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2 Kings 22:14

So Hilkiah the priest, Ahikam, Achbor, Shaphan, and Asaiah went to Huldah the prophetess, the wife of Shallum the son of Tikvah, the son of Harhas, keeper of the wardrobe (now she lived in Jerusalem in the Second Quarter); and they spoke to her.
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Concordances:
Nave's Topical Bible - Achbor;   Ahikam;   Asahiah;   College;   Harhas;   Hilkiah;   Huldah;   Josiah;   King;   Prophetesses;   Repentance;   School;   Scribe (S);   Secretary (Recordist);   Shallum;   Shaphan;   Tikvah;   Women;   Thompson Chain Reference - Huldah;   Prophetesses;   Virtues;   Womanhood, Crowning Qualities of;   Women;   Torrey's Topical Textbook - Kings;   Prophets;  
Dictionaries:
American Tract Society Bible Dictionary - Huldah;   Josiah;   Shallum;   Bridgeway Bible Dictionary - Josiah;   Prophecy, prophet;   Women;   Zephaniah;   Baker Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology - Education in Bible Times;   Kings, First and Second, Theology of;   Prophet, Prophetess, Prophecy;   Woman;   Easton Bible Dictionary - Ahikam;   College;   Hasrah;   Huldah;   Isaiah;   Josiah;   King;   Shallum;   Woman;   Fausset Bible Dictionary - Asahiah;   College;   Deuteronomy, the Book of;   Education;   Gedaliah;   Harhas;   Hezekiah;   High Priest;   Jaazaniah;   Jeremiah;   Jerusalem;   Music;   Pentateuch;   Shallum;   Tikvah;   Women;   Holman Bible Dictionary - Achbor;   Ahikam;   College;   Harhas;   High Priest;   Huldah;   Jeremiah;   Josiah;   King, Kingship;   Kings, 1 and 2;   Prophetess;   Shallum;   Shaphan;   Tikvah;   Zephaniah, Book of;   Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - Achbor;   Ahikam;   Asaiah;   Canon of the Old Testament;   College;   Deuteronomy;   Dress;   Gedaliah;   Harhas;   Hexateuch;   Hilkiah;   Huldah;   Idolatry;   Israel;   Jerusalem;   King;   Prophetess;   Shallum;   Shaphan;   Tikvah;   Vestry;   Hastings' Dictionary of the New Testament - Prophetess;   Morrish Bible Dictionary - Achbor ;   Ahikam ;   Asahiah, Asaiah ;   College;   Harhas ;   Hilkiah ;   Huldah ;   Josiah ;   Shallum ;   Shaphan ;   Tikvah, Tikvath ;   The Hawker's Poor Man's Concordance And Dictionary - Huldah;   People's Dictionary of the Bible - Ahikam;   College;   Josiah;   Obsolete or obscure words in the english av bible;   Smith Bible Dictionary - Ach'bor;   Ahi'kam;   Asahi'ah;   College, the;   Hur'hai;   Has'rah;   Hul'dah;   Shal'lum;   Sha'phan;   Tik'vah;   Women;   Watson's Biblical & Theological Dictionary - Urim and Thummim;  
Encyclopedias:
Condensed Biblical Cyclopedia - Kingdom of Judah;   International Standard Bible Encyclopedia - Achbor;   Ahikam;   Asahiah;   Asaiah;   College;   Harhas;   Hasrah;   Huldah;   Jehoiakim;   King;   Mishneh;   Mother;   Mouse;   Prophecy;   Prophetess;   Shallum (1);   Tikvah;   Totemism;   Witch;   Woman;   Kitto Biblical Cyclopedia - Ahikam;   The Jewish Encyclopedia - Achbor;   Ahikam;   Captivity;   Costume;   Huldah;   Jerusalem;  

Adam Clarke Commentary

Went unto Huldah the prophetess - This is a most singular circumstance: At this time Jeremiah was certainly a prophet in Israel, but it is likely he now dwelt at Anathoth and could not be readily consulted; Zephaniah also prophesied under this reign, but probably he had not yet begun; Hilkiah was high priest, and the priest's lips should retain knowledge. Shaphan was scribe, and must have been conversant in sacred affairs to have been at all fit for his office; and yet Huldah, a prophetess, of whom we know nothing but by this circumstance, is consulted on the meaning of the book of the law; for the secret of the Lord was neither with Hilkiah the high priest, Shaphan the scribe, nor any other of the servants of the king, or ministers of the temple! We find from this, and we have many facts in all ages to corroborate it, that a pontiff, a pope, a bishop, or a priest, may, in some cases, not possess the true knowledge of God; and that a simple woman, possessing the life of God in her soul, may have more knowledge of the Divine testimonies than many of those whose office it is to explain and enforce them.

