1 Octo annorum erat Iosias, cum regnare coepisset, et tri ginta et uno annis regnavit in Ierusalem.
2 Fecitque quod erat rectum in conspectu Domini, et ambulavit in viis David patris sui; non declinavit neque ad dextram neque ad sinistram.
3 Octavo autem anno regni sui, cum adhuc esset puer, coepit quaerere Deum patris sui David; et duodecimo anno coepit mundare Iudam et Ierusalem ab excelsis et palis sculptilibusque et conflatilibus.
4 Destruxeruntque coram eo aras Baalim; et thymiamateria, quae eis superposita fuerant, demolitus est; palos etiam et sculptilia et conflatilia succidit atque comminuit et super tumulos eorum, qui eis immolare consueverant, fragmenta dispersit.
5 Ossa praeterea sacerdotum combussit in altaribus ipsorum; mundavitque Iudam et Ierusalem,
6 sed et in urbibus Manasse et Ephraim et Simeon usque Nephthali, in plateis eorum undique
7 dissipavit altaria et palos et sculptilia contrivit in frusta; cunctaque thymiamateria demolitus est de universa terra Israel et reversus est Ierusalem.
8 Igitur anno octavo decimo regni sui, cum mundaret terram et domum, misit Saphan filium Eseliae et Maasiam principem civitatis et Ioah filium Ioachaz a commentariis, ut instaurarent domum Domini Dei sui.
9 Qui venerunt ad Helciam sacerdotem magnum acceptamque ab eo pecuniam, quae illata fuerat in domum Domini, et quam congregaverant Levitae ianitores de Manasse et Ephraim et universis reliquiis Israel ab omni quoque Iuda et Beniamin et habitatoribus Ierusalem,
10 tradiderunt in manibus opificum, qui praeerant in domo Domini, et illi dederunt eam operariis, qui operabantur in domo Domini, ut instaurarent templum et infirma quaeque sarcirent;
11 dederunt scilicet eam lignariis et caementariis, ut emerent lapides dolatos et ligna ad commissuras aedificii et ad contignationem domorum, quas destruxerant reges Iudae.
12 Qui fideliter cuncta faciebant. Erant autem praepositi operantium Iahath et Abdias Levitae de filiis Merari, Zacharias et Mosollam de filiis Caath, qui dirigebant opus. Omnes autem Levitae scientes organis canere
13 erant super eos, qui onera portabant et dirigebant omnes, qui varia opera faciebant. De Levitis quoque erant scribae et praefecti et ianitores.
14 Cumque efferrent pecuniam, quae illata fuerat in templum Domini, repperit Helcias sacerdos librum legis Domini per manum Moysi
15 et ait ad Saphan scribam: "Librum legis inveni in domo Domini". Et tradidit ei.
16 At ille intulit volumen ad regem et insuper nuntiavit ei dicens: "Omnia, quae dedisti in manu servorum tuorum, ecce complentur.
17 Argentum, quod repertum est in domo Domini, effuderunt, datum que est praefectis et operariis".
18 Et nuntiavit Saphan scriba regi dicens: "Librum tradidit mihi Helcias sacerdos". Et legebat illum Saphan coram rege.
19 Et factum est, cum audisset rex verba legis, scidit vestimenta sua
20 et praecepit Helciae et Ahicam filio Saphan et Abdon filio Micha, Saphan quoque scribae et Asaiae servo regis dicens:
34:21" Ite et consulite Dominum pro me et pro reliquiis Israel et Iudae super sermonibus libri, qui repertus est. Magnus enim furor Domini effusus est super nos, eo quod non custodierint patres nostri verba Domini, ut facerent iuxta omnia, quae scripta sunt in isto volumine".
22 Abiit igitur Helcias et hi, qui simul a rege missi fuerant, ad Holdam propheten uxorem Sellum filii Thecuae filii Haraas custodis vestium, quae habitabat in Ierusalem in secunda, et locuti sunt ei iuxta verba haec.
23 Et illa respondit eis: "Haec dicit Dominus, Deus Israel: Dicite viro, qui misit vos ad me:
24 Haec dicit Dominus: Ecce ego inducam mala super locum istum et super habitatores eius, cuncta maledicta, quae scripta sunt in libro hoc, quem legerunt coram rege Iudae,
25 quia dereliquerunt me et sacrificaverunt diis alienis, ut me ad iracundiam provocarent in cunctis operibus manuum suarum; idcirco effundetur furor meus super locum istum et non exstinguetur.
26 Ad regem autem Iudae, qui misit vos pro Domino consulendo, sic loquimini: Haec dicit Dominus, Deus Israel: Quoniam audisti verba voluminis,
27 atque emollitum est cor tuum, et humiliatus es in conspectu Dei super his, quae dicta sunt contra locum hunc et habitatores Ierusalem, humiliatusque coram me scidisti vestimenta tua et flevisti coram me, ego quoque audivi, dicit Dominus.
28 Ecce colligam te ad patres tuos, et infereris in sepulcrum tuum in pace; nec videbunt oculi tui omne malum, quod ego inducturus sum super locum istum et super habitatores eius". Rettuleruntque itaque regi cuncta, quae dixerat.
29 At ille, convocatis universis maioribus natu Iudae et Ierusalem,
30 ascendit domum Domini, unaque omnes viri Iudae et habitatores Ierusalem, sacerdotes et Levitae et cunctus populus a minimo usque ad maximum. Quibus audientibus, in domo Domini legit rex omnia verba voluminis foederis inventi in domo Domini.
31 Et stans in gradu suo percussit foedus coram Domino, ut ambularet post eum et custodiret praecepta et testimonia et iustificationes eius in toto corde suo et in tota anima sua faceretque verba foederis scripta in hoc libro.
