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The good reign of Josiah.

the son of Meshullam, the scribe, to the house of the Lord, saying, 4 Go up to Hilkiah the high priest, that he may shin the silver which is brought into the house of the Lokd, which the keepers of the door have gathered of the people: 5 And let them deliver it into the hand of the doers of the work, that have the oversight of the house of the Lord: and let them give it to the doers of the work, which is in the house of the Lord, to repair the breaches of the house, 6 Unto carpenters, and builders, and masons, and to buy timber and hewn stone to repair the house. 7 Howbeit, there was no reckoning made with them of the money that was delivered into their hand, because they dealt Fo 8 Ts And Hilkiah the high priest said unto Shaphan the scribe, I have found the book of the law in the house of the Lord. And Hilkiah gave the book to Shaphan, and he read it. 9 And Shaphan the scribe came to the o and brought the king word again, and said, Thy servants have gathered the money that was found in the house, and have delivered it into the hand of them that do the work, that have the oversight of the house of the Lord. 10 And Shaphan the scribe shewed the king, saying, Hilkiah the priest hath delivered me a book. And Shaphan read it before the king. 11, And it came to pass, when the king had heard the words of the book of the law, that he rent his clothes. 12 And the ** commanded Hilkiah the priest, and Ahikam the son of Shaphan, and Achbor the son of Michaiah, and Shaphan the scribe, and Asahiah a servant of the king’s, sayin 13 Go ye, inquire of *ions 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 the Lord that is kindled against us, because our fathers have not hearkened unto the words of this book, to do according unto all that which is written concerning us. 14 So Hilkiah the priest, and Ahikam, and Achbor, and Shaphan, and Asahiah, went unto Huldah the prophetess, the wife of Shallum the son of Tikvah, the son of Harhas, keeper of the wardrobe; (now she dwelt in Jerusalem in the college;) and they communed with her. 15 T And she said unto them, Thus saith the Lord God of Israel, Tell the man that sent you to me, 16 Thus saith the Lord, Behold, I will bring evil upon this place, and upon the in

habitants thereof, even all the words of the

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book which the king of Judah hath read: 17 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 kindled against this place, and shall not be quenched. 18 But to the king of Judah which sent you to inquire of the Lord, thus shall ye say to him, Thus saith the Lord God of Israel, As touching the words which thou hast heard; 19 Because thy heart was tender, and thou hast humbled thyself before the LoRD, when thou heardest what I spake against this place, and against the inhabitants thereof, that they should become a desolation and a curse, and hast rent thy clothes, and wept before me; l also have heard thee, saith the Lord. 20 Behold therefore, I will gather thee unto thy fathers, and thou shalt be gathered into thy grave in peace; and thine eyes shall not see all the evil which I will bring upon this place. And they brought the king word again. CHAP. XXIII. AN. the king sent, and they gathered unto him all the elders of Judah and of Jerusalem. 2 And the king went up into the house of the Lord, and all the men of Judah and all the inhabitants of Jerusalem with him, and the priests, and the prophets, and all ...]". 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 the Lord. 3 || And the king stood by a pillar, 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 their heart, and all their soul, to perform the words of this covenant that were written in this book. And all the people stood to the covenant. 4 And the king commanded Hilkiah the high priest, and the priests of the second order, and the keepers of the door, to bring, forth out of the temple of the Lord all the vessels that were made for Baal, and for the grove, and for all the host of heaven: and he burned them without Jerusalem in the fields of Kidron, and carried the ashes of them unto Beth-el. 5 And he put down the idolatrous priests, whom the kings of Judah had ordained to burn incense in the high places in the cities of Judah, and in the places round about Jerusalem; them also that burned incense unto Baal, to the sun, and to the moon, and to the planets, and to all the host of heaven. 6 And he brought out the ve from the house of the o without Jerusalem, Josiah destroys idolatry. CHAP.

