Chapter 23: Yoshiyah Reads the Book of Yah’s Laws
1 Now the king sent them to gather all the zahkin of Yahudah and Yahrushalom to him. 2 The king went up to the house of Yah with all the men of Yahudah and with him all the inhabitants of Yahrushalom—the priests and the prophets and all the people, both small and great. And he read in the hearing all the words of the Book of the Covenant which had been found in the house of Yah.
Yoshiyah Promises to Follow the Teachings of Yah’s Laws: Yoshiyah Removes the Gods and Priests From Yahrushalom and All Around
3 Then the king stood by a pillar and made a covenant before Yah, to follow Yah and to keep his commandments and His testimonies and His statues with all his heart and all his soul, to perform the words of this covenant that were written in this book. And all the people took a stand for the covenant. 4 And the king commanded Hilikiyah the high priest, the priests of the second order and the doorkeepers, to bring out of the temple of Yah all the articles that were made for Baal, for Asherah (a Canaanite goddess) and all the hosts of heaven (the gods of the Assyrians) and burned them outside Yahrushalom in the fields of Kidron and carried their ashes to Bethyl. 5 Then he removed the idolatrous priests whom the kings of Yahudah had ordained to burn incense on the high places in the cities of Yahudah and in the places all around Yahrushalom and those who burned incense to Baal, to the sun, to the moon, to the constellations (or stars) and to all the host of heaven (or fallen angels). 6 And he brought out the wooden image (or Asherah the Canaanite goddess) from the house of Yah, to the Brook Kidron and ground it to ashes and three its ashes on the graves of the common people.
Yoshiyah Destroys the Sex Temples and Temples at the Gates of Yahrushalom
7 Then he tore down the ritual booths of the perverted persons (Hebrew qedeshim, that is, those practicing sodomy and prostitution in religious rituals with the fallen ones) that were in the house of Yah , where the women wove hangings for the wooden image (Asterah). 8 And he brought all the priests from the cities of Yahudah and defiled the high places where the priests had burned incense, from Geba to Beersheba. Also he broke down the high places at the gates which were at the entrance of the Gate of Yahoshua the governor of the city, which were to the left of the city gate. 9 Nevertheless, the priests of the high places did not come up to the altar of Yah in Yahrushalom but they ate unleavened bread among their brothers.
Yoshiyah Destroys the Fire Walk of Molech: Yoshiyah Destroys the Horses Chariots and Altars Made by Kings Ahaz and Manasseh Because they were Dedicated to the Fallen Angels (Gods)
10 And he defiled Topheth, which is in the Valley of the Son(s) of Hinnom, that no man might make his son or his daughter pass through the fire to Molech. 11 Then he removed the horses that the kings of Yahudah had dedicated to the sun, at the entrance to the house of Yah, by the chamber of Nathan-Melech, the officer who was in the court and he burned the chariots of the sun with fire. 12 The altars that were on the roof, the upper chamber of Ahaz, which the kings of Yahudah had made and the altars which Manasseh had made in the two courts of the house of Yah, the king broke down and pulverized there and threw their dust into the Brook Kidron.
Yoshiyah Destroys the High Places that King Solomon Made
13 Then the king defiled the high places that were east of Yahrushalom, which were on the south of the Mount of Corruption, which Solomon king of Ysrayl had built for Ashtoreth the abomination of the Sidonians, for Chemosh the abomination of the Moabites and for Milcom (Molech) the abomination of the people of Ammon. 14 And he broke in pieces the sacred pillars and cut down the wooden images and filled their places with the bones of men.
Yoshiyah Burns the High Place that King Yeroboam Made
15 Moreover, the altar that was at Bethyl and the high place which Yeroboam the son of Nebat, who made Ysrayl sin, had made, both that altar and the high place he broke down and he burned the high place and crushed it to powder and burned the wooden image.
