Daily Bible Reading: 2 Kings 22-23, 2 Chronicles 34-35
2 Kings 22:1-2 (BBE) Josiah was eight years old when he became king; and he was ruling in Jerusalem for thirty-one years; his mother’s name was Jedidah, daughter of Adaiah of Bozkath. He did what was right in the eyes of the Lord, walking in the ways of David his father, without turning to the right hand or to the left.
2 Kings 23:1-3 (NKJV) Now the king sent them to gather all the elders of Judah and Jerusalem to him. The king went up to the house of the LORD with all the men of Judah, and with him all the inhabitants of Jerusalem–the priests and the prophets and all the people, both small and great. And he read in their hearing all the words of the Book of the Covenant which had been found in the house of the LORD. Then the king stood by a pillar and made a covenant before the LORD, to follow the LORD and to keep His commandments and His testimonies and His statutes, 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.
23:3. Standing by the pillar (cf. 11:14) in the temple courtyard the king led the people in a rededication of themselves to the Lord and His Word. He first pledged himself to follow the Lord faithfully and to carry out the words written in the Law of Moses (cf. 1 Kings 2:3). Then all the people promised to do the same (cf. Ex. 19:8; Josh. 24:21-24). The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures by Dallas Seminary Faculty.
2 Chronicles 32:8 (NKJV) With him is an arm of flesh; but with us is the LORD our God, to help us and to fight our battles.” And the people were strengthened by the words of Hezekiah king of Judah.
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