unto the brook Kidron, and burned it at the brook Kidron, and stamped it small to powder, and cast the powder thereof upon the graves of the children of the people: 7 And he brake down the houses of the sodomites that were by the house of the LoRD, where the women wove hangings for the grove. 8 And he brought all the o out of the cities of Judah, and defiled the high laces where the priests had burnt incense, rom Geba to Beer-sheba, and brake down the high places of the gates that were in the entering in of the gate of Joshua the governor of the city, which were on a man's left hand at the gate of the city. 9 Nevertheless, the priests of the high laces came not up to the altar of the É. in Jerusalem, but they did eat of the unleavened bread among their brethren. 10 And he defiled Topheth, which is in the valley of the children of Hinnom, that no man might make his son or his daughter to pass through the fire to Molech. 11 And F. took away the horses that the kings of Judah had given to the sun, at the entering in of the house of the Lord, by the chamber of Nathan-melech the chamberlain, which was in the suburbs, and burned the chariots of the unwith fire. 12 And the altars that were on the top of the u }. chamber of Ahaz, which the kings op udah had made, and the altars which Manasseh had made in the two courts of the house of the Lord, did the king beat down, and brake them down from thence, and cast the dust of them into the brook Kidron. 13 And the o places that were before Jerusalem, which were on the right hand of the mount of Corruption, which Solomon the king of Israel had builded for Ashtoreth the abomination of the Zidonians, and for Chemosh the abomination of the Moabites, and for Milcom the abomination of the children of Ammon, did the king defile. 14 And he brake in pieces the images, and cut down the groves, and filled their places with the bones of men. 15 T. Moreover, the altar that was at Beth-el, and the high place which Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who made Israel to sin, had made, both that altar and the high place he brake down, and burned the high place, and stamped it small to powder, and burned the grove. 16. And as Josiah turned himself, he

XXIII. His zeal for reformation.

I see?, And the men of the city told him, It is the sepulchre of the man of God, which came from Judah, and proclaimed these o that thou hast done against the altar of Beth-el. 18 And he said, Let him alone; let no man move his bones. So they let his bones alone, with the bones of the prophet that came out of Samaria. 19 And all the houses also of the high places that were in the cities of Samaria, which the kings of Israel had made to provoke the LORD to anger, Josiah took away, and did to them according to all the acts that he had done in Beth-el. 20 And he slew all the priests of the high places that were there upon the altars, and |. men's bones upon them, and returned to Jerusalem. 21, T And the king commanded all the people, saying, Keep the passover unto the }. your God, as it is written in the book of this covenant. 22 Surely there was not holden such a assover from the days of the judges that udged Israel, nor in all the days of the {. of Israel, nor of the kings of Judah; 23. But in the eighteenth year of king Josiah, wherean this passover was holden to thesion injerusalem. 24 || Moreover, the workers with fa. miliar spirits, and the wizards, and the images, and the idols, and all the abominations that were spied in the land of Judah and in Jerusalem, did Josiah put away, that he might perform the words of the fo which were written in the book that Hilkiah the priest found in the house of the Lord. 25 And like unto him was there no ki before him, that turned to the Lond .# all his heart, and with all his soul, and with all his might, according to all the law of Moses; neither after him arose there any like him. 6's Notwithstanding, the Lord turned not from the fierceness of his great wrath, where with his anger was kindled against Judah, because of all the |..." that Manasseh had provoked him withal. 27 And the Lord said, I will remove Judah also out of my sight, as I have removed Israel, and will cast off this city Jerusalem which I have chosen, and the house of which I have 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

spied the sepulchres that were there in the mount, and sent, and took the bones out of the sepulchres, and burned them upon the altar, and polluted it, according to the word of the Lord which the man of God Proclaimed, who proclaimed these so

17 Then he said, What title is that that

Judah? 29 || In his days Pharaoh-nechoh king of Egypt went up against the king of Assyria to the river Euphrates: and king osiah went against him; and he slew him

at Megiddo, when he had seen him.

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2 And the Lord sent against him bands of the Chaldees, and bands of the Syrians, and bands of the Moabites, and bands of the children of Ammon, and sent them against Judah to destroy it, according to the word of the Lord, which he spake by

his servants the prophets.

