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Amon's Reign over Judah. Josiah's Reign. The Temple repaired have commanded them, and accord- | Haruz of Jotbah. 20 And he di ing to all the law that my servant that which was evil in the sigh Moses commanded them. 9 But of Jehovah, as did Manasseh hi they hearkened not: and Manasseh father. 21 And he walked in a seduced them to do that which is the way that his father walked in evil more than did the nations and served the idols that his fathe whom Jehovah destroyed before served, and worshipped them the children of Israel.

22 and he forsook Jehovah, th 10 And Jehovah spake by his ser- God of his fathers, and walked no vants the prophets, saying, 11 Be- in the way of Jehovah. 23 And the cause Manasseh king of Judah hath servants of Amon conspired agains done these abominations, and hath him, and put the king to death ir done wickedly above all that the his own house. 24 But the people Amorites did, that were before him, of the land slew all them that had and hath made Judah also to sin conspired against king Amon; and with his idols ; 12 therefore thus the people of the land made Josiah saith Jehovah,'the God of Israel, his son king in his stead. 25 Now Behold, I bring such evil upon Jeru- the rest of the acts of Amon which salem and Judah, that whosoever he did, are they not written in the heareth of it, both his ears shall book of the chronicles of the kings tingle. 13 And I will stretch over of Judah? 26 And he was buried Jerusalem the line of Samaria, and in his sepulchre in the garden of the plummet of the house of Ahab; Uzza; and Josiah his son reigned wipeth a dish, wiping it and turning 22 when he began to reign; and and I will wipe Jerusalem as a man in his stead.

Josiah was eight years old it upside down. 14 And I will cast off the remnant of mine inheritance, he reigned thirty and one years and deliver them into the hand of in Jerusalem: and his mother's their enemies; and they shall be- name was Jedidah the daughter come a prey and a spoil to all their of Adaiah of Bozkath. 2 And he enemies ; 15 because they have done did that which was right in the eyes that which is evil in my sight, and of Jehovah, and walked in all the have provoked me to anger, since way of David his father, and turned the day their father's came forth out not aside to the right hand or to the of Egypt, even unto this day.

left. 16 Moreover Manasseh shed inno 3 And it came to pass in the eighcent blood very much, till he had teenth year of king Josiah, that the filled Jerusalem from one end to king sent Shaphan, the son of Azaanother; besides his sin wherewith liah the son of Meshullam, the he made Judah to sin, in doing that scribe, to the house of Jehovah, which was evil in the sight of Jeho- saying, 4 Go up to Hilkiah the high vah. 17 Now the rest of the acts of priest, that he may sum the money Manasseh, and all that he did, and which is brought into the house of his sin that he sinned, are they not Jehovah, which the keepers of the written in the book of the chronicles threshold have gathered of the peoof the kings of Judah? 18 And ple: 5 and let them deliver it into Manasseh slept with his fathers, the hand of the workmen that have and was buried in the garden

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burned incense unto other gods, 8 And Hilkiah the high priest that they might provoke me to said unto Shaphan the scribe, I anger with all the work of their have found the book of the law in hands, therefore my wrath shall be the house of Jehovah. And Hilkiah kindled against this place, and it delivered the book to Shaphan, and shall not be quenched. 18 But unto he read it. 9 And Shaphan the the king of Judah, who sent you to scribe came to the king, and brought inquire of Jehovah, thus shall ye say the king word again, and said, Thy to him, Thus saith Jehovah, the God servants have lemptied out the of Israel: As touching the words money that was found in the house, which thou hast heard, 19 because and have delivered it into the hand thy heart was tender, and thou didst of the workmen that have the over- humble thyself before Jehovah, sight of the house of Jehovah. when thou heardest what I spake 10 And Shaphan the scribe told against this place, and against the the king, saying, Hilkiah the priest inhabitants thereof, that they should hath delivered me a book. And become. 4 a desolation and a curse, Shaphan read it before the king. and hast rent thy clothes, and wept 11 And it came to pass, when the before me; I also have heard thee, king had heard the words of the saith Jehovah. 20 Therefore, bebook of the law, that he rent his hold, I will gather thee to thy fathclothes. 12 And the king com-ers, and thou shalt be gathered to manded Hilkiah the priest, and thy grave in peace, neither shall Ahikam the son of Shaphan, and thine eyes see all the evil which I Achbor the son of Micaiah, and Sha- will bring upon this place. And phan the scribe, and Asaiah the they brought the king word again. kimeline servant, saying, 13 Go fe 23 and the king bent, and

they the people and for all Judah, con- ders of Judah and of Jerusalem. 2 cerning the words of this book that | And the king went up to the house is found; for great is the wrath of of Jehovah, and all the men of Judah Jehovah that is kindled against us, and all the inhabitants of Jerusalem because our fathers have not heark- with him, and the priests, and the ened unto the words of this book, to prophets, and all the people, both do according unto all that which is small and great: and he read in their 2 written concerning, us.

