2 Kings 22:19
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New International Version
Because your heart was responsive and you humbled yourself before the LORD when you heard what I have spoken against this place and its people--that they would become a curse and be laid waste--and because you tore your robes and wept in my presence, I also have heard you, declares the LORD.

New Living Translation
You were sorry and humbled yourself before the LORD when you heard what I said against this city and its people--that this land would be cursed and become desolate. You tore your clothing in despair and wept before me in repentance. And I have indeed heard you, says the LORD.

English Standard Version
because your heart was penitent, and you humbled yourself before the LORD, when you heard how I spoke against this place and against its inhabitants, that they should become a desolation and a curse, and you have torn your clothes and wept before me, I also have heard you, declares the LORD.

New American Standard Bible
because your heart was tender and you humbled yourself before the LORD when you heard what I spoke against this place and against its inhabitants that they should become a desolation and a curse, and you have torn your clothes and wept before Me, I truly have heard you," declares the LORD.

King James Bible
Because thine heart was tender, and thou hast humbled thyself before the LORD, 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 also have heard thee, saith the LORD.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
because your heart was tender and you humbled yourself before the LORD when you heard what I spoke against this place and against its inhabitants, that they would become a desolation and a curse, and because you have torn your clothes and wept before Me, I Myself have heard you--this is the LORD's declaration--

International Standard Version
because your heart was sensitive, and you humbled yourself in the LORD's presence when you heard what I had to say against this place and against its inhabitants—that they would become a desolation and a curse—and you have torn your clothes and cried out before me, be assured that I have truly heard you,' declares the LORD.

NET Bible
You displayed a sensitive spirit and humbled yourself before the LORD when you heard how I intended to make this place and its residents into an appalling example of an accursed people. You tore your clothes and wept before me, and I have heard you,' says the LORD.

New Heart English Bible
because your heart was tender, and you humbled yourself before the LORD, when you heard what I spoke against this place, and against its inhabitants, that they should become a desolation and a curse, and have torn your clothes, and wept before me; I also have heard you,' says the LORD.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
You had a change of heart and humbled yourself in front of the LORD when you heard my words against this place and those who live here. I had said that those who live here will be destroyed and cursed. You also tore your clothes [in distress] and cried in front of me. So I will listen [to you], declares the LORD.

JPS Tanakh 1917
because thy heart was tender, and thou didst humble thyself before the LORD, when thou heardest what I spoke against this place, and against the inhabitants thereof, that they should become an astonishment and a curse, and hast rent thy clothes, and wept before Me, I also have heard thee, saith the LORD.

New American Standard 1977
because your heart was tender and you humbled yourself before the LORD when you heard what I spoke against this place and against its inhabitants that they should become a desolation and a curse, and you have torn your clothes and wept before Me, I truly have heard you,” declares the LORD.

Jubilee Bible 2000
and thy heart became tender, and thou hast humbled thyself before the LORD when thou didst hear what I spoke against this place and against its inhabitants, that they should become desolate and cursed, and hast rent thy clothes and wept before me; I also have heard thee, saith the LORD.

King James 2000 Bible
Because your heart was tender, and you have humbled yourself before the LORD, when you heard what I spoke against this place, and against the inhabitants thereof, that they should become a desolation and a curse, and have torn your clothes, and wept before me; I also have heard you, says the LORD.

American King James Version
Because your heart was tender, and you have humbled yourself before the LORD, when you heard what I spoke against this place, and against the inhabitants thereof, that they should become a desolation and a curse, and have rent your clothes, and wept before me; I also have heard you, said the LORD.

American Standard Version
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 also have heard thee, saith Jehovah.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And thy heart hath been moved to fear, and thou hast humbled thyself before the Lord, hearing the words against this place, and the inhabitants thereof, to wit, that they should become a wonder and a curse: and thou hast rent thy garments, and wept before me, I also have heard thee, saith the Lord:

Darby Bible Translation
Because thy heart was tender, and thou didst humble thyself before Jehovah, when thou heardest what I spoke against this place and against the inhabitants thereof, that they should become a desolation and a curse, and didst rend thy garments and weep before me, I also have heard [thee], saith Jehovah.

English Revised Version
because thine heart was tender, and thou didst humble thyself before the LORD, 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 also have heard thee, saith the LORD.

Webster's Bible Translation
Because thy heart was tender, and thou hast humbled thyself before the LORD, when thou heardest what I spoke against this place, and against its inhabitants, that they should become a desolation and a curse, and hast rent thy clothes, and wept before me; I also have heard thee, saith the LORD.

