During Josiah’s reign Pharaoh Necho king of Egypt marched toward 1 the Euphrates River to help the king of Assyria. King Josiah marched out to fight him, but Necho 2 killed him at Megiddo 3 when he saw him.
In the eighteenth year of King Josiah’s reign, the king sent the scribe Shaphan son of Azaliah, son of Meshullam, to the Lord’s temple with these orders: 1
The people of the land executed all those who had conspired against King Amon, and they 1 made his son Josiah king in his place.
The people of the land executed all who had conspired against King Amon, and they 1 made his son Josiah king in his place.
Josiah was eight years old when he became king, and he reigned for thirty-one years in Jerusalem. 1
Josiah observed a Passover festival for the Lord in Jerusalem. 1 They slaughtered the Passover lambs on the fourteenth day of the first month.
So all the preparations for the Lord’s service were made that day, as the Passover was observed and the burnt sacrifices were offered on the altar of the Lord, as prescribed by King Josiah.
This is the prophetic message that the Lord gave to 1 Zephaniah son of Cushi, son of Gedaliah, son of Amariah, son of Hezekiah. Zephaniah delivered this message during the reign of 2 King Josiah son of Amon of Judah:
Archers shot King Josiah; the king ordered his servants, “Take me out of this chariot, 1 for I am seriously wounded.”
In the fourth year that Jehoiakim son of Josiah was king of Judah, the Lord spoke to Jeremiah 1 concerning all the people of Judah. (That was the same as the first year that Nebuchadnezzar was king of Babylon.) 2
His servants transported his dead body 1 from Megiddo in a chariot and brought it to Jerusalem, where they buried him in his tomb. The people of the land took Josiah’s son Jehoahaz, poured olive oil on his head, 2 and made him king in his father’s place.
But Josiah did not turn back from him; 1 he disguised himself for battle. He did not take seriously 2 the words of Necho which he had received from God; he went to fight him in the Plain of Megiddo. 3
Josiah also removed all the shrines on the high places in the cities of Samaria. The kings of Israel had made them and angered the Lord. 1 He did to them what he had done to the high place in Bethel. 2
From his own royal flocks and herds, Josiah supplied the people with 30,000 lambs and goats for the Passover sacrifice, as well as 3,000 cattle. 1
All the people living in Jerusalem 1 and all the people who came into Jerusalem from the towns of Judah came to observe a fast before the Lord. The fast took place in the ninth month of the fifth year that Jehoiakim son of Josiah was ruling over Judah. 2
When Josiah turned around, he saw the tombs there on the hill. So he ordered the bones from the tombs to be brought; 1 he burned them on the altar and defiled it. This fulfilled the Lord’s announcement made by the prophet while Jeroboam stood by the altar during a festival. King Josiah 2 turned and saw the grave of the prophet who had foretold this. 3