On this subject Dr. Priestley in his note makes the following very judicious remark: -

"It pleased God to distinguish several women with the spirit of prophecy, as well as other great attainments, to show that in his sight, and especially in things of a spiritual nature, there is no essential pre-eminence in the male sex, though in some things the female be subject to the male."

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Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible

Went unto Huldah - It might have been expected that the royal commissioners would have gone to Jeremiah, on whom the prophetic spirit had descended in Josiah‘s 13th year Jeremiah 1:2, or five years previous to the finding of the Law. Perhaps he was at some distance from Jerusalem at the time; or his office may not yet have been fully recognized.

The prophetess - Compare the cases of Miriam Exodus 15:20; Numbers 12:2 and Deborah Judges 4:4.

Keeper of the wardrobe - literally, “of the robes.” Shallum had the superintendence, either of the vestments of the priests who served in the temple, or of the royal robe-room in which dresses of honor were stored, in case of their being needed for presents (see 2 Kings 5:5 note).

In the college - The marginal translation “in the second part” is preferable; and probably refers to the new or outer city - that which had been enclosed by the wall of Manasseh, to the north of the old city 2 Chronicles 33:14.

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Coffman Commentaries on the Bible

THE PROPHETESS ANSWERED THE KING'S INQUIRY

"So Hilkiah the priest, and Ahikam, and Achbor, and Shaphan, and Asaph, went unto Huldah the prophetess, the wife of Shallum the son of Tkivah, the son of Harhaz, keeper of the wardrobe (now she dwelt in Jerusalem in the second quarter); and they communed with her. And she said unto them, Thus saith Jehovah the God of Israel: Tell ye the man that sent you unto me, Thus saith Jehovah, Behold, I will bring evil upon this place, and upon the inhabitants thereof, even all the words of the book which the king of Judah hath read. Because they have forsaken me and have burned incense to other gods, that they might provoke me to anger with all the work of their hands, therefore my wrath shall be kindled against this place, and it shall not be quenched. But unto the king of Judah, who sent you to inquire of Jehovah, thus shall ye say to him, Thus saith Jehovah the God of Israel; As touching the words which thou hast heard, because thy heart was tender, and thou didst humble thyself before Jehovah, when thou heardest what I spake against this place, and against the inhabitants thereof, that they should become a desolation and a curse, and hast rent thy clothes, and wept before me; I have heard thee, saith Jehovah. Therefore, behold, I shall gather thee to thy fathers, and thou shalt be gathered to thy grave in peace, neither shall thine eyes see all the evil which I will bring upon this place. And they brought the king word again."

Note that Huldah does not even mention any query about the authenticity of that discovery, simply because no question about that was necessary. It was at once recognized for what it was, namely, either the original Book of the Covenant (the Torah, called also the Pentateuch) which had been placed beside the ark of God upon the command of Moses, or an authentic copy of the same replacing it. What Huldah did was to answer the king's inquiry about whether the terrible curses and penalties were due for an immediate fulfillment or not. The key part of her reply was that the penalties would not be executed during Josiah's lifetime.

"She dwelt in Jerusalem, in the second quarter" (2 Kings 22:14). "Second quarter in this place is literally, the lower city."[28]

"Thou shalt be gathered to thy grave in peace" (2 Kings 22:20). Of course, Josiah died in battle, and that fact gives the critics a cue to allege "contradiction," or "multiple sources," or "a later editor."[29] Keil gave the true explanation. "The expression `slept with his fathers,' while usually applicable to a peaceful death, was also applied to a violent death by being slain in battle."[30] In mercy, the life of Josiah ended without his living to see the devastation and destruction of his beloved city and its people, and that, of course, was the full and adequate fulfillment of the words of the prophetess. "Thus Josiah was taken away from the evil to come and died `in peace' (as regarded Jerusalem) prior to the attack,"[31] of the destroying army.

