The Book of the Law Found
k In the eighteenth year of his reign, when he had purged the land and the temple, he sent l Shaphan the son of Azaliah, Maaseiah the m governor of the city, and Joah the son of Joahaz the recorder, to repair the house of the LORD his God.
When they came to Hilkiah the high priest, they delivered n the money that was brought into the house of God, which the Levites who kept the doors had gathered from the hand of Manasseh and Ephraim, from all the o remnant of Israel, from all Judah and Benjamin, and which they had brought back to Jerusalem.
Then they put it in the hand of the foremen who had the oversight of the house of the LORD; and they gave it to the workmen who worked in the house of the LORD, to repair and restore the house.
They gave it to the craftsmen and builders to buy hewn stone and timber for beams, and to floor the houses which the kings of Judah had destroyed.
And the men did the work faithfully. Their overseers were Jahath and Obadiah the Levites, of the sons of Merari, and Zechariah and Meshullam, of the sons of the Kohathites, to supervise. Others of the Levites, all of whom were skillful with instruments of music,
were p over the burden bearers and were overseers of all who did work in any kind of service. q And some of the Levites were scribes, officers, and gatekeepers.
Now when they brought out the money that was brought into the house of the LORD, Hilkiah the priest r found the Book of the Law of the LORD given by Moses.
Then Hilkiah answered and said to Shaphan the scribe, "I have found the Book of the Law in the house of the LORD." And Hilkiah gave the s book to Shaphan.
So Shaphan carried the book to the king, bringing the king word, saying, "All that was committed to your servants they are doing.
"And they have gathered the money that was found in the house of the LORD, and have delivered it into the hand of the overseers and the workmen."
Then Shaphan the scribe told the king, saying, "Hilkiah the priest has given me a book." And Shaphan read it before the king.
Thus it happened, when the king heard the words of the Law, that he tore his clothes.
Then the king commanded Hilkiah, t Ahikam the son of Shaphan, Abdon the son of Micah, Shaphan the scribe, and Asaiah a servant of the king, saying,
"Go, inquire of the LORD for me, and for those who are left in Israel and Judah, concerning the words of the book that is found; for great is the wrath of the LORD that is poured out on us, because our fathers have not u kept the word of the LORD, to do according to all that is written in this book."
New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
2 Kings 22:3 - 20
Now it came to pass, in the eighteenth year of King Josiah, that the king sent Shaphan the scribe, the son of Azaliah, the son of Meshullam, to the house of the LORD, saying:
2 Kings 25:22
Then he made Gedaliah the son of Ahikam, the son of Shaphan, governor over the people who remained in the land of Judah, whom Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon had left.
2 Chronicles 18:25
Then the king of Israel said, "Take Micaiah, and return him to Amon the governor of the city and to Joash the king's son.
2 Kings 12:4
And Jehoash said to the priests, "All the money of the dedicated gifts that are brought into the house of the LORD - each man's census money, each man's assessment money - and all the money that a man purposes in his heart to bring into the house of the LORD.
2 Chronicles 30:6
Then the runners went throughout all Israel and Judah with the letters from the king and his leaders, and spoke according to the command of the king: "Children of Israel, return to the LORD God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel; then He will return to the remnant of you who have escaped from the hand of the kings of Assyria.
2 Chronicles 8:10
And others were chiefs of the officials of King Solomon: two hundred and fifty, who ruled over the people.
1 Chronicles 23:4
Of these, twenty-four thousand were to look after the work of the house of the LORD, six thousand were officers and judges.
1 Chronicles 23:5
Four thousand were gatekeepers, and four thousand praised the LORD with musical instruments, "which I made," said David, "for giving praise.
2 Kings 22:8
Then Hilkiah the high priest said to Shaphan the scribe, "I have found the Book of the Law in the house of the LORD." And Hilkiah gave the book to Shaphan, and he read it.
So it was, when Moses had completed writing the words of this law in a book, when they were finished.
Take this Book of the Law, and put it beside the ark of the covenant of the LORD your God, that it may be there as a witness against you.
Nevertheless the hand of Ahikam the son of Shaphan was with Jeremiah, so that they should not give him into the hand of the people to put him to death.
2 Kings 17:15 - 19
And they rejected His statutes and His covenant that He had made with their fathers, and His testimonies which He had testified against them; they followed idols, became idolaters, and went after the nations who were all around them, concerning whom the LORD had charged them that they should not do like them.