1Josiah kept a Passover to Yahweh in Jerusalem, and they slaughtered the Passover on the fourteenth day of the first month.
2He appointed the priests in their offices and encouraged them in the service of the house of Yahweh.
3And he said to the Levites who taught all Israel, who were holy to Yahweh, “Put the holy ark in the house that Solomon the son of David king of Israel built. For you, there is no longer a burden on the shoulders. Now serve Yahweh your God and his people Israel.
4“Prepare yourselves according to your fathers’ houses by your divisions, according to the writing of David king of Israel and according to the writing of Solomon his son.
5Stand in the holy place according to the divisions of the fathers’ houses of your relatives the common people,a and let there be Levites for each group from a fathers’ house.
6Slaughter the Passover and make yourselves holy, and prepare for your brothers to carry out the word of Yahweh by Moses.”
7Josiah gave to the children of the people—to all who were present—30,000 lambs and young goats from the flock and also 3,000 bulls, all of them for the Passover offerings; these were from the king’s personal property.
8His officials gave a freewill offering to the people, to the priests, and to the Levites. Hilkiah and Zechariah and Jehiel, the rulers of the house of God, gave to the priests 2,600 small livestock and 300 cattle for the Passover offerings.
9Conaniah also, and Shemaiah and Nethanel, his brothers, and Hashabiah and Jeiel and Jozabad, the chiefs of the Levites, gave to the Levites for the Passover offerings 5,000 small livestock, and 500 cattle.
10So the service was prepared and the priests stood in their place, and also the Levites, by their divisions according to the king’s commandment.
11They slaughtered the Passover, and the priests sprinkled the blood that they received from them,b and the Levites skinned the sacrifices.
12They set apart the burnt offerings so that they could distribute them according to the divisions of the fathers’ houses of the children of the people, so they could offer them to Yahweh, as it is written in the book of Moses. So they did that with the cattle.
13They roasted the Passover with fire according to the law, and they boiled the holy offerings in pots and in caldrons and in pans, and carried them quickly to all the children of the people.
14Afterward they prepared parts for themselves and for the priests, because the priests, the sons of Aaron, were offering the burnt offerings and the fat until night, so the Levites prepared parts for themselves and for the priests, the sons of Aaron.
15The singers, the sons of Asaph, were in their place, according to the commandment of David, and Asaph, and Heman, and Jeduthun the king’s seer. And the gatekeepers were at every gate; they did not need to depart from their service because their brothers the Levites prepared offerings for them.
16So all the service of Yahweh was prepared the same day, to keep the Passover and to offer burnt offerings on the altar of Yahweh according to the commandment of King Josiah.
17The children of Israel who were present kept the Passover at that time, and the Feast of Unleavened Bread, seven days.
18There was no Passover like that kept in Israel from the days of Samuel the prophet; nor did any of the kings of Israel keep such a Passover as Josiah kept, and the priests, and the Levites, and all Judah and Israel who were present, and the inhabitants of Jerusalem.
19In the eighteenth year of the reign of Josiah this Passover was kept.
20After all this, when Josiah had prepared the temple, Neco king of Egypt was going up to fight at Carchemish by the Euphrates, and Josiah went out against him.
21But Necoc sent ambassadors to him, saying, “What have I to do with you, king of Judah? I am not coming against you this day, but against the house with which I am at war. God has commanded me to make haste. Stop opposing God who is with me, so that he will not destroy you.”
22But Josiah would not turn his face from him, but disguised himself, in order to fight with him, and he did not listen to the words of Neco from the mouth of God, and went to fight in the Valley of Megiddo.
23The archers shot King Josiah, and the king said to his servants, “Take me away, because I am seriously wounded!”
24So his servants took him out of the chariot and put him in the second chariot that he had and brought him to Jerusalem. And he died and was buried in the tombs of his fathers, and all Judah and Jerusalem mourned for Josiah.
25Jeremiah lamented for Josiah, and all the male and female singers spoke of Josiah in their lamentations to this day, and they made reciting them an ordinance for Israel; and behold, they are written in the Laments.
26Now the rest of the acts of Josiah, and his covenant faithfulness in accord with what is written in the law of Yahweh,
27and his acts, first and last, behold, they are written in the Book of the Kings of Israel and Judah.