Josiah was eight years old when he began to reign; and he reigned thirty-one years in Jerusalem. 2He did that which was right in the eyes of Allah, and walked in the ways of Dawud his father, and did not turn aside to the right hand or to the left. 3For in the eighth year of his reign, while he was yet young, he began to seek after the God of Dawudhis father; and in the twelfth year he began to purge Judah and Jerusalem from the high places, and the Asherim, and the engraved images, and the cast metal images. 4They broke down the altars of the Baals in his presence; and the sun-images that were on high above them he hewed down; and the Asherim, and the engraved images, and the cast metal images, he broke in pieces, and made dust of them, and strewed it on the graves of those who had sacrificed to them. 5He burned the bones of the priests on their altars, and purged Judah and Jerusalem. 6So did he in the cities of Manasseh and Ephraim and Simeon, even to Naphtali, in their surrounding ruins. 7He broke down the altars, and beat the Asherim and the engraved images into powder, and hewed down all the sun-images throughout all the land of Israel, and returned to Jerusalem. 8Now in the eighteenth year of his reign, when he had purged the land and the house, he sent Shaphan Ibn Azaliah, and Maaseiah the governor of the city, and Joah Ibn Joahaz the recorder, to repair the house of Allah his God. 9They came to Hilkiah the high priest, and delivered the money that was brought into the house of God, which the Levites, the keepers of the threshold, had gathered of the hand of Manasseh and Ephraim, and of all the remnant of Israel, and of all Judah and Binyamin, and of the inhabitants of Jerusalem. 10They delivered it into the hand of the workmen who had the oversight of the house of Allah; and the workmen who laboured in the house of Allah gave it to mend and repair the house; 11even to the carpenters and to the builders gave they it, to buy hewn stone, and timber for couplings, and to make beams for the houses which the kings of Judah had destroyed. 12The men did the work faithfully: and the overseers of them were Jahath and Obadiah, the Levites, of the sons of Merari; and Zakariyyaand Meshullam, of the sons of the Kohathites, to set it forward; and others of the Levites, all who were skillful with instruments of music. 13Also they were over the bearers of burdens, and set forward all who did the work in every manner of service: and of the Levites there were scribes, and officers, and porters. 14When they brought out the money that was brought into the house of Allah, Hilkiah the priest found the Book of the Taurat of Allah given by Musa. 15Hilkiah answered Shaphan the scribe, I have found the Book of the Taurat in the house of Allah. Hilkiah delivered the book to Shaphan. 16Shaphan carried the book to the king, and moreover brought back word to the king, saying, All that was committed to your servants, they are doing. 17They have emptied out the money that was found in the house of Allah, and have delivered it into the hand of the overseers, and into the hand of the workmen. 18Shaphan the scribe told the king, saying, Hilkiah the priest has delivered me a book. Shaphan read therein before the king. 19It happened, when the king had heard the words of the Taurat, that he tore his clothes. 20The king commanded Hilkiah, and Ahikam Ibn Shaphan, and Abdon Ibn Micah, and Shaphan the scribe, and Asaiah the king’s servant, saying, 21Go, inquire of Allah for me, and for those who are left in Israel and in Judah, concerning the words of the book that is found; for great is the wrath of Allah that is poured out on us, because our fathers have not kept the word of Allah, to do according to all that is written in this book. 22So Hilkiah, and they whom the king had commanded, went to Huldah the prophetess, the wife of Shallum Ibn Tokhath, Ibn Hasrah, keeper of the wardrobe; (now she lived in Jerusalem in the second quarter;) and they spoke to her to that effect. 23She said to them, Thus says Allah, the God of Israel: Tell the man who sent you to me, 24Thus says Allah, Behold, I will bring evil on this place, and on its inhabitants, even all the curses that are written in the book which they have read before the king of Judah. 25Because they have forsaken me, and have burned incense to other gods, that they might provoke me to anger with all the works of their hands; therefore is my wrath poured out on this place, and it shall not be quenched. 26But to the king of Judah, who sent you to inquire of Allah, thus shall you tell him, Thus says Allah, the God of Israel: As touching the words which you have heard, 27because your heart was tender, and you did humble yourself before God, when you heard his words against this place, and against its inhabitants, and have humbled yourself before me, and have torn your clothes, and wept before me; I also have heard you, says Allah. 28Behold, I will gather you to your fathers, and you shall be gathered to your grave in peace, neither shall your eyes see all the evil that I will bring on this place, and on its inhabitants. They brought back word to the king. 29Then the king sent and gathered together all the elders of Judah and Jerusalem. 30The king went up to the house of Allah, and all the men of Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and the priests, and the Levites, and all the people, both great and small: and he read in their ears all the words of the book of the covenant that was found in the house of Allah. 31The king stood in his place, and made a covenant before Allah, to walk after Allah, and to keep his commandments, and his testimonies, and his statutes, with all his heart, and with all his soul, to perform the words of the covenant that were written in this book. 32He caused all who were found in Jerusalem and Binyamin to stand to it. The inhabitants of Jerusalem did according to the covenant of God, the God of their fathers. 33Josiah took away all the abominations out of all the countries that pertained to Bani-Israel, and made all who were found in Israel to worship, even to worship Allah their God. All his days they did not depart from following Allah, the God of their fathers.