In the eighteenth year of his reign, King Josiah sent the secretary, Shaphan(A) son of Azaliah, the son of Meshullam, to the temple of the Lord. He said: “Go up to Hilkiah(B) the high priest and have him get ready the money that has been brought into the temple of the Lord, which the doorkeepers have collected(C) from the people. Have them entrust it to the men appointed to supervise the work on the temple. And have these men pay the workers who repair(D) the temple of the Lord the carpenters, the builders and the masons. Also have them purchase timber and dressed stone to repair the temple.(E) But they need not account for the money entrusted to them, because they are honest in their dealings.”(F)

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