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2 Chronicles 35:20-25

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  35:22 But Josiah did not turn back from him; 7  he disguised himself for battle. He did not take seriously 8  the words of Necho which he had received from God; he went to fight him in the Plain of Megiddo. 9  35:23 Archers shot King Josiah; the king ordered his servants, “Take me out of this chariot, 10  for I am seriously wounded.” 35:24 So his servants took him out of the chariot, put him in another chariot that he owned, and brought him to Jerusalem, 11  where he died. He was buried in the tombs of his ancestors; 12  all the people of Judah and Jerusalem mourned Josiah. 35:25 Jeremiah composed laments for Josiah which all the male and female singers use to mourn Josiah to this very day. It has become customary in Israel to sing these; they are recorded in the Book of Laments.

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.”

7 tn Heb “and Josiah did not turn his face from him.”

8 tn Heb “listen to.”

9 map For location see Map1 D4; Map2 C1; Map4 C2; Map5 F2; Map7 B1.

10 tn Heb “carry me away.”

11 map For location see Map5 B1; Map6 F3; Map7 E2; Map8 F2; Map10 B3; JP1 F4; JP2 F4; JP3 F4; JP4 F4.

12 tn Heb “fathers.”

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