2 Chronicles 36:1
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English Standard Version
The people of the land took Jehoahaz the son of Josiah and made him king in his father’s place in Jerusalem.

King James Bible
Then the people of the land took Jehoahaz the son of Josiah, and made him king in his father's stead in Jerusalem.

American Standard Version
Then the people of the land took Jehoahaz the son of Josiah, and made him king in his father's stead in Jerusalem.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Then the people of the land took Joachaz the son of Josias, and made him king instead of his father in Jerusalem.

English Revised Version
Then the people of the land took Jehoahaz the son of Josiah, and made him king in his father's stead in Jerusalem.

Webster's Bible Translation
Then the people of the land took Jehoahaz the son of Josiah, and made him king in his father's stead in Jerusalem.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

But Josiah turned not his face from him, i.e., did not abandon his design, "but to make war against him he disguised himself." התהפּשׂ denotes elsewhere to disguise by clothing, to clothe oneself falsely (2 Chronicles 18:29; 1 Kings 20:38; 1 Kings 22:30), and to disfigure oneself (Job 30:18). This signification is suitable here also, where the word is transferred to the mental domain: to disfigure oneself, i.e., to undertake anything which contradicts one's character. During his whole reign, Josiah had endeavoured to carry out the will of God; while in his action against Pharaoh, on the contrary, he had acted in a different way, going into battle against the will of God.

(Note: Bertheau would alter התחפשׂ into התחזק, because the lxx, and probably also the Vulg., Syr., 3 Esr. 2 Chronicles 1:16, and perhaps also Josephus, have so read. But only the lxx have ἐκραταιώθη, Vulg. praeparavit, 3 Esr. ἐπεχείρει; so that for התחזק only the lxx remain, whose translation gives no sufficient ground for an alteration of the text. התחזק, to show oneself strong, or courageous, is not at all suitable; for the author of the Chronicle is not wont to regard enterprises undertaken against God's will, and unfortunate in their results, as proofs of physical or spiritual strength.)

As to the motive which induced Josiah, notwithstanding Necho's warning, to oppose him by force of arms, see the remark on 2 Kings 23:29. The author of the Chronicle judges the matter from the religious point of view, from which the undertaking is seen to have been against the will of God, and therefore to have ended in Josiah's destruction, and does not further reflect on the working of divine providence, exhibited in the fact that the pious king was taken away before the judgment, the destruction of the kingdom of Judah, broke over the sinful people. For further information as to the Valley of Megiddo, the place where the battle was fought, and on the death of Josiah, see 2 Kings 23:29. The העבירוּני, bring me forth (2 Chronicles 35:23), is explained in 2 Chronicles 35:24 : his servants took him, mortally wounded by an arrow, from the war-chariot, and placed him in a second chariot which belonged to him, and probably was more comfortable for a wounded man.

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the people

2 Chronicles 26:1 Then all the people of Judah took Uzziah, who was sixteen years old, and made him king in the room of his father Amaziah.

2 Chronicles 33:25 But the people of the land slew all them that had conspired against king Amon...

2 Kings 23:30 And his servants carried him in a chariot dead from Megiddo, and brought him to Jerusalem, and buried him in his own sepulcher...

Jehoahaz

2 Kings 23:31-34 Jehoahaz was twenty and three years old when he began to reign; and he reigned three months in Jerusalem...

1 Chronicles 3:15 And the sons of Josiah were, the firstborn Johanan, the second Jehoiakim, the third Zedekiah, the fourth Shallum.

Jeremiah 22:11 For thus said the LORD touching Shallum the son of Josiah king of Judah, which reigned instead of Josiah his father...

Cross References
Deuteronomy 28:36
"The LORD will bring you and your king whom you set over you to a nation that neither you nor your fathers have known. And there you shall serve other gods of wood and stone.

2 Kings 23:30
And his servants carried him dead in a chariot from Megiddo and brought him to Jerusalem and buried him in his own tomb. And the people of the land took Jehoahaz the son of Josiah, and anointed him, and made him king in his father's place.

2 Chronicles 35:27
and his acts, first and last, behold, they are written in the Book of the Kings of Israel and Judah.

2 Chronicles 36:2
Jehoahaz was twenty-three years old when he began to reign, and he reigned three months in Jerusalem.

Jeremiah 22:11
For thus says the LORD concerning Shallum the son of Josiah, king of Judah, who reigned instead of Josiah his father, and who went away from this place: "He shall return here no more,

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