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2 Chronicles 35:20-21

Josiah’s Reign Ends

35:20 After Josiah had done all this for the temple, 1  King Necho of Egypt marched up to do battle at Carchemish on the Euphrates River. 2  Josiah marched out to oppose him. 35:21 Necho 3  sent messengers to him, saying, “Why are you opposing me, O king of Judah? 4  I am not attacking you today, but the kingdom with which I am at war. 5  God told me to hurry. Stop opposing God, who is with me, or else he will destroy you.” 6 

1 tn Heb “After all this, [by] which Josiah prepared the temple.”

2 tn The word “River” is not in the Hebrew text, but has been supplied in the translation for clarity.

3 tn Heb “he”; the referent (Neco) has been specified in the translation for clarity.

4 tn Heb “What to me and to you, king of Judah?”

5 tn Heb “Not against you, you, today, but against the house of my battle.”

6 tn Heb “Stop yourself from [opposing] God who is with me and let him not destroy you.”

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