also known as: Josias
Meaning: healed by Jehovah, or Jehovah will support
Great spiritual awakening
He distinguished himself by beginning a war of extermination against the prevailing idolatry, which had practically been the state religion for some seventy years (2 Chronicles 34:3; compare Jeremiah 25:3; 25:11; 25:29).
In the 18th year of his reign, he proceeded to repair and beautify the temple, which by time and violence had become sorely dilapidated (2 Kings 22:3; 22:5-6; 23:23; 2 Chronicles 34:11).
The Passover was then celebrated, as in the days of his great predecessor, Hezekiah, with unusual magnificence. Nevertheless, “the Lord turned not from the fierceness of his great wrath wherewith his anger was kindled against Judah” (2 Kings 22:3-20; 23:21-27; 2 Chronicles 35:1-19).
During the progress of this great religious revolution, Jeremiah helped it on by his earnest exhortations.
Soon after this, Pharaoh-Necho II, king of Egypt, in an expedition against the king of Assyria, with the view of gaining possession of Carchemish, sought a passage through the territory of Judah for his army. This Josiah refused to permit.
His attendants conveyed him toward Jerusalem, but had only reached Hadadrimmon, a few miles south of Megiddo, when he died (2 Kings 23:28; 23:30; compare 2 Chronicles 35:20-27), after a reign of 31 years.
Burial and aftermath
He was buried with the greatest honors in fulfilment of Huldah’s prophecy (2 Kings 22:20; compare Jeremiah 34:5). Jeremiah composed a funeral elegy on this the best of the kings of Israel (Lam. 4:20; 2 Chronicles 35:25).
The outburst of national grief on account of his death became proverbial (Zechariah 12:11; compare Rev. 16:16).
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