Understanding the Scriptures
|Scribe (v. 3)||A clerk or secretary to the king, the high priest, or the city (at this time in history)|
|Sum (v. 4)||Gather all|
|Reckoning (v. 7)||Accounting for|
|Communed (v. 14)||Spoke|
|Quenched (v. 17)||Satisfied|
|Sepulchres (vv. 16, 30)||Tombs to place the bodies of the dead in|
|Tribute (v. 33)||Tax given to a ruler to keep him from attacking you|
2 Kings 22:8—The Book of the Law Found in the Temple
There were no printing presses at the time of 2 Kings 22. Each copy of a book had to be written out by hand. Consequently, there were very few copies; finding the book of the law, or the scriptures, in the temple was a great discovery. In our day, obtaining a copy of the scriptures is much easier. Our challenge is not to find the scriptures but to find out what they say. President Spencer W. Kimball taught about the story of the scriptures being found in the time of Josiah, and then said, “I am convinced that each of us, at some time in our lives, must discover the scriptures for ourselves—and not just discover them once, but rediscover them again and again” (“How Rare a Possession—the Scriptures!” Ensign, Sept. 1976, 4).
Studying the Scriptures
Do activity A as you study 2 Kings 22–23.
The Power of the Word
Do three of the following four activities:
What was the people’s response when King Josiah read these same words to them? (see 2 Kings 23:1–3).
Write about a time when the scriptures have had an important effect on your life.