3 Surely at the commandment of the

Lord came this upon Judah, to remove

then out of his sight, for the sins of Ma

hasseh, according to all that he did;

4 And also for the innocent blood that

he shed, (for he filled Jerusalem with in

II. KINGS.

30 And his servants carried him in a chariot dead from Megiddo, and brought buried him in his

iakim gave the silver and the gold to Pharaoh; but he taxed the land to give the money according to the commandment of Pharaoh: he exacted the silver and the gold of the people of the one according to his taxa

Jerusalem taken and spoiled.

and Jehoiachin his son reigned in his
stead. d the k s F.
7 And the king of Egypt came not again
any more out |*. land: for the king of
Babylon had taken from the riverof Egypt
unto the river Euphrates all that pertain-
ed to the king of Egypt.
8 || Jehoiachin was eighteen years old
when he began to reign, and he reigned in
Jerusalem three months. And his mo-
the ’s name was Nehushta, the daughter of
Elnathan of Jerusalem.
9 And he did that which was evil in the
sight of the LoRD, according to all that
his father had done.
10 || At that time the servants of Ne-
buchadnezzar king of Babylon came up
against Jerusalem, and the city was be-
sieged.
11 And Nebuchadnezzarking of Baby-
lon came against the city, and his servants
did besiege it. -
12 And Jehoiachin the king of Judah
went out to the king of Babylon, he, and his
mother, and his servants, and *ś.
and his officers: and the king of Babylon
took him in the eighth year of his reign.
13 And he carried out thence all the
treasures of the house of the Lord, and
the treasures of the king's house, and cut
in pieces all the vessels of gold which So-
lomon king of srael had made in the tem-
ple of the Lord, as the Lord had said.
14 And he carried away all Jerusalem,
and all the princes, and all the mighty
men of valour, even ten thousand captives,
and all the craftsmen, and smiths : none
remained, save the poorest sort of the peo-
ple of the land.
15 And he carried away Jehoiachin to
Babylon, and the king's mother, and the
king's wives, and his officers, and the
mighty of the land, those carried he into
captivity from Jerusalem to Babylon.
16 And all the men of might, even seven
thousand, and craftsmen and Smiths a
thousand, all that were strong and apt for
war, even them the king of Babylon
brought captive to Babylon.
17 || And the king of Babylon made
Mattaniah his father's brother king in his
stead, and changed his name to Zedekiah.
18 Zedekiah was twenty and one years
|old when he began to reign, and he reign-
ed eleven years in Jerusalem. And, his
mother's name was Hamutal, the daughter
of Jeremiah of Libnah. -
19 And he did that which was evil in

nocent blood,) which the Lord would not the sight of the Lord, according to all that

pardon.

5 T Now the rest of the acts of Jehoia

Jehoiakim had done.
20 For through the anger of the Lord

kim, and ail that he did, are they not it came to pass in Jerusalem, and Judah, written in the book of the Chronicles of the until he had cast them out from his pre

kings of Judah?
8 So Jehoiakim slept with his fathers:

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The people carried away. CHAP.

CHAP. XXV. | A ND it came to pass in the ninth year of his reign, in the tenth month, in the tenth day of the month, that Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came, he, and all his host, against Jerusalem, and pitched against it; and they built forts against it round about. 2 And the city was besieged unto the eleventh year of king Zedekiah. 3 And on the ninth day of the fourth

month the famine prevailed in the city, and there was no bread for the people of and

