2 Kgs 23:3

23:3 by the pillar. See 11:14 note; 1 Kin. 7:15 note.

made a covenant. Josiah, like Moses (Ex. 24:1–8; Deut. 29:1), Joshua (Josh. 24:1–28), and Jehoiada (2 Kin. 11:17) before him, leads the people in renewing their commitment to God. During the liturgy, the people pledged themselves to ‘‘keep his commandments and his testimonies and his statutes.”

with all his heart and all his soul. See Deut. 6:5, and Jesus’ summary of the law in Matt. 22:36–40.