World English Bible
because your heart was tender, and you humbled yourself before Yahweh, when you heard what I spoke against this place, and against its inhabitants, that they should become a desolation and a curse, and have torn your clothes, and wept before me; I also have heard you,' says Yahweh.

Young's Literal Translation
because thy heart is tender, and thou art humbled because of Jehovah, in thy hearing that which I have spoken against this place, and against its inhabitants, to be for a desolation, and for a reviling, and dost rend thy garments, and weep before Me -- I also have heard -- the affirmation of Jehovah --
Study Bible
Huldah's Prophecy
18"But to the king of Judah who sent you to inquire of the LORD thus shall you say to him, 'Thus says the LORD God of Israel, "Regarding the words which you have heard, 19because your heart was tender and you humbled yourself before the LORD when you heard what I spoke against this place and against its inhabitants that they should become a desolation and a curse, and you have torn your clothes and wept before Me, I truly have heard you," declares the LORD. 20"Therefore, behold, I will gather you to your fathers, and you will be gathered to your grave in peace, and your eyes will not see all the evil which I will bring on this place."'" So they brought back word to the king.…
Cross References
Exodus 10:3
Moses and Aaron went to Pharaoh and said to him, "Thus says the LORD, the God of the Hebrews, 'How long will you refuse to humble yourself before Me? Let My people go, that they may serve Me.

Leviticus 26:31
'I will lay waste your cities as well and will make your sanctuaries desolate, and I will not smell your soothing aromas.

1 Samuel 24:5
It came about afterward that David's conscience bothered him because he had cut off the edge of Saul's robe.

1 Kings 21:29
"Do you see how Ahab has humbled himself before Me? Because he has humbled himself before Me, I will not bring the evil in his days, but I will bring the evil upon his house in his son's days."

2 Kings 22:11
When the king heard the words of the book of the law, he tore his clothes.

2 Chronicles 34:27
"Because your heart was tender and you humbled yourself before God when you heard His words against this place and against its inhabitants, and because you humbled yourself before Me, tore your clothes and wept before Me, I truly have heard you," declares the LORD.

Psalm 51:17
The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; A broken and a contrite heart, O God, You will not despise.

Jeremiah 26:6
then I will make this house like Shiloh, and this city I will make a curse to all the nations of the earth."'"

Jeremiah 36:24
Yet the king and all his servants who heard all these words were not afraid, nor did they rend their garments.
Treasury of Scripture

Because your heart was tender, and you have humbled yourself before the LORD, when you heard what I spoke against this place, and against the inhabitants thereof, that they should become a desolation and a curse, and have rent your clothes, and wept before me; I also have heard you, said the LORD.

thine heart.

1 Samuel 24:5 And it came to pass afterward, that David's heart smote him, because …

Psalm 51:17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite …

Psalm 119:120 My flesh trembles for fear of you; and I am afraid of your judgments.

Isaiah 46:12 Listen to me, you stouthearted, that are far from righteousness:

Isaiah 57:15 For thus said the high and lofty One that inhabits eternity, whose …

Isaiah 66:2,5 For all those things has my hand made, and all those things have …

Jeremiah 36:24 Yet they were not afraid, nor rent their garments, neither the king, …

Jeremiah 36:29-32 And you shall say to Jehoiakim king of Judah, Thus said the LORD; …

Ezekiel 9:4 And the LORD said to him, Go through the middle of the city, through …

Romans 2:4,5 Or despise you the riches of his goodness and forbearance and long-suffering…

James 4:6-10 But he gives more grace. Why he said, God resists the proud, but …

humbled.

Exodus 10:3 And Moses and Aaron came in to Pharaoh, and said to him, Thus said …

Leviticus 26:40,41 If they shall confess their iniquity, and the iniquity of their fathers, …

1 Kings 21:29 See you how Ahab humbles himself before me? because he humbles himself …

2 Chronicles 33:12,19,23 And when he was in affliction, he sought the LORD his God, and humbled …

Micah 6:8 He has showed you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require …

1 Peter 5:5,6 Likewise, you younger, submit yourselves to the elder. Yes, all of …

a desolation.

Leviticus 26:31,32 And I will make your cities waste, and bring your sanctuaries to …

Deuteronomy 29:23 And that the whole land thereof is brimstone, and salt, and burning, …

Jeremiah 26:6 Then will I make this house like Shiloh, and will make this city …

Jeremiah 44:22 So that the LORD could no longer bear, because of the evil of your …

hast rent.

2 Kings 22:17 Because they have forsaken me, and have burned incense to other gods…

wept.

