22:13 “Go, seek an oracle from 1 the Lord for me and the people – for all Judah. Find out about 2 the words of this scroll that has been discovered. For the Lord’s fury has been ignited against us, 3 because our ancestors have not obeyed the words of this scroll by doing all that it instructs us to do.” 4
2 Kings 22:18-19Context
22:18 Say this to the king of Judah, who sent you to seek an oracle from the Lord: “This is what the Lord God of Israel says concerning the words you have heard: 22:19 ‘You displayed a sensitive spirit 5 and humbled yourself before the Lord when you heard how I intended to make this place and its residents into an appalling example of an accursed people. 6 You tore your clothes and wept before me, and I have heard you,’ says the Lord.
1 tn Or “inquire of.”
2 tn Heb “concerning.”
3 tn Heb “for great is the anger of the
4 tn Heb “by doing all that is written concerning us.” Perhaps עָלֵינוּ (’alenu), “concerning us,” should be altered to עָלָיו (’alav), “upon it,” in which case one could translate, “by doing all that is written in it.”
5 tn Heb “Because your heart was tender.”
6 tn Heb “how I said concerning this place and its residents to become [an object of] horror and [an example of] a curse.” The final phrase (“horror and a curse”) refers to Judah becoming a prime example of an accursed people. In curse formulations they would be held up as a prime example of divine judgment. For an example of such a curse, see Jer 29:22.