2 Kgs 22:2

22:2 David his father. The writer commends several kings of Judah—Asa (1 Kin. 15:11), Jehoshaphat (1 Kin. 22:43), Joash (2 Kin. 12:2), Amaziah (14:3), Azariah (15:3), Jotham (15:34), and Hezekiah (18:3), but he gives Josiah the highest praise (23:25). Josiah instituted the most thoroughgoing reforms of any king (23:1–24). The prophet Jeremiah also spoke well of Josiah’s reign (Jer. 22:15, 16).

did not turn aside. His actions were wholly in accord with the mandate of the covenant (Deut. 5:32; 17:11, 20; 28:14; Josh. 1:7; Prov. 4:27).