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2Ch 35:22 (KJV) — Nevertheless Josiah would not turn his face from him, but disguised himself, that he might fight with him, and hearkened not unto the words of Necho from the mouth of God, and came to fight in the valley of Megiddo.
2Ch 35:22 (NASB) — However, Josiah would not turn *away from him, but disguised himself in order to make war with him; nor did he listen to the words of Neco from the mouth of God, but came to make war on the plain of Megiddo.
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||"Josiah's conduct in this affair has been treated with great severity; and he has been charged with engaging rashly in an unjust war, and disregarding the express command of God. But Scripture no where condemns him; and Pharaoh, in marching through Josiah's territories, against his will, certainly committed an act of hostility. It is evident that Josiah was in possession of the whole land of Israel (2Ch 26:6); and probably he held the northern parts of it as a grant from the king of Babylon; and was not only in alliance with him, but bound to guard his frontiers against hostile invaders. He may, therefore, be fairly justified from the charge of unjustly meddling in a war that did not belong him. It is true the ambassadors assured Josiah, that ""God had commanded Pharaoh to make haste;"" and he is therefore said not to have ""hearkened to the words of Necho, from the mouth of God."" But Necho produced no proof that he was a prophet of Jehovah; and the word he employed, elohim, may denote gods or idols; and critics "|
||2Ch 18:29; 1Ki 14:2; 1Ki 22:30,34|
||2Ch 35:21; 2Ch 18:4-6; Jos 9:14|
||Jdg 5:19; 2Ki 9:27; 2Ki 23:30; Zec 12:11; Megiddon. Rev 16:16; Armageddon.|
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