2 Kings 22

Thomson(i) 1 Josias was eight years old when he began to reign, and he reigned thirty one years in Jerusalem, and his mother's name was Jedia. She was a daughter of Edria of Basuroth. 2 He did that which was right in the sight of the Lord, and walked in all the ways of David his father, and turned not aside to the right nor to the left. 3 Accordingly in the eighteenth year of king Josias in the eighth month, the king sent Sapphan son of Ezelias, son of Mesollam, the scribe of the house of the Lord, saying, 4 Go up to Chelkias the high priest and seal the money which is brought into the house of the Lord; which they who keep the weights have received from the people, 5 and let it be delivered into the hand of the board of works in the house of the Lord. And when he had given this to the board of works in the house of the Lord to defray the expence of the repairs of the house; 6 for the carpenters and the masons, and them who built the walls, and to purchase wood and hewn stone to repair the breaches of the house; 7 [now they to whom the money was given were not to be called to account, for they acted in confidence] 8 Chelkias the high priest said to Sapphan the scribe, I have found a book of the law in the house of the Lord. So Chelkias gave the book to Sapphan; and when he had read it 9 he went to the king in the house of the Lord, and having made report to the king, saying, Thy servants have melted the silver found in the house of the Lord, and have given it to the board of works which hath charge of the house; 10 Sapphan the scribe spake to the king, saying, Chelkias the priest hath given me a book. and Sapphan read it before the king. 11 And when the king heard the words of the book of the law he rent his clothes. 12 Then the king gave orders to Chelkias the priest and Achikam son of Sapphan and Achobar son of Michaias, and to Sapphan the scribe and Asaias a servant of the king, saying, 13 Go and inquire of the Lord concerning me and concerning all this people and concerning all Juda, and concerning the words of this book which is found. For great must be the wrath of the Lord which is kindled against us; because our fathers have not hearkened to the words of this book to do according to all that is written for us. 14 Accordingly Chelkias the priest went with Achikam and Achobar and Sapphan and Asaias to Olda the prophetess the mother of Sellem son of Thekuan, son of Aras the keeper of the wardrobe. Now she dwelt at Jerusalem in the Masena. And when they had spoken to her, 15 she said to them, Thus saith the Lord the God of Israel, Say to the man who hath sent you to me, 16 Thus saith the Lord, Behold I am bringing evils on this place and on the inhabitants thereof, even all the words of the book which the king of Juda hath read. 17 Because they have forsaken me and burned incense to other gods, that they might provoke me by the works of their hands, therefore my wrath shall be kindled against this place and shall not be quenched. 18 But to the king of Juda who hath sent you to inquire of the Lord, thus shall you say to him, Thus saith the Lord the God of Israel, With respect to the words which thou hast heard, 19 because thy heart was softened and thou didst humble thyself on the account of them soon as thou didst hear what I had spoken against this place and the inhabitants thereof; that they should become a desolation and a curse; and didst rend thy clothes and weep before me; for I heard, saith the Lord; 20 therefore behold I will gather thee to thy fathers and thou shalt be gathered to thy grave in peace, and thy eyes shall not see all the evils which I will bring on this place. When they brought back this answer to the king,