2 Kings 23
1 And the king sent them and they gathered all the elders of Judah and Jerusalem to him.
2 And the king went up to the house of Jehovah with all the men of Judah, and with him
all the inhabitants of Jerusalem; the priests and the prophets and all the people, both small
and great. And he read in their ears all the Words of the Book of the Covenant which was
found in the house of Jehovah.
3 Then the king stood by the pillar and made a covenant before Jehovah, to follow
Jehovah and to keep His commandments and His testimonies and His statutes, with all his
heart and all his soul, to perform the Words of this covenant that were written in this Book.
And all the people stood for the covenant.
4 And the king commanded Hilkiah the high priest, the priests of the second order, and
the doorkeepers, to bring out of the temple of Jehovah all the articles that were made for
Baal, for the grove, and for all the host of the heavens; and he burned them outside
Jerusalem in the fields of Kidron, and carried their ashes to Bethel.
5 And he put an end to the idolatrous priests whom the kings of Judah had dedicated to
burn incense on the high places in the cities of Judah and in the places all around
Jerusalem, and those burning incense to Baal, to the sun, to the moon, to the zodiac, and to
all the host of the heavens.
6 And he brought out the grove from the house of Jehovah, to the Brook Kidron outside
Jerusalem, burned it at the Brook Kidron and pulverized the ashes, and threw its ashes on
the graves of the sons of the people.
7 And he tore down the houses of the male temple prostitutes that were in the house of
Jehovah, where the women were weaving shelters for the grove.
8 And he brought all the priests from the cities of Judah, and defiled the high places where
the priests had burned incense, from Geba to Beer-sheba; also he broke down the high
places at the gates which were at the entrance of the Gate of Joshua the governor of the
city, which were to one's left of the city gate.
9 Nevertheless the priests of the high places did not come up to the altar of Jehovah in
Jerusalem, but they ate unleavened bread among their brethren.
10 And he defiled Topheth, which is in the valley of the children of the sons of Hinnom,
that no man might make his son or his daughter pass through the fire to Molech.
11 And he did away with the horses that the kings of Judah had dedicated to the sun, at
the entrance to the house of Jehovah, by the chamber of Nathan-Melech, the official who
was in the court; and he burned the chariots of the sun with fire.
12 The altars that were on the roof of the upper chamber of Ahaz, which the kings of
Judah had made, and the altars which Manasseh had made in the two courts of the house
of Jehovah, the king beat them down and ran and hurled their dust into the Brook Kidron.
13 And the king defiled the high places that were east of Jerusalem, which were on the
south of the mount of corruption, which Solomon king of Israel had built for Ashtaroth the
abomination of the Sidonians, for Chemosh the abomination of the Moabites, and for
Milcom the abomination of the children of Ammon.
14 And he broke in pieces the sacred pillars and chopped down the groves, and filled
their places with the bones of men.
15 Moreover the altar that was at Bethel, and the high place which Jeroboam the son of
Nebat had made, by which he had made Israel to sin, both that altar and the high place he
tore down; and he burned the high place and pulverized it to dust, and burned the grove.
16 And as Josiah turned, he saw the tombs that were there on the mountain. And he sent
and took the bones out of the tombs and burned them on the altar, and defiled it according
to the Word of Jehovah which the man of God had proclaimed, who had proclaimed these
17 Then he said, What monument is this that I see? And the men of the city said to him, It
is the tomb of the man of God who came from Judah and proclaimed these things which
you have done against the altar of Bethel.
18 And he said, Let him alone; let no one disturb his bones. So they let his bones alone,
with the bones of the prophet that had come from Samaria.
19 And Josiah also took away all the houses of the high places that were in the cities of
Samaria, which the kings of Israel had made to provoke to anger; and he did to them
according to all the deeds he had done at Bethel.
20 And he slaughtered all the priests of the high places who were there, on the altars, and
burned men's bones on them; and he returned to Jerusalem.
21 And the king commanded all the people, saying, Keep the Passover to Jehovah your
God, as it is written in this Book of the Covenant.
22 Surely such a Passover had never been held since the days of the judges who judged
Israel, nor in all the days of the kings of Israel nor the kings of Judah.
23 It was in the eighteenth year of King Josiah that this Passover was observed unto
Jehovah in Jerusalem.
24 Moreover Josiah put away the mediums and fortunetellers, the household images and
idols, all the abominations that were seen in the land of Judah and in Jerusalem, that he
might perform the Words of the Law which were written in the Book that Hilkiah the priest
had found in the house of Jehovah.
25 And before him there was no king like him, who turned to Jehovah with all his heart,
with all his soul, and with all his might, according to all the Law of Moses; nor after him
has any arisen like him.
26 Nevertheless Jehovah had not turned from His great burning wrath, with which His
anger had been kindled against Judah, because of all the provocations with which
Manasseh had provoked Him.
27 And Jehovah said, I will also remove Judah from before My face, as I have removed
Israel, and will cast off this city Jerusalem which I have chosen, and the house of which I
had said, My name shall be there.
28 Now the rest of the acts of Josiah, and all that he did, are they not written in the book
of the Chronicles of the kings of Judah.
29 In his days Pharaoh Necho king of Egypt went up against the king of Assyria, to the
River Euphrates; and King Josiah went out to meet him. And Pharaoh Necho killed him at
Megiddo when he saw him.
30 And his servants made him ride dead from Megiddo, brought him to Jerusalem, and
buried him in his own tomb. And the people of the land took Jehoahaz the son of Josiah,
anointed him, and made him king in his father's place.
31 Jehoahaz was twenty-three years old when he became king, and he reigned three
months in Jerusalem. His mother's name was Hamutal the daughter of Jeremiah of Libnah.
32 And he did evil in the eyes of Jehovah, according to all that his fathers had done.
33 And Pharaoh Necho put him in bonds at Riblah in the land of Hamath, that he might
not reign in Jerusalem; and he imposed on the land a tribute of one hundred talents of
silver and a talent of gold.
34 And Pharaoh Necho made Eliakim the son of Josiah king in place of his father Josiah,
and changed his name to Jehoiakim. And Pharaoh took Jehoahaz and he came to Egypt,
and he died there.
35 And Jehoiakim gave the silver and gold to Pharaoh; but he taxed the land to give
money at the mouth of Pharaoh; he exacted the silver and gold from the people of the land,
from every one according to his assessment, to give it to Pharaoh Necho.
36 Jehoiakim was twenty-five years old when he became king, and he reigned eleven years
in Jerusalem. His mother's name was Zebudah the daughter of Pedaiah of Rumah.
37 And he did evil in the eyes of Jehovah, according to all that his fathers had done.