34 Eight years old was Josiah when he began to reign,—and thirty-one years reigned he in Jerusalem.
2 And he did that which was right in the eyes of Yahweh,—and walked in the ways of David his father, and turned not aside to the right hand or to the left.
3 And in the eighth year of his reign he being yet a boy he began to seek unto the God of David his father,—and in the twelfth year he began to purify Judah and Jerusalem from the high places and the Sacred Stems and the carved images and the molten images.
4 And they threw down before him, the altars of the Baalim and the sun-pillars which were on high above them he hewed down,—and the Sacred Stems and the carved images and the molten images brake he in pieces and ground to dust, and tossed over the face of the graves of them who had been sacrificing unto them.
5 And the bones of the priests burned he upon their altars,—and so purified Judah and Jerusalem:
6 also throughout the cities of Manasseh and Ephraim and Simeon even as far as Naphtali,—searched he their houses round about.
7 And when he had thrown down the altars and the Sacred Stems and the images he had beaten to powder, and the sun-pillars he had hewn down throughout all the land of Israel then returned he to Jerusalem.
8 And in the eighteenth year of his reign, when he had purified the land and the house he sent Shaphan son of Azaliah and Maaseiah the ruler of the city and Joah son of Joahaz the recorder, to repair the house of Yahweh his God.
9 So they went in unto Hilkiah the high priest and delivered the silver that had been brought into the house of God, which the Levites who kept the entrance-hall had collected from the hand of Manasseh and Ephraim and from all the remnant of Israel, and from all Judah and Benjamin,—and returned to Jerusalem.
10 And the overseers in the house of Yahweh delivered it into the hand of the doer of the work,—yea they delivered it to the doers of the work because they were working in the house of Yahweh, in searching and repairing the house:
11 yea they delivered it to the artificers and to the builders, to buy carved stones and timbers for the joinings,—and to build up the houses which the kings of Judah had destroyed.
12 Now the men were working faithfully in the work and over them as overseers were—Jahath and Obadiah Levites of the sons of Merari, and Zechariah and Meshullam of the sons of the Kohathites to preside,—and Levites, all who had understanding in instruments of song;
13 also over the burden-bearers and such as took the lead for everyone who was working in any manner of service,—and of the Levites were scribes and officers and doorkeepers.
14 Now as they were taking out the silver which had been brought into the house of Yahweh Hilkiah the priest found the Book of the Law of Yahweh by the hand of Moses.
15 Then spake up Hilkiah and said unto Shaphan the scribe, The Book of the Law have I found in the house of Yahweh,—and Hilkiah gave the book unto Shaphan.
16 Then Shaphan took in the book unto the king, and returned yet further unto the king a message, saying,—All that was delivered into the hand of thy servants they are doing;
17 and they have poured out the silver that was found in the house of Yahweh, and have delivered it into the hand of the overseers, and into the hand of the doers of the work.
18 Then Shaphan the scribe told the king, saying, A book hath Hilkiah the priest given to me. And Shaphan read therein before the king.
19 And it came to pass when the king heard the words of the law that he rent his clothes.
20 Then did the king command Hilkiah—and Ahikam son of Shaphan—and Abdon son of Micah—and Shaphan the scribe—and Asaiah servant of the king, saying:
21 Go, enquire of Yahweh for me and for the remnant in Israel and in Judah, concerning the words of the book which hath been found,—for great is the wrath of Yahweh which hath been poured out upon us, because our fathers kept not the word of Yahweh, to do according to all that is written in this book.
22 So Hilkiah and they whom the king had named went into Huldah the prophetess, wife of Shallum son of Tokhath son of Hasrah keeper of the wardrobe, she having her dwelling in Jerusalem in the new city,—and they spake unto her accordingly.
23 And she said unto them, Thus saith Yahweh God of Israel,—Say ye unto the man who hath sent you unto me:
24 Thus saith Yahweh, Behold me bringing in calamity 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 burned incense unto other gods, so as to provoke me to anger with all the works of their hands therefore hath my wrath been poured out upon this place and shall not be quenched.
26 But unto the king of Judah who hath sent you to enquire of Yahweh thus shall ye say unto him,—Thus saith Yahweh God of Israel, As touching the words which thou hast heard:
27 Because tender was thy heart and thou didst humble thyself before God when thou heardest his words against this place and against the inhabitants thereof, and didst humble thyself before me and didst rend thy clothes and weep before me therefore I also have heard, Is the declaration of Yahweh.
28 Behold me! gathering thee unto thy fathers and thou shalt be gathered unto thy sepulchres in peace, and thine eyes shall not look upon all the calamity which I am bringing in upon this place and upon the inhabitants thereof. And they returned unto the king the message.
29 Then the king sent,—and gathered together all the elders of Judah and Jerusalem.
30 And the king went up to the house of Yahweh—and all the men of Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem—and the priests and the Levites, and all the people from the great even unto the small,—and he read in their ears all the words of the book of the covenant, which had been found in the house of Yahweh.
31 And the king stood in his place and solemnised the covenant before Yahweh, to walk after Yahweh 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 that are written in this book.
32 And he caused to take a stand all that were present in Jerusalem and Benjamin,—and the inhabitants of Jerusalem did according to the covenant of God, the God of their fathers.
33 And Josiah removed all the abominations out of all the lands which belonged to the sons of Israel, and caused all that were present in Jerusalem to serve, yea to serve Yahweh their God,—all his days turned they not aside from following Yahweh, God of their fathers.