Yoshiyah Turns Wicked Men’s Bones into Ashes and Destroys Yeroboam’s Bethyl Altar as Prophesied by a Man of Yah: Yoshiyah Leaves Intact the Two Prophet’s Bones
16 As Yoshiyah turned, he saw the tombs that were there on the mountain. And he sent and took the bones out of the tombs and burned them on the altar and defiled it according to the word of Yah which the man of Yah proclaimed, who proclaimed these words. (See 1 Kings 13:2-5, a man of Yah told Yeroboam that this will happen). 17 Then he said, “What gravestone is this that I see”? So the men of the city told him, “It is the tomb of the man of Yah who came from Yahudah and proclaimed these things which you have done against the altar of Bethyl”. 18 And he said, “Let him alone. Let no one move his bones”. So they let his bones alone, with the bones of the prophet who came from Samaria. (See 1 Kings 13:11, 31).
Yoshiyah Destroys the Priests Altars Wicked Men’s Bones and High Places in Samaria Also
19 Now Yoshiyah also took away all the shrines of the high places that were in the cities of Samaria, which the kings of Ysrayl had made to provoke Yah to anger and he did to them according to all the deeds he had done in Bethyl. 20 He executed all the priests of the high places who were there, on the altars and burned men’s bones on them and he returned to Yahrushalom.
Yoshiyah and the People Keep Passover in Yahrushalom as Commanded by Yah
21 Then the king commanded all the people saying, “Keep the Passover to Yah your Almighty, as it is written in this Book of the Covenant”. 22 Such a Passover surely had never been held since the days of the judges who judged Ysrayl nor in all the days of the kings of Ysrayl and the kings of Yahudah. 23 But in the eighteenth year of king Yoshiyah this Passover was held before Yah in Yahrushalom.
Yoshiyah Put Away Household Idols Mediums and Spiritists: Yoshiyah Loved Yah with All His Heart Soul and Might
24 Moreover, Yoshiyah put away those who consulted mediums and spiritists, the household gods and idols, all the abominations that were seen in the land of Yahudah and in Yahrushalom, that he might perform the words of the law which were written in the book that Hilikiyah the priest found in the house of Yah. 25 Now before him there was no king like him, who turned to Yah with all his heart, with all his soul and with all his might, according to all the Law of Moshe nor after him did any arise like him.
*Yoshiyah was a battle-ax for Yah!
Impending Judgement on Yahudah Because Manasseh Killed the Prophets: Yah is Still Angry at the People of Yahudah
26 Nevertheless, Yah did not turn from the fierceness of His great wrath, with which His anger was aroused against Yahudah because of all the provocations with which Manasseh had provoked Him. 27 And Yah said, “I will also remove Yahudah from My sight, as I have removed Ysrayl and will cast off this city Yahrushalom which I have chosen and the house of which I said, ‘My name shall be there’.” (See 1 Kings 8:29).
*Remember Yah promised Yoshiyah that Yahudah would not go into captivity during his reign.
Yoshiyah is Killed by Pharaoh Necho in Battle at Megiddo
28 Now the rest of the acts of Yoshiyah and all that he did, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Yahudah? 29 In his days Pharaoh Necho king of Egypt went to the aid of the king of Assyria, to the River Euphrates and King Yoshiyah went against him. And Pharaoh Necho killed him at Megiddo when he confronted him. 30 Then his servants moved his body in a chariot from Megiddo, brought him to Yahrushalom and buried him in his own tomb. And the people of the land took Yahoahaz the son of Yoshiyah, anointed him and made him king in his father’s place.
King Yahoahaz Reigns in Yahudah Three Months and He is Evil in the Sight of Yah: Pharoah Necho Puts Yahoahaz in Prison Where He Dies
31 Yahoahaz was twenty-three years old when he became king and he reigned three months in Yahrushalom. His mother’s name was Hamutal the daughter of Yeremiyah of Libnah. 32 And he did evil in the sight of Yah, according to all that his fathers had done. 33 Now Pharoah Necho put him in prison at Riblah in the land of Hamath, that he might not reign in Yahrushalom and he imposed on the land a tribute (tax) of one hundred talents of silver and a talent of gold. 34 Then Pharaoh Necho made Yliakim the son of Yoshiyah king in place of his father Yoshiyah and changed his name to Yahoiakim. And Pharoah took Yahoahaz and went to Egypt and he (Yahoahaz) died there.
