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2 Kings 23 - AMP

2 The king went up to the house of the Lord, and with him all the men of Judah, all the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the priests, the prophets, and all the people, both small and great. And he read in their ears all the words of the Book of the Covenant, which was found in the Lord's house. 3 The king stood by the pillar and made a covenant before the Lord--to walk after the Lord and to keep His commandments, His testimonies, and His statutes with all his heart and soul, to confirm the words of this covenant that were written in this book. And all the people stood to join in the covenant. 4 And the king commanded Hilkiah the high priest and the priests of the second rank and the keepers of the threshold to bring out of the temple of the Lord all the vessels made for Baal, for Asherah, and for all the hosts of the heavens; and he burned them outside Jerusalem in the fields of the Kidron, and carried their ashes to Bethel . 5 He put away the idolatrous priests whom the kings of Judah had ordained to burn incense in the high places in Judah's cities and round about Jerusalem--also those who burned incense to Baal, to the sun, to the moon, to the constellations , and to all the hosts of the heavens. 6 And Josiah brought the Asherah from the house of the Lord to outside Jerusalem to the brook Kidron and burned it there, and beat it to dust and cast its dust upon the graves of the common people . 7 And he broke down the houses of the male cult prostitutes, which were by the house of the Lord, where the women wove hangings for the Asherah . 8 And brought all the priests out of the city of Judah and defiled the high places, where the priests had burned incense, from Geba to Beersheba , and broke down the high places both at the entrance of the Gate of Joshua the governor of the city and that which was on one's left at the city's gate. 9 However, the priests of the high places were not allowed to sacrifice upon the Lord's altar in Jerusalem, but they ate unleavened bread among their brethren. 10 And Josiah defiled Topheth, which is in the Valley of Ben-hinnom , that no man might ever burn there his son or his daughter as an offering to Molech. 11 And he removed the horses that the kings of Judah had devoted to the sun from the entrance of the house of the Lord, by the chamber of Nathan-melech the chamberlain, which was in the area, and he burned the chariots of the sun with fire. 12 And the altars on the roof of the upper chamber of Ahaz, which the kings of Judah had made, and the altars which Manasseh had made in the two courts of the house of the Lord, pulled down and beat them in pieces, and he cast their dust into the brook Kidron. 13 And the king defiled the high places east of Jerusalem, south of the Mount of Corruption, which Solomon the king of Israel had built for Ashtoreth the abominable of the Sidonians, for Chemosh the abominable god of the Moabites, and for Milcom the abominable of the Ammonites. 14 He broke in pieces the pillars (images) and cut down the Asherim and replaced them with the bones of men . 15 Moreover, the altar at Bethel, the high place made by Jeroboam son of Nebat, who made Israel to sin, that altar with the high place Josiah tore down and broke in pieces its stones, beating them to dust, and burned the Asherah. 16 And as Josiah turned, he saw the tombs across on the mount, and he sent and brought the bones out of the tombs and burned them upon the altar and defiled it, in fulfillment of the word of the Lord which the man of God prophesied, who predicted these things . 17 Josiah said, What is that monument I see? The men of the city told him, It is the tomb of the man of God who came from Judah and foretold these things that you have just done against the altar of Bethel. 18 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 Also Josiah took away all the houses of the high places in the cities of Samaria which the kings of Israel had made, provoking the Lord to anger, and he did to them all that he had done in Bethel. 20 He slew all the priests of the high places that were there upon the altars and burned men's bones upon them . Then he returned to Jerusalem. 21 The king commanded all the people, Keep the Passover to the Lord your God, as it is written in this Book of the Covenant. 22 Surely such a Passover was not held from the days of Israel's judges, even in all the days of the kings of Israel or Judah. 23 But in the eighteenth year of King Josiah, this Passover was kept to the Lord in Jerusalem. 24 Moreover, Josiah put away the mediums, the wizards, the teraphim (household gods), the idols, and all the abominations that were seen in Judah and in Jerusalem, that he might establish the words of the law written in the book found by Hilkiah the priest in the house of the Lord. 25 There was no king like him before or after who turned to the Lord with all his heart and all his soul and all his might, according to all the Law of Moses. 26 Still the Lord did not turn from the fierceness of His great wrath, kindled against Judah because of all the provocations with which Manasseh had provoked Him. 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 said, My Name shall be there. 28 The rest of the acts of Josiah, all that he did, are they not written in the Book of the Chronicles of Judah's Kings? 29 In his days Pharaoh Necho king of Egypt went up against the king of Assyria to the river Euphrates. King Josiah went out against him, but he slew Josiah at Megiddo when he saw him. 30 Josiah's servants carried him dead in a chariot from Megiddo, brought him to Jerusalem, and buried him in his own tomb. The people of the land anointed Jehoahaz son of Josiah king in his stead. 31 Jehoahaz was twenty-three years old when he began his three-month reign in Jerusalem. His mother was Hamutal daughter of Jeremiah of Libnah. 32 He did evil in the sight of the Lord, according to all his forefathers had done. 33 And Pharaoh Necho put him in bonds at Riblah in the land of Hamath, that he might not reign in Jerusalem, and laid a tribute of a hundred talents of silver and a talent of gold upon the land. 34 Pharaoh Necho made Eliakim son of Josiah king in place of Josiah and changed his name to Jehoiakim. But he took Jehoahaz away to Egypt, where he died. 35 Jehoiakim gave the silver and the gold to Pharaoh, but he taxed the land to give the money as Pharaoh commanded. He exacted the silver and gold of the people of the land, from everyone according to his assessment, to give it to Pharaoh Necho. 36 Jehoiakim was twenty-five years old when he began his eleven-year reign in Jerusalem. His mother was Zebidah daughter of Pedaiah of Rumah. 37 He did evil in the sight of the Lord, like all his had done.

