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SECOND KINGS

��9 And Shaphan the scribe came to the king, and brought back word unto the king, and said: "Thy serv- ants have poured out the money that was found m the house, and have delivered it into the hand of the work- men that have the oversight of the house of the LORD/ 10 And Shaphan the scribe told the king, saying: 'Hilkiah. the priest hath delivered me a book.' And Shaphan read it before the king. ^ "And it came to pas when the king had heard the words of the book of the Law, that he rent his clothes. 12 And the king commanded Hilkiah the priest, and Ahikam the son of Shaphan, and Achbor the son of Micaiah, and Shaphan the scribe, and Asaiah the king's servant, saying: 13 'Go ye, inquire of the LOBD 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 LOBD that is kindled against us, be- cause our fathers have not hearkened unto the words of this book, to dp ac- cording unto all that which is written concerning us.'

14 So Hilkiah the priest, and Ahikam, and Achbor, and Shaphan, and Asaiah, went unto Huldah the prophetess, the wife of Shallum the son of Tikvah, the son of Harhas, keeper of the ward- robe now she dwelt in Jerusalem in the second quarter and they spoke with her. 1B And she said unto them: 'Thus saifch the LORD, the God of Israel: Tell ye the man that sent you unto me: 16 Thus saith the LORD: Behold, I will bring evil upon this place, and upon the inhabitants there- of, even all the words of the book which the king of Judah hath read; 17 because they have forsaken Me, and have offered unto other gods, that they might provoke Me with all the work of their hands; therefore My

��wrath shall be kindled against this place, and it shall not be quenched. l8 But unto the king of Judah, who sent you to inquire of the LORD, thus shall ye say to him: Thus saith the LORD, the God of Israel: As touching the words which thou hast heard, "because thy heart was tender, and thou didst humble thyself before the LORD, when thou heardest what I spoke against this place, and against the inhabitants thereof, that they should become an astonishment and a curse, and hast rent thy clothes, and wept before Me, I also have heard thee, saith the LORD, there- fore, behold, I will gather thee to thy fathers, and thou shalt be gathered toothy grave in peace, _ neither shaU thine eyes see all the evil which I will bring upon this place.' And they brought back word unto the king. OQ And the king sent, and they gathered unto him all the elders of Judah and of Jerusalem. 2 And the king went up to the house of the LORD, and all the men of Judah and all the in habitants of Jerusalem with him, and the priests, and 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 house of the LORD. 8 And the king stood on the platform, 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 his heart, and all his soul, to confirm 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

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