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2 Kings 22

The Book of the Law Found

1Josiah was eight years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem thirty-one years. His mother’s name was Jedidah daughter of Adaiah; she was from Bozkath. He did what was right in the eyes of the Lord and followed completely the ways of his father David, not turning aside to the right or to the left.

In the eighteenth year of his reign, King Josiah sent the secretary, Shaphan son of Azaliah, the son of Meshullam, to the temple of the Lord. He said: “Go up to Hilkiah the high priest and have him get ready the money that has been brought into the temple of the Lord, which the doorkeepers have collected from the people. Have them entrust it to the men appointed to supervise the work on the temple. And have these men pay the workers who repair the temple of the Lord the carpenters, the builders and the masons. Also have them purchase timber and dressed stone to repair the temple. But they need not account for the money entrusted to them, because they are honest in their dealings.”

Hilkiah the high priest said to Shaphan the secretary, “I have found the Book of the Law in the temple of the Lord.” He gave it to Shaphan, who read it. Then Shaphan the secretary went to the king and reported to him: “Your officials have paid out the money that was in the temple of the Lord and have entrusted it to the workers and supervisors at the temple.” 10 Then Shaphan the secretary informed the king, “Hilkiah the priest has given me a book.” And Shaphan read from it in the presence of the king.

11 When the king heard the words of the Book of the Law, he tore his robes. 12 He gave these orders to Hilkiah the priest, Ahikam son of Shaphan, Akbor son of Micaiah, Shaphan the secretary and Asaiah the king’s attendant: 13 “Go and inquire of the Lord for me and for the people and for all Judah about what is written in this book that has been found. Great is the Lord’s anger that burns against us because those who have gone before us have not obeyed the words of this book; they have not acted in accordance with all that is written there concerning us.”

14 Hilkiah the priest, Ahikam, Akbor, Shaphan and Asaiah went to speak to the prophet Huldah, who was the wife of Shallum son of Tikvah, the son of Harhas, keeper of the wardrobe. She lived in Jerusalem, in the New Quarter.

15 She said to them, “This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: Tell the man who sent you to me, 16 ‘This is what the Lord says: I am going to bring disaster on this place and its people, according to everything written in the book the king of Judah has read. 17 Because they have forsaken me and burned incense to other gods and aroused my anger by all the idols their hands have made,[a] my anger will burn against this place and will not be quenched.’ 18 Tell the king of Judah, who sent you to inquire of the Lord, ‘This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says concerning the words you heard: 19 Because your heart was responsive and you humbled yourself before the Lord when you heard what I have spoken against this place and its people—that they would become a curse[b] and be laid waste—and because you tore your robes and wept in my presence, I also have heard you, declares the Lord. 20 Therefore I will gather you to your ancestors, and you will be buried in peace. Your eyes will not see all the disaster I am going to bring on this place.’”

So they took her answer back to the king.

Footnotes

  1. 2 Kings 22:17 Or by everything they have done
  2. 2 Kings 22:19 That is, their names would be used in cursing (see Jer. 29:22); or, others would see that they are cursed.

O Livro

2 Reis 22

O livro da lei é encontrado

1O novo rei de Judá foi Josias. Começou a reinar com a idade de 8 anos. Reinou durante 31 anos em Jerusalém. A sua mãe chamava-se Jedida; era filha de Adaías, de Bozcate. Fez o que era recto aos olhos do Senhor. Andou nos caminhos de David, seu pai; não se afastou deles nunca, obedecendo integralmente à palavra do Senhor.

3/6 No décimo oitavo ano do seu reinado, o rei Josias mandou Safã, seu secretário (filho de Azalia e neto de Mesulão) até ao templo com as seguintes instruções para Hilquias, o sumo sacerdote: “Recolhe o dinheiro que é dado aos sacerdotes à porta do templo, quando o povo entra para o culto. Entrega-o ao encarregado de obras do templo para que contrate pedreiros e carpinteiros que façam as devidas reparações no edifício e para que comprem o material necessário.” Não se pedia contas do dinheiro entregue aos encarregados das obras, porque eram pessoas que actuavam com a máxima honestidade.

8/13 Um dia Hilquias o sumo sacerdote foi ter com Safã o secretário real exclamando: “Descobri um livro no templo que tem escritas as leis de Deus!”

E deu o livro a ler a Safã. Quando este foi em audiência ao rei apresentar o relatório do andamento das obras de reparação do templo, fez também menção do livro que Hilquias tinha achado, e leu nele diante do rei. Ao ouvir aquelas palavras escritas, o monarca rasgou a roupa que tinha vestida, em sinal de profunda consternação. Mandou então a Hilquias o sacerdote, a Safã, a Asaia (assistente do rei), a Aicão (filho de Safã) e a Acbor (filho de Micaías) que perguntassem ao Senhor: “Que devemos nós fazer? Porque não obedecemos às instruções deste livro: deves estar tremendamente irado contra nós, pois que nem nós nem os nossos antepassados seguimos os teus mandamentos.”

14/20 Então Hilquias, mais os homens referidos, foram ter com Hulda, a profetisa, ao bairro de Misné, em Jerusalém. (Esta profetisa era mulher de Salum — o filho de Ticva e neto de Harás — que tinha o encargo do guardaroupa real.) Ela deu-lhes pois esta mensagem da parte do Senhor Deus de Israel: “Diz ao homem que te mandou ter comigo que vou destruir esta cidade e a sua população, tal como está escrito no livro que leste. Pois que o povo de Judá me abandonou, adorou outros deuses e levantou a minha ira intensa de tal maneira que não poderá ser sustida. Mas, devido ao facto de que te consternaste e te humilhaste perante o Senhor, quando leste o livro e os seus avisos de que esta terra haveria de ser amaldiçoada e se tornaria desolada, e visto que rasgaste a tua roupa, chorando perante mim de tristeza, darei ouvidos aos teus rogos. A morte desta nação não ocorrerá antes de morreres — não verás o mal que prometo trazer sobre este lugar.” Foi esta a mensagem que levaram ao rei.