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Manasseh slept with his fathers, and was buried in the garden of his own house, in that of Uzzah; and (17) Amon his son reigned in his stead.. ..

19. Amon was twenty-two years old when he began to reign; and he reigned two years in Jerusalem; liis mother's name was Meshullemeth, Haruz of Jotbah's daughter. 20. And he did evil before the Eternal, as his father Manasseh did. 21. And he walked in all his father's ways, and served the idols that he served, worshipping them. 22. For he forsook the Eternal God of his fathers, and walked not in his way.

23. His servants conspired against him, and slew him in his own house. 24. But the people of the land slew all that conspired against him; and made (18) Josiah his son king in his stead.

25. The rest of Ainon's acts, are written in the Chronicles of the kings of Judah. 26. He was buried in his sepulchre, in the garden of Uzzah; and Josiah his son reigned in his stead.


JOSIAH THE BEST KING. . Josiah was eight years old when he began to reign; and he reigned thirty-one years in Jerusalem;. his mother's name was Jedidah, Adaiah of Boskath's daughter. 2. And he did right before the Eternal, ruling entirely like David his father.

3. In his eighteenth year, he sent Shaphan, son of Azaliah, son of Meshullam the scribe, to the Eter. nal's house, saying, 4. Go to Hilkiah the high priest, and cause him sum up the silver brought into the temple, which the door-keepers collected from the people; 5. And let them deliver it to the overseers of the work of the Eternal's house, to give it to the workers to repair its breaches, 6. To carpenters, and builders, and masons, and to buy timber and hewn stone to repair the house. 7. Let there be no

reckoning made with them of the money delivered to them, let them act in trust.

8. Now Hilkiah the high priest said to Shaphan the scribe, I found the book of the law in the Eter.! nal's house; so he gave it to Shaphan, who read it.

9. Then Shaphan came to the king, and said, Thy servants have summed up the money found in the house, and delivered it to the overseers of the work, of the Eternal's house; 10. He also said to the king, Hilkiah the priest delivered me a book; and he read it before the king. 11. And the king hearing the book of the law, rent his clothes. 12. And commanded Hilkiah the priest, Abikam, Shaphan's son, and Achbor, Michaiah's son, and Shaphan the scribe, and Asahiah the king's minister; say. ing, 13. Go enquire of the Eternal for me, and the people of all Judah, concerning the words of this book; for great is the wrath of the Eternal that is kindled against us, because our fathers have not hearkened to the words of this book, to do accord. ing to all that is prescribed to us.

14. So they went to Huldah the prophetess, wife of Shallum,son of Tikvah, son of Harhas, keeper of the wardrobe, (who dwelt in Jerusalem in the fa. bric of the second order; i. e. the college of the prophets next to the temple, Luke ü. 36, 37.), and they spoke to her.

15. Then she said to them, Thus saith the Eter. nal God of Israel, Tell the man that sent you to me, 16. Behold, I will bring evil on this place, and its inhabitants, even all the threatnings of the book the king of Judah hath read; 17. Because they have forsaken me, and burnt incense to other gods, provoking me to anger with all the works they can do; therefore my wrath shall be kindled against this place, and not be quenched. 18. But to the king of Judah, who sent you to enquire of the Eternal, ye shall say, Thus saith the Eternal God of Israel, touching the words thou hast heard; 19. Because

*: thine heart was tender, and thou hast humbled thy.

self before the Eternal, when thou heardest what I to spakè against this place, and its inhabitants, that 31. they shall become a subject of astonishment and con

ü tempt, and hast rent thy clothes, and wept before 3. me; I also have heard thee, saith the Eternal. 20. De Lo, therefore, I will gather thee to thy fathers, and

thou shalt be gathered into thy grave in the peace : of the kingdom, and thine eyes shall not see all to the evil which I will bring upon this place. So they

: related this to the king.



