Josiah Rules as King of Judah For 31 Years

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Josiah became king of Judah when he was eight years old and ruled for 31 years (v. 1). He followed the example of his ancestor David by obeying the Lord (v. 2). When he was 16 years old he began worshiping God, just as David had done (v. 3). Four years later he decided to destroy the local shrines in Judah as well as the poles for worshiping the goddess Asherah and other foreign gods..  He watched as the altars for Baal were torn down and the incense altars were smashed (v. 4) As these Asherah poles, idols, and stone images were smashed the pieces were scattered over the graves of the worshipers. Josiah then had the bones of the pagan priests burned on the altars (v. 5). This means Josiah got rid of the worship of foreign gods in Judah (v. 6). Also he did the same everywhere in the northern kingdom of Israel (v. 7). Then Josiah went back to Jerusalem.

By the 18th year of Josiah’s rule he had removed all the sinful things from the land and from the Lord’s temple (v. 8). He then sent three officials to repair the temple These three men went to the high priest and gave him the money the Levite guards had collected from the people (v. 9). Then the money was turned over to the men who supervised the repairs to the temple (v. 10). They used some of the money to pay the workers and gave the balance of it to the carpenters and builders who used it to buy the stone and wood to repair other buildings that Judah’s kings had not taken care of (v. 11). The workers were honest and other Levites who were skilled musicians were in charge of carrying supplies and supervising the workers (vv. 12-13). Other Levites stood guard around the temple.


Since I tend to be a perfectionist I am always seeing things that need to be repaired. Since I have this kind of tendency it cases me to be too negative in what I say. Lord, help me to be more of a positive person in my conversation with others.

II Chronicles 34:1-13 (English Standard Version)

Josiah was eight years old when he began to reign, and he reigned thirty-one years in Jerusalem. And he did what was right in the eyes of the LORD, and walked in the ways of David his father; and he did not turn aside to the right hand or to the left. For in the eighth year of his reign, while he was yet a boy, he began to seek the God of David his father, and in the twelfth year he began to purge Judah and Jerusalem of the high places, the Asherim, and the carved and the metal images. And they chopped down the altars of the Baals in his presence, and he cut down the incense altars that stood above them. And he broke in pieces the Asherim and the carved and the metal images, and he made dust of them and scattered it over the graves of those who had sacrificed to them. He also burned the bones of the priests on their altars and cleansed Judah and Jerusalem. And in the cities of Manasseh, Ephraim, and Simeon, and as far as Naphtali, in their ruins all around, he broke down the altars and beat the Asherim and the images into powder and cut down all the incense altars throughout all the land of Israel. Then he returned to Jerusalem. Now in the eighteenth year of his reign, when he had cleansed the land and the house, he sent Shaphan the son of Azaliah, and Maaseiah the governor of the city, and Joah the son of Joahaz, the recorder, to repair the house of the LORD his God. They came to Hilkiah the high priest and gave him the money that had been brought into the house of God, which the Levites, the keepers of the threshold, had collected from Manasseh and Ephraim and from all the remnant of Israel and from all Judah and Benjamin and from the inhabitants of Jerusalem. And they gave it to the workmen who were working in the house of the LORD. And the workmen who were working in the house of the LORD gave it for repairing and restoring the house. They gave it to the carpenters and the builders to buy quarried stone, and timber for binders and beams for the buildings that the kings of Judah had let go to ruin. And the men did the work faithfully. Over them were set Jahath and Obadiah the Levites, of the sons of Merari, and Zechariah and Meshullam, of the sons of the Kohathites, to have oversight. The Levites, all who were skillful with instruments of music, were over the burden-bearers and directed all who did work in every kind of service, and some of the Levites were scribes and officials and gatekeepers.

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