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Bible Commentaries

F.B. Meyer's 'Through the Bible' Commentary

2 Kings 22

Verses 1-13

Finding the Lost Law

2 Kings 22:1-12.22.13

In the midst of a dissolute court, Josiah’s young life grew as a palm on the desert-waste. At the age of sixteen he sought the Lord, and at eighteen he became even more earnest and devoted, as though some special quickening had passed over his soul and led him to set about the repair of the Temple. In this he was greatly aided by Hilkiah. It was a fair sunrise, though the day was prematurely overcast.

During the process of renovation a copy of the Book of the Law was discovered, and Shaphan read it before the king. It is supposed that the passage which he recited and which so greatly moved his soul, was Deuteronomy 28:1-5.28.68 ; Deuteronomy 29:1-5.29.29 ; Deuteronomy 30:1-5.30.20 , where are enumerated the awful consequences that would follow the failure to observe God’s law. What ruthless havoc had Manasseh wrought, that all the copies of the Law had become destroyed! It reminds us of the wholesale burning of the Bible in Tyndale ‘s day! The housebreaker is always careful to extinguish the light that might reveal his presence and lead to his identification. Let us not hesitate to preach the whole counsel of God, and not hide the inevitable doom of the ungodly. It is by the Word that the Holy Spirit convicts of sin.

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Meyer, Frederick Brotherton. "Commentary on 2 Kings 22". "F. B. Meyer's 'Through the Bible' Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/eng/fbm/2-kings-22.html. 1914.