Josiah Killed in Battle
c After all this, when Josiah had prepared the temple, Necho king of Egypt came up to fight against d Carchemish by the Euphrates; and Josiah went out against him.
But he sent messengers to him, saying, "What have I to do with you, king of Judah? I have not come against you this day, but against the house with which I have war; for God commanded me to make haste. Refrain from meddling with God, who is with me, lest He destroy you."
Nevertheless Josiah would not turn his face from him, but e disguised himself so that he might fight with him, and did not heed the words of Necho from the mouth of God. So he came to fight in the Valley of Megiddo.
And the archers shot King Josiah; and the king said to his servants, "Take me away, for I am severely wounded."
f His servants therefore took him out of that chariot and put him in the second chariot that he had, and they brought him to Jerusalem. So he died, and was buried in one of the tombs of his fathers. And g all Judah and Jerusalem mourned for Josiah.
Jeremiah also h lamented for i Josiah. And to this day j all the singing men and the singing women speak of Josiah in their lamentations. k They made it a custom in Israel; and indeed they are written in the Laments.
Now the rest of the acts of Josiah and his goodness, according to what was written in the Law of the LORD,
and his deeds from first to last, indeed they are written in the book of the kings of Israel and Judah.
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2 Kings 23:29
In his days Pharaoh Necho king of Egypt went to the aid of the king of Assyria, to the River Euphrates; and King Josiah went against him. And Pharaoh Necho killed him at Megiddo when he confronted him.
Is not Calno like Carchemish? Is not Hamath like Arpad? Is not Samaria like Damascus?
Against Egypt. Concerning the army of Pharaoh Necho, king of Egypt, which was by the River Euphrates in Carchemish, and which Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon defeated in the fourth year of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah, king of Judah:
1 Kings 22:30
And the king of Israel said to Jehoshaphat, "I will disguise myself and go into battle; but you put on your robes." So the king of Israel disguised himself and went into battle.
2 Chronicles 18:29
And the king of Israel said to Jehoshaphat, "I will disguise myself and go into battle; but you put on your robes." So the king of Israel disguised himself, and they went into battle.
2 Kings 23:30
Then his servants moved his body in a chariot from Megiddo, brought him to Jerusalem, and buried him in his own tomb. And the people of the land took Jehoahaz the son of Josiah, anointed him, and made him king in his father's place.
1 Kings 14:18
And they buried him; and all Israel mourned for him, according to the word of the LORD which He spoke through His servant Ahijah the prophet.
In that day there shall be a great mourning in Jerusalem, like the mourning at Hadad Rimmon in the plain of Megiddo.
The breath of our nostrils, the anointed of the LORD, Was caught in their pits, Of whom we said, "Under his shadow We shall live among the nations.
Weep not for the dead, nor bemoan him; Weep bitterly for him who goes away, For he shall return no more, Nor see his native country.
For thus says the LORD concerning Shallum the son of Josiah, king of Judah, who reigned instead of Josiah his father, who went from this place: "He shall not return here anymore.
When Jesus came into the ruler's house, and saw the flute players and the noisy crowd wailing.
Go up to Lebanon, and cry out, And lift up your voice in Bashan; Cry from Abarim, For all your lovers are destroyed.