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Josiah institutes a General Religious Reformation that were made for Baal, and for chamber of Ahaz, which the kings the Asherah, and for all the host of of Judah had made, and the altars heaven; and he burned them with which Manasseh had made in the out Jerusalem in the fields of the two courts of the house of Jehovah, Kidron, and carried the ashes of did the king break down, and beat them unto Beth-el. 5 And he put them down from thence, and cast down the 1 idolatrous priests, whom the dust of them into the brook the kings of Judah had ordained to Kidron. 13 And the high places burn incense in the high places in that were before Jerusalem, which the cities of Judah, and in the places were on the right hand of the mount round about Jerusalem ; them also of 7 corruption, which Solomon the that burned incense unto Baal, to king of Israel had builded for the sun, and to the moon, and to the Ashtoreth the abomination of the 2 planets, and to all the host of Sidonians, and for Chemosh the heaven. 6 And he brought out the abomination of Moab, and for MilAsherah from the house of Jehovah, com the abomination of the children without Jerusalem, unto the brook of Ammon, did the king defile. 14 Kidron, and burned it at the brook And he brake in pieces the 8 pillars, Kidron, and beat it to dust, and cast and cut down the Asherim, and the dust thereof upon the graves of filled their places with the bones

common people. 7. And he of men. brake down the houses of the sodom 15 Moreover the altar that was at ites, that were in the house of Jeho- Beth-el, and the high place which vah, where the women wove 4 hang- Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who ings for the Asherah. 8 And he made Israel to sin, had made, even brought all the priests out of the that altar and the high place he cities of Judah, and defiled the high brake down; and he burned the high places where the priests had burned place and beat it to dust, and burned incense, from Geba to Beer-sheba ; the Asherah. 16 And as Josiah and he brake down the high places turned himself, he spied the sepulof the gates that were at the en- chres that were there in the mount; trance of the gate of Joshua the gov- and he sent, and took the bones out ernor of the city, which were on a of the sepulchres, and burned them man's left hand at the gate of the upon the altar, and defiled it, accity. 9 Nevertheless the priests of cording, to the word of Jehovah the high places came not up to the which the man of God proclaimed, altar of Jehovah in Jerusalem, but who proclaimed these things. 17 they did eat unleavened bread among Then he said, What monument is their brethren. 10 And he defiled that which I see? And the men of Topheth, which is in the valley of the city told him, It is the sepulchre the 5 children of Hinnom, that no of the man of God, who came from man might make his son or his Judah, and proclaimed these things daughter to pass through the fire to that thou hast done against the altar Molech. 11 And he took away the of Beth-el. 18 And he said, Let horses that the kings of Judah had him be ; let no man move his bones. given to the sun, at the entrance of So they let his bones alone, with the the house of Jehovah, by the cham- bones of the prophet that came out ber of Nathan-melech the chamber of Samaria. 19 And all the houses lain, which was in the precincts; also of the high places that were and he burned the chariots of the in the cities of Samaria, which the sun with fire. 12 And the altars kings of Israel had made to provoke that were on the roof of the upper Jehovah to anger, Josiah took away,

and did to them according to all the Theb. Chemarim. See Hos. 10.5; Zeph. 1. 4. acts that he had done in Beth-el. irre signs 3 Heb. children of the people.

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Josiah slain. Jehoahaz King. Deposed by Pharaoh, who makes Jehoiakim King 20 And he 1 slew all the priests of Pharaoh-necoh slew him at Megiddo, the high places that were there, upon when he had seen him. 30 And his the altars, and burned men's bones servants carried him in a chariot upon them; and he returned to dead from Megiddo, and brought Jerusalem.

him to Jerusalem, and buried him 21 And the king commanded all in his own sepulchre. And the peothe people, saying, Keep the pass- ple of the land took Jehoahaz the over unto Jehovah your God, as it son of Josiah, and anointed him, is written in this book of the cove- and made him king in his father's nant. 22 Surely there was not kept stead. such a passover from the days of the 31 Jehoahaz was twenty and three judges that judged Israel, 2 nor in years old when he began to reign; all the days of the kings of Israel, and he reigned three months in nor of the kings of Judah ; 23 þut in Jerusalem: and his mother's name the eighteenth year of king Josiah was Hamutal the daughter of JereWas this passover kept to Jehovah miah of Libnah. 32 And he did in Jerusalem.

that which was evil in the sight of 24 Moreover them that had famil. Jehovah, according to all that his iar spirits, and the wizards, and the fathers had done. 33 And Pharaohteraphim, and the idols, and all necoh put him in bonds at Riblah the abominations that were seen in in the land of Hamath, 4 that he the land of Judah and in Jerusalem, might not reign in Jerusalem; and did Josiah put away, that he

might put the land to a 5 tribute of a hun3 confirm the words of the law which dred talents of silver, and a talent were written in the book that Hil- of gold.. 34 And Pharaoh-necoh kiah the priest found in the house made Eliakim the son of Josiah of Jehovah. 25 And like unto him king in the room of Josiah his was there no king before him, that father, and changed his name to tumed to Jehovah with all his heart, Jehoiakim: but he took Jehoahaz and with all his soul, and with all away, and he came to Egypt, and his might, according to all the law died there. 35 And Jehoiakim gave of Moses; neither after him arose the silver and the gold to Pharaoh ; there any like him.

