The son of Amon and Jedidah succeeded his father in the eighty years of his age and reigned 31 years. His history is contained in 2 Kings 22:1; 2 Kings 23:24; 2 Chronicles 34:1; and 2 Chronicles 35:1, and the first twelve chapters of Jeremiah throw much light upon the general character of the Jews in his day. He began in the eighth year of his reign to seek the Lord, and in his twelfth year, and for six years afterward, in a personal progress throughout all the land of Judah and Israel, he destroyed everywhere high places, groves, images, and all outward signs and relics of idolatry. The temple was restored under a special commission, and in the course of the repairs Hilkiah the priest found that book of the law of the Lord which quickened so remarkably the ardent zeal of the king. He was aided by Jeremiah the prophet in spreading through his kingdom the knowledge and worship of Jehovah. The great day of Josiah’s life was the day of the passover in the eighteenth year of his reign. After this his endeavors to abolish every trace of idolatry and superstition were still carried on, but the time drew near which had been indicated by Huldah (2 Kings 22:20). When Pharaoh-necho went from Egypt to Carchemish to carry on his war along the seacoast, Necho reluctantly paused and gave him battle in the valley of Esdraelon. Josiah was mortally wounded and died before he could reach Jerusalem. He was buried with extraordinary honors.
The son of Zephaniah, at whose house took place the solemn and symbolical crowning of Joshua the high priest (Zechariah 6:10)
Smith's Bible Names Dictionary (1866).
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