8 Hilkiah the high priest said to Shaphan the secretary, “I have found the Book of the Laws in the temple of the Lord.” He gave it to Shaphan, who read it. 9 Then Shaphan the secretary went to the king and reported to him: “Your officials have paid out the money that was in the temple of the Lord and have entrusted it to the workers and supervisors at the temple.” 10 Then Shaphan the secretary informed the king, “Hilkiah the priest has given me a book.” And Shaphan read from it in the presence of the king.t
11 When the king heard the words of the Book of the Law,u he tore his robes. 12 He gave these orders to Hilkiah the priest, Ahikamv son of Shaphan, Akbor son of Micaiah, Shaphan the secretary and Asaiah the king’s attendant:w 13 “Go and inquirex of the Lord for me and for the people and for all Judah about what is written in this book that has been found. Great is the Lord’s angery that burns against us because those who have gone before us have not obeyed the words of this book; they have not acted in accordance with all that is written there concerning us.”
23 Then the king called together all the elders of Judah and Jerusalem. 2 He went up to the temple of the Lord with the people of Judah, the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the priests and the prophets—all the people from the least to the greatest. He readj in their hearing all the words of the Book of the Covenant,k which had been found in the temple of the Lord. 3 The king stood by the pillarl and renewed the covenantm in the presence of the Lord—to follown the Lord and keep his commands, statutes and decrees with all his heart and all his soul, thus confirming the words of the covenant written in this book. Then all the people pledged themselves to the covenant.
night after night they reveal knowledge.x
no sound is heard from them.
4 Yet their voiceb goes out into all the earth,
their words to the ends of the world.y
like a championd rejoicing to run his course.
6 It rises at one end of the heavense
and makes its circuit to the other;f
nothing is deprived of its warmth.
refreshing the soul.i
The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy,j
making wise the simple.k
8 The precepts of the Lord are right,l
giving joym to the heart.
The commands of the Lord are radiant,
giving light to the eyes.n
9 The fear of the Lordo is pure,
The decrees of the Lord are firm,
and all of them are righteous.p
10 They are more precious than gold,q
than much pure gold;
they are sweeter than honey,r
than honey from the honeycomb.s
in keeping them there is great reward.
Forgive my hidden faults.t
13 Keep your servant also from willful sins;u
may they not rule over me.v
Then I will be blameless,w
innocent of great transgression.
be pleasingx in your sight,
Septuagint, Jerome and Syriac; Hebrew measuring line