The king caused gather to him all the elders of
Judah, and of Jerusalem. 2. And he went to the
Eternal's house, with all the men of Judah, and in-
habitants of Jerusalem, the priests, and the pro.
phets, and all the people, both small and great; and
he read to them all the book of the covenant which
was found in the Eternal's house.
į 3. The king then placed on a tribunal, made a
covunant before the Eternal, to walk in his law, and
keep his.commands, testimonies, and statutes, with
all their heart, and soul, to perform this covenant
as written in the law; and all the people consented.
4. Then the king-commanded Hilkiah the high
priest, and the priests of the second order, and the
door-keepers, to bring out of the temple, all the
Vessels made for Baal, and the grove idol, and all
the host of heaven; and he burnt them without Je.
rusalem in the fields of Kidron, and carried their
ashes to Beth-el. 5. And he deposed the idolatrous
priests, whom the kings of Judah ordained to offer
incense in the high places of the cities of Judalı, and
about Jerusalem; them also that burnt incense to
Baal, to the sun, the moon, and the planets, (or


twelve signs of the zodiac,) and all the host of hea. ven. 6. And he brought the grove idol out of the Eternal's house, to the brook Kidron, without Jeru. salem, and burnt it there, and beat it to powder, and cast its powder on the graves of the common people. 7. And he demolished the Sodomites houses that were by the Eternal's house, where the women wove hangings for the grove idol; 8. And he removed all the priests out of Judah's cities, and defiled the high places where they burnt incense, fromGeba to Beer-sheba, and demolished the high places of the satyrs at the entrance of Joshua's gate, the city's governor, on the left hand, at the city gate.

9. The priests of the high places came not to the Eternal's altar in Jerusalem, but ate unleavened bread among their brethren. 10. And he defiled Topheth, in the valley of Hinnom's sons, that no man might make his son or daughter pass through the fire to Molach there. 11. And he removed the horses which the kings of Judah dedicated to the sun, at the entrance of the Eternal's house by Nathan-melech's chamber, the chamberlain in the suburbs, and burnt the sun's chariots. 12. And the altars on the roof of Ahaz's summer house, which the kings of Judah made, and those Manasseh made in the two courts of the Eternal's house, Josiah brake down, and cast their dust into the brook Kidron. 13. And the high places opposi:e to Jeru. salem, on the right hand of mount Olivet, which Solomon, king of Israel, huilded for Ashtaroth, the Zidonians' abomination, and for Chemosh the Moabites' abomination, and for Milcom the Ammonites' abomination, the king defiled. 14. He brake in pieces the images, and cut down the groves, and filled their places with the bones of men. · 15. The altar also at Bethel, and the high places which Jeroboam, Nebat's son, who made Israel to sin, had made, he brake down the high place, and burnt and beat to powder the grove. 16. Then Jo

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siah looking around saw the sepulchres on the mount there, and sending took the bones out of them, and burnt them on the altar, and polluted it, as the Eternal foretold by the man of God (3 Kings xiii. 2). 17. Then he said, What monument is this? And the citizens said, It is the man of God's se. pulchre, who came from Judah, and prophesied all that thou hast done against the altar of Beth-el. 18. Then he said, Let none move his bones. So they let them alone, with the prophet's bones, that came out of Samaria. 19. All the high places in Samaria's cities, which the kings of Israel made, to provoke the Eternal, Josiah removed, as he had done in Beth-el. 20. And he slew all the priests of the high places there on the altars, and burnt mens' bones on them, and returned to Jerusalem.

21. Then he commanded all the people, saying, Keep the passover to the Eternal your God, as it is written in the book of this covenant. 22. There was not such a passover kept from the days of the Judges, even all the time of the kings of Israel, and Judah, 23. As in the eighteenth year of Josiah, wherein this passover was kept to the Eternal in Jerusalem.

24. Moreover, the necromancers and fortune-tel. lers, the household and tutelary gods, and all the other abominations that were seen in the land of Judah, and in Jerusalem, Josiah abolished, to perform the rules of the book of the law, that Hi!. kiah the priest found in the Eternal's house. 25. There was no king before him like him, that turned to the Eternal with all his heart, and soul, and might, according to all the law of Moses; nor after him arose there any like him.

26. Yet the Eternal relented not from the great fierceness of his wrath, kindled against Judah, by all Manasseh's provocations. 27. For he said, I will remove Judab also out of my sight, as I removed Israel, and cast off this city which I have chosen,



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