We have devoted much more space to our discussion of this chapter than some might consider necessary, but this very chapter is the tap-root of the most destructive criticism of the Bible which Satan ever launched. Right here is where they digged up the Piltdown Man of modern criticism (See the encyclopaedia), and we felt that it was necessary to expose and denounce the Great Fraud for what it most certainly is!

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John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

So Hilkiah the priest, and Ahikam, and Achbor, and Shaphan, and Asahiah, went down to Huldah the prophetess,.... Such as were Miriam and Deborah; in imitation of those Satan had very early his women prophetesses, the Sibyls, so called from their being the council and oracle of God, and consulted as such on occasion, as Huldah now was; and the first of the Sibyls, according to SuidasF14In voce σιβυλλα. , was a Chaldean or a Persian; and some say an Hebrew; and Pausanias expressly saysF15Phocica, sive, l. 10. p. 631. , that with the Hebrews above Palestine was a woman prophetess, whose name was Sabba, whom some called the Babylonian, others the Egyptian Sibyl. Aelian relatesF16Var. Hist. l. 12. c. 35. that one of them was a Jewess:

the wife of Shallum, the son of Tikvah, the son of Harhas, keeper of the wardrobe; but whether the king's wardrobe in the palace, or the priest's in the temple, is not certain; he is called Hasrah, 2 Chronicles 34:22 who is here called Harhas:

now she dwelt in Jerusalem in the college; in the college of the prophets; in the house of instruction, as the Targum; the school where the young prophets were instructed and trained up; though Jarchi observes, that some interpret this "within the two walls"; Jerusalem it seems had three walls, and within the second this woman lived; there were gates in the temple, as he also observes, called the gates of HuldahF17Misn. Middot, c. 1. sect. 3. , but whether from her cannot be said: this place of her dwelling seems to be mentioned as a reason why these messengers went to her, because she was near, as well as well known for her prophetic spirit, prudence, and faithfulness, and not to Jeremiah, who in all probability was at Anathoth; and so also is the reason why they went not to Zephaniah, if he as yet had begun to prophesy, because he might be at a distance also: and they communed with her; upon the subject the king sent them about.

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Geneva Study Bible

So Hilkiah the priest, and Ahikam, and Achbor, and Shaphan, and Asahiah, went unto Huldah the prophetess, the wife of Shallum the son of Tikvah, the son of Harhas, keeper of the wardrobe; (now she dwelt in Jerusalem in the g college;) and they communed with her.

(g) Or the house of doctrine, which was near the temple, and where the learned assembled to search the scriptures and the doctrine of the prophets.
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Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

Achbor — or Abdon (2 Chronicles 34:20), a man of influence at court (Jeremiah 26:22). The occasion was urgent, and therefore they were sent - not to Zephaniah (Zephaniah 1:1), who was perhaps young - nor to Jeremiah, who was probably absent at his house in Anathoth, but to one who was at hand and known for her prophetic gifts - to Huldah, who was probably at this time a widow. Her husband Shallum was grandson of one Harhas, “keeper of the wardrobe.” If this means the priestly wardrobe, [Harhas] must have been a Levite. But it probably refers to the royal wardrobe.

she dwelt  …  in the college — rather, “in the Misnah,” taking the original word as a proper name, not a school or college, but a particular suburb of Jerusalem. She was held in such veneration that Jewish writers say she and Jehoiada the priest were the only persons not of the house of David (2 Chronicles 24:15, 2 Chronicles 24:16) who were ever buried in Jerusalem.