Yahoiakim Another Son of Yoshiyah Reigns in Yahudah and He is Evil in the Sight of Yah
35 So Yahoiakim gave the silver and gold to Pharaoh but he taxed the land to give money according to the command of Pharaoh. He exacted the silver and gold from the people of the land, from every one according to his assessment, to give it to Pharaoh Necho. 36 Yahoiakim was twenty-five years old when he became king and he reigned eleven years in Yahrushalom. His mother’s name was Zebudah the daughter of Pedaiyah of Rumah. 37 And he did evil in the sight of Yah, according to all that his fathers had done.
*Yahoiakim burned the words of Yah. Read Yeremiyah 36:1-32. He broke the commandment in Deuteronomy 17:18-19.
Chapter 24: Yah Sends the Nations Against Yahoiakim and Yahudah: Yah Remembers the Innocent Blood Manasseh Shed
1 In his days, Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came up and Yahoiakim became his vassal for three years. Then he turned and rebelled against him. 2 And Yah sent against him raiding bands of Chaldeans, bands of Syrians, bands of Moabites and bands of the people of Ammon. He sent them against Yahudah to destroy it, according to the word of Yah which He had spoken by His servants the prophets. 3 Surely at the commandment of Yah this came upon Yahudah, to remove them from His sight because of the sins of Manasseh, according to all that he had done–4 And also because of the innocent blood that he had shed. For he had filled Yahrushalom with innocent blood, which Yah would not pardon.
Yahoiakim Rests With His Fathers: Babylon Takes Over Egypt
5 Now the rest of the acts of Yahoiakim and all that he did, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Yahudah? 6 So Yahoiakim rested with his fathers. Then Yahoiachin his son reigned in his place. 7 And the king of Egypt did not come out of his land anymore, for the king of Babylon had taken all that belonged to the king of Egypt from the Brook of Egypt to the River Euphrates.
Yahoiachin (or Yahconiyah) Reigns in Yahudah Three Months and He Did Evil in the Sight of Yah
8 Yahoiachin was eighteen years old when he became king and he reigned in Yahrushalom three months. His mother’s name was Nehushta the daughter of Ylnathan of Yahrushalom. 9 And he did evil in the sight of Yah, according to all tha his father had done.
*Yahoiachin is called Yahconiyah in the book of Hadassah or Esther 2:6 and Yeremiyah 28:4.
Yahoiachin and Yahudah are Taken into Babylon Captivity
10 At that time the servants of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came up against Yahrushalom and the city was besieged. 11 And Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came against the city, as his servants were besieging it. 12 Then Yahoiachin king of Yahudah, his mother, his servants, his princes, and his officers went out to the king of Babylon and the king of Babylon, in the eighth year of his reign, took him prisoner.
The Captivity of Yahrushalom as Yah Commanded
13 And he carried out from there all the treasures of the house of Yah and the treasures of the king’s house and he cut in pieces all the articles of gold which Solomon king of Ysrayl had made in the temple of Yah, as Yah had said. (Read 2 Kings 20:17, Ezra 1:7, Isaiah 39:6, Yeremiyah 17:3, Yeremiyah 27:16, Yeremiyah 28:3, Yahezqyl 7:21 and Daniyah 5:2). 14 Also, he carried into captivity all Yahrushalom: all the captains and all the mighty men of valor, ten thousand captives and all the craftsmen and smiths. None remained except the poorest people of the land. 15 And he carried Yahoiachin captive to Babylon. The king’s mother, the king’s wives, his officers and the mighty of the land he carried into captivity from Yahrushalom to Babylon. 16 All the valiant men, seven thousand and craftsmen and smiths, one thousand, all who were strong and fit for war, these the king of Babylon brought captive to Babylon.
Zedekiyah (or Mattaniyah) Reigns in Yahudah Eleven Years and He is Evil in the Sight of Yah: Zedekiyah Rebels Against Nebuchadnezzar
17 Then the king of Babylon made Mattaniyah, Yahoiachin’s uncle, king in his place and changed his name to Zedekiyah. 18 Zedekiyah was twenty-one years old when he became king and he reigned eleven years in Yahrushalom. His mother’s name was Hamutal the daughter of Yeremiyah of Libnah. 19 He also did evil in the sight of Yah, according to all that Yahoiakim had done. 20 For because of the anger of Yah this happened in Yahrushalom and Yahudah, that He finally cast them out from His presence. Then Zedekiyah rebelled against the king of Babylon.