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SECOND CHRONICLES XXXIV—THE BOOK FOUND
6 And so did he in the cities of Manasseh, and Ephraim, and Simeon, even unto Naphtali, with their mattocks round about."
7 And when he had broken down the altars and the groves, and had beaten the graven images into powder, and cut down all the idols throughout all the land of Israel he returned to Jerusalem.
8. Now in the eighteenth year of his reign, when he had purged the land, and the house, he sent Shaphan the son of Azaliah, and Maaseiah the governor of the city, and Joah the son of Joahaz the recorder, to repair the house of the LORD his God.
9 And when they came to Hilkiah the high priest, they delivered the money that was brought into the house of God, which the Levites that kept the doors had gathered of the hand of Manasseh and Ephraim, and of all the remnant of Israel, and of all Judah and Benjamin; and they returned to Jerusalem.
10 And they put it in the hand of the workmen that had the oversight of the house of the LORD, and they gave it to the workmen that wrought in the house of the LORD, to repair and amend the house;
11 Even to the artificers and builders gave they it, to buy hewn stone, and timber for couplings, and to Hoor the houses which the kings of Judah had destroyed.
12 And the men did the work faithfully: and the overseers of them were Jahath and Obadiah, the Levites, of the sons of Merari; and Zechariah and Meshullam, of the sons of the Kohathites, to set it forward; and other of the Levites, all that could skill of instruments of musick.
13 Also they were over the bearers of burdens, and were overseers of all that wrought the work in any manner of service; and of the Levites there were scribes, and officers, and porters.
14 | And when they brought out the money that was brought into the house of the LORD, Hilkiah the priest found a book of the law of the LORD given by Moses.
15 And Hilkiah answered and said to Shaphan the scribe, I have found the book of the law in the house of the LORD. And Hilkiah delivered the book to Shaphan.
16 And Shaphan carried the book to the king, and brought the king word back again, saying, All that was committed to thy servants, they do it.
17 And they have gathered together the money that was found in the house of the LORD, and have delivered it into the hand of the overseers, and to the hand of the workmen.
18 Then Shaphan the scribe told the king, saying, Hilkiah the priest hath given me a book. And Shaphan read it before the king.
19 And it came to pass, when the king had heard the words of the law, that he rent his clothes.
The Revised Version says "in their ruins round about."
Jeroboam's Wife Rebuked
“ Arise thou therefore, get thee to thine own house: and when thy feet enter into the city, the child shall die.”— 1. Kings, 14, 12.
F THE softer side of King Jeroboam's life only one picture has come down to us. His little son
was seized of a fever and lay close to death. Jeroboam in his sorrow, had no faith in the help of his own gods of gold, but bethought him of Ahijah the prophet of the true God, who had foretold his kingship. Knowing that he would now be despised by Ahijah for his sins, he did not himself seek the prophet, but bade his wife go, wearing a disguise so she would not be known as his, and thus entreat the aid of the prophet.
Ahijah, so old now that he was blind, received the disguised queen within the shrine of Shiloh. He had no need of eyes; for God had forewarned him not only who the woman was, but what he must say to her. He called her to him: "Come in thou wife of Jeroboam; why feignest thou thyself to be another? for I am sent to thee with heavy tidings.” Heavily indeed they must have fallen on that mother's heart. Her child was to die. Furthermore, because of her husband's sins, this child alone of all their race was to die in peace; the rest should perish all amid strife and battle and disaster; and the race should be extinguished forever.