kindled against us, because our fathers have nothearkened unto the words of this book, to do accord-ing unto all that which is written concerning us.They went therefore, unto Huldah, a prophetess,the wife of Shallum. And she said unto them :Thus saith the Lord God of Israel. Tell the man thatsent you to me, Thus saith the Lord. Behold. I willbring evil upon this place, and upon the inhabitantsthereof, even all the words of the book which theking of Judah hath read. Because they have for-saken me, and have burnt incense unto other gods,that they might provoke me to anger with all theworks of their hands, therefore my wrath shall bekindled against this place, and shall not be quench-ed. But to the king of Judah, which sent you toinquire of the Lord, thus shall ye say to him, Thussaith the Lord God of Israel, as touching the wordswhich thou hast heard: Because thy heart was ten-der, and thou hast humbled thyself before the. Lord,when thou heardst what 1 spake against this place,and against the inhabitants thereof, that they shouldDie a desolation and a curse, and hast rent thyclothes, and wept before me: 1 also have heard thee,saith the Lord. Behold, therefore, I will gather theeunto thy fathers, and thou shall be gathered unto thygrave in peace, and thine eyes shall not see all theevil which I will bring Upon this place, And theybrought the kiiiL r word again."From the words of the text, as they stand connect-ed with this part of sacred history, I propose,THE PEITECE OF KIG JOSIAH. 39First, to notice, in King Josiah, the evidences of acontrite spirit.And, secondly, the regard which God is pleased toshow to such a contrite spirit.I. Let us notice the contrite spirit of King Josiah.1. You will observe in the king a most affectionateand reverential regard to God's word.