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Allan Quak avatar
Too Little, Too Late
Shared by: Allan Quak on Mar, 2016
Summary: Josiah sought to be faithful to the covenant even though he knew it would not change anything - in the face of opposition we are called to continued faithfulness.
Scripture: 2 Kings 23:1-30
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 326
Paul Carlson avatar
The Righteousness of Life!
Shared by: Paul Carlson on Dec, 2015
Summary: PROPOSITION: Because Christ is the new covenant, you must surrender to Him and walk with Him in order to live the ‘righteousness of life”.
Series: O.T. Survey
Scripture: 2 Kings 22:13-23:24
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 335
Mark A. Barber avatar
It Takes More than 'Just a Little Talk With Jesus' to Make it Right
Shared by: Mark A. Barber on Aug, 2013
Summary: If God did not spare Israel for transgressing the covenant, He won't let anyone else either. True repentance will turn God's anger and covenant curses for disobedience away. But this must be more than a temporary matter
Scripture: 2 Kings 22:1-23:25
Denomination: United Methodist
Views: 1,870
Isaac Butterworth avatar
Serendipity: An Accidental (But Pleasant) Discovery
Shared by: Isaac Butterworth on Apr, 2011
Summary: God addresses sin through judgment and mercy.
Scripture: 2 Kings 22:1-23:3
Denomination: Presbyterian/Reformed
Views: 1,661
Mark Eberly avatar
Shared by: Mark Eberly on Apr, 2009
Summary: Our last hero, Josiah, shows us what it means to be a breakthrough hero. What Josiah is able to accomplish sets the stage for the renewal of a pivotal worship practice that prepares the way for Jesus’ new covenant.
based on 9 ratings
Scripture: 2 Kings 23:19-25
Denomination: Church Of God
Views: 5,961
Joe De Jesus avatar
Las Llaves Del Avivamiento
Shared by: Joe De Jesus on Oct, 2007
Summary: Dios desea enviar Avivamiento a su pueblo.
based on 10 ratings
Scripture: 2 Kings 22:1-23:35
Denomination: Assembly Of God
Views: 1,307
Créteur fabien avatar
Le règne pieux de Josias
Shared by: Créteur fabien on Sep, 2007
Summary: Pour ce qui concerne Josias nous sommes ici dits, I. Qu’il était très jeune quand il a commencé à régner (v.1), seulement huit ans. Josias, était jeune, n’avait reçu aucune mauvaise impression de l’exemple de son père et grand-père, mais a bientôt vu le
based on 2 ratings
Scripture: 2 Kings 22:1-23:37
Denomination: Pentecostal
Views: 415
Tim Stutler avatar
When the Cause Seems Lost
Shared by: Tim Stutler on Mar, 2006
Summary: What do you do when you’ve given your best to a cause that seems lost?
based on 35 ratings
Scripture: 2 Kings 22:1-23:34
Denomination: Presbyterian/Reformed
Views: 3,680
Andrew Rogers avatar
A Josiah Generation
Shared by: Andrew Rogers on Aug, 2004
Summary: Children are stategically important in the extension of God’s kingdom. We need to be raising up a generation of children to worship and serve Him today in their youth. God wants to use children like josiah in a profound way to call God’s people back to
based on 43 ratings
Denomination: Pentecostal
Views: 4,178
Joseph Smith avatar
Revival, Reform, Renewal
Shared by: Joseph Smith on Aug, 2003
Summary: For Reformation Sunday, and a followup to a week of revival services: revival is good, reformation is better, but renewal is what God is really aiming at.
based on 61 ratings
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 11,931
Jim Twamley avatar
Shared by: Jim Twamley on Apr, 2003
Summary: Examines the six principals of revival in 2 Kings 23
based on 139 ratings
Denomination: Pentecostal
Views: 11,115
Guy Caley avatar
Josiah: A New Beginning
Shared by: Guy Caley on Oct, 2002
Summary: 8th & final in series "Revival in the Land." The story of Judah’s last revival shows that God is anxious to renew fellowship with us.
based on 126 ratings
Denomination: Assembly Of God
Views: 22,038
Alan Smith avatar
Responding to the Word
Shared by: Alan Smith on Aug, 2002
Summary: Josiah teaches us the proper response to God’s Word
based on 77 ratings
Scripture: 2 Kings 23:1-3
Views: 3,225
Steve Shepherd avatar
Great Losses
Shared by: Steve Shepherd on Feb, 2001
Summary: There are many great losses in life. Three are considered here: the lost book, the look opportunity and the lost soul.
based on 79 ratings
Scripture: 2 Kings 23:1-3
Views: 2,606