The tragic end to King Josiah (2 Chr 35:23-35:27)

“The archers shot King Josiah. The king said to his servants. ‘Take me away, for I am badly wounded.’ So his servants took him out of the chariot. They carried him in his second chariot. They brought him to Jerusalem. There he died. He was buried in the tombs of his ancestors. All Judah and Jerusalem mourned for King Josiah. Jeremiah also uttered a lament for Josiah. All the singing men and singing women have spoken of King Josiah in their laments to this day. They made these a custom in Israel. They are recorded in the Laments. Now the rest of the acts of King Josiah, and his faithful deeds in accordance with what is written in the law of Yahweh, and his acts, first and last, are written in the Book of the Kings of Israel and Judah.”

At the battle of Megiddo with the Assyrians, King Josiah was killed. He was shot with arrows. They transferred him back to Jerusalem, where he was buried with his ancestors. Here the prophet Jeremiah, who was not mentioned in the books of Kings, entered with a lament. The Temple singers spoke about him so that it has been written down. Once again for more information about King Josiah, you can check out the lost “Book of the Kings of Israel and Judah,” not just the Annals of the Kings of Judah. So ends the tale of the good King Josiah.