Josiah Reigns in Judah
Josiah a was eight years old when he became king, and he reigned thirty-one years in Jerusalem.
And he did what was right in the sight of the LORD, and walked in the ways of his father David; he did not turn aside to the right hand or to the left.
For in the eighth year of his reign, while he was still b young, he began to c seek the God of his father David; and in the twelfth year he began d to purge Judah and Jerusalem e of the high places, the wooden images, the carved images, and the molded images.
f They broke down the altars of the Baals in his presence, and the incense altars which were above them he cut down; and the wooden images, the carved images, and the molded images he broke in pieces, and made dust of them g and scattered it on the graves of those who had sacrificed to them.
He also h burned the bones of the priests on their i altars, and cleansed Judah and Jerusalem.
And so he did in the cities of Manasseh, Ephraim, and Simeon, as far as Naphtali and all around, with axes.
When he had broken down the altars and the wooden images, had j beaten the carved images into powder, and cut down all the incense altars throughout all the land of Israel, he returned to Jerusalem.
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2 Kings 22:1
Josiah was eight years old when he became king, and he reigned thirty-one years in Jerusalem. His mother's name was Jedidah the daughter of Adaiah of Bozkath.
2 Kings 22:2
And he did what was right in the sight of the LORD, and walked in all the ways of his father David; he did not turn aside to the right hand or to the left.
To whom the word of the LORD came in the days of Josiah the son of Amon, king of Judah, in the thirteenth year of his reign.
The LORD said also to me in the days of Josiah the king: "Have you seen what backsliding Israel has done? She has gone up on every high mountain and under every green tree, and there played the harlot.
Remember now your Creator in the days of your youth, Before the difficult days come, And the years draw near when you say, "I have no pleasure in them":
2 Chronicles 15:2
And he went out to meet Asa, and said to him: "Hear me, Asa, and all Judah and Benjamin. The LORD is with you while you are with Him. If you seek Him, He will be found by you; but if you forsake Him, He will forsake you.
I love those who love me, And those who seek me diligently will find me.
1 Kings 13:2
Then he cried out against the altar by the word of the LORD, and said, "O altar, altar! Thus says the LORD: 'Behold, a child, Josiah by name, shall be born to the house of David; and on you he shall sacrifice the priests of the high places who burn incense on you, and men's bones shall be burned on you.'
2 Chronicles 33:17 - 19
Nevertheless the people still sacrificed on the high places, but only to the LORD their God.
2 Chronicles 33:22
But he did evil in the sight of the LORD, as his father Manasseh had done; for Amon sacrificed to all the carved images which his father Manasseh had made, and served them.
I will destroy your high places, cut down your incense altars, and cast your carcasses on the lifeless forms of your idols; and My soul shall abhor you.
2 Kings 23:4
And the king commanded Hilkiah the high priest, the priests of the second order, and the doorkeepers, to bring out of the temple of the LORD all the articles that were made for Baal, for Asherah, and for all the host of heaven; and he burned them outside Jerusalem in the fields of Kidron, and carried their ashes to Bethel.
2 Kings 23:6
And he brought out the wooden image from the house of the LORD, to the Brook Kidron outside Jerusalem, burned it at the Brook Kidron and ground it to ashes, and threw its ashes on the graves of the common people.
1 Kings 13:2
Then he cried out against the altar by the word of the LORD, and said, "O altar, altar! Thus says the LORD: 'Behold, a child, Josiah by name, shall be born to the house of David; and on you he shall sacrifice the priests of the high places who burn incense on you, and men's bones shall be burned on you.
2 Kings 23:20
He executed all the priests of the high places who were there, on the altars, and burned men's bones on them; and he returned to Jerusalem.
Then I took your sin, the calf which you had made, and burned it with fire and crushed it and ground it very small, until it was as fine as dust; and I threw its dust into the brook that descended from the mountain.