Josiah

Josiah

 
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  • Never before had there been a king like Josiah, who turned to the LORD with all his heart and soul and strength, obeying all the laws of Moses. And there has never been a king like him since. - 2 Kings 23:25


  • The rest of the events in Josiah's reign and all his deeds are recorded in [The Book of the History of the Kings of Judah.] - 2 Kings 23:28


  • While Josiah was king, Pharaoh Neco, king of Egypt, went to the Euphrates River to help the king of Assyria. King Josiah marched out with his army to fight him, but King Neco killed him when they met at Megiddo. - 2 Kings 23:29


  • Josiah's officers took his body back in a chariot from Megiddo to Jerusalem and buried him in his own tomb. Then the people anointed his son Jehoahaz and made him the next king. - 2 Kings 23:30


  • Pharaoh Neco then installed Eliakim, another of Josiah's sons, to reign in place of his father, and he changed Eliakim's name to Jehoiakim. Jehoahaz was taken to Egypt as a prisoner, where he died. - 2 Kings 23:34


  • Amon, and Josiah. - 1 Chronicles 3:14


  • The sons of Josiah were Johanan (the oldest), Jehoiakim (the second), Zedekiah (the third), and Jehoahaz* (the fourth).6 - 1 Chronicles 3:15


  • But the people of the land killed all those who had conspired against King Amon, and they made his son Josiah the next king. - 2 Chronicles 33:25


  • Josiah was eight years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem thirty-one years. - 2 Chronicles 34:1


  • During the eighth year of his reign, while he was still young, Josiah began to seek the God of his ancestor David. Then in the twelfth year, he began to purify Judah and Jerusalem, destroying all the pagan shrines, the Asherah poles, and the carved idols and cast images. - 2 Chronicles 34:3


  • In the eighteenth year of his reign, after he had purified the land and the Temple, Josiah appointed Shaphan son of Azaliah, Maaseiah the governor of Jerusalem, and Joah son of Joahaz, the royal historian, to repair the Temple of the LORD his God. - 2 Chronicles 34:8


  • So Josiah removed all detestable idols from the entire land of Israel and required everyone to worship the LORD their God. And throughout the rest of his lifetime, they did not turn away from the LORD, the God of their ancestors. - 2 Chronicles 34:33


  • Then Josiah announced that the Passover of the LORD would be celebrated in Jerusalem on the appointed day in early spring.* The Passover lambs were slaughtered at twilight of that day.1 - 2 Chronicles 35:1


  • Josiah also assigned the priests to their duties and encouraged them in their work at the Temple of the LORD. - 2 Chronicles 35:2


  • Then Josiah contributed from his personal property thirty thousand lambs and young goats for the people's Passover offerings, and three thousand bulls. - 2 Chronicles 35:7


  • The entire ceremony for the LORD's Passover was completed that day. All the burnt offerings were sacrificed on the altar of the LORD, as King Josiah had ordered. - 2 Chronicles 35:16


  • Never since the time of the prophet Samuel had there been such a Passover. None of the kings of Israel had ever kept a Passover as Josiah did, involving all the priests and Levites, all the people of Jerusalem, and people from all over Judah and Israel. - 2 Chronicles 35:18
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    New Living Translation Bible used with permission Tyndale House Publishers.

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