Sixteenth king of
is first mentioned several hundred years before his birth.
the first king of divided Israel receives a message from a man of God that the altar he has erected in
will years later be destroyed by
a descendant of
After his father
is assassinated, the people install
on the throne even though he is but eight years old.
abandons the idolatry of his father and grandfather and instead chooses the path of his ancestor
In the 18th year of his reign
decides to renovate the
בית המקדש .
During the work,
כהן גדול ,
ספר תורה .
This he sends to the king who upon hearing the curses written in the
tears his clothes.
is terrified of the wrath of God described in the
and the possible punishments for sins the people might commit, since he fears that his populace is indeed guilty of such crimes. The king sends a team of five messengers to the prophetess
to inquire of the Lord, just how angry He is. The men return with the communication that God is planning to bring evil to the land but will wait until after the king's death as a reward for the humility that he has displayed.
then convenes a national assembly at which he reads from the found
The king binds the people in a covenant to strictly follow the laws of God.
then embarks on a nation-wide campaign of reform to rid the people of idolatry and other sins.
destroys altars for
constructed by his predecessors:
The king conducts a Pesach seder, complete in all its details, something which apparently had been neglected for generations. Nevertheless, despite all of the work
does in improving the nation, the text states that God plans to go ahead with His threat to destroy
פרעה נְכֹה ,
the king of Egypt, at
during the latter's campaign up Israel's coast, but
is killed in battle. He had reigned for 31 years and is succeeded by his son
The description of the
time (מלכים ב כג -כד )
for the second day of the holiday.