the land.
4 Ti And the city was broken o:
all the men of war fled by night by the
way of the gate between two walls, which
is by the king's garden : (now the Chal-
dees were against the city round about ;)
and the king went the way toward the plain.
5 And the army of the Chaldees pur-
sued after the king, and overtook him in
the plains of Jericho: and all his army
were scattered from him.
6 So they took the king, and brought
him up to the king of Babylon to Riblah ;
and they gave judgment upon him.
7 And they slew the sons of Zedekiah
before his eyes, and put out the eyes of
Zedekiah, and bound |. with fetters of
brass, and carried him to Babylon.
8 Ts And in the fifth month, on the se-
venth day of the month,(which is the nine-
teenth year of king Nebuchadnezzar king
of Babylon,)came Nebuzar-adan, captain
of the guard, a servant of the king of Ba-
bylon, unto Jerusalem :
9 And he burnt the house of the Lond,
and the king’s house, and all the houses
of Jerusalem, and every great man's house
burnt he with fire.
10 Andall the army of the Chaldees, that
were with the captain of the guard, brake
down the walls .#". round about.
11 Now the rest of the people that were
left in the city, and the fugitives that fell
away to the king of Babylon, with the
remnant of the multitude, did Nebuzar-
adan the captain o carry away.
12 But the captain of the guard left of
the poor of the land to be vine-dressers
and husbandmen.
13 And the pillars of brass that were in
the house of the Lord, and the bases, and
the brazen sea that was in the house of the
LoRd, did the Chaldees break in pieces,
and carried the brass of them to Babylon.
14 And the pots, and the shovels, and
the snuffers, and the spoons, and all the
vessels of brass wherewith they minister-
ed, took ". away.
15 And the fire-pans, and the bowls,
and such things as were of gold, in gold,
and of silver, in silver, the captain of the

XXV. Gedaliah is slain.

16 The two pillars, one sea, and the bases which Solomon had made for the house of the Lord ; the brass of all these vessels was without weight. 17 The height of the one pillar was eighteen cubits, and the chapiter upon it was brass: and the height of the chapiter three cubits; and the wreathen work, and pomegranates upon the chapiter round about, all of brass: and like unto these had the second pillar with wreathen work. 18 || And the captain of the guard took Seraiah the chief priest, and Zephaniah the second priest, and the three keepers of the door: 19 And out of the city he took an officer that was set over the men of war, and five men of them that were in the king's pre: sence, which were found in the city, and the principal scribe of the host, which mustered the people of the land, and threescore men of the people of the land that were found in the city: 20 And Nebuzar-adan captain of the uard took these, and brought them to the i. of Babylon to Riblah: 21 And the king of Babylon, smote them, and slew them at Riblah in the land of Hamath. So Judah was carried away out of their land. 22 || And as for the people that remained in the land of Judah, whom Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon had left, even over them he made Gedaliah the son of Ahikam, the son of Shaphan, ruler. 23 And when all the captains of the armies, they and their men, heard that the king of Babylon had made Gedaliah governor, there came to Gedaliah to Miz pah, even Ishmael the son of Nethaniah, and Johanan the son of Careah, and Seraiah the son of Tanhumeth the Netophathite, and Jaazaniah the son of a Maachathite, they and their men. 24 And Gedaliah sware to them, and to their men, and said unto them, Fear not to be the servants of the Chaldees : dwell in the land, and serve the king of Babylon, and it shall be well with you. 25 But it came to pass in the seventh month, that Ishmael the son of Nethaniah, theson of Elishama, of theseed royal, came, and ten men with him, and smote Gedaliah, that he died, and the Jews and the Chaldees that were with him at Mizpah. 26 And all the people, both small and great, and the captains of the armies, arose, and came to Egypt: for they were afraid of the Chaldees. 27 | And it came to pass in the seven and thirtieth year of the captivity of Jehoiachin king of Judah, in the twelfth month, on the seven and twentieth day of the month, that Evil-merodach king ot

guard took away.

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.Adam's line. The sons of Shem. I. CHRONICLES. The posterity of Abraham.