but he taxed the land to give the 26 Notwithstanding,

Jehovah money according to the commandturned not from the fierceness of ment of Pharaoh: he exacted the his great wrath, wherewith his silver and the gold of the people of anger was kindled against Judah, the land, of every one according to because of all the provocations his taxation, to give it unto PharaohWherewith Manasseh had provoked necoh. him. 27 And Jehovah said, I will

36 Jehoiakim was twenty and five remove Judah also out of my sight, years old when he began to reign; as I have removed Israel, and I and he reigned eleven years in Jeruwill cast off this city which I have salem: and his mother's name was chosen, even Jerusalem, and the Zebidah the daughter of Pedaiah of house of which I said, 'My name Rumah. 37 And he did that which shall be there.

was evil in the sight of Jehovah, ac28 Now the rest of the acts of cording to all that his fathers had Josiah, and all that he did, are they done. eine written in the book of the chron. 24 In kise days Nebuchadnezhis days Pharaoh-necoh king of up, and Jehoiakim became his serEgypt went up against the king of vant

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Jehoiakim subject to Babylon. Jehoiachin King. Jerusalem captured Chaldeans, and bands of the Syrians, Jerusalem, and all the princes, and and bands of the Moabites, and all the mighty men of valor, even bands of the children of Ammon, ten thousand captives, and all the and sent them against Judah to craftsmen and the smiths; none destroy it, according to the word of remained, save the poorest sort of Jehovah, which he spake by his ser- the people of the land. 15 And vants the prophets. 3 Surely at the he carried away Jehoiachin to commandment of Jehovah came this Babylon; and the king's mother, upon Judah, to remove them out of and the king's wives, and his offihis sight, for the sins of Manasseh, cers, and the 2 chief men of the land, according to all that he did, 4 and carried he into captivity from Jerualso for the innocent blood that he salem to Babylon. 16 And all the shed ; for he filled Jerusalem with men of might, even seven thousand, innocent blood : and Jehovah would and the craftsmen and the smiths a not pardon. 5 Now the rest of the thousand, all of them strong and apt acts of Jehoiakim, and all that he for war, even them the king of did, are they not written in the book Babylon brought captive to Babyof the chronicles of the kings of Ju- lon. 17 And the king of Babydah ? 6 So Jehoiakim slept with lon made Mattaniah, Jehoiachin's his fathers; and Jehoiachin his son father's brother, king in his stead, reigned in his stead. 7 And the and changed his name to Zedekiah. king of Egypt came not again any 18 Zedekiah was twenty and one more out of his land ; for the king years old when he began to reign; of Babylon had taken, from the and he reigned eleven years in Jerubrook of Egypt unto the river salem: and his mother's name was Euphrates, all that pertained to 3 Hamutal the daughter of Jeremiah the king of Egypt.

of Libnah. 19 And he did that 8 Jehoiachin was eighteen years which was evil in the sight of Jehoold when he began to reign; and he vah, according to all that Jehoiakim reigned in Jerusalem three months : had done. 20 For through the anger and his mother's name was Nehushta of Jehovah did it come to pass in the daughter of Elnathan of Jerusa- Jerusalem and Judah, until he had lem. 9 And he did that which was cast them out from his presence. evil in the sight of Jehovah, accord And Zedekiah rebelled against ing to all that his father had done. lo At that time the servants of 25 the king of

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it came to pass in the ninth Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon year of his reign, in the tenth came up to Jerusalem, and the city month, in the tenth day of the was besieged. 11 And Nebuchad- month, that Nebuchadnezzar king nezzar king of Babylon came unto of Babylon came, he and all his the city, while his servants were be- army, against Jerusalem, and ensieging it; 12 and Jehoiachin the camped against it; and they built king of Judah went out to the king forts against it round about. 2 So of Babylon, he, and his mother, and the city was besieged unto the bis servants, and his princes, and eleventh year of king Zedekiah. his l officers: and the king of Baby- 3 On the ninth day of the fourth lon took him in the eighth year of month the famine was sore in the his reign. 13 And he carried out city, so that there was no bread for thence all the treasures of the house the people of the land. 4 Then a of Jehovah, and the treasures of the breach was made in the city, and all king's house, and cut in pieces all the men of war fled by night by the the vessels of gold, which Solomon way of the gate between the two king of Israel had made in the tem- walls, which was by the king's ple of Jehovah, as Jehovah had garden (now the Chaldeans were said. 14 And he carried away all against the city round about); and 1 Or, eunuchs

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