Numbers 25:6 And, behold, one of the children of Israel came and brought to his …

Judges 2:4,5 And it came to pass, when the angel of the LORD spoke these words …

Judges 20:26 Then all the children of Israel, and all the people, went up, and …

Ezra 9:3,4 And when I heard this thing, I rent my garment and my mantle, and …

Ezra 10:1 Now when Ezra had prayed, and when he had confessed, weeping and …

Nehemiah 1:4 And it came to pass, when I heard these words, that I sat down and …

Nehemiah 8:9 And Nehemiah, which is the Tirshatha, and Ezra the priest the scribe, …

Psalm 119:136 Rivers of waters run down my eyes, because they keep not your law.

Jeremiah 9:1 Oh that my head were waters, and my eyes a fountain of tears…

Jeremiah 13:17 But if you will not hear it, my soul shall weep in secret places …

Jeremiah 14:17 Therefore you shall say this word to them; Let my eyes run down with …

Luke 19:41 And when he was come near, he beheld the city, and wept over it,

Romans 9:2,3 That I have great heaviness and continual sorrow in my heart…

I also have.

2 Kings 19:20 Then Isaiah the son of Amoz sent to Hezekiah, saying, Thus said the …

2 Kings 20:5 Turn again, and tell Hezekiah the captain of my people, Thus said …

(19) Tender.--See 1Chronicles 29:1; 1Chronicles 13:7; Deuteronomy 20:8.

Hast humbled thyself.--Comp. the behaviour of Ahab (1Kings 21:27 seq.).

Become a desolation and a curse.--See Jeremiah 44:22. "A curse" is not so much an instance of causa pro effectu (Thenius), as a specification of the type such as would be made in blessing and cursing. (Comp. Jeremiah 29:22; Genesis 48:20; Ruth 4:11-12.)

Verse 19. - Because thine heart was tender - or, faint, timid (comp. Deuteronomy 20:3; Isaiah 7:4) - and thou hast humbled thyself before the Lord. Rending the garments (ver. 11) was an outward act of humiliation. Josiah had accompanied it by inward repentance and self-abasement. He had even been moved to tears (see the last clause but one of this verse). When thou heartiest what I spake against this place. The book was, therefore, a record of what God had really spoken, not a fraud imposed on the king by the high priest, or on the high priest (Ewald, 'History of Israel,' vol. 4. p. 235) by an unknown Egyptian exile. And against the inhabitants thereof; that they should become a desolation and a curse. This is not a direct quotation from the Law, but a summary, in pregnant language, of the general effect of such passages as Leviticus 26:31-35 and Deuteronomy 28:15-20. The language is like that of Jeremiah 26:6; Jeremiah 41:18; Jeremiah 44:22. And hast rent thy clothes (see ver. 11), and wept before me. This had not been previously stated, but might have been gathered from Josiah's evident sincerity, and from the ordinary habits of Orientals (comp. 2 Kings 8:11; 2 Kings 13:14; 2 Kings 20:3). I also have heard thee, saith the Lord. The general sense of vers. 18, 19, is, as Bahr notes, "Because thou hast heard me and taken heed to my threats, I also have heard thee, and will delay their fulfillment." Because thine heart was tender,.... Soft like wax, and susceptible of impressions; or was "moved", or "trembled", as the Targum; for God has respect to such as are of contrite hearts, and tremble at his word, Isaiah 66:2,

and thou hast humbled thyself before the Lord; external humiliation, such as in Ahab, was regarded by the Lord, much more internal and cordial humiliation is regarded by him, see 1 Kings 21:29,

when thou heardest what I spake against this place, and against the inhabitants thereof, that they should become a desolation and a curse; as in Leviticus 26:1.

and hast rent thy clothes, and wept before me; as expressive of the inward contrition, sorrow, and grief of his heart:

I also have heard thee, saith the Lord: his cries and prayers. 22:11-20 The book of the law is read before the king. Those best honour their Bibles, who study them; daily feed on that bread, and walk by that light. Convictions of sin and wrath should put us upon this inquiry, What shall we do to be saved? Also, what we may expect, and must provide for. Those who are truly apprehensive of the weight of God's wrath, cannot but be very anxious how they may be saved. Huldah let Josiah know what judgments God had in store for Judah and Jerusalem. The generality of the people were hardened, and their hearts unhumbled, but Josiah's heart was tender. This is tenderness of heart, and thus he humbled himself before the Lord. Those who most fear God's wrath, are least likely to feel it. Though Josiah was mortally wounded in battle, yet he died in peace with God, and went to glory. Whatever such persons suffer or witness, they are gathered to the grave in peace, and shall enter into the rest which remaineth for the people of God.
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