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CHAP. I. DAM, Sheth, Enosh, 2 Kenan, Mahalaleel, Jered, 3 Henoch, Methuselah, famech, 4 Noah, Shem, Ham, and Japheth. 5 T The sons of Japheth; Gomer, and Magog, and Madai, and Javan, and Tubal, and Meshech, and Tiras. 6 And the sons of Gosner; Ashchenaz, and Riphath, and Togarmah. 7 And the sons of Javan; Elishah,a d Tarshish, Kittim, and Dodanim. 8 || The sons of Ham ; Cush, and Mizraim, Put, and Canaan. 9 And the sons of Cush ; *eba, and Havilah, and Sabta, and Raamah, and Sabtecha. And the sons of Raamah; Sheba, and Dedan. 10 And Cush begat Nimrod. He began to be mighty upon the earth. 11 And Mizraim begat Ludim, and Anamim, and Lehabim, and Naphtuhim, 12 And Pathrusim, and {!"; o whom came the Philistines,) and Caphtorim. 13 And Canaan begat Zidon his firstborn, and Heth, 14. The Jebusite also, and the Amorite, and the Girgashite, 15 And the Hivite, and the Archite, and the Sinite, 16 And the Arvadite, and the Zemarite, and the Hamathite. 17 || The sons of Shem; Elam, and Asshur, and Arphaxad, and Lud, and Aram, and Üz. and Hul,and Gether,and Meshech. 18 And Arphaxad begat Shelah, and Shelah begat Eber. 19 And unto Eber were born two sons: the name of the one was Peleg; because in his days the earth was divided: and his 'rother's name was Joktan. 20 And Joktan begat Almodad, and Sheleph, and Hazarmaveth, and Jerah, 21 Hadoram also, and Uzal, and Diklah, 22 And Ebal, and Abimael, and Sheba, 23 And Ophir, and Havilah, and Jobab. All these were the sons of Joktan. 24 || Shem, Arphaxad, Shelah, 25 Eber, Peleg, Reu, 26 Serug, Nahor, Terah, 27 Abram ; the same is Abraham. 28 The sons of Abraham; Isaac, and Ishmael.

the CHRONICLES.

first-born of Ishmael, Nebaioth; then Kedar, and Adbeel, and Mibsam, 30 Mishma, and Dumah, Massa, Hadad, and Tema 31 Jetur, Naphish, and Kedemah. These are the sons of Ishmael. 32 || Now the sons of Keturah, Abraham's concubine: she bare Zimran, and Jokshan, and Medan, and Midian, and Ishbak, and Shuah. And the sons of Jokshan; Sheba, and Dedan. 33 And the sons of Midlan: Ephah, and Epher, and Henoch, and Abida, and Eldaah. All these are the sons of Keturah. 34 And Abraham begat Isaac. The sons of Isaac : Esau, and Israel. 35 || The sons ofesau; Eliphaz, Reuel, and Jeush, and Jaalam, and %. 36 The sons of Eliphaz; Teman, and Omar, Zephi, and Gatam, Kenaz, and Timna. and Amalek. 37. The sons of Reuel; Nahath, Zerah, Shammah, and Mizzah. 38 And the sons of Seir ; Lotan, and Shobal, and Zibeon, and Anah, and Dishon, and Ezer, and Dishan. 39 And the sons of Lotan; Hori, and Homam : and Timna was Lotan’s sister. 40 The sons of Shobal: Alian, and Manahath, and Ebal, Shephi, and Onam. And the sons of Zibeon; Aiah, and Anah. 41 The sons of Anah; Dishon. And the sons of Dishon; Amram, and Eshban, and Ithran, and Cheran. 42 The sons of Ezer; Bilhan, and Zavan, and Jakan. The sons of Dishan; Uz, and Aran. 43 off Now these are the kings that reigned in the land of Edom before any king reigned over the children of Israel; Bela the son of Beor: and the name of his city was Dinhabah. 44 And when Bela was dead, Jobab the son of Zera of Bozrah reigned in his stead. 45 And when Job ' was dead, Husham of the land of the Temanites reigned in his stead. 46 And when Husham was dead, Hadad the son of Bedad, which smote Midian in the field of Moab, reigned in his stead: and the name of his city was Avith. 47 And when Hadad was dead, Samlah of Mazrekah reigned in his stead.

29 || These are their generations. The

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