32 Adiuravit quoque super hoc omnes, qui reperti fuerant in Ierusalem et Beniamin; et fecerunt habitatores Ierusalem iuxta pactum Domini, Dei patrum suorum.
33 Abstulit ergo Iosias cunctas abominationes de universis regionibus filiorum Israel et fecit omnes, qui inventi erant in Israel, servire Domino Deo suo. Cunctis diebus eius non recesserunt a Domino, Deo patrum suorum.
King James Version
1 Josiah was eight years old when he began to reign, and he reigned in Jerusalem one and thirty years.
2 And he did that which was right in the sight of the LORD, and walked in the ways of David his father, and declined neither to the right hand, nor to the left.
3 ¶ For in the eighth year of his reign, while he was yet young, he began to seek after the God of David his father: and in the twelfth year he began to purge Judah and Jerusalem from the high places, and the groves, and the carved images, and the molten images.
4 And they brake down the altars of Baalim in his presence; and the images, that were on high above them, he cut down; and the groves, and the carved images, and the molten images, he brake in pieces, and made dust of them, and strowed it upon the graves of them that had sacrificed unto them.
5 And he burnt the bones of the priests upon their altars, and cleansed Judah and Jerusalem.
6 And so did he in the cities of Manasseh, and Ephraim, and Simeon, even unto Naphtali, with their mattocks round about.
7 And when he had broken down the altars and the groves, and had beaten the graven images into powder, and cut down all the idols throughout all the land of Israel, he returned to Jerusalem.
8 ¶ Now in the eighteenth year of his reign, when he had purged the land, and the house, he sent Shaphan the son of Azaliah, and Maaseiah the governor of the city, and Joah the son of Joahaz the recorder, to repair the house of the LORD his God.
9 And when they came to Hilkiah the high priest, they delivered the money that was brought into the house of God, which the Levites that kept the doors had gathered of the hand of Manasseh and Ephraim, and of all the remnant of Israel, and of all Judah and Benjamin; and they returned to Jerusalem.
10 And they put it in the hand of the workmen that had the oversight of the house of the LORD, and they gave it to the workmen that wrought in the house of the LORD, to repair and amend the house:
11 Even to the artificers and builders gave they it, to buy hewn stone, and timber for couplings, and to floor the houses which the kings of Judah had destroyed.
12 And the men did the work faithfully: and the overseers of them were Jahath and Obadiah, the Levites, of the sons of Merari; and Zechariah and Meshullam, of the sons of the Kohathites, to set it forward; and other of the Levites, all that could skill of instruments of musick.
13 Also they were over the bearers of burdens, and were overseers of all that wrought the work in any manner of service: and of the Levites there were scribes, and officers, and porters.
14 ¶ And when they brought out the money that was brought into the house of the LORD, Hilkiah the priest found a book of the law of the LORD given by Moses.
15 And Hilkiah answered and said to Shaphan the scribe, I have found the book of the law in the house of the LORD. And Hilkiah delivered the book to Shaphan.
16 And Shaphan carried the book to the king, and brought the king word back again, saying, All that was committed to thy servants, they do it.
17 And they have gathered together the money that was found in the house of the LORD, and have delivered it into the hand of the overseers, and to the hand of the workmen.
18 Then Shaphan the scribe told the king, saying, Hilkiah the priest hath given me a book. And Shaphan read it before the king.
19 And it came to pass, when the king had heard the words of the law, that he rent his clothes.
20 And the king commanded Hilkiah, and Ahikam the son of Shaphan, and Abdon the son of Micah, and Shaphan the scribe, and Asaiah a servant of the king's, saying,
21 Go, enquire of the LORD for me, and for them that are left in Israel and in Judah, concerning the words of the book that is found: for great is the wrath of the LORD that is poured out upon us, because our fathers have not kept the word of the LORD, to do after all that is written in this book.
22 And Hilkiah, and they that the king had appointed, went to Huldah the prophetess, the wife of Shallum the son of Tikvath, the son of Hasrah, keeper of the wardrobe; (now she dwelt in Jerusalem in the college:) and they spake to her to that effect.
23 ¶ And she answered them, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, Tell ye the man that sent you to me,
24 Thus saith the LORD, Behold, I will bring evil 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 have burned incense unto other gods, that they might provoke me to anger with all the works of their hands; therefore my wrath shall be poured out upon this place, and shall not be quenched.
26 And as for the king of Judah, who sent you to enquire of the LORD, so shall ye say unto him, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel concerning the words which thou hast heard;
27 Because thine heart was tender, and thou didst humble thyself before God, when thou heardest his words against this place, and against the inhabitants thereof, and humbledst thyself before me, and didst rend thy clothes, and weep before me; I have even heard thee also, saith the LORD.
28 Behold, I will gather thee to thy fathers, and thou shalt be gathered to thy grave in peace, neither shall thine eyes see all the evil that I will bring upon this place, and upon the inhabitants of the same. So they brought the king word again.
29 ¶ Then the king sent and gathered together all the elders of Judah and Jerusalem.
30 And the king went up into the house of the LORD, and all the men of Judah, and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and the priests, and the Levites, and all the people, great and small: and he read in their ears all the words of the book of the covenant that was found in the house of the LORD.
31 And the king stood in his place, and made a covenant before the LORD, to walk after the LORD, 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 which are written in this book.
32 And he caused all that were present in Jerusalem and Benjamin to stand to it. And the inhabitants of Jerusalem did according to the covenant of God, the God of their fathers.
33 And Josiah took away all the abominations out of all the countries that pertained to the children of Israel, and made all that were present in Israel to serve, even to serve the LORD their God. And all his days they departed not from following the LORD, the God of their fathers.