1Josiah was eight years old when he began to reign, and he reigned 31 years in Jerusalem; and his mother’s name was Jedidah the daughter of Adaiah of Bozkath.
2He did what was right in the eyes of Yahweh and walked in all the ways of David his father, and didn’t turn aside to the right hand or to the left.
3It came to pass in the 18th year of king Josiah that the king sent the scribe Shaphan, the son of Azaliah the son of Meshullam, to the house of Yahweh, saying,
4“Go up to Hilkiah the high priest, that he may total up the money that is brought into the house of Yahweh that the keepers of the threshold have gathered from the people.
5Let them deliver it into the hand of the workmen who have the oversight of the house of Yahweh, and let them then give it to the workmen who are in the house of Yahweh to repair the damage of the house,
6to the carpenters and to the builders and to the masons, and for buying timber and cut stone to repair the house.
7However there was no accounting made with them of the money that was delivered into their hand; for they dealt faithfully.”
9Shaphan the scribe came to the king and brought the king word again and said, “Your servants have emptied out the money that was found in the house and have delivered it into the hand of the workmen who have the oversight of the house of Yahweh.”
10Shaphan the scribe told the king, saying, “Hilkiah the priest has delivered a book to me.” Shaphan read it before the king.
11It came to pass, when the king had heard the words of the book of the law, that he tore his clothes.
12The king commanded Hilkiah the priest and Ahikam the son of Shaphan, and Achbor the son of Micaiah, and Shaphan the scribe, and Asaiah the king’s servant, saying,
13“Go inquire of Yahweh for me and for the people and for all Judah concerning the words of this book that is found, for great is the wrath of Yahweh that is kindled against us because our fathers have not listened to the words of this book to do according to everything that is written concerning us.”
14So 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 lived in Jerusalem in the second quarter) and they talked with her.
15She said to them, “This is what Yahweh the God of Israel says: ‘Tell the man who sent you to me,
16This is what Yahweh says: Behold, I will bring evil on this place and on its inhabitants, even all the words of the book that the king of Judah has read.
17Because they have forsaken me and have burned incense into smoke-perfume to other gods, angering me with all the work of their hands, therefore my wrath will be kindled against this place and it will not be quenched.
18But to the king of Judah, who sent you to inquire of Yahweh, thus you are to tell him: This is what Yahweh, the God of Israel, says: Concerning the words that you have heard,
19because your heart was tender and you humbled yourself before Yahweh when you heard what I spoke against this place and against its inhabitants, that they should become a desolation and a curse, and have torn your clothes and wept before me, I also have heard you, says Yahweh.
20Therefore 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 that I will bring on this place.’”
They brought back this message to the king.