VIN(i) 1 Josiah was eight years old when he became king. He ruled in Jerusalem thirty-one years. His mother's name was Jedidah daughter of Adaiah of Bozkath. 2 And he did what was right in the eyes of the LORD and walked in all the way of David his father and did not turn aside to the right hand or to the left. 3 And the eighteenth year of his reign king Josiah sent Shaphan the son of Azaliah the son of Meshullam the scribe to the house of the LORD, saying, 4 Go up to Hilkijah the high priest, that he may sum up the money which is brought into the house of the LORD, which the doorkeepers have gathered of the people, 5 Have them deliver it to the workmen who are supervising the LORD's temple, so that they may pay it over to the workmen who serve in the LORD's temple to repair its damages, 6 to the carpenters and the builders and the masons, and to buy timber and hewn stone to repair the house. 7 Only they did not call them to account for the money that was given to them, because they dealt faithfully. 8 And Hilkiah the high priest said to Shaphan the scribe, "I have found the book of the law in the temple of the LORD." And Hilkiah gave the book to Shaphan, and he read it. 9 The scribe Shaphan reported to the king: "We have taken the money donated in the temple and have given it to the workmen who are in charge of the LORD's House." 10 Then Shaphan the scribe informed the king, "Hilkiah the priest has given me a book." Then Shaphan read from it in the king's presence. 11 When the king had heard the words of the book of the law, he tore his clothes. 12 The king commanded Hilkiah the priest, Ahikam the son of Shaphan, Achbor the son of Micaiah, Shaphan the scribe, and Asaiah the king's servant, saying, 13 “Go inquire of the LORD for me, and for the people, and for all Judah, concerning the words of this book that is found; for great is the LORD's wrath that is kindled against us, because our fathers have not listened to the words of this book, to do according to all that which is written concerning us.” 14 So Hilkiah the priest, and Ahikam, and Achbor, and Shaphan, and Asaiah, went to Huldah the prophetess, the wife of Shallum the son of Tikvah, the son of Harhas, keeper of the wardrobe (now she dwelt in Jerusalem in the second quart 15 She told them: "This is what the LORD God of Israel says: Tell the man who sent you to me: 16 'This is what the LORD says: "I am going to bring disaster on this place and on the people living here. This is according to everything written in the book that the king of Judah has read. 17 Because they have forsaken me and have burned incense to other gods, that they might provoke me to anger with all the work of their hands, therefore my wrath will be kindled against this place and it will not be quenched. 18 But to the king of Judah, who sent you to inquire of the LORD, tell him, “the LORD the God of Israel says, 'Concerning the words which you have heard, 19 because your heart was tender and you have humbled yourself before the LORD, when you heard what I spoke against this place, and against its people (that they should become a waste and a curse, and have torn your clothes and wept before Me), I have heard you, says the LORD. 20 'Therefore behold, I will gather you to your fathers, and you will be gathered to your grave in peace. Your eyes will not see all the evil which I will bring on this place.'”'” So they brought this message back to the king.