22:8 Hilkiah the high priest informed Shaphan the scribe, “I found the law scroll in the Lord’s temple.” Hilkiah gave the scroll to Shaphan and he read it. 22:9 Shaphan the scribe went to the king and reported, 1 “Your servants melted down the silver in the temple 2 and handed it over to the construction foremen assigned to the Lord’s temple.” 22:10 Then Shaphan the scribe told the king, “Hilkiah the priest has given me a scroll.” Shaphan read it out loud before the king. 22:11 When the king heard the words of the law scroll, he tore his clothes. 22:12 The king ordered Hilkiah the priest, Ahikam son of Shaphan, Acbor son of Micaiah, Shaphan the scribe, and Asaiah the king’s servant, 22:13 “Go, seek an oracle from 3 the Lord for me and the people – for all Judah. Find out about 4 the words of this scroll that has been discovered. For the Lord’s fury has been ignited against us, 5 because our ancestors have not obeyed the words of this scroll by doing all that it instructs us to do.” 6
22:14 So Hilkiah the priest, Ahikam, Acbor, Shaphan, and Asaiah went to Huldah the prophetess, the wife of Shullam son of Tikvah, the son of Harhas, the supervisor of the wardrobe. 7 (She lived in Jerusalem in the Mishneh 8 district.) They stated their business, 9 22:15 and she said to them: “This is what the Lord God of Israel says: ‘Say this to the man who sent you to me: 22:16 “This is what the Lord says: ‘I am about to bring disaster on this place and its residents, the details of which are recorded in the scroll which the king of Judah has read. 10 22:17 This will happen because they have abandoned me and offered sacrifices 11 to other gods, angering me with all the idols they have made. 12 My anger will ignite against this place and will not be extinguished!’” 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 13 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. 14 You tore your clothes and wept before me, and I have heard you,’ says the Lord. 22:20 ‘Therefore I will allow you to die and be buried in peace. 15 You will not have to witness 16 all the disaster I will bring on this place.’”’” Then they reported back to the king.
1 tn Heb “returned the king a word and said.”
2 tn Heb “that was found in the house.”
3 tn Or “inquire of.”
4 tn Heb “concerning.”
5 tn Heb “for great is the anger of the
6 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.”
7 tn Heb “the keeper of the clothes.”
8 tn Or “second.” For a discussion of the possible location of this district, see M. Cogan and H. Tadmor, II Kings (AB), 283.
9 tn Heb “and they spoke to her.”
10 tn Heb “all the words of the scroll which the king of Judah has read.”
11 tn Or “burned incense.”
12 tn Heb “angering me with all the work of their hands.” The translation assumes that this refers to idols they have manufactured (note the preceding reference to “other gods,” as well as 19:18). However, it is possible that this is a general reference to their sinful practices, in which case one might translate, “angering me by all the things they do.”
13 tn Heb “Because your heart was tender.”
14 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.
15 tn Heb “Therefore, look, I am gathering you to your fathers, and you will be gathered to your tomb in peace.”
16 tn Heb “your eyes will not see.”