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Keil & Delitzsch Old Testament Commentary

Nothing further is known of the prophetess Huldah than what is mentioned here. All that we can infer from the fact that the king sent to her is, that she was highly distinguished on account of her prophetical gifts, and that none of the prophets of renown, such as Jeremiah and Zephaniah, were at that time in Jerusalem. Her father Shallum was keeper of the clothes, i.e., superintendent over either the priests' dresses that were kept in the temple (according to the Rabbins and Wits. de proph . in his Miscell. ss . i. p. 356, ed. 3), or the king's wardrobe. The names of his ancestors תּקוה and הרחס are written תּוקהת and חסרה in the Chronicles. Huldah lived at Jerusalem בּמּשׁנה, “in the second part” or district of the city, i.e., in the lower city, upon the hill Ἄκρα (Rob. Pal. i. p. 391), which is called המּשׁנה in Zephaniah 1:10, and משׁנה העיר in Nehemiah 11:9, and ἄλλη πόλις in Joseph. Ant. xv. 11, 5.

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Wesley's Explanatory Notes

So Hilkiah the priest, and Ahikam, and Achbor, and Shaphan, and Asahiah, went unto Huldah the prophetess, the wife of Shallum the son of Tikvah, the son of Harhas, keeper of the wardrobe; (now she dwelt in Jerusalem in the college;) and they communed with her.

Huldah — The king's earnest affection required great haste; and she was in Jerusalem, which is therefore noted in the following part of the verse, when Jeremiah might at this time be at Anathoth, or in some more remote part of the kingdom; and the like may be said of Zephaniah, who also might not be a prophet at this time, though he was afterward, in the days of Josiah.

College — Where the sons of the prophets, or others, who devoted themselves to the study of God's word, used to meet and discourse of the things of God, and receive the instructions of their teachers.

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John Trapp Complete Commentary

2 Kings 22:14 So Hilkiah the priest, and Ahikam, and Achbor, and Shaphan, and Asahiah, went unto Huldah the prophetess, the wife of Shallum the son of Tikvah, the son of Harhas, keeper of the wardrobe; (now she dwelt in Jerusalem in the college;) and they communed with her.

Ver. 14. Went unto Huldah the prophetess.] Souls have no sexes. They who vilify the female sex, especially with reference to religion, as some Papists have done, (a) may here observe in point of holy prophecy, that male and female are all one in God as in Christ. [Galatians 3:28]

The wife of Shallum.] Who was, say the Rabbis, Jeremiah’s great-uncle, and much honoured in such a wife.

Now she dwelt in Jerusalem in the college.] Heb., In the second, in parte secunda ab eo, se., rege, in some part of the king’s palace; and therefore sent to her, as nigh at hand, and of known abilities. The Chaldee hath it, In the house of learning. The Septuagint, In Mishneh, as if it were the name of a certain street in Jerusalem. Others, in repetitionum loco, in the school or college where the law was repeated. The Hebrews call Deuteronomy, Mishneh Torah, the repetition of the law.

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Thomas Coke Commentary on the Holy Bible

2 Kings 22:14. Huldah the prophetess This is the only mention that we have of this prophetess; and certainly it tends much to her honour that she was consulted upon this important occasion, when both Jeremiah and Zephaniah were at that time prophets in Judah. But Zephaniah, perhaps, at that time might not have commenced a prophet, because, though we are told that he prophesied in the days of Josiah, Zephaniah 1:1 yet we are nowhere informed in what part of his reign he entered upon the prophetic office. Jeremiah too might at that time be absent from Jerusalem, at his house at Anathoth, or some more remote part of the kingdom; so that, considering Josiah's haste and impatience, there might be no other proper person to apply to than this prophetess; well assured of whose fidelity in delivering the mind and counsel of God, the king, and the ministers who went from him to inquire, concluded rightly, that it was much more important what message God sent, than by whose hand it was that he conveyed it. See Poole, and Smith's Select Discourses, p. 252.

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Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible

Unto Huldah the prophetess; for we read of women prophetesses, both in the Old and New Testament; as Miriam, Exodus 15:20, Deborah, Jude 4:4, Hannah, 1Sa 2, Elisabeth, and the blessed Virgin, Lu 1, and Philip’s daughters, Acts 21:9.

Quest. But why did he send to this woman, and not rather to Zephaniah, or Jeremiah, who were prophets in Josiah’s days?

