2 Kings 23

CLV(i) 1 And the king sends, and they gather unto him all the elders of Judah and Jerusalem, 2 and the king goes up to the house of Yahweh, and every man of Judah, and all the inhabitants of Jerusalem, with him, and the priests, and the prophets, and all the people, from small unto great, and he reads in their ears all the words of the book of the covenant that is found in the house of Yahweh. 3 And the king stands by the pillar, and makes the covenant before Yahweh, to walk after Yahweh, and to keep His commands, and His testimonies, and His statutes, with all the heart, and with all the soul, to establish the words of this covenant that are written on this book, and all the people stand in the covenant. 4 And the king commands Hilkiah the high priest, and the priests of the second order, and the keepers of the threshold, to bring out from the temple of Yahweh all the vessels that are made for Baal, and for the shrine, and for all the host of the heavens, and he burns them at the outside of Jerusalem, in the fields of Kidron, and has borne their ashes to Beth-El. 5 And he has caused to cease the idolatrous priests whom the kings of Judah have appointed, (and they make perfume in high places, in cities of Judah and suburbs of Jerusalem,) and those making perfume to Baal, to the sun, and to the moon, and to the planets, and to all the host of the heavens. 6 And he brings out the shrine from the house of Yahweh to the outside of Jerusalem, unto the brook Kidron, and burns it at the brook Kidron, and beats it small to dust, and casts its dust on the grave of the sons of the people. 7 And he breaks down the houses of the whoremongers that [are] in the house of Yahweh, where the women are weaving houses for the shrine. 8 And he brings in all the priests out of the cities of Judah, and defiles the high places where the priests have made perfume, from Geba unto Beer-Sheba, and has broken down the high places of the gates that [are] at the opening of the gate of Joshua, head of the city, that [is] on a man's left hand at the gate of the city;" 9 only, the priests of the high places come not up unto the altar of Yahweh in Jerusalem, but they have eaten unleavened things in the midst of their brethren. 10 And he has defiled Topheth, that [is] in the valley of the son of Hinnom, so that no man does cause his son and his daughter to pass over through fire to Molech. 11 And he causes to cease the horses that the kings of Judah have given to the sun from the entering in of the house of Yahweh, by the chamber of Nathan-Melech the eunuch, that [is] in the suburbs, and the chariots of the sun he has burnt with fire. 12 And the altars that [are] on the top of the upper chamber of Ahaz, that the kings of Judah made, and the altars that Manasseh made in the two courts of the house of Yahweh, has the king broken down, and removes thence, and has cast their dust unto the brook Kidron. 13 And the high places that [are] on the front of Jerusalem, that [are] on the right of the mount of corruption, that Solomon king of Israel had built to Ashtoreth abomination of the Zidonians, and Chemosh abomination of Moab, and to Milcom abomination of the sons of Ammon, has the king defiled. 14 And he has broken in pieces the standing-pillars, and cuts down the shrines, and fills their place with bones of men;" 15 and also the altar that [is] in Beth-El, the high place that Jeroboam son of Nebat made, by which he made Israel sin, both that altar and the high place he has broken down, and does burn the high place--he has beat it small to dust, and has burnt the shrine. 16 And Josiah turns, and sees the graves that [are] there in the mount, and sends and takes the bones out of the graves, and burns [them] on the altar, and defiles it, according to the word of Yahweh that the man of Elohim proclaimed, who proclaimed these things. 17 And he said, `What [is] this sign that I see?' and the men of the city say unto him, `The grave of the man of Elohim who has come from Judah, and proclaims these things that you have done concerning the altar of Beth-El.. 18 And he said, `Let him alone, let no man touch his bones;' and they let his bones escape, with the bones of the prophet who came out of Samaria. 19 And also all the houses of the high places that [are] in the cities of Samaria, that the kings of Israel made to provoke to anger, has Josiah turned aside, and does to them according to all the deeds that he did in Beth-El. 20 And he slays all the priests of the high places who [are] there by the altars, and burns the bones of man upon them, and turns back to Jerusalem. 21 And the king commands the whole of the people, saying, `Make you a passover to Yahweh your Elohim, as it is written on this book of the covenant.. 22 Surely there has not been made like this passover from the days of the judges who judged Israel, even all the days of the kings of Israel, and of the kings of Judah;" 23 but in the eighteenth year of king Josiah, has this passover been made to Yahweh in Jerusalem. 24 And also, those having familiar spirits, and the wizards, and the teraphim, and the idols, and all the abominations that were seen in the land of Judah, and in Jerusalem, has Josiah put away, in order to establish the words of the law that are written on the book that Hilkiah the priest has found in the house of Yahweh. 25 And like him there has not been before him a king who turned back unto Yahweh with all his heart, and with all his soul, and with all his might, according to all the law of Moses, and after him there has none risen like him. 26 Only, Yahweh has not turned back from the fierceness of His great anger with which His anger burned against Judah, because of all the provocations with which Manasseh provoked him, 27 and Yahweh said, `Also Judah I turn aside from my presence, as I turned Israel aside, and I have rejected this city that I have chosen--Jerusalem, and the house of which I said, My name is there.. 28 And the rest of the matters of Josiah, and all that he did, are they not written on the book of the Chronicles of the kings of Judah? 29 In his days has Pharaoh-Nechoh king of Egypt come up against the king of Asshur, by the river Phrat, and king Josiah goes out to meet him, and he puts him to death in Megiddo, when he sees him. 30 And his servants cause him to ride dying from Megiddo, and bring him in to Jerusalem, and bury him in his own grave, and the people of the land take Jehoahaz son of Josiah, and anoint him, and cause him to reign instead of his father. 31 A son of twenty and three years [is] Jehoahaz in his reigning, and three months he has reigned in Jerusalem, and the name of his mother [is] Hamutal daughter of Jeremiah of Libnah, 32 and he does the evil thing in the eyes of Yahweh, according to all that his fathers did, 33 and Pharaoh-Nechoh binds him in Riblah, in the land of Hamath, from reigning in Jerusalem, and he puts a fine on the land--a hundred talents of silver, and a talent of gold. 34 And Pharaoh-Nechoh causes Eliakim son of Josiah to reign instead of Josiah his father, and turns his name to Jehoiakim, and Jehoahaz he has taken away, and he comes in to Egypt, and dies there. 35 And the silver and the gold has Jehoiakim given to Pharaoh; only he valued the land to give the silver by the command of Pharaoh; from each, according to his valuation, he exacted the silver and the gold, from the people of the land, to give to Pharaoh-Nechoh. 36 A son of twenty and five years [is] Jehoiakim in his reigning, and eleven years he has reigned in Jerusalem, and the name of his mother [is] Zebudah daughter of Pedaiah of Rumah, 37 and he does the evil thing in the eyes of Yahweh, according to all that his fathers did.