, when he had cleansed the land and the house, he sent Sha′phan+ the son of Az·a·li′ah and Ma·a·sei′ah the chief of the city and Jo′ah the son of Jo′a·haz the recorder to repair+ the house of Jehovah his God. 9 And they proceeded to come to Hil·ki′ah*+ the high priest* and give the money that was being brought to the house of God, which the Levites the doorkeepers+ had gathered from the hand of Ma·nas′seh+ and E′phra·im+ and from all the rest of Israel+ and from all Judah and Benjamin and the inhabitants of Jerusalem.* 10 Then they put [it] into the hand of the doers* of the work that were appointed over* the house of Jehovah.+ In turn the doers of the work who were active in the house of Jehovah applied it to mending and repairing the house. 11 So they gave it to the craftsmen and the builders+ to buy hewn stones+ and timbers for clamps and to build with beams the houses that the kings+ of Judah had brought to ruin. 12 And the men were acting in faithfulness+ in the work; and over them there were appointed Ja′hath and O·ba·di′ah the Levites, from the sons of Me·rar′i,+ and Zech·a·ri′ah and Me·shul′lam, from the sons of the Ko′hath·ites,+ to act as overseers. And the Levites, each of whom was expert with the instruments of song,+ 13 were over the burden bearers,+ and the overseers+ of all the doers of the work for the different services; and from the Levites+ there were secretaries+ and officers and gatekeepers.+ 14 Now while they were bringing out the money+ that was being brought to the house of Jehovah, Hil·ki′ah+ the priest found the book+ of Jehovah’s law+ by the hand of Moses.+ 15 So Hil·ki′ah answered and said to Sha′phan+ the secretary: “The very book of the law I have found in the house of Jehovah.” With that Hil·ki′ah gave the book to Sha′phan. 16 Then Sha′phan brought the book to the king and replied further to the king, saying: “All that has been put in the hand of your servants they are doing. 17 And they pour out the money that is found in the house of Jehovah and put it in the hand of the appointed men and into the hand of the doers of the work.”+ 18 And Sha′phan the secretary went on to report to the king, saying: “There is a book+ that Hil·ki′ah the priest gave me.”+ And Sha′phan began to read out of it before the king.+ 19 And it came about that as soon as the king heard the words of the law, he immediately ripped his garments apart.+ 20 Then the king commanded Hil·ki′ah+ and A·hi′kam+ the son of Sha′phan and Ab′don the son of Mi′cah and Sha′phan+ the secretary+ and A·sai′ah+ the king’s servant, saying: 21 “Go, inquire+ of Jehovah in my own behalf+ and in behalf of what is left in Israel and in Judah concerning the words of the book+ that has been found, for great is Jehovah’s rage+ that must be poured out against us because of the fact that our forefathers did not keep the word of Jehovah by doing according to all that is written in this book.”+ 22 Accordingly Hil·ki′ah along with those whom the king [had said]* went to Hul′dah+ the prophetess,+ the wife of Shal′lum the son of Tik′vah* the son of Har′has* the caretaker+ of the garments, as she was dwelling in Jerusalem in the second quarter; and they proceeded to speak to her like this. 23 In turn she said to them: “This is what Jehovah the God of Israel has said, ‘SAY* to the man that sent YOU to me: 24 “This is what Jehovah has said, ‘Here I am bringing calamity+ upon this place and its inhabitants,+ all the curses+ that are written in the book that they read before the king of Judah,+ 25 due to the fact that they have left me+ and gone making sacrificial smoke to other gods,+ in order to offend+ me with all the doings of their hands+ and that my rage+ may pour forth upon this place and not be extinguished.’”+ 26 And to the king of Judah, who is sending YOU to inquire of Jehovah, this is what YOU should say to him: “This is what Jehovah the God of Israel has said,+ ‘As regards the words+ that you have heard, 27 for the reason that your heart+ was soft so that you humbled+ yourself because of God* at your hearing his words concerning this place and its inhabitants, and you humbled yourself before me+ and ripped+ your garments apart and wept before me, I, even I, have heard,+ is the utterance of Jehovah. 28 Here I am gathering you to your forefathers, and you will certainly be gathered to your graveyard* in peace,+ and your eyes will not look upon all the calamity+ that I am bringing upon this place and its inhabitants.’”’”+ Then they brought the reply to the king. 29 And the king proceeded to send and gather all the older men of Judah and of Jerusalem.+ 30 The king now went up to the house of Jehovah+ with all the men of Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem and the priests+ and the Levites and all the people, the great as well as the small; and he began to read+ in their ears all the words of the book of the covenant, which had been found at the house of Jehovah.+ 31 And the king kept standing in his place+ and proceeded to conclude the covenant+ before Jehovah to go following Jehovah and to keep his commandments+ and his testimonies+ and his regulations+ with all his heart+ and with all his soul,+ to perform+ the words of the covenant that were written in this book.+ 32 Furthermore, he had all those who were found in Jerusalem and Benjamin to take their stand [to it]. And the inhabitants of Jerusalem proceeded to do according to the covenant of God, the God of their forefathers.+ 33 After that Jo·si′ah removed all the detestable+ things out of all the lands that belonged to the sons of Israel,+ and he had all who were found in Israel take up service, to serve Jehovah their God. All his days they did not turn aside from following Jehovah the God of their forefathers.+
^ Meaning “My Portion Is Jehovah.” Heb., Chil·qi·ya′hu.
^ Lit., “the great priest,” MLXXVg.
^ “The inhabitants of Jerusalem,” MTLXXSyVg; Mmargin and many Heb. mss, “they returned to Jerusalem.”
^ “Doers,” LXXSyVg and many Heb. mss; M, “doer.”
^ Or, “in.”
^ “Had said,” LXX; M omits.
^ Lit., “Tokhath.”
^ “Say,” imperative, masc., pl.
^ “God,” MVg; Sy, “Jehovah”; LXX, “me.”
^ Lit., “burial places.”