Answ. Either, first, Because the king’s earnest affection in this business required great haste; and she was in Jerusalem, which is therefore noted in the following part of the verse, when Jeremiah might at this time be at Anathoth, or in some more remote part of the kingdom; and the like may be said of Zephaniah, who also might not be a prophet at this time, though he was afterward, in the days of Josiah, which is all that is affirmed of him, Zephaniah 1:1. Or,

2. Because the king or his courtiers had longer and greater experience of the eminency of her prophetical gifts than of Jeremiah’s, who began not to prophesy till the thirteenth year of Josiah, Jeremiah 1:2; and being well assured of her fidelity in delivering the mind and counsel of God to those that inquired of her, they rightly concluded that it was much more considerable what message God sent, than by whom it was conveyed to them. In the college; where the sons of the prophets, or others who devoted themselves to the study of God’s word, used to meet and discourse of the things of God, and receive the instructions of their teachers. Others both ancient and modern render it, in another or the second part, to wit, of the city, i.e. in the suburbs, which also were fortified and walled about by Hezekiah, 2 Chronicles 32:5.

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Whedon's Commentary on the Bible

14.Huldah the prophetess — All we know of this celebrated woman is recorded here and in the parallel history of Chronicles. Even her husband and his ancestors are mentioned nowhere else. But this short narrative has immortalized her name, and her oracle on the occasion has given her a place above many of the prophets of Judah. The loftiness of her position is enhanced by the fact that the high priest and the king’s most honourable ministers seek knowledge at her hand. In the bestowal of the Divine gift of the Spirit Jehovah is no respecter of persons or of sex, yet in the field of prophecy woman has appeared less frequently than man. Only two other women of the Old Testament bear the title of prophetess, Miriam, the sister of Moses and Aaron, (Exodus 15:20,) and Deborah, (Judges 4:4;) but they seem not to have attained the spiritual elevation of Huldah. In the spirit of ecstasy they sang sacred songs, and aroused the people to enthusiasm after signal victories; but they did not prophesy in that loftier sphere of Divine authority which is expressed in “Thus saith Jehovah.” 2 Kings 22:15-16.

The wardrobe — Either of the king or of the priests. Compare 2 Kings 10:22.

In the college — This rendering seems to have been taken from the Targum of Jonathan, which reads, house of instruction, and probably originated in the supposition that Huldah had charge of a school of the prophets. The Hebrew is במשׁנה, in the Mishna, and is thus translated as a proper name in the Septuagint; but it means literally, in the second, and is so rendered in Zephaniah 1:10, where it means the second part, or a later addition to the city. Thus the word designates the section or district of Jerusalem in which Huldah lived. This quarter of the city might have been called the second for various reasons now unknown to us. Josephus (Ant., 2 Kings 15:11; 2 Kings 15:5) speaks of the other city (αλλη πολις ) as of a well-known section of Jerusalem.

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Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments

2 Kings 22:14. So Hilkiah the priest, &c., went unto Huldah the prophetess — This is the only mention we have of this prophetess; and certainly it tends much to her honour that she was consulted on this important occasion, when, it is supposed, that not only Jeremiah, but Zephaniah also, was a prophet in Judah. But Zephaniah, perhaps, might not at that time have commenced a prophet; because, although we are told he prophesied in the days of Josiah, (Zephaniah 1:1,) yet we are nowhere informed in what part of Josiah’s reign he entered on the prophetic office. And Jeremiah might then be absent from Jerusalem, at his house at Anathoth, or some more remote part of the kingdom; so that, considering Josiah’s haste and impatience, there might be no other proper person to apply to than this prophetess. And the king and his ministers, who went to inquire, being well assured of her fidelity in delivering the counsel of God, concluded rightly, that it was much more to be regarded what message God sent, than by whom it was conveyed. — See Poole and Dodd. Now she dwelt in the college — Where the sons of the prophets, and others who devoted themselves to the study of God’s word, used to meet and discourse of the things of God, and receive the instructions of their teachers.

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George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary

Holda. She is known only by this honourable embassy. It is rather wonderful that Jeremias was not consulted, as he had began to prophesy five years before. But he probably resided at Anathoth. Sophonias appeared, perhaps, only towards the end of the reign of Josias. (Calmet) --- The Second, a street, or part of the city so called; in Hebrew, Massem. (Challoner) --- The Septuagint retain this word, (Menochius) or rather, "in Masena;" Hebrew mishne. (Haydock) --- Manasses inclosed Jerusalem with a second wall, (2 Paralipomenon xxxiii. 14.; Calmet) unless this was done by his father, 2 Paralipomenon xxxii. 5. (Tirinus) --- Here Holda is said to have kept a school. (Calmet) --- Chaldean, "the house of doctrine," a lace next in importance to the temple. (Vatable) --- St. Jerome speaks of this Second, as of a gate, or part of Jerusalem, between the inner and the outer wall. (Contra Pelag, 2 Irad. in 2 Par. and in Sophon. i. 10.) (Menochius)

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Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged

So Hilkiah the priest, and Ahikam, and Achbor, and Shaphan, and Asahiah, went unto Huldah the prophetess, the wife of Shallum the son of Tikvah, the son of Harhas, keeper of the wardrobe; (now she dwelt in Jerusalem in the college;) and they communed with her.

Ahikam - a friend of Jeremiah (Jeremiah 26:24).

Achbor - or Abdon (2 Chronicles 34:20), a man of influence at court (Jeremiah 26:22). The occasion was urgent, and therefore they were sent, not to Zephaniah (Zephaniah 1:1), who was perhaps young, nor to Jeremiah, who was probably absent at his house in Anathoth, but to one who was at hand, and known for her prophetic gifts-to Huldah, who was probably at this time a widow. Her husband Shallum, was grandson of one Harhas, "keeper of the wardrobe." If this means the priestly wardrobe, he must have been a Levite. But it probably refers to the royal wardrobe.

She dwelt ... in the college, [ bamishneh (Hebrew #4932)] - in the second part, i:e., the suburb, of the city (cf. Nehemiah 11:9; Zephaniah 1:10). [The Septuagint, taking it as a proper name, retains the original, en tee masena.] It was not a school or college, but a particular suburb of Jerusalem. Huldah was held in such veneration that Jewish writers say she and Jehoiada the priest were the only persons not of the house of David (2 Chronicles 24:16) who were ever buried in Jerusalem.

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Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers

(14) Went unto Huldah the prophetess.—Why not to Jeremiah or Zephaniah? Apparently because Huldah “dwelt in Jerusalem,” and they did not, at least at this time. Anathoth in Benjamin was Jeremiah’s town. Huldah, however, must have enjoyed a high reputation, as prophets are mentioned in 2 Kings 23:2.

Keeper of the wardrobe.—Either the royal wardrobe or that of the priests in the Temple. (Comp. 2 Kings 10:22.) In either case Shallum was a person of consideration, as is further shown by the careful specification of his descent.

In the college.—This is the rendering of the Targum, as if mishneh (“second”) were equivalent to the later Mishna. The word really means the second part of the city—i.e., the lower city. (See Nehemiah 11:9; Zephaniah 1:10.)

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Ellicott, Charles John. "Commentary on 2 Kings 22:14". "Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/ebc/2-kings-22.html. 1905.

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So Hilkiah the priest, and Ahikam, and Achbor, and Shaphan, and Asahiah, went unto Huldah the prophetess, the wife of Shallum the son of Tikvah, the son of Harhas, keeper of the wardrobe; (now she dwelt in Jerusalem in the college;) and they communed with her.
prophetess
Exodus 15:20; Judges 4:4; Micah 6:4; Luke 1:41-56; 2:36; Acts 21:9; 1 Corinthians 11:5
Tikvah
2 Chronicles 34:22
Tikvath, Hasrah
wardrobe. Heb. garments.
10:22; Nehemiah 7:72
college
or, second part.
Reciprocal: 2 Kings 19:2 - he sent Eliakim;  2 Kings 20:4 - court;  2 Chronicles 34:8 - sent Shaphan;  Isaiah 8:3 - the prophetess;  Jeremiah 21:2 - Inquire;  Jeremiah 26:22 - Achbor;  Jeremiah 36:12 - Elnathan;  Jeremiah 40:5 - Ahikam;  Ezekiel 8:11 - Shaphan;  Ezekiel 13:17 - prophesy;  Zephaniah 1:10 - the second;  Hebrews 13:4 - Marriage

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